If you aren’t hanging out in geodesic domes, well then you aren’t living life to the Fuller-ist. Rest assured you don’t have to head upstate and fork over $350 a night to do it. Though you will have to go uptown.
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Nothing beats a blue Monday quite like a musical genre-bender, feminism and a cozy Greenpoint piano bar. Look no further than The Hum, a residency and weekly performance featuring female musicians working within genres as eclectic as R&B, art-rock, spectral pop, classical and punk.
For he’s a jolly good Fela, and so is David Lee Roth. This Saturday, celebrate the legendary frontmen and bon vivants at these two fests.
Saturday, Oct. 17, 4pm at The Diamond, 43 Franklin St., Greenpoint; free.
Might as well jump. The Diamond’s annual birthday celebration of its namesake will have you doing air kicks like “Diamond” Dave himself. The soup savants at Good Stock will be serving up Brat.s for Teacher and Runnin’ with the Deviled Eggs, to go along with that Roggen with the Devil beer from Greenpoint Brewing Co. (Hopefully there won’t be an “eruption” in your stomach, har har.) And rest assured you’ll be able to dance the night away: DJs Easetheseatback and Frau Mary will be spinning Van Halen tunes along with German metal and (sorry, no way around this) Oktoberfest tunes. But please, respect The Diamond’s neighbors. No dancing in the street.
It’s going to be pretty hard to beat Taran Killam’s impression of Donald Trump (above) during the season opener of Saturday Night Live, but the intrepid improvisers at UCB are giving it a shot tonight at 8 p.m. “Trump is President and he’s giving a luxurious speech from the East Room of the White House,” goes the blurb for Trump Dump: President Luxury. “Join him and his paid audience as he updates America on the Hunt for Rosie O’Donnell, the construction of the first ever transcontinental hair oil pipeline and his plan for bronzing illegal immigrant’s babies and using them for actual ships anchors.”
Freak Out! Fest, a queer and trans punk music festival, is making its debut in Bushwick and the Lower East Side this weekend with over 20 bands playing shows at Silent Barn, ABC No Rio, and Cake Shop. The fest starts tonight at Silent Barn and continues with afternoon and nighttime shows on Saturday and Sunday.
Calamity Chang, once a fixture at the old Galapagos with the Beatles Burlesque show she produced, rarely performs in Brooklyn these days. But she makes an exception for the New York Burlesque Festival, which will inundate the city with glitter this weekend for the 13th year in a row. “As for Brooklyn,” she told us, “well, let’s just say that burlesque died when the hipsters moved into Williamsburg. They are too sexually repressed to appreciate sexuality and too cool to appreciate camp.”
There’s plenty to see and do at the third annual Motorcycle Film Festival, which kicked off Wednesday. Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds are playing an after party, the “lost film crew” of Easy Rider will convene for a revealing discussion, and– in case the name wasn’t hint enough– there are a variety of motorcycle-themed films to attend. But while you’re knocking back beers and mingling in the Littlefield atrium between screenings, look around. You’ll probably notice some small but intriguing paintings. On display are early works by artist Ray Abeyta, the late “Mayor of Williamsburg,” and close friend of the film festival.
At 6pm this evening, tomorrow, and Thursday on the 12th Avenue Overlook of the High Line, sculptural artist Kevin Beasley wants you to stop and smell the roses — and while you’re at it, give them a good listen, too. To assist you with this sensory challenge, Beasley spent his summer months traversing the old West Side Line track, recording sounds – “natural, human, and machine” – that he’ll present tonight as “Untitled Stanzas: Staff/Un/Site.”
During the Civil War, nearly a third of the medicine distributed to Union soldiers came out of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and during World War II, thousands of patients were treated there. But its historic hospital complex was decommissioned soon after the war, and the Navy abandoned it altogether in 1989. Since then, its stately main building, built in 1838, has been sitting fallow amidst of landscape of weeds. Starting this weekend, however, you’ll have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to walk its halls and contemplate the inhumanity that once filled its treatment rooms with casualties.
Hillarymania may have already staked its claim in Brooklyn Heights, but Bernie Fever has been something of a slow burner across the borough. A couple of upcoming fundraising events are evidence that Bernie supporters are now igniting on-the-ground efforts in Bushwick and beyond, tapping into what Jon Fuhrer, organizer of the Bushwick Berners, describes as the “young white hipsterish” demographic. Fuhrer explained fundraising events like his aren’t just for “keeping things fresh and fun for that group of people” — they also aim to “get people excited so they actually want to go into the community and help organize.”
Thankfully, the forthcoming cosplay cruise isn’t your only chance to climb aboard a boat and play dress-up. “Priestess of the Night” Chien Lee and her cohorts at Dances of Vice, an ongoing series of lavish, theatrical fetes involving retro costumes and unconventional locales, are closing out their summer series aboard the Clipper City Tall Ship, a 158-foot-long schooner originally built in 1854 and then rebuilt in 1984.
Word on the street is the guys of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, the Australian psych rock band playing the final show on their US tour tonight at Music Hall of Williamsburg, will be serving up cocktails at Our Wicked Lady in Bushwick once they’ve shredded their last. Let’s hope they’ve got bartending experience under those guitar straps.