08/21/14 9:47am
Lianne La Havas will be there. Will you?

Lianne La Havas will be there. Will you?

1. Learn how hard all your beloved John Hughes characters sold out at Forty-Six Candles, an evening of disillusioned fiction. (Friday)

2. Morgan Avenue Underground’s Komputer Love is a night of cyberpunk film, art, and robotic dancing. (Friday)

3. Controversially Speaking is an exhibit of conversation-provoking art along with some music and spoken word. (Friday)

4. The lWlVl Festival (pronounced low-level, obviously) brings live music and giant interactive art installations together for two nights. (Friday-Saturday) (more…)

08/13/14 7:00am
north brooklyn wine happy hours

You don’t have to be a Lannister to love wine

Brokelyn’s collective enthusiasm for dive round-ups and Beer Books is something near and dear to my heart, but I confess that wine is my preferred libation just about always. While discounted beer and well drinks are a dime a dozen, the cold, bubbly fact is that wine is rarely invited to happy hour. Perhaps wine’s European aura implies dollar signs, or the fact that it comes in smaller bottles than liquor – with annoying corks, at that – or maybe it’s because “tempranillo” is harder to pronounce than “ale,” but people seem to think wine is too fancy for happy hour. THAT’S NOT TRUE.

I won’t be fated to a life where my only options are expensive wine at a bar or cheap old grapes at home… and if committed to going out, I’d like to be somewhere $20 gets me three glasses rather than two. I’ve found bars with awesome wine happy hours for me, and therefore I found bars with awesome wine happy hours for us. (more…)

07/17/14 4:18pm
greenpoint ferry

Won’t this be a welcome sight in Greenpoint. via Facebook

Hey, remember that whole looming G train shutdown that Greenpoint residents have been staring down the barrel of since the start of the summer? It’s almost here, which combined with the collapsed dock for the Greenpoint stop on the East River Ferry was gonna mean chaos reigns in Greenpoint. Looks like that fate is about to be averted though, because DNA Info reports that the dock  should be up and running by next Friday, before the shutdown starts next Saturday. (more…)

07/17/14 9:56am
Like this, but fewer layers.

Like this, but fewer layers. via Facebook

1. Even if you somehow hate music and produce, go to Turnip the Beet Rooftop Concert to at least salute that masterful pun. (Friday)

2. Show ManBoobs, featuring Danny Tamberelli, some support at their comedy show at Union Hall. (Friday)

3. Find out if comedy/rock show Birthnado is as terrifying as whatever you visualize when you see the word “Birthnado.” (Friday)

4. Rooftop Films is screening Mateo, about a white guy who picks up mariachi music in prison and goes busking in Cuba. (Friday) (more…)

07/14/14 10:27am
sharknado

If you haven’t seen this happen yet, go see this happen.

1. Watch a cyclops travel through multiple dimensions, without having to take acid for once, at a screening of Loves of a Cyclops at Videology. (Monday)

2. Franklin Park Reading Series’ annual “Travels and Journeys” brings stories from all sorts of far-off settings. (Monday)

3. Ride your potentially-airborne bike to Coney Island to see E.T. (Monday) (more…)

brooklyn craft company

You could make one of those adorable dog things! via Facebook

Feeling the need, the need to create? It can strike at any time, and if you don’t have a bunch of doodads and bits and yarn to make things with, you could find yourself driven crazy by the urge. We’ve got an outlet for those urges though, because the Brooklyn Craft Company (61 Greenpoint Avenue) is having a crafting party with nine different kinds of crafting projects this month, where you can glue, embroider and knit to your heart’s content. (more…)

06/30/14 8:40am
The_Jedi_Doth_Return

We have a feeling a lot of folks die in the end.

1. Hear how storytelling and immigration reform go together with artists at the Brooklyn Public Library. (Monday)

2. Supercollider screens Leni Riefenstahl’s Nazi propaganda film Triumph of the Will. Learn from history so that we don’t end up repeating it. (Monday)

3. Float away at Coney Island with a screening of Gravity. (Monday) (more…)

06/27/14 10:33am
nathan's hot dog contest

It’s time. via Nathan’s

The land of the free can truly be the land of the free (and cheap) July 4th next Friday, with plenty of awesome no and low-cost patriotic events to celebrate America’s independence. We’ve got you covered for the East River fireworks, so check out the other awesome free and cheap things to kick off your three-day weekend! (more…)

06/18/14 7:00am
louis valentino park

Lunch, with a view of forever. via Flickr user Gene Krasko

With sunlight hours at their peak, it feels depressing and outright cruel to eat your lunch at your desk, whether you’re stuck in an office or working from home. Sure, there are plenty of outdoor restaurants and cafes but you don’t always want to spend $20 for lunch. You’re also not interested in jostling for a spot in more crowded, well-known parks like McCarren Park, East River Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park. So, in order to help you get as much sun as possible this summer, we picked a few public outdoor spots where you can relax and enjoy some fresh air, along with some nearby places to grab some cheap, tasty food if you don’t feel like brown bagging it. (more…)

hannibal buress

Even Hannibal is blown away by Thursday’s killer lineup. via Facebook

The thing about free comedy around here is that because there’s so much of it, and it’s almost always so good, you can get a little spoiled by it. Still, sometimes a lineup is so packed that you need to make sure you’re there. Take the upcoming show at Lulu’s (113 Franklin Street) on Thursday night. Hannibal Buress, Chris Gethard, Sunita Mani of the Cocoon Central Dance Team (and the “Turn Down For What” video) and even more comics will all be there making jokes, for free! Plus there’s free pizza with every drink, as per usual, and maybe there’ll be some jokes about Lulu’s struggle with its landlord. (more…)