03/09/17 11:11am
Bend some genders with Viktor Devonne (#) (pic by by Atticus Stevenson)

Bend some genders with Viktor Devonne (#15). Pic by Atticus Stevenson

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

1. Experience international art at Expressions of Middle Eastern Culture, with a screening of The Iran Job, an artist talk by Tarik Sadouma, music from Meredith Monk and Malak el-Nasser, and belly-dancing by Malayeem. (Friday, San Damiano Mission, FREE)

2. Pay your respects to Big Poppa at the opening of 20 B.I.G. Years, three days of art in homage to the Notorious B.I.G. in his own neighborhood. (Friday, Bishop Gallery, FREE)

3. Play around daintily at Game Night: Feminist Politics, featuring interactive, creative games made by artists Rebecca Goyette, Desiree Des, and Željka Blakšić. (Friday, Soho20 Gallery, FREE) (more…)

01/12/17 10:31am
Get on down with Soul Science Lab (#4) (pic by Sindayiganza)

Get on down with Soul Science Lab (#5) (pic by Sindayiganza)

1. Dork out at the Nerd Nite, with lectures on mind-reading, the science of hangovers, and the history of music videos. Come early for trivia before the presentations. (Friday, Littlefield, $10)

2. See some northerly artistry at BarnFest 2017, a showcase of works developed at the Barn Arts Collective in Maine, with 20+ performances throughout the weekend. (Friday through Sunday, Cloud City, $12)

3. Listen to literature in many languages at Us & Them, a writer/translator reading series featuring Bonnie Chau, Elisa Wouk Almino, Jeremy Tiang, and Virginia Konchan. (Friday, Molasses Books, FREE)

4. Hear from smart and funny folks at Pulitzer Surprises, with a slew of comedians including Hasan Minhaj, Eliza Cossio, and Caroline Schaper, plus actual Pulitzer Prize-winner Amy Harmon. (Friday, Union Hall, $6) (more…)

08/25/16 1:00pm
Get your giggles on with Reggie Watts (#3) (image via PopTech/Flickr)

Get your giggles on with Reggie Watts (#3) (image via PopTech/Flickr)

1. Take in some drama at the Bed-Stuy Theater Group’s August in August, with performances this weekend of “Two Trains Running” by August Wilson. (Friday in Fulton Park; Saturday in Herbert Von King Park, FREE)

2. Check out Smash Industries, a brand new community space, at a pre-opening party with music by Cutters, Forfeit, Zanois, and more, plus a visual art gallery, a mosaic-making room, and more. (Friday, Smash Industries, $10)

3. Laugh it up at the Brooklyn Comedy Festival, with shows all weekend from Knitting Factory to the Bell House starring Reggie Watts, Julie Klausner, Phoebe Robinson, and tons more. (Friday through Sunday, varies) (more…)

08/11/16 3:09pm
Rock out with Sharkmuffin (#4)

Rock out with Sharkmuffin (#3)

1. Buy yourself something nice at the Bushwick Night Market, with local vendors, live performances, DJs, and more. (Friday, Silent Barn, FREE)

2. See some musical art at Vinyl Vandals: Brasilian Edition, showcasing old record albums “remixed” into new art, with a half-dozen DJs sountracking the afterparty. (Friday, C’mon Everybody, $5)

3. Wish Pancakes & Whiskey a rollicking good birthday at their bash with The Skins, Sharkmuffin, and The Teen Age. (Friday, Rough Trade, $10) (more…)

07/21/16 1:50pm
Rock out with the Starlight Girls (#4)

Rock out in a new spot with the Starlight Girls (#4)

1. Learn how to protect yourself at the CryptoParty, a hands-on evening of email encryption, cyberpunk geniuses, and digital defense — plus snacks. (Friday, NYC Resistor, FREE)

2. Get farcical at Spiegelworld comedic circus extravaganza Vegas Nocturne, “the worst night of the greatest show that nobody ever saw.” (Friday, House of Yes, $20)

3. Laugh it up at Sasheer Zamata: Party Time!! Outdoors! with guests Jermaine Fowler, Yamaneika Saunders, and Molly Austin, and now in a new spot in Industry City. (Friday, The Landing, $10) (more…)

05/27/16 3:00pm
Dance your face off with DJ Ali Coleman (#)

Dance your face off with DJ Ali Coleman (#6)

1. Plan for a cruelty-free feast at Haymarket’s Vegan Memorial Day Sale, with 10 percent off all BBQ supplies, plus treats by pop-up vendors Ponycakes, Brooklyn Whiskers, and Yeah Dawg. (Haymarket’s Corner, FREE)

2. Compete for swag prizes at Syndicated’s Downeast Cider Popup, featuring an oh-so-challenging single-hole putt-putt course, plus cider cocktails and a special cider-infused meal. (Syndicated BK, FREE)

3. Gorge and groove and gorge again at the YES Memorial Day BBQ // Pig Roast & Dance Party, with tunes by Tunico, Bonzai, and Saint Glock. (House of Yes, FREE) (more…)

05/17/16 8:32am
This wonderful book awaits you at Hope & Anchor's karaoke night. Photo by Katy Hershberger.

This wonderful book awaits you at Hope & Anchor’s karaoke night. Photo by Katy Hershberger.

I sing a lot of karaoke. It’s not something I’m proud of, and also, it’s something I’m extremely proud of. It’s not about belting the perfect rendition of “Since U Been Gone” (that song is actually crazy hard to sing). It’s about a feeling, a community, and being a rock star for four minutes. (Karaoke rule No. 1: Please don’t sing any song longer than that.)

There are now enough karaoke bars and nights in Brooklyn that if you wanted to, you could sing karaoke every night of the week without leaving the borough. So I did. I hit nine bars in 10 days. When my friends couldn’t make it, I went solo. I sang a duet with a stranger. I saw a celebrity. I heard a lot of Prince tributes. I started using the groan-worthy term KJ (karaoke jockey). I didn’t sing the same song twice. And I learned a few things about the genre (anything from No Doubt’s Tragic Kingdom is a crowd pleaser, anywhere) and myself (karaoke people are the best people). Based on my exciting and exhausting research, enjoy this guide to karaoke bars in Brooklyn including where you can find everything from new indie rock songs, a Hamilton piano singalong and heavy metal karaoke that comes with a free shot. Now, anybody have a lozenge? (more…)

03/24/16 3:45pm
DJ REsy ready to rock the chocolate factory (#3)

DJ REsy ready to rock the chocolate factory (#3)

1. Check out awesome printed artworks at Bed-Stuy apartment gallery Gesamtkunst Werkshop’s Spring Flat File Event, with pieces on sale from $5 to $500. (Friday & Saturday, Gesamtkunst Werkshop, FREE)

2. Protect your neck at standup show Whiplash, featuring a killer lineup including Jon Glaser, Jermaine Fowler, Janeane Garofalo, and Aparna Nancherla. (Friday, Bell House, $10)

3. Get your groove on in a very sweet place at Junxion and the Chocolate Factory, with yummy tunes from DJ REsy, Davidson Ospina, MAMBISA, and 2melo. (Friday, Fine & Raw, $22.09) (more…)

03/10/16 1:37pm
Odetta Hartman on the prowl (#1)

Odetta Hartman prowling around (#1)

1. Go on the prowl at Festival of the Hunt, an evening of Americana music & film, with five hours of tunes from the likes of Morgan O’Kane, Feral Foster, and Odetta Hartman. (Friday, Littlefield, $15)

2. Bring plenty of quarters to the Death By Audio Arcade, where indie video games built into 80s arcade cabinets at the venerable DBA (RIP!) will be playable by all. (Friday, Flowers for All Occasions, FREE)

3. Laugh it up while sipping freshly distilled artisanal booze at Crunk City, with jokesters Langston Kerman, Charles Gould, Emily Winter, and more. (Friday, Industry City Distillery, FREE) (more…)

01/22/16 8:33am
Guerilla Toss is ready to rock the hell out of Market Hotel (# ) (pic by Walter Wlodarczyk)

Guerilla Toss is ready to rock the hell out of Market Hotel (#4) (pic by Walter Wlodarczyk)

1. Celebrate the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade at Shout Your Abortion, a benefit for NYAAF with speakers, music, film screenings, zines, performances and a raffle with prizes from Babeland, Jon Good Chocolates and more. (Friday, Living Gallery, FREE)

2. See a slew of dancers at FLICfest, showcasing independent choreography all weekend. Each performance includes two full-length dance theater works. (Friday & Saturday, Irondale Center, $25)

3. Get yer giggles in at Bitches Brew comedy & variety show, this week featuring Missy Baker, Shane Torres, Jake Head, Sarah Tollemache and more. (Friday, Halyards, FREE)

4. Prove that DIY WILL NEVER DIE at the triumphant grand reopening of Market Hotel—acts tonight and tomorrow include Kill Alters, Dreamcrusher, Guerilla Toss, Body Actualized Control DJs and special surprise guests. (Friday & Saturday, Market Hotel, $10) (more…)