03/23/17 10:35am
Drag yourself out for a ruff night with Ruby Roo (#1) (pic by Natalie Molina)

Drag yourself out for a ruff night with Ruby Roo (#1) (pic by Natalie Molina)

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

1. Fancy yourself up for Drag Me Out to Lot 45 to watch the season 9 premier of RuPaul’s Drag Race, plus a Quick Drag competition, trivia, giveaways, and performances from Ruby Roo, Shiny Penny, Hannah Lou, and more. (Friday, Lot 45, $5)

2. Warm up at No Enemies to the Left: It’s Getting Hot in Here, a music and comedy fundraiser for the Union of Concerned Scientists to combat climate change. (Friday, Brooklyn Bazaar, $20)

3. Listen to some lovely tales at the Ladies Night Storytelling Show, hosted by Shelby Thompson — pink jackets not required. (Friday, Big Irv’s, FREE) (more…)

01/23/17 12:15pm
Have a dark and sultry evening with Audrey Love (#) (pic by WP Photos NYC)

Have a dark and sultry evening with Audrey Love (#4) (pic by WP Photos NYC)

1. Still flying high from the women’s march? Head to Goddess Rising, a night of art and empowerment celebrating the divine feminine and the energy of NYC women, including contortionists, body painters, musicians, and more. (Monday, Living Gallery, $10)

2. Laugh yourself seasick at the Tight Ship Comedy Show, with Arti Gollapudi, Jon Schoss, Bowen Yang, Mike Abrusci, and Addie Werich; hosted by Sarah Lazarus and Daniel Lempert. (Monday, Freddy’s Bar, FREE)

3. Let yourself be carried away at the Final Fantasy Reading Series, a night of readings and performances with an escapist theme, featuring Diamond Sharp, Eve Peyser, Gabrielle Rucker, Rheaa Rao, and Paco Salas Pèrez. (Tuesday, Friends & Lovers, FREE) (more…)

12/22/16 10:01am
Slash your way through the holiday weekend (#)

Slash your way through the holiday weekend (#9)

1. Get in the (un-)holiday spirit with a screening of Bad Santa — and if you want to redeem yourself with a double-feature, catch It’s a Wonderful Life next. (Friday, Syndicated, $3 ea)

2. Mix and mingle with artists and neighbors at the Open Source Soup Kitchen, a volunteer-made one-pot meal for all comers. (Friday, Open Source Gallery, FREE)

3. Learn how to stand up for others in this frightening new world at an interactive workshop on Bystander Intervention and De-escalation Training. (Friday, Silent Barn, by donation) (more…)

07/14/16 3:00pm
Frisk around in a park with the Cradle Theatre Company (#1)

Frisk around in the park with the Cradle Theatre Company (#1)

1. Be mischievous at the Cradle Theatre Company’s modern-day retelling of As You Like It. (Friday through Sunday, Prospect Park, FREE)

2. Get campy at Psycho Beach Party, a slasher/1960s comedy mashup full of cool kids, multiple personalities, and murder. (Friday & Saturday, Old Stone House, FREE)

3. Show your love of literature at the Bomb Magazine Issue 136 Launch Party, with art, music, drinks, and dancing. (Friday, Be Electric Studios, FREE) (more…)

06/23/16 5:09pm
The right partner is all you need (#3)

The right partner is all you need (#3) (pic by Audrey Penven)

1. Drop the beat at the Downtown Brooklyn Get-Down, with a performance by Big Daddy Kane, live graffiti, hip-hop workshops, a sneaker-design contest, and more. (Friday, Albee Square, FREE)

2. Class it up at the Metropolitan Summer Recital Series, featuring arias and duets by soprano Angel Blue, tenor Ben Bliss, and baritone Alexey Lavrov. (Friday, Brooklyn Bridge Park, FREE)

3. Pair off at the Circus Revue: Trust + Love, a variety show of partnered acts like Anya Sapozhnikova and Melissa Augerre, Angela Butch and Yoni Kalai, and more. (Friday, House of Yes, $15) (more…)

04/07/16 4:06pm
East River String Band is set to twang up your weekend (#1)

East River String Band is fixin’ to twang up your weekend (#1)

1. Get your twang on at the eighth annual Brooklyn Folk Festival, with 30 bands over three days, plus workshops, square and swing dancing, a banjo toss, and more. (Friday through Sunday, St. Ann’s Church, $25 per session)

2. Watch some trickery at Wacky of Wallabazoo, a fairytale adventure full of yo-yo feats and variety acts. (Friday & Saturday, Coney Island, $12)

3. Giggle acrobatically at the seventh annual Comedy in Dance Festival, featuring movement-based work from a slew of choreographers, clowns, and comics. (Friday through Sunday, Triskelion Arts, $16) (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…)

02/01/16 10:29am
Dansez-vous au Les Sans Culottes (#)

Dansez-vous au Les Sans Culottes! (#8) (pic by Ace Darter)

1. Support emerging artists and get something lovely to hang on your wall at Free the Art, where anyone can wander in and choose a piece of art—for free!—to call their very own. (Monday, Living Gallery, FREE)

2. Get a variety of entertainments at The Simple Show, with comedy from Karolena Greenidge and Gary Richardson, a talk on the physical manifestation of the internet by James Folta, and fun from cohosts Kady Ruth Ashcraft and Jenny Nelson. (Monday, Bushwick Public House, FREE)

3. Go back in time with the final installment of House of Yes’s immersive David Bowie film retrospective series, this time screening Basquiat, in which Bowie plays Andy Warhol, followed by an ’80s/New Wave dance party. (Tuesday, House of Yes, $10) (more…)

01/22/16 8:33am
Guerilla Toss is ready to rock the hell out of Market Hotel (# ) (pic by Walter Wlodarczyk)

Guerilla Toss is ready to rock the hell out of Market Hotel (#4) (pic by Walter Wlodarczyk)

1. Celebrate the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade at Shout Your Abortion, a benefit for NYAAF with speakers, music, film screenings, zines, performances and a raffle with prizes from Babeland, Jon Good Chocolates and more. (Friday, Living Gallery, FREE)

2. See a slew of dancers at FLICfest, showcasing independent choreography all weekend. Each performance includes two full-length dance theater works. (Friday & Saturday, Irondale Center, $25)

3. Get yer giggles in at Bitches Brew comedy & variety show, this week featuring Missy Baker, Shane Torres, Jake Head, Sarah Tollemache and more. (Friday, Halyards, FREE)

4. Prove that DIY WILL NEVER DIE at the triumphant grand reopening of Market Hotel—acts tonight and tomorrow include Kill Alters, Dreamcrusher, Guerilla Toss, Body Actualized Control DJs and special surprise guests. (Friday & Saturday, Market Hotel, $10) (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…)