07/07/14 10:59am
You're gonna feel real cultured after this one.

You’re gonna feel real cultured after this one.

1. Chuck Klosterman is back with new cultural critiques and a new book he’ll be talking about at BookCourt. (Monday)

2. Why do books inside though? Books Beneath the Bridge at Brooklyn Bridge Park starts tonight with, Liberty’s Torch, Elizabeth Mitchell’s account of how the Statue of Liberty was built. (Monday)

3. Videology’s local filmmaker showcase shows off the internet’s best comedic web series. You can be up there one day too, if you follow our advice. (Monday)

4. If your air conditioner’s broken, join the herd of children flocking to Coney Island to watch Frozen and sing along to that overhyped “Let It Go” song. (Monday) (more…)

06/16/14 12:38pm
We hope you recreate this outfit for the show.

We hope you recreate this outfit for the show

1. Evidence, A Dance Company blends traditional African dance with modern choreography and spoken word. Take a free class with them, and ask for advice on that interpretive dance-poem you’ve been working on. (Monday)

2. Help drop a(n issue of) bomb (magazine) for the summer at this launch party at Greenlight. (Monday)

3. Free skee-ball and Genesee beer at the Brewskee-Ball Kickoff Jamboree. (Monday) (more…)

06/09/14 10:36am
sisqo summerstage

SisQó’s gonna be in Brooklyn, on thong patrol. via Facebook

1. The powerHOUSE arena launches a novel about an Afghan girl who lives as a boy. (Monday)

2. The side ponytail finally gets the attention it deserves at this comedy show. (Monday)

3. Talk with entrepreneurs in energy conservation and weather preparedness. June’s the first month of hurricane season, so maybe they’re on to something? (Tuesday) (more…)

06/03/14 10:44am
books beneath the bridge

The Patti Smith appearance from 2012 still pretty much says it all. Photo by Julienne Schaer, via Brooklyn Bridge Park

Brooklyn is nothing if not literary, and we also love our parks. So it makes sense we’ve made Brooklyn Bridge Park’s outdoor summer reading series Books Beneath the Bridge successful enough the past two years that it’s coming back for 2014. So we’ve got another year of all your favorite local bookstores hosting readings at the park’s Pier 1 Granite Prospect. (more…)

04/21/14 9:37am
class_of_nuke_em_high

Just like when you were in high school

1. Roll the dice on Game Night at Spike Hill, since the odds are pretty low that everyone they booked won’t be funny (Monday)

2. Or, check out Brooklyn, Stand Up at Over the Eight, which changes the formula of your usual standup show by promising interactive games. Hopefully the game isn’t “Make fun of the audience”

3. Mountain Dew or crab juice? The age-old question is asked and answered at Simpsons Club this week when the Simpsons visit New York (Monday)

4. See free play Bully Me Down just once, or follow them to every bar they perform at and see it all week. Either way, you get free pirate-themed theater (Monday – Friday) (more…)

04/14/14 10:53am
leonard cohen

Greenlight Books is devoting Thursday night to the study of fedora aficionado Leonard Cohen

1. Literal genius George Saudners will be at St. Francis College to talk about his great writing, wave around his certificate declaring he’s a genius (Monday)

2. It’s warming up so it’s time to dance, and no more fitting dance party to do it at than Tropicante at Bembe (Monday)

3. Frank Grimes, or “Grimey” as you call him even though he hates it, comes on the scene at the latest screening of the Simpsons Club at Nitehwak (Monday) (more…)

03/10/14 9:30am
hank comedy

Sure HANK Comedy’s story of a man who marries a pizza slice seems cliche, but maybe they’ll bring something new to the table Friday at Videology

1. powerHouse Arena supports the troops by hosting a reading from Redeployment, Iraq veteran Phi Klay’s short story collection about soldiers’ experiences at war and at home (Monday)

2. Game Night rolls the dice on another set of comedians this month, including Dan St. Germain, Drew Michael and Ryan Beck (Monday)

3. Or check out upstart new comedy show kid on the block Side Ponytail at Over the Eight (Monday)

4. Mondays inevitably have a dangerous lack of soul, so get some in there with a brass band concert at The Plank (Monday) (more…)

03/03/14 7:00am
lou reed

True, this picture was taken at the Mermaid Parade, but you know Lou Reed would look just as non-plussed at a birthday party. via the Long Island Music Hall of Fame’s Facebook

1. Want the whole story of where Pussy Riot came from? Get it from reporter Masha Gessen, who’ll be talking about her book Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot at BookCourt (Monday)

2. Apocalypse Wow is celebrating their sweet sixteenth show of providing free laughs to people, so show up to Cameo dressed appropriately and ready to party (Monday)

3. Nitehawk Cinema’s Simpsons Club is starting their countdown of their 17 favorite Simpsons episodes to celebrate one year of existence  (Monday) (more…)

powerhouse arena

If you can’t think of some book, any book to get her, how strong is your relationship anyway? via Facebook

We’re basically at DEFCON 1 with Valentine’s Day, what with it being this week, and you’re probably panicking a little bit because you haven’t bought your boo a gift. Plus, shouldn’t there be something in this whole thing for you? Well, never fear, because the folks at powerHouse Arena are here with a buy one book, get a second half-off sale that lasts through Valentine’s Day. Finally, some people who recognize that Valentine’s Day is as much about treating yourself as it is treating your alleged special someone. (more…)

12/16/13 8:38am
high fidelity john cusack

If you spend your time doing this, then blanksXmas is for you

1. Mad annotators Rap Genius are branching out into news with News Genius, and to introduce it, they’re sponsoring a free trivia event where the winner gets their bar tab covered in full (Monday)

2. If you’ve got some jokes you want to work out, head to Gowanus, where you can get five minutes for jokes for free at Sparky’s open mic (Monday)

3. Get a view of some remote villages in Kenya, and a disappearing way of life, without having to buy a really expensive plane ticket at a screening of The Last Safari (Monday) (more…)