07/26/16 10:47am
Hot summer streets And the pavements are burning.

Hot summer streets and the pavements are burning.

Between the heat, the politics and the general crappiness of world news overall, summer has definitely been a cruel one. In times like these, it’s easy to give in to the temptation to stay inside, hugging your air conditioner dearly. But what we all really need sometimes is the chance to dance out our feelings. Your best chance to do that this week comes on Friday when our pals at the skint are holding their fourth annual Cruel Summer dance party that will lift you out of the problematic future and take you back to the breezy days of the 1980s, a simpler time when the tunes were cool and Pokemon weren’t around us at all times. It’s got a killer 80s cover band busting out everything from A-ha to Prince, a great DJ and more — and we’ve got a special half-price discount code just for you. (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…)

04/14/16 3:00pm
Get teased by Minxie Mimieaux (#3)

Get teased by Minxie Mimieaux (#3)

1. Expand your perception of reality at a screening of the French short film In Search of Eternity I: Paris, on a screen suspended from the roof and surrounded by photographic frescoes. (Friday, The Chimney, FREE)

2. Listen to the dulcet tones of The Witches, a fugue for five voices with performers Mikeah Jennings, Mary Neufeld, and Stephen Winter. (Friday through Sunday, Spoke the Hub, $15)

3. Bare it with Wasabassco Burlesque’s All the Way, featuring the sexy stylings of BooBess, Tess la Coil, Evelyn Vinyl, Lux La Croix, Penny Wren, Sydni Deveraux, and Minxie Mimieaux. (Friday, Way Station, $20) (more…)

04/14/16 2:00pm
BobbyProm

The author circa 2003, as if those frosted tips beside him didn’t already let you know.

Whether you spent your prom night home alone watching Carrie on loop or obsessively matching your dress to your butterfly clips to the elastic on your braces, chances are you wish you could have done a few things differently. And this Saturday, our friends at the skint are giving you the chance.

The Dancing On My Own 80s-00s Prom at Littlefield is your official prom do-over replete with an attractively-lit photo booth, drink specials to not stain your dress with and a playlist that’s completely danceable without a date. In fact, they recommend you don’t bring one! Even so, we don’t think you should be too embarrassed about your own prom history; it’s an inherently ludicrous tradition. A sweaty banquet hall or high school gymnasium stuffed with horny teenagers rubbing their Men’s Warehouse-clad erections on some Alfred Angelo chiffon? Good riddance (Time of your life) to that.

In the spirit of moving past your pre-millennium or early millennium prom mortification, we’ve rounded up some cringe-worthy high school tales from our favorite Brooklyn-based comedians below. This writer added his, too. So spike your daytime punch, leave your own horror stories in the comments section, and we’ll see you this Saturday night.  (more…)

02/26/16 12:59pm
Made in NY is trying to ensure the Oscars aren't so white in the future.

Made in NY is trying to ensure the Oscars aren’t so white in the future.

This Sunday is the Oscars, a great time to celebrate cinema, talk about diversity in media and watch the most gorgeously dressed formalized reach-around in modern society. While others are complaining about the diversity issue or calling for a boycott, there’s one Oscar party in town that’s actually seeking to fix the problem of #OscarsSoWhite. Dylan Marron — the creator of the web series Every Single Word, which makes supercuts of  the often-sparse dialog spoken by characters of color in movies — is hosting an Oscars screening party Sunday to raise money for a local charity that helps low-income New Yorkers get involved in the film industry. It’s a joke-along, live commentary style event featuring some of our favorite people, including Sean Rameswaram of WNYC and Broad City writer Naomi Ekperigin. The event came together in just a few weeks in response to the lack of diversity in the nominations, Marron tells Brokelyn.

“The day the Oscar nominations came out, I felt furious,” he said. “We don’t have to boycott he Oscars, we can watch them and help raise money for a cause that will hep make sure Oscars won’t be so white for so long.”  (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…)

12/23/15 3:40pm
Mo' money, mo' wreaths. Photo booth pics by Sarah Bibi Gainer.

Mo’ money, mo’ wreaths. Photo booth pics by Sarah Bibi Gainer.

With great no office comes … no responsibility, so that can lead to a really great party. Last week’s No Office party we threw at Littlefield with our pals at the skint was one of the best yet! And we’ve got the photo evidence to prove it. Check out some shots below and the rest of the pics on our Facebook page.
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12/22/15 10:03am
Here's an idea for groups. via instagram user Karlin Warner

Here’s an idea for groups. via instagram user Karlin Warner

December’s chilly air means any time spent outside has us longing for the second we can get home, take off our pants (roommates be damned), cozy up on the couch for a Netflix binge, and wrap ourselves snugly in a blanket like a burrito. But socialization is a good thing and, thankfully, the PJs ’n DJs party is here to help.

On Saturday, December 26, roll up to Union Hall in your most sartorial sleepwear outfit and shake off the post-Christmas/Chanukah/Festivus blahs with other jammie-clad partiers. This isn’t a sleepover, people! Live DJs will be keeping you wide awake with electropop and indie music from 2000-2015. It’s free, and all you have to do is leave your apartment. The dress code, however, remains pretty much the same.
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12/15/15 9:48am
Right now ... you can win your very own Crystal Pepsi (well not right now, but on Thursday).

Right now … you can win your very own Crystal Pepsi (well not right now, but on Thursday).

By now you know Thursday is the No Office Holiday Party, the annual celebration we co-host with our friends at the skint for anyone who doesn’t have an office, or anyone who doesn’t like corporate-mandated yuletide fun. When we announced it was the fifth anniversary BONUS CHECK (as in, party like you actually got one) edition, we promised an extra layer of sparkle and glam for this party. Now we can announce we have a very special sparkle bling that you can win at the party, and it’s made of the rarest form of crystal: Crystal Pepsi. 

Yes, it’s true! We have our hands on a few bottles of the much-beloved, short-lived 90s clear Pepsi product, that we’re offering up as very special prizes at the party! You can’t buy it in stores so your only chance to get your hands on it this side of a time capsule is to come to the No Office Party at Littlefield. Get tickets here, they’re only $5 if you buy in advance ($8 at the door)! (more…)

11/25/15 9:21am
Sound the horns and ax out your date: the No Office Holiday Party is coming soon! Photo by BibiBooth.

Sound the horns and ax out your date: the No Office Holiday Party is coming soon! Photo by BibiBooth.

Some holiday traditions are better than others. For every marathon of Bob’s Burgers Christmas episodes there’s a marathon of blowhards taking issue with what whether there is enough Jesus spice latte in their chain coffee. For every drunken ugly sweater party, there’s a stuffy office party where you can’t quite get totally turnt lest your name get turnt over to HR on Monday. This is why the No Office Holiday Party is our new favorite holiday tradition, with all the celebration of an end-of-year fete, even if you don’t have an office you go to or don’t even get out of your pajamas for your freelance job.

Brokelyn and our friends at the skint are proud to bring you the fifth No Office Holiday Party on Dec. 17 at Littlefield! It’s a five-year anniversary end-of-year-bonus edition, so we’ll have live band karaoke, our killer photo booth, holiday bling, all with special host Jacqueline Novak.(The Late Show with James Cordon, Cakeshop Comedy). And tickets are still just $5 (buy them here now)! (more…)