01/09/17 12:57pm
Drag yourself out for an evening with Aja Queen (#8)

Drag yourself out for an evening with Aja Queen (#8)

1. Get literary at the first Franklin Park Reading Series of the new year: Short Fiction Night, featuring Adam Haslett, Mary Miller, Rion Amilcar Scott, Uzodinma Okehi, and Rebecca Keith. (Monday, Franklin Park, FREE)

2. Have an unassuming laugh at The Simple Show, with comedy from Mitra Jouhari and Nayomi Reghay, plus a lecture on the linguistic differences between liberals and conservatives by Melanie Hoff. (Monday, Bushwick Public House, FREE)

3. Be engaged at the inaugural episode of The Hook, a “political speakeasy” and live talk-show, tonight welcoming NYC City Councilmember Steve Levin to discuss whether there’s any hope in politics today. (Tuesday, Pete’s Candy Store, FREE) (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…)

11/14/16 8:18am
Falana Fox is gonna nail it (#) (pic by Jenny Pierce)

Falana Fox is gonna nail it (#4) (pic by Jenny Pierce)

1. Get hype for some amazing literary ladies at the Franklin Park Reading Series’ annual Powerhouse Women Night, with six groundbreaking readers: Lynne Tillman, Alexandra Kleeman, Chloe Caldwell, Wendy C. Ortiz, Annie DeWitt, and Leigh Stein. (Monday, Franklin Park, FREE)

2. See a star-studded but still super cheap night of comedy at Night Train’s fourth Anniversary, with fab jokesters Sasheer Zamata, Chris Gethard, Michelle Wolf, Janelle James, Dan Soder, and Dave Ross — plus free pie from Daly Pie. (Monday, Littlefield, $5)

3. Learn something at Scientific Controversies: Dark Matter, a lecture and discussion between astrophysicist Janna Levin and physicists Elena Aprile and Peter Fisher on the 25 percent of the universe’s content about which we have no idea. (Tuesday, Pioneer Works, FREE) (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…)

04/11/16 1:00pm
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A kinder, gentler talk show with Nasty Canasta & Sapphire Jones (#8)

1. Get your week started with a boozy sugar high: The Well is doing a beer & cupcake pairing with Prohibition Bakery. Mouthwatering combos include Margarita (Gose beer + tequila lime cupcakes with fleur de sel), White Russian (coffee stout + vodka, Kahlua, and espresso cupcakes), and a bunch more. (Monday, The Well, FREE)

2. We’re always excited for each new edition of the Franklin Park Reading Series, and this one is no exception. Memoir night will feature five excellent writers of nonfiction personal narrative: Heidi Julavits, Mark Leyner, Rob Roberge, Syreeta McFadden, and Jillian Steinhauer. (Monday, Franklin Park, FREE)

3. If you’re all about Ethan and Joel, you’re going to want to stay close to East Williamsburg’s new “dinner & a movie” theater this week. Syndicated kicks off seven days of Coen programming tonight with Coen Brothers Trivia, and the rest of the week they’ll be screening everything from Raising Arizona through to Inside Llewyn Davis. (Tuesday, Syndicated, $10) (more…)

03/14/16 12:30pm
Falu will take you on a massive musical journey (#)

Falu & Co. will take you on a massive musical journey (#6)

1. Don’t think twice — it’s all right if you make your way over to C’mon Everybody for Monday Night Tribute: Dylan, with performances by 20 musicians including Maddy Wyatt, Shadow Monster, and Dillon Kondor. (Monday, C’mon Everybody, $10)

2. One of our very favorite Brooklyn lit events, Franklin Park Reading Series, is turning an incredible seven years old! They’ve put together a killer lineup to celebrate: Kelly Link, Alexander Chee, John Wray, Rachel Cantor, and Cote Smith. (Monday, Franklin Park, FREE)

3. There’s another entry in the comedy & artisanal booze combo: The Dan + Joe + Charles Show in a Williamsburg distillery. Comedians include Janeane Garofalo and Dave Hill; drinks include NY Distilling Co. gin and rye. (Tuesday, NY Distilling Co., FREE) (more…)

01/11/16 10:38am
Fendika! is here to warm up your week (#10) (pic by Flickr user shitbrain)

Fendika is coming to warm up your week (#10) (pic by Flickr user shitbrain)

1. The marvelous Franklin Park Reading Series kicks off their seventh season with an evening of short fiction from lit luminaries Marie-Helene Bertino, Amber Sparks, Greg Gerke, May-Lan Tan, and Rahawa Haile. (Monday, FREE)

2. It’s another killer Night Train with Wyatt Cenac at Littlefield, one of the most consistently terrific comedy evenings, tonight featuring Kurt Braunohler, Claudia Cogan, Kevin Avery, Hari Kondabolu, and more. (Monday, $5)

3. Show your lyrical stylings at BRIC’s Brooklyn Poetry Slam at Fort Greene’s BRIC House, hosted by Mahogany L. Browne and featuring award-winning performance poet Eboni Hogan, with music by DJ Jive Poetic. (Tuesday, FREE) (more…)

12/14/15 1:31pm
We don't care if you've been naughty or anything else—come party! (#)

We don’t care if you’ve been naughty or anything else—come party! (#8)

1. If you’re of the poetical sort—or longing to be—check out the Brooklyn Poets Yawp, a workshop and open mic in one. Come at 7 for the workshop with Bill Zavatsky, or show up at 8 and sign up to read. (Monday, $5)

2. The consistently fabulous Franklin Park Reading Series closes out the year with a bang, with readings from Chinelo Okparanta, Jamie Iredell, Ryan Britt, Niina Pollari, Annie Liontas, and Rachel Sherman. (Monday, FREE)

3. Want to tell the world about your adorable / insane / wonderful / horrible pet? Head to the Soda Bar for Show & Tale: Tails, Paws, Beaks & Claws, where you’ll get 3 minutes to share your best stories (and pictures!) of your puppy, kitty, cockatiel, or anything else. All proceeds go to Badass Animal Rescue. (Tuesday, $12.50) (more…)

12/14/15 8:44am
You could give Negin Farsad a hug, but she'd probably rather you just laugh at her jokes tonight. via Facebook

You could give Negin Farsad a hug, but she’d probably rather you just laugh at her jokes tonight. via Facebook

Welcome to another warm spring Monday. The blossoms are blossoming, the grass is getting green and life is returning to a planet devastated by winter. Hmm, what’s that? It’s December? And it’s 60 degrees again? And winter temperatures haven’t happened here, much less fall ones? Well, rather than worry about that, best to worry about making plans in the here and now using some cool stuff from the Brokelyn Events Calendar. We can all worry about the consequences of a spookily warm late fall and early winter some other time. (more…)

11/09/15 1:06pm
Molly Crabapple is ready to read to you. (#1)

Molly Crabapple is ready to read to you. (#1) (photo by Seth Kushner)

1. The always fabulous Franklin Park Reading Series presents a night of rad women, from memoirists to novelists to poets: Molly Crabapple, Rachel Glaser, Noy Holland, Sanderia Faye, and Kma Sullivan. (Monday, FREE)

2. Sycamore Bar’s monthly star sign party is all about Scorpios. There will be tarot readings, flower crowns, drink specials, and, of course, cosmic connections. (Monday, FREE)

3. Surely you’ve heard that it’s NYC Cider Week? Tonight, join Edible Brooklyn for a Scandinavian evening featuring Nordic-inspired snacks and Rekorderlig’s Spiced Apple Hard Cider. (Tuesday, $10) (more…)