02/02/17 12:12pm

The other morning my husband and I got into a bleary-eyed fight over a minor difference in opinion over a political matter of great importance. I’m being purposefully vague here because I don’t want to send you into the vortex of news-cycle misery we’re all struggling not to lose ourselves to right now. We did not manage to come to any enlightened conclusion about the state of the nation, or the issue we were bickering about, but we did reach one solid agreement–we need to engage with more non-political culture, together.

There’s a unique pleasure in watching a movie or reading a book and then talking about it with someone whose brain you enjoy. It makes us feel more resoundingly alive, and is a crucial reminder that being human is a very special, wonderful occupation. Here are 10 things to watch, read and ponder with someone you’re fond of this month.

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Brooklyn Based-contributor Regina Mogilevskaya turned me on to Julie Byrne, who released a new album this week and is performing at City Winery Feb. 2-4 (those shows are sold out) and at Baby’s All Right on Feb. 15. I will admit that a certain amount of doubt enters my mind when I hear the words singer-songwriter, but the experience of listening to this lovely album can best be described as similar to the spreading sense of comfort and warmth that fills your whole body when you finally take some Advil and the tension headache you’ve had all day goes away. Put it on repeat for however long it takes. (more…)

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08/03/16 1:44pm
Get weird with a new interactive theater experience at Governors Island this weekend.

Get weird with a new interactive theater experience at Governors Island this weekend.

Greetings everyone and welcome to another installment of Your Ideal Week, wherein we present our best tips for exciting, engaging and above all, entertaining ways to occupy your time in and around Brooklyn over the course of the next seven days.

Did you all happen to catch this article in the NYT yesterday about the rezoning happening in Gowanus and councilman Brad Lander’s efforts to give residents a real voice in the process? Well, it just so happens that he is hosting the first in a series of community action events at The Bell House on Tuesday night from 5-8pm. Not only is it a great opportunity to get involved in an issue that will actually affect your life, but it also might be an effective balm to soothe your nerves during this time of increasingly deranged politics playing out on the national level.

Other highlights of the week include two outdoor screenings of great flicks with live musical accompaniment at Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park. Thursday’s Run Lola Run with live score by The Bays, and next Wednesday’s screening of Labyrinth with music by Donny McCaslin Group both start at 7:30pm and are free to attend. And if it’s early 90s nostalgia you’re after, Fort Greene Park is hosting a special screening of The Sandlot Thursday night to benefit The Brooklyn Hospital Foundation.

Read on, pencil in your plans, and get after it. See you next week!

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10/28/14 9:00am

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When a friend sent me a calendar invite for a spin date recently it hit me just how over-scheduled we all are these days. Between scheduling work commitments, dates with friends and larger group gatherings, the email and text threads are enough to make you wish for a personal assistant. There are more than a few calendar apps that can help you sort the whole mess, for free (or for a fraction of the cost of an assistant). So if you’re looking for ways to be more organized and spend less time thinking about scheduling, here are a few favorites.

When is Good
Best for: Scheduling multi-person outings, and avoiding dozens of emails just to coordinate a time

This is a simple and straightforward web app that, as the name implies, allows you to find a good time for something, like a dinner party or a meeting. You send a link to the group trying to schedule and each person highlights the times that work best and you’ll see what the overlap is. It’s free, and the design looks like something out of the mid-90s (probably in an authentically normcore way rather than a 90s nostalgia way). For a $20 annual fee you can eliminate ads and get more granular options–i.e. “This time would be possible but not ideal.” (more…)

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