Eugene Mirman, holding court outside the Bell House. Photo: Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival
Famous people are great and all, but what I have really come to appreciate about Eugene Mirman after attending a few EMCFs is his ability to identify and give a stage to relatively unknown comedians who are clearly on their way to the big time.
The end of summer is here, and while that means less daylight, cooler temps, and not being able to phone it in at work anymore, it’s also time to get excited for the annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, which returns to The Bell House and Union Hall for five nights starting September 18. Now in its 7th year, the festival is an unfussy, intimate series of shows, panels, and events featuring top-notch talent, mostly culled from Mirman’s own list of comedian friends he’s collected over two decades in the biz.
A lot of the shows with big-name headliners are already sold out, but don’t despair if you didn’t snap those tickets up–the secret to the festival is that the less star-studded line-ups are where you’ll see tomorrow’s new favorite funny person. And everyone loves an opportunity to say, “Oh yeah, I saw her just before she got hired by SNL-The Daily Show-The John Oliver Show-moved to LA and got super famous.”
Brooklyn Carnival, one of the largest Diaspora celebrations of West Indian culture in the world, will take place Sept. 1 in Crown Heights. Photo: George Krauss
In many ways, September always feels like the start of a new year. So much cultural programming kicks off come Labor Day that we found ourselves flush with fun things to look forward to over the next week and well into fall–make sure to look out for our September Fun Map in your inbox tomorrow. While there will be plenty of time to celebrate summer over the long weekend ahead with backyard BBQs and beach trips, we would also like to direct your attention to a Michael Jackson karaoke party at Morbid Anatomy Museum, Brooklyn Carnival, a vampire film screening for anyone going through withdrawal following True Blood‘s series finale last Sunday, and a rooftop dinner in honor of the autumnal harvest we’re all about to reap. Your ideal week awaits.
Thursday, Aug. 28: Greenlight Bookstore has struck up a new literary partnership with culinary newcomer Peck’s Specialty Food, owner Theo Pecks’ iteration of an old-school kosher deli, which Brendan Spiegel clued us in on when it opened in Clinton Hill in January. The fruit of this new fusion is Book/Plate, a literary dinner party that pairs the works of authors with food dishes inspired by their writings. First up will be Francisco Goldman (Say Her Name) whose newest book, The Interior Circuit, a genre-bending book the follows Goldman through his grief after his wife’s passing as he rediscovers himself and his life inside Mexico City during the Mexican capital’s most recent time of socio-political upheaval. Tickets to the family-style dinner cost $45 and include a copy of Goldman’s book.
Friday, Aug. 29: Tonight the Morbid Anatomy Museum is throwing a karaoke birthday party for Michael Jackson. Let that thought sink in as you’re clicking over for tickets, because the oversized-curio-cabinet of an institution is going all out for the Gloved One. Along with a mic and karaoke machine, the museum has also organized gin cocktails, music videos and an illustrated talk by Shannon Taggart on “the curious afterlife of Michael Jackson.” Oddities start at 8pm. (more…)
Scenes from past Immersions. Photos: Alison Brockhouse/Brooklyn Based
We didn’t want anyone to have to choose between their summer vacation and one of our Immersions with Brooklyn Brewery, so after fantastic days spent drinking, eating and exploring the South Slope and Greenpoint in June and July, we took August off and planned The Total Bushwick Immersion for Saturday, Sept. 13.
We’ve lined up a whole new crop of bars, restaurants, cafes and stores to check out, focusing on the area around the Jefferson stop on the L train (no, we’re not calling it Jefftown). Consider this your $20 ticket to an entire day of artsy, boozy, delicious fun.
You’ll start the day by picking up your envelope full of walking around money, or WAM, as we like to call it, at Radio Bushwick, any time between 1pm and 2:30pm. From there, Bushwick is basically your oyster. Your WAM is like Brooklyn Monopoly money, and each bill will score you a different deal around the neighborhood. What do you get? Brooklyn Brewery beers at The Rookery, Radio Bushwick, Three Diamond Door and Brooklyn Fire Proof, and lunch at either The Diggs—your choice of their ridiculously good poutine or Coney fries, which come covered with chili, cheese sauce, mustard and onions (leave off the chili if you like)—or Brooklyn Fire Proof (your choice of a wings basket or a burger and fries). What else? Discounts on everything from coffee, cookies and other baked goods to haircuts, books and handmade goods at spots like Little Skips, Sweet and Shiny and The Shops at The Loom. (See below for the full list—some last for a full year.)
We sold out well in advance of our two last Immersions, so round up your friends and get your tickets early so you don’t miss out.
Here are all our deals to date–RSVP on Facebook for updates as we add more deals and open galleries to the list.
Cobra Club: $3 can of Brooklyn Brewery beer. Valid day of immersion only. Valid day of Immersion only. Molasses Books: One or the other–10% off all books OR free coffee (iced or hot) with any book purchase. Valid day of Immersion only. Sweet & Shiny: Buy one cookie, get one free. Valid through December 13, 2014. Little Skips: Free coffee or tea with any sandwich order. Valid through December 13, 2014. Tomahawk Salon: 20% off men or women’s cut. Valid through March 13, 2015. Kave: Free small cold brew with any purchase of $4 or more. Valid through December 13, 2014. Better than Jam Homemade: 20% off handmade products; 10% off supplies. Valid at Bushwick location only through November 13, 2014. Amos Eno Gallery: Free admission to your choice of gallery event or free walk through with director on Saturdays, every hour on the hour. Gallery open 12-6, Thursday-Sunday. Valid through March 13, 2015. Chez Bushwick: $5.00 off year membership. Valid through December 31, 2014 RDNMKS: 25% off all reflection dynamiks apparel, 10% off all accessories and free iphone case with a purchase of any sprayground bookbag. Valid day of immerison only. Bushwick Community Darkroom: 20% off any services or rentals. Excludes classes. Brooklyn Yarn Creative Studio: 20% off any merchandise or classes offered in studio. Valid through September 13, 2015 Bushwick Food Coop: $10 off a $50 purchase, for new members joining September 1st 2014 or later OR non-members. Valid through December 13, 2014. Loom Yoga Center: $35 for 4 weeks of unlimited yoga, first time yogis at Loom Yoga Center.
Need date night plans this week? Arcade Fire is playing a series of shows at the Barclays Center starting Aug. 22. Photo: Arcade Fire
By this point every summer it becomes a real challenge to find events that we feel are truly worth your time and money. The city starts to clear out this time of year and most of the seasonal programming is winding down as well. The one big exception to the rule this week is the annual AfroPunk Festival taking place this Saturday and Sunday. Its long lines for entry are both a testament to this music festival’s ongoing popularity 10 years in and a bit of a nightmare, which you can now bypass with these weekend fast passes–they aren’t free, but guarantee you can skip the line. Summer might be waning, but it’s not over yet. Here are seven ways to soak up as much of it as possible this week, including an Arcade Fire concert, sit-down with Salman Rushdie and seaside swing party.
Thursday, Aug. 21: We talked about the rise in popularity of podcasts last week on BB, especially the comedic kind, and one name we should definitely add to the list of podcast comedians is Ari Shaffir whose show The Skeptic Tank, as well as his standup album, Revenge for the Holocaust and special, Passive Aggressive, have garnered him a great deal of attention as of late—he also hosts Comedy Central’s new digital storytelling show This is Not Happening. You can catch Shaffir somewhere other than the airwaves this week when he performs at The Bell House Thursday night at 8pm. Tickets are $15.
Friday, Aug. 22: Based on an unofficial poll of all our guy friends, tickets to the Arcade Fire show at the Barclays Center this weekend might be the best route to take in terms of date night options this week—we’ve never seen the eyes of so many twenty- and thirty-something men light up so quickly. The Grammy-winning group is in town for a three-day stint starting tonight, and it looks like none of the shows have sold out yet, so chances are good you could grab a pair of tickets. Shows start at 7:30 all weekend, and if you’re planning to bike to the Barclays, know the center will be running a valet service for two-wheelers all weekend. (more…)
Some of the best queens and kings from Bushwick’s drag scene, including JZ Bich above, will perform at Bizarre bar on Aug. 20 as part of Crimson Kitty’s SWITCH! A Gender Bending Spectacular! Photo: Stacie Joy
Labor Day is only a couple weeks away, but summer isn’t ready for a swan song just yet. While lots of the seasonal programming like waterfront film screenings and fireworks displays are winding down for the year, there are still opportunities to take in both types of outdoor activities this week. There’s also a sideshow and a drag show we think you should see, as well as a literary talk between Matthew Thomas and Joshua Ferris we promise is worth the trip to SoHo. How’s that for your ideal week?
Thursday, Aug. 14: Make a move down to Brooklyn Bridge Park tonight for Syfy Movies With a View and catch Jim Jarmusch’s hip-hop samurai mash-up Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai–which has a soundtrack written and produced by the RZA and will basically be like pre-gaming for the upcoming Wu-Tang album. Or, if you’re looking for a weekend flick, when Saturday rolls in, you can spend the day tanning, swimming and doing your beach thing until the sun goes down then hit up the Rockaway Beach Surf Club for the first film festival devoted to female surfers. (more…)
Let Morning Gloryville’s dance-party-cum-yoga practice be the best part of waking up one Wednesday, Aug. 13. Photo: Morning Gloryville
We’ve already given you 16 reasons for why August is shaping up to be the best month of the summer, but in case you’re still not convinced, here are seven more. Between a seaside film screening, a dive bar that offers two-for-one bowling all week, outdoor concerts, indie authors and a 6:30am rave that will have you sweating to some oldies, we’ve got your ideal week ahead. (more…)
Catch a sneak preview of Chris McDowell’s anticipated directorial debut, The One I Love, starring Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass on Aug. 4 at Industry City, and stick around after the screening for a Q & A with the author-turned filmmaker and his cast Photo: Radius TWC
August is already upon us, but despite all those automated vacation responders in your inbox and the slightly empty feeling around the city, there are still plenty of seasonal events for those of us left here in town to enjoy. For starters, we’ll be heading to Red Hook for a happy hour and beer tasting at the new brewery Kate Hooker clued us into earlier this week before hitting up Brooklyn Bowl for some surfer rock and a midnight dance party. While the weather is still nice, you’ll also find us at Industry City to take in an outdoor flick as part of Rooftop Films, which turns 18 this summer. Add in a pretty sweet pop-up shop, a photo exhibition that promises to play tricks on our eyes and a prix fixe dinner done right, and you’ve got your ideal week.
Thursday, July 31:VICE magazine’s 13th annual Photo Issue Exhibition, which opens today at Pioneer Works, will make you do a double take, as this year’s group show is based on illusion and features works of art intended to trick the eye. The term for this type of artistic deception is trompe l’oeil, which literally translates from French as “fools the eye.” Whether you make it down today, or sometime between now and Aug. 10 when the exhibition closes, it’s worth trekking to the waterfront to check out these images given the caliber of photographers who’ve contributed work—Weegee, Cindy Sherman, and Laurie Simmons among them.
Friday, Aug. 1: The waterfront between Red Hook and Carroll Gardens seems like the place to be this week, because in addition to the art show opening at Pioneer Works, we’ve recently come across a new craft brewery worth all the buzz it’s been receiving lately. Other Half might not be in the most picturesque of places—”smack between a scrap metal yard and a tired-looking McDonald’s drive-thru”—as our contributor Kate Hooker puts it, but their brews are gaining the admiration of some of the city’s most stellar suds houses, Double Windsor, Tørst and Greenwood Park to name a few. It’s open today from 5–10pm, making it the perfect destination for a TGIF beer tasting. (more…)
Even with 100 seats, Bat Haus’ weekly Drink ‘N Draw on Wednesday nights still typically sells out, so plan to show up early for unlimited PBR and some fun figure drawing. Photo: Bat Haus
If we can swing it, we’ll be crisscrossing Brooklyn from Dumbo to South Slope, Prospect Park to Bushwick to make our way to seven stellar events in BK this week. Between David Shapiro’s book launch (you know the guy who writes the reviews of Pitchfork‘s reviews), a special South African film screening as part of Celebrate Brooklyn!, parties of both the block and dance variety and a new Nicaraguan food option opening, we have plenty to keep us entertained over the next few days. On top of that, BAM is bringing back its Animation Block Party for an 11th year on Thursday and we have two free VIP tickets to give away to next Wednesday’s SummerScreen—the ’80s cult classic Heathers will be the film and our passes are to Rekorderlig Cider’s VW camper, which comes with free cider samples, reserved seats and a ping-pong table to play on prior to the film (enter to win here; we’ll contact the winner on July 29). Summertime living certainly feels easy at the moment. (more…)
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