International Pop-Up Dinner at The Diamond, Greenpoint.
you see those little guys in the bottom right of this image? those funky little shriveled upside-down flans? i dream about them. i do. and i want you to dream about them too. come to the diamond’s international pop-up dinner thursday night for some amazing mediterranean and south american dishes from chef esteban (@muesliumilch) featuring those dreamy little pasteis de nata and other surprises, plus all the most well-curated list of beers in town. 630-930pm, all info here, 43 franklin st.
Dirty Thursday: Prince Anniversary Edition at House of Yes, Bushwick.
it’s hard to believe it’s been a year since Prince left us (although i suppose a certain Angry Creamsicle somehow distracted us from honoring so many good and lovely things in our lives and replaced them with a sort of slow and relentless gag reflex), but let’s commemorate him in the best way we know how, at the best venue in the world. house of yes’s dirty thursday party celebrates the life of prince with an explosion of purple and pop, of music and dance and love and life. prizes for those in the best prince-esque costumes and as always lots of love for everyone who’s giving it. this party is free, all info here. 10pm-4am (fuck work man), 2 wyckoff ave at house of yes, where they put the sensual in consensual.™
Beer Mansion at the Well by Brooklyn Brewery at the Well, Bushwick.
there are plenty of bullshit beer events in this town. but when brooklyn brewery curates one that takes over one of the best party spots in bushwick and call it beer mansion, you go. and you drink. a lot. why? because when they throw an event, it’s always one of the best scenes in the borrough. these guys made williamsburg cool and have stuck with it through so many growing pains. also, they are currently paying the i <3 NY guy in free beer, for life. yeah. just go. your $65 ticket gets you free reign in the mansion with 5-different beer -themed rooms, unlimited tastings from all your favorite local breweries, food from the brooklyn brewery chef (and trust me, the guy knows what he’s doing), live performances and other surprises that may or may not include a wall of chips. all other info and tickets here, friday and saturday night 6-10pm. 272 meserole st at the well.
Music for the People at Industry City Distillery, Sunset Park.
these are trying times for the civilly minded, times that drive us to both take a stand and also drive us to drink. don’t lose hope when you can #revelwithacause. the lovely people at Industry City Distillery are trying ti keep us all in good spirits a benefit show for the ACLU friday night. their event Music for the People features Jake Henry’s “Boneyard,” a drum and electronics solo by Jason Nazary, spoken word by Sean Ali, and avant rock by Heavy Eyeballs. so come, #revelwithacause brooklyn. sip, shoot, gulp their amazingly smooth vodka while supporting this vitally important organization, an artisan distillery, and your own right to party. oh and, don’t miss the sunset. just trust me. all info here, 730-11pm, 33 35th st, 6th floor. at Industry City Distillery.
6 Year Anniversary Party at 61 Local, Boerum Hill.
who knows what the reason is that makes bars stick around in this town. it’s some magical combination of location, captivating yet simple aesthetic, specialty beers, specialty bartenders, casual and no bullshit service, homeyness with a certain edge to it. well, the guys who wrote Cheers know, and 61 local in boerum hill. they celebrate 6 magical years this weekend and for a very good reason. go and do what you already love to do there- drink pints, listen to bands, eat their small bites. $12 gets you 3 pints of local brews and unlimited nibbles baby. plus live music. tickets and all info here, 8pm, 61 bergen st.
Record Store Day at Rough Trade, Williamsburg.
Camp BKB – A Festival to Save the World, Brooklyn Boulders, Gowanus.
while your friends are at coachella, tell them that you’re at a festival to save the world. HA! yeah! or i don’t know. wait to tell them or whatever. you don’t want to hear all that noise in the background. come to THIS two-day earth day festival and join brooklyn boulders in the fight to save our planet. events include park clean-up, bike tune-ups, outdoor yoga and other challenges, dinner and a concert, tons of climbing, an exclusive sleepover at bk boulders (for VIP guests!) and a bluegrass brunch. this event is in conjunction with the march for science so come #revelwithacause brooklyn. tickets and all info here, 8am sat-10am sun. 575 degraw st at bk boulders, be bolder.™
Ridgewood Market 4 Year Anniversary Party and Night Market, Gottscheer Hall, Ridgewood.
sometimes you have to go to taiwan for epic night markets. and sometimes you just have to go to queens. the ridgewood market celebrates its 4th anniversary saturday night in the best way it knows how – with artisans, vintage finds, local food, specialty cocktails and brews, groovy music, vintage finds, and you and me. it all goes down at gottscheer, a beer hall, so you know you’ll have everything you need. (leave the leiderhausen at home though. please.) all info here, 5-11pm, 657 fairview ave.
Party for Mother Earth at Magick City, Greenpoint.
some people think that climate change isn’t real. some people are using their undeserved position of power to undo countless legislation for environmental justice to protect our mother earth. some people are going to look even more like a sunburnt cheetoh dipped in mustard if the hole in the ozone layer continues to expand… let’s fight back and #revelwithacause this earth day at magick city. the celebration includes music, art, film, dancing, all proceeds and percentage of sales going toward We Act for Environmental Justice. so come thirsty and hungry to help. and to dance. all info and tickets here, 7-10pm, 37 box st at magick city… it’s magic, k?™
Refuge Dinner Series : Iraq at the Brooklyn Kitchen, Williamsburg.
hey so our president is an asshole. and he’s trying to change the hearts and minds of the american people to be isolationists, racists, bigots, and overdone yam casseroles just like he is. we must fight. as a nation of immigrants, we will not become one with closed doors and closed hearts. brooklyn kitchen, aka one of my favorite spots in the hood, is starting a series of dinners to bring us together over something we can all share and warm up with – food. Refuge, is the brainchild of chef instructor Stephanie Dietz-Urena. “Cooking a meal for someone is such an intimate act and you learn so much about someone’s culture when you explore their food…and spend that time together and learn more about their journey.” sunday’s dinner is a classic Iraqi meal made by (you’re never going to believe this!) not a terrorist. the lovely Chef Maha Al-Obaidi will be preparing a traditional meal from her native Iraq. shares with us his beautiful culture as we all enjoy a home-cooked meal in our home country. tickets. $125, can be purchased here. all proceeds go to the chef and to the International Rescue Committee and refugees. 5-7pm, 100 frost st.