03/23/17 10:35am
Drag yourself out for a ruff night with Ruby Roo (#1) (pic by Natalie Molina)

Drag yourself out for a ruff night with Ruby Roo (#1) (pic by Natalie Molina)

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

1. Fancy yourself up for Drag Me Out to Lot 45 to watch the season 9 premier of RuPaul’s Drag Race, plus a Quick Drag competition, trivia, giveaways, and performances from Ruby Roo, Shiny Penny, Hannah Lou, and more. (Friday, Lot 45, $5)

2. Warm up at No Enemies to the Left: It’s Getting Hot in Here, a music and comedy fundraiser for the Union of Concerned Scientists to combat climate change. (Friday, Brooklyn Bazaar, $20)

3. Listen to some lovely tales at the Ladies Night Storytelling Show, hosted by Shelby Thompson — pink jackets not required. (Friday, Big Irv’s, FREE) (more…)

03/02/17 9:00am
Say konichiwa to JK Pop with The Lothario (#5)

Say konichiwa to some JK Pop with The Lothario (#5)

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

1. Get in formation and head to Puppet Playlist #23: Beyoncé, where a dozen puppeteers have prepared short puppet skits to the tunes of the one and only Queen Bey. (Friday, Triskelion Arts, $15)

2. Learn a new way to groove at Brooklyn Contra Dance, a cross between swing and square dancing, with a live 10-piece band. Beginners welcome. (Friday, Camp Friendship, $15)

3. Get funny chills at Comedy Electric #10, with Justin Williams, Alvin Irby, Maria Heinegg, Elsa Waithe, Boris Khaykin, Clark Jones, and a surprise guest. (Friday, Franklin Electric, FREE) (more…)

11/18/16 9:13am
Dance your ungrabbability onstage. via Triskelion

Dance your ungrabbability onstage. Credit: Sam Polcer / Triskelion Arts

Hey artists, when you’re done tagging the side of that building with tiny hands (nice), listen up: Last week we told you why your art was going to be important in Trump’s America. This week, we’re bringing you news of three organizations fixing to help you make it.

The Brooklyn Arts Council, Triskelion Arts and the Brick Theater are all accepting submissions for their paid (!) artist residencies and festivals in 2017, and the content they’re calling for is either explicitly anti-Trump or just plain woke.

Some creatives barely bat an eye at the prospect of free rehearsal space, a modest stipend, production opportunities and other small affordances. But a Trump presidency is too ripe not to inspire raw creative material, and if mocking him in a comedy marathon isn’t your style then you may as well get the space, time and funding to figure out what is. Check these opportunities out — and note the deadlines, since one is tonight! — then get out there and make bravely, whatever your medium. (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…)

06/20/16 3:00pm
Be entertained on the platform of a museum (#) (pic by Marc A. Hermann/Flickr)

Be entertained on the platform of a museum (#5) (pic courtesy of the NY Transit Museum)

1. Start your week off with the New York Obscura Society’s evening of “talks, tentacles, and merriment”: Cephalopod Night. There will be short films new and old, a talk by Science Friday host Ira Flatow, and, naturally, squid-ink cocktails. (Monday, Sea Witch, $18)

2. Or start it off with some cultural and racial analysis at Talking White Privilege, a discussion with former Daily Show supervising producer and bestselling author Baratunde Thurston and actor and comedian Judah Friedlander. (Monday, Brooklyn Historical Society, $10)

3. Get melodic on one of the longest days of the year: Make Music New York Summer features more than 1,200 free live performances all across the city, from reggae in Coney Island to hip-hop in Brownsville to brass bands in Dumbo. (Tuesday, all five boroughs, FREE) (more…)

04/07/16 4:06pm
East River String Band is set to twang up your weekend (#1)

East River String Band is fixin’ to twang up your weekend (#1)

1. Get your twang on at the eighth annual Brooklyn Folk Festival, with 30 bands over three days, plus workshops, square and swing dancing, a banjo toss, and more. (Friday through Sunday, St. Ann’s Church, $25 per session)

2. Watch some trickery at Wacky of Wallabazoo, a fairytale adventure full of yo-yo feats and variety acts. (Friday & Saturday, Coney Island, $12)

3. Giggle acrobatically at the seventh annual Comedy in Dance Festival, featuring movement-based work from a slew of choreographers, clowns, and comics. (Friday through Sunday, Triskelion Arts, $16) (more…)

03/17/16 2:13pm
What could be better than Piano Man puppetry? (#) (pic by Marielle Solan)

What could be better than Piano Man puppetry? (#5) (pic by Marielle Solan)

1. Let les bon temps roulez (a little belatedly) at New Orleans Crawfish Boil, with music from Bro Jo Full Moon Swamp Revue and plates full of bayou crawfish and shrimp. (Friday, The Hall at MP Taverna, $15)

2. Take in some local cinema at the Greenpoint Film Festival, with a range of movies from the experimental to the educational. (Friday–Sunday, Wythe Hotel, $10/film)

3. Calm it down with some classical at the Halcyon Chamber Series, this month featuring Haydn Duo Sonata for Violin & Cello, Ives Piano Trio, and Faure Piano Quartet No. 1. (Friday, Scholes Street Studio, $15) (more…)

03/03/16 2:54pm
All the best bands play with robots (#) (pic by Lee Hoffman)

All the best bands play with robots (#2) (pic by Lee Hoffman)

1. See some fab art at the opening of “Timeshare,” a group show where FUG Fellowship artists “pit pre-digital memories against post-digital landscapes.” (Friday, Bruce High Quality Foundation, FREE)

2. Watch out for aggressive talent at Dooms Day Freaks, a variety show with performances by Arlowe Price, Garrette Caillouet, Aneya Marie, Cherrie Sprite, and Melissa G., plus music by Super Killer Robots. (Friday, Standard Toykraft, $15)

3. Enjoy a highbrow/lowbrow mashup at Dance-ify That, a tournament where dance duos choreograph on-the-spot routines based on ridiculous viral pop-culture videos. (Friday, Triskelion Arts, $16) (more…)