02/04/16 1:17pm
Cecil would like to be your man (#)

Cecil would like to be your man (#3) (pic by Jen Houston)

1. Get in the Black History Month groove with the kickoff of the monthlong Black Artstory series: Meet Me at the Gym, an evening of cultural expression and community building featuring the Ingersoll Youth Drumline, Gospel Group Manifest, Sophia Dawson and her Roller Skating Crew, and more. (Friday, Ingersoll Community Center, FREE)

2. See a new side of the Boys in Blue at To Protect, Serve, and Understand, a series of semi-improvised monologues and scenes performed by a group of both civilians and police officers. (Friday & Saturday, Irondale Center, FREE)

3. Fall goofily in love at Griff & Joe’s Valentine’s Day Lovetacular, with comedy and performances by ventriloquist Carla Rhodes and her paramour Cecil, “how-to” expert Matt Beacon, and musician Andy Shernoff. (Friday, Union Hall, $10) (more…)

02/03/16 3:11pm
Puppy Bowl stars Cam Chewton and Peyton Mansbestfriend fight it out on the field. Via Animal Planet.

Puppy Bowl stars Cam Chewton and Sharpeiton Manning fight it out on the field. Via Animal Planet.

The Super Bowl is Sunday, and it’s an American holiday for which we rounded up 14 places in Brooklyn you can watch the game earlier today. But there are many legitimate reasons that you might not want to watch it that may or may not relate to watching grown men give each other brain damage to help sell trucks. The Super Bowl is also reason for the greatest counter programming in television history, the Puppy Bowl, which airs before the Super Bowl on the Animal Channel and is the opposite of a brain-injury causing sport.

Every year we get questions from the cord-cutting, non-football fans of Brooklyn looking for someone to escape the orgy of Super Bowl excitement and just find a place to watch puppies on a Sunday afternoon. Well this year, we finally found a place for you. (more…)

02/03/16 9:27am
#StaySuperWoke

#StaySuperWoke

Well Brooklyn, we’ve sat through another year of bone crunching, jaw dropping, CTE-causing action on the gridiron, and this weekend it all finally ends at Super Bowl 50. On the one side, you’ve got the Denver Broncos, led by Papa John’s shill and alleged HGH abuser Peyton Manning. On the other side, you’ve got the Carolina Panthers, led by human highlight reel and racism magnet Cam Newtown. The world will be watching, and after speaking to a couple of Canadian gentlemen who seem to have some insight into the way football really works, I believe the Illuminati will be watching as well.

Don’t worry if you don’t have an invite to Bohemian Grove to watch at their annual Super Bowl party, there are plenty of Brooklyn bars showing the game. This also the only Super Bowl party roundup that will shed light on the Illuminati scheming to watch out for during the game. (more…)

02/02/16 12:35pm

Snow Shoe Prospect Park

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If you’re anything like us, by Saturday night you were going stir crazy from being trapped inside all day by the weekend snowstorm. So come Sunday morning we couldn’t wait to strap on the snowshoes we rented from Traverse Outfitters (delivered to our door!) and head to Prospect Park for a surprisingly delightful adventure hiking through the thigh-deep snow drifts that blanketed the area. (more…)

02/01/16 10:29am
Dansez-vous au Les Sans Culottes (#)

Dansez-vous au Les Sans Culottes! (#8) (pic by Ace Darter)

1. Support emerging artists and get something lovely to hang on your wall at Free the Art, where anyone can wander in and choose a piece of art—for free!—to call their very own. (Monday, Living Gallery, FREE)

2. Get a variety of entertainments at The Simple Show, with comedy from Karolena Greenidge and Gary Richardson, a talk on the physical manifestation of the internet by James Folta, and fun from cohosts Kady Ruth Ashcraft and Jenny Nelson. (Monday, Bushwick Public House, FREE)

3. Go back in time with the final installment of House of Yes’s immersive David Bowie film retrospective series, this time screening Basquiat, in which Bowie plays Andy Warhol, followed by an ’80s/New Wave dance party. (Tuesday, House of Yes, $10) (more…)

01/28/16 3:31pm
Get silly with the Idiots (#) (pic by Alix Piorun)

Have a ridiculous time with the Idiots (#9) (pic by Alix Piorun)

1. See the light at The Lamp Show, a group exhibition where 30+ artists will be showing their illuminated works. (Friday, 99¢ Gallery, FREE)

2. Feel the drama at the One Catches Light festival, featuring three short plays by three solo artists. (Friday & Saturday, Jack, $15)

3. Embrace your inner bohemian at the Title:Point SalON!, with a presentation by photographer Walter Wlodarczyk, tunes from pianist Carter Catchcart, a reading by novelist Kegan Zema and more. (Friday, Silent Barn, FREE) (more…)

01/27/16 12:17pm

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Our mind melded with a few friends over the weekend and we all woke up craving a hike. So we bundled up and headed out to hike the Butter Hill/Stillman/Bluebird Trail Loop in Storm King State Park.

Hiking in the winter requires a bit more thought than hiking in milder temps, so preparation started that morning when we got dressed. Layering is the name of the game here, and while this isn’t always the easiest advice to follow, avoiding cotton in lieu of synthetic materials is recommended for colder temps. (more…)

01/27/16 10:00am
Blaise Allysen Kearsley talks to Brokelyn about keeping her show going for seven years.

Blaise Allysen Kearsley talks to Brokelyn about keeping her show going for seven years.Photo by Adam Verity.

There are lots of ways to learn things in Brooklyn. Some involve craft classes, some involve skillshares, others involve riding the D train up and down from the Bronx for a few hours just to catch up on all those old New York Times Magazine stories that have been sitting on your Pocket app for months. The city is also well into a boom of storytelling shows, the kinds of intimate gatherings where a performer spins a tale on something learned from their own life experiences. New shows seem to pop up every week, but one of the longest running and most popular is How I Learned, which celebrates its seventh anniversary at Union Hall tonight. Ever since starting out on the Lower East Side seven years ago, the show has been one of of the most consistently entertaining in the city, with well-told stories by a mix of performers, from Eugene Mirman, the Broad City duo and Liz Winstead, to David Carr, WNYC’s Anna Sale and The Awl’s Choire Sicha.

The city and the scene have changed a lot in seven years, so founder and host Blaise Allysen Kearsley, who lives in Park Slope and teaches memoir writing and does other freelance work by day, talked to us about how the show found an audience and what it takes to keep a monthly show going for that long. (more…)

01/26/16 1:28pm
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One of the project’s subjects with his portrait. Check out more of the progress on Sunday.

We’ve been following local artist Rusty Zimmerman’s Free Portrait Project for a while now, which involves him painting 200 portraits of his Crown Heights neighbors. It’s a cool project that he’s taking on to leave a physical document of the changing neighborhood and let people who might otherwise not be able to afford an oil painting of themselves get one. In a phone interview today, Zimmeran announced that he’s hit the halfway point with 100 paintings. Now he’s giving you the chance on Sunday to check out the progress, meet more of your neighbors and party with beer, music and some free ice cream too. (more…)

01/25/16 9:56am
Sweet Lorraine will warm you right up (#) (pic by Studio Rezin)

Cold? Sweet Lorraine will warm you right up (#6) (pic by Studio Rezin)

1. We all know the truth is out there—find it at the fancy new East Williamsburg movie house Syndicated, which will be screening the X-Files movie, followed by the debut of the new miniseries. (Monday, Syndicated, $3 for one; $5 for both)

2. For a different otherworldly option, head to Secret Science Club for a lecture with professor and marine mammal researcher Diana Reiss, who has been studying dolphin cognition and communication for 30 years. (Monday, Bell House, FREE)

3. Penina Roth, curator of one of Brooklyn’s best lit events, the Franklin Park Reading Series, is launching a brand-new series in a brand new Crown Heights spot. The Manhattanville Reading Series will focus on emerging writers with one featured author each time; the kick-off will have Will Chancellor, Madeline Stevens, Yahdon Israel and Jesse Kohn. (Tuesday, Manhattanville Coffee, FREE) (more…)