12/08/14 10:37am
Go make Snoopy proud.

Go make Snoopy proud.

1. Franklin Park Reading Series is having their end of the year bash with a little help from some of the year’s best fiction and essay writers. (Monday)

2. Get some real laughs in with Side Ponytail before you have to fake chuckle your way through your uncle’s awful jokes at those holiday dinners. (Monday)

3. Mark the royal visit to New York with free White Castle at Devour Hour. (Tuesday) (more…)

Picture menus: for the most incredulous eaters of the bunch. (via Xi'anFoods.com)

Picture menus: for the most incredulous eaters of the bunch. (via Xi’anFoods.com)

It’s officially cold out – which means we’re constantly on the prowl for something warm, brothy, and spicy to perk our spirits and regain feeling in our extremities. Well X’ian Famous Foods (648 Manhattan Avenue) delivers on all three of those points with free noodle and burger dishes on Saturday in honor of their Greenpoint outpost’s opening. (more…)

12/04/14 10:31am
Toss the pigskin around before you see it, maybe

Toss the pigskin around before you see it, maybe

1. The Disposable Film Festival at Videology features movies made with everyday camera equipment that could be made by any yutz off the street, like you!  (Friday)

2. Or check out a film festival with work with fancier film equipment as the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective presents short films at Screen/Sounds (Friday)

3. You’re gonna be doing a lot of unhealthy eating this season, so it’s important to do things like dance like a lunatic at funk parties like The Mess Around (Friday) (more…)

12/04/14 8:52am
bust holiday craftacular

You won’t come up empty doing your holiday shopping at the Bust Holiday Craftacular or any of these other Brooklyn holiday markets. via Facebook

OMG it’s the holidays again, and it’s less then a month until Christmas and Hanukkah! Your holiday shopping is done, right? You’ve found the perfect, unique, and handmade gift for everyone on your naughty and nice lists, right? No? Don’t you fret friends, there are now more holiday markets then ever right in the comfort of your own Brooklyn backyard. This year’s markets feature sugar (pies from Eat Pie Shop) spice (cider from Roberta’s Holiday Market) and everything nice (free gift-wrapping at Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar).

Why go to the city and deal with the tourists blocking the sidewalks while they stare up at all the big tall Starbucks shops in the sky if you can just travel around on Santa’s preferred sleigh, the G train.  Stay in Brooklyn, shop local at any of these markets, and we promise your holiday shopping list will be taken care of faster than you can say…happy holidays. (more…)

12/01/14 10:47am
roast of santa

Dig up Santa’s past. Photo by Sarah Bibi

1. Singer/songwriter Mackenzie Shivers is powering through some ballads at Pete’s Candy Store. (Monday)

2. Start your week off with some dancing and bathtub liquere at Moonshine Monday. (Monday)

3. Jackknife Comedy brings some cutting jokes to Brooklyn Colony. (Tuesday) (more…)

11/24/14 7:01am
northeast kingdom

When you want a dinner to impress, you can’t go wrong with a good steak, like the TK at the Northeast Kingdom (vegetarians and vegans not included). via Northeast Kingdom

We’ve all been there: third date coming up, and you need that one final push to seal the deal. It’s time to bust out the steak. Now, we here at Brokelyn have felt your plight, especially when the check comes and you realize you’re in for a romantic walk home because you won’t be able to afford that cab home. You could make a steak at home, as this fine butcher will tell you, but sometimes it’s nice to have someone do the cooking for you. Yes, there are probably cheaper steaks in Kings County, but let’s save your poor date from grabbing steaks at that biker bar that grills on a sideways shopping cart. Negotiating the factors of romance and budget, here are our seven picks for where to go for the big third-date swing. (more…)

11/20/14 10:59am
This, plus drinking games.

This, plus drinking games.

1. Soul Understated brings their soul-hip-hop-jazz sound to The Classon Social Club. (Friday)

2. The author of 33 Artists 3 Acts discusses her work on behind the scenes narrative studying artists like Ai Weiwei, Jeff Koons, and Carroll Dunham. (Friday)

3. Laugh, cry, make witty cultural references, and call your mom at Videology’s Gilmore Girls Party. (Friday)

4. See apolocalyptic art rock trio Bugs in the Dark and find out of that genre is as scary as their name. (Friday) (more…)

11/18/14 1:31pm
word brooklyn

Hey you could work here! via Flickr user *Bitch Cakes*

Maybe it’s been a minute since you’ve seen You’ve Got Mail, but let me refresh your memory on the plot. Big, sleek, lucrative chain bookstores = bad. Cute, quirky, independent bookstores = good. Was that not what we were supposed to take away from that movie? Even still, coolness and community responsibility points are rewarded to those that support local bookstores over the Fox Bookstores of the world, and now here’s your chance to up the ante and work at one, as WORD is looking for someone to manage their inventory in both their Greenpoint and Jersey City stores. (more…)

11/13/14 9:12am
Gato Party's gonna be a fun time

Gato Party’s gonna be a festive time

1. Park Slop Food Coop hosts a Non-Violent Communication Workshop just in time for you to have Thanksgiving with those racist, sexist family members you’ve been avoiding. (Friday)

2. English rocker musician and producer Glyn Johns discusses his new memoir at BookCourt. (Friday)

3. Check out and maybe even buy some art inspired by the best borough at My Muse, Brooklyn. (Friday-Sunday) (more…)

11/10/14 9:05am
jo firestone

Your teacher, Jo Firestone, sharing wisdom with a student

1. Go mingle with some other media makers at this BRIC meet-up. (Monday)

2. Side Ponytail will have tofurky at their show to remind you to be grateful our national heritage isn’t rooted in tofurky. (Monday)

3. Hear the author of Surrendering Oz read essays about working at the Guinness Book of World Records and Glamour Magazine, which we think may be more similar than you’d think. (Monday) (more…)