04/17/17 11:32am

Earth Day is this weekend, which is a great opportunity to remember that the President and his allies either think that climate change is a Chinese hoax or are too concerned with generating profit for massive corporations to care that we’ll all be wearing full-body heat repellant suits and /or living in underwater communes soon if they don’t do something about it. This week brings the Climate March, small, local meetings, a few sign-making events, and plenty of ways to make the world a better place. (more…)

04/10/17 10:25am
taxes

They also pay taxes, which the president… maybe doesn’t? Does? Who knows! (Gaby Del Valle/Brokelyn)

Tax day is looming on the horizon, and I mean, it kind of sucks to have to send your money to a government that will spend a lot of it on bombing people and on Paul Ryan’s health insurance, but keep in mind that your tax dollars also provide plenty of necessary social services for people around the country (and around the world! That’s great!).

That said, some people–i.e., the president of these United States–has a history of um, maybe not paying taxes? Or of definitely hiding something, which is why he never released his taxes, and maybe what he’s hiding is worse than the fact that he doesn’t even pay taxes. Anyway, get your taxes filed ASAP, come out to these local activist events, and on Saturday, top it all off with the Tax March.

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04/06/17 11:50am
Norte Maar brings the bizarre ballet (#4) (pic via Facebook)

Norte Maar brings the bizarre ballet (#4) (pic via Facebook)

[Ed note: Reminder, we now have a separate roundup for activism-focused events, which we encourage you to check out here.]

1. Start your weekend off chill at Friday Night Zen, where participants “connect and explore how meditation and mindfulness relate to daily urban living.” (Friday, Brooklyn Zen Center, FREE)

2. Peep plenty of photos at Quimby’s Group Photo Show, with a half-dozen photographers’ works on display, plus sculptures, collage, and taxidermy. (Friday, Quimby’s Bookstore, FREE)

3. Get smarter at Nerd Nite, with lectures on the history of late night talk shows, the twisted story behind the creation of one of the world’s bestselling video games, and more. (Friday, Littlefield, $10) (more…)

03/09/17 11:11am
Bend some genders with Viktor Devonne (#) (pic by by Atticus Stevenson)

Bend some genders with Viktor Devonne (#15). Pic by Atticus Stevenson

[Ed note: Reminder, we now have a separate roundup for activism-focused events, which we encourage you to check out here.]

1. Experience international art at Expressions of Middle Eastern Culture, with a screening of The Iran Job, an artist talk by Tarik Sadouma, music from Meredith Monk and Malak el-Nasser, and belly-dancing by Malayeem. (Friday, San Damiano Mission, FREE)

2. Pay your respects to Big Poppa at the opening of 20 B.I.G. Years, three days of art in homage to the Notorious B.I.G. in his own neighborhood. (Friday, Bishop Gallery, FREE)

3. Play around daintily at Game Night: Feminist Politics, featuring interactive, creative games made by artists Rebecca Goyette, Desiree Des, and Željka Blakšić. (Friday, Soho20 Gallery, FREE) (more…)

03/06/17 1:15pm
Ask her!

Ask her! Photo by Gaby Del Valle / Brokelyn

It’s finally here, y’all: the women’s strike. And while the strike is intended to show just how much work women do, and is ultimately one of the biggest shows of force this week, that doesn’t mean every woman has the ability or resources to take a day off work. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to take action against Trump before, after, and during this Wednesday. Without further ado, here they are: (more…)

02/23/17 12:40pm
Fête the Man in Black with Alex Battles & the Whiskey Rebellion (#) (pic by Michelle Talich)

Fête the Man in Black with Alex Battles & the Whiskey Rebellion (#2) (pic by Michelle Talich)

[Ed note: Reminder, we now have a separate roundup for activism-focused events, which we encourage you to check out here.]

1. Revel in artistic diversity at the Black Artstory Month closing event, with dance and movement arts, performances, and a pop-up art exhibit. (Friday, BLDG 92, FREE)

2. Fall into a ring of fire at the 12th annual Johnny Cash Birthday Bash, hosted, as ever, by Alex Battles & the Whiskey Rebellion. (Friday & Saturday, Littlefield, $15)

3. Watch some wild lip-reading at Live-Dubbed Sitcoms: Tropical February, where comedians improvise new dialogue over muted episodes of classic shows; this month featuring Saved by the Bell: Malibu Sands and California Dreams. (Friday, Videology, FREE) (more…)

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…)

02/06/17 10:59am
This week in anti-Trump activism in NYC: Know your rights (and party for them too)

Cher gets it; Trump does not. Photo by Gaby Del Valle/Brokelyn.

If Trump’s electoral win and the Patriots’ somehow Super Bowl victory can teach us anything, it’s that sometimes the bad guys come out on top–but only temporarily. Two weeks have passed since the inauguration, but the constant barrage of covertly racist executive orders, extrajudicial decisions and bad tweets means the #resistance is alive and well. Here’s our latest roundup of anti-Trump events and rallies happening this week—plus plenty of parties, fundraisers, and other opportunities to let off some steam. We’ll keep updating as more come in. (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…)

01/12/17 10:31am
Get on down with Soul Science Lab (#4) (pic by Sindayiganza)

Get on down with Soul Science Lab (#5) (pic by Sindayiganza)

1. Dork out at the Nerd Nite, with lectures on mind-reading, the science of hangovers, and the history of music videos. Come early for trivia before the presentations. (Friday, Littlefield, $10)

2. See some northerly artistry at BarnFest 2017, a showcase of works developed at the Barn Arts Collective in Maine, with 20+ performances throughout the weekend. (Friday through Sunday, Cloud City, $12)

3. Listen to literature in many languages at Us & Them, a writer/translator reading series featuring Bonnie Chau, Elisa Wouk Almino, Jeremy Tiang, and Virginia Konchan. (Friday, Molasses Books, FREE)

4. Hear from smart and funny folks at Pulitzer Surprises, with a slew of comedians including Hasan Minhaj, Eliza Cossio, and Caroline Schaper, plus actual Pulitzer Prize-winner Amy Harmon. (Friday, Union Hall, $6) (more…)