03/16/17 11:13am
Let dancers cast a spell on you (#)

Let dancers cast a spell on you (#15)

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

1. Have a lucky weekend with St. Patrick’s at Irish Haven: corned beef and cabbage with your beers on Friday, Irish rock ‘n’ roll revue on Saturday, and live traditional Irish music on Sunday. (Friday through Sunday, Irish Haven Bar, FREE)

2. Empower the ladies at ¡Manifest! Women’s History Month Celebration, with two days of forums, workshops, vendors, art, and performances. (Friday & Saturday, El Puente, FREE)

3. Have a very queer time at Kweendom, a night of comedy and storytelling that’s “sure to make Mike Pence uncomfortable.” (Friday, Pete’s Candy Store, FREE) (more…)

02/23/17 12:40pm
Fête the Man in Black with Alex Battles & the Whiskey Rebellion (#) (pic by Michelle Talich)

Fête the Man in Black with Alex Battles & the Whiskey Rebellion (#2) (pic by Michelle Talich)

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

1. Revel in artistic diversity at the Black Artstory Month closing event, with dance and movement arts, performances, and a pop-up art exhibit. (Friday, BLDG 92, FREE)

2. Fall into a ring of fire at the 12th annual Johnny Cash Birthday Bash, hosted, as ever, by Alex Battles & the Whiskey Rebellion. (Friday & Saturday, Littlefield, $15)

3. Watch some wild lip-reading at Live-Dubbed Sitcoms: Tropical February, where comedians improvise new dialogue over muted episodes of classic shows; this month featuring Saved by the Bell: Malibu Sands and California Dreams. (Friday, Videology, FREE) (more…)

01/23/17 12:15pm
Have a dark and sultry evening with Audrey Love (#) (pic by WP Photos NYC)

Have a dark and sultry evening with Audrey Love (#4) (pic by WP Photos NYC)

1. Still flying high from the women’s march? Head to Goddess Rising, a night of art and empowerment celebrating the divine feminine and the energy of NYC women, including contortionists, body painters, musicians, and more. (Monday, Living Gallery, $10)

2. Laugh yourself seasick at the Tight Ship Comedy Show, with Arti Gollapudi, Jon Schoss, Bowen Yang, Mike Abrusci, and Addie Werich; hosted by Sarah Lazarus and Daniel Lempert. (Monday, Freddy’s Bar, FREE)

3. Let yourself be carried away at the Final Fantasy Reading Series, a night of readings and performances with an escapist theme, featuring Diamond Sharp, Eve Peyser, Gabrielle Rucker, Rheaa Rao, and Paco Salas Pèrez. (Tuesday, Friends & Lovers, FREE) (more…)

01/02/17 1:03pm
Flutter into the new year with Munroe Lilly (#7)

Flutter into 2017 with Munroe Lilly (#8)

1. Start the year off groaning at 51 Worst Jokes, where comedians perform their “corniest, unrelatable, most problematic” material — and then get yanked off stage with a cane. (Tuesday, Tender Trap, FREE)

2. Or start it rocking hard at the 11th Annual Doctors Without Borders Benefit, with Runny, Mighty High, Star Spangles, Trashy, and The Whores. (Tuesday, Saint Vitus, $12)

3. Hit all the high notes at Battle of the Divas, billed as what would happen “if Roast Battle and Debate Club had a super gay baby,” with comedy, pop-culture, experts, and drag performances. (Tuesday, Union Hall, $6) (more…)

05/05/16 3:40pm
Take a dramatic journey into the park (#2)

Take a dramatic journey into the park (#2)

1. Honor the legacy of urban activist Jane Jacobs by taking a Jane’s Walk: there are 200+ on offer, from “Hipsters & History in Greenpoint” to “The Brownsville Experience” to “Go Dutch in Flatlands.” (Friday through Sunday, FREE)

2. Find the light at Tunnel Odyssey, an immersive dance-theatre production combining the Odyssey and The Oregon Trail, with folk music by the Oshy Annas. (Friday through Sunday, Grand Army Plaza, FREE)

3. See some tunes at the NYC Soundpainting Festival, three days of multidisciplinary live-composing performances and workshops. (Friday through Sunday, Firehouse Space, $10) (more…)

04/21/16 3:24pm
Justin Jay will get yo' body moving (#5)

Justin Jay is gonna get your body moving (#6)

1. Upset about this fraught election season? Check out Killing Republicans, a rock opera presented by Funhouse Philosophers. (Friday through Sunday, Shooting Gallery Arts Annex, $15)

2. Grab your wand and head to the Harry Potter Marathon part 2, screening Order of the Phoenix and Half Blood Prince in a fancy underground loft. (Friday, $10 suggested, Gemini & Scorpio)

3. Get philosophical at Persona Non Grata, an experimental music and dance theater piece inspired by William Burroughs’ song “Spare Ass Anny.” (Friday through Sunday, Cloud City, $5–10 suggested) (more…)

04/07/16 4:06pm
East River String Band is set to twang up your weekend (#1)

East River String Band is fixin’ to twang up your weekend (#1)

1. Get your twang on at the eighth annual Brooklyn Folk Festival, with 30 bands over three days, plus workshops, square and swing dancing, a banjo toss, and more. (Friday through Sunday, St. Ann’s Church, $25 per session)

2. Watch some trickery at Wacky of Wallabazoo, a fairytale adventure full of yo-yo feats and variety acts. (Friday & Saturday, Coney Island, $12)

3. Giggle acrobatically at the seventh annual Comedy in Dance Festival, featuring movement-based work from a slew of choreographers, clowns, and comics. (Friday through Sunday, Triskelion Arts, $16) (more…)

11/30/15 4:17pm
Morgan O'Kane brings the ruckus (#) (pic by Eraj Asadi)

Morgan O’Kane brings the ruckus (#8) (pic by Christian Kropfmuller)

1. Who would possibly want to be at Art Basel where it’s all hot and gross when you could save your money and hang with endless artists right here? Celebrate your prudent decision to stay put by hanging up one of your works at the Living Gallery’s Not in Miami BYOArt fair. (Monday, $5 suggested)

2. The New York Obscura Society specializes in strange and fascinating things, from cemetery parties to unusual lectures. Tonight the group presents Sita Sings the Blues, and animated film about the Hindu text Ramayana via 1930s jazz music. (Monday, $12)

3. Storytelling shows are all the rage, but here’s a new spin: at Take Two, each story will be told twice—the way it actually happened, and then the way it should have. With Cassie J Sneider, Kelli Dunham, Elana Lancaster, and more. (Tuesday, FREE) (more…)

us air guitar championship

Can you do this? Then get to Saint Vitus on Thursday. via Facebook

If you’re anything like us, you wanted to be a super-cool rockstar when you were growing up. But you didn’t really ever learn to play the guitar because it’s hard and takes practice and who has the time when you could be playing Final Fantasy VIII? But, maybe you can act like you’re shredding on the guitar, which is easier. In that case, take your fake virtuoso skills up to Greenpoint’s Saint Vitus Bar (1120 Manhattan Avenue) for Thursday’s US Air Guitar Championship qualifier(more…)