red hook initative

Help them, help you, at Th Diamond on Sunday. via Facebook

In the famous words of the internet and some guy on TV, winter is coming. That means it’s time to switch out your closet replacing all those fun summer clothes with parkas and flannel. Instead of banishing your t-shirts to a forgotten corner of your room for the next five months, do some good by bringing them to a clothing swap to support the Red Hook Initiative at The Diamond. (more…)

10/10/14 12:52pm
Chat about The Craft, even if you don't practice the craft

Chat about The Craft, even if you don’t practice the craft

When Halloween falls on a week day, Brooklyn celebrates Halloween all month long. This year, Halloween is on a Friday and well, that’s still not stopping us from partying with witches and goblins all throughout the month of October, nor are we excluding Mondays. On this upcoming Monday, October 13, femme-centric film podcast Bonnie & Maude is hosting a spooky “Monday the 13th” evening of music and presentations centered around witchcraft seen in movies, pop culture and television called All of Them Witches at the Bell House (Monday the 13th, get it?! Don’t turn inside out!). (more…)

10/09/14 3:41pm
romy and michelle's high school reunion

Dress to impress, your old high school crush just might be there

So it turns out we’re not the only kids on the block celebrating turning high school memories from youthful regrets to grown up good times. Our pals over at the skint are giving beloved ugly ducklings to beautiful swans movie Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion the dance party tribute it deserves with Time After Time: Romy and Michele’s Tribute Dance Party at Littlefield on Saturday night. Torn at the idea of paying $5 in advance or $7 at the door, but then not being able to buy a nice guy a drink? Well check it out, you can win a pair of tickets from us! (more…)

10/09/14 9:42am
Roll up in the rink like

Roll up in the rink like

1. Before Citizens plays at Webster Hall, they’re giving a free show at Fred Perry Brooklyn Surplus Shop. (Friday)

2. Roth-toberfest is the Van Halen pig roast we never realized we were missing. (Friday)

3. Making Movies creates a sound that sounds like Buena Vista Social Club jamming with Jimi Hendrix. Hear them free at the Knitting Factory. (Friday) (more…)

10/08/14 2:49pm
The roller disco at Lola Star will be like this, but on roller skates. So really, really scary

The roller disco at Lola Star will be like this, but on roller skates. So really, really scary

‘Tis the season to put out the pumpkins, deck the halls with boughs of cobwebs and stir your cauldron pot, because Halloween is in our midst. In the real world, Halloween is when kids dress up in costumes and beg for candy. In Brooklyn World, Halloween is the occasion to party and no other boroughs can say anything about it. So don your creepiest outfits and head out to the hottest happenings in BK. (more…)

10/07/14 4:08pm
devour hour

Doesn’t matter how funny they are when you’re eating free empanadas. But they’ll probably be funny. via Flickr user Pablo Flores

Friends don’t let friends stay hangry. Seriously, your stomach’s empty and you turn into a nightmare until somebody stuffs a bodega sandwich into you. Before you rage against the world for not letting you eat that bike tire turned doughnut, drop by Hank’s Saloon (46 3rd Ave) Wednesday, October 8 for their debut monthly comedy show Devour Hour, offering free food and and some seriously funny entertainment. (more…)

10/06/14 10:21am
drink and draw macri park

The drinks will enhance your skills immensely. via Facebook

1. Kick off autumn with free skee ball and a funniest flannel contest at Full Circle Bar. (Monday)

2. Macri Park Bar brings in a model for you to sketch at Drink and Draw. (Tuesday)

3. Manifesto is taking over the People’s Republic of Brooklyn with laughter for the people. (Tuesday) (more…)

10/03/14 1:12pm
the outsiders

Whatever face that is that Patrick Swayze is making, that’s how you’ll feel if you miss this

If you grew up in the American public education system, you’re probably familiar with The Outsiders, the classic novel of class war told through the lens of teenage feels and sock hops. It made enough of an impact on America to get banned a few times and remains controversial because it’s about gangs and bad teens, but the folks at the Silent Barn (603 Bushwick Avenue, Bushwick) found a way to make squares uncomfortable with the book even more uncomfortable by hosting a marathon reading of the book done by drag kings this Sunday. Will it be better than the traveling play version of the book some of us had to see in middle school? Definitely. (more…)

10/02/14 9:29am
We hope your outfit's as glamdamn good as this.

We hope your outfit’s as glamdamn good as this.

1. Go ahead and just Freakout with some garage rock at Don Pedro. (Friday)

2. Claim the glory that comes with starting a soul train at this funk and R&B dance party. (Friday)

3. Pink Floyd show The Machine is performing at The Brooklyn Bowl and they wish you were here. (Friday) (more…)

10/01/14 8:55am
open house new york

Learn all about how Williamsburg’s always been a trendsetter, at the Weylin B. Seymour building

The strength and depth of your knowledge of Brooklyn’s architectural roots, history, and the cultural relevance of such is directly correlated with your status as a Brooklynite and more importantly a measure of just how “hip” you are. And you are hip right? Just kidding, we don’t really care, and hopefully you don’t really either, but with Open House New York tours going on next weekend, you can get hip to some of Brooklyn’s best kept secrets. OHNY tours will open the doors to some of Brooklyn’s most interesting and historically notable sites, and invite you to appreciate learning cool new things while listening to experts enlighten you in areas outside of your usual knowledge.

On the weekend of October 11-12 the 12th Annual OHNY will grant the public free access to over 300 buildings and sites of historical and cultural significance throughout all five boroughs. Some locations feature guided tours with architects and experts sharing relevant site specific information while others grant “open access” for you to explore at your own pace. Most of the weekend is free, but some of the more popular sites require reservations for a modest fee of $5. Ye be warned; these will fill up fast, very fast, so be ready when advance registration for reservations opens at 11am on October 1, right here.

With so much to see and do in so little time though, we’ve compiled a list of 10 of our favorite tours to take right here in Brooklyn. (more…)