Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but at press time I am looking at six straight days of rain on my iPhone weather app. Even if
Tropical Storm Hurricane Joaquin loses strength by the time it hits the East Coast, it seems like we’re all going to be spending a lot of time indoors over the course of the next week. Luckily, neither rain, nor sleet, nor oppressive humidity will keep us from delivering Your Ideal Week, and we’ve lined up a host of ultra-fun things to do between now and next Wednesday that don’t involve getting drenched.
Tomorrow night, you can enjoy a free concert featuring works by Strauss, Nielsen and Beethoven at the Brooklyn Historical Society starting at 6:30pm. The Grammy-winning St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble St. Lukes Chamber Ensemble will play for an hour as part of their Subway Series tour of the five boroughs, and Melt Bakery will be selling their gourmet ice cream sandwiches before and after the event.
In other art news, the Bushwick Film Festival returns for its 8th year this weekend, with 27 screenings from 13 different countries, panels with industry pros, parties and other events. Three of the films are hyperlocal and feature the neighborhood of Bushwick prominently– Crush, by Christopher Mckee, Born & Bred: The Bushwick Collective, by Jackie Zamutto, and The Red Gloves, by Billy Schultz. Brooklyn Based readers get a special 20% discount on tickets to these films by using the code BFF2015.
BB readers can score another deal on tickets to ADAPT, a festival featuring talks with innovators like General Assembly co-founder Brad Hargreaves, who is bringing a co-living space to Crown Heights this fall. He’s speaking in Manhattan from 6 to 7pm, the same time a few of Brooklyn Based’s own editors and writers will be speaking at the Yard in Greenpoint about the business of freelance writing and running an indie media company. Enter the code BROOKLYNBASED for 50% off tickets, and if you want to ask us questions in advance that we’ll answer during our talk, tweet at us with the tag #bbadapts.
Saturday goes to the dogs, at least if it isn’t pouring out. First up, the Brooklyn Heights Society is hosting it’s Sixth Annual Dog Show from 2-4pm in Cadman Plaza Park. Enter your favorite four-legged friend now to compete in categories like Waggiest Tail and Canine Couture, and buy raffle tickets to win all kinds of great prizes from local businesses. When you’ve had your fill, stop by the 3rd Annual Oktoberfest for dachshunds and schnauzers at By Brooklyn starting at 3pm. Tickets are $10 if you have any dog with you, $15 if you don’t, and there will be beer from Other Half and food from Fleischer’s, Tom Cat Bakery, and Tin Mustard. All proceeds will benefit Brooklyn Animal Rescue Coalition.
If you feel like crossing borough lines on Saturday, you might check out the first Ridgewood Night Bazaar of the season from 5-11pm at Gottscheer Hall. Featuring over 40 artisan vendors, as well as food, alcohol, and music, you’re bound to find some good reasons to drop a little cash. If the weather is cooperating, it’s worth a trip to Ridgewood’s giant outdoor bar, Nowadays, before it closes for the winter on October 26, especially since they are now doing their own version of Oktoberfest (Nowafest) for the next few weeks.
A rainy Sunday night is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a hearty meal in a dim, cozy pub. As luck would have it, Greenpoint’s Black Rabbit Bar happens to be hosting a pop-up Sunday Supper featuring Chef Lincoln Clevenson of Luksus and Spruce, starting at 8pm. The multi-course dinner will highlight locally butchered meats and seasonal vegetables, and tickets are $65 each, which does not include alcohol.
Monday is the first day of New York Super Week, which brings super heroes, villains, vampires, zombies, geeks and fangirls and fanboys galore to enjoy a full roster of concerts, comedy shows, gaming events, lectures, podcasts, storytelling, food tastings and more, all leading into New York Comic Con, which starts next weekend.
Read on for many more options to choose from this week–there’s so much going on that you might just totally forget how miserable it is outside.
Thursday, October 1
Williamsburg’s newest music venue, National Sawdust, opens tonight on North 6th Street, and it looks like it’s going to be a terrific addition to the local arts scene. Designed specifically to provide optimal acoustics for musicians to rehearse, record and perform live, the futuristic, intimate chamber hall is a non-profit, artist-led space that will also house two bars and restaurant. The brand new cultural instituion is kicking things off with two opening night concerts– the first is sold out but there are still $100 tickets available to the 11pm Discover the Space Vol. 2 party, which features performances by steel pan performer and composer Andy Akiho, cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, poet Roger Bonair-Agard, Cibo Matto with special guest Nels Cline, and a DJ set by none other than James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem. –K.H.
Friday, October 2
Who says AM shows have to take place in the morning? If you’re looking for all the unbridled enthusiasm of a morning news broadcast mixed with the edginess of a late-night, booze-fueled comedy show, head to Videology this Friday night for an evening with Mike Camerlengo (MTV2, ESPN) and Julia Young (Girl Code, Celebrity Deathmatch), hosts of Java Good Morning. Not only will the show feature the latest “news” about topics like technology, dating, food trends, and workplace harassment of men, but plenty of chances to win cool prizes, drink a good cup of joe, and generally laugh until you can’t anymore. Admission is totally free, the show starts at 10:30pm. –N.R.
Saturday, October 3
Raise a glass to New York State’s exploding indie beer, wine, and spirits industry at CHEERS NY, a first-of-its-kind craft beverage festival and trade show taking place on Saturday and Sunday at Industry City. All kinds of alcohol from the Big Apple will be on hand to taste, including Sixpoint beer, Red Hook Winery wines, Van Brunt Stillhouse whiskey, Original Sin cider, and many more. Your $50 ticket gives you access to unlimited samples from dozens of booze peddlers, unlimited food from local favorites like Damascus Bakery, Tumbador Chocolate, Brooklyn Brine, and Steve’s Ice Cream, an outdoor beer hall, games, souvenir glasses, and more. Sessions run from 12-3pm or 5-8pm on Saturday, and 12-3pm on Sunday. –K.H.
Sunday, October 4
After a week of eating well and exercising (you guys have all been doing that, right?), it’s time to cut loose and finally give into that nagging sweet tooth. This Sunday afternoon, head to the City Reliquary for a day committed completely to all thing sweet: The Civic Bake Sale. Drop by to pick up donated goodies from home cooks, professional bakers, and some of the city’s best bakeries, with all proceeds going to support the City Reliquary, a non-profit museum and civic organization that has served the community for a decade. I you consider yourself to be master baker, be sure to enter the Blue Ribbon Baking Competition for a chance at being crowned the best baker citywide by illustrious judges from Baked, Brooklyn Kitchen, Ovenly, and Prohibition Bakery. Admission is free, though the treats are not, so bring some spending money. The sugar-bomb smorgasbord runs from 11am-4pm. –N.R.
Monday October 5
Do you feel that? Basketball season is in the air. Get a sneak peek of the Brooklyn Nets’ 2015-16 squad in action by picking up a ticket or two for the team’s preseason opener on Monday night. Watch Bojan Bogdanovic, Brook Lopez, Thad Young, et al go up against the Euroleague’s Fenerbahce Ulker, one of the best teams in the 16-team Turkish Basketball League and winners of the 2013-2014 TBL title game. Plus there’s always the Brooklynettes and the Paisano’s burger. . . Tickets are starting at $20; tip-off is at 7:30pm. –N.R.
Tuesday, October 6
Former publicist turned writer Sloane Crosley’s much-anticipated first novel, The Clasp, is coming out on Tuesday, and the witty wordsmith will be at Bookcourt that night for a reading and release party starting at 7pm. The story, which follows a group of estranged friends who reunite in order to track down a valuable necklace on an intercontinental journey, has garnered advance praise from people like David Sedaris and Michael Chabon, and is on pretty much everyone’s top reads for fall list we have seen. Admission is free, although you might as well pick up a signed copy of the book while you’re at it. –K.H.
Wednesday, October 7
If whisking off to Eastern Europe isn’t in the cards this month, you can still indulge in a proper Oktoberfest much closer to home at Brooklyn Brewery on Wednesday starting at 6pm. Tickets are $45 and must be purchased online in advance, but buying one gets you a veritable feast of pierogis, ham, pickles, weisswurst, bratwurst, bockwurst, baurenwurst, sauerkraut, German potato salad, cucumber salad, and select beers from the brewery to wash it all down. Oh, did we mention the apple strudel with vanilla sauce for dessert? –K.H.