If Shaina Stigler hears the word “actress” one more time, she’s gonna blow her top. via Shark Party Media
It’s all any of my female friends can talk about right now: a three-day event starting tonight called Bad Assery: The Women & Comedy Conference. It’s a weekend-long summit curated by Natalie Wall and Shaina Stigler, two NYC-based comedians who got tired of hearing silly, gendered terms like “comedienne” being tossed around. There’s more than that on the female ballot, of course — there’s also the age-old matter of pay disparity, though that’s thankfully getting some celebrity attention. But what makes this particular conversation about the future of comedy pressing (and prescient) enough to warrant a three-day affair that costs $75 to attend? We turned to Wall and Stigler for answers about why the Brooklyn’s funny-women model sets the stage better than any other city for a conference like this. (more…)
Like Ferris & Co., we take our drinking games quite seriously
We’ve all got an elaborate hooky plan—doesn’t matter whether you actually follow through with that wild Wednesday afternoon, spent tearing down the BQE with the top down, running amok at the Brooklyn Museum. While helping you play hooky would be pretty un-American of us, we can direct you to a celebration of everyone’s favorite leisure-fest! Tonight, Union Hall is paying tribute to Ferris Bueller’s Day Offwith a live reading-cum-drinking-game of the movie, to help you forget the whole adult responsibility thing. (more…)
What’s a regular Friday night look like for you? Does it involve drinking and socializing in a cool apartment? How about a string section? Oh yeah, you heard me. There’s a new beat in town for all you Brooklyn culture-seekers, and it involves all of the above.
Groupmuse is a social events platform that organizes live performances of classical masterworks—BYOB, since the performance will be in someone’s apartment. “A concert hall isn’t a particularly engaging social scene,” says Groupmuse founder Sam Bodkin. That’s why he moved the music into living rooms, and pared down the concert ticket price to just $10. So for the cost of a cocktail, you can experience some of the greatest music in history, ten feet away from you. No black tie necessary. (more…)
Feel free to incorporate any of these moves into your dancing
25 years ago Depeche Mode released Violator and we all got the personal Jesus we’d desperately needed. We still Just Can’t Get Enough of this this early electro masterpiece, and to commemorate it Feeling Gloomy is throwing 25 Years Vio-Later, the Depeche Mode party where you can take a break from enjoying the silence and dance to your favorite dark synthpop cuts. (more…)
It was a rough winter for all of us, including Charla
We were big fans of Charla Lauriston’s first season of her web series Clench and Release, which if you haven’t watched, you should watch here right now. Obviously other people were too, because Lauriston parlayed that and all the other stuff she did into a writing job on the first season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. If you worked your way through that too and still want some Charla, you’re in luck, because Clench and Release season 2 is about to drop, and you can see it premiere live and catch stand up from a bevy of Brooklyn comics next week at Littlefield. (more…)
Adolescence. It’s hard. And confusing. And it produces lots of 20 and 30 somethings with residual existential angst, because what is this whole life thing supposed to be about, really. The only thing we can think of that’s even angstier than being a teen is pretty much everything about the 90s. Forget the whole grunge thing. How are we supposed to feel about Russia without the Cold War? How do we define sexual relations anyway? Is age really nothing but a number? The whole damn decade was just a long listless sigh. So it follows that if you’re looking to get your angst fix, My So-Called Life is what you’re seeking: a show about 90s teenagers that unfairly got cancelled just as it started to get going, because what’s more anguishing than getting chopped down just as things start looking up? Life, man.
Get a look at this work from Jonathan Campolo, and more, as you stroll trough Greenpoint Gallery Night. via Facebook
Spring has just about sprung, and you’re feeling like you want to stretch your legs and get a good walk in. You can do that and get get your wine and cheese on at this Friday’s Greenpoint Gallery Night. The first Greenpoint Gallery event of the new year, this Friday’s art walk (weather permitting) promises a chance to hobnob with local artists and explore the environs of Greenpoint gallery scene. (more…)