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Celebrate women in beer across Brooklyn this Thursday

Thursday, August 8 is a great night to be a beer lover in Brooklyn. Hop Culture Magazine is hosting two events at a pair of borough favorites as part of Beers With(out) Beards, a five-day celebration of women in craft beer.  In Boerum Hill, the excellent St. Gambrinus Beer Shoppe is hosting a lesson that will make beer and cheese pairing brie-zy. A $30 ticket scores you five Tröegs brews and their perfect cheesy counterpart at one of two sessions: 5pm or 7pm. Greenpoint is also getting in on the action with a women’s networking event at Threes Franklin + Kent from 8 to 10pm. Come armed with a favorite bottle or two…

‘Crooklyn,’ the first film on our August outdoor movie calendar

We have just 1 more month of summer. One month to take advantage of every free movie that will screen in parks and rooftops around New York, an admirable goal our printable outdoor movie calendar can help you accomplish. First up is Crooklyn, Spike Lee’s semi-autobiographical film about growing up in Bed-Stuy. The Crooklyn house, you might vaguely recall, was sold in 2014 for $1.4 million, turned into an Airbnb, and was then shut down by the city—a much different picture of New York than the one Lee captured in his coming of age story set in 1973 Brooklyn. It’s screening tonight in Brooklyn Bridge…

Phosphorescent in concert

Photo: Daviston Jeffers Electronic/experimental folk outfit Phosphorescent is playing 99 Scott tonight, an indoor/outdoor venue that is almost much a draw as Phosphorescent frontman Mathew Houck, a Brooklyn-based musician whose Georgia roots come through in the slight twang of his singing. It should be a fun, mellow show, with food by Mission Chinese and a full bar, in a beautiful industrial space in Bushwick with a sprawling patio. Tickets are $40 and the evening begins at 7pm with two opening acts. It’s worth checking out the full lineup of this series produced by MeanRed; they’re longtime, eclectic

How to eat at NYC’s top restaurants for 45% off

Want to save up to 45% when you go out for food or grab drinks? Seated is an app that rewards you for dining out at NYC’s best restaurants and bars. Download the app, book a reservation or walk in, and earn rewards from brands like Amazon, Uber, Starbucks, and SoulCycle. As an exclusive offer, BROOKLYN BASED readers who use this link to download will get an extra $10 in rewards just for downloading the app!

Catch Manhattanhenge without the crowds on Thursday

Sure, you could be part of the hordes standing in the middle of the street to get the perfect shot of Manhattanhenge. But you could also venture to Roosevelt Island and take in the view from the beautiful FDR Four Freedoms State Park. The park is staying open late on Thursday for the occasion (until 9 pm), so swing by when you’re done with work and feel free to settle in for the night. Once you’ve gathered enough content for your Instagram, you can partake in a free sketching workshop, check out a pop-up library focused on diversity, and explore an interactive photo installation. There will also be beer, wine and…

Where to celebrate July 4th in Brooklyn

If you want to see the Macy’s fireworks display over the East River without leaving Brooklyn, your best bet at this point is to get to Brooklyn Bridge Park realllly early (read this before you go) or find a friend with a rooftop you can safely climb out onto—most of the parties hosted by businesses that have especially good vantage points are already sold out. (And the ones that haven’t sold out yet cost a pretty penny, like Pilot, where a seat starts at $400.) But if you were just wondering what to do with yourself on the 4th, never fear, we’ve found lots of ideas for ways to …

Eating out in New York just got A LOT more affordable

We’re letting you in on our biggest, most life-changing secret. The app no New Yorker should be living without: Seated. Basically, you’ll get paid to eat out at your favorite restaurants and bars, which is insane! That means amazing rewards from brands you love, like Uber, Airbnb, SoulCycle, ClassPass, Amazon, Uniqlo, Madewell, and more, just for grabbing food or drinks at amazing restaurants and bars in NYC (which you’re already doing and not getting paid for)…

A thousand free concerts on the longest day of the year

Friday marks the Summer Solstice, which means that it’s time for the citywide Make Music New York festival to return for its 13th year, and the schedule is jam-packed with hundreds of music events taking place in outdoor public spaces in all 5 boroughs from the North Bronx to the southernmost tip of Staten Island. From 10am to 10pm, you can hear every kind of music, from metal to opera to ska to ragtime to hip hop, and it’s all totally free. You can search the massive list of offerings by neighborhood or genre…

Fireworks abound on Friday night

Hop the train to Coney Island on Friday night to cheer for our own Brooklyn Cyclones as they face their fiercest rivals, the dreaded Staten Island Yankees, on opening day at MCU Park. The game starts at 7pm, tickets start at just $14 apiece, and you should stick around after the game for the free fireworks show. On the other hand, you can see a gorgeous fireworks display without traveling to the southernmost edge of the borough by attending one of my favorite summer events: the New York Philharmonic concert in Prospect Park, which is free and starts at 8pm. Grab a picnic dinner …

Lady Wray at Industry City

City Farms’ summer concert series at Industry City kicked off its season this week, and Friday night brings R&B and hip hop singer/songwriter and Missy Elliott protegee Lady Wray to the stage for an 8pm show in the courtyard with opener 79.5. Unlike some of the other outdoor concerts I’m looking forward to this summer, this one will leave your frozen drinks fund relatively intact, as tickets are just $18. If you want to keep the party going afterwards, swing by Mama Tried, a laid back new cocktail bar in the unlikeliest of places, nestled under the BQE amidst the XXX shops and live poultry…

June is New York Music Month, get tuned in

June is New York Music Month, the official celebration of the city’s vibrant music scene. The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment has teamed up with New York is Music to offer a month of free events for musicians and music fans alike! Information about free rehearsal space, free workshops for musicians, free concerts, free walking tours of iconic music neighborhoods, a new radio show/podcast about NYC music scene, a songwriting contest, and a comprehensive website listing free and ticketed events …

Jump, jive, and wail on Friday night

Kick off the long weekend by trying something new on Friday night—a swing dancing class and dance party at Brooklyn Swings in Williamsburg. From 7-7:30pm, a pro instructor will teach the class a short solo routine (note that you don’t need a partner to participate), and then the whole group will dance the night away until 10pm. The class fee is on a sliding scale from $5-10, and if you need any more incentive, there will be free cookies! More ideas for Your Ideal Week

Enjoy yoga with a view on Thursday

It’s officially rooftop season, baby! Well, some days it feels like it is, anyway. Pod Hotel Brooklyn is kicking things off on Thursday with its first rooftop class of the summer: yoga. Led by a CorePower Yoga instructor, the one-hour Power Vinyasa class starts at 6pm on the Williamsburg hotel’s sweet roof. But don’t worry if you’re not a yogi (or if you’re not even sure what Power Vinyasa means, like a certain writer who shall remain nameless). The free class is meant for all levels

CONTEST: Win 2 Tickets to Kaskade at The Brooklyn Mirage

Nothing says summer like cold margaritas, fire beats and open air parties. Very soon, you’ll be able to find all three of these amazing things at The Brooklyn Mirage, Bushwick’s multi-million dollar outdoor club. The jaw dropping venue is coming out the gates with some stellar headlining acts, among them EDM/electro superstar, Kaskade. On May 17th, the legendary producer and DJ will bring a special “Redux” performance to New York City, providing fans with…

Mozart in the plant store jungle

If you’re as obsessed with indoor plants as I am, Greenery will feel like a bit of heaven to you. This Greenpoint plant shop is like a mini-jungle, filled with unique plants (and care instructions for them all), and somehow they are going to host a BYOB concert series in the midst of its crocodile ferns and fiddle leaf figs. On Thursday, April 25 SoFar Sounds will be bringing its secret lineup of musicians to perform in store, and you can…

Steel Magnolias on stage

On Friday night, skip Times Square and get your theater fix in convenient Park Slope instead. The Gallery Players’ current production of everyone’s favorite ode to female friendship forged in a Southern beauty parlor, Steel Magnolias, is running now through April 28th, and tickets are $25. I’ll always have a soft spot for this tearjerker, and if I don’t get a last minute invitation to a seder (hint, hint, y’all), I might just spend the evening with Truvy, Clairee, Ouiser, and the girls.   More ideas for Your Ideal Week here ⇨

Let’s Have A Beer, Colorado

Like many breweries in the U.S., a key part of our calendar each year is the trip to Denver for the Great American Beer Festival. Spending time in a city packed with beer fans in a state known as a crucial center of craft beer is inspiring for beer people like us. Every trip is punctuated with more than a few moments of wistful dreaming of a day when we could send our beer to Colorado on a regular basis. Now, that dream is finally coming true. Our kegs are filled, our bags are packed, and we’re setting off for Colorado this month. We’re extremely excited to bring our beers to the drafts and fridges that have inspired us…

Four-day, free arts and ideas festival BRIC OPEN returns April 24

Centered around BRIC’s core values of creativity, inclusion, participation, and community, the BRIC OPEN is an arts and ideas festival that brings people together to radically imagine a more liberated future. From April 24-27, come to BRIC in Downtown Brooklyn to experience community, conversation, live performances from Strings N Skins and Phony Ppl, Healing Justice Workshops with Harriet’s Apothecary, a Family Hair Party with Urban Bush Women, open mic with Mahogany L. Browne and DJ Jive Poetic, neighborhood walks around Fort Greene with Kamau Ware, art-making with Colectiva Cósmica, and contemporary art exhibitions including The…

Natasha Leggero and Moshe Kasher at The Bell House

It’s not often that East Coasters have an opportunity to see the very funny comedians Natasha Leggero and Moshe Kasher perform live, so if you’re free on Friday you should consider heading over to The Bell House to catch the LA-based couple’s late show at 10:30pm (added after the first slot sold out). Meet a friend for dinner first at one of the many great restaurants nearby, like Claro or Ugly Baby, and you’ve got

Top 5 shows of the weekend

Ok forget about what I said last week about March, can we fast forward to April instead? Will winter ever really end? Is this real life? Here are five reasons to at least get out of bed this weekend. 5) Reignwolf, Them Fangs at Baby’s All Right Seattle rockers Reignwolf just released their debut album, Hear Me Out, and if you like your rock to have some blues with a smattering of chunky desert guitar sounds, then give them a shot. The band also play at…

Fact and Fiction at the Spring/Break art show

Shona McAndrew, “Sometime Last Night,” 2019, at the Spring/Break art fair. Paper mache, acrylic. Photo: Regina Bresler Much like Fashion Week and Fleet Week, we are entering another themed week in the NYC event ecosystem: art fair season. While commonly referred to as Armory Week, over the past 15 years half a dozen fairs have popped up as viable contenders to the main art show, vying for the attention of press and collectors over the course of a dizzying four days of art. The youngest and buzziest addition to the landscape is Spring/Break, which enters its eighth season at 866 UN Plaza and runs through March…

Coming Up At Brooklyn Historical Society This Week

Bike enthusiasts should enjoy Tuesday evening’s program, “Wheeling Through Brooklyn’s Past With David V. Herlihy, ” which starts at 6:30 at the Brooklyn Historical Society.In celebration of National Bike Month, join the author of Bicycle: The History and The Lost Cyclist for a look back at Brooklyn’s rich and colorful legacy of cycling clubs and culture. From the “South Brooklyn Wheelmen” to the “Whirling Dervishes,” Brooklyn has long been a hotbed of cycling. Learn all about it and make your head spin! Offered in partnership with the New York Cycle Club.The event…