Hair turns 50 this year, but its messages resonate now more than ever. Photo Via Heights Players.
Looking at the internet lately has been like wearing a little doggie shock collar while you have the stomach flu. If you’re feeling similarly, it’s time to shut down the digital blitz and do something in the dark: Go to a play. Better yet, go to a Tribal Love Rock musical. Hair: The American Tribal Love Rock Musical opened on Friday and runs through Feb. 19 at The Heights Players theater in Brooklyn Heights. It has an important message for us as we step into each day of our strange new world: the resistance can be fun. Hair reminds us that every good revolution needs dancing, joy, a few joints and rock music. It is dark up ahead, but we gotta let the sun shine in.
The Heights Players are Brooklyn’s oldest self-sustaining community theater. Now celebrating their 60th season, the Heights makes its home in a church-turned-basement theater on a quiet street in Brooklyn Heights, just a few blocks from New York Harbor. Not only does the Heights turn out high-quality theater, season after season, it is a beautiful example of grassroots community organizing. The Heights is a theater of the people, by the people, for the people, and man could we use some of that right now. It’s the 50th anniversary of the show’s debut, and while the hippie musical has remained a perma-fave of the ’60s free lovin’ art genre, in 2017 it feels more than nostalgic: it feels necessary.
“The world needs Hair right now as a reminder of how free and how vocal people were about these issues,” actress Marley Nykole (who plays Abe Lincoln) told Brokelyn. “Go out and shout for what you believe in.” (more…)
The news is terrible, and even those of us who once loved the escapism of sports have had to come around to the fact that football is also terrible. What are you to do on Super Bowl Sunday when your friends will be gathering to watch Donald Trump’s favorite quarterback take on the team from John Lewis’s district? That’s a fairly compelling reason to watch the game actually, but if it’s not your thing, don’t worry: Prospect Heights bar Saint Catherine will again be streaming the ultimate comfort television: the Puppy Bowl.
The bar will be showing the adorable-a-thon all afternoon on its two big screens, with drink specials starting at happy hour. It’s a good time to get blackout drunk while staring at puppies living their carefree puppy life, which you should enjoy while you can before Trump outlaws puppies next year. UPDATE: South 4th Bar in Williamsburg is also showing the Puppy Bowl before the Super Bowl. (more…)
Signs of protest at the Women’s Marchers in DC on Saturday. Photo by Tim Donnelly/Brokelyn.
You were in pretty good company if you marched in DC, Manhattan, Antarctica or just your own living room on Saturday. The trick now is to roll that energy and momentum into continued action to keep up the pressure on the Trump administration, and on other lawmakers to keep it in check. The good news is, NYC is continuing to give you plenty of chances to protest and raise money for causes like Planned Parenthood, which bodes well for the next four years.
Here’s our latest roundup of anti-Trump events and fundraisers this week; we’ll keep updating it as more come in. (more…)
One of the perks of living in New York City is that even bad news is met with a party. David Bowie died and 100 tribute dance parties immediately blossomed to pay tribute, Carnegie Deli closed and a line party grew outside so people could say goodbye. So this weekend, when America takes a big kick to the gut, New York City is marking the occasion not only with a bevy of protests, marches and rallies, but also with some parties to help dance away the bad vibes — and raise money for organizations that will help fight Trump and his merry band of racists and billionaires.
If you can’t make it to the big women’s march in DC on Saturday, here’s a rundown of the protests, parties and ant-inauguration events happening in Brooklyn and NYC this weekend; we’ll keep updating this list as more come in. (more…)
Of course it makes sense that this little tyke would break into talk show hosting. via Youtube screengrab
We’re just two and a half weeks out from the day when Trump will become the 45th President of the United States. I know it’s hard to hear. I actually like to write it out a few times, in the hopes that either Beetlejuice or the Candyman will appear to swallow the Cheeto whole. Cheeto, Cheeto, Cheeto. Anyway, since that out is looking less and less likely, all we can do is keep protesting, encouraging our elected officials to voice our concerns where they have clout and hit up a few comedy benefits and fundraisers in between.
With that in mind, here are a bunch of worthwhile events happening from tonight through Inauguration Day in NYC. We’ll keep adding to this list as more come in, but there’s already something here to keep you busy most every night between now and then. Most of these are free and all are affordable, btw, so check out as many as you can if you have the time! (I mean, with the time any of us have left.) (more…)
Maybe NYE fireworks will help this whole faith in the world issue we’re having. via Flickr user Several Seconds
2017 can’t come fast enough. Remember January 1, 2016, when the world seemed bright and new? Aw, you probably even made some New Years resolutions.
Anyway, in the ever-present spirit of “Fuck 2016,” here’s a big pile of the best BK New Year’s Eve 2017 parties off of every train in Brooklyn, ranging from the so-cheap-they’re-free to the reasonably splurge-worthy. And there’s something suited to every taste, so long as your taste includes booze!
We’ll keep updating this list as the Facebook invitations roll in, but even if you don’t see your neighborhood bar on here, you can assume they’ll have alcohol for you on New Year’s Eve. Either way, start making your plans now! You can’t afford to just “ring in” this new year; you’re gonna have to drag it through the door and bolt all the locks. (more…)
You’ll still find plenty in bloom in the Botanic Garden throughout the winter. Via Facebook.
Two things are true right now: unseasonably warm temperatures are making this December a more tempting time to embrace the outdoors; and also the horrifying onslaught of news since election day makes you just want to stay inside and in bed forever. Don’t give in to the bed (all the time, at least). Your body needs fresh air and a walk in nature to center yourself and take a break from reading Twitter dot com every now and then.
You’re in luck because one of the best nature walks in town just became free for the winter: The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is now completely free to enter on weekdays through late February. And there’s plenty to do there, even if the trees are in winter hibernation. (more…)
The days are a little shorter, but Extra Fancy’s market will keep the holiday cheer alive. via IG
In case you thought we were all done announcing winter holiday markets after yesterday’s bonanza of a roundup, we’ve got another one for you, and it features vendors you’re unlikely to have seen anywhere else. If the humdrum Etsy fare just isn’t doing it for you right now, come around back behind Extra Fancy (302 Metropolitan Ave.) in Williamsburg tomorrow, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4 for a cozy little cloisters of jewelry, antiques, wellness products and children’s fashion.
Best of all? Drink specials for our readers! Read on to find out how to knock a few dollars off those Extra Fancy pints you’ll be drinking while you browse. (more…)
Get your photo booth outfits ready. 2015 No Office picture by BibiBooth.
Brokelyn and the skint present: The No Office Holiday Party, Brooklyn’s hottest holiday party for everyone who ain’t about that office life (or anyone who just wants to turn up without their boss watching) is coming back for its 6th year on Dec. 9! And it’s on a Friday this time, so we can truly wreck the halls.
Let’s say goodbye to this terrifying garbage fire of a year with style at Littlefield, where we’ll have live-band karaoke from the famous Rock Star Karaoke, DJ Doctor Mister spinning holiday tunes, a holiday photo booth, sexy Santa and Lady Santa, tasty food from Yeah Dawg and drink specials, plus lots of surprises in store this year, including some to help you take out your anger (hint: start saving up all the mean things you ever wanted to say to your boss).
Daniel Ellis-Ferris (left) and Brianna Maury (right). via WeWork
The first time I interviewed Brooklynites Brianna Maury and Daniel Ellis-Ferris about their indie opera company, LoftOpera, we met up at a coffee shop in the Lower East Side. That was in 2014. When I reached out this year, Maury invited me to meet her at Loft Opera’s office, a spacious unit with a view inside the spiffy WeWork co-working space in Dumbo.
It’s not hard to imagine how LoftOpera grew into such a successful business venture. The concept of accessible, hip opera for a young crowd at just $30 a ticket is unique (by comparison, Met Opera tickets cost $200 and up); what’s more, Maury and Ellis-Ferris are two of the most business-minded art nerds I’ve ever met. In just two years under their aegis, LoftOpera has gained enough critical acclaim to poach The Metropolitan Opera’s Sophia Dumaine, formerly the Met’s Gifts Coordinator, as Development Director for their company.
And there’s another boast in order: Next month, LoftOpera is staging Macbeth — yep, it’s an opera, too — at the soon-to-be MAST chocolate factory in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, owned by the now infamous Mast Brothers. Brokelyn sat down with Maury to chat about the company’s growing success, the marriage of opera and chocolate, and what it is that makes successful people so easy to criticize.
“A lot of people have said we’re ruining the art form,” Maury, 26, told us. “When you’re doing something right, people can’t help but hate you.” (more…)