things i’m doing this weekend… that will likely include equal doses of sunburn and hangover in the most unintentional of ways.
come along, eh? i hear they make some damn good remedies these days…
Summer DJ Residency at the Brooklyn Museum, Prospect Heights.
what could make a larger-than-life boombox retrospective installation more rad?? mixing it with the brooklyn museum’s summer dj residency so the sculptures come alive and you, dancing, among them. come experience nemo librizzi (playing with his son!) in a larger-than-life landscape where the boomboxes become houses and we are the residents and we all live in a viciously delicate atmosphere of visible soundwaves while we snack on roasted beats. come on, use your imagination. then meet me there, 6-8pm, fo’ free, 200 eastern pkwy. let’s get in treble.
10th Anniversary Dinner at The Good Fork, Red Hook.
few things in brooklyn stick around for ten years… we equally pride ourselves and fight against progressive change, and so those neighborhood institutions are beacons of hope. as is the good fork, in red hook. this thursday they celebrate their 10th anniversary and the release of their cookbook with a 6-course meal of Chef Sohui Kim’s uniquely eclectic yet somehow familiar soul food, each course dripping with the honest goodness that is the reslience to gentrification. at the good fork, 391 van brunt st. tickets $65 get yours now. because you may not have another good fork this weekend.
Sake Pairing Workshop, Court Street Collective, Carroll Gardens.
i drink a fair amount of sake each month, given my vicinity to two of the best free bottomless hot sake restaurants in brooklyn. but their “free hot sake” tastes like you’re being forced to drink cheap vodka through someone else’s dirty gym sock. i feel like my taste and appreciation for sake can only go up from here… tonight, sweets + bitters hosts a 6-sake tasting with food pairings and knowledge. $75, tickets here- 730-930pm at court st collective, 371 court st. sake it to me.
Jack Garratt at Webster Hall.
coming off the highs of being named the best new sound of 2016 by the BBC and one of four artists to have on your radar right now by the BiT, jack garratt has nearly paved the way for the success of his recently released first album and his international summer tour… his progressive songwriting and captivating performances are relentlessly addictive so come be part of it, friday night at webster hall, 125 E 11th st. tickets, $30.
The Tempest in Caroll Park, Carroll Gardens.
how long have you been in new york? and how many times at the beginning of summer have you promised that you’ll finally go see shakespeare in the park this season? i’ve seen it, once. it was the first thing i thought when i quit my shitty job- rather than the panic of, “how the fuck will i afford coffee?” it was instead “AH! i have time to wait in line for 5 hours for shakespeare in the park tiquettes!” and trust me, it was wonderful. but here’s an option that requires neither unemployment nor endless lines. the tempest. free, in carroll park. 830-915pm, hmm now this is very, very tempting.
Copa America Quarter Finals, Metlife Stadium and also every bar in the city that has a television.
i did it. i did the ceremonial washing of my atletico jersey, just yesterday, to wash away a season’s worth of sweat and tears and victory cries. and no one cheered more loudly than the other clothing items in my dresser. while my heart has not healed form the disaster that was the champions league final, i’m beginning to reevaluate my one-washin-a-season strategy and also to fill the void with all of the games of the euro cup and copa america. the quarter finals for the copa america are saturday, at met life stadium, and the good old US of A just might make it. regardless, let’s all go watch it and drink beers and be rowdy.
at this point you should already know these, but my favorite picks for futbol watching are below:
banter bar, williamsburg.
berry park, greenpoint.
black forest, fort greene.
keg and lantern, greenpoint.
Campfire Fridays at Riis Park, The Rockaways.
the beach bus is nice. coney island is… well, iconic. but how do you embody the feeling of being in a beach town when you reside in the sprawling metropolis that is our city? you go to campfire fridays at riis park, ad you bring your own instrument or vocal chords or clapping hands and maybe some sparklers as a surprise and you sit and you drink and you sway and you pretend not to notice the silhouette of the skyline fading into the distance, instead only seeing the fractured moonlight skipping along the waves. every friday, hosted by texas transplant lorena leigh. 7-9pm, rockaway beach blvd, queens. kumbayanhavabeer.
Solstice Session at Arrogant Swine, Bushwick.
when session beer aficionados plan a party with a whole-hog wrangler under the watchful eye of the summer solstice (almost)full moon, it can only result in magic, mischief, and shameless indulgence. the third annual solstice session is happening saturday afternoon and bringing together brewers from other half, LIC brewing project, rockaway brewing, and kings county brewers to name a few, in the down-home beer garden behind arrogant swine. tyson ho has promised to save the best swine for the occasion, and $40 gets you a heaping plate of pulled pork plus unlimited brews. this is the way to welcome summer. tickets, here. 173 morgan ave, 1-4pm.
PS1 Summer Warm-Up at MoMA PS1, Long Island City.
this LIC summertime party institution also has a permanent residency on my weekend guide, from now through labor day. so i recommend checking the schedule and either choosing based on the tunes or your own availability (this is not a “oh i have a few hours, i’ll check it out” kind of affair. it will take all of your saturday and at least 3/4 of the mental space of your sunday. and it will all be way worth it.) tickets, here.
and don’t forget to check out the tent of secrets, located in the back of the arboretum in the sculpture garden.
Hot glASS, Cold Beer- Pride Celebration and Drag Show at Brooklyn Glass, Gowanus.
saturday doesn’t have to blow. folks, welcome to the trifecta of weekend events. it’s a drag show! it’s an artisanal exhibition! it’s a beer fest! it’s a benefit! it’s… your saturday evening plans. brooklyn glass studio brings you into their studio for a hottt glass blowing demonstration. a fire performance, free-flowing brews and you get to take home your hand-blown glass. tickets, $25, 7-11pm, bk glass studios, 142 13th st.get your (gl)ass there!!
Wet Hot American Summer, and S’mores at Videology, Williamsburg.
the official first day of summer hasn’t even hit yet but we have had plenty of wet, hot, roasty days already. why not ensure that our entertainment keeps up with our reactive skin? sweat it out at videology’s showing of wet, hot american summer and backyard s’more roast. it’s free saturday night, 10pm, 308 bedford ave.10pm.
ZERO presents the Monte Carlo Yacht Party, in the Hudson River, Manhattan.
you already know that zero throws the best parties in the city (ok, i know… ,that’s a hefty superlative to dish out, but let’s go with it for now, eh?) so let’s put that party onto a yacht in the middle of the tropical east river and have it embody the lavish excess and shameless indulgence of monaco and call it a motherfucking saturday night. there will be casino games and some of the best undergound muscail talent you come to expect from zero. tickets $ here. boat sets sail at — from —. after party. i’m certain will be announced before coming back into port.
Keep on Dancing for Orlando, Friends and Lovers, Crown Heights.
there is no sense to be made out of the senseless crime that tore apart a community of individuals and a spirit of humanity in orlando last sunday. there is no excuse to let this be another sanctuary forever tainted. there is no reason, no reason, that those lives were lost. and so as we figure out the best way to speak out and make change and grieve and breathe together, let’s also demand that our lives and joi de vivre will not be taken from us. we will not live in fear. so lets keep on dancing saturday night at friends and lovers at a dance party to show and give our love and support- 100% of ticket proceeds and 20% of bar sales go to the Pulse Victims Fund Page for Equality Florida. donate or buy tickets. 6-930pm, 641 classon ave. let’s fight back with the only thing we have which is love is love is love is love is love.
Mister Sunday at Nowadays, Queens.
a summertime Brooklyn institution. this isn’t what non-brooklynites indulgently refer to as “sunday funday”. no no no. this is not for the weak-at-hearts who boast about their residual rosé headaches around the Keurig machine on monday morning, proudly bouncing slightly on the low pile grey office carpet in their smart ballet flats. this is for you, brave heart. mister sunday would like to tip his hat slightly and extend his hand to shake yours and then never ever let go. dig? eamon harkin and justin carter spin from 3-9pm and Nowadays stays open until midnight, monday be damned! tickets, here. lets make bad decisions and call them sunday.
Father’s Day, errrywhere.
yep folks, it’s father’s day. and if you haven’t yet done anything for yours, there’s still time! spend the day doing all the things he digs. and then tell him about it. in detail. in honor of mine, who I can’t chill with today because I’m in Brooklyn and he’s viviendo la pura vida en Costa Rica, I will go kayaking at north Bk boat club, have oysters at greenpoint fish co and have a rooftop vodka tonic at northern territory. so have a dad day today, even if you’re without him. (and tell me about it in the comments section) (which is located directly below this post. just like all those other blogs you don’t hesitate to leave comments on.)
Mama’s Bazaar Market at House of Yes! Bushwick.
my partnership with house of yes requires at least one feature a week. and well, you can imagine how it is negotiating with those guys. (“we understood this ‘no’ as a yes.” “no” “yes“) anyway let’s just say that at this point my entire back is inked with a permanent billboard for a one-time event that happened there last september, and they are promised my first born child. so, sunday- come to mama’s bazaar artisan market pop-up (do they know it’s father’s day?) with all kinds of eclectic jewelry, crafts, vintage finds, textiles, plus henna tattoos, belly dancing, face painting, a full bar and brunch and of course djs spinning some ‘beautiful afternoon grooves’ while you peruse. if you can think of anything at all that they have missed, i dare you to leave it in the comments section. which is literally a half of a scroll below these words right here. 11am-5pm, 2 wyckoff ave. entry is free and the rest is up to you, at house of yes– where they don’t take no for an answer™.