One of the perks of living in New York City is that even bad news is met with a party. David Bowie died and 100 tribute dance parties immediately blossomed to pay tribute, Carnegie Deli closed and a line party grew outside so people could say goodbye. So this weekend, when America takes a big kick to the gut, New York City is marking the occasion not only with a bevy of protests, marches and rallies, but also with some parties to help dance away the bad vibes — and raise money for organizations that will help fight Trump and his merry band of racists and billionaires.
If you can’t make it to the big women’s march in DC on Saturday, here’s a rundown of the protests, parties and ant-inauguration events happening in Brooklyn and NYC this weekend; we’ll keep updating this list as more come in.
Mark Ruffalo, Alec Baldwin & myself will be holding a massive rally in NYC in front of Trump International Hotel this Thursday, 6pm! Come!
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) January 14, 2017
Protest at Trump International Hotel
1 Central Park West, Manhattan
Just to hammer home the point that Trump’s hometown does not think very highly of him at all, Mayor de Blasio and a handful of celebrities will lead a protest outside the Trump hotel on Thursday. Guests include Alec Baldwin, Michael Moore, the Rev. Al Sharpton, Mark Ruffalo, Shailene Woodley and Rosie Perez, along with advocacy groups like MoveOn.org.
“We are sending a message to Washington that we will fight, at every step, discrimination and harmful policies, today, tomorrow and every day,” Ruffalo said in a statement, according to NBC News.
Trump, Keep Out: A Planned Parenthood Benefit
105 Franklin St., Greenpoint
Celebrate the last day of Obama’s presidency and prepare for the Trump era with this fundraiser and party featuring a dance party DJ’d by LYLAS. All proceeds from the bar and raffle will be donated to Planned Parenthood. Raffle prizes include gifts from Glasserie, Beacon’s Closet, SAG, Dandelion Wine and more.
US O ver: The Beginning
Rubulad in Bushwick (RSVP for address)
$15, proceeds go to the ACLU
The first half of the night will be performances, including burlesque, visual, multimedia and live music. The second half of the night turns into a righteous dance party starting at 10:30pm. RSVP at: Rubulad@outlook.com.
The American (S)experience
272 Meserole St., East Williamsburg
Burlesque performers are bringing “boobsides and backsides for justice” to the Well for a night of entertainment and activism on inauguration eve. The event will be promoting information about grassroots organizing, the Women’s March on in Washington and other ways to get involved a local, national and international level.
Snatch Back! Fundraiser for Lady Parts Justice League
Gemini & Scorpio Loft
Douglass St., Gowanus
$25 presale, $15-$100 sliding scale at the door.
Gemini and Scorpio is bringing a “hand-picked lineup of irreverent performances, sexy solidarity and kinky outrage” to raise funds for the Lady Parts Justice League (who we wrote about here). The lineup includes an anti-Trump brass band, a dominatrix, dancers, spiritual drinking hymns for atheists, “lesbian Spinal Tap” and much more, including a special set from Lizz Winstead, founder of Lady Parts Justice League and co-creator of The Daily Show.
In every time zone across the country, activists are gathering outside theaters to “create a ‘light’ for dark times ahead,” and to “pledge to stand for and protect the values of inclusion, participation and compassion for everyone.”
Planned Parenthood/Anti-Inauguration Fundraiser
286 Graham Ave., East Williamsburg
The bar is hosting a silent auction and raffle fundraiser for Planned Parenthood and other progressive causes. It’s also offering up cocktail specials with all proceeds going to PP, plus free snacks.
Brooklyn Freedom Concert
338 Moffat St., Bushwick
$20-$25 (proceeds go to the Audre Lorde Project and the Brooklyn Community Pride Center)
The night before the inauguration, the Freedom Concert will be an evening of performance and art from across the spectrum inspired by the inclusivity and equality of all people. Hosted by Petra Fried, the evening will feature local musicians, new works by classical composers Alex Weston and Alyssa Weinberg, instrumentalists, Brooklyn’s own Opera Cowgirls, and spoken word.
What a Joke Comedy Festival
Various venues and times
Comedians are reclaiming the mania of Inauguration Weekend by hosting a nationwide comedy festival that benefits the ACLU. Ticket prices for the NYC shows at the Stand (Jan. 19), The Annoyance (Jan. 20) and Rough Trade (Jan. 21) range from $15-40. Comedians on the roster are a mix of local and visiting celebs: Josh Gondelman, Jo Firestone, Brett Davis, Janeane Garofalo and much more.
FRIDAY (inauguration day)
Thanks, Obama: A Dance Party Fundraiser
The Call Box, 2 Lombardy St., Greenpoint
$5 at the door; proceeds go to Doctors Without Borders
DJ Rameslam and DJ Basslines will take over the legendary Greenpoint dive bar/laser-filled dance club for a night of good tunes to dance President Obama off into the sunset, while raising money for Doctors Without Borders.
NYC Stand Against Trump: Inauguration Day Rally & March
111 Worth St., Manhattan
This permitted, anti-Trump rally and march will be family friendly and non-violent rally. Speakers are scheduled from 5:30pm-6:30pm; then the rally will march to 40 Wall Street
Just watch puppies and kitties all day
789 Church Ave., Kensington
Instead of watching the depressing spectacle of the official inauguration events, soothe your soul with 15 hours of straight dog and kitty videos at Hinterlands. “There’s two things people look at on the internet — one is all these political stories and then other is cute animals,” Hinterlands owner Sharlene Wellington told The Brooklyn Paper. “I prefer the cute animals.”
Pay what you wish admission to the New Museum
The museum usually costs $18, but it’s going pay-what-you-like on inauguration day “in recognition of art’s power to transform communities and to foster tolerance and empathy.”
Anti-Inauguration Get Down
925 Fulton St., Clinton Hill
Drink away the blues as Trump is inaugurated: The bar will be turning proceeds into a donation to the ACLU and Planned Parenthood while pumping Prince, Bowie, George Michael “and the many other musical voices who have sung for love and freedom.”
Drink Pink: A Fundraiser for Planned Parenthood
The Well, 272 Meserole St., Williamsburg
Drown your sorrows by getting drunk for cheap while also helping support PP: The bar is selling select beers for $2 each and donating all money to Planned Parenthood; plus, there will be a $1 hourly buy-in raffle of four-packs of beer from your favorite breweries.
Let America Be America Again
First floor, The Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights
The museum is presenting a marathon reading of Langston Hughes’s poem “Let America Be America Again” on Inauguration Day. A group of artists, writers, performers, activists and community members will lead the daylong reading of the 1935 poem, which you can read here. Readings take place every 30 minutes.
Beyond Patience & Fortitude
The City Reliquary Museum, 370 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg
$10/$8 for members
This is the kick off of an event series “designed to educate and empower New Yorkers in the current political climate.” The series will run from January to March, with presentations and performances to inform and inspire civic action. The kickoff will include sign-making materials, button-making stations, free posters, stickers and informational “know your rights” flyers provided by the Interference Archive and the ACLU. You can also get free copies of RESIST!, a comics newspaper commenting on a Trump presidency, published by Gabe Fowler of Desert Island Comics.
WeAreHer Live: A Night of Female Empowerment
Friends and Lovers, 641 Classon Ave., Crown Heights
FREE, $10-$20 suggested donation for Planned Parenthood and the ACLU
Start off the Trump presidency on a good not by attending this benefit concert in support of women’s rights and uplifting the community of female artists and musicians. Featuring: abbi press, RAINE, Beccs and more; stick around for the female DJ-led after party too.
Silent Barn, 603 Bushwick Ave., Bushwick
$8 to benefit the Women’s March on NYC (all ages!)
A rare all-ages show on this list, the Anti-Inaugural Ball further drives home the point of just how lame the music at the actual inaugural balls is going to be. Hosted by Shellshag and Antibodies, musical acts include Peter Stampfel, Puppies, Snakeskin Antibodies and more. Dressing up encouraged!
The Election Monologues – NYC
Jalopy Theater, 315 Columbia St., Columbia Waterfront District
Doors at 6:30pm
Suggested donation $10; Proceeds will go to the NYC Food Bank
Join Jalopy for a one-hour presentation of monologues written in response to the 2016 election. Billed as “not dogma, or propaganda, but storytelling,” the goal is to promote solidarity, reflection and moving through the emotions of this strenuous day. This is part of a national event of storytelling alongside 12 other cities in the US and Canada.
Don’t Panic: Organize!
Union Hall, 702 Union St., Park Slope
Doors at 7:30pm
$5, proceeds will be used to fund organizing events such as workshops and bus trips to DC.
Described as “A night of camaraderie and activism presented by local grassroots, independent, and Democratic Party organizers who will give concrete steps to stay active/alive in the days and months and years ahead. Learn how you can take control of your party/parties locally and on a national level to resist the dangerous national agenda of the new administration. And maybe there will be a few surprises.” Presented by You Matter, a community for organizing
Inaugural Resistance Party & ACLU Benefit
Gemini & Scorpio Loft
Douglass St., Gowanus
Suggested donation at the door of $10-$100, no one turned away
A representative from the New York Civil Liberties Union will be on hand to answer questions about the ACLU and how you can best get involved. There will be a cash bar, complimentary hors-d’oeuvres, an art raffle and other fun stuff. See a performance by Jon Grossman, who will highlight his topical material as well as some classics.
Nasty Women and Bad Hombres
Freddy’s, 627 Fifth Ave., Park Slope
Freddy’s is playing host to bands, performances, raffles and drink specials on inauguration night, with proceeds going to Planned Parenthood. The event features a silent auction and raffles with “amazing stuff” and more.
Anti-Inauguration Viewing Party
Verso Books, 20 Jay St., Dumbo
If you can’t make it to DC, join lefty press Verso for a watch party for the Anti-Inauguration event at the Lincoln Theater in DC featuring Naomi Klein, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Anand Gopal and Owen Jones. It’s BYOB, and pizza will be available for purchase
Inauguration Day Sneak Peek
33 35th St 6A, Sunset Park
Industry City is “celebrating” inauguration day by helping you get drunk, for charity. Get a sneak peek of beers from Wartega and Lineup – Brooklyn’s newest breweries – and a pour of Lone Wolf or Arcane Fernet from Arcane Distilling. Ticket proceeds go to each producer’s group of choice: Wartega’s proceeds go to International Rescue Committee; Lineup’s process go to Planned Parenthood; Arcane’s proceeds go to the Natural Resources Defense Council. Your ticket includes four beers and a shot, to take the edge off.
The Women’s March on NYC
Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, 833 First Ave., Manhattan
The big march in DC this weekend will likely draw a bigger crowd than the inauguration itself. But if you can’t make it down, a sister march is being held here in the city. More than 42,000 people have RSVP’d to the NYC event already. Find all the details and goals and the platform of marchers here.
This Machine Kills Fascists
Pine Box Rock Shop, 12 Grattan St., Bushwick
$8 donation, proceeds go to Planned Parenthood, the ACLU and the Immigrant Justice Center
Local bands Verdigrls, acorns are YUM, Juliet K, Henry Black and Riley Pinkerton are teaming up to raise money to resist Donald Trump. Featuring late-night DJing by DJ Yung Link and more.
IUD Soundsystem Planned Parenthood fundraiser
Baby’s All Right, 146 Broadway, Williamsburg
DJ IUD Soundsystem (fka One Non Blonde, aka former Brokelyn contributor Caroline Shadood) is DJing music for and by nasty women and raising money for Planned Parenthood at the same time. A percentage of the bar will go to PP, along with proceeds from a big indie-label raffle, featuring vinyl from Mute, Sub Pop, Hardly Art, Don Giovanni, Famous Class, Merge, Daptone, Saddle Creek, Partisan, Secretly Canadian and more!
Post-Inauguration Fundraiser Against Police Raids!
Jalopy Theatre and School of Music, 315 Columbia St., Columbia Waterfront District
$10 suggested donation, no one turned away
Members of #freethebronx120 and IWOC, a group for the abolition of prison and police, are hosting a panel discussion, followed by performances (poetry, music, and more) as part of this fundraiser for Bronx120, a group that seeks to end police harassment. The event will also feature a raffle, musical performances T shirts and more.
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