It’s been 30 years since Andie asked, “What about prom, Blane?” and Rough Trade is celebrating with a Pretty In Pink Dance Party on Friday night. Photo: Paramount Pictures
Greetings on this damp, fairly disgusting Wednesday, BB’ers! We are officially halfway through the week, so it’s high time you start daydreaming about fun stuff to do when you aren’t jammed into subway cars at rush hour or feigning interest in work meetings. Here’s a few ideas to get the wheels in motion for some well-spent free time in the Ideal Week that lies ahead.
I’ve been hearing about Jill Lindsey, the beautifully appointed Fort Greene clothing, jewelry, accessories and home goods shop with a built-in coffee and tea bar in the back, since it opened last year, but I finally had a chance to check it out myself this past weekend and was thrilled to discover that they also host a robust schedule of cool classes and events covering all sorts of topics. This week alone, the event space is hosting a pop-up dinner and wine tasting on Friday night with chef Elisa Da Prato, a DIY wood mounted plant workshop and a secret basement show featuring the musician Mississippi Cotten on Saturday, and a perfume class on Sunday. If those don’t float your boat, check out the calendar yourself because there really is something for everyone on there.
If you are old enough that John Hughes movies (and we are talking the Brat Pack ones, not Home Alone) factored prominently in your teenage years, you probably shouldn’t miss Rough Trade’s Pretty In Pink 30th Anniversary Dance Party on Friday night. Yep, you read that right, THIRTIETH anniversary. . . you should probably just order that AARP card now and get it over with. The venue is transforming itself into the movie’s record store, TRAX, just for the occasion, and they’ll be playing videos for music from the 80s-tastic soundtrack (think OMD, Echo and the Bunnymen, New Order) all night, culminating with a Duckie dance-off, naturally. Friday and Saturday nights, the Hall at MP is hosting the Johnny Cash 84th Birthday Bash, which means two full evenings of live performances of the Man in Black’s beloved hits by Alex Battles, the Whisky Rebellion, and special guest Miss Linda Hill.
Finally, there are still tickets left to see bestselling author and journalist John Krakauer discuss his latest book, Missoula, at the Brooklyn Public Library’s main branch on Tuesday night at 7:30pm. After exposing the nuances of the Mount Everest climber subculture and the Mormon church, among other topics, Krakauer is now tackling sexual assault on college campuses, and the result of his characteristically meticulous research is sure to be a thought-provoking and insightful take on a complex and vexing issue that we are unfortunately a long way from solving.
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