In late February, I had the pleasure of attending SPARK: A Dating Workshop at Triskelion Arts (106 Calyer Street). The low key event describes itself as a dating workshop that’s “not for the faint of heart, where you get constructive feedback from a group of your peers.” As a single lady, I was definitely intrigued. It sounded like my own private focus group where I could ask questions, get feedback, and gain new perspectives on the exciting beast known as the dating game.
It serves pickled pomegranate, fried chickpea, and grilled sage.
No, it’s not the organic/gluten-free/farm-to-table market down the street; it’s the rustic gastropub in The Bushwick Starr’s (207 Starr St.) new play [porto] —though based on Brooklyn’s artisanal food scene trends, these bites might soon appear on your go-to bar’s menu. And like those snacks, the play is a concoction of the satirical, savory, and flat-out strange.
[porto] is part of this year’s (and the second annual) Exponential Festival, a theatrical series promoting works created in New York and performed in Brooklyn. Kate Benson’s funny, meandering, and world-premiere play centers on Porto, a young woman for whom the hipness of Brooklyn’s cultural and foodie offerings has perhaps grown dull.
♫ Riverwild E.P. Release @ Union Pool (484 Union Ave) 8pm, $8, Riverwild’s musical influences are as diverse as the sounds of the Catholic liturgy, the racket of cult worship services, late night F.M. radio and the music found on stolen cassette tapes, More info =) Comedians You Should Know NYC @ Gutter Bar (200 North 14th St) 9pm, $5, Featuring Sam Morril (Comedy Central) Samantha Ruddy (CollegeHumor) Saurin Choksi (Brown Privilege) Erik Monical (Red Clay Comedy Festival) & more, RSVP ♫ Limited Resources 1 @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St) 9pm, $6, Experimental music featuring Brandon Lopez (composer/bassist), Platypus Revenge (improvisation collective) Hendley/Khilko/LiButti, More info
♦ Williamsburg Holiday Party @ Brooklyn Art Library (28 Frost St) 7pm, FREE, Meet other locals and get free stuff from local businesses, More Info * Toasted Wedding Event @ Dobbin St (64 Dobbin St) 6pm, $12, Curated mix of 40+ independent wedding vendors, alternative and modern wedding ideas, handcrafted and eco-friendly goods and a party-like mood. Music, food, goodie bags, raffles, photo booth pix, Buy tix ☺ Trump University Alumni Ball @ Adelina’s (159 Greenpoint Ave) 10pm, $5, Since leaving from our tremendous, really fantastic alma mater Trump U, we’ve come to realize how important it is to give back. Raising funds for Planned Parenthood and the International Refugee Assistance Project. Comedy show Catch A Writhing Star returns, RSVPContinue reading →
WEDNESDAY 11/09 ^ Romance Night @ Word (126 Franklin St) 7pm, FREE, Novelists Joanna Shupe and Jennifer Gracen in conversation with Sarah MacLean, More info ^ Antagonist Storytelling Series: 3-Year Anniversary @ Over the Eight (594 Union Ave) 8pm, FREE, Comedians tell true stories about the worst things they ever did on purpose, RSVP
☺ Ghostwriter Viewing Party @ Videology (308 Bedford Ave) 7pm, $5, A screening of the first story arc of the early ’90s PBS kids’ show Ghostwriter, which was filmed in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, More info
^ Reading of King of Greenpoint@ T.B.D. Bar (224 Franklin St) 7pm, FREE, Learn about Peter J. McGuinness, one of the most colorful characters in Greenpoint history, More info Continue reading →
Watch the Election Results come in on the big screen @Sottocasa Pizzeria Williamsburg (232 North 12th St) Tuesday, 11/8, 7PM Celebrate or commiserate with 2-for-1 drinks specials, like the “That Nasty Woman” or “The Deplorable”, as states are won and lost. Win a round or Nutella pizza by competing in short rounds of presidential. [Sponsored]
WEDNESDAY 11/02 * Zodiac Club: Wiiiitch @ Sunview Luncheonette (221 Nassau Ave) 6:30pm, FREE, An observation of liminal time with film screenings, tarot readings, and potion service, More info ♫ Toots & the Maytals @ Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave) 8pm, $28.50, One of the great voices of Jamaica, with opener Selectress Iriela, More info
☺ Laughter in the Darkness @ Baby’s All Right (146 Broadway) 8pm, $12, With Mother of Three, Dave Hill, Seaton Smith, Seth Herzog, and Lauren Mayberry, More info
* 8th Annual Collaborations in Dance Festival@ Triskelion Arts (106 Calyer St) 8pm, $16, A celebration of movement-based performance developed along with artists working in other media, More info
WEDNESDAY 10/19 ☺ Stir Crazy Wednesdays @ Slick Willie (179 Meserole Ave) 8pm, FREE, A weekly comedy show hosted by Aldo Marachilian, More info * Final Presidential Debate @ The Diamond (43 Franklin St) 9pm, FREE, With free popcorn both to eat and to throw at the screen, More info
* Damn Good @ Triskelion Arts (106 Calyer St) 8pm, $16, A performance art series that brings together artists whose work resists categorization and invites experimentation, Buy tix
* Pat October @ Union Pool (484 Union Ave) 10pm, FREE, With Ani Klang / Adam Radakovich / Volvox / JD Samson / OLIVE T / Amber Valentine, RSVP * Dragnet Halloween @ The Metropolitan (559 Lorimer St) 11pm, FREE, With Maddelynn Hatter / Crystal Mesh / Zenobia / Merrie Cherry / Francesca, More info
[sponsored] “The Lay-Up”: Works of the Slone Loc Wots Crew
Whiskey Burger (1025 Manhattan Ave)
9/23, 9pm, FREE Come see the works of prominent graffiti artist Slone, curated by Giannina Gutierrez. The opening reception includes music from DJ Amore with MC Jen Dog Lone Wolf, MC Nejma Shea, and BeatBoi.
WEDNESDAY 9/21 ^ Almost Completely Baxter @ Desert Island (540 Metropolitan Ave) 7pm, FREE, Cartoonist Glen Baxter signs books and discusses his work with New Yorker cartoonist Emily Flake, More info ♫ Dawn of the Satanic Age Album Release @ Saint Vitus (1120 Manhattan Ave) 7:30pm, $8, With Clouds Taste Satanic / Grizzlor / Eternal Black, RSVP
* Dirty Dancing (Not A) Singalong @ South 4th Bar (90 South 4th St) 7pm, $20, Say goodbye to summer with a screening of Dirty Dancing plus some special performances, Buy tix
* The Tank Presents “Saw You Yesterday”@ Standard Toykraft (722 Metropolitan Ave) 8pm, $15, A play created by Nadia Tykulsker in collaboration with performers; the evening opens with movement installation “mourn and never tire,” More info * “Fantastic Planet” With Live Score @ Videology (308 Bedford Ave) 9:30pm, $12, The film will be presented without sound or subtitles, featuring a new electronic score performed by Katie Rex, More info
WEDNESDAY 7/13 * Dance Film Feastival @ Triskelion Arts (106 Calyer St) 7pm, $10, Experience site-specific visual escapades as well as character-driven narratives in this exclusive two-night event, Buy tix * Brooklyn Craft Co’s Outdoor Paint Night @ T.B.D. Bar (224 Franklin St) 7:30pm, $30, Hang out in a garden and paint figurines—all supplies provided, More info
THURSDAY 7/14 # Ice Cream Battle @ Museum of Food & Drink (62 Bayard St) 6:30pm, $20, Unearth the stories behind the origins of ice cream and learn about some of history’s wildest bygone flavors, More info ^ On Bowie @ Word (126 Franklin St) 7pm, FREE, Join Rob Sheffield and Amanda Petrusich for a listening party to celebrate Rob’s new book, More info ☺ The Blender: Improv Jam @ Annoyance Theater (367 Bedford Ave) 7pm, FREE, Mix it up with the freedom to let your freak flag fly, More info * Maker Park Brainstorm @ ROOT BKN (131 North 14th) 7–9pm, FREE. Maker Park is hosting a public brainstorming meeting on reusing the industrial structures that sit on a parcel of Bushwick Inlet Park land. More info
WEDNESDAY 6/29 * Summer Shakeup @ Triskelion Arts (106 Calyer St) 7:30pm, $16, Featuring Ezra Goh, Nicole von Arx and Dancers, Sarah Rose and Dancers, and many more, Buy tix ♫ Rocker Stalker Presents Rock for Orlando @ Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Ave) 8pm, $10, With Courtesy Tier / Pussywolf / Marco With Love / Outernational, RSVP
THURSDAY 6/30 ♫ Covers Night @ Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave) 8pm, $10, With The Sweater Songs performing Weezer and The Chumps performing Green Day, More info ☺ The Dingleberry Theater Foundation @ Annoyance Theater (367 Bedford Ave) 9pm, $10, Attendees of this interactive theatrical seminar will learn valuable office skills to optimize their performance in the workplace and their personal lives, More info