02/13/17 10:40am
This week in anti-Trump activism in NYC: Resisting President Agent Orange

(Gaby Del Valle / Brokelyn)

Busta Rhymes called Donald Trump “President Agent Orange” on stage last night at the Grammys before reminding us to #resist, and do you really want to go against what he has to say? Without further ado, here are 40+ ways to get informed, get organized, and get involved this week–with a few parties thrown in for good measure. (more…)

09/22/16 3:16pm
Have a jamboree with Queen Esther (#2) (pix by Paul Ker)

Have a jamboree with Queen Esther (#2) (pic by Paul Ker)

1. Start your weekend off with a plethora of plays at Pop! Performance Festival, with more than 30 works around Bushwick throughout the weekend. (Friday through Sunday, various locations, FREE)

2. Stomp your feet and clap your hands for the second annual Brooklyn Americana Music Festival, with nearly 50 bands at several bars and venues, from Queen Esther to The Defibulators to Alex Battles. (Friday through Sunday, various locations, FREE)

3. Blast off at Midnight Radio Show’s Tour of the Galaxy Cabaret, with shadow puppets, dance, poetry, music, and more. (Friday, Fairyland, $20)

4. Get delirious for Princess, an all-Prince cover band starring Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum. (Friday & Saturday, Brooklyn Bowl, $30) (more…)

07/18/16 4:00pm
Get ready to be dazzled by Pearl Noire (#8) (pic by Clubesque)

Get ready to be dazzled by Pearl Noire (#8) (pic by Clubesque)

1. Have a lovely literary time at the kick-off to this year’s Books Beneath the Bridge, where a different bookstore curates writers each week. Tonight Word Books brings out Rumaan Alam and New York Times bestseller Emma Straub. (Monday, Brooklyn Bridge Park, FREE)

2. Galvanize your taste buds with the Masters of Social Gastronomy lecture series, which takes on a different food each month. Tonight is all about barbecue: Sarah Lohman delves into its culinary history, and Jonathan Soma tackles the science behind the meaty magic. (Monday, Old Stone House, FREE)

3. See another side of Africa at Celebrating African Film, curated by the collaborative project Afripedia. There will be a series of films followed by a discussion with Afripedia co-directors, Teddy Goitom and Senay Berhe. (Tuesday, BRIC, FREE) (more…)

06/16/16 4:53pm
Heat it up with Kita St Cyr (#5) (pic by El Jong)

Heat up the weekend with Kita St Cyr (#5) (pic by El Jong)

1. Celebrate Caribbean Heritage Month at the Caribbean Huenity Mixer, where you can mingle to reggae, calypso, merengue, and kompa. (Friday, CaribBEING House, FREE)

2. Get poetic at the Ugly Duckling Presse 6×6 Release Party, with readings by Alex Cuff, Piotr Gwiazda, Jeremy Hoevenaar, Krystal Languell, and more. (Friday, J&B Design Café, $5)

3. Take yourself out to the ballgame at the Cyclones 2016 season opener, plus post-game fireworks. (Friday, MCU Park, $17) (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…)

02/15/16 9:24am
Have a murderously good Monday with Charming Disaster (#1) (pic by Luis Ruiz)

Have a murderously good Monday with Charming Disaster (#1) (pic by Luis Ruiz)

1. Feeling dark after Valentine’s Day? Head to Charming Disaster’s Murder Ballad Monday, featuring ghoulish folk music from Jessi Robertson, Kenwyn Dapo, Marilyn Carino, Jascha Hoffman, Hilary Downes, and Liz Tormes. (Monday, Branded Saloon, FREE)

2. Spend a wild evening curated by the great Eric Schmalenberger: it’s the premiere of The JoAnne Holiday Show, plus performances by singer/songwriter Holly Miranda, alt-cabaret star Erin Markey, comedian Dave Hill, and more, not to mention Girls star Jemima Kirke interviewing “the 500-million-year-old enigma know as CLAYWOMAN.” (Monday, House of Yes, $10)

3. Giggle at Fashion Week with a sarcastic take: Brompton Bicycles Fashion & Film Showcase, with displays of British cycling gear films, refreshments, and music curated by Rough Trade. (Tuesday, Rough Trade, FREE) (more…)

12/24/15 10:15am
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Dar is ready to help you pack up your holiday (#8)

1. If you love beats and don’t want to spend the evening alone, head to TBA Brooklyn for Christmas for Techno Orphans: a potluck dinner followed by dancing to Eddie Krilov, Lera, Connie b2b Maksim, and more. (Friday, FREE)

2. Wind down from all the Chrismasness at Freddy’s while watching It’s a Wonderful Lifebackwards. (Friday, FREE)

3. Feel the tropical post-holiday beat at Bembe’s Xmas Call to Drum, with Afro-Caribbean sounds from DJ Dirtyfinger and 2melo. (Friday, FREE)

4. Work off some of that eggnog at Brooklyn Bowl’s Family Bowl—it’s free all day, so bring the whole crew. (Saturday, FREE) (more…)

11/27/15 11:46am
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Trixie Little will be so hoop-y to see you (#12) (pic via Facebook)

1. If shopping’s your thing today, try the International Coalitition for African Fashion’s Black Friday Pop-Up Shop at MoCADA, with handmade clothing and accessories from 20+ designers. (Friday, FREE)

2. Or skip the shopping and bring the troops to Brooklyn Bowl’s Post-Thanksgiving Family Bowl, free from noon on. (Friday, FREE)

3. Or sleep all day and then venture out to Halyard’s for some laughs: Bitches Brew features Eli Sairs, Aparna Nacherla, Lance Weiss, Mike Leibovitz, and Sharron Paul. (Friday, FREE) (more…)

06/29/15 8:56am
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And you thought you were attached to your bike!

1. Haven’t gotten your fill of pride? Refinery29 launches their new webseries Queens of Kings, profiling Bk drag performers. (Monday, FREE)

2. Bring your best vinyl to spin at the Gong Party at Friends & Lovers, where each DJ gets 30 minutes—or less, if the crowd hates you. (Monday, FREE)

3. Meet the eight musical sons of jazz legend Phil Cochran at MoCADA’s screening of Brothers Hypnotic. (Tuesday, $10) (more…)