03/07/16 4:00pm
City Hall should get ready to witness a little choral history. via Wikipedia

City Hall should get ready to witness a little choral history. via Wikipedia

For reasons that are pretty much just angry men saying “because reasons,” rape is still a very serious and global threat to women in the year 2016. International Women’s Day is tomorrow (March 8), and we hope you’ll take the opportunity to decry rape and other battles women are still fighting this year, while celebrating the small victories we’ve had along the way.

One New York comedian, 39-year-old Jess Delfino, is out to prove that the tone of International Women’s Day can be both light-hearted and serious with a press conference and performance by the newly-formed Rape Whistle Choir of America. (Yes, that’s exactly what it sounds like.) The choir is the longtime brainchild of Delfino, who was getting tired of always using her standup as a soapbox for her feminism. She filled us in on tomorrow’s event, and told us all about her group of whistle-blowing women out to harmonize with the issue at hand.  (more…)

03/04/16 10:04am
Find out what these ladies are so scared of at Rhinbecca, NY. Photo by Hunter Canning

Find out what these ladies are so scared of at Rhinbecca, NY. Photo by Hunter Canning

Last week we told you to go see a play in Bushwick, because it would make you ask yourself why the heck you still live in New York. This week we’re telling you to go see a play in Williamsburg, because it might just get you laid.

Rhinbecca, NY is what some have called an “insane little piece of theatre” by New York-based indie theatre company Theater Reconstruction Ensemble (TRE) playing at the Brick Theater starting tonight (March 4). It’s an original play loosely inspired by the films of Alfred Hitchcock (Rebecca, Vertigo, The Birds) and the plays of Eugene Ionesco (Rhinoceros, Exit the King, The Killer).

TRE is just five years young, but the work of its 30-year-old director, John Kurzynowski, has already inspired a thinkpiece or two. And here’s the real reason to go: unlike stodgy Broadway and off-Broadway plays where you see the show and then vacate the premises, TRE’s shows are notorious for ending off with a trip to the nearest bar, accompanied by a cast that can drink you under the table. So it’s more than just theatre: it’s also a cheap thrill with people you’d actually enjoy hanging out with — including me, your trusty Brokelyn managing editor. Yes, I’m part of the ensemble! (more…)

02/29/16 4:22pm

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We have a confession to make. We’re TV junkies. Don’t get us wrong — we would never sacrifice an opportunity to get outside even for our most favorite show but we definitely enjoy a weekday night parked on our couch, remote in hand. One of the shows we frequently turn to when nothing’s on is American Ninja Warrior. So when we got a tip from one of our readers that a parkour gym in Bushwick called Brooklyn Zoo, which opened in 2014, offers a Ninja Warrior class, we grabbed a few of our friends and went to check it out. (more…)

02/26/16 12:59pm
Made in NY is trying to ensure the Oscars aren't so white in the future.

Made in NY is trying to ensure the Oscars aren’t so white in the future.

This Sunday is the Oscars, a great time to celebrate cinema, talk about diversity in media and watch the most gorgeously dressed formalized reach-around in modern society. While others are complaining about the diversity issue or calling for a boycott, there’s one Oscar party in town that’s actually seeking to fix the problem of #OscarsSoWhite. Dylan Marron — the creator of the web series Every Single Word, which makes supercuts of  the often-sparse dialog spoken by characters of color in movies — is hosting an Oscars screening party Sunday to raise money for a local charity that helps low-income New Yorkers get involved in the film industry. It’s a joke-along, live commentary style event featuring some of our favorite people, including Sean Rameswaram of WNYC and Broad City writer Naomi Ekperigin. The event came together in just a few weeks in response to the lack of diversity in the nominations, Marron tells Brokelyn.

“The day the Oscar nominations came out, I felt furious,” he said. “We don’t have to boycott he Oscars, we can watch them and help raise money for a cause that will hep make sure Oscars won’t be so white for so long.”  (more…)

02/23/16 2:00pm
It's just your typical tropical hotel, where the cabana boys get handsy. via Instagram

It’s just your typical tropical hotel, where the cabana boys get handsy. via Instagram

Dying to get out of New York for a while? You might not have to take a plane to do it. Well, not a real one, anyway: The Grand Paradise is an immersive tropical escape in Bushwick that you can find through a pair of double doors on Troutman Street anytime between now and March 31. You’ll board a “plane,” watch an instructional safety video, then touch down at a strange beach resort far, far away and party with a group of impish hotel staff for one sensuous midsummer night.

You might be rolling your eyes at the above description, and understandably so: immersive theatre like this — you know, the kind that rips you from the teat of New York life only to deposit you in a virtuosic arena where people are going to touch you whether you like it or not — is a polarizing experience. And it doesn’t help that this one costs upwards of $100 to see. But asking yourself why you chose to live in New York (or more specifically, Brooklyn) when there are so many other cities in the world you could have gone to isn’t nearly so divisive. And that’s exactly what this show does.

Heck, that’s why Brokelyn writes about anything at all. Between real estate crises, political armageddon and neighborhoods losing their personalities left and right, we’re constantly asking ourselves, what’s left? What’s stopping all of us from moving to Detroit, anyway?
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02/10/16 11:42am

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Sometimes it seems like everybody’s family but ours took an annual ski trip, which means that most of our friends grew up going to resorts and know how to navigate them come adulthood. We, on the other hand, feel like a fish out of water every time we visit a new ski slope, and last weekend’s trip to Hunter Mountain was no exception. So to pass the time while we waited in the (wrong) line to rent gear, we made a checklist of tips that will help your first few trips to a new ski hill go off without a hitch. (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…)