02/27/15 2:16pm
He's living as he arrived: Talking excitedly about food.

He’s leaving as he arrived: Talking excitedly about food.

Saying goodbye is never easy, and we really hate doing it, because when people leave New York you can’t even be sure if they’re still even alive. Still, tonight, Brokelyn has to do it, because our own Kenji Magrann-Wells is saying goodbye to Brooklyn and to America, to go to Scotland and learn everything there is to learn about making whiskey. If you’re going to miss Kenji as much as we will, you can come say goodbye before he goes on his spirit quest, when he presents a lecture on molecularly gastronomy tonight at Nerd Nite at Littlefield. (more…)

02/26/15 2:47pm
death by audio

Never forget the cargo net. Photo by Mary Dorn

The end of 2014 was a particularly rough stretch for the Brooklyn D.I.Y. scene, losing pretty much every foothold in Williamsburg. Even before that though, a lot of beloved D.I.Y. venues closed up shop, leaving a bit of a hole in the scene. With that in mind, Williamsburg art space Cloud City (85 N. 1st Street) will be taking a look back next month with the “RIP DIY” photo exhibit, featuring pictures capturing moments at Brooklyn’s closed venues from 20 photographers. We’re pegging the odds of the exhibit closing due to being replaced by a condo at 4:1. (more…)

02/26/15 9:04am
Hear what she really had to say about that sizzurp

Hear what she really had to say about that sizzurp

1. If you think about floating city states in the ocean as much as we do, you’ll appreciate the art at Seastead, inspired by those nautical utopias. (Friday)

2. Dance to electronic pop from KIT, People at Parties, and Manic Pixi at the Knitting Factory. (Friday)

3. Hear musicians from different cultural and stylistic backgrounds come together at Found Sound Nation Concert #3 at Pioneer Works. (Friday)

4. See our own food expert, Kenji Magrann-Wells give a lecture on molecular gastronomy at Nerd Nite at Littlefield, and listen to a couple other science-based lectures too. (Friday) (more…)

02/25/15 1:32pm
Still got it

Still got it

We’re told the East Coast-West Coast 90s beef has dissipated, but we at Brokelyn don’t like to let things go, especially when there’s the chance they might age into something we can attach the word “vintage” to. Despite our love of vintage feuds (#TeamMcCoy #HouseOfYork) and our bitter hatred for stupid LA and their stupid sunshine,  we feel a newfound tenderness toward Dr. Dre, the new AARP poster child. We think it’s safe to say this beautiful kinship over our vulnerability to the passage of time and Dre’s potential access to that medicinal kush has basically made him a surrogate pop-pop to us all. This is why we’re excited to reconcile and celebrate his birthday with a night of gin and juice and nuthin but G thangs at Kinfolk’s Dre Day. (more…)

02/24/15 1:23pm
babadook

With friends like these

Hey, wanna know something that can warm you up? The pure fear that comes from seeing a really frightening movie. Forget all that “blood chilling” stuff, if you see the kind of scary movie that gets your heart pounding and blood flowing fast, you’ll be plenty warm. It’s just science. Tonight you can get just the kind of scare to warm you up, because The Silent Barn is showing The Babadook for the not-so-scary price of five dollars. (more…)

02/24/15 9:16am
nyc porn film festival

There’s gonna be something for everyone.

It’s been half a century since Justice Potter Stewart said of pornography and obscenity, “I know it when I see it,” but this weekend, New Yorkers will see it up close and (potentially very) personal at the first annual NYC Porn Film Festival. Bushwick, the freshly crowned bastion of high art, will play host to the open submission festival that aims to “give credit to adult film as a significant and socially/culturally relevant art form.” Though submissions for content are now closed, $69 all-weekend passes and $5-$20 tickets to individual movies are still available. (more…)

02/23/15 9:06am
No, we're fine, someone's just chopping onions

No, we’re fine, someone’s just chopping onions

1. It’s New York Beer Week, so check out the cheap events brewing around town. (Monday-Friday)

2. Hear about Eric Walrond, a black writer who introduced Americans to the literary Caribbean, at Greenlight Bookstore. (Monday)

3. Catch Janeane Garofalo, Anna Drezen and a host of other comics performing for free in the back of Muchmore’s at Fresh Perspectives. (Monday) (more…)

02/20/15 4:38pm
Like water-skiing, but on land! via Flickr

Like water-skiing, but on land! via Flickr

We’re in the midst of awful, awful cold, but there’s good news on the horizon. No, not that’s warming up, but at least it’ll be warmer this weekend, at a balmy 31 degrees. That means it should be warm enough for snow, but not so cold you just want to curl up inside and die. So get out there and take advantage of the fresh powder at these nearby skiing spots. (more…)

02/20/15 9:34am
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The crowds at these parties will be just as cool, don’t you worry

The Academy Awards are here again, which means it’s time to get all dolled up and watch with baited breath as Leonardo DiCaprio wins nothing. But what if you’re, ironically, a starving actor with no TV? Or if you’re just someone who needs someone to grab onto if things start getting too wild? Whether you have strong opinions about the nominees for Best Live Action Short Film, or if you have no idea what Selma‘s about, here are places to watch selfie history unfold. (more…)

02/19/15 1:39pm
chinese new year duckduck

Mmmm…New Year… via Flickr user Sheila

It’s the year of the sheep! Or goat depending on your preferred herding animal. This means fireworks, parades, and plenty of warm delicious dumplings. Given the frozen hellscape of the past few days, we are certainly down for anything that gets us out of the cold for a few hours without missing all the fun. Check out the 9th Annual Chinese New Year Celebration at duckduck (161 Montrose Avenue) tonight for free food, drinks, and other celebratory shenanigans. (more…)