11/21/16 4:55pm

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Since Thanksgiving, you’ve likely explored in the far reaches of your kitchen where you hide the gravy separator and the tart pan. You were probably reminded of how many pots and platters you never ever use, which is a good thing, because on Tuesday, Dec. 13, we’re inviting you to bring your tired cooking tools and trade up for fresh goods at Brooklyn Based and 61 Local’s Great Cook Swap.

Gather all your gently used cookware, cookbooks, unopened spices and fancy foods taking up precious space in your kitchen and apartment, and bring them to 61 Local, where you can find the cookware you want and can actually use.

When you arrive you’ll get tickets for trading based on the tiers listed here. (If you want to trade in a different category, just bring enough items to get to that tier.) As a Great Cook Swapper, you’ll also be able to score $6 beers and $9 wines all night using a secret code we’ll supply the night of.

The party starts at 6:30 and runs until 10pm. At 9:30, we’ll announce three random winners who will each get a $100 gift certificate to online grocer Peapod.com, and open up all leftover goods to anyone who wants them.

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01/06/16 1:05pm

Happy New Year, Brooklyn Based readers! We’re excited to be back to our regularly scheduled Ideal Week, now that the holidays have passed. We get it though–between Sober January, the credit card statement that just landed in your inbox, the deep chill that is visiting us from points north and the all around quietness of January, this might be one of the best weeks of the year to come straight home from work and curl up on the couch, eat soup and watch The Americans, or Transparent or Making a Murderer. That said, Brooklyn never closes, and there’s plenty to do outside of your apartment–and, if you’re feeling like keeping your wallet in your pocket, it’s actually a great time to go out. There are lots of free events on the list this week, made even cheaper if you’re not adding a couple of beers to the evening.

taketwoThursday, Jan. 7 Ever walked away from a situation and wished you could have handled it differently? If you’re human, the answer is probably yes. That collective regret is the basis for Take Two Storytelling, a new-ish monthly show where performers tell two versions of the same story, the first the way it actually happened, followed by their revised, fantasy version. Hosted by Elana Lancaster and Harvey Katz, this month’s storytellers include seven-time Moth StorySLAM winner Sandi Marx, Drawn Out creator Nisse Greenberg, local storyteller Jean Le Bec, MTV contributing writer Cassie J Sneider, and a story from Mr. Katz himself. Admission is free, doors open at 7:30pm, this month’s show is at C’mon Everybody, a sweet Bed-Stuy venue that is worth a trip in and of itself (the Diablo Guapo, made with tequila, pomegranate-beet juice, ginger beer and agave sounds like a serious remedy to winter). (more…)

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03/28/15 4:54pm

The seventh edition of our spring wedding fair, Wedding Crashers, was our biggest yet. This was the first year we held the fair at both The Green Building and 501 Union, and both spaces looked incredible. And thanks to a Honeybook-sponsored happy hour afterward, our vendors left as happy as the guests.

Check out our slideshow for inspiring shots from the fair, all taken by Alison Brockhouse, and these photos by Kristy May Photography. See you next spring (and let us know if you’d like to join us)!

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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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02/26/14 9:58am
Thu February 27, 2014
The Zig Zag Stool by James Delvin Studio, one of the many covetable home furnishings on the new site, Work Of, celebrating its launch Thursday at 61 Local. Photo: James Delvin Studio

The Zig Zag Stool by James Devlin Studio, one of the many covetable home furnishings on the new site, Work Of, which celebrates its launch Thursday at 61 Local. Photo: James Delvin Studio

Thursday at 61 Local, the watering hole of choice for many a Brooklyn artisan, an online marketplace for locally made furniture and decor will celebrate its launch. Called WorkOf, the site features beautiful, handmade furniture and lighting by New York City makers, many of whom will be on hand at the party alongside some of their works, which will furnish the mezzanine like a living room. Doors open at 7pm, though you can ogle their gorgeous pieces anytime.

01/31/14 7:53am
Sat February 1, 2014
From left, Mark Helias, Gerry Hemingway and Ray Anderson of the trio Bassdrumbone, making a rare live appearance at the Snugs concert series Saturday night at 61 Local. Photo: Bassdrumbone

From left, Mark Helias, Gerry Hemingway and Ray Anderson of the trio BassDrumBone, making a rare live appearance at the Snugs concert series Saturday night at 61 Local. Photo: Bassdrumbone

For the past year, 61 Local has quietly payed host to some legendary musicians in the world of avant garde jazz. The series, called Snugs, is curated by Anabel Anderson, and as the name implies, the vibe is very intimate as solo, experimental musicians preside over audiences in 61 Local’s mezzanine on the first and last Sunday of every month.

Occasionally, a collective will step in, and that’s the case this Saturday when Snugs presents a rare, live performance of BassDrumBone. The trio has been together since the 70s and each musician–composer and percussionist Gerry Hemingway, bassist and composer Mark Helias, and composer and trombonist Ray Anderson–has serious chops, with combined performing credits including Anthony Braxton, John Cale, and Pocket Brass Band. Sets are at 8PM and 9:30PM, $15 per set/$25 for both.

11/01/13 5:06pm
Sun November 10, 2013

ShesCrafty_Logo 2There’s something about fall that brings out the artsy fartsy in all of us. And if you’re itching to get out your glue gun and get down to a little DIY decorating and designing, get your tickets now for She’s Crafty and spend an afternoon with a group of ladies who do more than lunch. Both the wine and the creativity will be flowing at 61 Local in Cobble Hill where the Gowanus Girls, who run Curious Jane craft camps for kids, will be hosting a ladies only arts & crafts session starting at 2pm on Nov. 10. So grab a couple girlfriends and plan to spend the day getting a head start creating your holiday decorations or whatever else strikes your fancy. Tickets are $35 and include a free glass of bubbly, finger foods and all your craft materials.

07/23/13 1:00pm
Thu July 25, 2013
Carton Brewing takes to the taps at 61 Local in Cobble Hill this Thursday for a brewer's beer-tasting event.

Carton Brewing takes to the taps at 61 Local in Cobble Hill this Thursday for a brewer’s beer-tasting event.

Did you think that a backyard seafood cookout, where red and white checkered plastic tablecloths drape over picnic tables laden with lobster crackers and bowls of drawn butter were the only setting for steamed clams? Yeah, me too. On Thursday, July 25, Carton Brewing invades the taps at 61 Local to prove us narrow-minded quaffers wrong (RSVP here). The gentlemen at the helm of this independent, Atlantic Highlands, N.J. brewing company will be on hand with their standby brews and latest creations–including Digger, a summer ale inspired by the local New Jersey fishing industry–along with some seasonal seafood snacks to complement the suds. Digger brings the flavors of salty steamers and tangy lemongrass to your tastebuds; this is a small batch beer that won’t outlive the summer heat, so grab a pint before it’s gone.