10/27/16 10:10am
Rozay Labeija will slay you at Cryptkeepers (#4)

Rozay Labeija will slay you at Cryptkeepers (#4)

1. Start your Halloween weekend artfully with Norte Maar’s Beat Nite Greenpoint, with 10 galleries around the neighborhood open late. (Friday, Greenpoint, FREE)

2. Be a relaxed witch at Chick Flicks & Coloring, with Halloween-themed coloring books, group tarot readings, a screening of Practical Magic, midnight margaritas, and more. (Friday, Threes Brewing, $13)

3. See a slew of musicians in costume at the Halloween Cover Bands Bash, with performances of everyone from MC5 to Green Day to Marvin Gaye to Sonic Youth. (Friday & Saturday, The Gutter, FREE) (more…)

10/10/16 11:09am
Dance it up for Indigenous Peoples Day with Bulla en el Barrio (#1)

Dance it up for Indigenous Peoples Day with Bulla en el Barrio (#1)

1. Forget Columbus Day — celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day with New York–based collective Bulla en el Barrio, who will present a workshop and performance of Bullerengue, a traditional cultural expression manifested through music and dance from the Colombian Caribbean and Urabá regions. (Monday, Starr Bar, FREE)

2. Dance the night away at Rothtoberfest, with Van Halen on the jukebox all night, $4 Sly Fox Oktoberfest pints, and a free beer to anyone wearing a David Lee Roth t-shirt. (Monday, The Diamond, FREE)

3. Eat your way through the ‘hood at Feast Bed-Stuy, a food & drink crawl with discounts at Peaches Hot House, Bed-Vyne Bar, The Meat Market, and more. (Tuesday, Bed-Stuy, FREE) (more…)

09/01/16 11:03am
Clown around with Les Bunheads (#3) (pic by Muriel Leclerc)

Clown around with Les Bunheads (#3) (pic by Muriel Leclerc)

1. Start saying goodbye to the season at the Summer’s End Music Festival, three days of bands from Guerilla Toss to Mal Blum to Kississippi to Psymon Spine. (Friday through Sunday, Aviv, $10–$15 day/$30 weekend)

2. See unusual artists from all over the world at the Experi-MENTAL Performance Art Festival, including Cultural Fits, Wild Torus, Murmurists, Little Water Radio, and many more. (Friday through Sunday, Silent Barn, $10/day)

3. Yuck it up at the monthlong Clown Theater Festival, beginning tonight with a Clown Cabaret starring Les Bunheads, The Heist, Contemporary Mime, and more. (Friday, Brick Theater, $15) (more…)

08/04/16 2:30pm
Get your thrash on at the Latinx Punk Fest (#1) (pic by Walter Wlodarczyk)

Get your thrash on at the Latinx Punk Fest (#1) (pic by Walter Wlodarczyk)

1. Thrash around como una locura at the 2016 Latinx Punk Fest, three days of bands from all over the world, from Colombia to Spain to Minneapolis. (Friday through Sunday, Don Pedro and Aviv, varies)

2. Watch some strange theater at The See Throughs: A Musical, about weirdos making a band, sock puppets, baths, and more. (Friday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church; Saturday at Restoration Tabernacle, $12)

3. Immerse yourself in This Is Nothing Without You, art collective Hewman’s interactive performance on perspective and persona. (Friday & Saturday, LightSpace Studios, $15) (more…)

06/23/16 5:09pm
The right partner is all you need (#3)

The right partner is all you need (#3) (pic by Audrey Penven)

1. Drop the beat at the Downtown Brooklyn Get-Down, with a performance by Big Daddy Kane, live graffiti, hip-hop workshops, a sneaker-design contest, and more. (Friday, Albee Square, FREE)

2. Class it up at the Metropolitan Summer Recital Series, featuring arias and duets by soprano Angel Blue, tenor Ben Bliss, and baritone Alexey Lavrov. (Friday, Brooklyn Bridge Park, FREE)

3. Pair off at the Circus Revue: Trust + Love, a variety show of partnered acts like Anya Sapozhnikova and Melissa Augerre, Angela Butch and Yoni Kalai, and more. (Friday, House of Yes, $15) (more…)

05/27/16 8:00am
Queer up your Friday with Sydni Deveraux (#4) (pic by Ben Trivett)

Queer up your Friday with Sydni Deveraux (#4) (pic by Ben Trivett)

[Note: We have a whole separate roundup just for Memorial Day events!]

1. Get graphic at the launch party for New York Review Comics, which will publish new editions of old masterpieces and translations of books that have never been published in English. (Friday, BookCourt, FREE)

2. Mellow out at the Halcyon Chamber Series, performing works by Ridout, Saint-Saens, Rossini, Hovahnnes, and Bernstein. (Friday, Scholes Street Studio, $15)

3. Support lady culture at the fundraiser for Suffragette City, a DIY intersectional feminist zine, while listening to tunes from Crazy Pills, Hard Nips, Fruit & Flowers, and Decorum. (Friday, Aviv, $8) (more…)

12/11/15 8:50am
The Schlep Sisters will light allll your candles (#13) (pic by Ben Trivett)

The Schlep Sisters will light allll your candles (#13) (pic by Ben Trivett)

1. Geek out at a night of Nerd Nite lectures: topics include supervillains, celebrity scandals from the ’20s, and sci-fi’s killer ladies. (Friday, $10)

2. Get funky with the Brooklyn Ballet’s Nutcracker Sweet!, a thoroughly modern take that includes LED-spangled tutus made by NYCResistor, hip-hop and Middle Eastern dance choreography, and projections of vintage Brooklyn. (Friday through Sunday, $25)

3. Go hybrid at the Bushwick Starr’s 5th annual Puppets & Poets Festival, co-produced with Alphabet Arts. (Friday through Sunday, $18) (more…)

11/23/15 1:12pm
We're thankful for Jean Grae's amazing fashion sense (#3)

We’re thankful for Jean Grae’s amazing fashion sense (#3) (pic by Ochos Photography)

1. It’s Thanksgiving week, so start it off right by stuffing yourself at Sycamore Bar’s Friendsgiving, which promises turducken meatballs, mulled wine, and pie. Nommmm. (Monday, FREE)

2. Or if you prefer to start it off laughing, head to the Brooklyn Brewery, which has joined forces with Above Average to present an excellent comedy showcase, featuring Aparna Nancherla, Aaron Jackson, Jo Firestone, and Jon Rudnitsky. (Monday, FREE) (more…)

11/23/15 10:20am
The Way Station is one of the city's best free venues to book and has room for your giant stand up bass. via Flickr user The All-Nite Images

The Way Station is one of the city’s best free venues to book and has room for your giant stand up bass. via Flickr user The All-Nite Images

Imagine that you’re a musician in New York City, home of 8,000 bands trying to play the same venues, and someone approaches YOU on the Internet, saying they like YOUR music and want YOU to play a show. How cool is that?! Pretty cool. But you look again at the email. It’s actually a booking company that expects you to sell a certain amount of tickets. They are unclear about what will happen if you don’t sell enough tickets, but they ask that you sign an “e-contract” stating that you WILL sell tickets AND YOU’LL LIKE IT!

There are some venues in New York City that host what are known as pay-to-play gigs: a venue will say to an artist, “you can play here, but only if you agree to sell X number of tickets. Plus, you’ll be on the hook for whatever money you don’t make if you DON’T sell X number of tickets.” But there is an alternative. There are tons of places in the city where you can play a show for free. We’ve put together a list of NYC’s best venues for local musicians that won’t make you pay just to get on the stage, along with some tips on booking a show. (more…)

11/20/15 8:46am
You will not regret seeing the Regrets (#)

You won’t regret partying with the Regrets (#12) (pic by Max Branigan)

1. Go back in time at the Brooklyn Historical Society—for free this evening only. (Friday, FREE)

2. Support the great work of Interference Archive with a benefit party at Verso Books, which will include a silent auction of “social movement ephemera.” (Friday, $20)

3. Dance the night away at Zodiack: Scorpio Boxxx in the basement of the Idio Gallery, replete with “carnal performances,” gritty music, and sensual visuals. (Friday, $5 // Scorpios free) (more…)