pratt free school

Usually you avoid school, but hey, it’s free. via Facebook

Have you ever wondered what it must be like to go to one of the prestigious art schools in one of the most artistic cities in the world? Well, on April 5 you can find out for the low low cost of zero dollars.

The Pratt Institute in Clinton Hill is opening their Pratt Free School this weekend, offering a day of free classes to the public taught by alumni of their Master Communication Design program. The day of free classes, which have become a yearly tradition at the school, are designed as both a showcase for recent graduates and an outreach to the Brooklyn community. (more…)

game of thrones

They’re making things cuter for Brooklyn. Nah, just kidding, there’s still gonna be blood everywhere. via Facebook

We’re all praying for spring, but things are going to stay icy in Brooklyn all the way this month, because on March 20 at 7pm, the Barclays Center is hosting a sneak preview of the Game of Thrones‘ Season 4 premiere, before its April 6 TV premiere at 9pm. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, March 6 for just $15, and the lucky 7,000 people who manage to fight their way through the cold world called the King’s Landing, the internet, will win a viewing of the anticipated new episode on a stadium sized screen, with accompanying costume and prop displays from the traveling exhibition, photo ops on the Iron Throne, and more. (more…)

eugene mirman

Will Eugene have alpacas with him? You won’t know until you find out. via Facebook

A great thing about Brooklyn is that famous people you see on TV, or whose animated selves you see on TV in this case, just kind of live everywhere. Case in point: Bob’s Burgers‘ Larry Murphy lives so close to Clinton Hill’s Splitty (415 Myrtle Avenue) that he decided to put together a weekly comedy night there. He’s opening it with a bang too, bringing a couple of his co-stars, Jon Benjamin and Eugene Mirman, and a Brokelyn favorite, Kate Berlant, along with him tonight. Plus, it won’t cost you more than a Lincoln (the bill, not the coin). (more…)

postage stamps

You can have it all/My empire of stamps. via Flickr user waitscm

You come across the occasional weird thing being given away on Craigslist. Your tank full of bugs, your excess breast milk, a sex swing stand. But ever have we come across something as sad this this listing giving away a dead guy’s stamps,some used and some not used which was apparently part of his last wishes. It’s very sad, but on the other hand, if you have some wedding invitations to send out, you should stop by Fort Greene soon. (more…)

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spike lee

Find out if Spike has game when it comes to lectures

Spike Lee has been making movies for longer than most of us have been alive, which is a weird thing to think about. Of course, that also means he’s no doubt collected a ton of wisdom about doing that, so of course it makes sense that Pratt has invited him to come and give a lecture this month on his road to success and the cultural impact his career has had on America. Best of all, this accumulated knowledge will be given away completely free. (more…)

01/31/14 10:09am
black artstory month

Work from the likes of Laolu Senbanjo will be highlighted in Fort Greene, so there’s at least something to look forward to in February. via Myrtle Avenue Brookyn’s Flickr

February kinda sucks, what with Schmalentine’s Day and the whole Arctic winter of endless sorrows. Even if you are into Valentine’s Day (LAME), we all know the only love songs/slow jamz/heartbreak anthems you’ll ever need are from Motown and Ms. Lauryn Hill, which is one of many reasons to celebrate Black History Month, February’s one redeeming quality. This month, you can do that with Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership through their second annual Black Artstory Month, featuring art exhibits, mural painting, music, spoken word, storytelling, and a film screening. (more…)

Brooklyn Cafe, in very very very East Williamsburg.

Brooklyn Cafe, in very very very East Williamsburg. via Daily Record

Earlier this week we learned a Brooklyn native is planning to install New York’s first bitcoin ATM machine in an East Village bubble tea shop. So far Bitcoin is accepted at Lean Crust and Greene Avenue Market, both in Fort Greene, and today Scotland’s STV reports Glasgow’s Brooklyn Cafe is now the first shop in Scotland to use Bitcoin. Is Brooklyn leading the Bitcoin revolution? Probably not, but we’re still gonna go with it. We imagine the interest in Bitcoin by Brooklynites/Scottish cafes that use the Brooklyn brand comes down to Brooklyn hipsters really wanting to bite their thumbs at Manhattan bankers.  (more…)

habana to go

Just hook it to our veins! via Brownstoner

Habana Outpost is awesome, with just two middling negatives to it. One, it closes when it gets cold out, depriving us of a place to get delicious Cuban sandwiches. Two, in the summer it can get so crowded that even if you want to just pop in for a delicious Cuban sandwich, the insane line makes you change your plans. So aren’t we just beyond delighted to read that right across the street from the original restaurant, Habana Outpost is opening Habana To Go, a takeout and delivery spot that will offer delicious Cuban sandwiches you can take with you. (more…)

What you see above is someone who stole some packages from a Clinton Hill apartment building. The footage is sped up, but you’ll notice the thief spent a bunch of time just hangin’ out, twerking, in preparation for the thievery. Or maybe she was just there twerking, as you do, and her and her dude decided to steal stuff out of someone’s packages. Either way, the victim, Lindsay Riddle, told Gothamist that she was out there doing this for an hour before coming in from the cold to steal some stuff. That must be one warm fur coat. Anyway, welcome to de Blasio’s New York, Lhota was right, etc. etc. (more…)

harry shearer judith owen

They look ready for Christmas. via Facebook

Christmas music, and holiday cheer, and Christmas in general isn’t anything we get too excited about around these parts. Enforced cheer and goodwill towards man just isn’t our thing, and we do holiday party-level drinking every day of the year. But even our Grinch-sized hearts are warmed by this news: The Simpsons and This Is Spinal Tap‘s Harry Shearer, and his wife, songwriter Judith Owen, are coming to BAM on December 7 to put on a free holiday sing-along. Finally, a holiday event that isn’t fa-la-la-la-lame. (more…)