04/20/17 1:45pm

Seeing a movie in a theater has become ridiculously expensive. Even if you don’t spring for 3D or IMAX, you’re likely paying close to $20 for a film you’re not even sure you’ll enjoy. It’s an event, and the experience usually involves coordinating with friends or partners to find an acceptable showtime and seats that are next to each other (if you’re in one of these newfangled assigned-seating theaters). Shows under $10 are rare, and not every theater has good matinee deals.

So if you’re new to Brooklyn, or you’ve been here for years but generally avoid theaters because of the cost, here is the rundown on current ticket prices. Use this handy guide the next time you need something to do on a random weekday afternoon, or if you’re looking for budget dates. And as we head into warmer weather, you may need to use one of these theaters to duck into when your air conditioner breaks down. And now we present the main attraction: (more…)

03/20/17 10:04am
Be ravished by Jezebel Express (#3)

Be ravished by Jezebel Express (#4) (pic by slipperroom/Flickr)

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

1. Laugh at illustrated jokes at the Picture This Two-Year Anniversary, where comedy from Jon Glaser, Phoebe Robinson, Jo Firestone, and Seaton Smith gets animated in real time by Bryan Brinkman, Dan Pinto, Victoria Montes, and more. (Monday, Bell House, $8)

2. Score some sweet spring duds at Thrift On, where you can “shop” your heart out at a plethora of free clothing rummage tables while DJ Shakey spins a soundtrack. (Monday, The Keep, FREE)

3. Hear a slew of bitchy screeds at Las Culturistas: I Don’t Think So, Honey, where 50 comedians, including Anna Drezen, Alise Morales, Mo Fry Pasic, Phoebe Robinson, and Julio Torres, go off for one minute each about something they hate. (Tuesday, Littlefield, $8) (more…)

02/13/17 12:00pm
Have a sexy freekshow Valentine's with Gemini Blitz (#3) (pic by Ramon Bpnyc)

Have a sexy freakshow Valentine’s with Gemini Blitz (#3) (pic by Ramon Bpnyc)

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

1. Start off your V-Day week at The Future of Sex, where an all-female panel of sex pioneers — Gigi Engle, MacKenzie Peck, and Lidia Bonilla —will discuss everything from “teledildonics” (sure why not) to VR porn. (Monday, The Sweatshop, $15)

2. Hear hella humorous babble at The Talking Show, part talk show and part comedy, with performances from and chats with Aparna Nancherla, Subhah Agarwal, Rae Sanni, and Rebecca Vigil. (Monday, C’mon Everybody, $8)

3. & 4. We couldn’t settle on just two Valentine’s events, so here’s a selection: Literary Couples reading series, a Steamy Night at a Russian bathhouse, a V-Day history party, the sixth annual Unloveable Smiths/Morrissey tribute, a ’90s V-Day dance party, and an exotic burlesque freakshow. (Tuesday, varies) (more…)

11/25/16 10:07am
Stretch Armstrong will help you dance off all that turkey (#4)

Stretch Armstrong will help you dance off all that turkey (#4)

1. Get up and get rolling at the Black Friday Family Bowl, free all day and fun for all ages. (Friday, Brooklyn Bowl, FREE)

2. Wander through the wilderness at a Post Turkey Day Tour of one of Brooklyn’s most historic places. (Friday, Green-Wood Cemetery, $15)

3. If you’re not ready to stop stuffing yourself with stuffing, bring your leftovers to the Way Station’s Friendsgiving Potluck. (Friday, Way Station, FREE) (more…)

10/24/16 3:44pm
Don't fear the cheaper: our Brokelyn picks for can't-miss events this Halloweekend

You don’t have to pay to get into 30 rock just to have fun this weekend. Via Pinterest

Point of fact: Halloween is the best holiday in New York City. Why? First of all, it’s the only holiday whose sole adult purpose is partying. Second, it’s the most creative holiday. And since New York is a hotbed of creative energy, we get some wild instances of that. (Not to mention, New Yorkers are especially good at bringing getting their pets into the spirit.)

Our friends over at DNA Info agree with us — though  9/10 dentists may not — and that makes for not one but two reliable journalistic sources to back up the next argument you have with your friends about Halloween. Even if you don’t have a costume yet (here, let us help!) this weekend has tons of spook to keep you frightfully delighted, all the way through to the last trick-or-treater at your front door. We picked out our favorites:  (more…)

10/13/16 10:36am
The sun finally sets on the Pavilion Theater. via flickr user Eelke

The sun finally sets on the Pavilion Theater. via flickr user Eelke

Change is never easy. But if it means trading out a poorly-serviced and notoriously bedbug-infested kind of place for a shiny new version of the same, then it’s worth the slight pangs of nostalgia you suffer in watching it go.

We’re talking, of course, about the old Pavilion Theater in Park Slope. It’s time to pay your final respects to the soon-to-be extinct movie theater, which is set to re-open as a Nitehawk Cinema in 2017. At least Nitehawk is giving you a chance to do it in style, with a free sendoff party on November 1!

There won’t be any ceremonial flaming arrows, but there will definitely be beer. (more…)

09/26/16 4:00pm
Give a (hand-)standing ovation to Kristina Nekyia (#10) (pic by Sam Prudencio)

Give a (hand-)standing ovation to Kristina Nekyia (#10) (pic by Sam Prudencio)

1. The presidential debates are tonight, and you’re probably not going to want to watch them alone — or sober. So we made you a roundup of 20 bars broadcasting the bloodsport, from Greenpoint to Bay-Ridge, many with drink specials and absurd accompanying commentary. (Monday, various venues, FREE)

2. Or perhaps you want something that’s just straight-up absurd, with not even a nod toward today’s terrifying political reality? You’re in luck: House of Yes is reprising its Ketamine: The Musical, a “psychoactive and disassociative” spectacle that is totally guaranteed to take your mind off the reality of the day. (Monday & Tuesday, House of Yes, $20 w/ Brokelyn discount at link)

3. Learn rotten lessons at Bad Advice From Bad Women, with DGAF writers including emoji scholar Estelle Tang, dog mom Leopoldine Core, feminist force of nature Nona Willis Aronowitz, and witch poet Jasmine Gibson; hosted by sugar addict Charlotte Shane. (Tuesday, Word, FREE) (more…)

09/07/16 9:42am
Nitehawk is taking over the Pavilion Theater, giving hope not everything will become condos eventually

Via Flickr user stijnnieuwendijk.

We’re here this morning to celebrate the rare chance we get to report on something not becoming condos: The Pavilion movie theater, an aging relic on the edge of Park Slope that held some old-movie-house charm despite its disrepair, sewage-y bathroom smell and reputation for being a chill hangout spot for bed bugs, was potentially slated to close and be redeveloped into a five-story condo building. Neighbors and politicians rallied to save a theater on the site, and yesterday their wish, and then some: Instead of condos, they’re getting an even better theater. Williamsburg’s dinner-and-a-movie arthouse Nitehawk is taking over the space, according to a Times report yesterday. The story contains this quote from Steven J. Hidary, whose family bought the theater in 2006, which gives us hope for the future of a city full of art and life instead of Matrix-like vertical people farms without any amenities to serve them:

“Condos might have even made them more money, but ‘we had to decide, do we build condos or do we save Brooklyn?’ said Mr. Hidary, who is from Midwood. ‘So we saved Brooklyn.’ ” (more…)

03/28/16 1:51pm
Atomic Funk Machine is ready to rock with you, all night (#5)

Atomic Funk Machine wants to rock with you, all night (#7)

1. Here’s a totally radical way to start your week: splendid drinks-and-dessert shop Butter & Scotch is launching their new spring cocktails — including Strong Lips and Danger Zone — with an 80s party. (Monday, Butter & Scotch, FREE)

2. Discover some up-and-coming dramatic talent at Lady Plays, a series of “unstaged readings” of plays that have been written and directed by women. The performances will be recorded live for the Lady Plays podcast. (Monday, Irondale Center, FREE)

3. It’s already the third installment of the Manhattanville Reading Series — kid sister of the stellar Franklin Park Reading Series — which tonight features readings from Alexandra Kleeman, Deirdre Coyle, Aurvi Sharma, and Morgan Beatty. (Tuesday, Manhattanville Coffee, FREE) (more…)

12/31/15 9:49am
Fire up the new year (#2) (pic by Remi Pann)

Fire up the new year! (#2) (pic by Remi Pann)

1. Start the new year with a new adventure: head to Videology to watch the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy back to back. (Friday, FREE)

2. Or start it off weird at the Coney Island Sideshow New Year’s Day, featuring sword-swallowing, contorting, nails in noses, and more delights. (Friday, $10)

3. Or start it off laughing at Picture This!, where illustrators animate comedians’ jokes in real time. (Friday, $8) (more…)