01/26/16 1:28pm
Rusty Zimmerman-Crown Heights-Brokelyn

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…)

01/22/16 8:33am
Guerilla Toss is ready to rock the hell out of Market Hotel (# ) (pic by Walter Wlodarczyk)

Guerilla Toss is ready to rock the hell out of Market Hotel (#4) (pic by Walter Wlodarczyk)

1. Celebrate the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade at Shout Your Abortion, a benefit for NYAAF with speakers, music, film screenings, zines, performances and a raffle with prizes from Babeland, Jon Good Chocolates and more. (Friday, Living Gallery, FREE)

2. See a slew of dancers at FLICfest, showcasing independent choreography all weekend. Each performance includes two full-length dance theater works. (Friday & Saturday, Irondale Center, $25)

3. Get yer giggles in at Bitches Brew comedy & variety show, this week featuring Missy Baker, Shane Torres, Jake Head, Sarah Tollemache and more. (Friday, Halyards, FREE)

4. Prove that DIY WILL NEVER DIE at the triumphant grand reopening of Market Hotel—acts tonight and tomorrow include Kill Alters, Dreamcrusher, Guerilla Toss, Body Actualized Control DJs and special surprise guests. (Friday & Saturday, Market Hotel, $10) (more…)

01/19/16 1:09pm

Gotham Archery

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Well, it’s finally happened: the temperature in New York has caught up with the season. So now that it’s so cold you can’t even imagine touching your bike handlebars, it’s time to grab a bow and shoot a few arrows at Gotham Archery, an indoor archery range in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. (more…)

01/19/16 12:06pm
Coyle will de-mandala your attention

Coyle will de-mandala your attention

January is an especially stressful time for all of us, what with going back to work, and making plans for the future, and doing it all in the biting winter cold. After a long slog, we go looking for something to ease our troubled minds. Well, here’s one that’s coming to us, and costs less than a shot of bourbon.

Tonight, Australian writer and performer Nick Coyle brings his $6 guided meditation comedy show to New York for a one-night-only run at Union Hall. It’s part comedy, part cognitive therapy and it’s the cure to being stuck in another boring show.”Being trapped in a bad show where time stops and your brain is just chanting ‘bored, bored, bored, bored’ is something we can all relate to,” Coyle says. “I wanted to do a show that would relax everyone as much as possible.”

Whereas most of the city’s standard comedy shows just make you wish you were elsewhere, in this performance, Coyle promises take you there himself. (more…)

01/18/16 9:56am
Fall hard for "Rise & Fall" (#10) (pic by Caitlin Shea)

Fall hard for “Rise & Fall” (#10) (pic by Caitlin Shea)

1. Celebrate the life of the great Martin Luther King, Jr. at BAM’s annual MLK Tribute Day, which will include an art exhibition, a talk by author Michael Eric Dyson, music from the Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir and The Voice finalist Kimberly Nichole, and a screening of The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution. (Monday, BAM, FREE)

2. Ring in the Year of the Monkey at Roulette’s Japanese New Year Festival, featuring wonders like a Kendama Battle and a giant calligraphy performance, plus music, art, games, dancing and more. (Monday, Roulette in Boerum Hill, $10)

3. If you missed last week’s fantastic immersive screening of Labyrinth, you’re in luck: House of Yes is doing it again, this time showing The Man Who Fell to Earth on their huge screen, followed by a glam dance party. (Tuesday, House of Yes in Bushwick $5) (more…)

01/15/16 2:45pm
Syndicated opens tonight with $3 tickets, food and beer.

Syndicated opens tonight with $3 tickets, food and beer.

It’s not often lately that you hear the words “new” “opening” and “Bushwick” without it being about a bar with tiny cocktails or a restaurant with a woodsy name. But today is different, because Bushwick is getting its own movie theater. Syndicated, the new repertoire theater at 40 Bogart St., plans to show classics, indies and cult favorites, and opens tonight with a screening of Close Encounters of the Third Kind at 6 and 9. It’s a theater/bar/restaurant hybrid like Nitehawk but a little bit smaller, with seats for 50. But the best part is tickets are only $3. How’s that for a New York value, Ted Cruz? (more…)

01/14/16 5:00pm
So much experimental theater! (#)

Banana Bag & Bodice presents some strong and peculiar women (#4) (pic by Sue Kessler)

1. Booze it up with the Beerded Ladies at a collaborative tap takeover, featuring special brews from Other Half and Tired Hands. (Friday, Covenhoven, FREE)

2. Party with wild arts foundation Bruce High Quality as they open their new digs in Sunset Park with a performance spectacle and dance party with queer collective House of Ladosha. (Friday, Industry City, FREE)

3. Get immersed in the final weekend of The Spinning Wheel, an interactive multimedia gallery show conceived by hip-hop theater artist Baba Israel, director Leo Kay, and musician Yako 440. (Friday, BRIC, $15)

4. The Exponential Festival of experimental theater is on all weekend (and next week too!); highlights include Banana Bag & Bodice’s highly anticipated LongYarn and Jeff Seal’s super silly The Goddamn Truth. (Friday through Sunday, varies) (more…)

01/12/16 11:20am
He gonna be all right. Via.

He gonna be all right. Via.

Tonight is Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address. Even if you’ve been skipping the last few years’ worth of speeches out of fatigue at hearing the same promises and the same only-root-for-the-home-team bipartisan applause, you should probably watch tonight. Obama is in the well documented national-shortage-of-fucks-left-to-give era of his presidency, so some stuff is probably gonna go down. Maybe he’ll say “folks wanna pop off” again, maybe he’ll say something actually significant about guns, maybe he’ll acknowledge that people living in the American cities matter as much as people living in middle America, maybe he’ll drop a Kendrick lyric. Either way, there are lots of State of the Union parties around Brooklyn and other ways to watch for free. (more…)

01/11/16 2:13pm
He was really only visiting after all. Andrew Kent photo via Facebook
He was really only visiting after all. Andrew Kent photo via Facebook

Earlier this morning, we lost David Bowie, at 69, to cancer. The rockstar who many know as Ziggy Stardust had been going through a 16 month battle, unknown to anyone but his family and closest acquaintances. When the news came, it seems like all of us, together, came together to mourn the lost of The Man who Fell to Earth. It’s OK to be sad, it’s ok to play Station to Station or Hunky Dory on repeat for the next couple of hours, days or weeks.

However, we also want to celebrate the man who has touched so many people. He would want us all to put on our best red shoes and to just dance the blues away. We have a list of tributes, dance parties, screenings and more happening all week honoring Bowie. For Bowie, even we will cross lines and brave Manhattan. We got something for everyone, just like the music of David Bowie.  (more…)