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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.

 

<3L.

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.

labor day weekend guide brooklyn i'm trying

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

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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

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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.

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.
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

crule summer party at the bell house

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)™

sex toy orgasm pop up nyc
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.

 

house of yes cirque noir
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

dusty rose vintage
 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.

 

 

<3L.

The Weekend Guide | 3-6 August 2017

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this just might save your life. or, at least your weekend. it’s hot as hell out there, brooklyn, but all i see is sunshine and opportunity and i’m bringing it all to you, weekly, to help keep you afloat. this weekend will have you take you through a multi-sensory food adventure with strangers while blindfolded, strapping back on those roller skates and jitterbugging around in your leisure suit, going on an artistic stoop crawl in bed stuy, and having secret cocktails at a secret festival with a few hundred of your closest friends. i’ve dropped you a line or two (or let’s be honest, about 1204 lines… i’m long-winded) but come on,  dive in before this ship (and the summertime) set sail.

and also because i’m almost running out of flotation device puns.

#flotationdevicepuns

 

THURSDAY

madhi indian pop up dinner at the diamond greenpoint

Thursday Night International Pop-Up Dinners Present: Madhi Food, at The Diamond, Greenpoint.

the diamond in greenpoint feels like your coolest friend’s house. that one that always has a bunch of amazing beers you’ve never heard of in the fridge and always has their doors open and a big backyard that you can chill in all day, every day. with an antique gondola in it… this week’s international pop-up dinner welcomes madhi food and promises an exotic menu of mexican delicacies that will pair oh-so-perfectly with the beers they have on draft. take a peek out of all the magic that is madhi food’s instagram and then tell me you aren’t hungry. and curious. dinner starts at 7pm, all info here. and no, you don’t have to be mad high to be part of it… (but it would be a lot cooler if you were) #meetmeinthegondola  43 franklin st.

 

 

 

lust and taste at mofad

Lust, Brains, and Taste at the Museum of Food and Drink, Williamsburg. 
because it seems now that dating decisions are decided by impulsive reactions based on 5 photos followed by the very few nerve endings in our fingertip as it swipes right, the Museum of Food and Drink is offering us a refreshing and edgy alternative to anything in our “normal” dating lives. because when it comes to finding a lover or at least a summer fling, we should be using all of our senses. thursday’s event welcomes will be hosted by comedian chris duffy, and participants are invited to smell, taste, hear, and touch their way to understand how our senses drive our desires. and i’d recommend asking to keep the blindfold, if you know what i mean. $30 tickets available here. 630-830pm, 62 bayard st. 

 

SoFar Sounds Secret Rooftop Show in Greenpoint.
sofar sounds, a music movement dedicated to bringing the sound back to shows and throwing pop-up concerts in unorthodox settings all over the world, will be bringing the magic to an intimate venue in greenpoint friday night. it’s apparently “date night” so bring whoever you felt up at the MoFaD event above. sign up for tickets here. shows feature 3-4 dynamic artists and they are all byob, so bring a beverage along with the funk. (which of course, you don’t leave home without, right?) 8-11pm, location will be off the greenpoint ave stop. #sofarsogood

 

FRIDAY

mangalitsa by mosefund at ICE first friday

Mangalitsa by Mosefund at ICE First Fridays in the Financial District, Manhattan. 
your #reasontocrosstheriverthisweekend will offer you a cure to whatever you got baby. a meat cure. i first discovered mangalitsa at this event at … and couldn’t believe what i was tasting. i lived in spain for god’s sake, nothing on this side of the ocean should even compare with the amazing jamon i was eating daily there. but damn was i wrong. mangalitsa knows the pure seduction in meat and salt in their charcuterie as well as how to make magic out of everything else they touch. feast your eyes here. they’ll be featured at this week’s ICE first friday’s, a food series that brings together experts in their craft to wine and dine you and show you how and why they do what they do. it’s only $30 so get tickets quick here. 6-8pm, 225 liberty st. 

 

roller wave at house of yes

Roller Wave at House of Yes, Bushwick.

disco ain’t dead baby, it’s alive in all of us. set it free friday night at house of yes’s roller wave skate party. from the funky-fresh people of Studio50, it will be a magical evening of roll bouncing, boozing, and boogying. **disco looks required for entry, to get in your getup to get down. tickets, $10 available here. 2 wyckoff ave at house of yes,

mew at music hall of williamsburg
Mew plays Music Hall of Williamsburg. 
some nights you just want to go see a damn good rock show. let friday night be one of those nights. danish trio Mew takes over the stage at music hall of williamsburg to debut their newest and most inventive album yet. their music is equal parts hopeful and menacing with a uniquely melodic balance that will keep you wanting more. plus, mew is my cat’s favorite band. i just asked him and he confirmed it. (mewww) tickets, $25 available here. doors at 8, show at 9pm. 66 n 6th st. 

 

SATURDAY

5th Annual Stoop Art Crawl in Bed Stuy
bed stuy brings the museum outdoors this weekend with their 5th annual stoop art crawl. local stoops and storefronts become galleries and art spaces featuring 20+ artists and performers. it’s happening saturday and sunday, all info here. don’t stuy in bed, come to bed-stuy!

 

Brokelyn Beach Club in Coney Island.
if you haven’t been to the beach yet this summer, i’m not sure what you’ve been doing. however that’s beside the point. head to this beach party no matter how tan your skin is and how many grains of sand are in your bed at this point. from the snarky, seductive folks at brokelyn they will bring the art walls of coney island alive and into the interactive realm with unlimited food and booze, djs all day, and murals you can help color in, plus, you know… the beach. tickets, $50 available here.

 

Kairos Market at the Brooklyn Art Library.
kairos market celebrates the makers of our wondrous and boundless town in the best way possible. their markets feel like a festival-market-gallery-party all fell into a cocktail shaker together and poured out into a perfectly balanced and brilliantly colorful drink just for you. showcasing over 15 artists in the bk library, there will be free wine and music and love. all info here.

 

bushwick community darkroom presents alvin w hall jr
Alvin W. Hall, Jr: Chromes, an Exhibition at the Bushwick Community Darkroom.
the BCD opens its doors saturday and gives you a peek into the past through the intimate photographs of alvin w. hall jr. part of a group of soldiers taught how to take and develop photographs by the US government during WWII, hall’s photos show a unique look at life in the 60s and 70s. the exhibition was curated by cameron baylock, hall’s grandson, who discovered his grandpa’s vast collection after he died in the spring of this year. the experience will be personal and raw and candid and beautiful so get off instagram and go to this event. opening reception 6-9pm, the exhibition runs through sept. 3rd. all info here110 troutman st. 
 
Celebrate National Oyster Day at Camperdown Elm in Prospect Park.
show my review and also my oyster guide.
saturday is national oyster day apparently, and while i never need an excuse to slurp down these seductive bivalves, i’ll take one. especially when they’ll be available for $1 each at one of my favorite new restaurants in brooklyn. read my review of camperdown elm and then plan to be there saturday between 5 and 630 for $1 oysters, and stay for their amazing dinner menu. and trust me, save room (somehow) for dessert.
and check out my brooklyn oyster happy hour guide to slurp your way through the borough on saturday.

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

secret summer festival nyc
photo captured and created by @cocoandco
Secret Summer Festival in Long Island City.
farm-to-table is something i like to get down with, but farm-to-glass sounds so so much better. head to the secret summer festival sunday, the city’s only cocktail festival. this event also brings together food, music, fashion, performances, and a hell of a lot of craftily concocted cocktails. tickets are pricey but this event is going to be dope so find some more monies. all info here, it goes down from 4-10pm.

 

<3L. 

The Weekend Guide | July 27-30 2017

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let me frame this up for you… it’s the last weekend of july, which means that our sweet summer is slipping away. goddamn that was depressing, but i can’t sugarcoat this for you anymore. before we know it we’ll be walking around in oversize sleeping bags and cursing at the wind and also absolutely everything else in our paths. so let’s revel in every minute that we have. forget your responsibilities. throw caution into the warm breeze. play hooky. cause mischief. streak the sidewalks. drink rose. shed your clothing along with your inhibitions and let’s get into trouble, together. because the season’s right.

i’ll be your guide, brooklyn. i’ll be your excuse. i’ll be there to bail you out of jail and if not, i’ll be right there beside you. keep reading, because this is what summer is made for – a weekend that is framing up to be oh-so-nice.

 

 

THURSDAY

food karma feast dinner at north brooklyn farms

Food Karma Feasts Sunset Dinner, North Brooklyn Farms, Williamsburg. 

if you haven’t checked out north brooklyn farms, go, immediately. and then stay for tonight’s farm dinner. there is something so magical about this space, wide open farmland right at the foot of the williamsburg bridge, overlooking the east river and the entire city skyline. their dinner party tonight features the musings of chef alex sorenson of blank slate kitchen, so expect a down-home pig roast right on the water with plenty of locally sourced sides with a balinese inspiration. it all happens at sunset, 7-10pm. tickets, $75 are available here320 kent ave.

 

 

endless sunrice at the diamond greenpoint

International Pop-Up Dinner with Endless Sunrice 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. it’s a balinese backyard barbecue and its guaranteed 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.) our friends at 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

 

 

Live at the Archway presents Jah Pan and some interactive art! in Dumbo. 
we love our bridges in this town. they’re iconic and bikeable Venus amazing views of the skyline at sunrise and sunset. But as great as it feels to be on top, it’s good to get on the bottom every so often too. Life at the archway, a music and art production that takes place under the archway of the manhattan bridge in dumbo, shows us why. Thursday they host Jah Pan, a steel drum band from Trinidad and Tobago, where steel drum music was born. the music takes center stage and will be accompanied by a live art space station pop-up gallery… which i don’t know what that is but i bet i will be pleasantly and cosmically surprised. info here, 6-9pm, down under the manhattan bridge overpass. #DUMBO

 

FRIDAY

Rinsed X Rent Party at a Secret Location (that you’ll want to be at).
if you are reading this blog then that means you read this blog and then yiu know how I feel about rinsed. These guys throw the best parties in the borough and have been for as long as i’ve been here and been partying. they’re about to head west to (for some reason) give the west coast some of their underground Brooklyn flavor, so let’s all get dirty and then get rinsed together before their departure. Friday night they host a nostalgic, exclusive party circa the early rinsed days, so that means start preparing yourself right now and plan not to sleep. at all. ever again. tickets available here, and some ish about RP cardholders which wtf rinsed where the hell is mine. (not rhetorical). 11pm-meltdown time. rsvp for address. #rinseyrselfclean

 

 

Andrew Bird and Esperanza Spalding Play Prospect Park, Park Slope.
Andrew bird is good for your soul. Fill it Friday night in a midsummer nights dream when he joins Esperanza Spalding at the band shell and fills our ears, hearts, and sweet summertime air with beauty. It’s free. Get there early for a chance to get in or bring a blanket and a bota full of Rioja and a few friends and lovers and just chill outside. info here. doors (or, gates?) are at 6.30.

 

 

Capture
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

the diamond greenpoint

COME SEE ME BARTEND AT DIAMOND IN GREENPOINT.

it’s my last night at my saturday night post, so come. commiserate. celebrate. inebriate. 8pm-4am. 43 franklin st. #meetmeinthegondola

 

 

house of yes summer of love

House of Yes + DISTRIKT Burner Fundraiser and Party at  House of Yes, Bushwick.

so not all of us will be lucky enough to go to burning man this year, but our favorite party collective will be bringing the playa experience to us. house of yes is teaming up with DISTRIKT to help raise funds to build their most ambitious art project yet this year, and to do it they’re bringing all of the magic and wonder of burning man to the onderdonk house and play space. expect tons of sunshine and dancing, aerial performances, interactive art, body painting and glitter stations, frozé, plus an after party at house of yes. dress in true burning man spirit and bring yourself, your friends, and the funk. tickets, $20 available here. 2-9pm, with after party to follow and last all night, baby. 2 Wyckoff ave. 

 

brooklyn waterfront artist coalition
Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition Exhibit, Red Hook. 

red hook feels like it exists to spend a day exploring by bike, in the summertime sun. and what better time to do it than the opening weekend of the brooklyn waterfront artists coalition exhibit, a 5-week show exhibiting the work of over 100 artists? support living artists, go. explore. performances, shows, artists and all info here. galleries are open 1-6pm and are in an old warehouse right on the water, overlooking lady liberty. 481 van brunt st, door 7.

 

oh yeah, then go to this dope free party at rood gallery. free food, drinks, liquor, viewing. rsvp here to ensure entry. 6-8pm 373 van brunt st.

 

sweatshop dance party at baby's all right
Sweatshop Dance Party at Baby’s All Right, Williamsburg.
I can honestly say that there are three places in Brooklyn where i have gotten the most sweaty. one is the cycling studio at nysc greenpoint. the other I will keep to myself, and the third place is that magical back room at baby’s all right. nothing makes my skin glisten or the drops run down my chest, back, neck, face, and knees, than all those funky lights and complete lack of ventilation in that funky chamber of magic. finally they own up to it Saturday night with sweat shop, a dance party featuring Krs, grumby, max august, live percussion and all the heart pumping, sweat-inducing afro beats, raggaeton, moombahton (whatever that is, i’m into it.), samba and everything else your little heart and dancy hips desire. tickets, $10 available here146 broadway. 

 

SoFar Sounds Secret Rooftop Show in Greenpoint.
sofar sounds, a music movement dedicated to bringing the sound back to shows and throwing pop-up concerts in unorthodox settings all over the world, will be bringing the magic to a rooftop in greenpoint saturday night. sign up for tickets here. shows feature 3-4 dynamic artists and they are all byob, so bring a beverage along with the funk. (which of course, you don’t leave home without, right?) 8-11pm, location will be off the greenpoint ave stop. #sofarsogood

 

 

Young Adult Friction Dance Party at Brooklyn Bazaar, Greenpoint.
there’s no doubt in my mind that heavy-hitting underground house music will keep you going all night and into the next afternoon at a good brooklyn dance party, but some nights we want a change. we want to dance up on each other, create a little friction, and dance yrself clean. or dirty. get nasty at the brooklyn bazaar friday night. entry is oh so freeall info here. 10pm to 4am, 150 greenpoint ave.

 

SUNDAY

selena sing a long videology

Selena Sing-A-Long at Videology in Williamsburg.
it’s annoying when your friends get mad when you sing along with your favorite movie. or, like, I don’t know, when you say every line to you’ve got mail 2 seconds before the line is delivered (for example.) this type of talent and commitment should be encouraged. celebrated. so bring your bidi bidis and your bom boms down to video logo Sunday night, because i’ve been dreaming of you tonight, on stage, singing Selena songs right along with the star herself. online ticket sales are over so arrive early and get yours at the door. show starts at 530pm. info here308 bedford ave. 

 

Good Roof at Dobbin Street, a dance party. in Greenpoint. 

you know what they say… summer sundays were made for dancing on rooftops. (they do, i’ve heard them say it) and this is just the event for that. it’s the good roof at dobbinst and it’s everything your body wants and needs, to dance yrself clean in the summer sun with all your friends and lovers. Nicky Siano and Timo Lee will be spinning from 3pm-9pm. tickets, $20 available here64 dobbin st. hop on the good roof, do some bad things.™

 

<3L.

The Weekend Guide | 20-23 July 2017

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the sun may never set on a badass, but it will set on all of us, brooklyn. every single night. so what will we do with it? how will we fill our days and nights and moments and hearts until it threatens us by peeking over the horizon again? ah, well, it seems i have a few ideas. come with me, eh? let’s ride into this sunset together and never look back, because there’s nothing back there for us anyway. not anymore. this weekend promises to take you on an international tour of flavors and funk, to celebrations of music and dancing and rooftops and rosé in dangerously unbalanced proportions. it will have us howling at the sun and praying to the moon and screaming with liberation and love.

and of course, i’ll be your guide. get in here, brooklyn. i’ve been waiting for you.

(in a creepy way.)

 

THURSDAY

kreung cambodia at the diamond greenpoint

Kreung Cambodian Dinner 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. it’s cambodian, it’s khmer, it’s kreung, and its guaranteed 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. Our friends at kreung  wil 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 pork belly and secrets. 43 franklin st. time to get kreunnnng baby.
#porkbellyandsecrets

 

 

immigration and food mofad

American Food and Immigration Policy, Discussion and Tastes at MoFaD, Williamsburg. 

immigration policy debates are practically being jammed down our throats via the media these days, so let’s make it a bit easier to swallow. in new york we are lucky enough to be surrounded by so many diverse cultures and people and to be able to taste the flavors of their country is one way that we can each share something that we inevitably have in common. come to the museum of food and drink tonight for a discussion on how immigration policy has shaped food in our country and hear from sonio perez, a street vendor and immigrant, then sample her fare paired with some brooklyn brews. 630-8pm, $20 available here.

 

kamayan dinner manila social club

Kamayan Dinner by Manila Social Club in Williamsburg. 

do you see a theme here? yeah, it seems to be international cuisine thursday here so get into it, baby. next stop on the list is the kamayna dinner from manila social club. this meal is intended to be eaten completely with your hands, so bring a friend and feed each other, in a creepy way. the meal includes traditional filipino fare of seafood, meat, and veggies and each ticket includes a filipino cocktail. and then we will dance, and then we will sing and spill into the streets with full bellies and warm hearts and saucy hands. all info here, 7-10pm, 53 broadway. 

 

 

FRIDAY

SWIMM at threes brewing brooklyn

The Wild Honey Pie presents Swimm at Threes Brewing, Gowanus. 

what do you get when your favorite music blog plans an event at your favorite brewery? well, for one you fucking go to it. and you dive in, deep. the wild honey pie hosts swimm at threes brewing friday night for an evening of surf rock tunes and summer time suds and that lidda-bit-sweet, lidda-bit-cray magic you’ve come to expect from the wild honey pie. $8 tickets available here. doors at 8pm. 333 douglass st at threes brewing, i’ll try anything thrice.

 

 

what is this? i don’t know… let’s all go find out together.
Sundance Short Films at MetroTech Commons, Brooklyn Heights. 

ok listen… i keep having this debate about the whole binge-watching television business. i get it, i do. i understand long-form entertainment. i was a harry potter fan, for god sakes! however i cannot intentionally saddle up and commite to 9021843213 hours of watching something. i can’t. i might die before it ends, or kill myself. (#dark) i also haven’t watched television since binge watching or netflix were things. so. ANYWAY, what i do love are movie trailers. short and sweet and just a little taste. what’s better than movie trailers? short films. of the critically-acclaimed variety, so you know you aren’t wasting that little bit of time. because we’re new yorkers, we don’t have time for that shit. besides, short films mean you have just enough popcorn and sneaky wine to get you through. metrotech commons hosts the sundance shorts friday night and they want you to come. and dance. in your sunny shorts. info here, event is free and also liberating. doors at 8, live music at 830, films at 9. 5 metrotech center. 

yeah, i know… she sure is long-winded for a short-form entertainment enthusiast. 

(shut up.)

the le sigh vendor marketThe Le Sigh Vendors Market at Brooklyn Bazaar, Greenpoint. 

there has been a lot of beauty to be born out of the pain we have all been experiencing from close-minded individuals putting labels and stereotypes on gender roles… one of these beautiful things is the le sigh, a Brooklyn-based website that highlights female-indentifying and non-binary artists. they are having a vendors market at brooklyn bazaar friday night, so come, have a drink, browse their selection of zines, embroidery, weaving, books, perfume, tarot, holistic remedies, clothing, and all kinds of other stuffs… all from local female & non-binary vendors. djs too. 630-1030pm, all info here150 greenpoint ave. 

 

 

This is Yoga, a non-yoga Trance Party from Rinsed, location TBA.

still coming off the afterglow of last week’s love hotel, my favorite party group in the ‘hood is pulling together the warehouse party of warehouse parties… in their words, “a disorienting and euphoric mindfu¢k for you to both get lost and stuck into at the same time. this is the warehouse event of the summer, do not sleep.” heed there advice and don’t miss this. tickets, $25 are going fast. available here. 11pm-late.

 

 

SATURDAY
house of yes summer of love

House of Yes + DISTRIKT Burner Fundraiser and Party at the Onderdonk House, Bushwick(ish)

so not all of us will be lucky enough to go to burning man this year, but our favorite party collective will be bringing the playa experience to us. house of yes is teaming up with DISTRIKT to help raise funds to build their most ambitious art project yet this year, and to do it they’re bringing all of the magic and wonder of burning man to the onderdonk house and play space. expect tons of sunshine and dancing, aerial performances, interactive art, body painting and glitter stations, frozé, plus an after party at house of yes. dress in true burning man spirit and bring yourself, your friends, and the funk. tickets, $20 available here. 2-9pm, with after party to follow and last all night, baby. 1820 flushing ave.

 

Williamsburg Shopping Weekend, happening in Williamsburg. 
“inspired by fashion’s night out” the only thing that should be inspired by fashions night out is a reevaluation of your own self worth and a realization that you should be attributing your finances to things that help you on the inside instead of the outside. like, i don’t know. traveling. that being said, saturday and sunday is williamsburg shopping day. particiants meet at the vale where they will receive a tote bad to fill and a cocktail to help smooth out all of those momentary hesitations they might have when considering a purchase.
things i don’t like about this: everything.
things i do like about this: we should be supporting local businesses. although, um… most of the participants are not local.
all info here. do what you want with it.

 

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 will finally reopen this weekend. who better to christen the evening than dj bengey on the 1’s and 2’s. let’s all rally around this beloved park slope institution by dancing our asses off. the celebration starts at 1pm, bengey starts at 11.30 and won’t stop until you stop. more info here. 702 union st. 

 

 

brooklyn bike raveBrooklyn Bike Rave, along the Waterfront in Brooklyn. 

have you ever been to a rave and thought, dammmmmn this would be so much cooler if my bike was here? me too man. me too. come out to the brooklyn bike rave decked out in all of your raviest gear, and make sure your bike dresses the part. glow sticks, flashing lights, those annoying beady things in your spokes, who cares. maybe put your front light on the back, it’s 2017 baby, anything goes. this event supports the brooklyn greenway initiative and also freedom and cycling, which are basically the same thing. it ends at the manhattan bridge archway with an on-foot dance party. $25, 7-10pm.

 

SUNDAY

ribs and rose at rooftop reds
Ribs and Rose at Rooftop Reds, in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

hot meet, cold rose, and one of the best rooftops in the ‘hood are all joining forces sunday. all that’s missing is that sweet summertime bod of yours. fletcher’s barbecue will be bringing their ribs, chicken, corn on le cob (that’s french for corn on the cob), salad, beans, and plenty of other sides and fixin’s to the city’s only urban winery. $50 ticket gets you all-you-can-eat food and 2 glasses of perfectly-paired refreshing rose, OR, $65 gets you all of that food plus 3 glasses of rose AND 2 beers. yep. there isn’t even a question here folks. go, eat, nap in the hammocks. live for summer. tickets and info here,  4-8pm, 299 sands st.

 

 

North Brooklyn Farms Sunday Dinner, Williamsburg. 

if you haven’t checked out north brooklyn farms, go, immediately. and then also return for sunday night’s farm dinner. there is something so magical about this space, wide open farmland right at the foot of the williamsburg bridge, overlooking the east river and the entire city skyline. their dinner party this sunday will be sourced completely from the farm that you’ll be eating within, everything within 20 feet of your seat. it all happens at sunset, 7-10pm. tickets, $100 are available here. 320 kent ave.

 

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