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The Weekend Guide | 9-12 February 2017

in CULTURE, weekend guide

we’ve been fighting, brooklyn. fighting to live, fighting to survive, fighting to navigate this concrete jungle we landed our vicious hearts into, fighting stubborn landlord tyrants who have somehow been placed in positions of great power in this city. fighting.

and all of this fighting, of course, is from the intense and immense free-flowing love we have abounding from our hearts, moving our feet, stimulating our minds, helping us come up with really charming slogans for our blogs. and as love fearlessly and relentlessly trumps hate, let’s use this weekend of love to make a difference, to see a difference, to insight a difference and of course to simply make love. revel with a cause, brooklyn. and love with a purpose (not a porpoise) and make love, be love, spread love…

it’s the brooklyn way.

 

ALL WEEKEND

Grand Street Restaurant Week, WIlliamsburg

ah, restaurant week in new york. highly anticipating and seemingly a great way to have a new experience for a great value! and then you get there and it’s overrun and the food blows and everyone is on top of each other and you order too many drinks to deal with your frustration and then you’re paying way way more than anticipated for a mediocre experience. which i guess is also exactly what it’s like living in manhattan. let’s just do this ish our own way. it’s grand st restaurant week, and just as every time you’ve ever subbed one experience for another across the river, it will be so much grander. 12 amazing restaurants, it’s happenign through the 12th. all info you need is here, including menus! along grand st. 

 

 

Matthew E White and Flo Morrissey at Baby’s All Right, Brooklyn. 
it is so so easy to share the love of your hometown when your hometown has as much amazing musical talent as richmond does. lucy dacus, dj williams projekt, no BS brass band and of course gwar… and the gem that is matthew e white. his mix of soulful gospel funk digs deep down into your soul and settles there, slightly familiar and engaged. see him play along with flo morrissey at baby’s all right thursday night. all info here, 146 broadway. at baby’s all right – make baby’s all right again™

 

Raise Up for Women at Industry City Distillery, Sunset Park. 
the only light in the midst of this deep, dark, shit-filled tunnel we are currently in is that there has been so much good to get involved in. to show your support, to have your voice heard. and especially for womens rights. thursday night at Industry City Distillery, BiT’s favorite (not so)little distillery in sunset park, is hosting a benefit supporting six amazing organizations for women. 100% of the monies goes to benefiting organizations doing amazing work for and by women: Make the Road, My Sister’s Place, Hattie Carthan Community Garden, Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter, ViBe Theater Experience, Trans Women of Color Collective… plus art, music, performance, installation, dancing, and of course, house made vodka. don’t say no, just say yes. all info here, 7-11pm, 33 35th st, at industry city distillery, where science never looked so sexy or went down so smoothly.

 

 

FRIDAY

Prom 2017 at The Gutter, in that gray area between Greenpoint and Williamsburg.
ah, prom! that night of really bad fashion choices, really bad vodka that was hidden indiscreetly in water bottles and chugged in the back of someone’s jeep and immediately followed by really bad dance moves and really bad sex. let’s redo it, eh? ok maybe not the outfits or the cheap vodka but definitely the mediocre love-making. we deserve more, and more, and then more. don’t you tell me to get my head out of the gutter, until you get your head into it. 8pm-midnight, $5. all proceeds go to benefit the ACLU, so we’re already doing much better 😃 4 bands play all night, the rizzos, dentist, the mad doctors, and sirs&madams. all info here, BYOcorsage, and then stick it in someone. baby. everything you need to know is here200 N 14th st.

 

 

It’s Friday, I’m (not) In Love Party at Littlefield, Gowanus.
you know the best way not to get a little love on valentine’s weekend? it’s to bitch about love. instead, open your hearts and your lips baby. and come to this, “it’s friday i’m not in love” anti-valentine’s day party and change that little opinion of yours. have some drinks, get loose. dance up on a stranger. make love in the bathroom. i don’t care how you do it, just quit your bitchin. also there’s a photo booth. wear all black, prizes for creativity. $6-10. all info here. 622 degraw st.

 

Planned Parenthood Danceathon at the Knockdown Center in Astoria.
WE MUST PROTECT THIS HOUSE! our bodies, that is. they are temples and there are so many rad ways to celebrate and demonstrate.  so this weekend. revel with a cause baby, knock ‘em down, dance it out. at the planned parenthood danceathon at the knockdown center. 9pm-2am, all info here. 52-19 flushing ave.

 

 
Interactive Love Games Art Exhibition and Benefit, at IMAGE Gallery, Bushwick. 
tell me you didn’t get turned on looking at that photo. you did. well then, it looks like someone should bring their loveworthy little body to interactive love games art exhibition. immerse yourself in edgy, racey, and quite lovely artwork performance, and movement. come solo or with someone or with a few someones. spread love, make love. your donation benefits planned parenthood, so love tha tbody and all the other bodies. tickets and other info here. 7-10pm, 1501 broadway. 

 

SATURDAY

LGBTQ+ Makeout Session in front of Trump Tower. (no i am not kidding.)
oh HELLLLL yeah. listen, it doesn’t matter of course who you love and how you love them because love is love is love, but what does matter is that our shitwad of a president doesn’t feel that way. so if you lean in a more traditional sense of love, let’s bend the rules this saturday. why? because we’re having a big LGBTQ+ makeout sesh in front of trump tower. oh yeah. partners not required and allies welcome! meet at 12pm at the central park west hotel. we will all march together to trump tower and makeout. until 3pm. all info here.

 

Women Self-Care Faire at the New Women Space in Bushwick
we should keep fighting for our rights and our bodies but we also have to balance it out with plenty of loving. this full-day dedicated to women’s self care celebrates and demonstrates the love we should have for our bodies and ourselves and each other. in partnership with babeland and lunette, the full schedule includes workshops focused on self-love and meditation, organic skincare demonstration made in bushwick, sex toy workshop for enhancing your solo experience or your confidence in the bedroom, and a discussion on the unnecessarily taboo subject of reuseable menstrual products. 12-6pm, full schedule here. let’s do this. all events take place at the new women space, which you should check out all of the amazing things they’re doing there. 188 woodman rd.

 

El Imperio plays at Threes Brewing, Gowanus.
so it was just threes birthday and we all missed it. yeah. but that’s ok because we can go and celebrate and dance and groove saturday night to el imperio, who will be mixing a rather intoxicating blend of afrobeat, latin, soul and rock to layer over the already intoxicating brews overflowing with love from every oraphus at threes. and by oraphus i mean tap. and your pores as you sweat on the dance floor. drink up and absorb. the event is free, 8-11pm, all info here. 333 douglass st. at threes brewing- i’ll try anything thrice.™
 Anti-Valentine’s Day Party at the Mccarren Park Hotel, Williamsburg.
do i need to go into the futility of hating valentine’s day again? no? ok good. well, there’s this party happening on the rooftop of the mccarren park hotel which is kind of anti-valentine’s day, but sometimes the things we dislike ignite us and invigorate us and unite us even more. because we don’t have time to be a hater. hater? i hardly knew her! all info here. no cover, come dance all night. 10pm-2am. 160 N 12th st.

 

SUNDAY

Greenpointers Valentine’s Day Market, in Greenpoint!
oh you know what this is. it’s the super rad valentine’s day market that greenpointers throws every year. amazing artisans, food, drinks, tunes, free poetry, massages, a hell of a great view and a big silly guy dressed in a cupid diaper doing some of the best freestyling i’ve ever heard. come with the intention to buy gifts, stay for everything i’ve just mentioned. this is the best way to spend your sunday (along with all the things mentioned below). all info here, get on it. 67 west st.

 

Mama’s Bazaar Valentine’s Market at House of Yes, Bushwick.
whoa whoa whoa, did you really think you were going to get through my entire love-centric weekend guide without a mention of house of yes? you crazy boo. everyone’s favorite little love shack warehouse in bushwick brings us a valentine’s day bazaar sunday as a dynamic preview to the beautiful celebration of love they will be having tuesday (stay tuned! but, would you want to spend valentine’s day not in a rooftop hot tub making bad decisions? hm didn’t think so.) sunday’s event will have the normal brooklyn-esque bazaar suspects, artisans, handmade jewelry, interesting soaps incasing magic treasures, as well as henna tattoos, sex toys, s&m gear, sensual massages, and so many more things to bewitch your imagination. happy hour is noon-2pm, dj dropkat spinning tunes until 6pm. all info here2 wyckoff ave, see you there.

 

Cheese Making Class and Romeo + Juliet Viewing at Humboldt and Jackson, Williamsburg.
cheese making, wines, a showing of romeo+juliet and your honey by your side for all of it. it doesn’t get much better than this folks. head to humboldt and jackson for a lesson in ricotta making followed by a cozy showing of romeo+juliet where you can snuggle up to your sweetie and give absolutely no clues that you’re pretending he’s leonardo dicaprio (again.) plus it’s free. you must rsvp, all info here. it’s at humboldt and jackson streets.

 

get out there and spread that love. don’t let me down.

<3L.

The Valentine’s Day Gift Guide.

in LIFESTYLE
 because finding love, of course, is the easy part- i’ve curated a painfully tasteful and exclusively inclusive gift guide to show your love to anyone and everyone in your heart, and where to find them in Brooklyn.

For your leading lady.

a handmade dream catcher
because she believes in magic. and she harnesses it by weaving intentional webs of hope and desire, strung spindly-thin and impossible to find your way out of once ensnared. and why would you anyway, if thus meaning you are her dream, you dear lucky lad?  pick one up from LAB brooklyn in greenpoint. 144 driggs ave.

 

the wild unknown tarot
we all must play the hand we’ve been dealt but there’s always room for a little slight of hand, a little twist of fate, and more than a fair measure of the wild unknown. these hand-drawn, hand-painted (and reprinted, ok ok…) masterpieces double as decor, but will bring about some wild spirits into that delicate house of cards you’ve assembledcozy love nest you’ve foraged, sturdy fortress you’ve built, dingey but charming bushwick apartment you’re renting. these, from maha rosa in greenpoint. 97 green st.

 

pablo neruda’s love poems
among the most romantic ways to practice the most romantic of the romance languages, other than while making sweet sweet love. romantically. poet laureate pablo neruda’s seductive book of love poems features each poem in spanish, mirroring it’s english translation. the perfect instigation for pronunciation, enunciation, fornication, and plenty of inventive iterations. this one found at spoontown and sugar sluts dammit! i mean spoonbill and sugartown, in williamsburg. 218 bedford ave.

 

stamp on passport
no no. this isn’t some game or book or album or ‘zine. it’s actual permanent ink on the (ideally) weathered pages of a well-loved passport, to be earned only by crossing through that fateful TSA threshold, hand in hand, with the woman you love. looking onward to the departures screen and to new adventures. keep your eye on the flight deal for daily deals and book something. trust me, it’s what she wants.

 

jewelry is always a good idea.
and can also be quite contrived. add a personal touch by taking a coin from your travels together, taking it to one of those charming and still-in-business polish jewelers on manhattan ave and then string it on a long chain. or you know, go to brooklyn charm and put together your own personalized creation. 145 bedford ave.

 

 

For the man in your life.

an engraved compass.
what is it about men and antique brass compasses? is it their inherent timelessness, their familiar-as-an-heirloom quality, the substantial weight they have as you hold them, their tendency to always be right when it comes to directions? wait. or is that what we love about men? either way, this seems like a perfect fit. and besides, he’s your true north <—UGH barf, if i ever say that, unsubscribe. no for real. this one found via etsy (which is based in brooklyn!!) so yeah.
a little bear bottle opener.
it’s your slow way of obtaining a permanent fixture in his home. a wall-hanging bottle opener. of the bear variety. fierce and relentlessly giving but also unassuming. it’s everything you wish it would be, as long as you can bear it. this one from burson and reynolds in greenpoint, 649 manhattan ave.

 

lingerie. of any kind.
you know it’s for him anyway. and how you use it, of course is up to you. but i highly recommend you use it to make bad decisions. just add yourself and mischief. and maybe a little whiskey. try anything from shag sex shop in williamsburg. 108 roebling ave.

 

deer antlers
natural. found. tough. one-of-a-kind. and more uses around the home than you initially thought! and again, i have just described your lover. whatever. perfect as a paperweight (why do these even exist in the first place? how drafty is your office space exactly??), a nifty coat hook, a gnarly back scratcher, a decor piece that pairs well with a back story, real or fake. these pop up periodically both at copper and plaid and dobbin st co-op, so go often. they’ve never steered me wrong (AH-HAA!). or, leave a comment here and buy a set from me. i have a bunch. (for real).
 

For the woman you can’t live without both because she’s your best friend, partner in crime, and pseudo (or real) lesbian lover, and also because of course she knows too much.

garance dore’s love style life.
for the creative, entrepreneurial, inspired woman who is moved by words, images, and traversing through all the noise in media to find and create something of substance. the way that garance embraces every bit of life and communicates it is enough to move anyone to seek more- in love, style, life, and everything in between. (yes, this was the valentine’s gift i bought for myself.) get. her. this. and, of course, check out www.garancedore.com for daily musings and inspirations. book found at word books, 126 franklin ave, greenpoint.
the novelty necklace
if you want to get personal, choose a coin from your joint travels, or one that represents her family, her heritage, or her aspirations. seen here, a czech koruna, drilled and strung by my local jeweler on manhattan ave. or if you prefer something sassy for yourself or your best friend, this unassumingly blunt NOPE heart necklace requires that you have to get just close enough to read. i’ve had many a male say sweetly, “oh, what is engraved there on your necklace?” and upon closer inspection and recognition of my smug smile, they get the message without saying a word. found at in god we trust in greenpoint. 70 greenpoint ave.

 

a little something sexy

you already know she’s a fox- stop by my favorite little lingerie shop in brooklyn that flawlessly combines seductive and sensual, tasteful and dangerous, intrepid and clandestine. and doesn’t require you to walk through a pink-polka dotted high school locker room to find what you want. i love this stunning pair for it’s sheer abhorrence to futility, just pure unadulterated aesthetic beauty. from brooklyn fox in williamsburg, 132 n. 5th st.

a sassy little ring holder (and something upon it)

simple, elegant, charming, these ring holders become a simple and unassuming little center of attention. slip a little something extra on it from brooklyn’s jewelry mavens at catbird, animal ring holders at burson and reynolds, in greenpoint. 649 manhattan ave.

 

giles + brother railroad spike cuff
made in new york, engraveable, delivered in 2 days flat anywhere in the US. this solid brass means it’s strong, tough, unassumingly eye-catching and will only get more beautiful with age. not.un.like.your.love. my engraving of course stands for a secret club with my best friend (and we’ll never tell.) so choose something clandestine, unique, personal, and distinctively yours. available at giles and brother and OAK, greenpoint. 55 nassau ave.

 

tom dixon copper coffee collection.
for the coffee lover-lover, wake her up with something pretty and european. because mornings should start slow, fragrant, and with a rosy outlook. french press or percolator- make it personal with coffee from your favorite roastery. i’m enjoying cortado coffee (from good friend and coffee connoisseur schuyler cox, out of kauai), but my local recommendations include stumptown, cafe grumpy, and brooklyn roasting. percolator, french press, and other daily necessities elevated to objects of indulgent desire, visit beam brooklyn, in williamsburg. 240 kent ave.
<3L.

a gift guide for lovers.

in LIFESTYLE
because finding love, of course, is the easy part- i’ve curated a painfully tasteful and exclusively inclusive gift guide to show your love to anyone and everyone in your heart, and where to find them in Brooklyn.
 valentines
1 garance dore’s love style life.
for the creative, entrepreneurial, inspired woman who is moved by words, images, and traversing through all the noise in media to find and create something of substance. the way that garance embraces every bit of life and communicates it is enough to move anyone to seek more- in love, style, life, and everything in between. (yes, this was the valentine’s gift i bought for myself.) get. her. this. and, of course, check out www.garancedore.com for daily musings and inspirations. book found at word books, 126 franklin ave, greenpoint.
2 the novelty necklace
if you want to get personal, choose a coin from your joint travels, or one that represents her family, her heritage, or her aspirations. seen here, a czech koruna, drilled and strung by my local jeweler on manhattan ave. or if you prefer something sassy for yourself or your best friend, this unassumingly blunt NOPE heart necklace requires that you have to get just close enough to read. i’ve had many a male say sweetly, “oh, what is engraved there on your necklace?” and upon closer inspection and recognition of my smug smile, they get the message without saying a word. found at in god we trust, 70 greenpoint ave.

 

3 a little something sexy

you already know she’s (or you’re) a fox- stop by my favorite little lingerie shop in brooklyn that flawlessly combines seductive and sensual, tasteful and dangerous, intrepid and clandestine. and doesn’t require you to walk through a pink-polka dotted high school locker room to find what you want. i love this stunning pair for it’s sheer abhorrence to futility, just pure unadulterated aesthetic beauty. from brooklyn fox, 132 n. 5th st, williamsburg.

 

4 a sassy little ring holder (and something upon it)

simple, elegant, charming, these ring holders become a simple and unassuming little center of attention. slip a little something extra on it from brooklyn’s jewelry mavens at catbird, animal ring holders at burson and reynolds, 649 manhattan ave, greenpoint.

 

5 giles + brother railroad spike cuff
made in new york, engraveable, delivered in 2 days flat anywhere in the US. this solid brass means it’s strong, tough, unassumingly eye-catching and will only get more beautiful with age. not.un.like.your.love. my engraving of course stands for a secret club with my best friend (and we’ll never tell.) so choose something clandestine, unique, personal, and distinctively yours. available at giles and brother and OAK, 55 nassau ave, greenpoint.
6 tom dixon copper coffee collection.
for the coffee lover-lover, wake her up with something pretty and european. because mornings should start slow, fragrant, and with a rosy outlook. french press or percolator- make it personal with coffee from your favorite roastery. i’m enjoying cortado coffee (from good friend and coffee connoisseur schuyler cox, out of kauai), but my local recommendations include stumptown, cafe grumpy, and brooklyn roasting. percolator, french press, and other daily necessities elevated to objects of indulgent desire, visit beam brooklyn, 240 kent ave, williamsburg.
<3L.