01/23/17 12:15pm
Have a dark and sultry evening with Audrey Love (#) (pic by WP Photos NYC)

Have a dark and sultry evening with Audrey Love (#4) (pic by WP Photos NYC)

1. Still flying high from the women’s march? Head to Goddess Rising, a night of art and empowerment celebrating the divine feminine and the energy of NYC women, including contortionists, body painters, musicians, and more. (Monday, Living Gallery, $10)

2. Laugh yourself seasick at the Tight Ship Comedy Show, with Arti Gollapudi, Jon Schoss, Bowen Yang, Mike Abrusci, and Addie Werich; hosted by Sarah Lazarus and Daniel Lempert. (Monday, Freddy’s Bar, FREE)

3. Let yourself be carried away at the Final Fantasy Reading Series, a night of readings and performances with an escapist theme, featuring Diamond Sharp, Eve Peyser, Gabrielle Rucker, Rheaa Rao, and Paco Salas Pèrez. (Tuesday, Friends & Lovers, FREE) (more…)

01/05/17 10:55am
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Rock the f*ck out with There Are Four Lights (#2) (pic by Sarah Wilmer)

1. Increase your literary stock for the cold winter ahead at the BYO Book Swap Party, which also features a discussion on diversity in literature and a raffle of self-published works by local woman of color. (Friday, New Women Space, $5 + a book)

2. Start pining for summer at the Punk Island Winter Benefit, with Deadname, MALLRAT, Trashy, Ex. by V., and There Are Four Lights. (Friday, Hank’s Saloon, $10)

3. Rock hard with some tireless musicians at NYC’s Hardest Working Bands of 2016 Live, based on Oh My Rockness’s calculations of who played the most shows last year. (Friday, Baby’s All Right, $10)

4. Creep yourself out at the monthly horror series Fright Fridays, tonight screening The Eyes of My Mother, which combines “an especially bloody strain of slasher pic” with “high-art sensibilities.” (Friday, Videology, $10) (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…)

12/27/16 11:49am
Kick the crap out of this god-forsaken year with The Hipster Heartthrob (#)

Kick the crap out of this god-forsaken year with The Hipster Heartthrob (#6)

1. Show off your smarts at Trivia Tuesdays with NYC Trivia League; prizes range from gift cards to free tix to shows at Bell House and Union Hall. (Tuesday, Fawkner, FREE)

2. Discern what it means to be human at The Adventures of Minami: The Robot From Japan Who Makes You Feel Safe When Loneliness Is Palpable, in which an android gets passed along from household to household. (Tuesday, The Brick, $18)

3. Show your love at the Swipe Left ACLU Benefit Show, with comedy from John Fugelsang, Jordan Carlos, Frank Conniff, Jo Firestone, and David Feldman. (Wednesday, Union Hall, $10)

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12/01/16 4:15pm
Catch the surreal stylings of Cheeky Lane (#1) (pic by Steven Menendez)

Catch the surreal stylings of Cheeky Lane (#1) (pic by Steven Menendez)

1. See some strange whimsey at The Winter Wonderland Blunderland Variety Show, starring Trixie Little, The Love Show, Samantha Sterman, Cheeky Lane, Poison Eve, and more. (Friday, House of Yes, $15)

2. Laugh for strong gals at The Fempire Strikes Back, with comedy, videos, and funny songs from sketch troupe American Candy. (Friday & Saturday, Actors Fund Arts Center, $25)

3. Spread some cheer at the Bushwick Starr Holiday Party, with free drinks, free food, dancing to DJ Avg Jo, a mistletoe photobooth, and more. (Friday, Bushwick Starr, $25)

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11/07/16 12:00pm
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Hit the poles on election night at House of Yes (#4). Photo by Tod Seelie.

1. The Brooklyn Brainery and Brooklyn Historical Society have teamed up for a new series, and tonight’s the first installment: Our Pesky Neighbors Part 1: Pigeons features Margaret Mittelbach, founder of The Secret Science Club, holding forth on those ubiquitous rats of the sky. (Monday, BHS, $10)

2. And speaking of pests: On the eve of this hellscape election, check out The Drumf and the Rheingold: An Operatic Apocalypse, a political satire and parody of Wagner’s Ring Cycle performed by an ensemble of NYC musicians. (Monday, Pioneer Works, $15)

3. VOTE. VOTE LIKE YOUR LIFE DEPENDED ON IT — BECAUSE, FOR SO MANY, IT DOES. Here’s how(more…)

10/06/16 3:50pm
Union Hall is for indulging your inner Belle's library fantasies.

Union Hall provides ales and ambiance, perfect for getting lost in a novel.

We often can’t help ourselves from buying a book whenever we pass a bookstore. We’ll save money for beer, of course, because we want to devour our literary haul with some lagers in one of our favorite reading venues: a bar! Not all bars are equal in the eye of the reader, naturally. Who wants to read where jaeger bombs are the norm? To save you the time searching, we compiled a list of fifteen places we think are the best Brooklyn bars to read in, along with suggestions on what to read.

Since most normies converge on pubs when night falls, these places are best read in during the day. But a good number of them remain quiet enough on weeknights to take in some text. Just remember to take care of your bartender if you’re going to spend a lot of time there.  (more…)

09/06/16 11:00am
Don't be too tied up to see Nelson Lugo the Charming Trickster (#10)

Don’t be too tied up to catch Nelson Lugo the Charming Trickster (#10)

1. Have a damn fine cup of coffee, some cherry pie, and breakfast for dinner at Twin Peaks Tuesday, when Butter & Scotch transforms into the Double R Diner. Free Jell-O shots for anyone in costume! (Tuesday, Butter & Scotch, FREE)

2. Listen to an international roster of virtuosic singers at the Resonant Bodies Festival, three nights of innovative contemporary vocal artists. Opening night features soprano Julia Bullock, Ethiopian-born Swedish improviser Sofia Jernberg, and lyric soprano Alice Teyssier. (Tuesday, Roulette, $20)

3. See such stuff as dreams are made on at Torn Out Theater’s all-female, mostly nude production of The Tempest: “a celebration of body freedom and freedom of expression.” (Wednesday to Saturday, Prospect Park, FREE) (more…)

08/29/16 9:15am
Get fierce with Becky and many more (#7)

Get fierce with Bridget Barkan (#7)

1. Let the melodies carry you away at A Night of Composed and Decomposed Music, with the David Zakarian & Quincy Chimich Duo and the Patrick McGee Quintet. (Monday, Living Gallery, $5)

2. Chuckly awkwardly at comedy duo Pasic & Platt’s Orgy, which follows a modern couple trying to organize an orgy for, undeniably, the wrong reasons. (Monday, Union Hall, $5)

3. See some important films at Anti-Ethnography, a series of shorts that examine “the violence and absurd fetishism inherent in the ethnographic impulse,” curated by Adam Khalil and Zack Khalil. (Tuesday, Light Industry, $8) (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…)