We’re actually morbid now. RIP Morbid Anatomy Museum. Via Facebook.
The Morbid Anatomy Museum was founded on the principle that death is a natural part of life that we should embrace instead of fear. Fittingly, the Gowanus oddities museum, event space, cafe and occasional taxidermy school abruptly closed its doors over the weekend, taking away a fitting place in Brooklyn to console ourselves about all the death and decay that has taken to consuming our lives this year.
The space, which grew out of a small library space in a shared building to its own massive street corner location two and a half years ago, didn’t make a public announcement of the closure, but a board member confirmed it to the Daily News today. It’s still unclear exactly what led to the closure, but it appears to be financial: last month, the museum launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise $75,000 to stay open (it only got about $8,000). The closing comes amid a particularly tough moment for the Gowanus arts scene, which has seen a rash of studio closures this year due to rent increases and new development.
We reached out to founder Joanna Ebenstein for more info so we’ll update if we hear back and if there are any future plans for the museum. Meanwhile, we mourn another New York City space for the strange and obscure and wonder, with morbid curiosity, when death will finally come for us all. (more…)
1. Start your week off laughing at the reliably fun Side Ponytail Comedy Show, tonight with Melinda Taub, Diego Lopez, Noah Findling, and Chelsea Hood. (Monday, Over the Eight, FREE)
2. Learn more than you ever wanted to know about vermin at Our Pesky Neighbors Part 3: Rats, a discussion with NYC’s “Rat Czar” Robert Corrigan, rat historian Robert Sullivan, and rat geneticist Jason Munshi-South. (Monday, Brooklyn Historical Society, $10)
3. Try some tabletop fun at the Tuesday Board Game Meetup, with games on hand like Puerto Rico, Power Grid, Galaxy Trucker, and Ticket to Ride, plus a demo of Monarch. (Tuesday, The Brooklyn Strategist, $10) (more…)
Bend some genders with drag king Goldie Peacock (#5) (pic by Michael Wakefield)
1. Spook yourself silly at Are You Afraid of the Dark?, a scary storytelling show with chilling tales and then an open mic for you to add your own. (Monday, Precious Metal, FREE)
2. Cast some spells at the Samhain Ritual + Celebration, with live music from Espejismo, Mandy & The Mandys, and Coven of Mima Good, plus interactive art, cursed cocktails, and more. (Monday, Catland, $15)
Watch the Love Show dancers’ glitzy costumes get real bloody (#3)
1. Learn some important borough history at the book launch for A History of Brooklyn Bridge Park, which recounts the “grassroots, multivoiced, and contentious effort” to transform the park since the 1980s; the event will include a panel discussion and book signing. (Monday, powerHouse Books, FREE)
2. Or go back even further in Brooklyn history at a lecture on Samuel Gumpertz, King of the Coney Island Sideshow, a turn-of-the-century impresario who ran bathhouses, wax museums, chambers of horrors, and many more crazy Coney creations. (Monday, Morbid Anatomy Museum, $8)
3. Expect a good deal of blood at Little Cinema’s immersive screening of Carrie, complete with Love Show dancers, a live cellist, fire performers, an audiovisual DJ, and surely plenty of telekinesis. (Tuesday, House of Yes, $10) (more…)
Get ready to be dazzled by Pearl Noire (#8) (pic by Clubesque)
1. Have a lovely literary time at the kick-off to this year’s Books Beneath the Bridge, where a different bookstore curates writers each week. Tonight Word Books brings out Rumaan Alam and New York Times bestseller Emma Straub. (Monday, Brooklyn Bridge Park, FREE)
2. Galvanize your taste buds with the Masters of Social Gastronomy lecture series, which takes on a different food each month. Tonight is all about barbecue: Sarah Lohman delves into its culinary history, and Jonathan Soma tackles the science behind the meaty magic. (Monday, Old Stone House, FREE)
3. See another side of Africa at Celebrating African Film, curated by the collaborative project Afripedia. There will be a series of films followed by a discussion with Afripedia co-directors, Teddy Goitom and Senay Berhe. (Tuesday, BRIC, FREE) (more…)
Celebrate the anniversary of Bowl Train with Talib Kweli (#8)
1. Prove that all this sun hasn’t started to atrophy your brain at the launch of Nerd Nite’s Sunset Trivia, which will be weekly on Tuesdays all the way until the unthinkable happens and summer draws to a close. (Tuesday, Lizzmonade, $5)
2. Remember the Greatest at Little Cinema’s remixed screening of When We Were Kings, a documentary of Muhammad Ali’s 1974 fight against George Foreman, which will be turned into “live mixed-media art” by El Chico Blanco and AV DJ CHNNLS. (Tuesday, House of Yes, $10)
3. See some big belugas (hopefully) at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s Whales in the Harbor tour. (Wednesday, Brooklyn Bridge Park, $10) (more…)
1. Get the message at the blowout Northside party with Grandmaster Flash, plus Kweku Collins, Radamiz, and I.O.D. (Friday, McCarren Park, FREE)
2. Pine for home at Immigrants in Exile, a storytelling show with tales of nostalgia and longing from JoAnn DeLuna, Hamed Farmand, Simi Toledano, Sahba Sizdahkhani, and many more. (Friday, Big Irv’s, FREE)
3. See some splendid cinema at Rooftop Films’ Sundance Short Films, with opening music by Alice Cohen. (Friday, Metrotech Commons, FREE) (more…)
1. Start the week off easy at The Simple Show, with standup by Eudora Peterson and Matt Strickland, plus a talk on the international movement #ShoutYourAbortion by the NYC chapter’s founders. (Monday, Bushwick Public House, FREE)
2. Or start it off cheeky at Pink and a Smile, with burlesque, go-go, and more from Minnie Tonka, Auralie Wilde, Cecilia Roux, Lillian Bustle, Heather Whatever, Nina La Voix, and Lucy Buttons. (Monday, Lucky 13 Saloon, $10)
3. Learn about some seriously old-school mechanical engineering at the illustrated lecture What Are Medieval Robots? with Elly Truitt, who has literally written the book on the topic. (Tuesday, Morbid Anatomy Museum, $5) (more…)
Tour the borough with a gaggle of smart insiders (photos by Earl Maldoun)
Hey Brokesters! Your humble events editor here — the one who brings you burlesquers and dance parties and endless free comedy shows every week. Now I want to bring you something else: on a bike ride.
For years I’ve been chronicling Brooklyn’s cultural and artistic life, both online and in a book. Now I’m taking the idea IRL, bringing people to awesome spots to see what goes on behind the scenes and hear from the people making all the magic. I’m working with my pal Jonah, tour-guide progeny and native New Yorker, and we’re basically curating a day full of awesome that includes stops at a Civil War–era warehouse turned art collective and a store for superheroes. (Plus there are snacks!) (more…)