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…)

01/19/17 12:37pm
Such a gloomy bunch (#8) (pic by Chris Polinsky)

These folks are clearly very gloomy (#8) (pic by Chris Polinsky)

[Ed note: Before making your plans this weekend, check out our anti-inauguration events roundup, which includes a slew of protests, fundraisers, Obama farewell dance parties and the like throughout the weekend. But if you just need a diversion from all that, there’s plenty of apolitical fun to be had too.]

1. Take a deep breath at A Day of Unity and Healing, a full day of donation-based stress-reduction sessions including reiki, card readings, acupuncture, and more. (Friday, Minka Brooklyn, by donation)

2. Explore the art of a great hood at the opening of “East New York: Not the New Frontier,” an art show celebrating the voice and beauty of the neighborhood’s artists. (Friday, ARTs East New York, FREE)

3. Booze to a beat at Wine & Rhyme, a free wine tasting with hip-hop musician Sadat X and producer Will “Tell” Davis, aka the True Wine Connoisseurs. (Friday, High Point Wines & Spirits, FREE)

4. Get lost in Le Medea, a reimagining of Euripides’ tragedy combining elements of a dance-theater performance and a Latin disco-pop variety show. (Friday & Sunday, BRIC, $20) (more…)

12/29/16 10:52am
See everything that 2016's got left (#) (pic by Shane Velazquez)

Kinky Demure shows off everything that 2016’s got left (#2) (pic by Shane Velazquez)

1. Dance your way into New Year’s weekend at The Interlude, with visiting French DJ Boulaone spinning Congolese-influenced and -inspired rock & roll all night. (Friday, C’mon Everybody, FREE)

2. Cap off this horrible year at Rhinestone Gorilla: Dystopian Holiday, with “brave new acts about our brave new world” from Kinky Demure, Angelique A’LaMode, Bourgie Bourgeois, Faux Prophète, and more. (Friday, Bizarre, $10–$20 suggested)

3. Get your candles lit at The First Annual Chanukahstravaganza, with a bevy of Jewish comedians including Emmy Blotnick, Matt Koff, Michael Wolf and Catherine Cohen. (Friday, Union Hall, $6) (more…)

12/22/16 10:01am
Slash your way through the holiday weekend (#)

Slash your way through the holiday weekend (#9)

1. Get in the (un-)holiday spirit with a screening of Bad Santa — and if you want to redeem yourself with a double-feature, catch It’s a Wonderful Life next. (Friday, Syndicated, $3 ea)

2. Mix and mingle with artists and neighbors at the Open Source Soup Kitchen, a volunteer-made one-pot meal for all comers. (Friday, Open Source Gallery, FREE)

3. Learn how to stand up for others in this frightening new world at an interactive workshop on Bystander Intervention and De-escalation Training. (Friday, Silent Barn, by donation) (more…)

12/01/16 3:25pm
Get your hoilday kicks, en croute, at the 'Shwick.

Get your hoilday kicks, en croute, at the ‘Shwick.

Holidays also mark the peak season of DIY, and people are scouring staples like Etsy and Pinterest to see what they can make, bake, gift or thrift for the upcoming holidays. If you are lacking inspiration needed to get those creative juices flowing, (because hey, aren’t we all) or if you just want a quick one-stop shop for all of your holiday shopping, head to your nearest holiday market.

Oh, what’s that? You need help finding one that close to you? As per usual, we’ve got you covered, with the borough’s finest in local gifts and crafts–enough to make even a scrooge splurge. (more…)

10/27/16 10:10am
Rozay Labeija will slay you at Cryptkeepers (#4)

Rozay Labeija will slay you at Cryptkeepers (#4)

1. Start your Halloween weekend artfully with Norte Maar’s Beat Nite Greenpoint, with 10 galleries around the neighborhood open late. (Friday, Greenpoint, FREE)

2. Be a relaxed witch at Chick Flicks & Coloring, with Halloween-themed coloring books, group tarot readings, a screening of Practical Magic, midnight margaritas, and more. (Friday, Threes Brewing, $13)

3. See a slew of musicians in costume at the Halloween Cover Bands Bash, with performances of everyone from MC5 to Green Day to Marvin Gaye to Sonic Youth. (Friday & Saturday, The Gutter, FREE) (more…)

08/24/16 3:42pm
The Pour House of Bay Ridge has Friday Teacher Happy Hours, where the teachers bartend. Photo via Facebook.

The Pour House of Bay Ridge has Friday Teacher Happy Hours, where the teachers bartend. Photo via Facebook.

We’re all upset that summer is drawing to a close, but teachers throughout the city are especially bitching right now because their two-month-plus vacation is ending in just two short weeks. That’s right, kiddos and profs, the first day of the (public) school year is Thursday, Sept. 8. But luckily for the teachers (we don’t have any news with which to console the kids, unfortunately), there is one silver lining to going back to work: once school starts, a number of Friday teacher happy hours at Brooklyn bars start back up again as well.

It’s good to get drunk with your fellow teachers, so you can commiserate with those who share your particular grievances—unlike your non-teacher friends, who are done with hearing you complain about your “kids.” But we at Brokelyn, and the select bars providing the deals, appreciate your hard work; we can only imagine how molding young, or really, any minds, must drive you to drink!

Check out these six BK bars providing opportunities to get f-cked up for less after a rough week in the classroom —they’re all on Fridays, which we guess is good, because teaching hungover really sounds like hell. Let us know in the comments if we missed any! (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…)

05/12/16 4:00pm
Don't be too chicken (sorry!) to see Tanya Solomon's one-woman magic show (#2)

Don’t be too chicken (sorry!) to see Tanya Solomon’s magic show (#2) (pic by Adrian Buckmaster)

1. Try to solve the mystery at We Know Edie La Minx Had a Gun, a play delving into the sensationalism surrounding the life and death of a drag queen. (Friday & Saturday, Standard Toykraft, $15)

2. Get slayed by trickery at Tanya Solomon: Truth Assassin, a one-woman magic show featuring live fish, knives and blindfolds, rubber chickens and lots of illusions. (Friday & Saturday, Voorhees Theater, $20)

3. See some strange films at They Read By Night: an experimental cinema extravaganza featuring movies by Simon Liu, Preston Spurlock, and Josef Von Weikkmann. (Friday, Pet Rescue, FREE) (more…)

05/02/16 9:19am
Catch the Bandits on the Run (#6)

Catch the Bandits on the Run in full color (#6)

1. May is National Chamber Music Month! What better place to celebrate than at Williamsburg’s fancy new classical venue, National Sawdust? The Kick-Off Party features three acclaimed small ensembles: Jen Shyu & Jade Tongue, the Del Sol Quartet, and the Greg Lewis Organ Monk Quintet. (Monday, National Sawdust, FREE)

2. Cobble Hill watering hole Fawkner presents new series LoFi Talks: presentations by interesting people with no PowerPoints, no fancy graphics, no bells or whistles. Tonight’s talks will be on Hidden Science: stories you’d never hear from your science teacher by Tarun Chitra, Kelly Reidy, Deena Walker, and Maryam Zaringhalam. (Monday, Fawkner, FREE)

3. It’s the 50th anniversary of the surreal, satirical, Faustian classic, The Master & Margarita, and just 12 days prior to Mikhail Bulgakov’s 125th birthday. Launch a brand new revised translation with a discussion of this seminal work between Boris Fishman, Darin Strauss, Masha Gessen, and Liesl Schillinger. (Tuesday, powerHouse Arena, FREE) (more…)