02/22/17 8:54am
The state of the scene: Farewell (for now) to two of Brooklyn comedy's best venues

The Annoyance Theatre will close their Bedford Avenue location this March. Via The Annoyance / Facebook

It’s been a tough few months for the Brooklyn comedy scene. The city has is cracking down on DIY venues in the wake of Oakland’s Ghost Ship fire, world events are throwing a wrench into comedy as a whole (or so the think pieces say) and now our fair borough is saying farewell (for now, at least) to two of its best spaces for new, experimental comedy: Over the Eight and the Annoyance Theatre. With that in mind, we step back and take stock in the past, present and future of Brooklyn’s comedy scene. (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…)

11/21/16 12:04pm
Dance off your turkey day feast with Akim Funk Buddha (#10)

Dance off your turkey day feast with Akim Funk Buddha (#10) (pic by Timothy Vogel/Flickr)

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…)

10/10/16 11:09am
Dance it up for Indigenous Peoples Day with Bulla en el Barrio (#1)

Dance it up for Indigenous Peoples Day with Bulla en el Barrio (#1)

1. Forget Columbus Day — celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day with New York–based collective Bulla en el Barrio, who will present a workshop and performance of Bullerengue, a traditional cultural expression manifested through music and dance from the Colombian Caribbean and Urabá regions. (Monday, Starr Bar, FREE)

2. Dance the night away at Rothtoberfest, with Van Halen on the jukebox all night, $4 Sly Fox Oktoberfest pints, and a free beer to anyone wearing a David Lee Roth t-shirt. (Monday, The Diamond, FREE)

3. Eat your way through the ‘hood at Feast Bed-Stuy, a food & drink crawl with discounts at Peaches Hot House, Bed-Vyne Bar, The Meat Market, and more. (Tuesday, Bed-Stuy, FREE) (more…)

09/19/16 3:35pm
Laugh it up with the lovely Giulia Rozzi (#1) (pic by Mindy Tucker)

Laugh it up with the lovely Giulia Rozzi (#1) (pic by Mindy Tucker)

1. Start your week off laughing at the reliably funny Side Ponytail Comedy Show, featuring Giulia Rozzi, Ryan Schutt, Ian Aber, Christi Chiello, and Nina Manni. (Monday, Over the Eight, FREE)

2. Find yourself a new boozy game at the Brooklyn Brewskee-Ball Fall Kickoff, with two hours of open bar, free skee-ball all night, a Funnest Flannel Shirt Contest, and more. (Monday, Full Circle Bar, FREE)

3. It’s sill warm enough for outdoor movies! Head to Dumbo for a screening of ’80s classic Krush Groove, starring Sheila E, Run-DMC, and more, with a dance party before the film. (Tuesday, Dumbo Archway, FREE) (more…)

08/29/16 9:15am
Get fierce with Becky and many more (#7)

Get fierce with Bridget Barkan (#7)

1. Let the melodies carry you away at A Night of Composed and Decomposed Music, with the David Zakarian & Quincy Chimich Duo and the Patrick McGee Quintet. (Monday, Living Gallery, $5)

2. Chuckly awkwardly at comedy duo Pasic & Platt’s Orgy, which follows a modern couple trying to organize an orgy for, undeniably, the wrong reasons. (Monday, Union Hall, $5)

3. See some important films at Anti-Ethnography, a series of shorts that examine “the violence and absurd fetishism inherent in the ethnographic impulse,” curated by Adam Khalil and Zack Khalil. (Tuesday, Light Industry, $8) (more…)

07/25/16 2:00pm
Get into the groove with Elle McQueen (#10) (pic by JKREALBOY)

Get into the groove with Elle McQueen (#10) (pic by JKREALBOY)

1. Put on your dancin’ shoes for Urban Bush Women: How We Got to the Funk, a participatory examination of history through the lens of African American social dances from 1955 through the present. (Monday, BRIC, FREE)

2. See a slew of strangeness at I Have a Crazy Idea to Perform for the King and Queen, a variety show with magician Nelson Lugo, drag king Vigor Mortis, storytellers Will Lee and Michelle Carlo, poet Allison Sylvia, actor Hank Burkhalter, and singer/songwriter Phil Cohen. (Monday, Threes Brewing, $5 suggested)

3. Giggle through BackFat Comedy Variety Show, with funny folks like Julio Torres, Doogie Horner, Casey James Salengo, and Samantha Badnarz, plus hosts Emily Winter and Larry Mancini. (Tuesday, 61 Local, FREE) (more…)

07/11/16 2:50pm
Levan Wright is gonna fancy up the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival (#10)

Levan Wright is gonna fancy up the Juice Hip-Hop Exhibition (#10)

1. Go your own way — right to C’mon Everybody for their monthly Monday Night Tribute. This month more than a dozen musicians will pay homage to the great Fleetwood Mac. (Monday, C’mon Everybody, $10)

2. Bring all your talents to the BYO Art & Open Mic: anyone can hang a piece on the wall or present a poem, story, song, or other work. Plus BBQ! (Monday, Living Gallery, $5)

3. Don’t get wet at the Society for the Advancement of Social Studies’ History of the High Seas, an evening of short funny lectures on pirates, the Battle of Midway, and the history of whaling. (Tuesday, The Bedford, FREE) (more…)

06/27/16 1:00pm

Get down at Soul on the Horn at SummerStage (#5)

1. Nothing says Brooklyn summer more than eating Nathan’s on the Coney Island boardwalk. If you’ve ever wondered how the iconic hot-doggery came to be, head to Brooklyn Historical Society for a documentary screening and book signing by the grandson of Nathan himself. (Monday, BHS, FREE)

2. The always-hilarious Night Train with Wyatt Cenac has a particularly killer lineup tonight — including Sasheer Zamata, Hari Kondabolu, and Maeve Higgins — to celebrate the launch of their first season on Seeso. The evening’s proceeds will benefit Why Hunger. (Monday, Littlefield, $12)

3. Did your heart love til now? Bring it to the House of Yes for the latest Little Cinema immersive film screening: Romeo & Juliet, co-presented with the Love Show dancers and Modern Gypsies, with video-mixing by CHNNLS. (Tuesday, House of Yes, $10) (more…)

06/23/16 5:09pm
The right partner is all you need (#3)

The right partner is all you need (#3) (pic by Audrey Penven)

1. Drop the beat at the Downtown Brooklyn Get-Down, with a performance by Big Daddy Kane, live graffiti, hip-hop workshops, a sneaker-design contest, and more. (Friday, Albee Square, FREE)

2. Class it up at the Metropolitan Summer Recital Series, featuring arias and duets by soprano Angel Blue, tenor Ben Bliss, and baritone Alexey Lavrov. (Friday, Brooklyn Bridge Park, FREE)

3. Pair off at the Circus Revue: Trust + Love, a variety show of partnered acts like Anya Sapozhnikova and Melissa Augerre, Angela Butch and Yoni Kalai, and more. (Friday, House of Yes, $15) (more…)