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The Weekend Guide | 21-24 September 2017

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all of the best things to do in the borough, curated and delivered weekly. a list of adventures for the brave at heart. get in here, i’ve made plans for you.

 

THURSDAY

mynabirds at sunnyvale
Mynabirds and Luke Rathborne at Sunnyvale in Williamsburg.
wtf, brooklyn. i leave for one goddamn weekend and here you have one of the bands that have been happily occupying my ears recently play for $12 right here in the bk??? well if i can’t enjoy the mynabirds at sunnyvale, then of course, i want all of you to. do yourself a favor and go, see them take the stage with luke rathborne in the wonderfully intimate environment of sunnyvale. tickets and info here,1031 grand st. because hey brooklyn, what’s yours is mynabirds.
safeword burlesque
Safeword Burlesque at C’mon Everybody in Bushwick.
what’s your safeword? no man i’m serious, i want to know. just in case… you know. push comes to shove… as they say in the BDSM biz. watch this amazing snl skit and then come up with your own before attending safeword, a night of erotica, bdsm, sex demonstrations, kinky as fuck gogo dancers, and a fuck ton more. tickets, $15-25, available here. 9-1025pm, 325 franklin ave at c’mon everybody, because if you’re going to come, you might as well… ok, don’t make me finish that.

 

daya yoga studio 108 sun salutations
108 Sun Salutations for the Fall Equinox at Daya Yoga Studio in Bushwick.
i’m always so torn about events like this. yes of course we should be celebrating and welcoming the season change. of course. i just find it terribly hard to appreciate when you know that the monster of winter is riding oh-so-hot on her heels. so yes, let’s welcome the fall equinox in the tradition of 108 sun salutations. yep. yeah, that’s right. 108 of those puppies. without which it will not come, which of course means that winter will not come… so what i’m saying is, don’t go. don’t go to this. $17, 7-815pm 360 jefferson st.
index bk pop up at the diamond greenpoint
International Pop-Up Dinner with Index Brooklyn at the Diamond, Greenpoint. 
there are very few things better than eating nachos and drinking beers. but what if those nachos were reimagined with an indian flair, smothered and covered wtih all of the magical flavours of mumbai and they were paired with unique microbrews and you were enjoying them in the backyard of greenpoint’s favorite little beer bar? well, you’ve got yourself a thursday night event that’s pure magic. the diamond welcomes Index Brooklyn and their indian nachos and dumplings to international pop-up dinner night tonight. it’s all happening be grilling out from 6pm- they run out. feast your eyes first here and swallow all of your excuses and come early and hungry and then #meetmeinthegondola where we will share dumplings and secrets. 43 franklin st. #dumplingsandsecrets

 

horror trivia night
so this could easily be a meetup for the paranormal society, or bar night for egg enthusiasts, or happy and bald in brooklyn beer drinkers society, or those who appreciate the challenge of misshaped pool balls, or… well, why don’t you come up with some?
Horror Trivia Night with the Brooklyn Paranormal Society at Teddy’s in Williamsburg.
come get your spook on baby, get your freak on, and also your nerd on at horror trivia night with the brooklyn paranormal society tonight, at teddy’s! surprised that there’s a brooklyn paranormal society? come on man, no you’re not. come impress everyone with your spooky knowledge, get some pyschic and tarot readings done here at the change of the seasons, enjoy some special spooky cocktails and get creeped out. all info here, 7-9pm, 96 berry st. the good news is if you get too scared, just grab your teddy’s. (meh ok not one of my best…)

 

FRIDAY

bushwick open studios

Bushwick Open Studios, allover Bushwick.
this is the shit we live for and love for here in brooklyn. so many artist making and creating in this town, and this weekend, they open the doors to their studios and creative spaces to let you come in and be inspired and reminded of just how lucky we are to live in this town. happening all weekend. hundreds of studios so get started tonight on opening night. info, maps, and artist profiles all right here. get at it.
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Manhattan Inn Reunion Spectacular at Union Pool in Williamsburg.
remember when we used to have 4 dope small-scale music venues here in north brooklyn and then vice came along and ate up a few of them and the others are sitting, empty and waiting for developmentent group to clean them up and dress them up and reopen the door as something depressing, like a baby gap. while we wait for what we’ll hate, let’s celebrate our memory of beloved greenpoint bar and venue Manhattan Inn at the Manhattan Inn reunion Spectacular, at Union Pool. featuring pavo pavo, katie von schleicher, star rover, adam schatz (hehehehe), so many other manhattan inn mainstays annnnnd a special guest that i will not be giving you about (because i don’t know) but i bet it’s someone pretty damn special. tickets, $12 available here. 7pm. 484 union ave.

 

 

almodovar dystopia

Almodovar Dystopia at Dixon Place, in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
i’m kind of always wishing to slip right into a scene from pedro almodovar’s head, where absurdity replaces normality and sex is acceptedly promiscuous and penelope cruz is likely there in a state of impassioned anger. renowned downtown dance artist Antonio Ramos and his outrageous company The Gangbangers is making it happen for 6 performances only, starting this friday. they’ll interpret almodovar’s flamboyant film style in a performance tribute that combines dance, art, film, movement, and a gourmet surprise, all with a message that is part a humorous celebration of the LGBT culture, and part a bold political statement against the body-negative and repressed nature of the world we live in. #revelwithacause and combat the absurdity of so much negativity this community has been experiencing in the most absurd way possible. this is clearly your best #reasontocrosstheriverthisweekend. tickets and info here. 730-830pm, 161A Chrystie St. at dixon place… where no one will be asking where richard is.™

 

SATURDAY

new women space anniversary party

New Women Space One Year Anniversary, Bushwick.
remember how good it felt to march together on washington? rememer how empowered we felt to hold hands and cry out and how we vowed to never let that feeling go and to get involved and ban together and make a change? well, let’s. the new women space has been doing just that, providing the fuel and the fire and the space for women and femme, queer, trans and gender nonconforming people living in New York City. Show your support by coming by for performances, food and drink, interactive workshops and retrospective celebration. $10-15, noon-11pm. all info here,188 woodpoint rd.

 

greenpoint beer and ale oktoberfestOktoberfest Kickoff at Greenpoint Beer in Greenpoint.

we are so lucky to have so many amazing breweries and beer bars in this town, and hence, plenty of opportunities to celebrate oktoberfest without crossing the pond. come to the kickoff this saturday at greenpoint ale for a mug-holding competition, complimentary beer if you come in costume, plenty of german delicacies to make sure you don’t get too tipsy while drinking down specialty kegs and imports from deutschland. 7 north 15th st. 

cancer can't kill love benefit concert

Cancer Can’t Kill Love Benefit Concert at Leif Bar in Bay Ridge.

come #revelwithacause at this all-day benefit concert, all proceeds going to cancer research. this 5th annual show is thrown by a group of 20-somethings who have all been affected by the disease, as i would argue, we all have. come. spend your money and your time on something that matters, plus enjoy some amazing bands and drink specials. tickets and info here6725 fifth ave.

 

 

taco takeover at the well

Taco Takeover at The Well in Bushwick.

tacos. tequila. margaritas. cerveza mexicana. nacho eating contest. live music. and maybe a chance to bob for churros? yeah. it’s all of the magic you’ve always wanted happening this saturday at the well. go fold yourself in the warm and corny embrace of a tortilla while you dance to a live mariachi band with all of your best friends. tickets and info here. it’s happening at the well, 272 meserole. be like timmy, fall in the well™

 

 

5 boro pizza challenge

5 Boro Pizza Challenge, in all five boroughs.

ok, ok. i admittedly get super annoyed with the desire of this city to fuse together so many events into one to make them more appealing or instagram-worthy or whatever. stefon knows what i’m talking about. but, this sounds kinda fun. it’s a multi-borough relay race for pizza. be the first to eat a slice in all 5 boroughs without using a car and you win… i don’t know what you win, but it will sure as fuck be my respect. and a full belly. and i’ll tell you what, i’ll buy you a beer. this is a fundraiser for Transportation Alternatives, so all us bikers (and pedestrians, and straphangers) can feel good about indulging. info here. go get ’em.

 

sex expo brooklyn

Sex Expo at the Expo Center in Greenpoint.

go expose yourself at the expocenter in greenpoint. or, at least your sex life. the sexpo descends upon that rather unfortunate eye sore of a building to seduce, intrigue, and enhance your sex life. demonstrations, discussions, and advice from some of the leading thinkers, inventors, and fuckers in the biz. yeah. in other words if you wake up saturday morning depressed to know that he wasn’t as good as you’d hoped, grab a quick brunch at le gamin and then “accidentally” stumble upon the sexpo then go home and make things better. all info here72 noble st.

 

SUNDAY

roof to plate pizza archestratus

Roof to Table Pizza at with Eagle Street Farm at Archestratus in Greenpoint. 

farm to table feels often like something that is forced down your throat. this is farm to table, they say and slap on an extra $15 charge to it all. what farm? and where? and i guaran-damn-tee that it touched something else in between that farm and this table… well sunday you willfully shove it all down your throat at roof to plate pizza at archestratus, featuring ingredients from eagle st rooftop. build your own pizza. they are all personal and made to order $15. beer and wine for purchase. pick up a copy of Annie Novak’s (from eagle st rooftop farm) book while you’re there and learn to start your own. pizza from 4-6pm. all info here160 huron st. 

el born greenpoint

El Born in Greenpoint.

head to el born in greenpoint tonight for live flamenco guitar and some of the best, authentic, catalan-style tapas and paella this side of the atlantic. why? becaue you miss me and you want to kind of pretend you’re in spain with me right now. it’s ok. just go, disfruta. 651 manhattan ave.

 

i’ll be back soon, brooklyn. stay tuned.

<3L.

brooklyn i'm trying weekend guide

The Weekend Guide | 14-17 September 2017

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ah, brooklyn. looks what’s coming your way. it’s the weekend guide, curated events for the brave at heart. this weekend promises to celebrate these last few summer-feeling days in style… featuring a backyard indonesian barbecue, a man who wants to iron all your clothes while you drink beers, a multi-borough and multi-slice pizza race on foot, a trip inside the most naked and vulnerable parts of pedro almodovar’s mind, a workshop for microgreens that will get you quite high without smoking a bit, and so many food festivals, i hope you stopped eating last tuesday. how is this possible? because we live in the best fucking city in the world and time is relative and we’ll all be young and wild and free forever. just trust me, ok?

and read on.

 

THURSDAY

endless sunrice pop up dinner at the diamond greenpoint

International Pop-Up Dinner with Endless Sunrice at the Diamond, Greenpoint. 
hold on to summer thursday night in the backyard at the diamond in greenpoint where endless sunrise will bring all of the magic, warmth, and tropical flavors of indonesia through your mouth and into your soul. these fresh flavors will pair perfectly with that fresh mouth of yours and all of the fresh menu of rare beers that are constantly rotating in and out of this wondrous little beer bar.  endless sunrice will be grilling out from 6pm- they run out. feast your eyes first here and swallow all of your excuses and come early and hungry and then #meetmeinthegondola where we will share rices and secrets. 43 franklin st. #ricesandsecrets

 

Blanc Noir- city reliquaryBlanc et Noir, a Flavorful Evening of French Film, Wine, and Pizza at City Reliquary, Williamsburg.

what would we do without the influence of the french in our lives? we’d be kissing without tongues, eating baked potatoes with our burgers, pouring maple syrup on regular dry toast, not uttering “oooh, la la!” whenever possible, and waking up with a constant sadness in our hearts that we are somehow lacking fois gras, baguettes with brie, … and serge gainsbourg in our lives. and while they have given us so many ways to enjoy life, let’s all just agree that no one touches new york pizza. no crepe comes close. come to this celebration of french culture and new york pizza on at city reliquary where $20 gets you two back-to-back black-and-white french films plus two slices of two boots pizza with distinctly french-inspired toppings and paired with french wines. bichon frises will be there to sit in your lap for a small fee. tickets and info here. 7-10pm 370 metropolitan ave.

 

 

jeremy hook iron man brooklyn

Pop-Up Ironing at Brooklyn Safe House in Greenpoint. 

summertime have you romping around in the sand, grass, gravel, and in the back of that gondola at the diamond with a slew of lovers? get the wrinkles out and start this season with a fresh slate and starched (duds) by heading to brooklyn safe house on thursday where resident wrinkle defeater and ironing enthusiast jeremy cook will be ironing your clothes without judgement. come, have beers. play pool. work them creases out. no link/info available, ya just gotta trust me, 120 franklin st.

 

 

FRIDAY

almodovar dystopiaAlmodovar Dystopia at Dixon Place, in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

i’m kind of always wishing to slip right into a scene from pedro almodovar’s head, where absurdity replaces normality and sex is acceptedly promiscuous and penelope cruz is likely there in a state of impassioned anger. renowned downtown dance artist Antonio Ramos and his outrageous company The Gangbangers is making it happen for 6 performances only, starting this friday. they’ll interpret almodovar’s flamboyant film style in a performance tribute that combines dance, art, film, movement, and a gourmet surprise, all with a message that is part a humorous celebration of the LGBT culture, and part a bold political statement against the body-negative and repressed nature of the world we live in. #revelwithacause and combat the absurdity of so much negativity this community has been experiencing in the most absurd way possible. this is clearly your best #reasontocrosstheriverthisweekend. tickets and info here. 730-830pm, 161A Chrystie St. at dixon place… where no one will be asking where richard is.™

 

Kweendom LGBTQ Comedy Show and Sausagefest at Pete’s Candy Store in Williamsburg.
it’s a back-to-school comedic special featuring 6 queer comedians at pete’s, with cocktail specials and a little backyard cookout with sausages from Brooklyn Bangers after. come and support this community and bring light to some of the more heavy criticisms our LGBT youth experience by bringing a little extra cash to donate to help make schools safer for these students. and have some laughs and sausages and cocktails while you do it. #revelwithacause baby. all info here, 6-10pm. 709 lorimer st.
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Oktoberfest Kick-Off at Threes Brewing in Gowanus. 
we can all agree that those lederhosen you wore on halloween that year were a bad idea. they were, they were fucking awful man. let them be a bad idea again this saturday at threes brewing for the kick off of oktoberfest celebration. because bad ideas go down easiest with a stein of brooklyn’s best beer and sausage from the meat hook, singing loudly along with whatever german tourists find their way there to show you how it’s done and all of your best friends there to make fun of you. because you deserve it. (and you should burn dem ‘hosen after saturday, fyi) all info here. 5pm-midnight, 333 douglass st at threes brewing, i’ll try anything thrice™
prose bowl raise a glass
Raise A Glass: A Toast to Everything, at the Richardson in Williamsburg. 
what is it about toasts that feel so profound, so important? these little dedications that we all honorably wait for to partake in our libations are a longstanding tradition. my favorite? (please, put your drink down, have some respect…) “may we arrive in heaven 10 minutes before the devil knows we’re there” ahhh, wasn’t that nice? come hear lots more at Raise A Glass: A Toast to Everything, part of the Prose Bowl. guests are invited to make a short toast to something they want to leave behind in 2017, of which there are quite a few things… read yours aloud or have it enacted by their team of improv stylists. come, raise a glass. info here, 8pm, 451 graham ave.

 

SATURDAY

Microgreens Urban Farming Workshop at Tiny Field Farm in Bed-Stuy.
there aren’t many things in new york that are small. big buildings, big egos, the big apple. let’s break it down a little with tiny field farm on saturday. this charming little rooftop farm will be hosting a microgreens workshop. yep. spruce up your salads, sandwiches, or make any dish look delicate and fancy with these freaky little leaves. learn how to grow within your own space and go home with your own microgreens. all info here630 flushing ave.

 

habitat closing greenpoint
The Habitat Closing Party, in Greenpoint.
it is so so sad to see wonderful neighborhood establishments close. and unfortunately, i don’t think that habitat is going to pull of that clever little 2-week disappearing act that riverstyx/21 greenpoint pulled 2 years ago. they’re closing their doors forever, and saturday night we need to help, by draining their bottles of booze. so that we can then catch our tears in them and then sell them as the tears of brooklynites resulting from gentrification on amazon. because you know that developers feed off of that shit. those sick fucks. anyway, i’m fine. let’s go commiserate together. all info here. from 2pm until the booze runs out. 988 manhattan ave. the habitat – don’t dwell on it.™

 

So. Many. Food. Festivals. 
the weather is cooling and that means… well, it means a lot of things. we’ll have to tighten up those strings on our loose summer flings and transition our rompers into jumpsuits and attempt to remove our tacky window ac units without harming anyone below. and in the midst of all of this, we must attend every outdoor food festival before the evil winter takes blows us all indoors. here are your top three options this saturday. (keep reading…)
queens bbq smokedown
Queens BBQ Smokedown in Long Island City, Queens.
come to the queens bbq smokedown this saturday. taste all the best bbq in the city, plus unlimited craft beer tastings. $36 gets you in and well fed and well drank baby. noon-530pm, tickets and info here.
rockaway oyster fest
Rockaway Oyster and Music Festival, at Belle Harbor Yacht Club, Rockaway Beach. 
nothing beast shellfish, music, and beers on the beach. the craic festival returns to the rockaway yacht club with this exclusive event that curiously, you have to be at least 23 to attend. haha. yeah fuck you 21-22 year olds, yall are kind of annoying. $45 gets you three hours of food, drinks, and music, and then we will all strip down and jump in the ocean together and be one with the shellfish. tickets and info here533 Beach 126th st.
The 13th Annual Vendy Awards on Governor’s Island. 
wait wait wait, all of your favorite food trucks in one place without having to track them down on twitter or go to that secret little lot in dumbo? dope. head to governor’s island saturday, rent bikes, drink beer, and hit up every food truck until your heart is content. list of vendors and all other magic here. $60-$1600, somehow. maybe for $1600 you actually can buy your favorite food truck? anyway. noon-530pm.

 

taste williamsburg greenpoint
Taste Williamsburg + Greenpoint Food Festival, at East River State Park in Williamsburg. 
yeah so these “taste” events can be a bit cheesy but north brooklyn has some of the best restaurants in the city, and all i know is that last year i was ripping mad tequila shots with homer murray and having so many tastes my whole body was dancing with happiness and… well, with happiness and tequila. so go and check it out, explore some of the best new spots our hoods have to offer, as well as old standby’s. list of participants here, 40% off tickets available here exclusively for BiT readers. 1-5pm, 90 kent ave.
get summered party at littlefieldGet Summered: Tropic LIke it’s Hot Dance Party at Parklife in Gowanus. 
didn’t get enough summer? skin still not tan enough? pina colada quota on the low-side of brain freeze? does your body shudder even with the slightest breeze outside?  i feel you man. i’m not ready to let go, and saturday, we don’t have to. it’s the get summered party at parklife in gowanus. get summered djs will be dropping all the dopest tropical/funk/disco beats while we all dance and love and feel alive. it’s totally free, info here. 5-10 pm 636 degraw st.

 

SUNDAY

human ease 7th anniversary party
7th Anniversary Part at Human Ease with DJ Bengey, in Greenpoint.
my mission for sundays is to find the most creative and enjoyable way to chase my hangover into monday… because fuck you monday. my favorite option happening this sunday is the 7th anniversary party of human ease on nassau ave. free caribbean food from @mzyumyumkitchen, free dope beats by BiT darling djbengey, free booze from… well, from places… and, it’s oh-so-conveniently located right next to spritzenhaus. and you fucking know what that means. #martyrobbins all info here. 4-9pm, 31 nassau ave. 
2017 NYC pizza run
New York City Pizza Run, all boroughs.
ok, ok. i admittedly get super annoyed with the desire of this city to fuse together so many events into one to make them more appealing or instagram-worthy or whatever. stefon knows what i’m talking about. but, this sounds kinda fun. it’s a multi-borough relay race for pizza. be the first to eat a slice in all 5 boroughs without using a car and you win… i don’t know what you win, but it will sure as fuck be my respect. and a full belly. and i’ll tell you what, i’ll buy you a beer. info here. go get ’em.

 

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The Weekend Guide | 7-10 September 2017

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i suppose there is something charming about new york in the fall… it just feels so hard to enjoy when every degree that the temperature drops brings us closer and closer to that monster they call wintertime. we’ve already broken out our leather jackets and traded in our cold brews for cappuccinos and i just want you to know, i’ll miss seeing your knees, baby.

as summertime leaves us, our need to find, seek, and embrace this place becomes even more vital. and you know, that’s why i’m here. because when the skies aren’t this blue and our skin isn’t this tan and our hearts start to harden, we’ll need a reason to get out there and get at it. i’ll be your reason, brooklyn. my love for you is seasonless.

so let’s do this together. starting, now. because your weekend looks oh so good.

 

THURSDAY

TUULIKKI Garden PartySurfs Up, Drinks Up, Tuulikki Garden Party at Midnights in Williamsburg. 
Oh midnights in Brooklyn, I’m so very familiar with you. the temptation you provide to seize the night, the mischief you stir inside my hungry little heart, the way everything before you felt petty and tame but now, well now… things are getting interesting. midnights in brooklyn is just that magic hour and also just the venue we needed to pop up in Williamsburg. huge outdoor space, fantastic food, and dope events, like tonight’s surfs up, drinks up garden party with sustainable surfwear brand Tuulikki. cocktails made by simple vodka with a portion of the proceeds donated to city harvest, plus an outdoor oyster bar, clam bake, live music, and magic. go #revelwithacause to support tuulikki’s mission and feed the hungry here in our city. 7-9pm, info here, 149 north 6th st. TUULIKKI, yo lickey, everybody lickey lickey.™

 

Live at the Archway presents Espíritu Gitano Ensemble and Live Flamenco, in Dumbo.
there is simply more riveting than watching live flamenco. sure salsa is sexy and mambo is magic and bachata is bold but flamenco is a force of strength, power, emotion, desire, and despair. see it live with the espiritu gitano ensemble (yep, that means gypsy spirit… and you know you love shit like that you little travel bug you.) in the most epic of venues, under the archway of the manhattan bridge in DUMBO. which would make it… DUMBA? right? anyway, it’s free. 6-9pm. info here. just head towards the manhattan bridge. 

 

full moon party at la luna plaza
Full Moon Celebration at La Plaza Community Garden in Alphabet City.
we all realllllly got on board for that lunar eclipse didn’t we? Posting silly photos in silly glasses, howling at the moon in the middle of the day which we all know travis tritt is the only one allowed to do, and blinding ourselves again and again and again as a meager rebellion against absolutely everyone who told us not to look… well, you know who was not impressed by our antics? the fucking moon. who does cool shit all the time and is really fucking sick of being overshadowed by the earth and the sun and us in our silly glasses. celebrate the moon to the fullest Thursday night at the full moon celebration at la plaza in alphabet city. that’s right, it’s your #reasontocrosstheriverthisweekend because the moon is worth it and so are you. all info here, 9th st and ave c.
dan croll brooklyn bazaar
Dan Croll and The Dig at Brooklyn Bazaar in Greenpoint. 
if you can’t get down to this jam or this jam or this one then you suck. if you can, then you don’t suck and you should meet me and dan croll at his show tonight at brooklyn bazaar. that’s right, your girl has pressed passes (#imPRESSive) (…ok it’s through greenpointers) so come find me and let’s do interviews and pretend like we are part of the best film ever. tickets, $20.
Metropolis Burlesque Show at Anyone Comics in Williamsburg.
have you ever been reading a comic book and thought, man, the only way this could be cooler if the characters jumped off the pages, leaving their cool costumes behind and dancing around all nudey-like for me? ah well nerds, it’s happening tonight at anyone comics it’s metrópolis burlesque, where all your little superhero wet dreams will come true. just please know that if this is the first set of real tits you’ve seen, they are not very accurately represented on those greasy glossy pages. like, at all. anywayall info here1216 union at anyone comics. …anyone?
Brooklyn Cyclones Fan Appreciation Night, with Fireworks! in Coney Island.
hold on to summertime and head out to the Brooklyn cyclones game this Friday. stroll the iconic coney island boardwalk, get hassled by its inhabitants, eat a hot dog and vomit on the roller coaster. then get yourself a big old beer and a nice cold seat and cheer on the home team, heckle the visitors, drink more beer, watch the fireworks. go home and make fireworks. tickets and info here. Brooklyn cyclones, get twisted!™

FRIDAY

The Wild Honey Pie Welcome Campers Music Festival, in Massachusetts! so like, leave now. 
never went to band camp? then you’re probably cool. follow the wild honey pie? hm. then you’re probably double cool. think the idea of an adult camp in massachusetts with music curated by the wild honey pie and mischief curated by you and all of the wild wonder of summer camp at your disposal? you’re the coolest. head up to the wild honey pie’s band camp. see all the amazing bands listed above, dance all night, celebrate the last warm weekends being wild and free. transportation provided from Brooklyn. all info here.
bloghaus dance party at schimanski
Blog Haus Dance Party at Schimanski in Williamsburg. 
watch this video and tell me you don’t want to go to schimanskifriday night.
come onnnn, i don’t know why you insist on still lying to me… you know that was dope as fuck. just like their sound. mixing lcdsoundsystem, daft punk, mgmt, ratatat, chromeo, fools gold, and basically everyone you’re always up to get down to. rsvp here for guaranteed $5 admission all night, just tell them you’re on the GBH list or the brooklyn, i’m trying list. then text me and let me know if that last one worked. 54 north 11th st.
The Amazing Acrocats Perform at the Brooklyn Music School in Boerum Hill. 
yep. acrocats. acrobatic cats. i’m not even sure what else to say or how this works because if i know anything about cats, it’s that they’d rather die 9 times than perform for humans. but hey, they are charging $25 for admission to see this event, $40 for VICP (very important cat person) (nope, not kidding) so, something is going to happen. apparently also these cats have been touring the country with this show. it’s like milo and otis except no milo and i guess, musical instruments? oy. if you go to this, report back? also, I know what you’re thinking and yes, of course bear was invited to perform but he’s busy. it’s fucking friday. tickets and very little info here. 126 felix st. (<— that street name feels a little too convenient, doesn’t it? these cats are fucking with us.)
 brooklyn clay tourBrooklyn Clay Tour, all over the borough.
you know what they say… live in California but leave before you get too soft, live in New York but leave before you get too hard. well, you clever fucks, what if you are… clay? well then you just choose the best of the two cities and then you choose a great set of hands and you get a bit loose during your formative years and harden into a work of art. see how such forms have turned out on the Brooklyn clay tour this weekend. visit clay arts and pottery studios and admire the diverse ceramic arts scene growing in our community. learn to wheel throw and get all demi and swayze up in that biz. all info here. The Brooklyn clay tour- stay hard, this is New York.™
havana affair at bushwick community darkroom “Havana Affair” Opening Reception at the Bushwick Community Darkroom. in Bushwick. 
don’t leave behind your lustful summertime desires. have an affair at “havana affair”, an alluring photography show exhibiting the work of photographers keith marlowe and harriet roberts, who spent several weeks shooting in Havana to bring you the realest and rawest scenes of the city. mojito bar starts at 6 and goes until they run out, so be there before that happens. all info here110 troutman st. 

 

SATURDAY
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Pig Island Pork Festival, Erie Basin Park, Red Hook.
is this a lord of the flies reference? i’m going to go with yes. and let’s just hope the reference ends there. it’s a festival celebrating pork, and just $85 gets you unlimited pork delicacies from 20+ chefs, plus libations from red hook winery, sixpoint, virtue cidery, both high west and catskill provisions whiskeys, and some specialty mezcals at a special mezcal tent because nothing goes with smokey better than smokey. tickets, here. they also have a VIP option, $1000 for 6 people, which will just make everyone there think you have a small penis. but you will be feasting like fucking kings. ball’s in your court, compadre. saturday 1130-4pm, 1 Beard St.
Antiquarian Book Fair at the Brooklyn Expo Center, Greenpoint.
this isn’t just old books, guys. it’s old books and also ephemera, kept. and art. and peruvian pastries, and cerveza de la tierra and so many other things to be discovered. come. find rare books, gingerly touch their spines, smell their creases… i don’t know what you’re in to, man. but no judgement here. friday, sat, and sun, all info here76 franklin st.
Get Yourself a Tree fo‘ Free at the Brooklyn Public Library in Greenpoint!
the only way a tree can grow in Brooklyn is if it’s planted and pruned and given lots of love. if you’ve read the book, you know it’s a sad and painful story so let’s make a better one. get a free tree today at the brooklyn public library on leonardst, plant it love it grow it. post pictures of it on the front porch in its first-day-of-kindergarten outfit and show your friends with kids who’s responsible NOW?! HUHHH?!! info here.sign up first then get yours at 81 devoe st.
This Never Happened Summer Gathering at The Well in Bushwick.
let’s all just pretend that this never happened. ok? wait what do you mean what? what never happened? anything? nothing. exactly. well it’s about to never happen again at the well with lane 8. this is a no-phones party. no documenting. no vídeo. no stories if not told audibly or made actively. none of that bullshit. let’s be wild and free and together and present. the third in lane 8’s epic summer daytime parties, you’ll want to be there. if not, it will never happen. 272 meserole st at the well – be like timmy, fall into the well.™
Shop, Rock, and Roll at Industry City in Sunset Park. 
have you ever been shopping and thought, man. I’m not such a rock star. maybe I should tone down this getup and get down with some real threads. yeah. me too man. well, come on over to the shop rock and roll at industry city. come dressed as your favorite rock star. have drinks, have fun, sing karaoke with a live band, mixed tape/cd swap, costume contests… peruse and then buy yourself a better outfit and leave in it. or fuck it man, but yourself an even more rock starry outfit and leave in it. 5pm-midnight, all info here.

 

SUNDAY

Pop-Up Dinner on Governors Island.
what is it with americans stealing french ideas then making them not as chic and never ever admitting they were stolen from the french? like, crepes to pancakes. berets to newsboy caps. cafe au lait to that american drip. bichon frises to shag rugs. we’re exceptionally good at besmirching french things and pretending they are better and cooler and ours. we’re assholes man. just one week after the chic and exclusive diner en blanccomes this. a not as chic “pop-up” dinner where you must wear all white but everything else is provided for you because, of course, this is the american version. regardless, i’m kind of into this. because unlike the diner en blanc, you don’t have to be invited. you can just buy a $40 ticket right here then show up. god bless america.
habitat greenpointGo to Habitat in Greenpoint. 
habitat is closing on sept 16th. fave place to day drink on a sunday. it’s cozy and a little funky and the menu is oh so perfect to kick your hangover at least into Monday. which hey, fuck Monday, right? go. have beers. and let’s all just close our eyes and pretend habitat isn’t closing and the neighborhood isn’t changing and we can all feel this good forever. 988 manhattan ave.

MONDAY

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the lights, from my fire escape.
Candelight Vigil for 9/11. Bill Brown Park, Sheepshead Bay, and anywhere in the city where you can see these lights.
if you weren’t here on 9/11 (as i wasn’t) it’s so hard to imagine our city, a beacon of power relentless spirit shattered, crumbling, scared. but we must be reminded of the strength that was born from this, the sense of community, and the … heroes who lost their lives. take time this weekend to be reminded every time you look up into the sky and see those two beams of light shining, and come to this candlelight vigil at bill brown park, 6-9pm. because as we move forward we are still hurting,
take a moment to look through david monderer’s photos from the morning of 9/11.
or even ryanadams’sNew York, New York video shot just days before the attack.
to remember how fleeting life is, how precious our community here is, and how important it is to forget about all of the noise happening in our country right now and be united, together. and to have hope. because we’re stronger than this.
goodnight, brooklyn.

<3L.

Profile of a Hustler | Vicken Donikian of Good Fishing

in CULTURE, LIFESTYLE
Vicken Donikian is someone who was born a hustler. In the 10 years that I’ve known him, I’ve seen him dedicate himself wholly and completely to amazing endeavors with a creative ferocity that you can’t help but get caught in his wake. Rather than casting his net wide, he dives deep and intentionally into projects; from years working with the Hill-side and Hickoree’s in Brooklyn to Towns & Cities, a hip-hop language learning app he created, launched, and co-writing and producing all the music for with colleague and friend Peter Muller, to stepping into his home and seeing his own larger-than-life paintings. He’s an artist and a creator who seems to never wait for permission to embrace new endeavors. He arrived in Brooklyn with this spirit and embraced it wholly during the 5 years that he lived here. I hadn’t seen Vicken since Barcelona, where we studied abroad together in 2008, and then I found myself one Sunday sitting two barstools down from him at El Born in Greenpoint. As it turned out, we’d been neighbors for two years and then there we were, sitting and sipping sangria together again, this time stateside. It was one of those weird moments of Brooklyn magic that bring people together despite its size and relative unlikeliness. It’s led us from Las Ramblas to Manhattan Avenue and finally to a bicoastal phone call where I would be introducing Good Fishing, Vicken and his best friend co-collaborator Samuel Bostick’s clothing brand.
After talking to him for over an hour, I found myself heedlessly lost in the tides of understanding what it means to start a new business, in the beauty of becoming completely and wholly enveloped in your passion project, and in trying to navigate the nuances of west coast slang (even with context clues I wasn’t hip enough to tell if ‘crackin’ was a good thing…) but despite my confusion, I gleaned the invaluable lesson from Vicken’s experience that when approaching something you don’t know, it’s best to start with what you do. With a 5 year background in merchandising and small business management at Hickoree’s in Brooklyn, Vicken has been able to plan, launch, and drive Good Fishing from ideation to creation. Despite its relatively new presence on the web, he and Sam understand what it takes to maintain and grow the brand for the past 5 years, starting with a steadfast knowledge of what they like out of clothing; it should be straightforward, simple, stylish; pieces that are useful and live longer than a season. Attractively simple is one of the brand slogans, and calls to mind the modern, unpretentious man. He’s the one you lock eyes with on the L train midday on a Wednesday because he’s beyond the 9 to 5. He’s the guy ordering another whiskey while on what you would imagine is either a business call or his mother on the other end of the line without batting an eye. He’s wearing contrasting solid colors and bold socks in such an aggressively casual way that you wonder why no one has ever done it like that before. He’s available yet unattainable but that doesn’t prevent you from getting willfully lost in a lustful daydream for the rest of your commute. Attractively simple; subtlety and tastefully dressed; unassuming yet deceptively seductive; and, perhaps, wearing Good Fishing.
Dive in below to my interview with Vicken Donikian of Good Fishing. Get inspired by this former Brooklynite’s vision of the hustle and trust me when I say there will be a little something waiting at the other end of your line. (ok, so it’s an exclusive promo code, just for you. but don’t just scroll, read.)
 vicken donikian of good fishing
Brooklyn, I’m Trying When was good fishing established?
Vicken Donikian We officially launched online at the end of June, but the concept for brand started 5 years ago in 2012. Sam and I started planning it and talking about ideas for products and projects. We picked the brand name in 2012 slowly working towards what it’s become today.

 

BiT What is the story behind its inception?
VD The brand name is a reference to the mentality and approach to fishing. You set up and cast a line, and see what you get. We also like to use the word “fishing” metaphorically; a concept that could apply to various situations in life. That opens up opportunities for each person to also make their own meaning out of it.
 
BiT Describe the brand.
VD The brand itself has a simple but fun character to it along with a youthful energy. The clothing is simple and wearable, not flashy but is meant to be worn and used and enjoyed. Inspiration for our products comes from things me and same like to wear or use. We try not to take it too seriously and to keep fun references or images in our work.

 

BiT What’s in your current collection?
VD Currently we make tshirts, soccer jerseys, caps, tote bags, small accessories, toys, art work, and collectibles. This is the first collection but we have planned to introduce one or two new categories of products every two months until we can build up to a full line of clothing. We’ve structured the brand with a collection of basics called Good Fishing Standards that are generally mainstays for the brand that we’ll make year round. On top of that standard collection, we will release themed capsule collections based on specific concept we come up with at the time which will be limited production.

 

BiT Tell me a little about this first capsule collection you have launched, Marquette Records.
VD The first capsule collection we’ve done is a tribute to this obscure funk soul record label that existed in bay area lat 1960s. We stumbled across the label while i was flipping through an old magazine and saw an ad for the label. the logo popped out at me and I began to research everything I could about it. We found out that they released a few singles and then we’re not sure what happened after that. We tried to imagine what a modern merchandise collection would look like for Marquette. We made mugs, pens, stickers, hats, tshirts, and have one of their old records for sale on the site we found at a record store. We made our first capsule for our company a humble tribute to an old company from the bay area.

 

BiT How did your experience in Brooklyn help you with this new venture?
VD I worked at Hickoree’s and The Hill-Side for 5 years, that’s really where I picked up all of my knowledge in terms of operations that we are doing with Good Fishing. I was working and maintaining the shop and packaging orders, and from there went on to managing and buying for the store and I was on that retail side for three years. At that point I transitioned more into the wholesale side of the business, showing The Hill-Side to buyers from other stores, maintaining accounts, establishing new accounts, going trade shows, working on marketing efforts, creating lookbooks and social media content and everything involved in that too. The Hill-Side being a small company helped me gain experience in all areas of the business, which has helped a lot in thinking about how to set up Good Fishing. That’s not meant to say that we know everything because we definitely don’t, but we’re grateful to be able to reference and lean on past experiences and relationships as we set up our own business.

 

BiT What challenges have you faced along the way with launching Good Fishing?
VD It’s so new that everything is one big challenge, from balancing how to set everything up financially and figuring out how to run the company with what we really want to make for the brand. For now, we concentrated on presenting as broad of a collection as we can while planning for future products.

 

BiT Was there ever a moment when you were like, holy shit this is happening?
VD Launching our online store was a big step. While we’ve been doing events and talking about the brand over the past few months and years, having the online shop is something that you can show people what it is that we’re making and they can look at it and keep up with the brand as we continue to build it up. 

 

BiT How are you getting the word out about Good Fishing? Where are you casting your proverbial line?
VD Because we’re not planning to have a store, we’re focusing on getting the word out through pop-up events. Since our website launched, we’ve done a handful of events: a booth at the 4th of July festival in Atwater, CA; a booth at Haus Party in Oakland, CA – which is a super fun monthly party run by some friends of ours; and a couple of our own Lemonade Sundays events. Lemonade Sundays is basically our “grown-up” version of a childhood summer lemonade stand, where we have free lemonade for everybody, specialty cocktails and exclusive products for sale, and an overall awesome party vibe with loud tunes and Unstoppable Positivity.
(Wish you could get in on lemonade sundays? Have a little taste here, with Sam and Vicken’s dope lemonade sundays playlist.)

 

BiT Collaboration is obviously a huge focus for Good Fishing since the brand is the brainchild of both you and Sam. How would you describe each of your strengths in creating the brand and running the business?
VD Collectively, our biggest strength is that we’ve been best friends since college. We’re so close that we end up being on the same page about almost everything we want to do. Especially when it comes to talking about creative ideas and bringing them to life, working with someone you’re so in tune with makes that process fun and it comes together easily. That’s been good for both of us. In terms of outside collaborations, we’ve worked with NYC’s Don Da Menace and (ft$) to shoot our first lookbook “Parks and Recreation” and San Diego artist Keenan Hartsten to curate one of our products, the tackle box planter

 

BiT The site and products look great. Finally, I have to ask this… what do you miss about living in Brooklyn?
VD Brooklyn has a different energy and pace that you can’t replicate or find anywhere else, and that’s just something you’ll always miss, but we’re both super happy to be back in our hometowns in California and to grow Good Fishing here.

 

Good Fishing as a brand somehow combines an influence of Sam and Vicken’s time on both coasts while transcending geographical boundaries into a collection and mood that is wearable, attractive, and contagious. Their approach to this venture has not been unlike a good day of fishing; take inventory of your supplies, your knowledge, your desire. Choose your spot wisely, a place you know and a market you are confident will be responsive. Cast your line in the best way you know how and with a little bit of luck, patience, and determination, see what you reel in.
It was no surprise to me to learn that while sam and vicken are kicking ass at launching their website and brand, they are already looking forward to their next mission. while i’m not at liberty to divulge the details, let’s just say it’s a distinctly liquid investment that will be smokey and risky and would go best with in a glass with one big rock and a fishing pole in the other.
Check out Good Fishing’s full collection here. use promo code “GOODFISHINGINBK” for an exclusive 20% off deal for Brooklyn, I’m Trying users, good from 8/30 to 9/6. Post pics in your Good Fishing gear using the hashtag #GoodFishinginBK and keep following @goodfishing_ to see how this ambitious brand continues to grow.

 

<3L.

labor day weekend guide brooklyn i'm trying

The (Labor Day!) Weekend Guide | 31-3 September 2017

in CULTURE, weekend guide

you’ve come a long way, baby. been laborin’ hard all summer, workin’ on that tan, practicing those moves, moving those hips, loosening those lips, sinking those ships and dancing til dawn and making love and drinking rose all the hours in between. and now you can finally collect the fruits of your labor on this magical 4-day weekend filled with music and magic, backyard barbecues and rooftop ragers, long beach days with obnoxiously large inflatables, and nudity.

yep. gonna be that kind of weekend. so strip down, turn on, tune in, drop out and explode.

(further instructions below…)

 

 

THURSDAY

north brooklyn farmsSunset Beer Garden at North Brooklyn Farm in Williamsburg.

ugh, well, thanks north brooklyn farm for depressing me with that reminder that thursday will mark the last day and consequent sunset of august. makes me want to drown my sorrows with kcbc beers and seasonal wines and the most famous skyline in the world, backlight and illuminated while me and all of my friends and lovers hold hands and dance well into the moonrise. ah, you know, maybe life ain’t so bad after all. come commiserate with me at the sunset beer garden pop-up at north brooklyn farms. it’s all happening from 5-10pm. free entry, picnics welcome. all info here. 320 kent ave at north bk farms, where it’s goin’ down (the sun, that is) at the pop-up.

 

broken spoon pop up at the diamond

Broken Spoon Pop-Up Dinner at the Diamond in Greenpoint. 
sometimes i feel like my entire life is just one big search for pork buns. and then, sometimes i don’t. regardless i get really fucking happy when i find them, and especially when they roll their little pillowy buns of joy right into the backyard of my favorite spot in brooklyn, and inevitably pair themselves up with a perfect beer and each finds its way into my hands and then straight down the hatch. (this is getting weird.) (i’m drinking rose). YEP, the diamond’s weekly pop-up dinner welcomes good friend roos from broken spoon and all of the pork buns your greasy little hands can grab and all the beers your saturated little liver can handle. eat em up, drink em up, beat em up (at shuffleboard) then meet me in the gondola where we will share pork buns and secrets. #porkbunsandsecrets  43 franklin st. 

 

pizza wine movie night at rooftop reds
Rooftop Movie Night: Back to the Future at Rooftop Reds in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. 
be present thursday night atop new york’s only rooftop winery with a glass in hand, slice in the other, and christopher lloyd screaming alongside you. rooftop reds is back at it with wine-pizza-movie night, this month featuring back to the future. come and relax in the hammocks, or barefoot in the astroturf, or just play cornhole or dirty balls or grab ass during the film to piss people off. it’s labor day weekend baby. you earned this, so take it however you want to take it. tickets $30 and include 2 slices of pizza and a glass of wine, plus the film. available here299 sands st.
fish brew and bbq in prospect park
Fish, Brew and BBQ in Prospect Park
there’s nothing better than some good fishing, be it a clothing line or a casted line, sitting on the dock and drinking beers with your mates and talking about the one that got away. (what was her name again?) it’s the perfect way to slowly welcome you to your long weekend. go to the prospect park fish, brew, bbq in prospect park. fishing lessons available for all you city slickers, plus poles and bait. live music, drinks, food. life is motherfucking good. all info here.
 underground soundsystem under the archway
Live at the Archway: Underground Soundsystem, in DUMBO. 
the very word underground makes folks in brooklyn come a-runnin’. underground dance party? bury me baby. underground sex club? my pants are already down. underground dinner society? tease me, please me, feed me. this thursday underground soundsystem plays under the archway of the manhattan bridge. their sound is engaging, aggressive, and guaranteed to make you move. it’s free, 6-9pm. more info here, under the archway of the manhattan bridge in DUMBO. live at the archway – the only way to get over it is to get under it.™
ice cream party at mofad
Ice Cream Party at the Museum of Food and Drink, Williamsburg. 
i don’t really believe that ice cream has a season or particularly needs a reason. so let’s not pretend like ice cream will lose its sweetness once the temperature drops, or that we’ll miss that obnoxious mister softee music (heLLOO?!) let’s just realize that we’re all screaming for it, all the time, and there’s no place better to do it than at the MoFaD ice cream party this thursday night. author stella parks will be talking about her new book and the evolution of ice cream in america. go, get some free treats, beers from bk brewery and scream your motherfucking head off. do it. we’ll all do it. because it’s ice cream. all info here62 bayard st. 

FRIDAY

Taco or Beer Challenge at the Well in Bushwick.

people like to judge those who over indulge in tacotuesday, and tacwednesday, and thacothursday and… ok well you know. and they also love to hate on those of us who like to enjoy a beer, or 5, most days. but unfortunately the sickening stigma surrounding abortions runs much much deeper. in our current political environment, we are quickly losing access to this vital right and thus the voice and movement from those opposed is getting stronger. come and #revelwithacause by over indulging in tacos and beer and support access to abortions at the taco and beer challenge at the well this friday. proceeds go to the New York Abortion Access Fund. all info here, 7-10pm, 272 meserole at the well. be like timmy, fall into the well.™

 

le fanfare, greenpoint

Live Music, Dinner, and Seductive Cocktails at Le Fanfare in NoGreePo. 

come get yourself a fancy little cocktail made from my fancy little hands at the fanciest spot in NoGreePo, le fanfare. live music 830-1030 and burrata so fresh you’ll want to smack it. but you won’t, of course. read my ridiculously enthusiastic review here (disclaimer: this was written before i started working there. now it’s even better than it was then.) then come. 1103 manhattan ave.

 

Motion Studies, Tmboy and Olmsburgh at C’mon Everybody in Williamsburg.

weird disco. even in a city as wildly dynamic as new york, how often is our nightlife routine completely shaken up, if not in a cocktail shaker? ok well maybe every time you go to house of yes but with that one exception, it’s not often. make that change this friday night with … he performs at … and his sound has been described as one that “matches tribal-flavored fills and a yearning, wordless vocal melody with a synthetic four-on-the-floor pulse that pumps liquid-mercury synths” thank you, idolator. trust me, go to this show. lose your mind. it’s the weekend. tickets $8/10 available here325 franklin ave at c’mon everybody, where it’s better than comin’ on nobody. (that was gross) (don’t care)

 

SATURDAY

every body party at north brooklyn farmsEvery Body Party at North Brooklyn Farms, Williamsburg.

food, drinks, music, dancing, sunsets along the east river and boozy fucking popsicles. i really don’t need to say anything else. be there, at north brooklyn farms, for their fifth and final every body party. get your body there. then fill it with frozen booze and dance all night. tickets, $10 available here.  320 kent ave.

Makossa Cookout at Our Wicked Lady in Bushwick. 

summer is ending. and that fucking sucks. but what doesn’t suck is that we can still pack in as much rooftop parties and cookouts we can until the air turns crisp. head to our wicked lady saturday evening for their end of summer makossa cookout. food, drinks, those really amazing frozen cocktails they make, dancing, and love. free before 4pm, $5 after. other info here. 4pm-late. 153 morgan ave. 

 

the diamond greenpoint
COME TO DIAMOND, I’m working!
yep. taking back my saturday post, at least this week. come by the best little bar in brooklyn. have an expertly poured beer from my hands, or wine or cider. play shuffleboard, chill in the backyard, make out in the gondola.my shift starts at 8 and goes ’til late. 43 franklin st. 

 

 

union hall reopening celebration

Union Hall Reopening Celebration with DJ Bengey, Park Slope. 
for as many nights as we burned the house down on the dance floor at union hall, it suffered a real fire 4 months ago and finally reopened two weeks ago. dj bengey holds down his residence saturday nights on the 1’s and 2’s and also is reportedly the on-call fireman, just in case. let’s all rally around this beloved park slope institution and help them make up for that lost time by dancing our asses off and spending our monies at the bar. bengey starts at 11.30 and won’t stop until you stop. more info here702 union st. 

 

SUNDAY

Taxidermy and Etymology Class with Brooklyn Taxidermy in Greenpoint. 
i have an agreement with my cat. just before he breathes his last breath, he promised to whisper in my ear “it’s time” and i wil go get the hemlock and then we will both go together. morbid? whatever. anyway, what i’m saying is, taxidermy isn’t for me because the only creature i want perched forever by my side in a glassy state of permanent pouncing is my little bearcat. and i will not live to see that happen. but if YOU would like to have some permanently mid-pouncing glassy-eyed animal hanging out with you for all eternity, learn how here at Brooklyn Taxidermy. 2-6pm, more info here681 morgan ave. 

the heartland passage tour
The Heartland Passage Tour : Documentary Screening and Barge Party in Red Hook. 
let’s face it – most of the barges in this town are overrun with douchies with croakies drinking tecates and bitching about absolutely everything. what is it with bros and floating bars? i just don’t get it. however, this party will be definitively void of that crowd, but very present with inspiration, libations, and good vibrations. come to new york’s only screening of Boom and Bust : America’s Journey on the Erie Canal, a documentary about the erie canal, on a barge in a waterway that is just as influential to us. listen to some live folk music. celebrate summertime. $15 tickets and info here. 8-11pm, 290 conover st.

 

 

Virginia Tech vs WVU. 

virginia tech plays west virginia university at 730pm. this legendary rivalry competes on the eipic stage of fedex field and your girl will be watching at barley on manhattan ave in greenpoint and she’d love for you to be there, wearing orange and marroon and shaking your keys and cheering on the country’s best football team. that is including all nfl teams, fyi. because fuck the nfl.

 

MONDAY

Labor Day Extravaganza at House of Yes, Bushwick. 

no one does and end-of-summer party like house of yes. actually no one does any kind of party during any season or consequent ending of wuch like house of yes. because it’s the best venue in brooklyn and it’s where you want to be this monday. wear your americana gear and be ready to dance for 12 hours straight. 2pm-2am. tickets and info here. 2 wyckoff ave at house of yes, where they put the sensual in consensual.™

 

 

your only #reasontocrosstheriverthisweekend is this dope waterfront beach cookout party at la marina in manhattan.  tickets somehow range from $15-400, so choose your own adventure, booze your own adventure, reap the fruits of all of your labor and make love to a stranger. because as the temperature cools, so will our summertime flings. go out with a bang. tickets and info here, see you there 😉  348 dyckman st.

<3L. 

the weekend guide brooklyn i'm trying

The Weekend Guide | 24-27 August 2017

in CULTURE, weekend guide
I see you, brooklyn… with your tanned skin and summertime grin and that cool confidence, spreading yourself so thin to just enough people not to get caught. daaaaamn, you bad.
I know what you’ve been doing this summer. well yeah because I’m your unofficial social coordinator but also because I’ve been doing that too. we all have. it’s summertime in brooklyn and no one can get enough.
this sweet summertime and all of its irrepressible mischief is slipping away. which blows. but you know what’s good? we’ve still got a few weekends left, and we have each other. and even as seasons change, we won’t. not us. not ever.
stay with me, because I’ve made plans. your weekend guide awaits and will fill in all of these lines with colors and life and music and magic and soul, baby. and trust me when I say it will look so so good on you.
face it, there’s not much time left. so let’s go.

THURSDAY

barba italian pop up at the diamond greenpoint
Barba Italian Pop-Up Dinner at the Diamond in Greenpoint.
please repeat after me, out loud: mama mia! that’s a one a spicy meat-a-ball-a!  i’m serious man, do it. trust me it feels so good rolling off your lips… just like what will be rolling back into them tonight, at the diamond. it’s their weekly international-pop up dinner, and this week they welcome BarBa, bringing their down-home italian cooking right into your favorite neighborhood bar. you know what pairs best with meatballs? diamond dave’s perfectly-curated menu of draft beers. dinner starts at 7pm, info here, now get there, have a ball, then #meetmeinthegondola.
where to watch the solar eclipse in brooklyn
Solar Eclipse and New Moon Workshop at Daya Yoga Studio in Bushwick. 
So the eclipse is over and we are all left with goofy glasses that we had to kill a few people for and are also said to expire in three years (wtf) and won’t be needed again for 28 years, and the stories of all of our experiences viewing the eclipse on monday are all “no, I mean, yeah, it was cool! It was. It was…cool.” So now what do we do? Well, all of that crazy cosmic energy hasn’t left us, so follow my guide here of ways to ride the cosmic wave, and then head to this workshop at Daya Yoga Studio on how to harness the energy from the solar eclipse and new moon. all info here, 8-10pm. 360 jefferson st. 

 

Ritual Talk, the Roofers’ Union and the RFA at Friends + Lovers in Bushwick. 
Looking to adopt a different strategy, a fresh approach, a new ritual for your Thursday night? the best way to do it is through live music and a fantastic venue with all of your best friends and newfound lovers. psychedelic indie rock band ritual talk plays tonight.spark your curiosity here by reading our good friend Ollie Willem’s exclusive interview with the band herethen see them live joined by their friends the roofers’ union and the rfa. the show starts at 8pm. all info here641 classon ave.

 

FRIDAY

dreamy dance party by BoC at cape house bushwickDreamy Dance Party by BoC at Cape House in Bushwick. 
ah, you know what sounds like a sweet summertime dream? a dope dance party with all of your favorite people at a charming clam shack on a little party peninsula in bushwick with a huge terrace, an unpretentious downstairs dance hall, and exceptional tequila shots. yeah, that sounds like a fucking dream. and it’s one that you can make a reality this friday night at cape house. come to their dreamy dance party by Black on Canvas and featuring Yusuf Siddiquee, Mayve, Looms, and Bottler. it all starts at 8pm, but between you and me, the tequila starts flowing when they open at noon and often (too often) doesn’t stop until you do. all info here, 2 knickerbocker ave at cape house. where you don’t need a cape to be fly

 

late night breakfast at videology with my cousin vinnyLate Night Breakfast at Viedology with My Cousin Vinny, Williamsburg.
“Sure, Sure, I’ve heard of grits. I’ve just never actually…seen a grit before.” Vinny Gambini
admittedly, i love juxtaposing new yorkers with southerners and giving each a heavy helping of exaggeration when doing so. that is why my cousin vinny is one of the funniest films ever mad if you’re a southerner living in new york. come to videology friday night and watch the film with a bowl of slow-cooked grits and “realize that grits exist and should be a breakfast staple for every New Yorker. And as any good southerner knows, they’re best enjoyed with lots of butter and late at night after you’ve had a few drinks.” words put oh-so-perfectly on videology’s event announcement. show starts at 9.15pm. tickets and info here, $16. 308 bedford ave. 

 

dance yourself clean at music hall of williamsburg
Dance Yrself Clean at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
dance yourself clean, or dirty, or into a new state of confusion where hygiene is relative and being north american scum is something we revel in and daft punk is fucking playing at my house, my house. yeah, it’s a dance party where all the tunes are of the same funky fresh feeling of lcd soundsystem – think chvrches, miike snow, empire of the sun, RAC, blood orange, etc etc etc. (let’s all go to this event. and dance. to music inspired by the greatest band of all time.) 10pm, tickets $12, available here66 n 6th st. don’t let that address scare you. (but also don’t let it not scare you.)

SATURDAY

 

MoMA PS1 summer warm up

PS1 Summer Warm-Up, 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 worth it.) tickets here. i’m already heatin’ up.
oh and don’t forget to check out the tent of secrets, located in the back of the arboretum in the sculpture garden.
this is the tent of secrets.

afropunk fest brooklyn

Afropunk Fest at Commodore Barry Park on Flushing Ave in Brooklyn.

 

jazz age lawn party nyc

The Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island. 

Ah isn’t every weekend in Brooklyn kind of a choose-your-own-adventure experience? we’ll never it been more apparent than this Saturday and Sunday, where you can choose your own adventure, destination, experience and surroundings. both aftopunk fest and the jazz age lawn party at commodore barry park and governors island, respectably. get down with dope beats and a funky fresh Brooklyn music fest that has been called he most multicultural festival in the world, or a 1920s-inspired, costumes (basically) required, flashy and flappery lawn party complete with finger sandwiches and muted trumpets and trumpled mutants (that part was a joke. but paints a funny picture, doesn’t it?) and class class class. choose your own adventure here for afropunk fest and here for jazzy agey and lawny things. both are happening Saturday and Sunday. see you, you funky fancy son of a bitch. at one place or the other.

 

 rinsed coke yacht
RINSED’s Annual Coke Yacht Boat Party, The Hudson River.
listen, don’t shoot the messenger. or, you know, pass judgement on the messenger’s extracurricular activities because of an event she’s reporting about. yes, i know what this event is called but that by no way means that there will be any illicit activities happening on said boat nor will i be aware of have anything to say on the subject otherwise. but what i (and you now) know is that rinsed throws the dopest underground parties in the city, and nothing is more underground than those that are floating on water. in a boat. with your friends and rad djs and an afterparty at a shitty club on the west side that we will all commandeer and sail that ship way way way way way into the sunrise. tickets, here, but they are going insanely fast i hear. so get yours and let’s set sail, baby.

 

 

 

Photo + Zine Swap at Bushwick Community Darkroom, which is in Bushwick. 

the BCD is one of those gems that reminds me why we live in brooklyn. created by artists for artists, it gives us a place to develop, create, and display photos as well as builds a community for everyone behind the lens and those who appreciate this wonderful art form. Saturday they’re having a photo + zine swap, so bring your craft and be ready to swap and support and swig sixpoint brews while doing it. 4-8pm, all info here110 troutman st. 

 

 

metropolis with live score at film noir greenpoint

Metropolis with Live Score at Film Noir in Greenpoint.

ah the darkness. something that we desire of an evening, of entertainment of an experience out of something let’s go there. to the dark side. in the form of a charming little 35-seat theater in the heart of greenpoint. if you haven’t been yet, saturday night is the night when reel orchestrette will bring a live score to the infamous film metrololis read more here and get your tickets and find me there, in the shadows baby. 9.30-11.30pm, 122 meserole st.

SUNDAY

grand street restaurant weekGrand Street Restaurant Week, Williamsburg.

it is the LAST day of grand street restaurant week and that means that you have 14 grand ways to get rid of that hangover. make a reservation (quick!) and then settle in to a nice long sunday meal on one of brooklyn’s most charming streets and feel like all of your sins have been forgiven. all info here.

 

<3L.

where to watch the solar eclipse in brooklyn

How to Ride the Cosmic Wave of Monday’s Solar Eclipse

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The solar eclipse is happening Monday and I know I’m not alone in saying that their has been a lot of crazy cosmic energy flying around leading up to it. It all culminates tomorrow so let’s harness that energy and ride this cosmic wave. I’ll show you how.

Trust me, you don’t want to be left in the dark.

 

Play the fucking lottery.

The likelihood of your own personal existence occurring in North America during the only total solar eclipse to occur in totality over the united states is really fucking small. and the chances of winning the lottery in New York are… so if my math is correct (if it isn’t, fuck off) then we all have a 22% better chance at winning the lottery on the eclipse. The jackpot if currently 650 MILLION DOLLARS. Get a ticket. Now.

Make big decisions on love, lust and success. 

All those things you’ve been hesitant to act upon? The opportunities you keep wishing you would take? That mega hottie looking at you right now but you’re too busy reading this fantastic blog post? Now’s the time. Dip your toe in or more. Take some risks, no matter how crazy or dangerous they seem. The results are almost guaranteed to be explosive and the good news is that if you fuck up, you can just blame it on the eclipse. “Hey sorry I didn’t know what I was doing. got swept up in that lunar pull baby.”

 

Wear your undies inside out.

everyone knows that turning your undies inside out makes things happen. this is a practice I’ve been partaking in since snow days meant a day off school instead of just an inconvenient commute. (god bless virginia) so if there’s any way to hone in the energy of this universal happening, this just might be the way. and also maybe you haven’t done laundry in like a really really really long time, so this is a nice temporary fix for that problem too. just don’t make it a habit, ok? You’ll use up the magic.

 

Meditate.

Open your mind, your heart, your soul to this energy. I’ve got some guided meditations here to get you started but then go it alone. breathe in, breathe out. enlighten yourself.

 

Head to the ocean.
to really feel that lunar pull, to get lost in that cosmic sway, to be eternal, head to the coast. bring your guilt and shame and regret and feel it all wash off of you. make a promise to yourself and the sea to be stronger. let the salt of your tears be diluted and rinsed by the ocean until you can’t tell if you’re crying. Let the blood pumping through your veins seek cadence with the waves until you don’t feel like you’re bleeding. Let the breath that fills and escapes your lungs find rhythm in the tides so it takes your breath away again and again and again with eternal certainty. then take off your swim suit and be free little mermaid.
Wear heirlooms. 
You know, those little soul keepers we keep around to feel grounded and guided by our lost family and ancestors. This eclipse blurs the lines between universes and helps our soul transcend beyond mortality. Take advantage of that. Invite them in. Wear your heirlooms.

 

Watch it with all of your favorite people, just in case the world ends.

I mean, you never know. Check out one of the spots that our good friends at Gothamist have listed (so I didn’t have to) and get yourself a little bevvy and drink until the sun comes… out?

And I guess don’t look at it. 

Ok listen. I kind of have this little theory that we actually can look at the eclipse. This is just something that scientists are saying to scare us so that they can view the eclipse all by themselves. They want to take it all in without our non-sciency eyes watching and oooh-ing and aweing because they are scientists and spend most of their time in a lab with petri dishes and they want this magic all to themselves. And, obviously, there’s in cahoots with everyone manufacturing those ridiculous glasses. So, hey, scientists. I might just look. I haven’t decided yet, but I’m on to you.

(i’m on to you.)

 

for other conspiracy theories, check out this amazing piece in the atlantic. I feel you man.

 

<3L.

The Weekend Guide | 17-20 August 2017

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as the sun sets upon our fair city, it brings with it new chances to get down with your bad self, to relentlessly seek mischief, to indulge in beers and rooftops in dangerously unbalanced proportions, to be alive and free.

all of the magic of summertime for your consumption, below. get out there, brooklyn.

 

THURSDAY

el jefe's nachoria at the diamond brooklyn

El Jefe’s Nachoria Pop-Up at the Diamond, Greenpoint. 
it’s thursday and that means everyone’s favorite bar in greenpoint (so not biased) will be hosting another international pop-up dinner. this week they welcome back the boss, el jefe’s nachoria who will be making those naughty little flame-torched nachos right before your eyes. an expanded selection means even more chances to find a perfect pairing with diamond dave’s carefully curated drafts. my current fave is the ICONYC hallapeno saison. crisp and spicy, just like summertime. (and you). info here, dinner starts at 7pm, beers flow until 2. 43 franklin st.  oh yeah and also, I WILL BE POURING BEERS. come say hi, have sips, eat nachos.

 

burmese food fest rangoon noodle lab
Burmese Food Fest at Idlewild Bar in Bushwick.
do you know anything abotu burmese food? neither do i. the best way to find out is to head to idlewild bar tonight and indulge in all of the spicy, noodly, warm magic that rangoon noodle lab has to offer. starts at 5pm, all info here. 24 st nicholas ave. please me, burmese me baby. #pleasemeburmeseme

 

arancine making class at archestratus
Arancine Making Class at Archestratus in Greenpoint.
i live one block from the delightful archestratus books and that means most saturdaysi’m led like a gazelle to the watering hole to sip beers and enjoy fresh handmade arancine. owner paige lipari brings it all even closer to home with her arancine ball making class this thursday. learn the magic from the hands of a sicilian and learn to master this lovely delicacy yourself. tickets, $75 available here. 630-830pm, 160 huron st. 

 

wine pizza movie night at rooftop reds
Wine, Pizza, Movie Night at Rooftop Reds Featuring Jurassic Park, in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. 
let outdoor film season never ever leave us. as it nears extinction, let’s take in as much as we can, accompanied by a little wine and pizza on a rooftop in the navy yard this thursday. rooftop reds film night presents jurassic park and featuring il porto pizza and of course, wines from new york’s only rooftop winery. stunning sunsets included. tickets available here, 7-11pm. 299 sands st, bldg 275.

 

FRIDAY

DJs and Donuts at Lazy Ibis in Crown Heights.  
if you can’t make it to the philippines, the land of 10,000 islands and endless discovery, have at least a taste of the magic with manila social. this friday they are having a donuts and djs party at lazy ibis in crown heights. because the best way to work off those donut calories is to move those hips to dope beats. new flavors will be dropped and the beats will be droppin and the donuts poppin from 7-11pm. all info here. 663 franklin ave. djs and donuts will spin you right round baby right round.

 

fools in the garden party
Fools in the Garden at A/D/O in Greenpoint. 
ok guys i’m still a little bitter that our beloved bazaar was bombarded by bmw, but trying to reject gentrification is like standing in front of the ocean with your arms out (#steveives), so we might as well embrace neighborhood changes or we’re all fools. here’s your chance, friday at a/d/o, the design space that took over that decrepitly charming warehouse space and made it into something else. they’re inviting us into their sculpture garden for $1 oysters and drinks and groovy tunes. all info here. 5-9pm, 29 norman ave.

 

 

MOFAD
MoFaD Nights in Williamsburg. 
let’s face it, the likeliness of you ordering some drunk dumplings friday night is pretty high, so cut to the chase and go have some bites and drinks at the museum of food and drink’s Chow exhibit. admission includes 2 drinks and some bites and all of the love and knowledge of chinese food in america that you can stomach. 6-8pm, $25 tickets and info right here. 62 bayard st.

SATURDAY

feeling gloomy at cape house
Feeling Gloomy, a sad dance party at Cape House in Bushwick.
there is a certain audacity and hoodrat-esque rebellion to brooklyn cynicism, especially that contrary to what it seems we are told we should enjoy and indulge in. some people want to pile into crowded clubs that are blasting pop tunes overlayed with some over tempo house beats and they like it. but you know, maybe we don’t want to do that shit, waiting 15 minutes for a watered down gin and tonic just to have a recent wharton grad spill corona on our chucks. for a club scene of a completely different tune, head to cape house this saturday. they host their monthly indie/brit-pop party feeling gloomy, a “melancholy rager” of sad songs you want to dance to. think – the cure, the smiths, joy division, and all your other favourites (<—— british spelling there) that bring a spring to your step and a tear to your eye. $6 gets you in, 11pm-4am. all info here, 2 knickerbocker ave.

 

House of Love: Garden of Eden Sensual Party featuring Jonas Rathsman at House of Yes in Bushwick. 

sometimes it’s best just to use their words:  On this eve we return to our Eden. Our inner origin of virginal perfection and heavenly pleasures. Take a bite. The original sin fills your flesh in a night of elegance and ecstasy. Nurture your nature with depraved desires, banish your inhibitions and give in to your most personal pleasures. Return to Eden and taste the knowledge of your own unknown… costumes are mandatory, as is participation. dress in fetish chic which is of course always open to your own interpretation. come, explore. there will be edible aphrodisiacs, bondage and blindfolds, secret rooms, sexual performances to ignite your pleasure, a boudoir photo room and plenty of champagne and real pain, if that’s your thing. tickets are $20, party is from 10pm-4am. all info here2 wyckoff ave at house of yes, where they put the sensual in consensual.™

 

Motorcycle Rock and Roll Block Party at The Lot in Greenpoint.
what do you do with a sliver of a triangle lot in the middle of an intersection? well, you do a lot with a little i suppose. the lot radio shows us how pretty much every day, and friday they’re having a good old fashioned motorcycle and rock and roll block party. let’s celebrate what is still good about america while drinking beers and being with each other. 2pm-midnight, reserved parking for pre ’83 bikes. all info here, it’s at meserole ave and moultrie st.

 

Dope BBQ at the Knockdown Center, Maspeth, Queens.
summertime was made for barbecues and beers and friends and djs and dancing in the sunshine until it becomes the moonlight and all of our best intentions turn to mischief. TGP is back in NYC to throw the dopest barbecue of summertime. $20 tickets and all info here, 2-10pm. 52-19 flushing ave.

 

SUNDAY

SO MUCH MORE to come! please stay tuned for the rest of your weekend plans. they will arrive tomorrow afternoon.
<3L.
jay rinsky of little cinema

Profile of a Hustler | Jay Rinsky of Little Cinema

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as creatives and residents in this sprawling metropolis, it’s easy to get so engulfed in your own project that you hardly come up for air. but we need to remember that on this island, we are not islands. which is of course is why we live here. we suffer through relentless winters and astronomically high rent prices and, you know, the rat thing… and this is why we do it. in this city we are surrounded by creators, dreamers, thinkers, mover, shakers, hustlers. you can practically breathe in the creative energy as soon as you walk out of your cramped 5-floor walk-up.
jay rinsky is at the pulse of all of the creativity, inspiration, and talent that paints the perfect picture of artistic collaboration in new york. i was reminded of the beauty that comes from this vital practice as i sat in the dining car of an amtrak train, heading east. i had set up a phone interview with jay and he had been almost suspiciously nonchalant about the time. the past 3 days had taken him from alaska to seattle and back to new york. “call me whenever, no need to worry about time,” he said. even this stressed me out. what?? giving him a ring from the train, i fully expected him not to answer. “hey liz! sure i can talk now…”
the next 45 minutes unfolded into the most inspiring and entertaining interview i’ve ever conducted.
jay rinsky is a modern renaissance man for a generation of hustlers. he’s the founder and creator of little cinema, an immersive cinematic experience that combines film, theater, live music, and audience interaction to bring a film off of the screen and make it into a living, breathing thing. familiar stories explode with life and give the audience, and the performers and creators involved a completely new perspective and feeling about what can often be a one-dimensional art form.
jay’s entire life seems to exist within the combustible ether of spontaneity, something that was palpable as soon as he answered the phone. “you were just in alaska?” “yes. i was on a 2-week artist residency on a 100-year old tug boat with a crew of 6 other artists, none of whom had any experience with boats. i made us all life aquatic costumes using materials i kind of patched together from amazon. we were out there for 8 days, and part of the project was a one-shot documentary film shot with a super 8 camera, which means there’s one scene, one shoot, no edits. once it develops, that’s your story. we had no idea what the film would be about and were filming as we were going through glaciers, and ended up running into a giant iceberg. so we parked next to it and chipped ice off of the iceberg and made cocktails from it and that’s what the film ended up being about, finding ice to make the perfect cocktail.”
what??
and this was my introduction to jay rinsky. as i barreled up the east coast on an amtrak train, i was taken on a journey through his creative psyche and could barely hold on.
my conversation with Jay is below. keep reading.
yep. this is the 100-year old tug boat.
Brooklyn, I’m Trying what is your artistic background?
Jay Rinsky i’m mixed bag of many things. I was born in new york, grew up in israel and spent most adulthood in austrailia. I’ve been back in new york for three and a half years as a video dj and artist. i use old dj turntables to mix both sound and picture and apply dj techniques to videos, and little cinema is the culmination of these two creations through movies. through my work i’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with a 40-piece orchestra, i’ve performed at the israeli opera with an orchestra where we custom built a huge video screen. on my own video shows, i create a fusion of a dance party and video party, so it all combines film and other content into video art that stands on its own two feet.
BiT how was little cinema born?
JR i was working on a project that was very tedious in the editing room. it got me a bit lonely, and made me want to collaborate with other artists. i noticed that there’s not much going on in terms of live action and screen and interaction bw two, doesn’t make sense. i knew that my skill set could lend itself to a dialogue with other artists and performers to meet and use.
BiT how did you take this from idea into an actual performance?
JR I took a chance and pitched this idea briefly to House of Yes before they opened up. The first show was a collaboration with Anya and Kae, who are the founders and performers at House of Yes. They brought together whole other elements that i wasn’t experienced in before, including theater and circus and costume and put it all together in front of screen. I was in charge of that mixing in and looping video live, and thus somehow Little Cinema was born in that way, by accident.
 
BiT what was it like to see that first show come to life?
JR The first show was a tribute to david bowie, and we performed it the day after he died. we put it all together in 24 hours.
BiT it seems that the shows gain energy from this spontaneous creativity.
JR they do! we approach the whole thing with the goal of keeping artistic integrity present and personally having fun. the ground rules include fearless creativity, try something new every show, incorporate anyone who wants to be involved in this project, and to create and perform shows relentlessly. our first year we produced a new show almost every week, sometimes multiple, 33 unique show in about 18 months. this project has grown and developed to 1-2 performances that combine live action and interaction that is happening every 5 minutes and taking place in all forms; multi-sensory experience of sight, smell and sound; performers, projector screens, anything we can do or get or hands on.
BiT what challenges have you faced along the way?
JR (laughing) every single show is a challenge because we have no idea how it’s going to work. i always feel like i’m in over my head because inevitably, art of this kind with this set of rules creates problems. we’re trying something new every show which becomes difficult. as we progress, we still need to invent new things and that becomes challenging. what would be something we haven’t done before? we incorporated a live bingo game into our last show, which the audience didn’t expect. another huge challenge is logistics as the shows end up having 40 or more people involved in them, and it’s all produced and put together between friday and the tuesday of the show, and communicating to so many people as a little operation is hard. i’m at the heart of everything, constantly trying to fuse everything and everybody together. it’s a challenge but also that creative energy is what makes it feel like magic.
BiT so all of this basically unfolds live on the night of the show?
JR yep. during the performance, our communication becomes a different challenge because it relies a lot on improv. the artists are encouraged to bring their own creative touch to things. we never know exactly what will happen. even just a lighting standpoint, it’s important to somehow have everything punch at the right time. we never have a rehearsal so it all unfolds live on stage, and we just have to have a lot of trust that it will go well. there’s a lot of stress because the whole thing gets tightly compressed until the day of the show. for at least half of the shows, we are often writing the ending as the performance is starting. we have no idea what’s going to happen.
 
BiT was there ever a moment that you realized holy shit this is actually happening?
JR this whole project is collaborative and it’s an exercise in a creative democracy. i collaborate with other co-directors on the conceptual bigger level and make sure i bring in talent who are encouraged to self-direct their acts. in the beginning, i had no theater background at all so i was still observing and learning about circus, theater, lighting, stage management. i am so engrossed in the show during the performance that i don’t get to experience it until 1-2 days after when i get to look at the footage. i get to look at the other artists’ works and that i don’t get to see the night of the show and i always think, “wow, you completely nailed that there. i didn’t even know that happens!” all these things wasn’t aware of, it’s so fascinating to see how well it works on the screen. those moments is when i realize how amazing it is, what we’ve created. every time when i come back home and see this amazing aerial piece happening in front of screen and i think, this is the best cinema ever! (laughing)  where else is this happening?
 
BiT how do you choose performances?
JR the films i choose are usually a combination of things. for the big lebowski, it felt seasonally appropriate and we knew it would be fun and a little crazy. i always get inspiration and suggestions from whom i’m creatively collaborating with, and i always wants some variety to keep things fresh. we’ll do a fun one, then dark one, then a documentary, then a comedy. we try to keep the curation very eclectic and diverse. and i always want to have a personal connection to the film so that passion is reflected in the performance.
 
BiT any surprises for the upcoming showing of The Dude Immersive that you want to share with Brooklyn, I’m Trying readers?
JR well you know, I don’t want to give anything away. guests will have action happening in all parts of the room, on stage and beyond stage, above their heads. they will be sprayed and hit by certain things, but in a pleasant way. you’ll see various metaphors come to life, like a drag queen representing a room that gets tied together. there will be a drinking game folded in, and lots of metaphors with objects brought in as people, pysch dreams interpreted by aerial performances, a lot of trapping and changing. about every 5 minutes the audience will get hit with something different, so just as they sink into thinking, “hey, i’m watching a movie,” something else entirely will happen.
BiT i seriously cannot wait to see what happens. can you tell me what’s next for Little Cinema?
JR I don’t have an idea yet for the next project, but for now I’m looking to plan out and curate a season and to establish a Little Cinema membership. I’d like to see the project grow up a bit in that sense. this whole project is very personal, as it is created and runs on people wanting to create and giving them a platform to do so. my goal is to keep it that way, both from the collaborator’s and from audience’s points of view. looking at our history, there’s several hundred people that have seen 5 or more shows, and we want to keep them coming back. in a way it doesn’t make much sense that we put so much work into one-off performances, but that’s what makes sense to us. we keep trying to keep magic alive and crazy and wild and ever-changing for as long as we can.

 

BiT …anything else you want to add about The Dude Immersive?
JR yeah. you can enter into a raffle for your chance to watch the show from a bathtub.

 

as much as i wanted to press him on this… will this person in the nude? what is the bathtub filled with? and where is said tub, on stage? however, i could tell by the reluctant divulgence of this statement that jay was actually doing me a favor by keeping this magic and mystery hidden until i see the show tuesday night. we hung up the phone around the time that the skyline came into view and that pure unadulterated love for this city and its inhabitants filled my soul once again.
…………….
  little cinema

“we often are writing the ending as the performance is starting. we have no idea what’s going to happen.”

by assembling so many talented individuals and giving them a platform to perform and create, the story and performance of little cinema unfolds in a masterful explosion of sound, lights, movement, words, music and pure kinetic energy that is felt by the audience and stays with them way after the curtain is drawn.
in this way, little cinema feels much like a metaphor for the life that jay has created. work hard and dream harder and contribute every fiber of your being to a project, and where there are gaps, surround yourself with people who are the best and believe the most in their craft. let life unfold in a harmonious cacophony, a tenacious performance to which the ending has not yet been written. and if i can tell you one thing, there will be plenty of twists in the plot of the life and work of jay rinsky, and the next scene is far from being written.
immerse yourself in the genius of his creation at little cinema. performances tonight and tomorrow are sold out, but follow Brooklyn, I’m Trying on Instagram to immerse yourself from afar, and check back with your social coordinator (i. e. yours truly) for their next performance, more info and ticket sales and all that jazz are here on their website and absorb all of the magic you can by following little cinema on instagram.
little cinema
brooklyn im trying weekend guide

The Weekend Guide | 10-13 August 2017

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hey there brooklyn. somehow it’s the second weekend of august so it’s time to reflect. what have we done with our summer? how have we spent our days? who have we loved? what have we learned? does the shade of our skin reflect our victories or defeats and just how many hot dogs have we consumed?
these are the best days, brooklyn. the ones that we know are so sweet and fleeting. so let’s embrace the summer as tight as our lovers and shed our clothing along with our inhibitions (i know, i always say that… but i like it. and so do you.) just jump in and don’t look back, because there’s nothing back there for us anyway. not anymore.
your weekend guide is waiting in the deep end. dive in.

 

 

THURSDAY

live at the archway brasil summerfest
Live at the Archway: Brasil SummerFest in Dumbo.
nothing gets my heart beating and my hips moving faster than things from Brazil- cachaça, diego costa, the pronunciation of “besos” with a sh sound and of course, samba. all of this magic (minus diego costa) will be getting down with us under the archway Thursday night. live music, interactive art installations, food, dranks, and all of the funk you can handle on a thursday. come, dance, celebrate, inebriate. info here. 6-9pm, this event is freeunder the manhattan bridge archway in dumbo.
Comal SFC Pop-UpDinner at The Diamond, Greenpoint.
ah, the constantly evolving, multi-faceted brilliance of the diamond. thursday it enters into the realm of exotic small plate supper club because why the fuck not. seriously. why not. they’ll be grilling out carnitas, fish tacos, and quesadillas to go oh-so-well with that rotating tap of beers you’ve never heard of… and you feel like you drink a lot of microbrews. i love the diamond. and it loves you, and if you’re reading this then you at least tolerate me so we’re just a big love ring. comal SFC will be grilling out from 6pm- they run out. feast your eyes first here and swallow all of your excuses and come early and hungry and then #meetmeinthegondola where we will share carnitas and secrets. 43 franklin st. #carnitasandsecrets

 

FRIDAY

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Cruel Summer- 80s Dance Party at the Bell House, Gowanus.
the only thing cruel about summer is when it leaves us. so don’t let it leave us. go and revel in everything it’s about, 80s style- so make sure you donnasummer outfit. it’s being brought to you by the shiny happy people at the skint. $10 at the door, $5 in advance with promo code “summertime” exclusively for BiT readers. get your tickets here then be there, with bells on, at the bell house149 7th st. at the bell house, i’ll be there with bells on (and almost nothing else)™

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The World’s First Orgasm Pop-Up is happening in Manhattan. 
this is the best #reasontocrosstheriver yet. does anyone else feel like we’re in the midst of a feminine sexual revolution and is anyone else acting accordingly? …anyone? well if you’re not, let me give you a reason to get out there and get you some, without relying on a man, because it’s summertime and you should have all the men and all the fun yet take your pleasure very seriously. so give yourself a break and break it off before you make bad decisions Friday night. it’s an orgasm pop-up, so cum test out top-end sex toys from hotoctopuss. sign up for a time slot by emailing queenbee@hotoctopuss.com, then slip in and… ok you know where this is going. then make your bad decisions with a clear clitoris heart. 10am-6pm.

 

 

Babeland Summer BBQ in Boerum Hill.

I don’t know about you but barbecues always make me think about my sex life. something about balancing pulled pork on a dixie plate makes me think dirty, desirous thoughts and it seems i’m not alone. babeland on bergen st is hosting a barbecue with sex tips and plenty of opportunities to find a last-minute summertime fling this friday. hot dogs, cold beer, and steamy sex talk, plus a chance to win $200 worth of adult toys for all you naughty girls and boys. the event is free, 7pm, 462 bergen st.

 

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Cirque Noir at House of Yes, Bushwick.
let’s face it, circuses and clowns are fucking creepy. let’s somehow embrace it and step into the dark side with house of yes thisFridayy and Saturday night. cirque noir mixes an arial performance with film noir. burlesque and an immersive experience with bearded ladies and brooklyn bearded men, snake charmers and charming snakes…explore the depths of your imagination and slip into the shadows that will have you saying yes. yes. yes. yes. all info here, tickets $25. 2 wyckoff ave. at house of yes, where they put the sensual in consensual.

SATURDAY

Tap + Cork Festival in BedStuy. 

don’t stuy in bed and tap that cork, head out to the brooklyn tap and cork festival this saturday. i feel no need to really explain this any further – it’s beer and wine, it’s in bed stuy, it’s everything you want your saturday to be and you can get your $35 tickets right here, right now baby. 2-8pm, 1368 fulton st. 

 

 
Beach Lovers Photo Show at the Picture Farm Gallery in Williamsburg. 
everything is exposed in new york, but we tend to let it all go at the beaches where we shed our clothes along with our inhibitions and throw caution into the winds and our bodies into the waves and, consequently, each other. someone has been capturing those rather intimate moments on film over the years, photographer erica reade has been snapping lovers at coney island and the rockaways on film. the opening is this friday from 7-10pm  find yourself there and then try to find yourself, you know… there. captured. 338 wythe ave.

 

Fancy Feast: Maim that Tune Burlesque Show in Coney Island.
is it just me or is everything happening this weekend quite sexual in nature? no point in breaking the theme now… there is nothing more vulnerable than stripping on stage in front of a bunch of strangers, and to expose everything you need to get into the mood, feel sexy and confident. saturday night expert burlesque performers will be adding an extra challenge by stripping down to their least favorite songs. maim that tune will have you cringing along with these bold performers as they expose more than just their ears to your scrutiny. the show is from 10pm-midnight and tickets are $15. all info here1208 surf ave.

SUNDAY

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 Dusty Rose Vintage Sidewalk Sale in Greenpoint.
if you’ve participated in a lot of the events listed on my blog this weekend, you just may need to hide for a bit. you’ve gotten into some trouble, had a hell of a lot of fun but you’ll need to keep a low profile and also, i don’t know, shower. first head to the dusty rose vintage sidewalk sale and get some new old threads. find something funky to feel good about while you continue to shudder rather shamelessly in all of your sinful memories from the weekend. it goes from noon-5pm, 251 greenpoint ave.
 outsiders far rockaway bike rideThe Outsiders Far Rockaway Ride with Get Up and Ride Brooklyn.
 there is absolutely nothing more satisfying that you can do this summer than kicking your ass and biking to the beach and jumping into the ocean and then drinking beers in the sand with your friends and getting hot and then jumping in again and then getting hot and heavy and then jumping in again and then biking back home. i’m serious, there isn’t. and to do it with all of your closest friends, some perhaps that you haven’t met yet? well baby that’s pure magic. join Get Up and Ride Brooklyn on their Outsiders bike ride to far rockaway this sunday. meet at 11am at 330 s 3rd st. it will be a smooth rolling ride and a perfect beach day. info here, it’s free. just like you.

 

 

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