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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.

 

 

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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

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

stay tuned…

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.

 

<3L.

brooklyn im trying weekend guide

The Weekend Guide | 13-16 July 2017

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it’s midsummer baby and that makes us abuzz and alight with ideas and intentions, distractions and interactions, seductions and temptations and confirmations that all add up to a sign, that this is our time to feel alive and shameless. ignore your schedule. let your responsibilities be damned, because trust me when I say they’ll be waiting for you, armed and ready, come autumn. but for now, be distracted by all of the lovely things this city has to offer. don’t worry, I’ll be your guide and also your alibi… because that’s what I’m here for. so go forth, young brooklynites, and weekend.

 

THURSDAY

threes brewing in greenpoint

Square Dance with Old Lazarus’s Harp at Threes Brewing on Franklin St in Greenpoint. 
of you haven’t been to threes brewing greenpoint outpost, i don’t know what the hell you’re doing with your summer, or life. they opened up right on franklin and greenpoint and they host music, sling beers, and spread joy 7 days a week. thursday night they host old lazarus’s harp and a good old fashioned square dance and you’ll want to be there… or be, you know… square. 9-11pm. all info here113 franklin ave. 

 

 

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. 

 

 

LPR Presents at Nowadays: Spain-Brooklyn Music Series.

Spain Fresh, a group that connects spanish events and artists all over the world, brings their talents to brooklyn (or, ok, maspeth) at the wonderous outpost that is nowadays thursday night. come here up-and-coming and established artists from right hear and across the pond, featuring El Guincho, Extraperlo, NOIA & DJ Turnball Green. read more here and get tickets. 6-10pm, at nowadays, 56-06 cooper ave. if you want more cultural connections between spain and brooklyn, eat it up here or here or here, drink it up here, take it in here, lose yourself here or here and then find yourself here or here.

 

 

FRIDAY

photo borrowed from SoFar, with love.
Sofar Sounds Back Yard Show in Crown Heights
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 backyard in crown heights thursday 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 franklin ave stop. #sofarsogood

 

 

friday night flight bk bazaar

Friday Night Flight at Brooklyn Bazaar in Greenpoint. 
our friends at waxx.fm partner with party authority splash that to bring us a new kind of dance party at the brooklyn bazaar. 4 dynamic acts mean that electronic, hip hop, r&b and disco beats will be making you move and groove all night. rsvp here, 10-2am at the bk bazaar, 150 greenpoint ave. 

 

 

You Fancy Huh: Wine and Cheese Tasting and Customer Appreciaton Night at Babeland in Boerum Hill.  
what is wine and cheese tasting but an pretense to a slow seduction that will progress with one another into the bedroom? or hell, onto the kitchen floor, upon a bear rug in front of the fire, or as the waves are breaking at fort tilden? these traditional aphrodesiacs enter the dangerously erotic atmosphere at babeland on smith st to entice you and your lover (or simply yourself, of course) to indulge and imbibe and then take home some tempting treasures at a 20% discount. plus, there will be a $300 giveaway basket featuring their top of the line toys. all info here, 7pm. 462 bergen st. at babeland – home of the free, land of the babes.™

 

SATURDAY

out in the streets festival brooklyn

Out in the Streets Music and Arts Festival, at The Well and the streets outside of it, Bushwick.
this is what summer in brooklyn is all about. a 2-day, 20+ band arts and music fest starting at the well in bushwick and then spilling out onto the streets because this talent can’t possibly be contained. featuring caveman, a place to bury strangers, cuddle magic, surf rock is dead, monogold… so many local favorites and others to discover, plus art, food, drinks, all at one of the best party spaces in the borough. full line up here. buy your tickets NOW. 2-10pm sat and sun, at the well, 272 meserole st.

 

 

 

Feeling Gloomy presents Fuck the Hamptons, a 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 are able to take off to the hamptons in the summertime, but even if we can’t, maybe we don’t want to. maybe we aren’t in to being stuck in the jitney on the highway for hours or paying $20 to get into a bar where a recent Wharton grad will spill a Corona all over our chucks. and why bother anyway, when we can get to fort tilden on our bikes and we have the best non-beach beach bar ever right here in bushwick? cape house hosts its 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.

 

 

Rinsed Love Hotel, somewhere in Brooklyn. 
in the city that never sleeps, underground sex clubs are nearly ubiquitous with corner bodegas, park hot dog stands, and all-night-into-the-next-day warehouse dance parties. so what if then brooklyn’s best party group created a love affair event somewhere between sex club and warehouse party in a multi-level choose-your-own-adventure one-night-only event? in their own words, “What if there was a party with public and private spaces, quiet and loud spaces, places for dancing, places for sitting, or laying down? What if there were different kinds of music, for different kinds of people? Or offered a complete reprieve for when you get hot and bothered?” this is it. from my favorite party group who understands that you can’t dance yrself clean until you get dirty. tickets, $25 available here. #getrinsed

 

 

free haagen daz at mofad brooklyn

Free Ice Cream (Saturday and Sunday) at MoFaD, Williamsburg. 
folks, it’s officially “national ice cream month” which once again reminds us that we do not need a designated national official time to enjoy or appreciate certain anything. it’s hot, we want ice cream, all month. however, if that means that certain companies want to give us free ice cream in honor of this ingeniously dedicated month, then cool. i’m sure we will all instagram the shit out of it. happening saturday and sunday at the MOFAD, noon-5pm. free personal haagen daz with museum visit, no purchase necessary. 62 bayard st.

 

brooklyn dirty book fair
Brooklyn Dirty Book Fair at Point Green, NoGreePo.
the imagination is so much more vibrant and down-and-dirty than our eyes allow, and so manifests our desire and curiousity for the erotic novel, which should be embraced and dived into, nose first. if you haven’t yet explored this indulgent art form, you’re overdue for an a-fair. conveniently one is happening this weekend. the brooklyn dirty book fair, in their own words, will “feature two small-scale exhibitions, a selection of publications and prints for sale, a program of performances and readings, live nude classical and jazz musicians, smutty film screenings, and an orgy afterparty.” no idea if that last bit is true but, prepare accordingly. all info here, it’s happening saturday and sunday at point green, 260 java st. 

 

chicken shit bingo
Chicken Shit Bingo, a Fundraiser and Party for Bushwick City Farm.
i’m from virgnia and have spent plenty of time on farms and have still never found a way to turn fowl feces into finances. but here in a city of hustlers, why does it not surprise me that someone has? our friends at bushwick city farm are holding their third annual chicken shit bingo fundraiser, which is pretty much just as it sounds. party-goers buy a square on a large game board for $5 and the bushwick city farm resident chickens, full of a shit-worthy meal, will prance and dance around until they let it loose. and when do-do,  you win a prize. in addition to poo, the event will also have a hand-made pinata, cargo-bike hay rides (not sure how this works, but it’s oh-so-brooklyn), live music, food and dranks, and non-gamboard bathrooms for humans to use, in case you were wondering. all info here, 3-8pm, 354 stockton st. 

 

SUNDAY

15th Annual Bastille Day Celebration with Bar Tabac, Fort Greene.
just because US and Canadian independence days are over does not mean that we need to stop celebrating freedom. Bastille day is this week, and we have the freedom in this country to be shameless Francophiles. celebrate at charming bar tabac in boerum hill and the surrounding city blocks for an all-day festival featuring multiple petanque ball courts (which is basically a funky version of bocce ball) (which, let’s be honest, is a funky version of bowling), plus tons of french delicacies, and all the chilled rose and champagne you could ever wish for. and also accordions. and berets. and bichon frises. and frisee salads. and antoinne griezman. this is one of the biggest bastille celebrations in north america so until we can all head east, meet me there. all info here. noon-6pm, 128 smith st. bastille day last year was one of the best parties i’ve ever been to in brooklyn (and i do not say that lightly), so sunday is not the day to be le tired

 

good roof at dobbin st partyGood 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 dobbin st and it’s everything your body wants and needs, to dance yrself clean in the summer sun with all your friends and lovers. Project Pablo, Paul Raffaele, and Barbie Bertisch will be spinning from 3pm-9pm. tickets, $20 available here64 dobbin st. hop on the good roof, do some bad things.™

 

go forth, young brooklynites, and weekend

<3L.

The Weekend Guide | 6-9 July 2017

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we live in a city that is defined by impenetrably endless nights, relentlessly creative residents, limitless dance parties, and as an explorative urban biking paradise, but we are also lucky enough to live about an hour from some damn fantastic beaches. so you know what? fuck you LA. we aight here.

and to prove it, i’m bringing you an epic weekend guide that encompasses all of the magic and wonder that these streets can handle, from a full moon party of bali-esque reverence, a naked tribute through the dreamscapes of salvador dali, an immersive theater-dance-party experience in a 72 year old mansion where you’re guaranteed to get lucky, and a chance to travel back in time to sin and dance at studio 54.

it’s summertime baby. let’s make bad decisions in all the best ways.

 

THURSDAY

barba brooklyn pop-up dinner at the diamondDIamond Pop-Up Dinner with Barba, 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 bk (a new little love child from the folks behind roscos pizza) 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, so get there, have a ball, then #meetmeinthegondola. info here43 franklin st.

 

cape house bushwickNo Honeymoon and friends play at Cape House in Bushwick.
summertime was made for places like cape house… equal parts new england style clam shack, open-air outdoor bar, underground concert venue and debacherous disco den, you should be spending about 69% of your nights here. get started tonight as they host best behavior, today junior, no honeymoon, and the royal they to rock out from 8-11pm, before a late-night dance party. get there early for the food, stay for the show, dance your ass off all night and forget about friday, ok? just fucking forget about it. $10 tickets and info here, 2 knickerbocker ave.

 

 

 

FRIDAY

loftopera

LoftOpera presents Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, at the Muse in Bushwick.
nothing compares to the magic of seeing loftopera, an event that brings the grandiosity of opera and makes it approachable. to have performers giving such passionate and captivating performances so close is an experience that is truly unmatched. the series is a baroque piece and surrounds the complicated intimacy of two people as their love and lives fall apart on stage and our hearts break right along with them. I went last Friday and still can’t get it out of my head or off my heart. come see Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, performed in brooklyn’s premier circus school (naturally) and featuring the costume designs of christian joy, whose portfolio boasts the adornments of karen O and childish gambino, just to name a few. be a part of it at the muse in bushwick for an intimate affair of truly heartbreaking and earth-shattering proportions in the only way an opera this intimate can be. tickets $30, available here. this is the last weekend, so GO. 350 moffat st. bet you’ll like it better than pirates of penzance.

oh, and do yourself a favor and grab tacos and margaritas at the deep end before the show. these guys are getting it oh-so-right by providing cheap and delicious tacos in a dynamic event space, plus the bartenders aren’t bashful with the tequila shots. 1080 wyckoff ave. 

 

 

You are So Lucky, House of Yes
You Are So Lucky, an Immersive Experience from House of Yes, The Box and The Danger at a Secret Mansion. 
what happens when house of yes, the box, and the danger join forces with over 125 performers, fire spinners, acrobats, djs, and global musicians, along with bob moses and queen of the night, and they all inhabit a 72-year-old mansion on the edge of the city? an event that you absolutely must not miss. you are so lucky, an extravagant soiree that meets an underground art party, is an immersive experience unlike anything you’ve been a part of in the city. you will be transported into a magical land and a story of fire, of granite and gorgeous nights, born from generations of artists, of seekers, of fearless creators, consummated in the darkness, on dance floors, and uponn the lips of strangers. tickets for the dinner performance friday, all-day experience saturday, and brunch exhibit on sunday are all available here. prices vary reasonably, if in doubt, please re-read above reverence and know that you are so lucky. 

 

 

Back to the Future Enchantment Under The Sea at Littlefield

Enchantment Under the Sea Dance at Littlefield in Gowanus.
littlefield now counts themselves among the fantastic neighborhood institutions that courageously combatted gentrification and raised funds to keep their dream and space alive in our constantly-evolving ‘hood, and that means more events in a bigger space with a new, huge outdoor area. keep supporting them and have a hell of a time doing it, starting with tonight’s event. A Drinking Game NYC is recreating the Enchantment Under the Sea dance from back to the future, so all you nerds can come dressed as your favorite back to the future character or in that 50s prom get-up you’ve been dying for a chance to wear. 3 live bands (one of which is a buddy holly tribute band) will keep you grooving all night. tickets, $25 available here. a portion of proceeds go to benefit the michael j. fox foundation for parkinson’s research, so it’s a chance to #revelwithacause and feel good while being a little bad. 635 sacket st. #sackettomesackettomesackettomesackettome

 

 

SATURDAY

Full Moon Festival on Governor’s Island.

full moon festival, a day of worldly cultural sensibility with a new york swagger, brings all of the magic of up-and-coming artists and the pinnacle phase of the lunar calendar to governor’s island for one full day and night of music and revelry, under the bright beautiful full moon. so let’s all pretend we’re in bali and dance barefoot and make love to each other. which is obviously how it all happens in bali. prove me wrong, go ahead. (you don’t want to). come see 13 established and emerging artists all playing on a huge open field with plenty of other attractions and activities, plus, $1 of each ticket’s sale goes to reduce your carbon footprint so #revelwithacause and dance on carbon-light feet under the moonlight, all night. all right? noon-midnight. tickets are selling fast so get yours now here. it all happens on governor’s island.

 

 

the persistence of nudity | a burlesque tribute to salvador dali

The Persistence of Nudity: A Tribute to Salvador Dali Burlesque, in Coney Island.
because we live in brooklyn, our perception of attraction and seduction are peppered with an edge. we like our sex to be accompanied by strangers and costumes, our art to be immersive and interpretive, and our nighttime activities to be clandestine, persistent, and memorable. just like fucking salvadore dali (you choose if that fucking was used an an active verb or adjective…) his paintings are interpretive, addictive, sensual and subversive. and burlesque at the beach brings you a multi-sensory experiential tribute to his work that will open up all the corporal drawers of your subconscious to leave you breathless and misplaced, for the first time, again. it all happens saturday night, 1208 surf ave, tickets $15 right here. “Take me, I am the drug. Take me, I am hallucinogenic.” – the man. (you don’t have to ask me twice)
 bring your own photo show bushwick community darkroom
Bring Your Own Photo Show at the Bushwick Community Darkroom. 
are we all photographers these days, in the age of such incessant media influx? well, no. no we are not. but for those that have an impenetrable eye at capturing beauty and life from behind the lens, they deserve a larger gallery than 4×4 pixelated squares and a better reception than hearts and thumbs-up. the bring your own photo show at the lovely Bushwick Community Darkroom lets photographers display their work among contemporaries, from novice to professional, and see how their work brings life to the eyes of observers. plus learn all the great ways the BCD is benefitting a community of creators by being among them, in their inspiring space. all info here, 7-9pm, 110 troutman st. 

 

 

studio 54 at brooklyn bazaar

Studio 54 premier at Brooklyn Bazaar, Greenpoint. 
disco ain’t dead baby, it’s alive and well and on the move, just like your hips will be saturday night. it’s the premier of Studio 54 at the brooklyn bazaar, which means three floors of disco, dancing, vogue-ing and secret back rooms, plus 8 djs bringin’ the funk all night. 10% of all door and bar sales go to benefit the gay men’s health crisis so #revelwithacause all night, and into the morning. 8pm-4am, tickets, $25 available here. 150 greenpoint ave. 

 

 

SUNDAY

tiki disco brooklyn

Tiki Disco at The Well, Bushwick.
a summertime Brooklyn institution. tiki disco, the keeper of our summertime souls and all of the funk we’ve ever brought and the memories we’ve strategically forgotten and the ones we’ll keep forever… this day party is not for the weak at heart. this is for you, brave heart. the tiki gods and lords of disco would like to come down to the well and extend their hand to shake yours and then never ever let go. dig? tickets are $10 right here, $15 at the door before 6pm, $20 after. sunday, 2-11pm, 272 meserole. tiki disco hits you like sneaky crisco™  (man that’s gross) (i don’t care.)

 

 

pizza wine movie night at rooftop reds
Pizza, Wine and Movie Night at Rooftop Reds in the Navy Yard. 
summertime in the city means all the the goodness that’s kept indoors during the year hemorrhages out onto the sidewalk, into the streets, upon rooftops and across beaches, especially our cinemas. and if this week’s outdoor film finds itself set among the city’s only urban winery, and added pizza? well, that would make for the perfect way to end a beautiful brooklyn weekend. rooftop reds will be showing bridesmaids on its enchanting rooftop, and your ticket includes 2 slices of pizza from local favorite il porto pizzeria, one glass of wine (more available for purchase!) and a lot of laughs under a just-full moon. tickets $30 available here. rooftop reds is in the navy yard at 299 sands st, building 275. film starts at 7pm, arrive early to get in some hammock sitting and corn hole at sunset.

 

harpoon sriracha blondeHarpoon Sriracha Blonde at Barcade in Williamsburg. 
back by very popular demand after a 3 year hiatus, harpoon brewery has brewed another batch of harpoon sriracha blonde ale, and you can try one (or five!) at barcade starting sunday. this beer is in limited supply, so don’t miss your chance to sink your mouth upon this spicy blonde. which is what summer is made for. all info here, beers start at noon and go all day and all night. 388 union ave. 
here’s to you and your summer, brooklyn.

<3L.

 

The 4th of July Guide | Where to See and Make Fireworks

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fourth of july is simply the best combination of everything that’s good in life. hot weather, hot dogs, hot babes. pyrotechnics. and it’s on a tuesday this year, which means a lovely little mid-week vacation and another chance to drink beers and dance and be free with all your friends.
i’ve put together a little mini guide on the best places to do all of those things in the ‘hood.
just add fireworks.
(which, like, i think macy’s is taking care of. but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make your own.)
Summer of Love with House of Yes, Bushwick. 
hot meat, dirty dancing, and so much love. as part of their summer of love series, house of yes will be having an epic cookout from 1-9pm with house dj eli escobar spinning all day, plus interactive art, live painting, and plenty of lounge space will make your 4th magical. free with rsvp, all info here1820 flushing ave.
Northern Territory, Greenpoint. 
they’ll open at 4pm, tickets are $60 cash. this stellar rooftop in greenpoint is guaranteed to have one of the best views. all info here12 franklin st. 
Brooklyn Barge, Greenpoint. 
right on the water, ticket prices vary depending on how close you want to be and how many lobster rolls you can consume. and between you and me, it’s always a good decision to get as close as possible and put nearly no limitations on your crustacean consumption. all info and tickets here. 3 milton st. 
The Diamond, Greenpoint.  

i can’t deny that 4th of july makes me a bit nostalgic for home. long hot nights and backyard barbecues, tubing down the james river and taking in all of the beauty of a virginia summer. and well, the diamond is pretty much as close as you can get to all of that magic. tuesday they’ll be hosting a little ‘cue on the backyard with grillmaster nicole cooking up some burgers and dogs and (maybe!) some chickens. oh yeah, and you know they have the best beer selection in town. and the best bartenders in the whole world. and, that gondola. they open at 5pm. 43 franklin ave. 

 

Berry Park, Williamsburg. 

the original williamsburg rooftop, they always throw a great party for the 4th. $20 cover, full menu will be available. they’ll open at 5pm, djs all night. info here4 berry st.

 

North Brooklyn Farms, Williamsburg. 
a low-key party down on the farm, this wondrous natural gem between the domino sugar factory and the williamsburg bridge will have food from greenpoint fish and lobster, beers from bluepoint brewing, and one of the best views in town. seriously, this space is magical and it’s where you want to be to celebrate. tickets and info here320 kent ave.
Midnights, Williamsburg. 
hot dogs, crab rolls, jello shots, frozen drinks, games, and a sick back yard. this is your hometown cookout, right on north 6th. 1pm-midnight, this event is free (just like you.) info here149 n 6th st. 
The William Vale, Williamsburg. 
ruining the skyline and fireworks viewing for so many brooklynites, they’ll be having a fancy party in the way only they can. listen, we all complained about this place, but have you been up there? i’m serious… have you been? because you’ll realize that it’s pretty fucking beautiful. and you’ll keep going back. just like whole foods. (you know what i mean). tickets, here. you know it will be fancy and magical, just still… disruptive. 111 n 12th st.

 

 

bitch don’t hate my tribe.
Host your own Fourth of July Cookout at the waterfront- here’s how!
buy america bandanas at Cato’s Army & Navy in Greenpoint (654 manhattan ave) for your whole tribe. you need to look like a team out there, and who knows if these cookouts will be supplying napkins. and beer drinking can be inhibited by sweat burning your eyes. just trust me, get one. and then you can join my tribe.
buy meats at meat hook. all of the meats. and charcoals. and a styrofoam cooler from 711, who make the best styrofoam coolers in the biz. (sorry, deblasio!) fill aforementioned cooler with brooklyn summer ales and rose.
elect someone to supply the bluetooth speaker.
go early and procure a coveted grill and picnic table at brooklyn bridge park.
fire it up, slap ’em down, pop ’em open, turn it up, recite the pledge of allegiance, and celebrate how wonderful it is to live in this beautiful city and to have it finally feel like summer and to be with friends. drinking beers. on a tuesday.
and wednesday? forget about wednesday.
in the words of the always wise katy perry, baby, you’re a firework. come on. show me what you’re worth. make it go onnnnnn and onnnnnn (or something? what was it?)

 

<3L.

the weekend guide | brooklyn, i'm trying.

The Weekend Guide | 29-2 July 2017

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what is freedom, brooklyn? what does it mean, this day of independence? while morale for our country might be a bit low right now, we can celebrate our freedom to move, to dance, to love, and to be alive; to embrace sunshine and sangria in dangerously unbalanced proportions. to make love on rooftops and dance in the moonlight ’til dawn.

 

freedom. let’s celebrate in the most traditional sense this independence day weekend, with hotdogs and cookouts and fireworks and red-white-and-blue, and also in the wildest of ways, all in my very throroughly and patriotically curated guide below, that will take you to a tropical paradise in bushwick, a flashback dance party that will have you sneakin’ around until morning, free-booze party 10 years in the making, and a rooftop event that will make you just dye.

just. add. fireworks.

come along, baby. because we’re young and wild and FREE.

THURSDAY
moonlight mile end cancer fundraiser

Drink Booze, End Cancer at Moonlight Mile in Greenpoint. 

revel with a cause tonight and get lit at moonlight mile for a fundraiser to help end HPV. there is so much backward information about HPV prevention coming from the right and we need to dtrengthen the voices of those that know that the elimination of HPV is not going to convince young girls to start having sex. it’s going to support life and healthy love and freedom from this 100% preventable disease. proceeds go to support NOMAN: The Race to End HPV, a 200 mile race across the Mediterranean to raise money and awareness around about the virus. drink specials and raffles and other surprses all night, plus that beautiful free juke box will be rockin. 6-10pm, all info here, 200 franlkin st. at moonlight mile, get (moon)lit.™

 

 

el jefe's nachoria

El Jefe’s Arepia and Nachorium Pop-Up Dinner at Diamond, Greenpoint.
friday’s international pop-up dinner at the diamond brings the boss and some flambè from south of the border for our dining pleasure. arepas and their beloved nachos with cheese torched before your eyes, just after they ask for it. because they are naughty little nachos. get there quick because the new yorker has gone and decided to tell fucking every body about our favorite bar. GREAT. the diamond doesn’t belong on those glossy pages! it belongs in our hearts and being filtered through our livers and licked off of our greasy nacho fingers. and off of each other’s fingers, in the backyard gondola. dinner starts at 630pm. info and such here43 franklin st. get tipsy and chipsy… then maybe a little lipsy.

 

 

#whyisthatelephantalwaysthere
Summertime Spirits: Rums of the World at MOFAD, Williamsburg. 
warm weather means tropical drink season, and the most important ingredients in tropical drinks are rum and bad decisions. come explore the former of those two at MOFAD Thursday night with their exploration of rums of the world. $30 gets you tastings, an interactive discussion frm ru makers and lovers (some  are likely pirates), a specialty rum cocktail, and increases your chances and decreases your excuses that will lead to the latter of those two ingredients. (not that you needed any excuses) tickets and info here, 630-8pm, 62 bayard st.  who rums the world? (still girls.)

 

 

Natural Dyeing with Food Waste Workshop at Tiny Field Farm, Bushwick. 

don’t dingy whites make you want to dye. ME. TOO. almost as much as food waste. let’s bring the two together in the most vibrant of ways and learn to use food scraps as natural dye. faye lessler of @sustaininglife leads this natural dyeing workshop on the lovely rooftop at @tinyfieldfarm as the sunsets on our magical city. tickets available here. event is from 6-9pm. 630 flushing ave. 

 

 

FRIDAY

RISK: Stories They Never Thought They’d Tell in Public at the Bell House, Gowanus. 
te magic of storytelling has never died, even as venues have evolved. from the water pump to the water cooler, the campfire to the comedy roast, the bedtime story to the main stage. come hear the most intimate, embarrassing, and absolutely captivating stories from strangers that they never thought they’d tell in public. you won’t want to miss it. $15, 8-10pm, all info here149 seventh st. at the bell house- I’ll be there with bells on.™

 

The Champagne Riot, Guadalupe Inn, Bushwick. 
because we live in brooklyn, our perception of attraction and seduction are peppered with an edge. we like our sex to be accompanied by strangers and costumes, our aphrodisiacs to be slimy and $1 a hit, our dinner dates to be naked and corporal, and our burlesque? well we like that to be of the baroque and distinctly vintage variety. with bubbly. it’s a vintage fantast party with two showings, one iwth dinner and one just drinks. the theme is fireworks so dress to dazzle for free champagne. tickets, $20 available here, 7.30 and 10pm. 1 knickerbocker ave. at guadalupe inn, get luuupe.™

 

loftopera

LoftOpera presents Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, at the Muse in Bushwick.
nothing compares to the magic of seeing loftopera. an event that brings the grandiosity of opera and makes it approachable. to have performers giving such passionTe and captivating performances so close is an w peroence yhats truly unmatched. This series is a baroque piece and surround the complicated intimacy of two people as their love and lives fall apart on stage and our hearts break right along with them. I went last Friday and still can’t get it out of my head or off my heart. come see Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, performed in brooklyn’s permier circus school (naturally) and featuring the costume designs of christian joy, whose portfolio boasts the adornments of karen O and childish gambino, just to name a few. be a part of it at the muse in bushwick for an intimate affair of truly heartbreaking and earth-shattering proportions in the only way an opera this intimate can be. tickets $30 (which is an insane steal for this talent), available here. the show runs through july 8th. 350 moffat st. bet you’ll like it better than pirates of penzance.

oh, and do yourself a favor and grab tacos and margaritas at the deep end before the show. these guys are getting it oh-so-right by providing cheap and delicious tacos in a dynamic event space, plus the bartenders aren’t bashful with the tequila shots. 1080 wyckoff ave. 

 

Films on the Green presents Contempt in Transmitter Park.

now in its 10th year, this french film festival brings french films (with subtitles!) to beautiful outdoor spaces in new york. friday night’s screening presents Contempt watch the trailer here featuring brigette bardot. then come at 8pm. bring your own baguette, brie, and bourdeaux (they” provide the bardot). all info here, 2 greenpoint ave at transmitter park.

 

 

SATURDAY

That Summer Feeling Pop-Up for 323 Clothing at Tropical Paradise in Bushwick. 
what is this tropical paradise in bushwick? well, it’s effectively a backyard WITH a pool AND barbecue AND astroturf AND outdoor furniture and so much magic it will transport you to an actual tropical paradise. that summer feeling pop-up this saturday promises to do just that. experience the new collection from 323 clothing while lounging by the pool, sipping free drinks, and enjoying free snacks from the ‘cue. a percentage of all sales will go to planned parenthood and the international resuce committee, so #revelwithacause Brooklyn. RSVP (via email) HERE. 130-530pm, 1271 willoughby ave. see you there, baby.

 

 

Summer Warm-Up STARTS at MoMA PS1, Long Island City.

I’ve been feeling way too fucking cool this summer, which i realize is just something inherent within me… and it’s in you too, baby. so let’s all warm up together. every Saturday starting this weekend, your favorite day party returns to MoMA ps1. this LIC summertime party institution also has a permanent residency on my weekend guide, from now through labor day. so i recommend checking the schedule and either choosing based on the tunes or your own availability (this is not a “oh i have a few hours, i’ll check it out” kind of affair. it will take all of your saturday and at least 3/4 of the mental space of your sunday. and it will all be way worth it.) tickets, here. 3-9pm, 22-25 jackson ave.

and don’t forget to check out the tent of secrets, located in the back of the arboretum in the sculpture garden.

 

 

Total Independence BBQ at Hester Street Fair, in the LES, Manhattan. 

here it is, brooklyn, you’re only reason to cross the river this weekend and it’s from our good friends at Hester Street Fair. this weekend’s festive edition is a Total Independence BBQ, which means plenty of burgers, dogs, beers, and freedom. plus fireworks at … and a sick list of djs to keep you grooving all day long. oh yeah, and it’s a street fair, so expect all the dope vendors and tents to peruse. 11am-6pm on … tickets, $10 include a delicious plate of traditional uruguayan food, slow roasted pork and sweet potato and arugula salad all from Charrúa on Essex. $3 beers. free tunes and love. all info here,

 

SUNDAY

The Diamond’s 10th Birthday Party in Greenpoint.
this neighborhood gen celebrates ten years of beers, friends, good times, and getting lucky in the gondola. being behind the bar now at the diamond has only made me love it more by understanding the dynamic of its drinkers and the family environment owner dave has created in this charming little bar on franklin ave. plus, i know a hell of a lot more about beer now. come by from 2-330 Sunday to enjoy free drinks, free friends, free love. 43 franklin st.

 

 

this could be you.
Dope BBQ with the Cr3w at the Knockdown Center in Queens. 
Fourth of July is Tuesday but warm up that BBQ bod with dope BBQ, a massive outdoor party, celebration, dance off, love fest, and yes, barbecue this Sunday. It’s happening at the knockdown center which means plenty of space and movement and music, all you have to bring is the funk. tickets, $20 available here. 2-10pm, all info here, 52-19 flushing ave at the knockdown center. get knocked down, not knocked up.™

 

Hoops and High Tops at House of Yes, Bushwick. 
come hang at this #oldschoolfuture party where throwing it back and keeping it movin’ with dj legend stretch armstrong spinning dope beats, along with the rest of the #oldschoolfuture crew, all day long. come let them take you on a ride from soul and funk to old-school hip-hop jams to rap classiques to the beats of today and the sounds of mañana. plus, bring your old kicks to donate and help put shoes on people around the community. plus, lots of art and sick sneakers for sale to help bring clean water and art to a burmese refugee camp in north thailand, so #revelwithacause all day. tickets, $20 available here. at the house of yes, come get high (tops).™

 

nah baby that ain’t the moon comin’ up, that’s you gettin’ down.
Mister Sunday Independene Day Special at Nowadays, Queens.
a summertime Brooklyn institution. this isn’t what non-brooklynites indulgently refer to as “sunday funday”. no no no. this is not for the weak-at-hearts who boast about their residual rosé headaches around the Keurig machine on monday morning, proudly bouncing slightly on the low pile grey office carpet in their smart ballet flats. this is for you, brave heart. mister sunday would like to tip his hat slightly and extend his hand to shake yours and then never ever let go. dig? resident dj eamon harkin will be spinning soloe all day from 3-9pm and Nowadays stays open until midnight, monday be damned! tickets, here56-06 cooper ave. lets make bad decisions and call them sunday.

 

stay wild, brooklyn.

<3L.

The Weekend Guide | 22-25 June 2017

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it’s officially summertime brooklyn, let’s get on our bikes and ride into the sunset holding hands. because fuck it, what do we care as long as there’s sun on our shoulders and mischief on our minds and tequila in our bellies and a song on our lips and love in our hearts. and if you are lacking in any one of those areas, at all, this weekend guide of magical summertime bliss is just what you need to fill back up, to ignite that soul, to set you free. let it ride, baby. it’s the summertime, see? feels so damn good.

#rideordie

 

 

THURSDAYkreung cambodia at the diamond

Kreung Cambodia Cookout at the Diamond in Greenpoint.
a cookout? no way, not in my backyard. because we live in new york and back yards don’t exist. but one does at the diamond in greenpoint, that magical little gem of a beer bar. they open up the yard to all of us thursday for a cookout, cambodian style. what does that mean? I don’t exactly know but intend to find out. Our friends at kreung takeover the weekly international pop up dinner thursday night. 6pm- they run out. read the menu 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.
#porkbellyandsecrets

 

west wine bar grand openingWest Wine Bar Grand Opening Celebration in Greenpoint.
go west, young man. like, to west st, the westernmost street of greenpoint, at the base of the historic 67 west building, a former rope factory and current artist hub, this wine bar feels just as timeless and captivating. owned by a family from Istanbul, the wine list is distinctively curated and boasts a few treasures from the homeland. tomorrow is their grand opening, which means FREE WINE, free beer, free food. starts at 3pm. meet me there, let’s drink cava and feed each other shrimp and bask in the beauty of summertime. 67 west st.

 

the roseline rockwood music hall
The Roseline, Rockwood Music Hall, the East Village of Manhattan. 
with a sound reminiscent of whiskeytown, the roseline breeds an alt-country-folk-rock-townie-heartland type of sound, dig? the ones that will give your heart right back to late nights in fields with bottles of beer, porch doors swinging open into the heartland and heartbreak. come see him live at rockwood music hall, it’s your #reasontocrosstheriverthisweekend and it’s not to be missed. tickets $10 available here. show starts at 7pm. 196 allen st. 

 

FRIDAYgreenpoint gallery pia sawhey

Greenpoint Gallery Solo Shows presents Pia Sawhey and Adam Ziegenhals, Greenpoint.
we are constantly inundated by images that have been filtered, edited, airbrushed, altered to make life look a little better than it is. what if we distorted reality in a way that twisted your perspective and altered your state of mind? pia sawhey and adam ziegenhals photos present a world of magical surrealism that have that perceptible hint of daliesque madness. which we could all use more of. stop by tonight, all info here390 mcguinness blvd.

 

Bicycle Film Festival, all over town! ALL WEEKEND!
every time I’m at a movie I think, damn I wish my bike was here.  and finally, i can have my movie and my bicycle too! this event is just the best combination of things ever… bikes, films, summertime air, all your friends, all my friends. and yes it’s your best reason to cross the river this weekend, but that means you get to bike across one of the city’s amazing bridges. this has been going on since Tuesday. get on your bike. get to it. full schedule and tickets right here. #rideordie

 

loftopera
LoftOpera presents Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, at Lightspace Studios in Bushwick.
high rents and demand lead us all to live grandiose lives in bite sized spaces. let’s celebrate it, eh? loftopera takes the opera out of the opera house and into our spaces. found and rudimentary. listen to the acoustics reverberating off of exposed ceilings and unfinished walks and let the passion pour out sanctimoniously just as the drunken fights or love you make with your lover often do. we’ve been waiting since their epic performance of Othello left us breathless, so come see Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, performed in brooklyn’s permier circus school (naturally) and featuring the costume designs of christian joy, whose portfolio boasts the adornments of karen O and childish gambino, just to name a few. be a part of it at the muse in bushwick for an intimate affair of truly heartbreaking and earth-shattering proportions in the only way an opera this intimate can be. tickets $30 (which is an insane steal for this talent), available here. the show runs through july 8th. 350 moffat st. bet you’ll like it better than pirates of penzance.
form vintage at the wythe hotel
photo borrowed from the inspiring instagram of @formvintage
Form Vintage at the Wythe Hotel, Williamsburg.
modern vintage takes shape with form vintage, the brainchild and passion project from creative power couple Avril Nolan and Quy Nguyen. Their 180 day residency at the wythe wraps up this weekend and you owe it to yourself to go, seek, and leave more stylish than you are right now. 20% off for friends and fans so follow them here, then get there. more info, just click.. 10am-8pm, 80 wythe ave.

 

 

CHERYL : Pride (it’s a party!) at Secret Project Robot, Bushwick.
because i couldn’t possibly say this better myself, i’m straight copying their event description because it is magical:
There was a time when LGBT was edgy and hard and dangerous. Pride used to be punk. Then one day we woke up in a pile of rainbow-spangled Budweiser beach blankets and TD-Bank-sponsored buttplugs. But when did we start gluing Nike drawstring rave-packs to our backs and spending our life savings on HBA-brand concept culottes? What like, actually happened to us? We used to wear colors, didn’t we? We at CHERYL believe that, as with most things in life, we can gain perspective by looking at cats. Big cats. Lions. It’s no coincidence that a pack of lions is called a “pride” – and lions AIN’T body fascists. On June 23, we encourage you to subvert the power of the logo, channel some jungle cat spirits, and don your most vividly-hued GLADRAGS (meaning, if you show up in black/white/Adidas, we will paint you orange and permanently tattoo the Dunkin Donuts logo on your face, so that you can remember what it means to be a real person).
This is a party.
This is not a circuit party.
tickets, $10 available here. 11pm-4am, 1186 broadway. 

 

SATURDAY

BAO magick city

Summer Bao Brunch Party at Magick City, Greenpoint.

when i find events happening in this town that combine every single one of my favorite things, well… it feels like pure magic(k). brunch. baos. sparkling cocktails. sparkling people. djs. dancing. NoGreePo. THIS EVENT IS EVERYTHING. it’s the launch party for Lick my Baos at magick city, and it’s a big warm baowy-wowy dance party. noon-pm, $10. tickets and all other info is here but you know enough. come. 37 box st.

Bicycle Fetish Day, City Reliquary, Williamsburg.

if you have a bike, you love your bike. i can’t imagine my world or especially my city without my precious little ‘cyc. bring yours to this family-friendly block party, see some bike tricks, enter it into many competitive categories, dance to sume tunes, ride the ride (there will be a ride) then ride to the next event on my list. all info here, noon-6pm, havemeyer between hope and keap.

 

 

Discotechnique PRIDE Party at House of Yes, Bushwick. 

no better way to celebrate pride week than at the house of love, the house of life, the house of dance, the house of beauty, the house of rhythm, the house of YES. Be who you are. Love who you want to. Celebrate yourself and dance your PRIDE. disco or rainbow costumes required show your love, share your love. djs spinning all night. tickets and info here2 wyckoff ave at house of YASSSSS.

 

 

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 here. 160 huron st. 

 

dobbin st rooftopGood 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 dobbin st and it’s everything your body wants and needs, to dance yrself clean in the summer sun with all your friends and lovers. Joey Anderson with Kellam Matthews will be spinning from 3pm-9pm. tickets, $20 available here64 dobbin st. hop on the good roof, do some bad things.™

 

Free Yoga at the Evergreen Cemetery in Bushwick.
sweat out the demons of your hangover among the spirits of the evergreen cemetery sunday with free yoga. feel grounded and connected and at least alive in comparison… which is more than i can say about how i feel around 10am on most sundays. all info here, 10am-1115am. at yoga in the cemetery – gives a whole new meaning to savasana™
go to bed now, brooklyn.
to bed, i said!
<3L.

The Weekend Guide | 15-18 June 2017

in CULTURE, weekend guide

we all have this desire to go off the grid, hoping it will get us back in tune, that it will help calm our minds and permanently change our perpetually connected existence. however, the essence of a city lies between a 4×4 plan, a system of blocks, of perpendicular streets. as if these sectioned squares could contain our wonderment, could contain the souls within, could make sense of our curiousity, our exploration, our energy, our tenacity, our lives. so i ask you, brooklkyn, to get on the grid. recognize that this was all laid out for you, built up to get you higher. the doors of bars opened, the licenses earned, the beers poured, the events planned, the city, living and breathing and begging for your attention.

our lives cannot be contained here between these lines our along this grid, but they can, perhaps, begin. and that’s why we came here anyway, right?

get on the grid, get into it. be there and be square. in all of its fascinating dimensions.

 

 

THURSDAYready set grow workshop argitecture

Ready, Set, Grow Urban Gardening Workshop at Blue Planet, East Williamsburg.
if you haven’t already seen my review and revelry for everything the lovely collab between our name is farm and agritecture are doing this summer, then well…. you owe it to yourself to read it, and to experience this amazing partnership and what is growing between them. join them tonight for an engaging and collaborative event that will teach you how to grow your own microgreens, produce crops from kitchen scraps (how’s that for sustainable), plant your own little project to take home and they will feed you dinner. yeah. it’s everything you’ve ever wanted, in the wonderfully fresh and inspirational space at blue plant consulting. tickets, $60 available here. the event goes 630-830, 40 bushwick ave. 

 

International Pop-Up Dinner at the Diamond featuring Loving Bite, Greenpoint.
if you didn’t know already, i work at the diamond. and does that make this a conflict of interest? absolutely not. why? because i loved the diamond way before they allowed me behind the bar as master beer slinger and top brew recommender (very official titles there) (i am also good with the cheese plates) (ask for one on a saturday night and prepare to die). thursday nights they feature a different international food pop-up, and this week brings us the loving bite, whose culinary creations completely embody the name. filled with love and inspired by the cuisines of spain, north africa, and the mediterranean, they’ll be preparing a lemongrass chicken and roast white yam summer rolls with house made thai peanut sauce that will feel just like a loving bite… impassioned and intimate and leaving you immensely satisfied while dangerously desirous for more. it starts at 7pm. oh and expect the very best lineup of drafts in the hood to complement these bites. all info here43 franklin st. 

 

 

FRIDAYtaste of spain at brooklyn kitchen

Taste of Spain Cooking Class at Brooklyn Kitchen, Williamsburg. 

reasons to go to this class – 1. brooklyn kitchen is leaving us and relocating south, to industry city. 2. their classes always sell out weeks ahead of time, and this one has 5 spots left. that is unheard of. 3. it’s fucking tapas man. there really isn’t too much more for me to say, other than this is one of the best ways you can spend your friday night, and a great way to kickoff the summertime dinner party season. impress your friends. learn to make tapas. get more booty, probably some of it foreign. 630-830pm. $95 rsvp right here. 100 frost st. 

 

taxidermy rat class brooklyn

Taxidermy Rat Class by Smar Department, Bushwick. 
well, this is it folks. this is fucking it. i feel like i’m constantly featuring fancy events that are somehow made acccessible, or so many things happening in brooklyn that we don’t exactly deserve on our budget. special access, underground djs, michelin-star restaurant pop-ups. but what about bringing the dirty-ass grungy shit into the limelight? it’s hear all around us, after all. well here’s your chance to embrace it. AND to help even out that frightening 3:1 rat to human ration in this town (no joke.) it’s a rat taxidermy class! yep. it’s a rat taxidermy class. full disclosure, i haven’t read all of the information because i simply couldn’t. and also the cat was reading it over my shoulder and was about to click the “yes sign me up” button. it’s $200, you leave with a real life rat statuette. and one thing i did see – if you want to add another rat head, please bring an extra $50. you sick fuck. all info here  noon-630pm, at smart department 350 meserole, unit c. pizza rat would be… well, scared. and maybe apologetic, i don’t know.

 

 New York Philharmonic in Prospect ParkNew York Philharmonic in Prospect Park.
oh ok fancy. feel like trading in that deep house beat for something a bit more uplifting, a bit more involved than a laptop and a dude from berlin, in an atmoshere a bit more natural than a dingy warehouse? you gone soft on me or something? just kidding, this sounds like a really lovely thing to do. and i might even do it too. the New York Philharmonic plays at prospect park, just bring a mexican blanket and a bota full of rioja, and a lover. or leave your name and number in the comments section here. my bota is always full and my blanket is always… folded? the concert will be followed by fireworks, if you play your cards right 😉 and even if you don’t. there will be fireworks. all info here, event is free. 8-10pm in prospect park. 

 

loftopera
LoftOpera presents Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, at Lightspace Studios in Bushwick.
high rents and demand lead us all to live grandiose lives in bite sized spaces. let’s celebrate it, eh? loftopera takes the opera out of the opera house and into our spaces. found and rudimentary. listen to the acoustics reverberating off of exposed ceilings and unfinished walks and let the passion pour out sanctimoniously just as the drunken fights or love you make with your lover often do. we’ve been waiting since their epic performance of Othello left us breathless, so come see Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, performed in brooklyn’s permier circus school (naturally) and featuring the costume designs of christian joy, whose portfolio boasts the adornments of karen O and childish gambino, just to name a few. be a part of it at the muse in bushwick for an intimate affair of truly heartbreaking and earth-shattering proportions in the only way an opera this intimate can be. tickets $30 (which is an insane steal for this talent), available here. opening night is tonight but the show runs through july 8th. 350 moffat st. bet you’ll like it better than pirates of penzance.

 

SATURDAYmermaid parade coney island

The Mermaid Parade in Coney Island.

all of your amphibious and underwater childhood desires come true with this raucous, imaginative, and multi-scensory celebration of the soul in coney island. let’s be honest, coney island on any day is one of the most colorful and curious places in the borough. add to it thousands of boundlessly imaginative participants in every interpretation of mermaidry in an annual event 33 years in the making, and you have yourself a damn festive celebration. do not miss this. the parade starts at 10am and the celebration lasts all day. come in costume. let it all hang out baby. this is for you, and you, and you, and all of us. all info here, festivities begin at west 21st st and surf ave.

 

toro y moi at the well

Toro y Moi DJ Set and All Day Party (with friends!) at The Well, Bushwick. 

i gotta be honest, i walked out of work tonight and found this magical little flier waiting in my bike basket. how did they know i love toro y moi? how did they get the feeling i have been itching for a dope day party since the weather finally got warm? and how did they know that i curate an exclusive weekend guide that features dynamic events just like this? well, kismet, of course, is the only answer. the well throws the absolute best day parties around, and, well, toro y moi pull together all of the sounds and magic to create your best saturday ever. trust me, i know. that’s why i’m here. $15 tickets and info here, 2-10pm. 272 meserole st.

brew you yoga
Brew You Yoga at the Bronx Brewery, in the Bronx.
i like stay balanced by countering all of my good decisions with a heavy peppering of mischief, and this event makes it a hell of a lot easier. yoga and beer at the bronx brewery (not to be confused with yogi bear at the bronx brewery… which actually just the prospect of that makes me realize this event shadows in comparison…) one hour flow plus a flight of 4 brews, captured at the source. feel centered, get tipsy, whatever man. it all happens from noon-130pm, $25 tickets and info here856 E 136 st. 

 

 

north brooklyn boat club summer solstice

North Brooklyn Boat Club Summer Solstice Party, Greenpoint.

to the boat club in NoGreePo that has turned the second biggest oil spill in north america into… well, into something else. that we can paddle through, together, safely. because when life hands you unnatural disasters, you build a boat club upon them and you offer it to the community to use. and you throw big seasonal parties with bands playing atop metal containers and the proceeds go towards doing more good. year after year. go to this. and help your local boat club stay afloat. it’s music and beers and friends and food and a creek too to celebrate the blessing that is the summer solstice. 6pm-whenever $5 before 8pm, $10 after, all proceeds will benefit community programming on the waterways of New York City. all info here437 mcguinness blvd.

 

rinsed brooklyn
Rinsed One-Eyed Jack’s Party, in a secret location. which will be in bushwick.
rinsed. the party group that i’ve followed into old sheds and (unintentionally) through a roof in bushwick, on boat parties that ended with passengers taking some dips in the east river and through blizzards that required burrowing through snowy tunnels until i saw that gleaming beacon of the neon umbrella light. and now, they have a home. which i hope is some rowdy and un-inspected combination of all of the above. they host their first party of the summertime season saturday night with the best djs and the best immersive party design to have you transcending at least until noon on sunday, open bar the first hour. tickets start at $10 can be found here along with everything else. if you’ve ever been to one of their parties, you should already know what tricks to have up your sleeve. location announced before the event because they are dope like that. just don’t forget- you have to get dirty before you can be fully rinsed.

 

 

SUNDAY

mister_sunday
nah baby that ain’t the moon comin’ up, that’s you gettin’ down.

 Mister Sunday at Nowadays, Queens.

 a summertime Brooklyn institution. this isn’t what non-brooklynites indulgently refer to as “sunday funday”. no no no. this is not for the weak-at-hearts who boast about their residual rosé headaches around the Keurig machine on monday morning, proudly bouncing slightly on the low pile grey office carpet in their smart ballet flats. this is for you, brave heart. mister sunday would like to tip his hat slightly and extend his hand to shake yours and then never ever let go. dig? rick wilhite will be spinning from 3-9pm and Nowadays stays open until midnight, monday be damned! tickets, here. 56-06 cooper ave. lets make bad decisions and call them sunday.
me and dad being spaniards in madrid.
Father’s Day, errrywhere.
yep folks, it’s father’s day. and if you haven’t yet done anything for yours, there’s still time! spend the day doing all the things he digs. and then tell him about it. in detail. in honor of mine, who I can’t chill with today because I’m in Brooklyn and he’s in Virgnia, I will go kayaking at north brooklyn boat club, have oysters at greenpoint fish co and have a rooftop vodka tonic at northern territory. so have a dad day today, even if you’re without him. (and tell me about it in the comments section) (which is located directly below this post. just like all those other blogs you don’t hesitate to leave comments on.)

 

lantern hall bushwick
2-for-1 Pints for Pops at Lantern Hall, Bushwick.
and if you are lucky enough to be spending the day with dear old dad, head over to lantern hall in bushwick for two for one beers. and if this epic draft list is any evidence of all of the wonderment that there is waiting for you there, plan on staying for 4-for-2 pints. or 6-for-3. or 12-for-6. or until everyone starts kind of looking like dad and every beer turns into shots and fathers day is every day. 52 harrison place  at lantern hall, they’ll leave the light on for you.™

 

egg rolls egg creams empanadas festival

Egg Rolls, Egg Creams, and Empanadas Festival in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. 
your #reasontocrosstheriverthisweekend is a most unlikely combination for a food fest. however, shouldn’t we be combining our food festivals into one big beautiful cultural mix instead of sequestering them? this egg rolls, egg creams, and empanadas festival celebrates Jewish, Chinese and Puerto Rican tastes, traditions, sights and sounds in the cultural epicenter of it all, the lower east side. come and embrace the beautiful truth that there’s more that unites us than divides us, especially when it comes to eggs. or, like, short “e” sounds at the beginning of the names of foods. just go man, it’s free to attend, all info here, noon-4pm at the museum at eldridge st, 12 eldridge st.
yoga on the roof at northern territory
Rooftop Yoga at Northern Territory, Greenpoint. 
send your sun salutations across the borough on greenpoints favorite rooftop. because the best way to sweat out those sins and send them floating off into the ether is on a rooftop, and the best way to summon them back is on a rooftop that serves spicy palomas. class is $25 and goes from 930-1030am. i will be waiting down below to give you a pat on the back then join you for brunch. all info here12 franklin st.

 

 

<3L.

the weekend guide 8-11 june 2017

The Weekend Guide | 8-11 June 2017

in CULTURE, weekend guide

fact: the former president of brooklyn made it a point to put a different slogan on every entry and exit point to the borough in an effort to define it, to explain it, to make it into a brand. and well marty, i think you overshot it a bit.

but what does it actually mean? it means that brooklyn has something undefineable. he was trying to put it into words, he was trying to find something that fit all of our eclectic tastes, desires, passions, activities… trying to define the collective we. which inherently is something too unique to put into words. and never is this more evident than in the things we choose to fill our free time with. this weekend’s activities range from a full moon party with resplendent star costumes required, to a down-home pot luck and square dance; from a full breakfast and bocce festival to doing corpse pose on a yoga mat among the dead. a smorgasboard of events as colorful as the borough’s inhabitants.

so brooklyn, i’m trying, too… not to define you, but to ignite you, to excite you, to move you. let this be your entry. get in here. come on, get in.

(get in.)

 

THURSDAY

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Drumline Party and Concert with Los Cumpleaños and FogoAzul play Under the Archway in Dumbo

under the archway of the brooklyn bridge is where the magic happens, in my opinion. this historically magestic space is acoustically nearly perfect and feels like a secret club you and your pals formed when you were kids. plus, like, a bunch of other really cool kids too. tonight’s performance brought to you by live at the archway promises to get your hearts racin’ and your feets chasin’ after them beats. the brazilian all-female drumline fogoazul kicks things off at pearl st and then marches toward the archway in a grand procession with los cumpleaños, a colombian salsa and caribeño band with a psychadelic new-wave edge. this is everything you’ve ever wanted a thursday night to be. trust me. show goes from 6-9pm, all info here. it happens under the archway.

 

photo courtesy of @diamonggpt
Bao International DInner Night at the Diamond, Greenpoint. 
bao wow wow yippe yo yippe yay, bao wow yippee yo yippe yay. i kind of have this theory about these little pillows of magic that when you call them by name, you have to say that entire line. so… i am going to find some very loose synonyms for them for the rest of this post. the diamond’s thursday night international dinners welcome Eric B and his hot little buns to accompany their uniquely curated and considerably restless roster of beers, plus wines too (i recommend the sparkling rose. all day. yippee-yay.) go, eat. sing (snoop dog). make out in the gondola. starts at 7pm, all info here, 43 franklin st. at the diamond, has a nice ring to it!™ (god i swear, i just can’t think of a good one here. help me out?)

 

SoFar X Northside Secret Show in Williamsburg.
if there is ever a time for so far, this is it. a special northside so far, this underground blind concert series is bound to impress this weekend. never been to so far? this project as born from a few friends who wanted to bring the intimacy and personal experience back to live music. they began hosting pop-up concerts in obscure places, from people’s living rooms to the backs of cars to art galleries to rooftops, and the idea spread… not a worldwide music movement, so far has a pay-what-you-wish approach. three acts who won’t be announced until you arrive. byob. byopizza. byofunk. just bring yo’self there, and do so here. sign up, like, NOW, for tonight’s show. so far, so good.™

FRIDAY

Old Time Square Dance at the People’s Garden in Bushwick.
no no, that is not old times square, that is an old-time square dance, as in swing your partner round she goes! if you’ve never been to a real square dance with acual dance calling, you absolutely must go to this event. and if you have, then i trust you will be there. let’s create a little down-home right here in brooklyn. it’s a pot luck and community dance, a social event of the best kind, brought to you by the brooklyn squares. the event is byob, byopotluck. $5-15 sliding scale. pot luck at 730, dance calling at 830. all info here, at the people’s garden, greene ave and broadway.

 

the wild honey pie beehive at northside
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The Beehive at Northside Festival by The Wild Honeypie at The Well, Bushwick.
i know, it can be difficult to navigate your way through all of the amazing events happening at northside festival this weekend. well let me help you out – do not fucking miss this one. our friends at the wild honey pie host their annual beehive at northside, this year at the well! featuring monogold, pavo pavo, BiT darling salt cathedral ❤️ and so many other bands. it’s free with an rsvp, $15 at the door without, so do so here right now. events are friday and saturday at the well, 272 meserole st.

 

brooklyn americana music festival

A Taste of the Brooklyn Americana Music Festival under the Brooklyn Bridge in Dumbo.

I rode up on the americana festival last year on a bike ride to red hook and was pulled in by the beauty and cultural authenticity of the sound. the beautiful storytelling and folksy charm brought me right back to the old dominion, and the backdrop of the entire manhattan skyline was like, pretty cool too and stuff. the festival isn’t until summer’s end even saying that gives me a fright), but you get a little taste this weekend. five hours, five bands, and it’s all free. schedule and info here, it takes place in dumbo, under the archway of the brooklyn bridge.

full moon party house of yes
Full Moon Party at House of Yes, Bushwick.
the first full moon of the summer is bring so much magic along with it. i’m alreaady catching the magnetism and mysticism on the rise, so conjure up your own at the best damn venue in brooklyn. house of yes throws a full moon party as only they know how, with aerial performances, celestial dance art, rituals of release for the new season, tarots of truth, and all of the music you need all night to dance yrself clean and into a new dimension of truth, magic, and life. costumes required, come dressed as your best self in whites, golds, silvers, metallics, light. free before 11 with rsvp, do so here. 10pm-4am at 2 wyckoff ave. 
The Unit J Music Experience at Northside Festival, Bushwick. 
as one of the most intimate and collaborative music initiatives happening in brooklyn right now, you know unit J wouldn’t disappoint for their part in northside this weekend. they’ve pulled together two-days of all the best bands they saw this year, happening at pine box rock shop and lantern hall. line up and info here. 5pm-12:30am, $5 each venue.

 

SATURDAYThe-Breakfestival

The BreakFestival, a festival for breakfast! in Industry City.
the only breakfast markets i’ve ever known take place in taiwan and are filled with savory soups and oversized churros and a distinct lack of napkins. however, the lovely folks behind extra crispy bring us this same magic to us on saturday with the breakfestival, a festival, for breakfast! all the best breakfast resturaurants in town will be there, plus djs and dancing all day, boozy breakfast cocktails, and bocce ball! come and enjoy all the joys of breakfast, shared, with people you didn’t have to sleep with the night before (but it would be a lot cooler if you did.) the event is noon-8pm, free to enter, all info here. at the Food Hall at Industry City, 274 36th st. the breakfestival! check yo’self, before you break(fest) yo’self.™

 

Industry City Courtyard Films present Trapped: Uncanny Short Films.
you’ll already be in industry city all full of breakfast and bocce vibes, so stay. this film festival of uncanny short films features absurd cinematic musings in the courtyard at industry city. there will be live music, and a mixtape of 8 short films that promise to be as entertaining as they are disquieting, plus an afterparty until midnight… which of course, is the long and short of it. tickets are $15, all info here51 35th st.
The Beer and Taco Get Down in Long Island City.
i don’t even think i need to say anything here except unlimited beer and tacos. so you can get down and stay down with yo’ bad self. tickets, $40 available here. it all happens from noon-550pm (don’t you dare stay those extra 10 minutes.), 5-25 46th ave, LIC.

 

Summer of Love Festival at the Onderdonk House with House of Yes, in Bushwick (ok so technically it’s ridgewood, just three blocks from House of Yes!).

In case you missed it or don’t read this blog thoroughly (I know man, it’s wordy), the greatest venue in brooklyn now has a huge outdoor space and they are using it to throw amazing outdoor parties and festivals, host some of the best djs you’ll hear in the city this summer, to help us all spread love and share love and get a little rowdy. this saturday and sunday they are having a two-day summer of love festival in collaboration with pink mammoth, the bay area’s favorite party people, with dope beats all day by marques wyatt and eduardo castillo, aerial and circus performances, a magestic tented bar, epicurean food trucks, mama’s bazaar artisan market, interactive art installations plus face painting and glitter stations. tickets start at $14, available here. party goes from 1pm to 9pm. 1820 flushing ave at house of yes’s summer of love festival.

 

Saturdaze Music Series at the Kings County Gatehouses in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

of course you are quite familiar with this amazing drinking establishment that is the tasting room for the city’s oldest distillery. they’re hosting a new music series all summer long that brings together live music and djs, both potent and potable spirits, some of the city’s most sought after food trucks, plus all of the magic that comes along with drinking and eating and dancing al fresco in this spirited town. see the full schedule here and head out from 6-midnight. 299 sands st.

 

SUNDAY

Free Yoga at the Evergreen Cemetery in Bushwick.
sweat out the demons of your hangover among the spirits of the evergreen cemetery sunday with free yoga. feel grounded and connected and at least alive in comparison… which is more than i can say about how i feel around 10am on most sundays. all info here, 10am-1115am. at yoga in the cemetery – gives a whole new meaning to savasana™

 

that could be you in there.
NY Transit Museum Party on Wheels, in Downtown Brooklyn.
the transit museum is one of the greatest gems of this city. they celebrate this sunday with a party on wheels, giving you the chance to experience and interact with one of the most pervasive and historic aspects of our city, the public transportation system! and there will be birthday cake! and face painting! and a chance to ride on a 100-year old vintage train from the museum platform to hoyt-scherm and BACK (or back in time, you don’t know man. you really don’t.) all info here, it’s 9-11am. which is damn early. (but not for the past. it’s real late for the past). be part of history at the ny transit museum, at the corner of boerum place and schmermermermerhorn.

 

The Music of James Bond at Django at the Roxy, Tribeca.
here it is, your only reason to cross the river this weekend. there is something so captivating about the django. the cave-like subterranean jazz lounge beneath the roxy hotel has an intimate, sexual, and slightly dangerous vibe. thus it is the absolute perfect setting for shaken not stirred: the music of james bond concert and caberet. come and get lost in a performance from another era through the musings of broadway’s natalie p. johnson and pj griffith, accompanied by performances by amy gordon and the romanovas. then, maybe, get lost in the eyes, lips, and arms of a dangerous lover. tickets, $30 available here. show is 8-10pm. 2 6th ave, the django at the roxy.

 

BK ALL DAY (and night.)

<3L.

The Weekend Guide | 1-4 June 2017

in CULTURE, weekend guide

i’m not sure what your go-to beverage is, your preferred method of inebriation. the vehicle you take to boozetown. the method to your madness. but what i do know is i’m going to keep serving you until i find something that sticks. on this week’s menu we have a very undead beach party (which should help us all deal with our winter-white skin), a tribute to the beatles in the nude!, an immersive art experiences so deep you’re guaranteed to lose your breath, a secret rooftop concert (that’s BYOB) (and BYO funk), and a classic coming-of-age tale in this town, complete with wine, pizza, and some damn good sunset views.

so cheers, brooklyn.

i’ll be here, the response to all of your shameless little demands, the answer to the call you didn’t know you made, the words that hang on your lips long after the whiskey is gone and the cabs have been hailed.

so drink up, and stay thirsty.

 

THURSDAY

Greenpoint Open Studios Launch Party, Java Studios in Greenpoint.
there is so, so much talent in all of the diverse neighborhoods in brooklyn. we get tastes of it in lost converastions had in bars and through gliances upon sketch books in coffee shops. but to have these artists open their studios and share with us their work, their process, and passion with us is something remarkable. head to the launch party for brooklyn open studios thursday night at java studios. free beer from greenpoint beer and ale, live body painting, pizza, performances, art. party is from 730-1130pm, but the event goes all weekend. full schedule here, launch part at java studios, 252 java st. 
Wine and Pizza Rooftop Films at Rooftop Reds: Coming to America, in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. 
the season of outdoor films is upon us and this one is atop a roof, among an urban vineyard, in the brooklyn navy yard, with pizza. basically the most ideal event (especially with a date) to ever exist. This month’s film is coming to america, which will inevitably help us all embrace the ridiculous wonderment it is to arrive in this city. tickets, $20, include two slices of pizza from il porto pizzeria and a glass of rooftop reds wine. more wine available for purchase, tickets and info here. 7-11pm, 299 sands st.
pioneer eats pop up
International Pop-Up Dinners Hosts Pioneer Eats at the Diamond, Greenpoint. 
sometimes i fear that i crave way more tacos than there are taco purveyors to satisfy me. i’m always looking for a fresh tortilla to envelope me in its spicy warm embrace and to do so, preferably, with a damn good beer in my hand. the diamond’s weekly international pop-up dinners is your answer this week as it hosts pioneer eats with their dynamic mixed bowls of magic. thursday they’ll be doing tacos (it seems?) and you know they’ll be doing it right. all info here, dinner starts at 7pm and doesn’t stop until they do.  43 franklin st  at the diamond, what a gem!™
 
We Love to Turn You On, Beatles Burlesque at The Well, Bushwick
have you ever been listening to the beatles and thought, i wish i wasn’t the only naked person here, dancing? me too man, me too. this event was made for us – a beatles burlesque tribute at the well thursday night. come together in a beautifully bare tribute to one of the greatest bands in history here on the 50th birthday of sargent peppers. or as we like to think of him, sargent cucumber. (can’t tell if that was funny, shame backspace doesn’t work on this machine). they’ll be playing all the hits, like don’t let me down (when you can get me up)here comes the sun, and now here comes the moon! and eleanor rigby was kind of a slut. the event is 8-11pm, tickets $12 for purchase here272 meserole st.
 

Two Year Anniversary, Black Flamingo in Williamsburg. 
go do what you always do at black flamingo, but do so with a little more staying power this time. make your hip thrusts a little more intentional, your shot consuming heavier on the tequila and lighter on the fireball, and bring that fucking funk. it’s everyone’s favorite dance spot’s two year anniversary, so let’s celebrate in the best way we know how. dance parties all weekend, choose your poison wisely. list and ticket info here, 168 borinquen place.

 

 

FRIDAY

zombie beach party at house of yes

Zombie Beach Party at House of Yes, Bushwick 

summertime is here, that glorious time where we shed our clothes along with our inhibitions and feel free and alive. or… undead? that’s right baby, it’s zombie beach party at house of yes, which means some dirty and frightful combination of your best 1960s beach wear and a damn bloody mess. costumes required,  seek inspiration here. prepare yourself for bloody cocktails, fire dancing, an undead tiki bar, a blood-filled hot tb, and live sharks (maybe!). plus sick dance tunes all night from greg wilson, octa octa, and david wilson. tickets and all other info just a click away.

 

The Other Art Fair at the Brooklyn Expo Center, Greenpoint. 
a more approachable art fair. aiming to bridge the gap between up and coming artists and art enthusiasts or those who simply like to curiously browse. showcasing 110 different artists and offering immersive experiences, theatrical performances, live music, and a damn good food+booze scene. tickets, $13-30, the upper end of that gets you into the VIP event which is thursday. show goes all weekend. go schmooze, booze, and peruse. or fucking lose man. your choice. i know i can’t wait to sit at west wine bar afterward sipping my chablis and talking lightly about just how immersed i was. tickets and info here72 noble st.
roosevelt brooklyn bazaar
relax, this is his excited face.
Roosevelt at the Brooklyn Bazaar, a Gov Ball After Party in Greenpoint. 
let’s gather all of that gov ball runoff this weekend with all of the best after parties, without having to battle overcrowded ferries and revelers in mud-caked hunter boots (this is always the case, is it not?) prance on over in your fresh AF kicks to the brooklyn bazaar and jam out to roosevelt. the show runs midnight-4am so be ready to burn the midnight oil and dance all night. tickets, $20 available here150 greenpoint ave.

 

SATURDAY

Saturdaze Music Series Kick-Off at the Kings County Gatehouses in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

of course you are quite familiar with this amazing drinking establishment that is the tasting room for the city’s oldest distillery. they’re kicking off a new music series this summer that brings together live music and djs, both potent and potable spirits, some of the city’s most sought after food trucks, plus all of the magic that comes along with drinking and eating and dancing outside in this spirited town. see the full schedule here and head out from 6-midnight. 299 sands st.

 

SoFar Sounds Rooftop Show, Secret Location in Williamsburg. 

if you haven’t been to a sofar sounds show, you are missing out on so much of what the brooklyn music scene is all about. amazing talent playing shows anywhere, from warehouse spaces to art galleries to public pools to the subway platform to absolutely anywhere. sofar brings that immersive and spontaneaous experience to you, for free (or a suggested donation!). the shows are byob, and you never know who youll see. three acts in a borrowed venue. this one will be on a rooftop because, you know, it’s summertime and shit. and you really need to be there. tickets and info here, 8-10pm. location announced upon purchase. check out all of their events here. SoFar, so good!!!™

 

star gazing in brooklyn bridge park

Interactive Star Gazing in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Dumbo.

it’s science saturday! (hint, that’s every single saturday). and the world science festival wants to help you embrace your inner science nerd with some interactive star gazing in brooklyn bridge park. there will be high-powered telescopes tat will allow you a close up look at the moon, views of jupiter and saturn’s rings, LED umbrellas (that are meant for more than drug-trip participants at a music festival), and bill nye the science guy will be there to accompany all of your observartions with catchy tunes and way too obvious jokes. a full list of events is here, star gazing goes fro 7-11pm. brooklyn bridge park, pier 1. 

 

james blake output

James Blake DJ Set at Output, Williamsburg. 

Governor’s ball is mad cool. you know what else is mad cool? every fucking night of the week in brooklyn. we live in a town that hosts some of the best musical talent all the time, and they wait for no festivals or high-dollar line-up. great for everyone going to gov ball, even better for everyone who just lives here and embraces the scene every damn day. see james blake’s epic dj set saturday night as he spins along side 1800dinosaur, klaus, and dan foat. tickets, $40 available here. go, dance, revel, and set absolutely no limit to your love. 10-4am, 4 wythe ave.

 

 

SUNDAY

The Orbiting Human Circus, an Immersive Theater Experience at Brookly Bazaar, Greenpoint. 

an immersive theater production that is based on both a feal and fictional podcast. when the leader of The Music Tapes and member of neutral milk hotel is involved, this will be anything but bland. feel the magical surrealism envelope you as the story and events unfold around and within you. dive in and buy tickets here, doors at 8, show at 9, 150 greenpoint ave. 

 

 
Bicycling Basics at Mccarren Park, Greenpoint.

thank goodness you already have a resource for everything you need to know to gear up for this season of biking, but head over to mccarren park sunday anway for their bicycling basics class, ehlping you get over your fear and start riding your city. the workshop is from 11am-2pm and is totally free. all info here, at mccarren park on union ave near driggs!

 

brooklyn brewery tasting room turns 21

The Brooklyn Brewery Tasting Room Turns 21, at the Brewery, Williamsburg. 

ah, remember the glorious days before we were 21, when we yearned for the freedom to buy beers in public without averting our gaze and surrendering our fake ids with a trembling hand? the risk, the defiance, the exhileration, the 90s. the beloved brewery and tasting room where we finally got our sudsy sea legs has finally caught up to us in age, and is throwing a throwback party to commemorate the occasion. and how will they do that, you may be wondering? with free cupcakes for the first 96 guests. a pog making station, a fake ID photo booth, beanie baby bar games, bop it’s everywhere, a macarena dance off, free beer with ticket purchase and oh so much love. go, celebrate. tickets and info here, 630-930pm, 79 n 11th st.