08/12/14 4:00pm
Women's Surf Film Festival, Women of the Seven Seas

World champion Sofia Mulanovich will be one of the surfers featured in the second annual women’s surf film festival, Women Of the Seven Seas, at the Rockaway Beach Surf Club on Saturday, August 16. Photo: Red Bull

Summer’s coming to a close but we’re not ready to wave good-bye to the outdoor concerts, BBQs, and park screenings just yet. There is a month of outdoor films left, so enjoy your last weeks of movies on a blanket, starting with these three screenings.

Spice World
Plus, DJ Dog Dick and Eartheater
Wednesday, 6pm
Free
The final movie of SummerScreen is here and it makes me a little sad. Not because it’s the final outdoor screening at McCarren Park (they’ll be back) but because somewhere between irony and ridiculousness, taste was thrown to the curb and the audience pick, the most voted for movie, and what you’ll be forced to endure for a full 93 minutes, a movie that only has a 3.2 rating on IMDB for a reason, is Spice World. Seriously, this was picked over Mean Girls? Over Kill Bill? You should go, you should watch it, you should really zigazag ah.

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
Plus, DJ Emch and the short film The Roper by Ewan McNicol
Thursday, 6pm
Free
Since we’ve been robbed of Kill Bill at McCarren Park, it’s only fair that Brooklyn Bridge Park makes up for it with the Syfy Movies With A View screening of Jim Jarmusch’s Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai. When samurai culture, hip-hop and Italian gangsters collide to form a soundtrack written and produced by the Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA on a huge screen with the amazing NYC backdrop, your night can only be amazing. Plus free bike parking with Transportation Alternatives!

Women of the Seven Seas Surf Film Festival 2014
Saturday, 7pm
Free

When the week’s up and you’re still mad about Spice World but the Ghost Dog screening has cooled your guns a bit, you’ll be ready to chill out on the beach all day—it’s not hard, not far to reach, I assure you, we can hitch a ride to Rockaway Beach. After you’ve been baking in the sun all day pull up a seat at the Rockaway Beach Surf Club for the Women of the Seven Seas Surf Film Festival. Catch these films about female surfers from around the world and take a ride on a wave so awesome only a post-beach Saturday night at the Rockaways can keep you steady. Plus raffles for awesome prizes like a Natures Shapes surfboard, a 20×30 signed print by photographer Dylan Gordon, a surf  lesson by Locals Surf School and more.

07/29/14 1:30pm
Omar Souleyman, Syrian wedding singer turned dance, plays at Glasslands next Thursday, August 7. Photo via NPR

Omar Souleyman, Syrian wedding singer turned dance music sensation, plays at Glasslands next Thursday, August 7. Photo via NPR

Before we know it summer’s going to come to a close and it’s going to be too cold to go out. Netflix and hot toddies in our bathrobes are going to replace our nights out bar hopping and seeing live bands, and we’re gonna whine about not having enough heat in our apartments. But until then let’s try and see as much live music as possible, shall we?

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06/17/14 5:00pm
Mon June 23, 2014

0604-BigChill-600x600Things are beginning to heat up outside and the last thing anyone wants to think about is sparking up an oven to make a hot meal. Why not enjoy an entire feast of all cold food with ice cold beer in an air conditioned brewery instead? We’re not talking cold left over pizza (although, yum!); we’re talking The Big Chill, part of Edible’s Eat Drink Local Week and taking place on June 23 at the Brooklyn Brewery. Think oil poached leeks with mustard vinaigrette, tomato and wax bean salad, ice cold Brooklyn Summer Ale, ice cream sandwiches and a special treat from Salty Road to take home. Excited yet? Cool off at this casual cold-food feast offering a family-style menu and tons of good company. Tickets are $40.

06/16/14 4:00pm
Sat June 21, 2014
Make your way to Gowanus after the Mermaid Parade on Saturday for a festooned loft party.

Make your way to Gowanus after the Mermaid Parade on Saturday for a festooned loft party. Photo: Liza Eckert

This Saturday, after the parade craziness at Coney Island and musical madness at Grand Army Plaza, get ready for even more partying at Gemini & Scorpio’s Sea Creature Stomp, a post-Mermaid Parade, post-Make Music New York party featuring live music, DJs, cheap booze, rooftop lounging and ice cream. At the G&S loft in Gowanus you’ll be treated to the live sounds of Underground Horns, M.A.K.U. SoundSystem, Batala NYC and dancing all night long. All of the bands are brass and percussion ensembles who will have performed earlier during the day as part of the all-boroughs, free music festival. Come as you are–even in costume if you’re making your way from the Mermaid Parade. Admission is a $10-$20 suggested donation (all going to the bands) and you must RSVP to get the address.

06/09/14 2:54pm
We've got a free pass to giveaway for Brooklyn Craft Company's Summer Craft Camp on June 21. Photo: BCC

We’ve got a free pass to giveaway for Brooklyn Craft Company’s adults-only Summer Craft Camp on June 21. Photo: BCC

Because we’re all way too old to be going away to summer camp, the peeps at Brooklyn Craft Company are doing us a favor. They’ve created a day–for adults only–where you will participate in eight summer camp-inspired DIY projects while listening to tunes, eating snacks and throwing back a few drinks. On June 21, at Brooklyn Craft Company’s space in the Old Pencil Factory, spend the day at Summer Craft Camp. The day will be split into 90-minute workshop sessions, with 15-minute breaks in between, with time to spend at several DIY crafts bars. Make a hand-stitched leather sunglass case, tangle together your very own flower-child floral head wreath, and learn a few new styles of braids to keep you cool this summer. Your Instagram is gonna look awesome. You can buy tickets here, and we’ve got one free camp pass to give away to a BB reader. Enter for a chance to win here between now and June 16, and we’ll inform the winner on June 17.

06/02/14 4:00pm
Fri June 6, 2014
Expect Broken Land's back garden to be packed with more than praying mantises this Friday at its one-year anniversary party. Photo: Broken Land

Expect Broken Land’s back garden to be packed with more than praying mantises this Friday at its one-year anniversary party. Photo: Broken Land

It’s been one year since Broken Land opened its doors for business, and in that time, they’ve not only earned their place as a staple watering hole in Greenpoint, but they’ve also landed on our list of best outdoor bars for Killer Cocktails. You think finding a spot at the bar is tough on any given Friday at this joint, just wait until this Friday during their one-year anniversary party. Not only will you enjoy the usual fun of hanging out with praying mantises in the backyard–yes, there are praying mantises in the backyard–sipping on “Ryan’s Mom’s Margaritas” and piña coladas, you’ll also be treated to free cans of Modelo and whiskey shots until the bar runs out. (Ouch! Saturday morning’s gonna hurt.) DJ Dan Irons spins punk and rock ‘n’ roll while you get stupid drunk and overtip your amazing bartenders. RSVP here, or just show up.

06/02/14 11:00am
Wed June 4, 2014

It’s hard to believe it’s been 21 years since Joe Queer, B-Face and Hugh O’Neill put out the classic Love Songs for the Retarded on Lookout! Records. If you don’t know who they are, then listen up during the first song on the record, You’re Tripping, as they sing, “Bring on the beers ’cause we are The Queers.” This Wednesday at Grand Victory, The Queers bring their ’50s rock ‘n’ roll, Ramones-style of punk rock to Brooklyn to drink all the beer and rock your face off. Get ready to dance to classics like Fuck This World (co-written by Screeching Weasel’s Ben Weasel) and Ursula Finally Has Tits, which makes me feel 13 all over again (well, I was 13 in 1993). Tickets are only $15 and totally worth it.–JH

05/27/14 12:37pm
Fri May 30, 2014 - Sun June 1, 2014
Bushwick Collective got out their spray cans for Bushwick Open Studios 2013. Photo: Michael Tapp

Bushwick Collective got out their spray cans for Bushwick Open Studios 2013. Photo: Michael Tapp

Celebrating its eighth year, Bushwick Open Studios kicks off this Friday with well over 500 participating artists, shows and events. Hit up Radio Bushwick for the launch party at 8pm to see some local artwork while catching bands like Culture VultureStar Rover and Life Size Maps ($10 admission); or start early by checking out Express Yourself Barista Bar at 6pm for the Arts in Bushwick High School Fellows opening show, featuring work from 15 Bushwick high school students. You can pick up a printed map with a directory of participating artists, events and shows happening through June 1 at places like Norte MaarEnglish Kills, or Silent Barn or peep the directory right here. Other events include an electronic music showcase and CinemaSunday both happening at Bizarre, as well as many, many studios opening their doors to the public.

05/26/14 11:22am
Thu May 29, 2014
See what the professional puppeteers at St. Ann's Warehouse have been up to over the past year during the 16th annual Labapalooza! Photo: St. Ann's

See what the professional puppeteers at St. Ann’s Warehouse have been up to over the past year during the 16th annual Labapalooza! Photo: St. Ann’s

For 16 years, the Puppet Lab at St. Ann’s Warehouse has been a haven for puppetry that’s more War Horse than Sesame Street. For nine months artists get together to develop projects, discuss and share ideas, create plots and narratives and participate in moderated discussions, and then every spring St. Ann’s presents Labapalooza!, a showcase of that work. From this Thursday to Sunday the mini-festival will be in full effect, featuring artists from all walks of life–writers, filmmakers, designers, architects, even marine biologists. Catch some primo puppet theater including Maiko Kikuchi’s Pink Bunny, Julian Crouch and Saskia Lane’s Rock Paper Scissors and Studio Reynard’s Fox vs. KingdomTickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

05/20/14 11:00am
Sat May 24, 2014
Expect sand, surf and celebration at New York Night Train's beach party May 24. Photo: James Jones/ NYNT

Expect sand, surf and celebration at New York Night Train’s beach party May 24. Photo: James Jones/ NYNT

Head to Rockaway Beach on Saturday if you want to stretch the definition of beach party. RSVP here for free admission and spend the day dancing, doing the limbo and chuggin’ booze at the New York Night Train and Panache Rockaway Beach Party at the Rockaway Beach Surf Club. DJ Jonathan Toubin has got a stack of wax chock-full o’ soul and garage rock sure to get you moving and MC Andy Animal (frontman of Brooklyn bands Stalkers and Andy Animal’s Cannibal Tribecandle enthusiast) will helm the mic. Bands include The Mystery Lights and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard.