02/20/17 12:00pm
Show your support for Moose Lambs with Usama Siddiquee (#2)

Show your support for Moose Lambs with Usama Siddiquee (#2)

Stay informed about fundraisers and other anti-Trump events across NYC in our weekly activism roundup here.

1. It’s President’s Day, so celebrate the end of this country as we know it at U.S.O.ver, a “depraved evening” of songs, dance, and shtick with Amy Aniobi, Stephen Balliet, Nikita Chaudhry, Sam Corbin, and many more. (Monday, Jack, $15)

2. Or support one of the groups most under attack at the moment at Ban This: Moose Lambs Unlimited, a night of the “loudest, brownest comics,” including Aparna Nancherla, Mamoudou N’Diaye, Usama Siddiquee, Nasser Khan, and Eman El-Husseini. (Monday, Union Hall, $8)

3. Have a morbid evening at New York: City of the Dead, a look at the evolution of cemeteries in this city, their place in its history, and some of the “secret” ones hidden all around us. (Tuesday, Brooklyn Brainery, $10) (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…)

11/21/16 12:04pm
Dance off your turkey day feast with Akim Funk Buddha (#10)

Dance off your turkey day feast with Akim Funk Buddha (#10) (pic by Timothy Vogel/Flickr)

1. Start your week off laughing at the reliably fun Side Ponytail Comedy Show, tonight with Melinda Taub, Diego Lopez, Noah Findling, and Chelsea Hood. (Monday, Over the Eight, FREE)

2. Learn more than you ever wanted to know about vermin at Our Pesky Neighbors Part 3: Rats, a discussion with NYC’s “Rat Czar” Robert Corrigan, rat historian Robert Sullivan, and rat geneticist Jason Munshi-South. (Monday, Brooklyn Historical Society, $10)

3. Try some tabletop fun at the Tuesday Board Game Meetup, with games on hand like Puerto Rico, Power Grid, Galaxy Trucker, and Ticket to Ride, plus a demo of Monarch. (Tuesday, The Brooklyn Strategist, $10) (more…)

11/07/16 12:00pm
house of yes

Hit the poles on election night at House of Yes (#4). Photo by Tod Seelie.

1. The Brooklyn Brainery and Brooklyn Historical Society have teamed up for a new series, and tonight’s the first installment: Our Pesky Neighbors Part 1: Pigeons features Margaret Mittelbach, founder of The Secret Science Club, holding forth on those ubiquitous rats of the sky. (Monday, BHS, $10)

2. And speaking of pests: On the eve of this hellscape election, check out The Drumf and the Rheingold: An Operatic Apocalypse, a political satire and parody of Wagner’s Ring Cycle performed by an ensemble of NYC musicians. (Monday, Pioneer Works, $15)

3. VOTE. VOTE LIKE YOUR LIFE DEPENDED ON IT — BECAUSE, FOR SO MANY, IT DOES. Here’s how(more…)

06/02/16 4:59pm
North Coast: basically the Brokester's Hamilton (#5)

North Coast: basically the Brokester’s Hamilton (#4)

1. Hear your queerest questions answered at 1 Girl 5 Gays, hosted by Mr. Lady Simon, where the gal asks a panel of gay folks 20 questions about love, sex, and life. (Friday, Macri Park, FREE)

2. Exchange some culture at the opening of By Us For Us: A Month of Black & Asian Futurity, with performances by Holographic BBy Bangz, Moon Bear, Sakuradaijin, and more. (Friday, BUFU Studios, FREE)

3. Bring a date (or find one!) at Is This Love?, an evening of romantic shorts presented by the inimitable Rooftop Films. (Friday, Old American Can Factory, $15) (more…)

04/07/16 4:06pm
East River String Band is set to twang up your weekend (#1)

East River String Band is fixin’ to twang up your weekend (#1)

1. Get your twang on at the eighth annual Brooklyn Folk Festival, with 30 bands over three days, plus workshops, square and swing dancing, a banjo toss, and more. (Friday through Sunday, St. Ann’s Church, $25 per session)

2. Watch some trickery at Wacky of Wallabazoo, a fairytale adventure full of yo-yo feats and variety acts. (Friday & Saturday, Coney Island, $12)

3. Giggle acrobatically at the seventh annual Comedy in Dance Festival, featuring movement-based work from a slew of choreographers, clowns, and comics. (Friday through Sunday, Triskelion Arts, $16) (more…)

12/02/15 2:12pm
Don't let the blank page beat you! Beat it with a writing class

Don’t let the blank page beat you! Beat it with a writing class

Another year is rapidly coming to an end, and as you look back on it, you ask yourself what you’ve done with the time. The answer if we’re all being honest with ourselves is pretty much nothing, as only so many of us have written rapturously reviewed screenplays, best-selling novels or memoirs or are seeing their output put on must read or best of lists for the year’s top reporting. How to fix that (and yes, it’s something that has to be fixed)?

You could start by taking one of these five writing classes through CourseHorse that will get you situated in the world of TV and movie writing, break your writer’s block, help you pitch your great non-fiction book or make America’s next great children’s book. And while we want you to become wildly successful, we’re also helping you because if you book a CourseHorse class through Brokelyn, it helps us get paid a little. And then we can keep helping you. It’s a great system, really. (more…)

09/02/15 1:59pm
If he can learn to do it, you can learn to do it.

If he can learn to do it, you can learn to do it.

As it gets colder outside, you might find yourself less willing to go out to restaurants, and even feeling a twinge of regret for making a delivery guy bike through the snow to bring you some Chinese food. That means firing up the oven and cooking for yourself. Fear you don’t have the skills to do that? Don’t worry, we found some affordable CourseHorse classes that will teach you to cook, without instructors that are gonna get all Gordon Ramsay on you. (more…)

08/17/15 10:59am

You can see why they call her the Maine Attraction [photo by Joe Carabeo]

You can see why they call her the Maine Attraction [photo by Joe Carabeo]

1. Start your week off sexy with a new monthly cabaret at C’mon Everybody, featuring sultry burlesquing from the Maine Attraction, Gal Friday, Voodoo Onyx, and Storm & Jerome, hosted by famed drag king Murray Hill. (Monday, FREE)

2. Or start it off science-y, by taking a Microbe Safari at the Brooklyn Brainery, where you’ll learn about the 100 trillion bacterial cells you’re inadvertently hosting (not recommended for hypochondriacs). (Monday, $10)

3. Heal thyself at Harriet’s Apothecary Freedom Schoolan intentional space where you can explore alternative healing and wellness strategies. Part of MoCADA’s Soul of Bk Festival, an annual exploration of art & culture in Brooklyn’s African diaspora. (Tuesday, FREE) (more…)

06/10/15 4:00pm
bedbugs brooklyn

Come learn about ! via Flickr user Azi Paybarah

There is a war going on, no not the one overseas and no, not the war on drugs, this war is much more disgusting; we’re talking about the war on bed bugs. After a peaceful few decades bed bug free, the city has been invaded by tiny little creatures that hide in your bed, bite you constantly and don’t even have the consideration to pay rent, or ask if biting is your thing. They have infested our homes and our trains; one brave soul is trying to find a solution to the bed bug problem, allowing herself to be bitten 18,000 times. Friday at the Brooklyn Brainery in Prospect Heights, come hear stories of how bed bugs have taken over everything from our bedrooms to the rock opera, as they host a reading, talk and Q&A with Brooke Borel, author of “Infested: How Bed Bugs Infiltrated our Bedrooms and Took Over the World.” (more…)