04/17/17 11:32am

Earth Day is this weekend, which is a great opportunity to remember that the President and his allies either think that climate change is a Chinese hoax or are too concerned with generating profit for massive corporations to care that we’ll all be wearing full-body heat repellant suits and /or living in underwater communes soon if they don’t do something about it. This week brings the Climate March, small, local meetings, a few sign-making events, and plenty of ways to make the world a better place. (more…)

04/10/17 11:07am
Get sweet on comedy with American Candy (#). Photo via Facebook

Get sweet on sketch comedy with American Candy (#3). Photo via Facebook

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

1. Start your week off with a plethora of verse at the fourth anniversary of the Brooklyn Poets Yawp, a combined open mic and workshop led by former Brooklyn Poet Laureate D. Nurkse. (Monday, 61 Local, FREE)

2. Put on your coat of many colors and head to the Monday Night Tribute: Dolly Parton, where 14 different musicians will play tunes inspired by the Backwoods Barbie for a full-on Dollyfest. (Monday, C’mon Everybody, $8)

3. Laugh sweetly at American Candy: Live, an “edgy, irreverent, cheeky, and naughty” musical and sketch comedy show produced by comedian Hollie Harper. (Tuesday, BRIC, FREE) (more…)

04/06/17 2:21pm

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Documentaries that give you a fresh set of eyes to view the world are rare, but The Sweatshop of Wall Street is one of them. Produced by BRIC TV, Sweatshop investigates the world of direct sales in New York City, and you may never look at your cellphone the same way again.

The documentary follows Phil Vasto and Zao Yang, New York City twentysomethings who began working selling cellphone contracts for a company called Credico. That was their first mistake. Seventy hour workweeks that yielded as little as $40 paychecks was one indignity, but that paled in comparison to the harassment they encountered in Credico’s cult-like corporate culture. (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…)

03/28/17 10:22am
THIS COULD BE YOU — via Flickr user F Delventhal

These dogs could all be you. Via Flickr user F Delventhal

Having your own public access show is the dream of every teenager circa 1992, but as it turns out, it’s a surprisingly attainable dream in 2017 Brooklyn. New York has several public access channels and not only are they full of hidden gems, they’re also very open to giving television shows to people with something to say (read: You). Plus, with public broadcasting looking down the barrel of a rather unfriendly national budget proposal, we here at Brokelyn thought it as good a time as any to take stock in our fair city’s rich public access television scene. (more…)

01/30/17 10:52am
Get fierce with HaraJuku Queen (#10)

Get fierce with HaraJuku Queen (#10)

[Ed note: Reminder, we now have a separate roundup for activism-focused events, which we encourage you to check out here. If you just need diversion for your week, read on.]

1. Freak out in some strange corners of the internetz at D E E P, Chris Osborn’s curated night of weird and wild web videos, described as a “public internet K-hole.” (Monday, Videology, FREE)

2. Get wasted while gaming at Super Trashed Bros East, where comedians, merrymakers, and the audience battle each other at video games while also battling their own inebriation. (Monday, Way Station, FREE)

3. Participate in a vibrant discussion at A Community Conversation About Culture in Brooklyn, helping NYC develop its first-ever New York City Cultural Plan. (Tuesday, BRIC, FREE) (more…)

01/19/17 1:38pm
Hey NYC, here are 9 artist opportunities (with deadlines) you should know about

Just one of the light-filled studio spaces awarded to 17 Sharpe-Walentas artists per year. via website

In case you thought Trump wasn’t going to come for the artists, think again. The president elect’s proposed sweeping cuts include a total elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts, which means we’ll need to rely more than ever on funding and support from local arts organizations and cultural groups. And each other, obviously.

Lucky for us, we live in New York City. No matter your medium, there’s a nonprofit somewhere in NYC with the resources and mission to help you flex your creativity and get your art out into the world. We’ve rounded up nine artist opportunities for 2017 — with deadlines! — to help keep you accountable, motivated, and compensated in dollars as well as exposure bucks.

This isn’t an exhaustive list by any means, but we focused on opportunities with hard deadlines and obvious perks so you don’t feel like you’re art-ing into the void. Which you aren’t, by the way. So check out the opportunities below and see which one speaks to you. (Make sure to read them all, since some include multiple art forms: (more…)

01/19/17 12:37pm
Such a gloomy bunch (#8) (pic by Chris Polinsky)

These folks are clearly very gloomy (#8) (pic by Chris Polinsky)

[Ed note: Before making your plans this weekend, check out our anti-inauguration events roundup, which includes a slew of protests, fundraisers, Obama farewell dance parties and the like throughout the weekend. But if you just need a diversion from all that, there’s plenty of apolitical fun to be had too.]

1. Take a deep breath at A Day of Unity and Healing, a full day of donation-based stress-reduction sessions including reiki, card readings, acupuncture, and more. (Friday, Minka Brooklyn, by donation)

2. Explore the art of a great hood at the opening of “East New York: Not the New Frontier,” an art show celebrating the voice and beauty of the neighborhood’s artists. (Friday, ARTs East New York, FREE)

3. Booze to a beat at Wine & Rhyme, a free wine tasting with hip-hop musician Sadat X and producer Will “Tell” Davis, aka the True Wine Connoisseurs. (Friday, High Point Wines & Spirits, FREE)

4. Get lost in Le Medea, a reimagining of Euripides’ tragedy combining elements of a dance-theater performance and a Latin disco-pop variety show. (Friday & Sunday, BRIC, $20) (more…)

01/10/17 3:35pm
This could be your office headquarters in 2017. via FB

This could be your office headquarters in 2017. via FB

New year new you, sure, but what about a new job? If you’re still rubbing the gunge of 2016 from your eyes, quitting is a sure-fire wake up call. And whatever soul-sucking environ was keeping you semi-comatose for the better part of last year, we’re sure you can think up a good excuse for why you need to leave without upsetting that sweet severance pay/future reference.

This week’s job pile includes a few big name cultural institutions in the borough alongside low-key gigs in the backend of BK. We’ve got a gig in marketing, one in publicity, even beer-related crime fighting. Haven’t you always wanted to be a superhero who drinks a lot? Maybe you already are one. Anyway, read up and apply to what looks good: (more…)