02/16/17 9:50am
Try not to startle Subhah Agarwal (#

Try not to startle Subhah Agarwal (#2)

Stay informed about fundraisers and other anti-Trump events across NYC in our weekly activism roundup here.

1. Get tingly at the book launch for Nerve Endings: The New Trans Erotic, with readings by contributors as well as performances and more. (Friday, Industry City Distillery, FREE)

2. Giggle about what’s good at the Silver Linings Comedy Show, featuring Patrick Schroeder, Subhah Agarwal, Mike Abrusci, Courtney Maginnis, and more. (Friday, Precious Metal, FREE)

3. Affirm creativity for all at this month’s Queer Abstract, with comedy by Lou Gonzalez, music by Carissa Matsushima, poetry by Paul Tran, dance by Nia and Ness, and more. (Friday, Starr Bar, FREE) (more…)

02/02/17 12:39pm
Get both bloody and sexy at Wasabassco's Macbeth (#5) (pic by Liam Cotter)

Get both bloody and sexy at Wasabassco’s Macbeth (#5) (pic by Liam Cotter)

[Ed note: Reminder, we now have a separate roundup for activism-focused events, which we encourage you to check out here. If you just need diversion for your weekend, read on.]

1. See a smorgasbord of art at the opening reception for the 11th “100 Exhibition,” where 100 artists from around the world display pieces about what “home” means to them. (Friday, Ouchi Gallery, FREE)

2. Learn from another resistance at a screening of The Maribor Uprising, with a post-film presentation and discussion from co-directors Maple Razsa and Milton Guillen. (Friday, UnionDocs, $10)

3. Laugh demonically at Bitches Brew Comedy, with Sean Patton, Myq Kaplan, Ryan Donahue, Maria Wojciechowski, Farah Brook, and Khalid Rahmaan. (Friday, Halyards, FREE) (more…)

01/19/17 12:37pm
Such a gloomy bunch (#8) (pic by Chris Polinsky)

These folks are clearly very gloomy (#8) (pic by Chris Polinsky)

[Ed note: Before making your plans this weekend, check out our anti-inauguration events roundup, which includes a slew of protests, fundraisers, Obama farewell dance parties and the like throughout the weekend. But if you just need a diversion from all that, there’s plenty of apolitical fun to be had too.]

1. Take a deep breath at A Day of Unity and Healing, a full day of donation-based stress-reduction sessions including reiki, card readings, acupuncture, and more. (Friday, Minka Brooklyn, by donation)

2. Explore the art of a great hood at the opening of “East New York: Not the New Frontier,” an art show celebrating the voice and beauty of the neighborhood’s artists. (Friday, ARTs East New York, FREE)

3. Booze to a beat at Wine & Rhyme, a free wine tasting with hip-hop musician Sadat X and producer Will “Tell” Davis, aka the True Wine Connoisseurs. (Friday, High Point Wines & Spirits, FREE)

4. Get lost in Le Medea, a reimagining of Euripides’ tragedy combining elements of a dance-theater performance and a Latin disco-pop variety show. (Friday & Sunday, BRIC, $20) (more…)

12/22/16 10:01am
Slash your way through the holiday weekend (#)

Slash your way through the holiday weekend (#9)

1. Get in the (un-)holiday spirit with a screening of Bad Santa — and if you want to redeem yourself with a double-feature, catch It’s a Wonderful Life next. (Friday, Syndicated, $3 ea)

2. Mix and mingle with artists and neighbors at the Open Source Soup Kitchen, a volunteer-made one-pot meal for all comers. (Friday, Open Source Gallery, FREE)

3. Learn how to stand up for others in this frightening new world at an interactive workshop on Bystander Intervention and De-escalation Training. (Friday, Silent Barn, by donation) (more…)

12/01/16 4:15pm
Catch the surreal stylings of Cheeky Lane (#1) (pic by Steven Menendez)

Catch the surreal stylings of Cheeky Lane (#1) (pic by Steven Menendez)

1. See some strange whimsey at The Winter Wonderland Blunderland Variety Show, starring Trixie Little, The Love Show, Samantha Sterman, Cheeky Lane, Poison Eve, and more. (Friday, House of Yes, $15)

2. Laugh for strong gals at The Fempire Strikes Back, with comedy, videos, and funny songs from sketch troupe American Candy. (Friday & Saturday, Actors Fund Arts Center, $25)

3. Spread some cheer at the Bushwick Starr Holiday Party, with free drinks, free food, dancing to DJ Avg Jo, a mistletoe photobooth, and more. (Friday, Bushwick Starr, $25)

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10/20/16 2:25pm
Get witchy with Reverend Mother Flash (#4)

Get witchy with Reverend Mother Flash (#4)

1. Booze it up at this month’s BHS Free Friday: Oktoberfest, with Brooklyn beer history from the archives, a beer tasting with Brooklyn Brewery, a screening of Beauty and the Beer, and more. (Friday, Brooklyn Historical Society, FREE)

2. Giggle demurely at LAWL: Ladies and Women Laughing, an all-gal comedy show with Jenny Nelson, Keisha Zollar, Rachel Joravsky, and Nayomi Reghay. (Friday, New Women Space, $10)

3. Go on an odd journey to Wonder Island: The Pointless Sock Pursuit, which promises capers, historical artifacts, tight coconuts, and more strangeness. (Friday, Cloud City, $5) (more…)

10/13/16 8:49am
En garde! for Silvia Salamanca (#3)

En garde! for Silvia Salamanca (#3)

1. Check out Bushwick’s newest art gallery at “Opening,” a group exhibition curated by Yael Azoulay and Sol Erez, with music by Romi Hanoch. (Friday, Space Heater, FREE)

2. Get carried away at Games, Dames, and Acromobiles, a nerdy circus revue hosted by a PhD and a former dominatrix, with contorting Avengers, kinky acrobats, airborne Pokemon trainers, and plenty more. (Friday through Sunday, Big Sky Works, $25)

3. Don’t get cut at the Swords and Skirts Showcase, starring Silvia Salamanca and belly dancers including Dalia Carella, Irina Akulenko, and Matt Elliott. (Friday, Kumble Theater, $25) (more…)

10/06/16 3:50pm
Union Hall is for indulging your inner Belle's library fantasies.

Union Hall provides ales and ambiance, perfect for getting lost in a novel.

We often can’t help ourselves from buying a book whenever we pass a bookstore. We’ll save money for beer, of course, because we want to devour our literary haul with some lagers in one of our favorite reading venues: a bar! Not all bars are equal in the eye of the reader, naturally. Who wants to read where jaeger bombs are the norm? To save you the time searching, we compiled a list of fifteen places we think are the best Brooklyn bars to read in, along with suggestions on what to read.

Since most normies converge on pubs when night falls, these places are best read in during the day. But a good number of them remain quiet enough on weeknights to take in some text. Just remember to take care of your bartender if you’re going to spend a lot of time there.  (more…)

08/04/16 2:30pm
Get your thrash on at the Latinx Punk Fest (#1) (pic by Walter Wlodarczyk)

Get your thrash on at the Latinx Punk Fest (#1) (pic by Walter Wlodarczyk)

1. Thrash around como una locura at the 2016 Latinx Punk Fest, three days of bands from all over the world, from Colombia to Spain to Minneapolis. (Friday through Sunday, Don Pedro and Aviv, varies)

2. Watch some strange theater at The See Throughs: A Musical, about weirdos making a band, sock puppets, baths, and more. (Friday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church; Saturday at Restoration Tabernacle, $12)

3. Immerse yourself in This Is Nothing Without You, art collective Hewman’s interactive performance on perspective and persona. (Friday & Saturday, LightSpace Studios, $15) (more…)

05/31/16 1:00pm
Dance it out with

Dance it out with c.a.t.a.m.o.n. (#9)

1. Prepare your quips, ready your groans, and join Brokelyn at the Punderdome Home Game Preview Party, a night of wordplay, drinks, and punny fun with Punderdome co-creator Jo Firestone, a panel of punxperts, drink specials, and a chance to play the puntastic game weeks before it goes on sale. (Tuesday, Halyards, FREE)

2. Even though the holiday is technically over, stretch it one more day at Griff & Joe’s Memorial Day Memorial Service Spectacular, a talk & variety show with music from Lily McQueen, moves from Cocoon Central Dance Team, comedy from Kendall Farrell, and more. (Tuesday, Union Hall, $8)

3. Get hep to the jive at a dirty ’70s Blaxploitation double-feature: Lola Rocknrolla’s Nefertitty and Nefertitty in Space screened back to back, with interstitial performances by burlesquer Maine Attraction. Dress up killer-diller to get in for less. (Tuesday, C’mon Everybody, $10 in costume; $15 otherwise) (more…)