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…)

02/02/17 12:39pm
Get both bloody and sexy at Wasabassco's Macbeth (#5) (pic by Liam Cotter)

Get both bloody and sexy at Wasabassco’s Macbeth (#5) (pic by Liam Cotter)

[Ed note: Reminder, we now have a separate roundup for activism-focused events, which we encourage you to check out here. If you just need diversion for your weekend, read on.]

1. See a smorgasbord of art at the opening reception for the 11th “100 Exhibition,” where 100 artists from around the world display pieces about what “home” means to them. (Friday, Ouchi Gallery, FREE)

2. Learn from another resistance at a screening of The Maribor Uprising, with a post-film presentation and discussion from co-directors Maple Razsa and Milton Guillen. (Friday, UnionDocs, $10)

3. Laugh demonically at Bitches Brew Comedy, with Sean Patton, Myq Kaplan, Ryan Donahue, Maria Wojciechowski, Farah Brook, and Khalid Rahmaan. (Friday, Halyards, FREE) (more…)

12/08/16 11:16am
Sound the horns and axe out your date! (#1) (pic by BibiBooth)

Sound the horns and axe out your date! (#1) (pic by BibiBooth)

1. Join Brokelyn and the skint to drink like your boss isn’t watching at our 6th annual No Office Holiday Party! There will be live-band karaoke with Rock Star Karaoke NYC, DJ Doctor Mister spinning holiday tunes, our NSFW holiday photo booth, drink specials from cosponsor Coworkrs, drunk food from Yeah Dawg, and more surprises! (Friday, Littlefield, $5)

2. Welcome winter at BHS Free Friday: Let It Snow, where you can make DIY snowflakes, learn to knit, hear how the Ice Age affected New York City, and enjoy accordion music from Matt Veligdan. (Friday, Brooklyn Historical Society, FREE)

3. See some revolutionary art at the opening of Sister Outsider, a show of protest and solidarity featuring 20 artists who belong to communities that have been directly threatened by Donald Trump’s divisive rhetoric. (Friday, Underdonk, FREE) (more…)

08/22/16 12:00pm
The Schlep Sisters bring new meaning to the phrase "good-time gals" (#10)

The Schlep Sisters bring new meaning to the phrase “good-time gals” (#10)

1. This week marks 100 years of the National Park Service. Today’s Centennial Celebration includes an ice cream social, music from Ramblin’ Dan and Atlas Genius, a talk and interactive puzzling with Bill Nye the Science Guy, and a DJ set by Questlove. (Monday, Brooklyn Bridge Park, FREE)

2. For a much boozier anniversary celebration, head to the Dorothy Parker Birthday, which includes a distillery tour and gin-making lesson, martini specials, and readings from Parker’s works. (Monday, The Shanty, FREE)

3. The Brooklyn Comedy Fest is in town, and tonight is a BCF special edition of the BackFat Variety Show, starring Hari Kondabolu, Jo Firestone, Junior Assassin, Kerry Coddett, Liz Magee, and Dan Wilbur. (Tuesday, 61 Local, FREE) (more…)

03/21/16 2:37pm
DJ Shakey's Warper Party: this is what we mean by "omnidigital art" (#)

DJ Shakey gettin’ dizzy at the Warper Party (#6) (pic by Adele Fournet)

1. The itinerant Bushwick Book Club — an evening of music and performance inspired by a literary work—is popping up once again, this time in Dumbo. The acts will all celebrate Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and performers include Timothy Dark, Swan QDrsti, Jia H. Jung, and Greg Paroff. (Monday, Superfine, FREE)

2. Can’t possibly get enough of this train wreck of an election season? Then you’ll want to check out new storytelling series Political Tale. The inaugural episode features Frank Conniff, Jeff Kreisler, Harmon Leon, Jenice Matias, and Joey Novick sharing their stories of “unimaginable encounters with the political world.” (Monday, Fawkner, $7)

3. Calling all bakers, preservers, foragers, picklers, brewers, and assorted provision-creators: If you’re looking to share delightful foodstuffs, Bk Swappers is your perfect Tuesday evening. Bring as many of your lovingly homemade treats as you can, and trade them for everyone else’s lovingly made treats. (Tuesday, Fine & Raw, FREE) (more…)

02/25/16 9:29am
Anonymous Ensemble is going to take you higher (#) (pic by)

Anonymous Ensemble is going to take you higher (#5) (pic by Anonymous Ensemble)

1. Hear some weird sh*t at Blogologues, where Allison Goldberg, Jen Jamula, and Tommy Heleringer act out the internet, from community forums to Yelp reviews to OkCupid profiles. (Friday, Union Hall, $10)

2. Doll yourself up for the Indie Pop Prom #4 at the newly reopened Market Hotel, with music by Allison Crutchfield, Eskimeaux, Wall, and Pouty. (Friday, Market Hotel, $10 in prom attire/$12 in street clothes)

3. Get radical at Mother Tongue: A Praise Song for Black Girls Reclaiming Our Mothers’ Bones, a multimedia production and performance by actors, artists, and activists. (Friday, Roulette, $35) (more…)

07/16/15 11:13am
Young folks doing classical repertoire at a groupmuse in March

Young folks doing classical repertoire at a groupmuse in March. Photo by Sam Corbin

You might remember a few months back when we introduced you to Groupmuse, a social platform that lets you host and attend classical music parties in people’s living rooms. On Friday, July 31, swap out the quiet little living room experience for a rowdy, good old-fashioned warehouse party. Groupmuse is going big with a 600-person symphony spectacular—and partnering with our favorite aerialists from The Muse to provide acrobatic entertainment. Oh, it’s all so a-muse-ing. (more…)

04/20/15 2:40pm
Hang around a while

Hang around a while. via Facebook

Back in November we told you about how The Muse, the last place in Williamsburg where unironic strong man mustaches thrived, was being kicked out to make room for the new strongman in town, Vice Media. The circus training and performance venue has since piled into an amusingly tiny car and moved on to Bushwick, where they’re ready to show off their circus school and theater. This Sunday you can help them celebrate their successful Kickstarter and renovation with a day of free classes, performances, and floppy shoes at their grand opening. It’s like clown college without the crushing student loans! (more…)

11/21/14 11:00am
Up yours, VICE. (via Flickr user Anne Helmond)

Up yours, VICE. (via Flickr user Anne Helmond)

Vice Media, the big bad Pulitzer & Hearst of the 21st century, hasn’t seemed to cease fire in the slashing and burning of South Williamsburg’s local businesses in order to make way for the expansion of their behemoth media megaplex. This time the victim is The Muse, the best place in Williamsburg to see fire-breathing, colorful scarves and aerial acrobatics. The acrobatic training space and multi-disciplinary performance venue on South 1st Street has to vacate to make way for Vice’s space-age utopia, and early construction is forcing the circus out even earlier than they’d planned to leave. It’s not the end yet though: You can help them finance a new home in Bushwick on Kickstarter(more…)