12/27/16 11:49am
Kick the crap out of this god-forsaken year with The Hipster Heartthrob (#)

Kick the crap out of this god-forsaken year with The Hipster Heartthrob (#6)

1. Show off your smarts at Trivia Tuesdays with NYC Trivia League; prizes range from gift cards to free tix to shows at Bell House and Union Hall. (Tuesday, Fawkner, FREE)

2. Discern what it means to be human at The Adventures of Minami: The Robot From Japan Who Makes You Feel Safe When Loneliness Is Palpable, in which an android gets passed along from household to household. (Tuesday, The Brick, $18)

3. Show your love at the Swipe Left ACLU Benefit Show, with comedy from John Fugelsang, Jordan Carlos, Frank Conniff, Jo Firestone, and David Feldman. (Wednesday, Union Hall, $10)

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10/10/16 9:43am
Time for some Bayou Bingo fun via. Instagram

Time for some Bayou Bingo fun. via Instagram

Ahh, bar bingo. It’s not just your granny’s game anymore. These days, bingo is just a great way to gamble, drink beer, and swear a lot when the person next to you screams out their win as if an alien is erupting from their chest cavity.

Bar bingo took Brooklyn by storm around ’08, but has sadly died down with new fads like bar trivia and the never-ending comeback of karaoke. And while many local spots like Union Hall and Bell House do host bingo-related events once in awhile, demonic websites like Yelp and other internet info sources are usually out of date.

Now B4 you freak out, we here at Brokelyn dug deep into the ball basket and found out where you can still feed your bingo addiction on a weekly basis! So grab your bingo markers and remember the ‘ole saying: Try not to take your bingo too seriously, because at the end of the day you will find that it’s just a load of balls. (more…)

05/09/16 12:55pm
Swan about with some veteran burlesquers (#2)

Swan about with Dirty Martini and more burlesque grande dames (#2)

1. There’s never a shortage of great comedy shows around town, but here’s a new one to add to the list: Savage: A Comedy Show, hosted by Aalap Patel and featuring, in addition to jokesters, a guest lecturer and musical acts. At the inaugural show there’s comedy from Kerry Coddett, Seaton Smith, Chris Distefano, and Lukas Kaiser, a physics lecture by Boris Khaykin, and music from Cipha Sounds. (Monday, Fawkner, FREE)

2. Burlesque is not necessarily a field that’s kind to longevity, but tonight I ♥ BURLESQUE presents Ten over 10, a revue featuring ten performers who have been burlesquing for more than ten years, including Dirty Martini, Fem Appeal, Minnie Tonka, Darlinda Just Darlinda, Nasty Canasta, Peekaboo Pointe, and Maggie McMuffin. (Monday, Lucky 13 Saloon, $10)

3. Dan Wilbur is a standup comic, writer, and the mastermind behind the hilarious Tumblr Better Book Titles — which renames, for example, the Bible as “Sh*t My Dad Says,” and What to Expect When You’re Expecting as “There Will Be Blood.” He’s launching his new bookNever Flirt With Puppy Killers, in excellent fashion, with comedy from Janeane Garofalo, Josh Gondelman, Jacqueline Novak, and Erik Bergstrom, plus tunes from Reformed Whores. (Tuesday, Littlefield, $8) (more…)

05/02/16 9:19am
Catch the Bandits on the Run (#6)

Catch the Bandits on the Run in full color (#6)

1. May is National Chamber Music Month! What better place to celebrate than at Williamsburg’s fancy new classical venue, National Sawdust? The Kick-Off Party features three acclaimed small ensembles: Jen Shyu & Jade Tongue, the Del Sol Quartet, and the Greg Lewis Organ Monk Quintet. (Monday, National Sawdust, FREE)

2. Cobble Hill watering hole Fawkner presents new series LoFi Talks: presentations by interesting people with no PowerPoints, no fancy graphics, no bells or whistles. Tonight’s talks will be on Hidden Science: stories you’d never hear from your science teacher by Tarun Chitra, Kelly Reidy, Deena Walker, and Maryam Zaringhalam. (Monday, Fawkner, FREE)

3. It’s the 50th anniversary of the surreal, satirical, Faustian classic, The Master & Margarita, and just 12 days prior to Mikhail Bulgakov’s 125th birthday. Launch a brand new revised translation with a discussion of this seminal work between Boris Fishman, Darin Strauss, Masha Gessen, and Liesl Schillinger. (Tuesday, powerHouse Arena, FREE) (more…)

03/07/16 1:04pm
Put on your nightgown to peruse Sasha Velour's night rooms (#8) (pic by Marloes Haarmans)

Put on your nightgown to peruse Sasha Velour’s night rooms (#8) (pic by Marloes Haarmans)

1. Celebrate International Women’s Month at the Third Annual Oxfam Jam, with lady musicians New Tarot, Amy Leon, and Ellen Winter, plus a talk on gender equality and performance by Kiran Gandhi and live-painting by Sarah Valeri. Proceeds go to global humanitarian development organization Oxfam America. (Monday, Knitting Factory, $12)

2. Boerum Hill bar Fawkner has a new weekly exploration of ideas, stories, and notions: Fawkner Fireside Stories. This week they’re looking at bad boys (and girls) with Villains: True Tales of Bad Behavior, with storytelling from Carolyn Castiglia, Myka Fox, Catherine LeClair, Mary Regan, Jeff Scherer, and more. (Monday, Fawkner, FREE)

3. If you’ve wondered why conmen are so successful, hang with the Empiricists League for an evening of scheming: The Confidence Game: Grifters, Tall Tales, and the Dark Art of Persuasion features a panel discussion and presentations on forgery, misdirection, deception, and other slippery tricks. (Tuesday, Union Hall, $10) (more…)