09/26/16 4:00pm
Give a (hand-)standing ovation to Kristina Nekyia (#10) (pic by Sam Prudencio)

Give a (hand-)standing ovation to Kristina Nekyia (#10) (pic by Sam Prudencio)

1. The presidential debates are tonight, and you’re probably not going to want to watch them alone — or sober. So we made you a roundup of 20 bars broadcasting the bloodsport, from Greenpoint to Bay-Ridge, many with drink specials and absurd accompanying commentary. (Monday, various venues, FREE)

2. Or perhaps you want something that’s just straight-up absurd, with not even a nod toward today’s terrifying political reality? You’re in luck: House of Yes is reprising its Ketamine: The Musical, a “psychoactive and disassociative” spectacle that is totally guaranteed to take your mind off the reality of the day. (Monday & Tuesday, House of Yes, $20 w/ Brokelyn discount at link)

3. Learn rotten lessons at Bad Advice From Bad Women, with DGAF writers including emoji scholar Estelle Tang, dog mom Leopoldine Core, feminist force of nature Nona Willis Aronowitz, and witch poet Jasmine Gibson; hosted by sugar addict Charlotte Shane. (Tuesday, Word, FREE) (more…)

09/12/16 8:24am
Celebrate an entire decade of Jalopy with Karen Poliski (#8)

Celebrate an entire decade of Jalopy with Karen Poliski (#8)

1. Join some of Brooklyn’s best boozy bakers, Butter & Scotch, at the launch of their cookbook — expect free desserts and Jell-O shots, plus discounted cocktails including Honeychile Rider, made with Brooklyn-distilled Dorothy Parker Gin. (Monday, New York Distilling Co., FREE)

2. Hear comedians make tough choices at Would You Rather, where hosts Andre Medrano and JR Strauss dole out stumpers to Chris Pappas, Jana Leigh Heaton, Maya Sharma, Luis Leon, and Ryan Douglass. (Monday, The Experiment Comedy Gallery, $5)

3. Mellow out at Soft Rock Tuesday, with DJ Mara Schwartz Kuge spinning the most relaxed tunes from the ’70s and ’80s, from Boz Scaggs to Kenny Rogers to Olivia Newton-John. (Tuesday, Baby’s All Right, FREE) (more…)

08/08/16 1:40pm
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Photo via Word Bookstore

A couple weeks ago, the latest Gilmore Girls trailer dropped along with an announcement of the release date for the revival. Suffice it to say, many of us have a lot more than turkey and pie to look forward to this Thanksgiving. Until then, those of us in Brooklyn who are starry-eyed for Stars Hollow and looking for a fix, besides binging on Netflix, can check out the Gilmore Girls Book Club at Greenpoint’s Word Bookstore, a way for Gilmore Girls fans and bookwormy, aspiring Rory Gilmores to nerd out by reading and discussing books that are either mentioned on the show, or Rory Gilmore is shown reading.

Former Word employee Ally-Jane Grossan started the group back in January, when she was still working there as events director. (She is currently the senior editor of Bandcamp). “Word has a bunch of monthly book clubs, and I always wanted to start my own, and I’ve always loved Gilmore Girls,” she told Brokelyn. “The Word logo and sign that hangs outside of the store in Greenpoint always reminded me so much of the Stars Hollow Bookstore sign, so I thought it would be really perfect and funny.”

A little Gilmore Girls trivia: throughout its seven seasons, 339 books are referenced. This shouldn’t be surprising to fans of the show, who know that Rory devours books faster than Lorelai downs cups of coffee. In the world of Stars Hollow, Rory reading a book is as commonplace as Sookie klutzing around in the kitchen, Michel rolling his eyes, Kirk getting a new odd job or Dean being generally insufferable.

The group, which is open to all lovers of words and Gilmore Girls, meets at Word in Greenpoint on the fourth Sunday of every month at 5pm — and it became so popular, they added a second meeting on the fourth Monday of the month at Word’s Jersey City location. Each book club pick is for sale at Word, for a 10 percent discount.
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07/21/16 11:25am
Your new Ron, Hermione and their daughter from the play version of the Cursed Child.

Your new grown-up Ron and Hermione and their daughter from the play version of the Cursed Child.

Harry’s back! Sort of! The first official new Harry Potter story after the original septology comes out at midnight July 30. It’s a script based on the new Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play that’s opening in London at the same time. The play is basically the UK’s Hamilton, in that you stand no chance of getting tickets ever, so your best bet is to get the book. The plot has mostly been kept under wraps, and fans are nervous that J.K. Rowling is bordering on George Lucas levels of meddling with her own canon (the book is actually credited to three authors:  Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany).

But if nothing else, the release brings back the great Harry Potter tradition of midnight release parties. These are truly joyful affairs — when was the last time you’ve seen so many kids and people of all ages lined up at midnight to get their hands on a BOOK? You wait in line for a lot dumber things, New York. So here’s where to find the midnight releases and other parties in Brooklyn — start practicing your butterbeer pong skills now.  (more…)

04/04/16 2:43pm
The Faguettes are birds of a delightfully queer feather (#) (pic by Krys Fox)

The Faguettes: birds of a divinely queer feather (#6) (pic by Krys Fox)

1. Proving your M-A-S-T-E-R-Y of O-R-T-H-O-G-R-A-P-H-Y at the last-ever Williamsburg Spelling Bee, which is going out proud after 12 freaking years. Finale events include cake, a spelling cocktail, prizes, and party music by Yazan. (Monday, Pete’s Candy Store, FREE)

2. Dependably great comedy show Side Ponytail is going from monthly to weekly, to keep you laughing more often. Tonight’s jokesters will be Josh Gondelman, Carolyn Castiglia, Emily Winter, Adam Palmeter, and Chelsea Taylor. (Monday, Over the Eight, FREE)

3. Come hungry to Feast Bed-Stuy, a food crawl along Malcolm X Blvd with food and booze deals from a half-dozen restaurants and cafés, from pizza to tequila to “salmon Slavic sandwiches.” (Tuesday, Bed-Stuy, FREE) (more…)

03/12/15 9:43am
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Nutella: It’s what gets every couple hot

1. Make this the best Friday the 13th ever, or the most remorseful, or both, by getting a deal on that new tattoo. (Friday)

2. Thrown on your astronaut helmet and float around this space party at The Silent Barn. (Friday)

3. We bet you can earn a ton of strategic Instalikes at Pioneerworks’ opening reception for Under Construction, an exhibition the value of photography in the 21th century. (Friday) (more…)

09/29/14 10:23am
Tori Scott can't believe you don't remember her episodes

Tori Scott can’t believe you don’t remember her episodes

1. Singer-songwriters Steve Volkmann, Alex Alexion and Audio Romance are taking over The Way Station. (Monday)

2. Hear about one star chef’s tumultuous journey to the culinary world, by way of rehab, at the release for Jesse Schenker’s All or Nothing at powerHouse Arena. (Monday)

3. Your usual Tuesday night orgy probably doesn’t that desperately needed break for a comedy show, so check out Over the Eight’s Illuminati Orgy. (Tuesday) (more…)

09/22/14 10:45am
Your outfit's already been planned out.

Your outfit’s already been planned out.

1. See if you can think of any topics that aren’t covered in 100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to Write. (Monday)

2. Plunge right into Dive Comedy at Freddy’s Bar. (Monday)

3. Art Talks, and boy does it (and speakers from BRIC, Soapbox Gallery and Gridspace) want to have a word with you. (Monday) (more…)

09/15/14 11:01am
We guess the view's ok

We guess the view’s ok

1. The comics at Brooklyn, Stand Up!! won’t bully you into standing up, which is more than we can say for some entertainers out there. (Monday)

2. Enable a bunch of comedians as they glorify times they’ve been complete jerks at ASS: Antagonistic Storytelling Series. (Monday)

3. There’s so much going on for the Brooklyn Book Festival that they had to spread it out over a week. (Monday – Friday) (more…)

08/25/14 9:29am
Both his literary brilliance and his smolder will be at powerHouse Arena.

Both his literary brilliance and his smolder will be at powerHouse Arena.

1. British journalist Peter Snow presents his book on the War of 1812, When Britain Burned the White House. Peter Snow, are you mocking us? (Monday)

2. Salman Rushdie joins Vanessa Manko as she discusses her novel The Invention of Exile. (Monday)

3. Videology is showing Persistence of Vision, a documentary on the greatest animated film to never happen. No, not Heavy Metal(Monday) (more…)