02/06/17 12:00pm
Wail it out with The Cowmen (#8)

Wail it out with The Cowmen (#8)

1. Hear a new perspective on a very useful skill at Best Friends Forever: The Science of Cooperation, a talk by evolutionary ecologist Dr. Aniek Ivens covering everything from ant colonies to the bacteria in our guts. (Monday, Genspace, FREE)

2. Answer some unusual questions at Queerious February: Our Queer World, a trivia night geared toward LGBTQ folks with themed cocktails, raffles, prize bags, and guest performer Vic Sin. (Monday, Way Station, FREE)

3. Get comfortably morbid at Death Café, hosted by “death educator” Amy Cunningham, where people gather to share their thoughts and feelings on mortality over coffee and snacks. (Tuesday, Green-Wood Cemetery, FREE) (more…)

02/06/17 10:59am
This week in anti-Trump activism in NYC: Know your rights (and party for them too)

Cher gets it; Trump does not. Photo by Gaby Del Valle/Brokelyn.

If Trump’s electoral win and the Patriots’ somehow Super Bowl victory can teach us anything, it’s that sometimes the bad guys come out on top–but only temporarily. Two weeks have passed since the inauguration, but the constant barrage of covertly racist executive orders, extrajudicial decisions and bad tweets means the #resistance is alive and well. Here’s our latest roundup of anti-Trump events and rallies happening this week—plus plenty of parties, fundraisers, and other opportunities to let off some steam. We’ll keep updating as more come in. (more…)

01/30/17 1:24pm
This week in activism: Anti-Trump protests, fundraisers and more in NYC this week

A sign at Sunday’s Battery Park protest. Via @yrfriendsydney on Instagram.

To quote a tweet over the weekend: “So far so good. Only a couple hundred more Saturdays of unprecedented national protests and we should all be okay.” It seems the nihilistic, Tasmanian Devil of racism that now occupies the Oval Office is not going to ease up trying to undermine fundamental American values any time soon. But every step of the way, Trump’s actions have been meet with virulent protests nationwide — and unprecedented fundraising for groups like the ACLU.

In other words: Strap in kids, we’re in this for the long haul. Here are the latest protests/rallies and anti-Trump fundraisers this week, which span the spectrum from protests outside Sen. Chuck Schumer’s office to a class teaching women how to embrace the revolutionary thing known as “pockets.” We’ll keep updating this list as more come in too.  (more…)

12/08/16 11:16am
Sound the horns and axe out your date! (#1) (pic by BibiBooth)

Sound the horns and axe out your date! (#1) (pic by BibiBooth)

1. Join Brokelyn and the skint to drink like your boss isn’t watching at our 6th annual No Office Holiday Party! There will be live-band karaoke with Rock Star Karaoke NYC, DJ Doctor Mister spinning holiday tunes, our NSFW holiday photo booth, drink specials from cosponsor Coworkrs, drunk food from Yeah Dawg, and more surprises! (Friday, Littlefield, $5)

2. Welcome winter at BHS Free Friday: Let It Snow, where you can make DIY snowflakes, learn to knit, hear how the Ice Age affected New York City, and enjoy accordion music from Matt Veligdan. (Friday, Brooklyn Historical Society, FREE)

3. See some revolutionary art at the opening of Sister Outsider, a show of protest and solidarity featuring 20 artists who belong to communities that have been directly threatened by Donald Trump’s divisive rhetoric. (Friday, Underdonk, 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…)

11/10/16 9:08am
Watch Maiko Kikuchi's wild and weird puppetry (#2) (pic by Richard Termine)

Watch Maiko Kikuchi’s wild and weird puppetry (#2) (pic by Richard Termine)

[Ed note: Although this roundup is written as if this is a normal weekend, it’s clearly not. We are all still in shock, and if you’re looking for places to go and things to do to work on that, we got you. But if you’re ready for regular fun, here’s our 20 funky and fascinating things to keep you going.]

1. Celebrate our borough’s bounty at BHS Free Friday: Harvest, with pie tastings, a cranberry sauce demonstration, a Brooklyn landscape drink-n-draw, artist-led tours of exhibitions, and more. (Friday, Brooklyn Historical Society, FREE)

2. Stretch your ideas of performance at the In Flux Festival with five weekends of puppetry, dance, theater, poetry, and live music, beginning tonight with a piece by Maiko Kikuchi and Sachiyo Takahashi. (Friday & Saturday, FiveMyles, FREE)

3. Take a journey to Bad Neighbor Theater’s The Little Prince, a modern-day retelling of Saint-Exupéry’s classic set here in New York City. (Friday, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, $10)

4. Imbibe some history at Drinking with the Devil, an exploration of the uses of wine in witchcraft through the lenses of alchemy, ritual, and science — followed by a wine tasting, of course. (Friday, Catland, $12) (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…)

10/20/16 2:25pm
Get witchy with Reverend Mother Flash (#4)

Get witchy with Reverend Mother Flash (#4)

1. Booze it up at this month’s BHS Free Friday: Oktoberfest, with Brooklyn beer history from the archives, a beer tasting with Brooklyn Brewery, a screening of Beauty and the Beer, and more. (Friday, Brooklyn Historical Society, FREE)

2. Giggle demurely at LAWL: Ladies and Women Laughing, an all-gal comedy show with Jenny Nelson, Keisha Zollar, Rachel Joravsky, and Nayomi Reghay. (Friday, New Women Space, $10)

3. Go on an odd journey to Wonder Island: The Pointless Sock Pursuit, which promises capers, historical artifacts, tight coconuts, and more strangeness. (Friday, Cloud City, $5) (more…)

09/15/16 3:15pm
Hop, skip, and jump your way into the weekend with Double Dutch Empire (#1)

Hop, skip, and jump your way into the weekend with Double Dutch Empire (#1)

1. Relive your scholastic youth at BHS Free Friday: Back to School, with a full roster of fun including a Double Dutch Empire workshop (gym), a talk from Astronomy on Tap (science), tips from Jolie Kerr of Ask a Clean Person (home-ec), and more. (Friday, Brooklyn Historical Society, FREE)

2. Celebrate another country’s rich culture at the fourth annual Venezuelan Film Festival in New York, with eight different films and curated shorts throughout the weekend. (Friday through Sunday, Syndicated, $10/film)

3. Spend the entire weekend laughing, with not one but two comedy festivals across the borough: Eugene Mirman Comedy Fest and Cinder Block Comedy Fest. (Friday through Sunday, varies) (more…)

08/08/16 9:56am
Jasmine Solano is gonna soundtrack a dance party in a museum (#8)

Jasmine Solano turns the tables for a dance party in a museum (#8)

1. Celebrate an incredible two decades of an NYC institution at 20 Years of Rooftop Short Films, a showcase that includes “Under the Roller-Coaster,” “Warriors: The Bike Race,” and the US premier of the YouTube sensation “Las Palmas.” (Monday, Coney Island, FREE)

2. Listen to some fantastic authors at the Franklin Park Reading Series, this month with Roxane in a rare NYC appearance, fiction writers Garth Greenwell and Jensen, award-winning poet Dorothea Lasky, and filmmaker and nonfiction author Alex Mar. (Monday, Franklin Park, FREE)

3. Cheer on your favorite at the Society for the Advancement of Social Studies’ Badass Novelist Battle, pitting Gustave Flaubert, James Joyce, and Louisa May Alcott against one another for the title “Most Badass.” (Tuesday, The Bedford, FREE) (more…)