04/03/17 10:06am
Vamp it up with Took Edalow (#6) (pic via Facebook)

Vamp it up with Took Edalow (#6) (pic via Facebook)

[Ed note: Reminder, we now have a separate roundup for activism-focused events, which we encourage you to check out here.]

1. Learn about all the good graphic novels can do for the world at Comics as a Force for Social Change, with authors John Jennings, Damian Duffy, and Thi Bui. (Monday, Greenlight Books, FREE)

2. Watch weird animation late at night at Dirty Morning Cartoons, with dozens of strange shorts by Sick Animation, Leah Shore, Nick DenBoer, Felix Colgrave, and many more, curated by Cartuna. (Monday, Lo-Res Bar, FREE)

3. Hear a host of nontraditional voices at A Path of Their Own: Asian American Creatives, with presenters including producer Jaeki Cho, curator Hawa Arsala, composer Kavita Shah, content creator Jaysn Kim, and many more. (Tuesday, BRIC, FREE)  (more…)

03/02/17 9:00am
Say konichiwa to JK Pop with The Lothario (#5)

Say konichiwa to some JK Pop with The Lothario (#5)

[Ed note: Reminder, we now have a separate roundup for activism-focused events, which we encourage you to check out here.]

1. Get in formation and head to Puppet Playlist #23: Beyoncé, where a dozen puppeteers have prepared short puppet skits to the tunes of the one and only Queen Bey. (Friday, Triskelion Arts, $15)

2. Learn a new way to groove at Brooklyn Contra Dance, a cross between swing and square dancing, with a live 10-piece band. Beginners welcome. (Friday, Camp Friendship, $15)

3. Get funny chills at Comedy Electric #10, with Justin Williams, Alvin Irby, Maria Heinegg, Elsa Waithe, Boris Khaykin, Clark Jones, and a surprise guest. (Friday, Franklin Electric, FREE) (more…)

01/02/17 1:03pm
Flutter into the new year with Munroe Lilly (#7)

Flutter into 2017 with Munroe Lilly (#8)

1. Start the year off groaning at 51 Worst Jokes, where comedians perform their “corniest, unrelatable, most problematic” material — and then get yanked off stage with a cane. (Tuesday, Tender Trap, FREE)

2. Or start it rocking hard at the 11th Annual Doctors Without Borders Benefit, with Runny, Mighty High, Star Spangles, Trashy, and The Whores. (Tuesday, Saint Vitus, $12)

3. Hit all the high notes at Battle of the Divas, billed as what would happen “if Roast Battle and Debate Club had a super gay baby,” with comedy, pop-culture, experts, and drag performances. (Tuesday, Union Hall, $6) (more…)

11/28/16 1:00pm
Have a revealing night with Clementine Dandy (#) (pic by Hunter Peress)

Have a revealing night with Clementine Dandy (#6) (pic by Hunter Peress)

1. Watch some wonderful movement at Danceroulette, tonight presenting Triangle Theory, “a dance-driven series of studies mixing craft values with pared down shapes/textures and abstract femme iconography.” (Monday, Roulette, $10)

2. Laugh off the Mondays at the final Divine Comedy of the year, featuring Joe List, Subhah Agarwal, Jeremy Hammond, and Shelby Taylor. (Monday, Two Saints, FREE)

3. Experience queer experimental music and movement at Revolting Grace & Execution, with performances by Aarron Ricks, DOOM MAIDENS, gage of the boone, CRE, Frank M Jones, TAPHARI, Mineko, and more. (Tuesday, The Spectrum, $5–$20 suggested) (more…)

10/06/16 11:32am
Rock out with Shamir for Housing Works (#2)

Rock out with Shamir for Housing Works (#2)

1. Celebrate the season at Live at the Archway: Oktoberfest, a temporary outdoor beer hall with oompah bands, virtual apple picking, arts & crafts, festive food, and Bavarian beer in limited-edition steins. (Friday & Saturday, Dumbo Archway, FREE)

2. Furnish your digs at Housing Works’ popular interior-design benefit, Design on a Dime, with a Brooklyn outpost for the first time ever. Kicking things off is the Creative Independent’s Friday Party, with readings, music, and art. (Friday through Sunday, Industry City, FREE / $20)

3. Explore the nuances of cultural identity at What’s an Afro-Latina/o?, a panel discussion with Afro-Latina poet and artist Venessa Marco, Owner of the Peralta Project M. Tony Peralta, and more. (Friday MoCADA, FREE) (more…)

04/28/16 1:19pm
Words, words, words. via Sundays at Erv's on FB

Words, words, words. via Sundays at Erv’s on FB

As we journey ever deeper into the world of digital publication, audiobooks ringing in our ears and e-readers clutched to our breasts, it seems as though big publishing houses might not be long for this world. These days, you’d think that an emerging writer’s only hope to get discovered would be through a clever tweet.

But you’d be wrong. First of all, even if print is dying, publishing is not. And secondly, here in Brooklyn there’s still a loving home for the literature enthusiast (or just for anyone who prefers to write in complete sentences). If you’re eager to meet other bookworms and discover new voices, the best way to do it is through any of BK’s local reading series. Lucky you, we’ve compiled a list of said reading series, all of which feature free admission and — arguably the secret of all great writers — proximity to alcohol. (more…)