03/20/17 11:33am
(Gaby Del Valle/Brokelyn)

(Gaby Del Valle/Brokelyn)

Direct action doesn’t always mean large protests. Subway fares are going up again, and plenty of New Yorkers can’t afford yet another fare hike. If you have an unlimited, be sure to swipe it forward today when someone asks! And remember: the NYPD lied when they said no one can get deported for fare-beating (people can be, and they are). This week includes plenty of ways for you to join the #resistance, from small acts like giving someone a swipe to larger demonstrations, and everything else in between. (more…)

03/13/17 10:27am
It's not always a great idea to call yourself a "voice for the voiceless." (Gaby Del Valle/Brokelyn)

It’s not always a great idea to call yourself a “voice for the voiceless.” (Gaby Del Valle/Brokelyn)

I really don’t want to make any of this about me, but I’m on vacation in another country right now and I just found out one of my family members is an ardent Trump supporter. This man lives in another country, he’s super into Trump, and he told me that “America should be for Americans,” which makes no sense because he isn’t even American and he used to live in the US. I digress. The point of this is that we all have a Trump-supporting relative (or a lot of them), and engaging with them can be pretty difficult. Thankfully, this week’s lineup of activist events includes a workshop on how to talk to them, plus rallies and letter-writing campaigns, and a few parties and benefit shows to let off some steam. Onward: (more…)

03/06/17 11:30am
Throw your hands in the air with Yalini Dream (#

Throw your hands in the air with Yalini Dream (#5)

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

1. Write your own bits at Do-It-Yourself Comedy: Come up with a funny premise, and if the host turns it into a joke, you get a free drink. Plus comedy from Liza Treyger, Nore Davis, Julio Torres, Lorelei Ramirez, and Chris Moore. (Monday, The Well, FREE)

2. Prove your smarts at Queerious March: Mysteerious Queertures, an LGBTQ-focused trivia night hosted by Ms. Quizzle with prizes, drink specials, and special guest Nyx Nocturne. (Monday, Way Station, FREE)

3. Proudly display your prettiest preserves at Cookbook Club Presents: Cured Magazine Issue 1, a celebration of all kinds of preserved foodstuffs with bites and drinks to try, plus plenty of foodies to schmooze with. (Tuesday, Archestratus Books & Food, FREE)  (more…)

02/06/17 10:59am
This week in anti-Trump activism in NYC: Know your rights (and party for them too)

Cher gets it; Trump does not. Photo by Gaby Del Valle/Brokelyn.

If Trump’s electoral win and the Patriots’ somehow Super Bowl victory can teach us anything, it’s that sometimes the bad guys come out on top–but only temporarily. Two weeks have passed since the inauguration, but the constant barrage of covertly racist executive orders, extrajudicial decisions and bad tweets means the #resistance is alive and well. Here’s our latest roundup of anti-Trump events and rallies happening this week—plus plenty of parties, fundraisers, and other opportunities to let off some steam. We’ll keep updating as more come in. (more…)

11/10/16 9:08am
Watch Maiko Kikuchi's wild and weird puppetry (#2) (pic by Richard Termine)

Watch Maiko Kikuchi’s wild and weird puppetry (#2) (pic by Richard Termine)

[Ed note: Although this roundup is written as if this is a normal weekend, it’s clearly not. We are all still in shock, and if you’re looking for places to go and things to do to work on that, we got you. But if you’re ready for regular fun, here’s our 20 funky and fascinating things to keep you going.]

1. Celebrate our borough’s bounty at BHS Free Friday: Harvest, with pie tastings, a cranberry sauce demonstration, a Brooklyn landscape drink-n-draw, artist-led tours of exhibitions, and more. (Friday, Brooklyn Historical Society, FREE)

2. Stretch your ideas of performance at the In Flux Festival with five weekends of puppetry, dance, theater, poetry, and live music, beginning tonight with a piece by Maiko Kikuchi and Sachiyo Takahashi. (Friday & Saturday, FiveMyles, FREE)

3. Take a journey to Bad Neighbor Theater’s The Little Prince, a modern-day retelling of Saint-Exupéry’s classic set here in New York City. (Friday, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, $10)

4. Imbibe some history at Drinking with the Devil, an exploration of the uses of wine in witchcraft through the lenses of alchemy, ritual, and science — followed by a wine tasting, of course. (Friday, Catland, $12) (more…)

06/27/16 1:00pm
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Get down at Soul on the Horn at SummerStage (#5)

1. Nothing says Brooklyn summer more than eating Nathan’s on the Coney Island boardwalk. If you’ve ever wondered how the iconic hot-doggery came to be, head to Brooklyn Historical Society for a documentary screening and book signing by the grandson of Nathan himself. (Monday, BHS, FREE)

2. The always-hilarious Night Train with Wyatt Cenac has a particularly killer lineup tonight — including Sasheer Zamata, Hari Kondabolu, and Maeve Higgins — to celebrate the launch of their first season on Seeso. The evening’s proceeds will benefit Why Hunger. (Monday, Littlefield, $12)

3. Did your heart love til now? Bring it to the House of Yes for the latest Little Cinema immersive film screening: Romeo & Juliet, co-presented with the Love Show dancers and Modern Gypsies, with video-mixing by CHNNLS. (Tuesday, House of Yes, $10) (more…)

04/11/16 1:00pm
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A kinder, gentler talk show with Nasty Canasta & Sapphire Jones (#8)

1. Get your week started with a boozy sugar high: The Well is doing a beer & cupcake pairing with Prohibition Bakery. Mouthwatering combos include Margarita (Gose beer + tequila lime cupcakes with fleur de sel), White Russian (coffee stout + vodka, Kahlua, and espresso cupcakes), and a bunch more. (Monday, The Well, FREE)

2. We’re always excited for each new edition of the Franklin Park Reading Series, and this one is no exception. Memoir night will feature five excellent writers of nonfiction personal narrative: Heidi Julavits, Mark Leyner, Rob Roberge, Syreeta McFadden, and Jillian Steinhauer. (Monday, Franklin Park, FREE)

3. If you’re all about Ethan and Joel, you’re going to want to stay close to East Williamsburg’s new “dinner & a movie” theater this week. Syndicated kicks off seven days of Coen programming tonight with Coen Brothers Trivia, and the rest of the week they’ll be screening everything from Raising Arizona through to Inside Llewyn Davis. (Tuesday, Syndicated, $10) (more…)

07/01/15 8:53am
Inglourious Basterds

It’s Hitler’s worst nightmare, after losing in the World Cup

Welcome to July, you did it! We mean, if that’s where you were trying to get to, you did it. We have a question though. If everyone is fucking off from work on Friday, is Wednesday still the halfway point of the week? Or is this one of those holiday weeks where by Thursday everyone has just decided they’re done with everything? Even the mayor already left town, do we even have laws anymore? Ponder our new lawless, half week thing as you enjoy the best nightlife Brooklyn has to offer, as found on the Brokelyn Event Calendar. (more…)

05/27/14 9:34am
tiki disco

Now in a new location. Photo by Kenny Rodriguez via Facebook

If you’ve been sitting shiva since we broke the news that Tiki Disco wasn’t going to be returning to Roberta’s this summer, you can put away the chopped liver and the pastries, because the insane summer party has announced a new home. Also, come on, why were you doing that, we said that a new host was probably going to appear. Anyway, the good news is that Tiki Disco season will start on Sunday, June 1 at The Well (272 Meserole Street). The only thing is, it costs $10 this time. (more…)

08/14/13 3:45pm
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BEER BEER BEER BEER (via flickr user tophermurphy)

It is an undeniable truth that beer is something to be celebrated, both in party form and in heavy drinking form. And the New York City Brewers Guild, an organization dedicated to supporting and promoting local brewers, will be doing just that this month; they’re hosting a fundraiser for NYC Beer Week in East Williamsburg, and there will be unlimited beer. (more…)