04/17/17 9:27am
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Feel fabulous AF with Emi Grate (#2). Photo by Jessye Herrell Photography

[Ed note: Reminder, we now have a separate roundup for activism-focused events, which we encourage you to check out here.]

1. Show off your nostalgic smarts at Totally ’90s Trivia, with questions ranging from music to TV to film to pop culture, plus themed prizes and drink specials. (Monday, Way Station, FREE)

2. Have a fabulous time at Grate Night Show, a new weekly theatrical talk show starring Burmese drag star Emi Grate, this week joined by Crimson Kitty and Jessica L’Whor. (Monday, Starr Bar, FREE)

3. Hear about how to clean this borough the heck up at Superfund Brooklyn, where Executive Publisher of City Limits Jarrett Murphy talks to a panel of experts about three major BK environmental remediation projects. (Tuesday, Brooklyn Historical Society, $5) (more…)

04/03/17 10:06am
Vamp it up with Took Edalow (#6) (pic via Facebook)

Vamp it up with Took Edalow (#6) (pic via Facebook)

[Ed note: Reminder, we now have a separate roundup for activism-focused events, which we encourage you to check out here.]

1. Learn about all the good graphic novels can do for the world at Comics as a Force for Social Change, with authors John Jennings, Damian Duffy, and Thi Bui. (Monday, Greenlight Books, FREE)

2. Watch weird animation late at night at Dirty Morning Cartoons, with dozens of strange shorts by Sick Animation, Leah Shore, Nick DenBoer, Felix Colgrave, and many more, curated by Cartuna. (Monday, Lo-Res Bar, FREE)

3. Hear a host of nontraditional voices at A Path of Their Own: Asian American Creatives, with presenters including producer Jaeki Cho, curator Hawa Arsala, composer Kavita Shah, content creator Jaysn Kim, and many more. (Tuesday, BRIC, FREE)  (more…)

03/30/17 10:36am
Get lyrical with OSHUN (#2) (pic by @bettsydabait)

Get lyrical with OSHUN (#2) (photo by @bettsydabait)

[Ed note: Reminder, we now have a separate roundup for activism-focused events, which we encourage you to check out here.]

1. Hurl yourself down a mountainside (metaphorically) at Dynamic Alpine Sexual, a site-specific multimedia theatrical experience following anti-hero skiing legend Dirk Dassler. (Friday & Saturday, Umbrella Factory, $15)

2. Get lyrical at Poetry 2017: Word. Sound. Power., an eclectic showcase of spoken-word artists, including The Peace Poets, OSHUN, Frank Waln, and Lady Logic. (Friday & Saturday, BAM, $20)

3. Flaunt your feminine side at An All Alpha Female Experience, with live painting and live performances curated by Monique Cheri Welsh and Color Scenes, plus free food and wine. (Friday, Bushwick Street Art, $10) (more…)

03/20/17 10:04am
Be ravished by Jezebel Express (#3)

Be ravished by Jezebel Express (#4) (pic by slipperroom/Flickr)

[Ed note: Reminder, we now have a separate roundup for activism-focused events, which we encourage you to check out here.]

1. Laugh at illustrated jokes at the Picture This Two-Year Anniversary, where comedy from Jon Glaser, Phoebe Robinson, Jo Firestone, and Seaton Smith gets animated in real time by Bryan Brinkman, Dan Pinto, Victoria Montes, and more. (Monday, Bell House, $8)

2. Score some sweet spring duds at Thrift On, where you can “shop” your heart out at a plethora of free clothing rummage tables while DJ Shakey spins a soundtrack. (Monday, The Keep, FREE)

3. Hear a slew of bitchy screeds at Las Culturistas: I Don’t Think So, Honey, where 50 comedians, including Anna Drezen, Alise Morales, Mo Fry Pasic, Phoebe Robinson, and Julio Torres, go off for one minute each about something they hate. (Tuesday, Littlefield, $8) (more…)

01/09/17 12:57pm
Drag yourself out for an evening with Aja Queen (#8)

Drag yourself out for an evening with Aja Queen (#8)

1. Get literary at the first Franklin Park Reading Series of the new year: Short Fiction Night, featuring Adam Haslett, Mary Miller, Rion Amilcar Scott, Uzodinma Okehi, and Rebecca Keith. (Monday, Franklin Park, FREE)

2. Have an unassuming laugh at The Simple Show, with comedy from Mitra Jouhari and Nayomi Reghay, plus a lecture on the linguistic differences between liberals and conservatives by Melanie Hoff. (Monday, Bushwick Public House, FREE)

3. Be engaged at the inaugural episode of The Hook, a “political speakeasy” and live talk-show, tonight welcoming NYC City Councilmember Steve Levin to discuss whether there’s any hope in politics today. (Tuesday, Pete’s Candy Store, FREE) (more…)

01/02/17 1:03pm
Flutter into the new year with Munroe Lilly (#7)

Flutter into 2017 with Munroe Lilly (#8)

1. Start the year off groaning at 51 Worst Jokes, where comedians perform their “corniest, unrelatable, most problematic” material — and then get yanked off stage with a cane. (Tuesday, Tender Trap, FREE)

2. Or start it rocking hard at the 11th Annual Doctors Without Borders Benefit, with Runny, Mighty High, Star Spangles, Trashy, and The Whores. (Tuesday, Saint Vitus, $12)

3. Hit all the high notes at Battle of the Divas, billed as what would happen “if Roast Battle and Debate Club had a super gay baby,” with comedy, pop-culture, experts, and drag performances. (Tuesday, Union Hall, $6) (more…)

12/29/16 10:52am
See everything that 2016's got left (#) (pic by Shane Velazquez)

Kinky Demure shows off everything that 2016’s got left (#2) (pic by Shane Velazquez)

1. Dance your way into New Year’s weekend at The Interlude, with visiting French DJ Boulaone spinning Congolese-influenced and -inspired rock & roll all night. (Friday, C’mon Everybody, FREE)

2. Cap off this horrible year at Rhinestone Gorilla: Dystopian Holiday, with “brave new acts about our brave new world” from Kinky Demure, Angelique A’LaMode, Bourgie Bourgeois, Faux Prophète, and more. (Friday, Bizarre, $10–$20 suggested)

3. Get your candles lit at The First Annual Chanukahstravaganza, with a bevy of Jewish comedians including Emmy Blotnick, Matt Koff, Michael Wolf and Catherine Cohen. (Friday, Union Hall, $6) (more…)

12/27/16 11:49am
Kick the crap out of this god-forsaken year with The Hipster Heartthrob (#)

Kick the crap out of this god-forsaken year with The Hipster Heartthrob (#6)

1. Show off your smarts at Trivia Tuesdays with NYC Trivia League; prizes range from gift cards to free tix to shows at Bell House and Union Hall. (Tuesday, Fawkner, FREE)

2. Discern what it means to be human at The Adventures of Minami: The Robot From Japan Who Makes You Feel Safe When Loneliness Is Palpable, in which an android gets passed along from household to household. (Tuesday, The Brick, $18)

3. Show your love at the Swipe Left ACLU Benefit Show, with comedy from John Fugelsang, Jordan Carlos, Frank Conniff, Jo Firestone, and David Feldman. (Wednesday, Union Hall, $10)

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12/19/16 9:52am
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Go glam with Sweet Lorraine’s burlesque stylings (#6) (pic by BettinaMay1)

1. Start your holiday week off with festive cheer at Yule Log 2.016, a daylong animation showcase featuring 50 short films from a diverse array of artists. (Monday, BRIC, FREE)

2. Laugh your way through the Night Train Holiday Spectacular, with a great lineup of jokesters including Michael Che, Nimesh Patel, and Joyelle Johnson, plus puppeteer James Godwin. (Monday, Littlefield, $5)

3. Show your love of words at the inaugural Ditmas Lit reading, with BuzzFeed Books editor Isaac Fitzgerald, Lambda Literary fellow Jeanne Thornton, satirist Gabrielle Moss, and poet Tommy “Teebs” Pico. (Tuesday, Sycamore, FREE) (more…)

11/14/16 8:18am
Falana Fox is gonna nail it (#) (pic by Jenny Pierce)

Falana Fox is gonna nail it (#4) (pic by Jenny Pierce)

1. Get hype for some amazing literary ladies at the Franklin Park Reading Series’ annual Powerhouse Women Night, with six groundbreaking readers: Lynne Tillman, Alexandra Kleeman, Chloe Caldwell, Wendy C. Ortiz, Annie DeWitt, and Leigh Stein. (Monday, Franklin Park, FREE)

2. See a star-studded but still super cheap night of comedy at Night Train’s fourth Anniversary, with fab jokesters Sasheer Zamata, Chris Gethard, Michelle Wolf, Janelle James, Dan Soder, and Dave Ross — plus free pie from Daly Pie. (Monday, Littlefield, $5)

3. Learn something at Scientific Controversies: Dark Matter, a lecture and discussion between astrophysicist Janna Levin and physicists Elena Aprile and Peter Fisher on the 25 percent of the universe’s content about which we have no idea. (Tuesday, Pioneer Works, FREE) (more…)