Now that 3rd Ward has succumbed to terrible decisions and capitalism, people have been wondering what would happen to Brooklyn’s DIY and teaching community. Fortunately, some of those people didn’t want to just sit around asking that question, they decided they’d answer it, by getting the whole community in one place and talking about it. That place? The Brooklyn Brewery tonight, because alcohol as we all know, helps you form ideas. (more…)
Oh the things you’ll learn at the Brooklyn Kitchen. via Facebook
Remember how cool you used to feel singing along to Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out” at the end of the school year? It’s not cool in retrospect, right? What, with all the awesome knowledge out there. Don’t worry. Brooklyn is stuffed full of classes you can take this fall if you’re feeling the back-to-school itch, but didn’t get accepted into that Twitter undergrad program you were so excited about. We’ve gone through those classes on your behalf to get you the low-down on some rad things to learn, like becoming a master chef, producing web casts and even faking your own death. (more…)
This is John and that’s John and they’ve got a secret to tell: they might be giants. via Facebook
1. FAB Friday at Putnam Triangle Plaza has something for everyone: kids games, a dance party, a beloved documentary about NYC pickup basketball, arts and crafts. If you don’t like any of those, we don’t know what to tell you (Friday)
2. Two estranged brothers try to sell their dead dad’s lakehouse. Misadventures (and probably passive aggressiveness) ensue, in Rooftop Films’ screening of Awful Nice (Friday)
3. Shaggy is playing a show at Prospect Park! But if anyone asks who told you that…it wasn’t me (Friday)
4. You’ve got two more days to grab deals on old LPs at the Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives, so get that Ronald Reagan spoken word before some other lousy irony lover does (Friday – Saturday) (more…)
But this is Brooklyn, and we don’t need Tori Spelling telling us how to make things. Etsy started in Dumbo and the Brooklyn Flea is filled with new talent every weekend. Whether you want to start your own Etsy shop or just make a Mother’s Day gift, Brooklyn is loaded with places to learn sewing, knitting, jewelry making, weaving, woodwork and more. Here they are; if we forgot yours, please pipe up in the comments! (more…)
Nice gams. Park Slope's St. Patrick's Day parade 2009.
If the news of this Grand Street Pub Crawl on Saturday whet your appetite for home field drinking this weekend, here are a few more spots that won’t require crossing the East River to get your shamrocks off. While you’re out pretending to be fake Irish this weekend, did you know a wave of actual Irish immigrants helped Brooklyn become the third largest city in the country by 1860? In 1855, a quarter of BK’s residents were from Ireland. To remember those who escaped famine, you can celebrate their triumphs with free corned beef and cheap green drinks (the kind you don’t have to dumpster dive for). (more…)
The speaker's friends eagerly dive into her moose-face stew.
It’s seriously becoming weird food week around here at Brokelyn HQ. First foraged dinners and now a free lecture about making “beaver, bear and moose ‘mouffle.’ ” And some of you thought Brokelandia was made up.
But we started this one, so we’ll finish. Tuesday night (Jan. 31) is the monthly “Masters of Social Gastronomy” workshop presented by the Brooklyn Brainery. The topic is Strange Meats featuring retro food blogger Sarah Lohman of Four Pounds Flour, and this terrifying moose-face stew recipe. Also speaking is the Brainery’s Jonathan Soma, who will discuss unusual meat preparations, “from how to turn jerky into cotton candy to what to do with a pig’s head.” (Is letting the pig keep it out of the question?)
Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m., Public Assembly, 70 N. 6th St. in Williamsburg. “Special beverages” available.
Beekeeping at Brooklyn Brainery via Flickr's Ryan Sarver
If you’re an expert on esoteric topics — from how to have awesome conversations to Rubik’s cubes to calligraphy — you have a chance to supplement your income from that middling retail position you took during this double-dip recession. The Brooklyn Brainery will let you teach a course on your favorite subject — like, any subject — and get paid for it. The Carroll Gardens-based Brainery pays teachers with experience $45 per 90-minute class. But how do you become a teacher who inspires and amazes against all odds without much, uh, experience? Since the school year is here (Bueller?), we asked a few popular Brainery teachers for advice on how you too can succeed as a first-time teacher so you can get invited back — and get paid — again and again. (more…)
Scents & Sensibility was popular back in May and June
Eclectic is the word for the skills one can pick up at Brooklyn Brainery. The Gowanus center of learning is dedicated to all things brainy, from beekeeping to holiday upcycling to world dumplings. The Brainery was started by a couple of people who were sick of paying bookoodles of money just to learn stuff. And the mission holds true: Most classes start at around $10, and the offerings change every month. So by that measure, a $25 gift certificate should put a curious friend on the path to some serious enlightenment. One of our favorite subjects from the past year: How to make irrational decisions. Gift certificates start at $5, and they never expire.