04/24/17 11:55am

In his first 100 days in office, FDR did… a lot, too much to list here. Now we have a president who isn’t just trying to dismantle what’s left of the New Deal, but is also doing a pretty bad job of implementing his evil agenda. Although the latter is comforting, let’s not forget that Trump has already threatened to bomb North Korea, actually bombed Syria and Afghanistan, expanded ICE’s deportation priorities to include more immigrants than before, declared a new war on drugs, tried to ban Muslims from entering the country twice, and tried to take away healthcare from millions of Americans. Oh, and he golfs a lot.

That said, there are ways to resist. Hell, you’ve already done it for 100 days! Read all about it: (more…)

04/20/17 10:00am
Blunder bemusedly with Topher Bousquet (#). Photo via Facebook

Blunder bemusedly with Topher Bousquet (#13). Photo via Facebook

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

1. Queer up your comedy at Kweendom, a night of stand-up and storytelling featuring Elsa Waithe, Dylan Marron, Sarah Kennedy, Rachel McCartney, and Jeffrey Marx. (Friday, Pete’s Candy Store, FREE)

2. Learn to hear better at A Massive Listening Experience, an immersive evening of classical music where you can interact with the performers throughout the show. (Friday, Pioneer Works, $25)

3. Get your groove at Bring the Beat Back, a queer, black, sci-fi, music-theater experience set in a futuristic, groove-centered reality. (Friday & Saturday, Jack, $18)

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04/18/17 11:04am
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The Kickstarter promises there will be, “More good times to come at Littlefield!”

Beloved Gowanus performance space and bar Littlefield’s lease is up, and their landlord isn’t renewing. The good news, however, is that Littlefield will be relocating just up the block to 635 Sackett St., a former printing warehouse with a massive outdoor space that will be used for a new adjoining sister bar and restaurant called Parklife. (more…)

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 11:07am
Get sweet on comedy with American Candy (#). Photo via Facebook

Get sweet on sketch comedy with American Candy (#3). Photo 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 week off with a plethora of verse at the fourth anniversary of the Brooklyn Poets Yawp, a combined open mic and workshop led by former Brooklyn Poet Laureate D. Nurkse. (Monday, 61 Local, FREE)

2. Put on your coat of many colors and head to the Monday Night Tribute: Dolly Parton, where 14 different musicians will play tunes inspired by the Backwoods Barbie for a full-on Dollyfest. (Monday, C’mon Everybody, $8)

3. Laugh sweetly at American Candy: Live, an “edgy, irreverent, cheeky, and naughty” musical and sketch comedy show produced by comedian Hollie Harper. (Tuesday, BRIC, FREE) (more…)

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…)

04/03/17 10:06am
Vamp it up with Took Edalow (#6) (pic via Facebook)

Vamp it up with Took Edalow (#6) (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. Learn about all the good graphic novels can do for the world at Comics as a Force for Social Change, with authors John Jennings, Damian Duffy, and Thi Bui. (Monday, Greenlight Books, FREE)

2. Watch weird animation late at night at Dirty Morning Cartoons, with dozens of strange shorts by Sick Animation, Leah Shore, Nick DenBoer, Felix Colgrave, and many more, curated by Cartuna. (Monday, Lo-Res Bar, FREE)

3. Hear a host of nontraditional voices at A Path of Their Own: Asian American Creatives, with presenters including producer Jaeki Cho, curator Hawa Arsala, composer Kavita Shah, content creator Jaysn Kim, and many more. (Tuesday, BRIC, FREE)  (more…)

04/03/17 10:01am
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Photo by Gaby Del Valle / Brokelyn

Democrats have been losing seats for years, and a Trump presidency should be the time for a leftist resurgence. This week’s events include a fundraiser for Democrats out West, who need support now more than ever before, as well as rallies and protests, fundraisers, letter writing events and a few happy hour specials and parties that will let you support a good cause (and your fellow Americans) with a drink in hand. But remember: direct action is always the best course of action when possible, and nothing sends a message like thousands of bodies on the street defending their rights!

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03/23/17 10:35am
Drag yourself out for a ruff night with Ruby Roo (#1) (pic by Natalie Molina)

Drag yourself out for a ruff night with Ruby Roo (#1) (pic by Natalie Molina)

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

1. Fancy yourself up for Drag Me Out to Lot 45 to watch the season 9 premier of RuPaul’s Drag Race, plus a Quick Drag competition, trivia, giveaways, and performances from Ruby Roo, Shiny Penny, Hannah Lou, and more. (Friday, Lot 45, $5)

2. Warm up at No Enemies to the Left: It’s Getting Hot in Here, a music and comedy fundraiser for the Union of Concerned Scientists to combat climate change. (Friday, Brooklyn Bazaar, $20)

3. Listen to some lovely tales at the Ladies Night Storytelling Show, hosted by Shelby Thompson — pink jackets not required. (Friday, Big Irv’s, FREE) (more…)

03/20/17 11:33am
(Gaby Del Valle/Brokelyn)

(Gaby Del Valle/Brokelyn)

Direct action doesn’t always mean large protests. Subway fares are going up again, and plenty of New Yorkers can’t afford yet another fare hike. If you have an unlimited, be sure to swipe it forward today when someone asks! And remember: the NYPD lied when they said no one can get deported for fare-beating (people can be, and they are). This week includes plenty of ways for you to join the #resistance, from small acts like giving someone a swipe to larger demonstrations, and everything else in between. (more…)