This Sunday the Brooklyn Comedy Festival kicks off for the third year in a row, this year with plenty of hilarious stand-up, sketch, improv, panel discussions, short films, and an evening with Reggie Watts. For $99 you can get a VIP pass to hit up all the shows all week, tickets to special parties including food and booze, entry into the pool at the new William Vale Hotel, and more. If rollin’ that fancy isn’t your style, many of the shows are free or less than $10 if you buy in advance. After the jump, check out our roundup of everything happening for the fest in North Brooklyn!
First came Fushimi, a super-sized, super-shiny sushi joint that boasts the lingering spirit of a 90s lounge bar. Now, on the opposite side of the street there has sprung up a new mega-restaurant called MP Taverna, the fourth in a string of Greek establishments of the same name, spear-headed by celebrity chef Michael Psilakis.
Psilakis has become known for his appearances on a host of cooking shows such as Iron Chef America and Ultimate Recipe Showdown, but his real kudos came about in 2008 when a Michelin star was awarded to Anthos, an upmarket restaurant he started in midtown Manhattan.
Seven years on and Psilakis is bringing his celebrated Greek food to Brooklyn. Less high-end than Anthos, MP Taverna aims to provide a contemporary take on the traditional Greek tavern, with a focus on mezze dishes that can be shared family style.
Next door to MP Taverna is Psilakis’ next venture called ‘The Hall Brooklyn‘, a giant events venue whose recent opening heralded a flashy party, complete with cordoned-off entrance line and bouncers with earpieces. Continue reading
It’s another weekend packed full of cool shows. Here are some I’ve got my eyes and ears on. Continue reading
A cool new web series called Barmaids hit the Internet last month. You should check it out. Coming from the creative team of Anna Callegari, Caralyn Stone (who both star in the series) and Brett Haley (who directs), this series looks into the life of two female bartenders. Continue reading
St. Stan’s Athletic League Baseball Team Sign Up @ St. Stan’s Gym (189 Driggs Ave) 2-3pm, Sunday 3/16, $100 (covers sign up fee and uniform), Bring your 6th, 7th, and 8th graders to try out for the Screamin’ Eagles baseball team, which will compete in the Brooklyn Diocese Spring Baseball League season from early April through early June, for more info contact althetic director Daniel Bernatowicz (dbernatowicz [at] gmail [dot] com)
♦ OMG #Webcats Art Show Opening @ Dandelion Wine (153 Franklin St) 7-9pm, FREE, Join webcat creator Scott Chase for a celebration of his new works, one of which is most definitely cats protruding from a man’s beard, RSVP
• BK: You Sure Know A Lot About Baseball For A Girl with Caryn Rose and Friends @ WORD (126 Franklin St) 7pm, FREE, Talk baseball with author Caryn Rose upon publication of her new book A Whole New Ballgame, RSVP
♫ Imperial Topaz Record Release Show @ Death By Audio (49 S. 2nd St) 8pm, $7, celebrate the debut Imperial Topaz LP with Hex Breaker Quartet / Jerry Paper / Seth Graham, RSVP
# Grand Opening Party @ Dirck the Norseman (7 N 15th St) 3-5pm, Celebrate the grand opening of this new gastropub with in-house brewed beers on tap as well as pub eats like candied bacon wedge salad
• EL GARDEN Fundraiser @ Tradesman (222 Bushwick Ave) 7pm-12am, Support the new community garden at 120 Jefferson with great raffle prizes from Bushwick’s best restaurants & bars, RSVP
* Dog Habitat Fundraiser @ Rosamunde’s (285 Bedford Ave) 7:30-10pm, Free w/ Donation, Drink Ave Cider, eat sausages, and enter the silent auction to win prizes, all while support rescued pups in need of a home, RSVP
♫ Porches / Downies / Little Big League @ Shea Stadium (20 Meadow St, Bushwick) 8pm, $8, RSVP Continue reading
(sponsored) Carnival Concert @ Warsaw (261 Driggs Ave) Sunday 2/23, 3pm, $25/$15 students/seniors. If you’re into classical music at an authentic Greenpoint venue, then don’t miss this! String players from the NY Philharmonic & international opera soloists perform the music of Lehar, J.Strauss, Donizetti, Verdi, Mozart, Rossini, Oginsky and Jotejko, not to mention a 30 voice choir sings Handel’s “Hallelujah,” PLUS Polish American Folk Dancers, in traditional costume perform “Oginski Polonaise,” Buy Tix
♫ Old Monk / Dead Waves / The Meaning of Life @ Matchless (557 Manhattan Ave) 8pm, $7 Buy Tix
♫ Teen Men / Cousins / Cold Fronts / Spirit Plate @ Glasslands (289 Kent) 8pm, $10, Buy Tix
* Punk Rope Happy Hour @ Capri Social Club (156 Calyer St.) 9pm, $5, Pints of Zywier, Warka and Lech, teams of 4 play rock themed trivia, RSVP Continue reading
V-Day can be the biggest bitch. She sneaks up on you when you’re single and alone and reminds you to cancel the couples massage appointment you never made.
Even when you’re in a relationship, the holiday just puts more pressure on you to do some sweeping romantic gesture that says “I’ll love you forever” like gifting that special someone a bag of heart candies on a rooftop in Paris or proposing to your significant other with 15 French Bull Dogs and heart balloons in the park.
* Natural Makeup Class @ Brooklyn Groove (102 B Nassau Ave) 6-8:30pm, FREE, learn tips and tricks to create a flawless makeup routine that highlights your natural beauty, More Info
♦ Comic Book Night @ WORD (126 Franklin St) 7-8pm, Get the inside scoop on the comic world with experts Sean Howe (Marvel Comics: The Untold Story) and Time Leong (Super Graphic) with a signing and Q&A, RSVP
☺ Daniel Koren: The Most Important Thing @ The Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Ave) 8-9pm, $10, composer Daniel Koren’s one-man show features piano tunes accompanies by projected figures, paired with stream of consciousness in this bizarre fusion of music and comedy, More Info
♫ Belly Fire / Hard Nips / Roth Bart Baron @ Glasslands (289 Kent) 8:30pm, $10, RSVP
♫ Endless Boogie / Hans Chew / Syphilitic Lust / Ryan Sawyer @ Union Pool (484 Union Ave) 9pm, $9, RSVP
☺ Split Personality: Storytelling and Character Open Mic @ Over the Eight (594 Union Ave) 7-8pm, FREE, Put your name in a hat for a chance to perform a 5 minute story or character sketch, with special guest performers Leslie Meisel (30 Rock, Bachlorette) and Ben Rameaka (UCB, Wolf of Wall St)
♫ Prism House / Foxes in Fiction / Daytona / XNY / Palehound @ Spike Hill (184 Bedford) 7pm, FREE, More Info
♦ Uta Brauser– Human Matter @ Brouwerij Lane (78 Greenpoint Ave) 7-10pm, Opening Reception for the artist’s collection of line drawings, which explore the nature of matter and the traces of cell life
* Beauty Beyond Boundaries @ Villain (50 N 3rd St) 9pm-1am, FREE, Get free cocktails (until 11pm) in exchange for being marketing targets for the new Ricoh Theta spherical camera (which actually looks pretty fun anyway), featuring art installations, live painting, music from Kaoru Wantabe & Motions, a tap-dance bit from Tamango, and DJs all night, plus you get a camera to play with for the evening, RSVP Continue reading
Are you a freelancer, co-worker, artist, work from hom-er, unemployed? Or maybe you just hate your job. No office? No problem! Just because aren’t chained to a desk doesn’t mean you should let the midtown drone/zombie/suits of the world have all the fun this holiday season.
(It’s not in Greenpoint, but it’s just off the G and worth the trip!)
We’ll have all the trappings of a holiday affair — live-band karaoke from Bunnie England & The New Originals, dance tunes from DJs Brian Blackout & Spoolwork (Head On, YDH2S) and Mr. Nyse, a FREE photo booth by Marofoto, food and a holiday gift items raffle — and some too-cool-for-cubicle bonuses including $3 punch for the first hour ($5 after), sexy Santa and lady Santa, a set from the ladies of Handjob Academy and a special guest comedian!
Come join your favorite blogs and dance like your boss isn’t watching all night long.
Hosted by Jo Firestone, co-creator of Punderdome 3000 and the Tiny Comedy Club.
Tickets: $6 adv, $8 door
2, 3, 4, 5, B, D, N, or Q to Atlantic Ave – Barclays Center
R to Union Street
F or G to Carroll Street
Greenpointer and Comedy Filmmaker Heather Fink sent in this music video she directed and shot in Greenpoint called “Parking Space, I Want You, A Love Song” starring Jack Mulcahy. Heather also wrote the lyrics to this gem.