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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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…)

12/15/16 10:00am
Be a fool with Dzieci Theater (#5)

Be a fool with Dzieci Theater (#5)

1. Go gonzo with Clocktower Radio’s #trashDAY, a live-audience radio broadcast where hosts k(Rob), Doe Derek, and guests investigate the works of current MoCADA exhibiting artists. (Friday, MoCADA, $8)

2. Giggle at all sorts of holiday antics at the premiere screening of MINDTROLL Snows It In, an hour of music and performance followed by a Q&A with the cast and crew. (Friday, Video Revival, FREE)

3. Show solidarity while enjoying great performances at Seems Fake But Ok, a variety show with proceeds benefitting the undocumented-youth-led NYSYLC. (Friday, Mayday Space, $5) (more…)

07/21/16 1:50pm
Rock out with the Starlight Girls (#4)

Rock out in a new spot with the Starlight Girls (#4)

1. Learn how to protect yourself at the CryptoParty, a hands-on evening of email encryption, cyberpunk geniuses, and digital defense — plus snacks. (Friday, NYC Resistor, FREE)

2. Get farcical at Spiegelworld comedic circus extravaganza Vegas Nocturne, “the worst night of the greatest show that nobody ever saw.” (Friday, House of Yes, $20)

3. Laugh it up at Sasheer Zamata: Party Time!! Outdoors! with guests Jermaine Fowler, Yamaneika Saunders, and Molly Austin, and now in a new spot in Industry City. (Friday, The Landing, $10) (more…)

06/16/16 4:53pm
Heat it up with Kita St Cyr (#5) (pic by El Jong)

Heat up the weekend with Kita St Cyr (#5) (pic by El Jong)

1. Celebrate Caribbean Heritage Month at the Caribbean Huenity Mixer, where you can mingle to reggae, calypso, merengue, and kompa. (Friday, CaribBEING House, FREE)

2. Get poetic at the Ugly Duckling Presse 6×6 Release Party, with readings by Alex Cuff, Piotr Gwiazda, Jeremy Hoevenaar, Krystal Languell, and more. (Friday, J&B Design Café, $5)

3. Take yourself out to the ballgame at the Cyclones 2016 season opener, plus post-game fireworks. (Friday, MCU Park, $17) (more…)

12/13/13 10:41am
Dichroic Tree Topper

Why have a normal tree topper when you can have a Dichroic Tree Topper? via Facebook

NYC Resistor is putting on a Holiday Craft Fair and it’s going to be like none other.

NYC Resistor is a collective of people who come together in their shared space in Boerum Hill to create, and hack the mess out of DIY projects ranging from crocheting to laser cutting, and other technological fun you would need, if not a PhD, then an inquisitive mind and a lot of time on your hands to figure out. Fortunately at their craft fair on Sunday, you won’t need a PhD to understand how cool the things their vendors are selling are. (more…)

04/24/12 12:51pm

The author made this using laser cutting and weaving. Can you top it?

The craft industry has been boomin’ in the last few years with throwbacks to crafts that your grandma probably did, but brands like Subversive Cross Stitch have been doing a good job of reinventing them with a sly wink and a dose of pop culture. TLC recently announced its new Craft Wars reality show, hosted by Tori Spelling, which is set to premiere on June 26. Spelling now also has her own line of craft products, and in May, my favorite DIY artist and overall designer extraordinaire Todd Oldham (anyone remember House Of Style?) drops his line of kid’s craft kits at Target.

But this is Brooklyn, and we don’t need Tori Spelling telling us how to make things. Etsy started in Dumbo and the Brooklyn Flea is filled with new talent every weekend. Whether you want to start your own Etsy shop or just make a Mother’s Day gift, Brooklyn is loaded with places to learn sewing, knitting, jewelry making, weaving, woodwork and more. Here they are; if we forgot yours, please pipe up in the comments! (more…)

01/26/10 12:41pm
Why not wire... some shoes? Pumps by Poly Verity.

Why not wire some summer shoes? Pumps by Poly Verity.

Annie get your glue gun: NYC Resistor, a hacker collective located in downtown Brooklyn (397 Bridge St., Floor 5), is saying goodbye to its old space with a 48-hour hack-a-thon starting Friday, Feb. 12, at 6 p.m. To those unfamiliar with the concept of a hack-a-thon, think cyberpunk knitting circle where you can end up with a wristwatch, new speaker, tricked-out Ham radio, mysterious brain wave machine or other novel gadget. (more…)