10/08/16 8:03am


Need to add a little pizazz to your boring old bloody mary and benedict game? House of YES has answered the call this weekend with the Glitter in Your Bacon Bottomless Brunch party, running from 11am-6pm on Saturday. The event promises a menu filled with delicious dishes featuring bacon and edible glitter, as well as tasty cocktails and dance music DJ sets to get you in a festive and fabulous mood.

For a more laid back Saturday, anyone feeling crafty should head to Old Stone House in Park Slope for the fifth annual King’s County Fiber Festival, a marketplace and exhibit featuring the work of natural fiber artists, crocheters, dyers, knitters, quilters, and the like from 10am-6pm. It’s your call.

03/11/15 11:45am
Photo: Artifacts

Photo: Artifacts

I’ve always left Artifacts events thoroughly entertained, inspired, and delighted, and the quarterly event series–which explores ideas with a range of experts–returns tomorrow night from 7 to 10:30 at 501 Union with their first food-themed production. The night is part educational and part experiential, opening with an hour of quick visual presentations from food and drinks professionals and closing with an hour of demonstrations. Chef Eric Bolyard will prepare four root vegetables one of four ways on demand, and Brian Quinn will be leading a Wine Sensory Experience as a means to discover personal taste through olfactory experiments, such as smelling herbs and other fragrant ingredients to help you talk about wine. The lineup also includes Kitchensurfing CEO Jon Tien, Michael Cirino of A Razor, A Shiny Knife, author of the upcoming cookbook The Food of Taiwan, Cathy Erway, and Pratt’s Food Design Studio founder Emilie Baltz.  Tickets include one hour of beer and wine, plus food by Rucola.

03/02/15 2:20pm


The impact of science in our daily lives seems obvious at first–we all walk around with a palm-sized computer in our pocket more advanced than the delivery truck-sized computers used to put Neil Armstrong on the moon just 45 years ago. But science covers a lot more ground than gadgets from Apple; it affects everyone in a very personal way, and Story Collider: Stories About Science is a New York-based storytelling series and podcast that investigates the ways it impacts our lives. On the podcast and at their live shows, which they’ve performed in San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, and London, you’ll hear from those who work in a specific scientific field as well as everyday people who suddenly find they are faced with a problem that they need science to overcome. The podcast is hosted by Ben Lillie, a particle physicist (above, right), and Erin Barker, a two-time winner of the Moth’s GrandSLAM Storytelling competition (on the left), who will be performing at The Bell House tomorrow, Tuesday, March 2 at 8pm. The best part? You can RSVP to gain free entry at thebellhouseny.com/calendar.

02/21/15 8:55am
We are placing our bets on Birdman winning best picture.

We are placing our bets on Birdman winning best picture. 

As Billy Crystal would croon if he were hosting yet again this year, “It’s a wonderful night for Oscar! Oscar, Oscar, who will win?”  No one wants to miss out on any of the glitz, glamour, triumphant wins, painful snubs, and emotional thanking of God, families, and agents, so if you’re one of those pragmatic “screw you, Time Warner” people who decided that a Netflix instant account and Mom’s HBO GO password was all you needed, you can relax– Brooklyn’s got you covered. Building on Bond, a low-key Boerum Hill hangout with a cozy industrial-chic design, will be screening the festivities and, as always, will have tasty snacks on hand and a full bar with some quality beers on tap. Meanwhile Videology, Williamsburg’s video rental store/bar mash-up, will be showing the 87th Academy Awards in their intimate screening room, so show up early to get a seat! While you’re there, you can peruse their comprehensive list of DVD titles available to take home with you. Finally, if the SNL 40th anniversary special renewed your excitement for the longest running comedy show in television history, then check out SNL Writers Unscripted: The Oscar Show at Union Hall. There will be trivia, prizes, and five current Saturday Night Live writers performing improvised comedy during the Oscars broadcast, which is sure to be funnier than your roommate’s Doogie Howser cracks and Joan Rivers-style fashion put-downs. Tickets are $8 if you buy them online.

02/09/15 9:00am


Remember when Valentine’s Day just meant a dozen roses and a Whitman’s sampler? Maybe you don’t–it’s been so long since the Hallmark holiday morphed from a day for lovers to a good excuse for girls’ night out and lonelyhearts-themed parties. Now that there are so many ways to celebrate or protest Valentine’s Day, we’ve narrowed the field down to 10 wildly different players, so you can take a chance on one.

1. Looking to Get Girly?

Try Girl Crush by Nice Package
The Love Shack, 161 Stockholm St
2/14, 1pm, $75

Grab your closest lady friends and treat yourself to brunch and bottomless cocktails from Chef Zoe Maya, yoga with Pop-Up Yoga NYC, custom poems by Haiku Guys, and wild manicures by Vanity Projects. It all goes down in the quirkily adorable Love Shack, made even cuter with additional décor (including gilded piñatas) by Svbscription x Confetti System.

2. Looking to Get Steamy? 

Try Valentine’s Night at the Russian Baths
Brooklyn Banya, 602 Coney Island Ave
2/14, 7pm, $35 to $85

Underground nightlife impresarios Gemini & Scorpio are bringing back the legendary Valentine’s banya party. The fête will include Russian, Turkish, and Swedish steam rooms, a jacuzzi and cold plunge, Russian eats and a hookah lounge, not to mention a poolside dance floor, where you can get down to live Balkan brass bands and ethno-mesh DJs all night. Plus an open vodka bar from 9 to 10pm, and pierogies for all at 2am.

3. Looking to Get the Sparks Flying?

Try a Couples Welding Workshop
Brooklyn Navy Yard Building 92, corner of Flushing Ave & Corona Ave
2/14, 3pm, $60

If you want to surprise your paramour with a really unusual V-Day couples class, try getting hot and sweaty together with an acetylene torch. Artist and welder Susan Woods will oversee some serious crafting, teaching basic welding skills and metal fabrication techniques. Couples will build custom metal hearts to take home. (more…)

06/18/14 8:36am
Thu June 19, 2014

In our guide to outdoor drinks we mentioned that the back patio at Roebling Tea Room was undergoing a serious renovation. Well, they’re finished, the patio is open and it’s bigger and more lovely than ever. To celebrate the revamped outdoor space, and the addition of some new Hungarian wines to their always excellent wine list, the Tea Room gang is throwing a party this Thursday. Email to RSVP, and tickets will also be available at the door. For $30 you get a taste of four wines, hors d’oeuvres and a glass of whichever wine you select; $45 gets you all that and three glasses of wine; and for $60 (the libertine package) you get as much wine as you want, you can dance on the table and they promise no judgement. Time to practice your Hungarian starting with egészségedre!, which means “cheers.”


06/18/14 6:58am
Sat June 21, 2014

Grub CrawlThere are two ways to check out Greenpoint’s restaurants and bars—slowly, or on one day-long Grub Crawl with Bon Appetit. This Saturday they’ve organized a killer day, with stops at Glasserie for a cocktail and butchery demo and family-style food; Coco for brunch and Bloodys, a lobster roll and beer at The Diamond; seasonal fare at Alameda grown at the Eagle St. Rooftop Farm; and cocktails and a crab boil at the Manhattan Inn. Tickets are $149 and include all food and drink, but you can get an extra 15% off with the code BAGC14. You could even win a pair. Like Brooklyn Based on Facebook to enter—we’ll notify the winner on Thursday.

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.

06/17/14 3:42pm
Fri June 20, 2014
Thornton Wilder's classic, "Our Town," is getting a site-specific restaging at Green-Wood Cemetary, complete with a cast of modern-day Brooklynites in place of its original New Englanders. Photo: Hunter Canning

Thornton Wilder’s classic, “Our Town,” is getting a site-specific restaging at Green-Wood Cemetery, complete with a cast of modern-day Brooklynites in place of its original New Englanders. Photo: Hunter Canning

If it has been a while since you’ve seen Our Town performed–and I’m betting it has–a few things will likely come back to you as I jog your memory. The set is minimal, the Stage Manager breaks the fourth wall, and a good bit of the time we spend with Emily Webb and George Gibbs in Grover’s Corners takes place in a cemetery. While part of the beauty of the play is the amount of imagining it asks of its audience—to see George and Emily perched on ladders and understand they’re really talking through their bedroom windows, for instance—having it set within Green-Wood Cemetery is a choice you could imagine Thornton Wilder would approve of, even if it breaks his no scenery rule. Award-winning director and playwright James Presson, founder of the Less Than Rent Theatre, along with its executive director,  Nora McNally (24 Hour Plays on Broadway) are taking a few more liberties with Wilder’s timeless classic about the cycle of life, setting the play to music from this century and substituting the usual New England cast for a cast of typical Brooklynites, including Amanda Brooklyn as Emily (yes, Brooklyn is her real last name). Catch it Wednesdays through Saturdays before it closes June 28, and if you want to up the creepiness factor, go to one of the midnight shows on Saturdays. Tickets are $30 (in advance) to $40 for midnight shows, available here.

06/17/14 2:00pm
Tue June 17, 2014 - Wed June 18, 2014


There tend to be these moments of cultural pile-up in New York–weeks where there are just too many cool things to do and not enough time to do them in. For example, right now we have both BAMcinemaFest and the film portion of the Northside Fest going on. Your best strategy is combine the two and see If You Take This, a new movie that is screening at Northside, curated by BAM. A European-educated Wall Streeter who grew up in Morocco hires a film crew to travel with him as he re-discovers his native country, but they get bored with his navel gazing and push him to talk to the Joujouka musicians so admired by Brion Gysin and Brian Jones. The result is a richly musical, deeply weird road trip that goes far, far the vanity project it started out as. Screenings on Tuesday and Wednesday evening.