what i’m doing this weekend- that will include neither “netflixing” or “chilling” or anything that rhymes with the two. except for, like, “pet fixing” (it’s important!) and positively killing it.
for proof, read more below.
i don’t even know what to say about this, other than i know it’s a bad idea.
there’s nothing crazier than the feeling of going to a completely raucous and counter-cultural event until the wee hours then sitting at your desk the next morning, having pleasant office banter over a cup of coffee that you’re not sure is even real. or if it’s your hand holding it. or if you have hands at all.
and then you go hide in the bathroom.
(see you there.) 12 jefferson st, 9pm. $7 suggested donation.
Live Jazz at The Room, park slope.
for something slightly less aggressive and definitely more fit to discuss around the keurig friday morning, check out free jazz at the room- a new music venue in park slope. thursday brings the local and captivating sound of the slope swing trio. park slope, 230 5th ave, 8-11pm, free cover, fancy cocktails! seems like the calmer option for you weenies.
Captain Baby + friends at the Knitting Factory, williamsburg
finally see the band behind that very aggressive sidewalk-graffiti campaign. that is all.over.brooklyn. oh yeah, and friends lindsey luff and hillary capps share the stage.
7-midnight, 361 metropolitan ave, gettin’ knitty wit it.
visit NoGreePo, my favorite neighborhood, for inventive cocktails, progressive small plates, and transitional live music in two of the most charming settings i’ve ever stepped foot inside-
Le Fanfare, 1103 manhattan ave
i can’t say enough about this place. amazing food, live jazz every friday, saturday, and sunday night. a burrata that will make you want to trade in all of your gold and become a traveling gypsy and a seared octopus that feels like a hug from 4 people at once. go, friday night, and be charmed by the musical stylings of the rustic swing duo. 8.30-11pm, 1103 manhattan ave. (also music saturdays and sundays!) let’s just say i’m a fan. and it seems the other side has taken notice too- there goes the neighborhood.
Milk and Roses, 1110 manhattan ave
this enchanting little gem in NoGreePo beckons you in with its rustic charm- antique books line the walls, a baby grand piano with a live pianist nightly, a hidden garden in the back with gnomes peeking out of the bushes, giggling and chirping just ever so perceptively. oh yeah, and their cocktails are dope. get lost in here, for a while. music 8-midnight
Baseline, trestle gallery, gowanus.
for a disorienting experience without chemical influence (or with, if you prefer), check out the opening of baseline at trestle gallery in gowanus, a sculpture and installation exhibit combining found materials, mirrors, light and sound, and the way five different artists interact with each. on view fridays + saturdays through 2.15 at trestle gallery, 400 third ave, 1-6pm, free. let’s get a little twisted.
Vegan Breakfast Cook-Up! bushwick.
the pine box rock shop introduces the first of its cooking competition series- competitors create their interpretation of vegan breakfast dishes in both sweet and savory categories, and guests get to try all dishes. plus swig $4 mimosas while watching the action.
12 Grattan St. 1-4pm, $20. limited number of tickets so get yours now. here.
then head directly across the street to-
Dream Catcher (and weaver!) Workshop, bushwick.
make your own dream catcher with our friends at better than jam- all supplies provided but bring personal charms and mementos to weave into your personal creation. catch those dreams.
saturday 1-3pm, 20 Grattan Street, $46.
Meat in the Middle, long island city.
collaboration between local favorites rockaway brewery and the meat hook. beer release and pop-up food event featuring a smattering of meats and sausages, pickles, and other surprises, plus a pig roast, brewery tour, and exclusive seasonal brew release. at the meat hook’s pop-up shop in LIC, 46-01 5th st, 1-7pm. more than a sausage fest.
Atletico de Madrid faces off against FC Barcelona- watch at banter bar in williamsburg. AT 10AM.
i realize that not everyone will give a shit about this game but let’s face it- football season is effectively over and we all need a real sport to watch while we earnestly try to keep our hangovers at bay. enter- the greatest soccer team in the entire world, fighting to break their tie against the red monsters from catalunya. and claim the lead en la liga. (oh, and it will be the first time we see this sexy beast of a man face-off against his old squad.) best place to catch it? banter bar in williamsburg, 132 havemeyer st. see you there in your rojo y blanco, bright and early.
Chili Cook-Off, greenpoint.
warm-up with a chili competition at the habitat- featuring10 cooks bringing a hell of a lot of heat, plus raffles and games, $5 a tasting, plus the habitat’s resident beer and drink specials. 988 manhattan ave, 6pm. you can’t spell overheat without overeat.
*note- brooklyn i’m trying does not encourage gluttony- just puns.
Stephane Wrembel in park slope.
you know what i love about new york? if you’re reading this, you could probably think of a few things- but, i love that you can see a grammy-nominated artist for free nearly any night of the week. this week’s selection- Stephane Wrembel, the france-native and spanish-guitar aficionado and woody allen musical-muse who wrote the original scores for vicky christina barcelona and midnight in paris- and will absolutely charm you with his haunting sound, poignant stories, and genuine talent. at my favorite little music venue in park slope. barbes. 8pm-midnight, 376 9th st. free- bring tips for the band.
where to eat this weekend
tikka indian grill, williamsburg.
this might be one of my favorite culinary discoveries in months. some of the best indian food i’ve had in the city, amazing staff, diverse menu that doesn’t overwhelm, more flavors than can seemingly fit on each spoonful and it’s fucking byob. plus the owners are amazingly personable. get there as soon as you possible can.185 grand st.
where to drink this weekend
black rabbit, greenpoint.
cold winters tempt me to search for cozy, welcoming, alcohol-serving establishments with few bells + whistles within a decently close proximity to my front door. hop over to black rabbit on greenpoint ave for a real neighborhood feel, great drink specials, trivia, games, and warm people. plus saloon-like personal booths. it was my snow-day haven and will continue to warm me up, for the rest of the season and then some. 91 greenpoint ave.