02/06/17 12:00pm
Wail it out with The Cowmen (#8)

Wail it out with The Cowmen (#8)

1. Hear a new perspective on a very useful skill at Best Friends Forever: The Science of Cooperation, a talk by evolutionary ecologist Dr. Aniek Ivens covering everything from ant colonies to the bacteria in our guts. (Monday, Genspace, FREE)

2. Answer some unusual questions at Queerious February: Our Queer World, a trivia night geared toward LGBTQ folks with themed cocktails, raffles, prize bags, and guest performer Vic Sin. (Monday, Way Station, FREE)

3. Get comfortably morbid at Death Café, hosted by “death educator” Amy Cunningham, where people gather to share their thoughts and feelings on mortality over coffee and snacks. (Tuesday, Green-Wood Cemetery, FREE) (more…)

10/17/16 12:29pm
Catch a great show by Olivia Porter (#8)

Catch a great show by Olivia Porter (#8)

1. Do something nice before the cold weather sets in: Grab any winter clothes you don’t want anymore, cook up something yummy, and head to the Living Gallery’s Coat Drive & Potluck, with the haul going to a local women’s shelter. (Monday, Living Gallery, FREE)

2. Participate in hands-on science at a DIY biolab with PCR & Pizza, where you’ll learn about DNA barcoding and hear a lecture by research designer Helene Steiner, whose work blurs the boundaries between the natural and artificial. (Monday, Genspace, FREE)

3. Hear some terrific tales at Def Stories, a variety show including raconteurs Torae, Kecia E. Cole, and Ashley August, performance artist Steff Reed, choreographer Jamal Story, and musicians Bradd Marquis, Skyzoo, and DJ Spencer Blake. (Tuesday, BRIC, FREE) (more…)

12/07/15 1:19pm
HiChristina would like to eat some cereal with you (#)

HiChristina would like to eat some cereal with you (#6) (pic by Fritz Donnelly)

1. Nonprofit community biolab Genspace is hosting what promises to be a fascinating talk: Mars Ice House, an idea by which scientists from SEArch propose to build habitats out of ice on Mars to house explorers. (Monday, FREE)

2. For something just a tiny bit more insane, head to Annoyance Theater for Star Wars: Episode 1: Phantom Menace: The Musical, wherein everyone’s most despised film in the series is mashed up with the music of Annie. (Monday, $5)

3. City Reliquary, Brooklyn’s best home for obsessive collectors of the quirky and strange, hosts an opening for their newest exhibit, Like a Virgin: Madonnas and Madonna. Curator Kay Turner will discuss her obsession with both types of Madonnas, and showcase items from her collection of Madonna-emblazoned medallions, pillowcases, and socks. (Tuesday, FREE) (more…)

12/07/15 8:48am
muppet christmas

No matter how fun your family is, their Christmas is probably more fun

It’s Monday and you’re feeling bad. I get it, it’s normal. On the other hand, think about this: the Brokelyn/skint No Office party is next week, and then the week after that is when the annual “Fuck off from everything because Christmas is this week” begins and then after that it’s New Year’s Eve, the best day of the year. Take the long view, but also take the short view, today, right now, because there’s great stuff to do on the Brokelyn Events Calendar. (more…)

07/15/15 8:58am
wet hot american summer

Which of these five will you be?

Ah Wednesday. Some of you who look on the bright side call it Hump Day, but sometimes Wednesday just feels like an anonymous slog in the middle of it all. We’re all just trying to get past Wednesday, it’s otherwise not that special. Yo La Tengo isn’t gonna do a weird, cute video covering “Wednesday I’m In Love” to help you get past it, but the Brokelyn Events Calendar can help you by giving you five excellent ways to spend your Wednesday evening. (more…)

05/05/15 10:55am
It's the weekend. Release the balloons!  Photo via Oriana Leckert

It’s the weekend. Release the balloons! Photo via Oriana Leckert

Back in the day Brooklyn had a pretty mean manufacturing scene, but all that’s dwindled and left behind lots of warehouses without blacksmiths and welders and whoever else works in warehouses. Today a lot of those spaces have been taken over by the borough’s most creative residents and are used for music performances, dance classes, art exhibits, and plenty of urban farming. Oriana Leckert explores these spots in her new book Brooklyn Spaces: 50 Hubs of Culture and Creativity, where she documents the eccentricity that keeps this place so darn cool. The book comes out on May 19, and there’s a huge launch party at Gowanus Ballroom on May 30, featuring food trucks, acrobatic performances, and music from Hungry March Band and Batala NYC.

Oriana gave us a preview of Brooklyn Spaces and told us about some of her favorite places around the borough: (more…)