02/20/17 11:00am
This week in anti-Trump activism in NYC: Not my President's Day edition

Photo from Sunday’s #IAmAMuslimToo rally in Times Square. (John Devanney/Twitter)

Let’s get a few things straight: #resistance should obviously mean more than Tweeting “hey, stop that” at the president, but it doesn’t exclusively mean attending every single rally and march outside Trump Tower, either. This week, we’ve compiled plenty of ways for you to get involved in grassroots activism at the most vital level, from letter writing to fighting against climate change. Local organizing may not be sexy, but someone’s got to do it (and that someone is you!). (more…)

02/06/17 12:00pm
Wail it out with The Cowmen (#8)

Wail it out with The Cowmen (#8)

1. Hear a new perspective on a very useful skill at Best Friends Forever: The Science of Cooperation, a talk by evolutionary ecologist Dr. Aniek Ivens covering everything from ant colonies to the bacteria in our guts. (Monday, Genspace, FREE)

2. Answer some unusual questions at Queerious February: Our Queer World, a trivia night geared toward LGBTQ folks with themed cocktails, raffles, prize bags, and guest performer Vic Sin. (Monday, Way Station, FREE)

3. Get comfortably morbid at Death Café, hosted by “death educator” Amy Cunningham, where people gather to share their thoughts and feelings on mortality over coffee and snacks. (Tuesday, Green-Wood Cemetery, FREE) (more…)

12/12/16 1:14pm
I CAN go for that. (#6)

I CAN go for that. (#6)

1. Enliven your literary self at the Franklin Park Reading Series season finale, featuring mystery writer and social activist Walter Mosley, plus fiction writers and memoirists Teddy Wayne, Jason Diamond, Alice Sola Kim, and Janice Lee. (Monday, Franklin Park, FREE)

2. Get your panties in a slight bunch at Titillating Trivia Night, an hour and a half of “mildly offensive” questions about movies, hosted by John Duda & Ryan Davis at a volunteer-operated theater. (Monday, Video Revival, FREE)

3. Listen as book people pick up guitars at the Battle of the Literary Bands, featuring ukulele swing from The Dottie Parkers, power pop from No Sky God, ’80s Americana from The Delorean Sisters, and more; proceeds go to PEN America. (Tuesday, Pete’s Candy Store, FREE) (more…)

09/26/16 4:00pm
Give a (hand-)standing ovation to Kristina Nekyia (#10) (pic by Sam Prudencio)

Give a (hand-)standing ovation to Kristina Nekyia (#10) (pic by Sam Prudencio)

1. The presidential debates are tonight, and you’re probably not going to want to watch them alone — or sober. So we made you a roundup of 20 bars broadcasting the bloodsport, from Greenpoint to Bay-Ridge, many with drink specials and absurd accompanying commentary. (Monday, various venues, FREE)

2. Or perhaps you want something that’s just straight-up absurd, with not even a nod toward today’s terrifying political reality? You’re in luck: House of Yes is reprising its Ketamine: The Musical, a “psychoactive and disassociative” spectacle that is totally guaranteed to take your mind off the reality of the day. (Monday & Tuesday, House of Yes, $20 w/ Brokelyn discount at link)

3. Learn rotten lessons at Bad Advice From Bad Women, with DGAF writers including emoji scholar Estelle Tang, dog mom Leopoldine Core, feminist force of nature Nona Willis Aronowitz, and witch poet Jasmine Gibson; hosted by sugar addict Charlotte Shane. (Tuesday, Word, FREE) (more…)

08/22/16 12:00pm
The Schlep Sisters bring new meaning to the phrase "good-time gals" (#10)

The Schlep Sisters bring new meaning to the phrase “good-time gals” (#10)

1. This week marks 100 years of the National Park Service. Today’s Centennial Celebration includes an ice cream social, music from Ramblin’ Dan and Atlas Genius, a talk and interactive puzzling with Bill Nye the Science Guy, and a DJ set by Questlove. (Monday, Brooklyn Bridge Park, FREE)

2. For a much boozier anniversary celebration, head to the Dorothy Parker Birthday, which includes a distillery tour and gin-making lesson, martini specials, and readings from Parker’s works. (Monday, The Shanty, FREE)

3. The Brooklyn Comedy Fest is in town, and tonight is a BCF special edition of the BackFat Variety Show, starring Hari Kondabolu, Jo Firestone, Junior Assassin, Kerry Coddett, Liz Magee, and Dan Wilbur. (Tuesday, 61 Local, FREE) (more…)

07/25/16 2:00pm
Get into the groove with Elle McQueen (#10) (pic by JKREALBOY)

Get into the groove with Elle McQueen (#10) (pic by JKREALBOY)

1. Put on your dancin’ shoes for Urban Bush Women: How We Got to the Funk, a participatory examination of history through the lens of African American social dances from 1955 through the present. (Monday, BRIC, FREE)

2. See a slew of strangeness at I Have a Crazy Idea to Perform for the King and Queen, a variety show with magician Nelson Lugo, drag king Vigor Mortis, storytellers Will Lee and Michelle Carlo, poet Allison Sylvia, actor Hank Burkhalter, and singer/songwriter Phil Cohen. (Monday, Threes Brewing, $5 suggested)

3. Giggle through BackFat Comedy Variety Show, with funny folks like Julio Torres, Doogie Horner, Casey James Salengo, and Samantha Badnarz, plus hosts Emily Winter and Larry Mancini. (Tuesday, 61 Local, FREE) (more…)

06/13/16 1:00pm
Make like a woodsman and chop something (#)

Make like a woodsman and chop something (#8)

1. Channel all your weekend fun into something lyrical at the Brooklyn Poets Yawp, a monthly workshop and open mic. Tonight’s workshop leader is the poetically named Sampson Starkweather, and one of the evening’s readers will be declared Poet of the Month by audience vote. (Monday, 61 Local, $5)

2. Freak yourself out with some throwback paranoia at Fear-Indexing The X-Files, a presentation by artists Steve Warwick and Nora Khan on their ongoing project documenting the groundbreaking series’ “conspiracy theories, urban legends, and endless figurations of bogeymen” and how they relate to the psychological anxieties of ’90s internet culture. (Monday, UnionDocs, $9)

3. For a second day in a row of otherworldliness, head to a lecture on Mysterious Beast Monsters by Brooklyn Brainery co-founder Jonathan Soma, who promises to talk not just Loch Ness but also modern-age dinosaurs, child-stealing birds, and more. Ticket price includes a beer from Threes Brewing. (Tuesday, Berg’n, $12) (more…)

04/25/16 2:20pm
Flavor of Live

Relive Flavor Flav’s dating show with the Flavor of Live (#8) (pic by Joseph Quinn)

1. Dearly beloved, gather in Bushwick to Get Thru This Thing Called Life: a Prince dance party with a half-dozen DJs including Frankie Teardrop, Edith Pop, Ohaileigh, Knifesex, and more. (Monday, Happyfun Hideaway, FREE) (For our ongoing list of Prince tributes, parties, and other events, go here.)

2. Did you know that crows can make tools, and elephants are self-aware? Join primatologist and bestselling author Frans de Waal at Secret Science Club to learn about different kinds of animal intelligence and what we can learn about the human mind by studying animal cognition. (Monday, Bell House, FREE)

3. “A pattern adapted by nature to help a killer blend in has been adapted by culture to make a fashionista stand out.” Learn a lot about the History of Leopard Print at burlesque star Jo “Boobs” Weldon’s illustrated lecture — proceeds go toward Jo’s Traveling Museum of Leopard Print. (Tuesday, Morbid Anatomy, $10) (more…)

02/22/16 2:54pm
Get glittery at POLARI (#) (pic by Krys Fox)

Get glittery at POLARI (#6) (pic by Krys Fox)

1. The fun roving event Drag Bingo has moved again—tonight it’s in Bed-Stuy, hosted by the great drag king Murray Hill, along with special guest and marvelous burlesquer Maine Attraction. (Monday, C’mon Everybody, FREE)

2. NY Obscura Society’s Cinema Club has put together Monday Night Matinee: an evening of curated short films that harkens back to the Golden Age of cinema, presenting newsreels, serials, cartoons, and other shorts from the 1930s through the 1960s. (Monday, Videology, $12)

3. Although Valentine’s is firmly behind us, it’s always a good time to learn about the science of love. The Secret Science Club welcomes a biological anthropologist to answer some questions about romance, brain chemistry, and Tinder. (Tuesday, Bell House, FREE) (more…)

11/03/15 1:30pm
Submit to the Full Nelson at Double Windsor. via Instagram

Submit to the Full Nelson at Double Windsor. via Instagram

In spite of the occasional 75-degree sneak attack (“I’ll never let go!”- Summer 2015), the calendar says fall has arrived in Brooklyn, so who are we to argue. And as far as seasonal booze is concerned, the dessert-in-a-pint known as pumpkin ale tends to reign supreme. Now, let’s be clear: we at Brokelyn love us some pumpkin ale (to the point of creating a definitive list of the best!). But we need not think of it as the be-all-and-end-all of getting your autumnal drink on…not when hard cider exists in the world! Cider is having a moment right now; there’s even a Manhattan bar completely dedicated to tap ciders from around the world. Brooklyn might not have an all-cider-all-the-time spot, but there are plenty of neighborhood bars with cider lists that extend beyond the usual Magner’s and Woodchuck. Here are a few great options: (more…)