11/20/14 10:59am
This, plus drinking games.

This, plus drinking games.

1. Soul Understated brings their soul-hip-hop-jazz sound to The Classon Social Club. (Friday)

2. The author of 33 Artists 3 Acts discusses her work on behind the scenes narrative studying artists like Ai Weiwei, Jeff Koons, and Carroll Dunham. (Friday)

3. Laugh, cry, make witty cultural references, and call your mom at Videology’s Gilmore Girls Party. (Friday)

4. See apolocalyptic art rock trio Bugs in the Dark and find out of that genre is as scary as their name. (Friday) (more…)

11/19/14 4:15pm
We love this body-inclusive fashion spread from Issue 01 of Golly Magazine (via @gollymagazine)

We love this body-inclusive fashion spread from Issue 01 of Golly Magazine (via @gollymagazine)

We’re at that magical sweet spot – the calm before the storm, the capitalist insanity that is the holiday season. Come Black Friday, it will officially be a present buying (or more likely, procrastinating) race against Father Time AND Father Christmas, which is enough pressure and daddy issues to make us want to crawl into bed with a month’s supply of eggnog and hope for the best.

Instead of making that slightly pathetic image a reality, why not get a leg up on the competition this year and casually peruse some great vintage and designer wares, sip on some free PBR, subscribe to a brand new magazine, and maybe get a hand poke by an up-and-coming, Insta-famous tattoo maven? All things you can do at Golly Magazine’s holiday pop-up shop Friday. (more…)

11/18/14 4:20pm
beat it littlefield

Hope you’ve been practicing. Photo by Tim Donnelly

Well, it’s holiday season, and with that comes holiday stress. Whether it’s having to cook for 15 people, dealing your drunk mom at Christmas, bitter family arguments of dreidel gambling debts that haunt your Hanukkah gathering, white people telling you Kwanzaa is fake or not being able to get enough drugs for New Year’s Eve, we all have challenges that freak us out during the holidays. Pint-sized pun genius Jo Firestone is here to help though it, with an invitation to come beat stuffed animals and piñatas at Littlefield for free on Saturday, at an event called Beat It: An Interactive Art Installation Where You Hit Things. All you need to do is bring your own bat. (more…)

11/17/14 12:57pm
Saying goodbye to Glasslands the only way we know how: sweating glitter and girl power. (Image via "Dancing on My Own")

Saying goodbye to Glasslands the only way we know how: sweating glitter and girl power.

Konichiwa, bitches. We’re still mourning the death of some of Williamsburg’s iconic venues, most recently Death by Audio and Glasslands. But before Glasslands stops paying the ConEd bill, they’re giving us one final Robyn dance party to sweat glitter and dance on our own. And when we say final, we mean FINAL. This is the last Robyn dance party this experienced crew of Robyn dance party throwers is ever putting on.
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11/17/14 10:39am
Oh we are about to do some damage.

Oh we are about to do some damage.

1. Brainstorm ways the Eastern Parkway Branch Library can serve the community better, like by sending librarians to deliver bedtime stories and possibly snacks. (Monday)

2. The Old Souls Collection Launch Party features an experimental steel furniture installation along with free music and snacks. (Monday)

3. Rocket and Lightship’s author discusses his collection of essays from famous writers exploring how literature can illuminate our ethics, politics, and pleasures. (Tuesday) (more…)

11/13/14 9:12am
Gato Party's gonna be a fun time

Gato Party’s gonna be a festive time

1. Park Slop Food Coop hosts a Non-Violent Communication Workshop just in time for you to have Thanksgiving with those racist, sexist family members you’ve been avoiding. (Friday)

2. English rocker musician and producer Glyn Johns discusses his new memoir at BookCourt. (Friday)

3. Check out and maybe even buy some art inspired by the best borough at My Muse, Brooklyn. (Friday-Sunday) (more…)

11/10/14 9:05am
jo firestone

Your teacher, Jo Firestone, sharing wisdom with a student

1. Go mingle with some other media makers at this BRIC meet-up. (Monday)

2. Side Ponytail will have tofurky at their show to remind you to be grateful our national heritage isn’t rooted in tofurky. (Monday)

3. Hear the author of Surrendering Oz read essays about working at the Guinness Book of World Records and Glamour Magazine, which we think may be more similar than you’d think. (Monday) (more…)

11/07/14 4:03pm
ebola syndrome

This should be a meditative, not-at-all panic-driven approach to the disease

It’s more or less receded to the background (in New York, anyway, we should quickly point out), but maybe you’re one of those people who are still fascinated by Ebola. Or you’re terrified of it and have been walking around in a hazmat suit for like a month. Either way, if you can’t get enough of Ebola, 1996 called and they’ve got the perfect movie for you. Nope, not Outbreak (that was ’95), we’re talking Ebola exploitation movie Ebola Syndrome, which is infecting the screen at Spectacle Theater (124 South 3rd Street, Williamsburg) tonight. (more…)

11/07/14 2:15pm
curling prospect park

Could this wind up being you? Maybe! via Flickr user Peter Miller

Most of us give up on our dreams of making the Olympics at around the same time we realize that it involves a ridiculous amount of work and we really aren’t that good at sports. We’re still traumatized by high school track, but some Olympic sports give us pause. Just try to walk past a TV with curling on and see if you can ignore the graceful release of the stones and the frantic scrubbing that ensues. Well now you can try curling yourself! The Brooklyn Lakeside Curling Club is throwing a free open house at the LeFrak Center (171 East Drive) on November 9 between 2pm and 4pm. (more…)

11/06/14 10:50am
royal palms shuffleboard club

Win or lose, you’ll be doing a good deed. via Flickr user Robyn Lee

1. Hop on the soul train at R&B and funk dance party The Mess Around. (Friday)

2. Ebola is on everyone’s minds, so why not enjoy grindhouse exploitation flick Ebola Syndrome at Spectacle Theater? (Friday)

3. Go claim your two Brooklyn Brewery beers and some laughs at Greenpoint Comedy Night. (Saturday) (more…)