07/01/15 10:40am
Socially and politically conscious rapper Talib Kweli will be at Brooklyn Bowl for two nights starting tonight. Photo: Talib Kweli

Socially and politically conscious rapper Talib Kweli will be at Brooklyn Bowl for two nights starting tonight. Photo: Talib Kweli

It’s the Fourth of July on Saturday, which means that lots of people are heading out of town for BBQs, camping trips, family reunions and even Dead shows in Chicago (see below). Don’t worry if you’re sticking around though, there are plenty of ways to celebrate our nation’s independence right here in Brooklyn, and all kinds of activities to keep you occupied this week.

Tonight and tomorrow night, Talib Kweli, the ultra-talented and socially-conscious rapper whose lyrics are the stuff of legend, will be performing at Brooklyn Bowl with a full live band. The shows start at 8pm and tickets are only $20, which is a great price to see this Brooklyn-born artist tear the roof off. While we’re on the topic of music, the first annual Julybalaya festival, a celebration of local indie musicians, artists, dancers, and more, is happening Friday and Saturday in Crown Heights. Day passes are just $25 and include lots of live performances by acts like Eva and Her Virgins, Pete Ayres, Frank Knight, Meridian Lights and Artanker Convoy.

At long last, free outdoor movie season is here! Check back with us tomorrow, when we will once again be posting a super-convenient calendar of all the scheduled screenings in Brooklyn for you to pick and choose from, but for now keep in mind that Nitehawk Cinema and Buzzfeed are pairing up on Tuesday for a special 20th anniversary screening of Billy Madison at 50 Kent Avenue. There will be food and drinks available for purchase, but you might have to bring your own snack packs and sloppy joes. For something a bit more intellectually rigorous, check out Tangerine, a new movie that was filmed entirely on an iPhone, about two transgender women navigating a rough stretch of Hollywood. The film, which our own Annaliese Griffin reviewed last week, will be presented on a rooftop in midtown Tuesday night, followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker. Tickets are $15.

Finally, a few quick future events that you’ll want to buy tickets to now, because they’re going to sell out: Brooklyn Grange is hosting a Veggiepalooza dinner featuring a bevy of well-known chefs putting the late-summer harvest to its best use on Sept. 3, and The Bell House has added a second show to its Tape Festival: A Celebration of Public Radio, after the first one sold out.

For now though, get out there and enjoy the short week/long weekend– you deserve it! Here are our tips for how to get the most out of the next seven days:
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06/24/15 10:15am
See the world's most popular sport in a whole new way at Invisiball, a satirical dance performance in Gowanus from Wednesday through Friday nights. Photo: Juan Michael Porter II

See the world’s most popular sport in a whole new way at ‘Invisiball,’ a satirical dance performance in Gowanus Wednesday through Friday nights. Photo: Juan Michael Porter II

Soccer might not be as popular here as it is in the rest of the world, but given the current high level of interest in the women’s World Cup (not to mention the seedy FIFA scandal), it’s clear that the sport continues to make inroads stateside. Starting tonight, you can experience soccer in a completely different way at Invisiball, an inventive, satirical dance performance by Nadine Bommer in which delicate dancers transform into macho, mustachioed soccer players. The exclusive three-night engagement at 501 Union runs through Friday and in keeping with the sporting theme there will be hot dogs, beer, and other treats available. Tickets are $35 in advance.

Thursday night, we are in for a real treat as rock/blues/folk/country legend Lucinda Williams is gracing the stage of the Prospect Park bandshell for a free outdoor concert at 7:30. Williams defies characterization, but her work is deeply affecting–she is sometimes referred to as “Raymond Carver with a guitar”–and she is known to deliver knockout live shows, so don’t miss this one.

If you have an itch to get out of town on Saturday, sign up for RootedNY’s Upstate Escape to Fishkill Farms, a day trip that includes transportation, berry picking, a hayride tour of a sustainable, working farm, and a picnic lunch made with farm-fresh produce. Tickets are $75 if you ride the provided bus and $40 if you can get there on your own, but either way it’s a lovely excuse to be outdoors and take in the beauty of the Hudson Valley on a hot summer day.

On Sunday, head to Bed-Stuy to sample the neighborhood’s delicious food, see its beautiful architecture, and get a dose of culture at Arts in the Gardens: STooPS Bed-Stuy, a collaboration between local artists and homeowners that features free, public art displays and performances throughout the neighborhood from noon to 5pm.

Were you obsessed with Serial? Do you still find yourself weighing the merits of the case against Adnan and yearn for even more information about the investigation into Hae’s murder and the subsequent trial than the 12-part podcast series provided? You should probably snap up tickets now to see the series’ co-creators, Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder, tell behind-the-scenes, personal stories about their experience working on the Peabody Award-winning show at BAM on September 25. They start at $35 and are very likely to sell out long before the summer is over.

We’ve got a hefty lineup of things that are actually going on this week, so read on, get some friends on board, and start planning–another ideal week in Brooklyn awaits!
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06/23/15 12:14pm

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On Saturday, July 18, we’re heading south with Brooklyn Brewery for beer-soaked, food-filled tour of Bay Ridge. If you haven’t spent much time in the neighborhood immortalized by Saturday Night Fever, The Total Bay Ridge Immersion is a perfect excuse to check out its eclectic restaurants, waterfront views, and great neighborhood bars—like the four we plan to hit up: Lock Yard, The Wicked Monk, Cebu, and The Kettle Black.

Your Immersion ticket includes a Brooklyn brew at all four spots, plus a packet of local deals and your choice of lunch, all for $25—that’s less than a boozy brunch, and way more fun. There are currently eight food options to choose from: 14-hour pulled pork or a burger on a brioche bun with truffle fries, or a mixed veggie stir-fry over rice from Tie Dye Pig; 2 hot dogs and waffle fries from Lock Yard; 6 wings (any flavor) and fries from The Kettle Black, or a burger, a Reuben or portobello mushroom burger with fries from The Wicked Monk.

Once you purchase a ticket and pick your lunch online, meet us at Lock Yard between 1 and 4pm on the day of the Immersion to collect your envelope of “Walking Around Money.” You’ll use this wad of coupons to cash in your beers, lunch, and deals including 20% off all treats at Robicelli’s. If you’ve never visited them before, now you can finally eat their famous cupcakes right from the source. You’ll also get 20% off any purchase from A.L.C. Italian Grocery, a $3 Brooklyn beer at Tie Dye Pig and at Lonestar Bar & Grill, $25 off a purchase of $50 or more at Consignment Connection, 15% off at Cue Boutique, a complimentary cut with color (good through August) at Bohemian Rose Hair Studio, 20% off your entire regularly priced book purchase at Bookmark Shoppe, 25% off a toy at Kaleidoscope Toy Store, and 20% off all used games and systems at Gotham City Games. During the Immersion you’ll also be able to purchase one of Brokelyn’s South Brooklyn Beer Books, which you can put to use that day.

We’ll be adding more deals, so RSVP on Facebook to stay tuned for updates. And get a ticket now to ensure you get the lunch you want!

06/17/15 10:02am
Juggalos, pickle-making skateboarders, and a bootleg action figure maker are some of the New Yorkers you'll meet at Rooftop Films' New York Non-Fiction documentary shorts series on Friday night. Photo: Buffalo Juggalos

Juggalos, pickle-making skateboarders, and a bootleg action figure maker are some of the New Yorkers you’ll meet at Rooftop Films’ New York Non-Fiction documentary shorts series on Friday night. Photo: Buffalo Juggalo

It’s officially summer as of this Sunday, and we can tell because it’s getting harder and harder to choose what to recommend from the long list of cool stuff going on every week. Here’s something that’s definitely worth investigating, though: NYC Parks is running a few small-group programs this summer through its Urban Parks Rangers project, including birding, paddling, and camping trips within the five boroughs. Participation is free, but you’ll have to beat out everyone else in an online lottery, which starts today, to snag one of the coveted spots.

Tonight’s lineup at “Ask Me Another,” the NPR trivia and comedy show that’s regularly recorded at The Bell House, now includes ace comedian Jim Gaffigan and his equally hilarious wife Jeannie. It’s bound to be great, and tickets to the 7:30 show are still available for $20. Tomorrow night we have a special Funny Story planned with comedian Lane Moore (who doubles as the sex and relationships editor at Cosmopolitan.com), Saghar Bhatt, and guest host Mehran Khaghani, who the Boston Phoenix considers the best in Beantown. The $10 ticket includes a beer and bottomless laughs.

Never fear, film buffs, we’re hard at work getting the annual outdoor summer movies calendar all finished up and in your inboxes, but in the meantime, BAMcinemaFest begins tonight and as of hitting “publish,” there were 16 tickets left to the opening night film, The End of the Tour, a David Foster Wallace biopic. You’ll have better luck scoring seats at the other films, and there are 35 New York premieres and many special programs, like the 20th anniversary screening of Kids, to choose from.

On Friday night, Rooftop Films’ annual New York Non-Fiction series returns to Industry City, featuring a screening of documentary shorts that highlight a handful of the weird, wild, and wonderful characters that make New York so unique. This year’s selection features shorts about a super enthusiastic jury duty clerk, a group of pickle-making skateboarders, a renowned bootleg action figure maker called The Sucklord, and Buffalo-area Juggalo culture. Tickets are $15 apiece and the screenings take place at 9pm on two rooftops at Industry City.

If you’ve got a little extra cash to spend this week, there’s a dinner cruise/fishing expedition setting sail from Sheepshead Bay on Saturday that sounds like it might be worth your time. To celebrate the launch of a new mag called True.Ink, the executive chef of Grand Central Oyster Bar will be ladling chowder, shucking oysters, and teaching guests how to make their own sushi on a fishing boat that will be trolling shipwrecks off the coast of Brooklyn. The First Annual Shipwreck Shebang runs from 4-8pm, and you can get $40 off the $135 ticket price (which includes wine) if you register here and use the code STAYTRUE.

Finally, it’s time to give a proper toast to the arrival of summer, and The 2015 Beer Cocktail Showdown happening at Brooklyn Brewery on Monday night presents the perfect opportunity to do just that. Starting at 8pm, six leading mixologists from local bars like The Jeffrey and Huckleberry Bar will each create an original cocktail incorporating Brooklyn Brewery beer, and you get to sample all six and vote for the winner. Tickets are $30 and are available here.

Happy Summer, y’all! Here are more ways to get the most out of the sunny days ahead.
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06/15/15 1:00pm
Along with stops at three taquerias during a Sunset Park taco crawl on Saturday, guide Lesley Tellez will lead the group to markets like El Nuevo Pueblo for a look at ingredients and to sip fresh drinks. Photo: El Nuevo Pueblo

Along with stops at three taquerias during a Sunset Park taco crawl on Saturday, guide and cookbook author Lesley Tellez will lead the group to markets like El Nuevo Pueblo for a look at ingredients and to sip fresh drinks. Photo: El Nuevo Pueblo

New Yorkers are constantly reminded that its Mexican food pales in comparison to California’s. But if there is one neighborhood that makes a strong case that our tacos, sopes and cemitas are just as good, it’s Sunset Park.

Unless you’ve made a few trips yourself, it’s hard to decide which taqueria to hit, which is what makes this Saturday’s taco crawl with Lesley Tellez, a tour guide of Mexican street food, so appealing. The author of the forthcoming cookbook, Eat Mexico: Recipes from Mexico City’s Streets, Markets and Fondas, will be joined by Sunset Park historian, Joe Svehlak, and together they’ll lead a group of 15 to Tacos Matamoros, Mi Pequeña Chinantla and Tacos El Mezcal (also known as Taquería el Maguey). The tour also takes in El Nuevo Pueblo for a spicy-salty fruit cocktail, La Flor Bakery, and two Mexican markets, where Tellez will talk about ingredients in typical Mexican dishes.

The tour price, $65, includes all food and a copy of the cookbook. Judging from the recipe Tellez shared on the next page, it’s a great deal.

 

06/12/15 9:00am

Ah, summer–that beautiful time of year when winter is a distant memory and we all start to wonder just why we live in a humid swamp with 100-degree heatwaves matched by 100-year-old houses where “central air” is an unknown concept. With the weather getting particularly sticky for the first time this week, we figured it was a good moment to start looking at some upcoming chances to get out of Dodge. Fortunately, there are a ton of NYC-area weekend festivals coming up this season–here are three that seem tailor-made for Brooklynites, all easily reached by MetroNorth or bus. (more…)

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06/10/15 10:12am
Give My So-Called Life the sendoff it deserved when it was unceremoniously pulled from the air in 1994 at My So-Called Party at Passenger Bar at 8pm tonight. Photo: My So-Called Life

Give My So-Called Life the sendoff it deserved when it was unceremoniously pulled from the air in 1995 at My So-Called Party at Passenger Bar at 8pm tonight. Photo: My So-Called Life

Did the abrupt cancelation of teen-angsty cult classic My So Called-Life 20 years ago deeply affect you? Will you always refer to Jared Leto as “Jordan Catalano,” no matter how many Oscars he wins? If so, you’ll probably find kindred spirits at the My So-Called Life anniversary party, My So-Called Party, from 8pm on tonight at Passenger Bar. Episodes of the show will be projected and a themed DJ set from YOURS//MINE will serve as the soundtrack. Sounds like a great way to finally give one of the greatest shows about what it’s really like to be a teenager its due. . . now someone get started on planning the Freaks and Geeks party and we’ll be all set.

For another take on coming of age, make a plan to see the Debutaunt Ball, an immersive, multimedia satire about the endlessly fascinating topic of Southern debutantes that will be at Red Hook’s Atelier Roquette this weekend through June 28. It’s back for another run after selling out its trial last year, so we suggest you get on buying a $35 ticket asap.

With so many Brooklyn Pride festivities planned this week, and the Northside Festival well under way, you may need a pick-me-up after all the fun this weekend. Beat the Sunday blues starting at 3pm at South’s Fifth Annual Mac & Cheese Off, a no-cover charge event where local home cooks present their best takes on the classic comfort food and the rest of us get to dig right in and taste them all.

BeerProv, a live monthly improv event featuring a rotating cast of hand-picked comedians, is at Littlefield on Tuesday at 8pm, and it sounds like it’s well worth the $10 entry fee. A Canadian import that is quickly gaining popularity stateside, the show is billed as Whose Line Is It Anyway? meets The Hunger Games: an elimination-style competition designed to ferret out the comedian who can come up with the funniest riffs on audience-provided suggestions. Be honest, it’s been a while since you’ve done anything this good on a Tuesday.

But that’s not all, folks. Check out the other great stuff we lined up for Your Ideal Week below:
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06/10/15 9:25am
Hot Rabbit in all of its Hot Rabbit glory. (Photo by Maro Hagopian)

Hot Rabbit in all of its Hot Rabbit glory. (Photo by Maro Hagopian)

Only two years ago, Marty Markowitz dubbed Brooklyn “the lesbian capital of the Northeast.” While NYC Pride might get more attention, Brooklyn Pride has surged ahead in recent years, with a fantastic selection of film screenings, storytelling nights, and actually great parties with actually great music (that don’t cost a hundred dollars). There’s even a Pride run to celebrate people who want to celebrate queerness via exercise. God bless them. Check out the list below for the best of Brooklyn Pride this week. (more…)

06/03/15 10:34am
Face-painting, kayaking, dance performance, and free BBQ are just some of the things to look forward to at the 22nd Annual Red Hook Fest, which kicks off on Thursday. Photo: Dance Theatre Etcetera

Face-painting, kayaking, dance performance, and free BBQ are just some of the things to look forward to at the 22nd Annual Red Hook Fest, which kicks off on Thursday. Photo: Dance Theatre Etcetera

While we here at Brooklyn Based are busy prepping for our Gowanus Immersion on Saturday, we concede that it is not the only game in town this very busy week in our borough (although it might be the most fun). There are large-scale festivals and events going on all over the place, including the 22nd annual Red Hook Fest, which runs Thursday- Sunday with free Hometown BBQ (the BEST), kayaking, dance and music performances, and Red Hook trivia. A summer day in Red Hook is a delight any time, and this is a great way to show your support for a unique and wonderful community that was nearly destroyed by Sandy. Sunday also marks the Tour de Brooklyn bike race, and you can celebrate even if you aren’t registered to ride by chowing down on food and beer at the unofficial afterparty, a second birthday celebration for Bicycle Roots bike shop in Crown Heights.

If you’re looking for A-list comedy, The Bell House has got you covered this week. Snatch a ticket to tonight’s not-quite-sold-out show featuring Twitter King Rob Delaney and the super funny Jessi Klein of Inside Amy Schumer, or make plans to attend Tuesday’s album release party for the multi-talented comedian/writer/rock star Dave Hill, with guests like Michelle Wolf, Seaton Smith, Greg Barris. Either way, you’ve got lots of laughter in your future.

Finally, as we noted, this is a jam-packed week, so you might find yourself overstimulated and in need of some serious R&R. If that’s the case, sign up for the Saturday evening Sound Healing session at Brooklyn Zen Center (bonus: you’ll already be right in the hood if you’re at the Immersion). Starting at 7pm, integrative sound therapist Nate Martinez will use gongs, drumming, tuning forks, and singing bowls to created a relaxing, meditative state “sound bath” that sounds like a pretty perfect way to spend an hour and a half.

We’ve got loads more ideas of things for you to do and see between now and next Wednesday, so read on and get your GCal ready! (more…)

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05/27/15 10:11am
Aerialists from The Muse are just some of the entertainment that will be on hand at the epic Brooklyn Spaces book launch party on Saturday night. Photo: The Muse

Aerialists from The Muse are just some of the entertainment that will be on hand at the epic Brooklyn Spaces book launch party on Saturday night. Photo: The Muse

Feeling a little stressed out lately? You aren’t alone, and one of the best ways to realize that fact is to immerse yourself in other people’s problems, which you can do this Friday night at the first anniversary of Relationshit, the live show featuring all kinds of messed up relationship issues and advice from real therapists. To celebrate the one year mark, hosts Lynn Bixenspan and Morgan Pielli are welcoming an extra-special lineup of guests, including This American Life’s Elna Baker, comedians Brooke Arnold and Kendra Cunningham, and clinical psychologist Wilson McDermut, that will essentially let you take a voyeuristic (and maybe therapeutic) peek into the therapy sessions of total strangers. Tickets are $8, and the show is at 8pm at Standard Toykraft.

If you’re still in need of some serious de-stressing, we’ve got three words for you: Yoga Beer Brunch. That’s right, this Saturday at 11am you can unwind and get fully present in a mixed-level, slow flow vinyasa yoga class taught inside St. Gambrinus Beer Shoppe. After you’ve completed all your poses and sun salutes, dig into a complimentary bagel brunch courtesy of Court Street Bagels and treat yourself to a drink or two at happy hour prices. Tickets cover the class and brunch and are $17. For another transcendent yoga experience, be sure to sign up for one of this summer’s weekly sunset sessions in the rooftop garden at Brooklyn Grange’s Navy Yard farm. This Monday’s class is already sold out, but there are plenty of $15 tickets available for June 8 and beyond.

Everyone knows that Brooklyn is home to a host of wacky, creative, and collaborative DIY venues, but unless you are really plugged into the scene it’s tough to keep tabs on it. That’s why we’re grateful for the work of Oriana Leckert, whose efforts to chronicle these often fleeting cultural phenomena culminated in her book entitled, Brooklyn Spaces: 50 Hubs of Culture and Creativity, which was released last week. One of the spaces profiled in the book, the historic Gowanus Ballroom, is hosting the mother of all book launch parties for Leckert on Saturday night, complete with a marching band, an all-female samba-reggae percussion group, aerialists, a flaming saxophone player, food trucks, and late night dancing. To help celebrate, we’re giving away five copies of Brooklyn Spaces. To enter to win one, just sign up here by June 1.

But that’s not all, friends– we’ve got more tips to keep you busy well into next week.

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