06/29/15 3:58pm
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Celebrate 6 years of this, and maybe summon some sun. via Facebook

Ugh, Mondays, amirite? Or maybe not, since all days are really equally bad if you really stop to think about it. That being said, living in a place like Brooklyn gives you a good chance to distract yourself from that fact, because there are so many good things going on. Take these five things, that we found on the Brokelyn Event Calendar: all of these will be so much fun that you don’t ever stop to think about office politics or regular politics or anything beyond pure hedonistic glee. Hooray! (more…)

06/29/15 8:56am

And you thought you were attached to your bike!

1. Haven’t gotten your fill of pride? Refinery29 launches their new webseries Queens of Kings, profiling Bk drag performers. (Monday, FREE)

2. Bring your best vinyl to spin at the Gong Party at Friends & Lovers, where each DJ gets 30 minutes—or less, if the crowd hates you. (Monday, FREE)

3. Meet the eight musical sons of jazz legend Phil Cochran at MoCADA’s screening of Brothers Hypnotic. (Tuesday, $10) (more…)

06/26/15 2:03pm
Get out there and show some pride. Photo by Tom Giebel

Get out there and show some pride. Photo by Tom Giebel

Same-sex marriage is no longer a cherry picking situation of acknowledging some couples in certain states, and not in others. We have a widespread EVERY-STATE-COUNTS, #LoveWins party and everyone is invited!

It also just so happens that June is Pride Month, this weekend is NYC Pride, and today June 26, 2015 marks the day in history when the Supreme Court ruled that same sex marriage was the law of the land. Coincidence? I think not! Even if it is, no need to get hung up on that when there’s so many great ways to celebrate the occasion this whole damn weekend.

06/26/15 9:59am
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Make your own Brooklyn icon (#8), pic by Flickr user Shinya Suzuki

1. Hone your day-drinking skills at the Wythe Hotel’s monthly Lunch Beers, featuring performance artists and DJs. (Friday, FREE)

2. Don’t forget about the Spectacle Theater’s evening of contemporary Hungarian experimental cinema, An Exercise in Remembering. (Friday, $5)

3. Bring your dancing shoes to the Rock shop for a brass & drum ensemble extravaganza, with Fulaso, Batala NYC, Funkrust Brass Band, and Veveritse. (Friday, $7) (more…)

06/25/15 2:33pm
Can you see yourself getting work done in this guy? via ArtBuilt

Can you see yourself getting work done in this guy? via ArtBuilt

We know we’re always kvetching about the dearth of affordable rent in the city—creative workspaces and residential dwellings alike. But we don’t actually want to leave! We just want to see some positive change, or help make them. And now you can, too: this Saturday (June 27), Art F City is hosting a “Stay in New York” affordable workspace conference at the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows, Corona Park. It’s an all-day affair chock full of talks, tools and snacks, in the service of giving New York creatives the tools and resources to “find and keep their rents low,” so says the event.  (more…)

06/23/15 3:50pm
Upvote, or better yet, go see the show

Instead of commenting ad infinitum on threads like this, go see a live show.

It’s a telling refrain: you just stopped at home to answer some e-mails, and suddenly found yourself flaking on night plans with friends in order to troll reddit, or some such online time-sucker of a website, right? Right. We’re all guilty of sending that “sorry, I’m the worst” text so we could just watch Netflix, stalk an ex on Facebook, start a Twitter war, etcetera.

Hey, no shade intended. In fact, there’s a new bi-weekly comedy show at South 4th Bar and Café that might do just the trick to cure you of URL, IRL. (more…)

06/22/15 10:54am

So fresh & so clean (#1)

1. Slip into your choicest duds and head to Industry City for Rooftop Films’ Fresh Dressed. (Monday, FREE)

2. All aboard for Night Train with Wyatt Cenac, featuring Jared Logan, Katina Corrao, Jordan Temple, and Casey James Salengo. (Monday, $5)

3. For the ladies: learn how to turn your living room into a DIY venue at the Live Sound Workshop for Women. (Monday, FREE) (more…)

06/19/15 11:45am
How about not getting drunk at an art gallery for once? Image via Flickr user spAvAAl

How about not getting drunk at an art gallery for once? Image via Flickr user spAvAAl

A formerly private art space located on 269 Kent Ave. in Williamsburg will open its door’s to the public for the first time this Saturday, from 3 to 6pm. Instead of serving ice-cold, cheap and terrible tasting beers like PBR or Coor’s Light to visitors, Ran Tea House will be serving traditional Chinese tea.”We use tea as a starting point to try to communicate,” Director Jenny Zeng told DNAinfo about the unique alternative offered to people who visit the gallery instead of alcohol. (more…)

06/19/15 11:00am

Be sure to get as sparkly as possible (#8). Photo by Dennis on Flickr.

1. Enjoy a multidisciplinary performance evening at Crawl Chapter 3, featuring dance by the People Movers and Grace Courvoisier, plus music from Jessy Carolina & the Hot Mess. (Friday, $18–$25)

2. Dust off your soft-soled dancing shoes for Brooklyn Contra Dance with Wild Asparagus. (Friday, $15)

3. Leave your inhibitions at home and head to the Shame Game, where comics Max Silvestri, Josh Gondelman, Jacqueline Novak, and more divulge their most embarrassing secrets. (Friday, $10) (more…)

06/19/15 7:01am
Coney Island-Brooklyn-Brokelyn-Summer Guide

Looks much more fun than watching Netflix all summer. Image via Flickr user gigi_nyc

Put on your jorts, slather yourself in sunblock and cue the Ella Fitzgerald; it’s summer time, kid, and the living is easy. We-e-ll, okay, that’s not entirely true. Summer can be as expensive as any other season, unless you know how to pace yourself. After all, you’ve gota whole 94 days (plus one bonus day we’ve determined the calendar gave us) to enjoy the warmth and the good feelings that come from being outdoors Between co-workers, a significant other, social gatherings and me-time, you might find yourself a little overwhelmed.

Not to fear. Through vigorous research at the Brokelyn offices, we’ve gathered not one, not two, not 39, but 95 things to do—one for each day of summer. They range between the splurge-worthy and the completely free, so you don’t have to shell out every day to make memories. Use this guide as a go-to for how to spend your summer daze, and keep your bank account flush. First up, we’ve got June and July. So strap on your summer shoes (which might just be your shoes) and get ready to get out there. (more…)