08/24/15 3:59pm
Here's your chance to see The Special Without Brett Davis without having to go all the way to Manhattan. Photo by Orlando Olier, via Facebook

Here’s your chance to see The Special Without Brett Davis without having to go all the way to Manhattan. Photo by Orlando Olier, via Facebook

The Brooklyn Comedy Festival is upon us, and you might be forgiven for thinking, “Hey, aren’t we living the Brooklyn Comedy Festival every day?” Well yes in a sense we are, but who are we to look an entire comedy festival gift horse in the mouth, especially when it means stumbling into a number of bars means a chance to see some of the city’s best comics all performing together, including in some shows that usually only happen in Manhattan. Still, unless you clone yourself you’re not going to be able to make it to every show in the festival (and if you do clone yourself maybe do more than just watch comedy). So, we’re here to help with our recommendations on which shows you should be checking out each night week in order to maximize your laughs. (more…)

08/24/15 10:58am
street trash shit is melting

Have a face-meltingly good week.

1. Surely you’ve always thought your face was too empty, so why not check out Steve Girdrd’s evening of short films at Videology, Movies That Make Your Eyeballs Grow More Eyeballs? (Monday, FREE)

2. Brooklyn Comedy Festival is going strong all week, with super special editions of all your favorite shows. Tonight is the BKCF Night Train, with guest host Seaton Smith and performances by Myq Kaplan, Michelle Buteau, Kevin Barnett, Charles McBee, and DJ Jean Grae. (Monday, $5)

3. Suck in your tummy and head to powerHouse Arena to launch Alexandra Kleeman’s debut novel You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine, which Vogue calledFight Club for women.” (Tuesday, FREE) (more…)

08/24/15 8:22am
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Sorry Boots, your revolution is in another castle. via Facebook

You know, usually Monday comes around and I’m all glum and tell you guys to enjoy the night in spite of the fact that it’s Monday. Screw that today though, holy crap did you see Jon Stewart hit John Cena with a chair last night? Attack the week like you’re making a vicious and unexpected heel turn, starting by going out and having a great time at one of these events pulled from the Brokelyn Event Calendar. (more…)

08/21/15 9:06am

Happy birthday, beautiful stranger

1. The four-day, 30-act Brooklyn Country Music Fest is already under way! Head to the Bell House to get in on it. (Friday through Sunday, $15–$25)

2. Be awed by the “professional mindfuckery” of Wondershow, three nights of magicians, mentalists, and mischief-makers at the Muse. (Friday through Sunday, $20)

3. Prepare your ears for a night of “Mipsterz”—musicians with “Muslim-ish backgrounds”—at Baby’s All Right, including The Kominas, Bobby Friction, DJ Rekha, and DJ Haram. (Friday, $12) (more…)

08/20/15 4:11pm
Scears is just your modern-day Sleeping Beauty

Scears is just your modern-day Sleeping Beauty. Photos by Anna Martynushkina

Dating apps just not cutting it for you? Having trouble meeting “the one” organically? Well, this isn’t exactly a solution, but it’s another option: on Saturday, August 22, Bushwick-based performer Scears Lee will go to sleep on the floor of the Glasshouse Gallery, and go on a date with anyone who can wake him up. That person could be you.

“I have created this piece to find a spiritual companion,” writes Lee, 25. “All participants who view the performance must kiss me.” (more…)

08/19/15 9:34am
Take a flying leap at the day

Take a flying leap at the day

Hey wow, it’s Wednesday already, where did the week go? Down the same hole you always seem to lose time down I suppose. Still, you’re halfway to the weekend, which is such good news you should be singing “If You’re Happy and You Know It” or something. Maybe not that, maybe just go out and do one of these fun things pulled off the Brokelyn Event Calendar. Less weird than just singing out loud to yourself. (more…)

08/18/15 9:43am
Finally, a place to go where a pizza face is honored and respected.

Finally, a place to go where a pizza face is honored and respected.

It’s another dang Tuesday, but at least it’s Tuesday in the summer. On a Tuesday in the summer, you can get outside and enjoy things, as opposed to any upcoming Tuesdays in October and November, where if it’s warm enough to enjoy anything outside you have to worry about this finally being the day it’s so hot worldwide the ice caps finish melting and the angry ocean swallows you. So! Here’s some fun things to do, found on the Brokelyn Event Calendar. Get out there and enjoy one. (more…)

08/17/15 2:18pm
If this is the kind of thing that happens at a normal Macauly Culkin Show, imagine what will happem at their big festival

If this is what happens at a normal Macaulay Culkin Show, imagine what will happem at their big festival.

Last year, we were privilged to be able to see 19 of Brooklyn’s best comedians jump on stage for five minutes at a time at the world’s first Macaulay Culkin Show Summer Comedy Fest. Of course, that was last year, and everyone knows that the summer is made for sequels. Lucky for us then that yet another Avengers-like lineup of Brooklyn comedians is converging on Shea Stadium this weekend for the Macaulay Culkin Show Summer Comedy Fest 2, another star-studded comedy Event. With any luck it’ll avoid Age of Ultron‘s missteps, particularly the way they handle the use of Black Widow. (more…)

08/17/15 10:59am

You can see why they call her the Maine Attraction [photo by Joe Carabeo]

You can see why they call her the Maine Attraction [photo by Joe Carabeo]

1. Start your week off sexy with a new monthly cabaret at C’mon Everybody, featuring sultry burlesquing from the Maine Attraction, Gal Friday, Voodoo Onyx, and Storm & Jerome, hosted by famed drag king Murray Hill. (Monday, FREE)

2. Or start it off science-y, by taking a Microbe Safari at the Brooklyn Brainery, where you’ll learn about the 100 trillion bacterial cells you’re inadvertently hosting (not recommended for hypochondriacs). (Monday, $10)

3. Heal thyself at Harriet’s Apothecary Freedom Schoolan intentional space where you can explore alternative healing and wellness strategies. Part of MoCADA’s Soul of Bk Festival, an annual exploration of art & culture in Brooklyn’s African diaspora. (Tuesday, FREE) (more…)

08/17/15 8:18am


Well, it’s Monday again, but there’s a piece of good news to come along with it at least. The good news is that it’s supposed to be a hot one today. Embrace the hot one, hold on to the muggy weather and the sweat, beause soon you won’t have it anymore, you’ll have sweaters and heavy coats instead. Sorry, didn’t mean to be a downer, because other than the heat, you have all these great things to do tonight courtesy of the Brokelyn Event Calendar. (more…)