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…)

01/05/17 10:55am
Rock the f*ck out with Th

Rock the f*ck out with There Are Four Lights (#2) (pic by Sarah Wilmer)

1. Increase your literary stock for the cold winter ahead at the BYO Book Swap Party, which also features a discussion on diversity in literature and a raffle of self-published works by local woman of color. (Friday, New Women Space, $5 + a book)

2. Start pining for summer at the Punk Island Winter Benefit, with Deadname, MALLRAT, Trashy, Ex. by V., and There Are Four Lights. (Friday, Hank’s Saloon, $10)

3. Rock hard with some tireless musicians at NYC’s Hardest Working Bands of 2016 Live, based on Oh My Rockness’s calculations of who played the most shows last year. (Friday, Baby’s All Right, $10)

4. Creep yourself out at the monthly horror series Fright Fridays, tonight screening The Eyes of My Mother, which combines “an especially bloody strain of slasher pic” with “high-art sensibilities.” (Friday, Videology, $10) (more…)

12/15/16 10:00am
Be a fool with Dzieci Theater (#5)

Be a fool with Dzieci Theater (#5)

1. Go gonzo with Clocktower Radio’s #trashDAY, a live-audience radio broadcast where hosts k(Rob), Doe Derek, and guests investigate the works of current MoCADA exhibiting artists. (Friday, MoCADA, $8)

2. Giggle at all sorts of holiday antics at the premiere screening of MINDTROLL Snows It In, an hour of music and performance followed by a Q&A with the cast and crew. (Friday, Video Revival, FREE)

3. Show solidarity while enjoying great performances at Seems Fake But Ok, a variety show with proceeds benefitting the undocumented-youth-led NYSYLC. (Friday, Mayday Space, $5) (more…)

12/12/16 1:14pm
I CAN go for that. (#6)

I CAN go for that. (#6)

1. Enliven your literary self at the Franklin Park Reading Series season finale, featuring mystery writer and social activist Walter Mosley, plus fiction writers and memoirists Teddy Wayne, Jason Diamond, Alice Sola Kim, and Janice Lee. (Monday, Franklin Park, FREE)

2. Get your panties in a slight bunch at Titillating Trivia Night, an hour and a half of “mildly offensive” questions about movies, hosted by John Duda & Ryan Davis at a volunteer-operated theater. (Monday, Video Revival, FREE)

3. Listen as book people pick up guitars at the Battle of the Literary Bands, featuring ukulele swing from The Dottie Parkers, power pop from No Sky God, ’80s Americana from The Delorean Sisters, and more; proceeds go to PEN America. (Tuesday, Pete’s Candy Store, FREE) (more…)

12/09/16 12:06pm
How do you make the ballet more diverse? Transport the Nutcracker to Brooklyn

Photo by Stephan Moskovic.

About halfway through the Brooklyn Ballet’s new performance of the Nutcracker at the Brooklyn Museum, three dudes walk on stage looking like they got lost on the way to the subway. They’re wearing fashionable clothes and hoodies instead of tutus and tights, and when the traditional music kicks in, they break into dance moves that are more showtime than pointe shoes.

If other Nutcracker performances are all about the prim, polish and traditionalism of a 120-year old ballet, this one is about cracking open that hard nut (see what I did there) and bringing the show to new audiences. Since this is Brooklyn, that means a diverse cast, a mix of dance styles from around the world, light-up outfits built with the help of a local hacker space and transforming the character Drosselmeyer into a master of the pop-and-lock. This is the first time the Brooklyn Ballet has done a full Nutcracker performance, so artistic director Lynn Parkerson was keen to make the show feel at home on Eastern Parkway.

“Why would I do the traditional Nutcracker? New York City Ballet has that locked up,” she told Brokelyn. “If I’m going to do a Nutcracker, it should reflect the place that we are in. … Already there’s these different characters from different countries. Brooklyn is this incredibly diverse borough, so it just lends itself to that.”

The production is tied to the overall recent emphasis on diversity in the performing arts, from Misty Copeland and Hamilton down to public school programs. And yeah, ballet isn’t cheap, but this one is still relatively affordable: New York City Ballet productions can run you hundreds of dollars. This show’s $90 tickets sold out through Sunday night. But Parkerson’s approach to the show, which emphasizes diversity and accessibility to new audiences who don’t frequent Lincoln Center, could be a big move toward keeping ballet relevant for future generations. (more…)

10/24/16 9:28am
Watch the Love Show dancers' glitzy costumes get real bloody (#)

Watch the Love Show dancers’ glitzy costumes get real bloody (#3)

1. Learn some important borough history at the book launch for A History of Brooklyn Bridge Park, which recounts the “grassroots, multivoiced, and contentious effort” to transform the park since the 1980s; the event will include a panel discussion and book signing. (Monday, powerHouse Books, FREE)

2. Or go back even further in Brooklyn history at a lecture on Samuel Gumpertz, King of the Coney Island Sideshow, a turn-of-the-century impresario who ran bathhouses, wax museums, chambers of horrors, and many more crazy Coney creations. (Monday, Morbid Anatomy Museum, $8)

3. Expect a good deal of blood at Little Cinema’s immersive screening of Carrie, complete with Love Show dancers, a live cellist, fire performers, an audiovisual DJ, and surely plenty of telekinesis. (Tuesday, House of Yes, $10) (more…)

09/06/16 11:00am
Don't be too tied up to see Nelson Lugo the Charming Trickster (#10)

Don’t be too tied up to catch Nelson Lugo the Charming Trickster (#10)

1. Have a damn fine cup of coffee, some cherry pie, and breakfast for dinner at Twin Peaks Tuesday, when Butter & Scotch transforms into the Double R Diner. Free Jell-O shots for anyone in costume! (Tuesday, Butter & Scotch, FREE)

2. Listen to an international roster of virtuosic singers at the Resonant Bodies Festival, three nights of innovative contemporary vocal artists. Opening night features soprano Julia Bullock, Ethiopian-born Swedish improviser Sofia Jernberg, and lyric soprano Alice Teyssier. (Tuesday, Roulette, $20)

3. See such stuff as dreams are made on at Torn Out Theater’s all-female, mostly nude production of The Tempest: “a celebration of body freedom and freedom of expression.” (Wednesday to Saturday, Prospect Park, FREE) (more…)

08/24/16 11:30am
Smash the patri-art-chy! A year-long feminist art exhibit is coming to Brooklyn Museum

The yearlong feminist art show will include Marilyn Minter’s Blue Poles, Via Brooklyn Museum.

Good news, everyone! We finally killed sexism. According to this Pew study out this week, most men thing sexism is over and thank god someone finally asked men about that, because both being in the patriarchy and trying to fight it is exhausting. So now that sexism is over, what are we all supposed to do with our time?

One idea is to take a break from the realm of Dead White Guy art and go to the Brooklyn Museum, which is kicking off a yearlong feminist art exhibit starting in October. According to DNAinfo, the “Year of Yes” will be stocked with female-centric artwork and programming with the goal of “reimagining feminism.” Luckily, they don’t mean reimagining it this way(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…)

08/04/16 4:49pm
Barstool sports: 6 spots to watch the Olympics in Brooklyn, while drinking

Celebrate the Olympics with your own rings…beer glass rings on the bar. Photo via @olympics2016_rio on Instagram.

Tonya Harding taking out Nancy Kerrigan’s knee with a crowbar in 1994. Kerri Strug, nailing that one foot landing dismount off the vault in ’96 in Atlanta. Jackie Joyner-Kersees’ speed, and nails! These are just a few of my most vivid memories of watching the Olympics as a youth, before I knew anything about the rampant corruption and doping scandals on an international scale.

The Olympics are not just for kids. As an adult, you can sit back and get drunk and be entertained, and impressed, while thankful you’re not the one putting your body through that kind of physical, or chemical strain. The 2016 Rio Olympics are upon us, and here are five places you can passively partake of the games while actively drinking beers in Brooklyn, from Friday night’s opening ceremonies through the final day of competition on August 21: (more…)