10/30/14 1:40pm

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We started Indie Media Camp last year as a way to bring independent media makers together to network with and learn from one another. It was such a hit that we’ve decided to make it an annual event, and IMC 2014 returns to Gowanus on Wednesday, Nov. 19 from 10am-6pm at 501 Union. (more…)

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10/30/14 12:28pm

We’re on the slow train to winter, with shorter, colder days ahead and a lot of pumpkin spice in your future. The bright side? The first annual New York Festival of Light is debuting in DUMBO next week, disrupting the darkness with three nights of light installations throughout the neighborhood. Before the big feast looming at the end of the month, Pie Corps will help you perfect your pie crust, and if you don’t have a Thanksgiving dinner planned, The Water Table is actually booking seats for one aboard its floating tavern. Just remember, it’s not time to hole up yet—here are 17 things to look forward to in November. (more…)

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10/29/14 9:25am
Catch the last "services" of Chico MacMurtrie's Robotic Church in Red Hook this weekend. Photo: Lori Zimmer

Catch the last “services” of Chico MacMurtrie’s Robotic Church in Red Hook this weekend. Photo: Lori Zimmer

2014 has brought us a lot of frightening things, and Halloween is the perfect way to let go of the darkness. The Friday timing means you are far more likely to wind up at a party, and the weather will be balmy enough for flimsy costumes (though we’re predicting lots of hazmat suits this year, especially if you’re trick or treating at the Gutter). Don’t forget to set your clocks back on Sunday, and start dreaming now of all that work, or sleeping you’ll do in that extra hour. The only ones who will be more productive than you are the marathoners. 61 Local is treating runners to a beer and a sandwich for $9, and if you plan on cheering them on, a Mac Off at Littlefield will help you warm up afterward with 20 renditions on the world’s most comforting dish.

And, if you just want to be past all the slutty squid costumes and discarded PowerGel packets, take a deep breath and look forward a week–BAM just announced that they’ll be screening shorts from the local web series High Maintenance (we interviewed the creators awhile backon Monday, Nov. 10, good news for anyone with a sense of humor.

Here are seven other ways to stay busy this week.  (more…)

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10/28/14 11:00am
Internet addicts unite and take over at Hallowmeme each year, posing as everything ubiquitous and viral, whether it's BuzzFeed or the popular Vine, "Ryan Gosling Won't Eat His Cereal" (right), both from last year's party. Photo: Forced Meme Productions

Internet addicts unite and take over at Hallowmeme each year, posing as everything ubiquitous and viral, whether it’s BuzzFeed or the popular Vine, “Ryan Gosling Won’t Eat His Cereal” (right), both from last year’s party. Photo: Forced Meme Productions

Do you spend far too much time on the Internet and also have a penchant for making costumes? If so, Hallowmeme, a party and costume contest inspired by the memes, viral videos, and the GIFs everyone has been posting on your social media all year, is probably already part of your annual October tradition, and if not, you should go anyway for the people-watching alone. Now in its sixth year, this delightfully nerdy convention of professional bloggers and amateur web geeks with serious arts and crafts skills hits the Bell House this Thursday at 8:30pm, and it’s free so long as you RSVP. (more…)

10/22/14 9:35am
Littlefield's Zombie Prom, complete with a blood splattered photobooth. Photo: Jacob Boller

Littlefield’s Zombie Prom, complete with a blood splattered photobooth. Photo: Jacob Boller

It’s probably time we declare the entirety of October Halloween month, rather than restricting all the spooky revelry to one night a year. If you already donned your costume this past weekend, there are nine more frightening fêtes for you on Friday, from a never-been-danced-upon abandoned factory floor to the terrifyingly toxic Newtown Creek. (more…)

10/15/14 1:23pm
Get outside this weekend and explore Gowanus during its open studios event, filled with art walks like a tour of the area's four Groundswell murals. Photo: Groundswell

Get outside this weekend and explore Gowanus during its open studios event, filled with art walks like a tour of the area’s four Groundswell murals. Photo: Groundswell

The weather gods really put a damper on the last two Saturdays, so take full advantage of the sunny weather this weekend. You could carve out time to explore Gowanus Open Studios, which kicks off with an opening ceremony at Gowanus Ballroom on Friday, followed by open studios Saturday and Sunday, and artist- and curator-led tours. Or work in some leaf-peeping with a day trip to Storm King before it closes for the season. Until the blue skies ahead, there is a blow-out birthday bash on Thursday for Brokelyn, which is celebrating five years on the internet (that’s like 10 years in print!) and Funny Story is back at Brooklyn Brewery on Thursday too, featuring a casting director, a comedian and a sex-educator. Of course.

One of the many events we were looking forward to in our October Fun Map is tonight at Greenlight Bookstore, where the book launch of Never Can Say Goodbye, a collection of essays by writers professing their unshakeable love for this town, will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy about the city. Need some more reasons to love Brooklyn this week? We’ve got plenty. (more…)

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10/09/14 9:55am

As you may know, each month we co-curate a storytelling show at Brooklyn Brewery with Tom Shillue, a comedian, barbershop quartet enthusiast, and frequent performer on The Tonight Show. Some of our storytellers are comedians or regulars on the storytelling circuit, but others are just interesting people–chefs, journalists, filmmakers and all-purpose weirdos.

The show is such a good time that we decided to record it and produce a podcast, and this is the first one.

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10/08/14 2:23pm

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This was the second year we hosted a fall wedding fair, and the first time we brought Wedding Crashers out of Gowanus and into Williamsburg, to the gorgeous Wythe Hotel last Thursday. Its various spaces, from the outdoor garden area to the Main Hall to the speakeasy bar downstairs, where Brooklyn Brewery poured glasses of Local 1, were a ton of fun to play with. Having Tribute String Quartet play in the Private Dining Room, and Baby Soda Jazz Band in the speakeasy was an extra treat. And of course the food, from ReynardBetty BrooklynDelaney BarbecueLuke’s Lobster and Naturally Delicious, was amazing. You can check out all our vendors links here.

We had a lot of help giving the venue the Wedding Crashers makeover. Patina Rentals used their amazing Color Conditions, shimmery streamers that cascaded down from the ceilings and the outside gates. Universal Light and Sound strung lights in the tent and main hall. Sprout Home provided striking centerpieces like their sculptural, air plant “candelabras” atop the hotel’s bar. Lilli of Mimosa Floral Design Studio did our chalkboard art, and the following people and vendors provided great wedding planning tips in the screening room downstairs: Mark O’Connell, Rose Red & LavenderNaturally DeliciousLion in the Sun / PostScript Brooklynkerry Quade.5 West StudiosAmber Gress PhotographyPhotomuseReadyluckStylish & Hip Weddings, followed by a fashion show by Rebecca Schoneveld Bridal Design featuring Brooklyn brides who wore the dresses she designed for them, with hair and makeup by Glamsquad.

Take a peek at the photos, by Rebecca Hales. And save the date: our spring fair is coming up Sunday, March 22, followed by our wedding band showcase on March 25.

 

 

10/08/14 11:49am
Belly up to four new bars during The Total Prospect Heights Immersion on Saturday. Photo: Alison Brockhouse

Belly up to four new bars during The Total Prospect Heights Immersion on Saturday. Photo: Alison Brockhouse

There are lots of adventures in store this week that will inspire you to break from your familiar haunts. Open House New York returns Saturday and Sunday, when you can take behind-the-scenes tours of famous homes, distilleries and architectural gems. You can also go on one of these Brooklyn outings, like a bike tour of the Navy Yard that will show you a greener side of the former shipyard. Our Prospect Heights Immersion on Saturday is another way to guarantee that you get out and explore spots you haven’t checked out yet, like Berg’n. The CBGB Festival may tempt you to intentionally visit Times Square to see DEVO and Jane’s Addiction for free. And next week, a group that commemorates the treasures hiding beneath New York waters is celebrating its five-year anniversary with oysters and beer.

We’ve uncovered more awesome events for you this week, and have some suggestions for fun days ahead. Jonathan Lethem’s upcoming talk about the 1970s Brooklyn setting of his novel-turned-musical, The Fortress of Solitude, is halfway sold out. And make reservations now for a tour of a ship graveyard aboard The Water Table, the floating tavern that will return to departing and dropping off in Greenpoint next Thursday.  (more…)

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