08/31/16 1:26pm
Yas queen(s): volunteer at the Bushwig drag festival and see all the shows for free

A family photo from Bushwig 2013. via Facebook

At a Celebrate Brooklyn! show in Prospect Park last year, performance artist Taylor Mac described drag as “taking everything you feel about yourself and the world on the inside, and wearing it on the outside.” With Bushwick’s fifth annual Bushwig drag festival coming up on September 10, Mac’s definition feels 2016 essential. There has never been a more important time to watch New York’s drag artists wear and perform their respective worldviews.

Bushwig’s price tag is steep — even earlybird weekend passes are $40 — but if you’re still keen to see the queens, there’s a way to get into this year’s festival AND see all of the shows for free: volunteer! Bushwick Daily reports that Bushwig is still looking for a few able-bodied helpers to lend a hand next weekend.

If you’ve never heard of Bushwig before, here’s a taste of what to expect. It’s a raucous, two-day festival in Bushwick that draws attendees in the thousands and promises all kinds of wild, whoop-inducing drag performances. Due to re-location this year’s venue is, somewhat fittingly, in Queens. (more…)

05/25/16 12:23pm

And all you gotta do is hand out programs and crack a smile once or twice.

I bet you’ve been reading our posts about summer for the past few months and thinking, why does Brokelyn love suummer so goddamn much? Well, besides all the obvious reasons I’ll tell you another one, which is that summer favors the broke. It’s one of the few times in the year when you can save on gym memberships by exercising outdoors, when you can find social activities under the stars that don’t cost a dime, and when you can actually fathom sleeping in parks if turning your entire life into a performance art piece doesn’t pan out.

And on this, the nicest day of the year so far, here’s yet another opportunity to claim summer 2016 as the Season of Not Paying for Stuff: BRIC’s Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival is looking for volunteers to help run their summer programming, which includes over 25 concerts featuring the likes of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Violent Femmes, Jon Batiste and the Stay Human, and includes Benefit shows with Tame Impala, Ray LaMontagne, Beirut and Herbie Hancock.

In exchange for volunteering your time, you get to see every show, even those fancy paid shows, for free. Bet you’re starting to love summer even more now, huh?  (more…)

05/19/16 11:02am
House of Vans is adding movies to its free show lineup this summer. Photo by Bryan Derballa, via Facebook.

House of Vans is adding movies to its free show lineup this summer. Photo by Bryan Derballa, via Facebook.

How’s your summer calendar looking so far? If you’re keeping track with Brokelyn, it’s already got lots of free outdoor movies, Prospect Park concerts, Riis Beach parties, SummerStage shows and Northside Fest concerts. Now add to that now the House of Vans, which is back for another summer of free shows at its brand extension huge warehouse on the Williamsburg waterfront. The shows kick off tonight with Jon Hopkins, Black Madonna and The Field and continues through July with shows by Neon Indian, Battles, DIIV and more; plus, the venue has partnered with Rooftop Films to hold a few movie screenings this year too. You have to RSVP and the shows are first-come, first-served so expect to wait in a line for the more popular shows. Here’s the full schedule: (more…)

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See it in real life, not just in pictures. via Kings Theatre Flickr

If you’ve been drooling over pictures of how nice the Kings Theatre looks after its $94-million restoration, you might also be someone who’s chomping at the bit to get inside and see what it looks like. Well, we’ve got good news for you, because you’ll be able to do that and do it for free. Ditmas Park Corner reports that the Church Avenue BID will hook you up with free tickets to see a preview performance at the theatre this Tuesday. All you’ve gotta do is send an email and then put on something warm, because you’re gonna be standing on line. (more…)

05/22/14 10:12am
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Charles Bradley will be taking center stage at the House of Vans. Photo by Mary Dorn

Just yesterday we were wondering when the schedule for the free House of Vans (25 Franklin Street) shows would be appearing, so that we could justify our plan to set up a tent on Franklin Street in order to beat the line. Vans must have our heads bugged like the NSA, because hey, here they are with a schedule of shows. Well, kind of. We know what days the shows will be on, but only two of them have been announced. On the other hand, they’ve also got a new beer sponsor, which could be good news. (more…)

02/25/14 1:45pm
Hand Job Academy at the No Office Holiday Party. Photo by Patrick Phillips.

Hand Job Academy at the No Office Holiday Party. Photo by Patrick Phillips.

With a title like that, you probably don’t need any other information on what this event is, but we’ll give it to you anyway. Our friends in the funny/fierce rap group Hand Job Academy are holding what is sure to be a rad free show tomorrow at the House of Vans, which promises both free skating and the greatest words this side of lunch: FREE PIZZA AND BEER. And because the Olympics are done and buried and never to be spoken of again, that means skateboarding, not icescapades. It’s part of the House of Vans weekly open mic/skate/pizza-and-beer cram sessions, so if you can’t make this show, you can always go back next week for more free hangs.  (more…)

10/24/12 11:00am

The show that gets you wet. Photo courtesy of Fuerza Bruta NYC.

Fuerza Bruta is not your granny’s Broadway show. A flashing, pulsing, vibrating, 360° performance, Fuerza Bruta is a flood of sensory stimulation and NYC’s only theatre experience that is also a sexy dance party. Set to a DJ score of trippy electronic music, the audience is a sea of gyrating bodies as an aerial, acrobatic, erotic, hypnotic, aquatic, interactive rave throbs through the venue. After a heavily praised five-year run, Fuerza Bruta will close on January 6. Here’s your chance to see this unique show for free.

If you can’t make it today we’ve got the hookup on two pair of free tickets. Enter below, by opting in to their email list, for a chance to see Fuerza Bruta for free in its final weeks. Earn extra entries by telling your friends. Tickets are redeemable for any performances through Jan. 6 (Wed. Thur. at 8 pm, Sat. at 10:30 pm and Sun. at 8 pm).

A night at Fuerza Bruta is a snazzy date or a groovy gift for the (quickly approaching) holidays. But not for Granny, unless she’s into risqué performance art where the audience gets misted by a techno DJ. In that case, you have the coolest grandmother ever.
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10/11/12 12:50pm

Filligar returns to CMJ this year, playing two showcases. 2011 photo from the No Pulp Music showcase by Sarah Bibi.

It’s here! CMJ 2012 returns on Tuesday, and the official schedule has been posted. The long-running music marathon might be the best five days (and nights) yet, with more than 1,300 performances at more than 80 different venues. I know all y’all Brokesters already bought your $549 badge, but just in case a few of you out there chose groceries over tuneage, we’ve compiled a list of the official (and a few unofficial) FREE CMJ events for your pleasure. Sure, there are lots of big names this year — The Walkmen, Alex Winston, The Mountain Goats, Dum Dum Girls, GZA — but every CMJ fanatic will tell you that the best part of this fest is that amazing discovery of “the band that practices across the street from you.” (more…)

10/01/12 3:41pm

Jimmy Kimmel, Brooklyn native, Nets fan and noted Roberta’s patron, is planning to schlep his weeknight talk show from LA to Brooklyn for a week at BAM later this month. And like a lot of studio audience shows, tickets are free, if you can get them. To get into the BAM shows from Oct. 29-Nov. 2, request tickets through this site and you must also “send Guillermo a personal email telling him WHY you should be a part of our studio audience in Brooklyn, NY,” a request that encourages you to be “creative, specific and enthusiastic.” [via FiPS]

09/17/12 7:00am

Vince takes em to church. Photo by Eric Reichbaum via FB.

We’ve said it before, but the Rev. Vince Anderson and his Love Choir at Union Pool is the best damn free weekly show in Brooklyn, and anyone who disagrees must be some kind of sinner sent here by the Mitt Romney buzzkill brigade. It’s so much fun that we won’t even waste our time selling it to you, except to tell you that tonight is Vince’s birthday, which means, in addition to the two sets of dirty, sweaty gospel, you’ll also get some free pints of Sixpoint’s special Instant Pentecostal Apostle, the Rev’s own brew; and Eli “Paperboy” Reed will be DJing and singing with the band. If you miss it, you’ll never understand why you are the miracle.