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…)
Need a different way to exercise but still don’t want to pay for the gym? Or do you need a conversation starter for when you bring a date home that doesn’t begin “Yes, those are Star Wars action figures handmade out of potatoes”? Well good news, we suppose: a Clinton Hill resident is giving away the above gigantic hamster wheel on Craigslist. Giant hamster not included. (more…)
The government in Washington might be a broken, dysfunctional joke held hostage by right wing cranks, but here at home, our government just keeps humming along. Case in point: the campaign to name Fulton Street and St. James Place Christopher Wallace Way has picked up enough steam to get a hearing in front of Community Board 2 tonight. All filibusters must be a minimum of 16 bars tonight. (more…)
Clinton Hill’s Cochinitas is giving out burritos. Anyone else showing love to the furloughed? via Facebook
Like we said when we posted freelance opportunities for furloughed employees, it must be tough not knowing how much longer this shit is gonna last. And while it might seem like this is something that merely affects people working in DC, we also know that there are federal employees right here in Brooklyn, and they could use a little love. So let’s make their lives a little easier and turn this into a space for businesses to share their furlough deals. (more…)
Not pictured: squiggly waves of free wifi emanating out
As global warming grips more of our future and leads to rising global temperatures, one question is one everyone’s mind: “Can we work outside more, then?” Ordinarily it’s hard, even if the weather is nice, but the city has aggressivelyexpanded the areas with free outdoor wifi over the years, and right before he leaves office, Mike Bloomberg plans to add a couple more corridors of free wifi in Brooklyn. Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Brownsville and Downtown Brooklyn are scheduled to get their own free outdoor wifi in December this year, thanks to a public/private partnership between the city and different sponsors. (more…)
How awesome the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club will look, if you donate.
Anybody can come up with an idea, but not everybody has the money to execute it. It seems you’re either blessed with one or the other. Think, for every five buck happy hour draft that’s inspired you with a half-buzzed idea you never saw to fruition, you can donate that money to some people who actually have their shit together, or who are at least good at faking it. Check out these five Brooklyn-based Kickstarters that you can help, well, kickstart. (more…)
387 Myrtle Ave. (between Vanderbilt and Clermont)
What is it: A North- American-fare-centric sister bistro to Chez Oskar, with quirky vintage decor and an emphasis on TV viewing parties.
Why we love it: The funky inside is complemented by a tree-shrouded backyard, where the bar occasionally hosts musical events. The menu offers a mix to appeal to all palates: its famous Duck Poutine (shredded duck confit with cheese curd, gravy and handcut fries) for meat-eaters; a garbanzo burger (with chickpeas, cilantro, oregano, garlic and shallots) for veggies.
Can you handle the pressure of telling this crowd where to go? via Facebook
So well love beer. That’s just a given, especially if you’re reading this post. The only thing better than one beer is many, many beers in some kind of festival setting. Is there anything better than that? Well, we’re going to be a little blasphemous here and suggest there might be: tons of free food. And if you can stand volunteering at this year’s Brooklyn Pour, while people are drinking beer all around you, that’s exactly what you’ll get. (more…)
Get a BAM subscription and see the Anna Nicole Smith opera, because it’s culture, for less
Need better entertainment options than going to bars all the time? Wan to legitimize that part of your OKCupid profile where you say you’re “into art”? Have I got a proposition for you: a season’s subscription to BAM. A subscription will not only get you discount tickets for you and a friend and make you feel cultured, you actually will be cultured, because it’s not like you’re going to buy all those theater tickets and then not go, right?
Best of all, subscribing is easy. It doesn’t involve any sort of overhead fee, you just go online, pick at least 4 shows to see, and boom, you’re instantly qualified as a “subscriber.” (more…)
Having 30 Rock withdrawal? We don’t see why, it’s everywhere, from Fox syndication to Netflix to Hulu. More importantly, are you a 30 Rock fan and a standup comedy fan? Then here is an offer that will appeal to both of your interests: Tracy Morgan is filming his Comedy Central special at Brooklyn’s own BAM Harvey Theater, and tickets are free. Free, for you! Go, go get’em! (more…)