03/22/17 12:41pm
"Shea Stadium: lifting people up since 2009." Photo by Seth Applebaum

“Shea Stadium: lifting people up since 2009.” Photo by Seth Applebaum

Bushwick’s Shea Stadium has had a rough year, having announced their second temporary closure back at the beginning of this month. Instead of throwing in the towel and caving to the bureaucratic, corporate regime that has successfully killed so many of the small DIY institutions shut since the turn of the century, Shea is continuing to fight the good fight and has now launched a Kickstarter to raise $50,000 and re-open, “legally for a more sustainable future.”

This is an especially feasable goal seeing as Shea states the issues with the space are not structural but a matter of racking up more fines than they could pay for as, “the city’s increased regulation and inflated rents have made running these types of spaces an uphill climb.” According to a diagram showing where funds will go on the Kickstarter page, the majority of money will be for Department of Health, Department of Buildings, and FDNY renovations, with architecture fees in second most expensive place. (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…)

02/16/17 9:50am
Try not to startle Subhah Agarwal (#

Try not to startle Subhah Agarwal (#2)

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

1. Get tingly at the book launch for Nerve Endings: The New Trans Erotic, with readings by contributors as well as performances and more. (Friday, Industry City Distillery, FREE)

2. Giggle about what’s good at the Silver Linings Comedy Show, featuring Patrick Schroeder, Subhah Agarwal, Mike Abrusci, Courtney Maginnis, and more. (Friday, Precious Metal, FREE)

3. Affirm creativity for all at this month’s Queer Abstract, with comedy by Lou Gonzalez, music by Carissa Matsushima, poetry by Paul Tran, dance by Nia and Ness, and more. (Friday, Starr Bar, 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…)

06/09/16 3:55pm
Lift your musical spirits with a bunch of free shows at Northside fest this year. Via Flickr user Juan Monroy.

Lift your musical spirits with a bunch of free shows at Northside fest this year. Via Flickr user Juan Monroy.

Festival season is upon us, and guys, we’ve got a really good one, right in our fair borough. Northside Festival is this weekend, and whether you’re keen on seeing Brian Wilson croon all of Pet Sounds, you wanna get emo with Conor Oberst, or you just feel like supporting some really kickass local musicians, this fest’s got you covered. Pretty much the only way it doesn’t have you covered is if you feel like perpetuating rape culture (sorry not sorry, Good English) or if you, you know, hate good music.

Basically, Northside is an incredible celebration of music and of Brooklyn. But it’s one of those where there are SO many shows by SO many bands that it can be a bit daunting. We gave you our 15 overall picks of acts not to miss here, but what if you can’t afford a whole festival badge situation? Fear not! We’ve compiled this handy list of shows you can get to for free and cheap shows that cost $10 or less. (more…)

05/20/16 11:34am
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Friends since the 90s. Photo by Matthew Greeley.

There’s a song on the new So So Glos album where that opens with an interview a Bay Ridge native who claims he’s been in the neighborhood for 60 years but he’s never heard of them. The band is clearly having fun with this idea (the song is called “Fool on the Street,” after all): not only are they well established on the music scene, they’re not some transplant imports. They’re Bay Ridge natives (and die-hard Mets fans) who began playing together as kids in the ’90s. They’re also founding members of the DIY Brooklyn music scene: they’ve always supported DIY and all-ages venues, founding both beloved indie stalwarts Market Hotel and Shea Stadium. Their fifth album, Kamikaze, is out today via Shea Stadium/Votiv records. I got to speak to Alex Levine, who does vocals and bass, from their first leg of tour in Buffalo about what it’s like to go from kids messing around in a Bay Ridge basement to adults messing around in a venue they helped create. (more…)

05/06/16 12:00pm
Sunshine Gun Club is actually a four piece. I was told this photo was cropped due to a "drummer situation." I'm pretty sure that means he got murdered by Teletubbies.

Sunshine Gun Club is actually a four piece. I was told this photo was cropped due to a “drummer situation.” I’m pretty sure that means he got murdered by Teletubbies.

If you’ve been in New York City for a couple of years, you’ve probably heard someone talk about how things have changed. You’ve probably noticed it yourself: rent goes up, places close, people move away. Nowhere are these changes more apparent than in Brooklyn’s DIY music scene: bands get together, bands break up, venues close. But then new venues open, and new bands form: bands like Bushwick’s Sunshine Gun Club, whose new album Heaven is out today via Weiner Records.

It’s being released on both cassette tape and digital download, which is pretty cool. I got to talk with Dan Walker, singer, songwriter and mastermind of the skuzzy, melodic punk rock quartet. Sunshine Gun Club is recommended for fans of lo-fi, DIY and deranged Teletubbies on a drug-induced murder rampage— read to the end to make sense of that last one. (more…)

03/09/16 8:22am
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Vagabon’s Laetitia Tamko.

Vagabon‘s Laetitia Tamko has only been writing her own music since January of 2014, but she’s been playing rad shows at rad venues and making a bevy of cool musical friends since then. Vagabon was actually recommended to me by fellow Musicians Talk Making It interviewee Katie Capri of Fern Mayo; when I first saw Vagabon, they were playing at this amazing Planned Parenthood benefit at Silent Barn. Tamko, a native of Cameroon, is a great person to talk to about successfully making music because she started out without any fancy equipment: her first instrument happened to be a very cheap guitar.

“I was reluctantly gifted an acoustic guitar from my parents for my 17th birthday,” she said. “It was like the equivalent of those First Act guitars they make for kids … they got it from Costco. I learned the open chords then never touched it again until January 2014 when I began writing songs that would eventually be performed as Vagabon.” (more…)

01/06/16 10:13am
They're coming

They’re coming

It’s the first Wednesday of 2016, and it’s like every other Wednesday. That’s not a bad thing, Wednesday is a herald of the coming end of the week, so those among you who are truly devoted to partying and poor decisions must be thrilled. Even if you’re a little more responsible though, the Brokelyn Events Calendar has a whole bunch of stuff you can get out there and do, without using work on Thursday as a base for your hangover. (more…)

12/19/15 12:55pm
Fun fact: The show originally started when Brett Davis and Sally Burtnick came to Brooklyn on Rumspringa. They never left. Photo via Facebook

Fun fact: The show originally started when Brett Davis and Sally Burtnick came to Brooklyn on Rumspringa. They never left. Photo via Facebook

For two years running, Shea Stadium, itself an otherwise anonymous warehouse surrounded by other light industrial buildings, has hosted one of Brooklyn’s best monthly comedy shows, The Macaulay Culkin Show. And while the show has nothing to do with America’s beloved child actor, you quickly forget that when hosts Brett Davis and Sally Burtnick draw you into their world of strange characters who just happened to book comics like Bridey Elliot, Chris Gethard, Gary Richardson and Janeane Garofalo to tell jokes in between the chaos that comes out of college poetry professors, professional wrestlers and terrible rappers hosting the show.

The formula has worked, with Davis and Burtnick throwing two massive summer comedy festivals, getting Jon Glaser to come do a stage reading of a screenplay about a young jazz hopeful and the band Chicago called Whenever Possible Forever and making Sunday night something to be excited for. On Sunday, December 20, the pair celebrate the second anniversary of the show with a traditionally jam-packed lineup, so we asked them to give us their favorite moments in the show’s run, what you should know if you want to throw a beloved comedy show and The Macaulay Culkin Show’s unfortunate scheduling problem with WWE pay-per-views. (more…)