The fourth annual Brooklyn Zine Fest is happening this weekend (Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26) and we’re getting super excited to check out what more than 150 zine crafters will be hawking at the Brooklyn Historical Society as well as a brand new panel series which looks to be interesting and varied, just how we like our zines.
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Everyone knows the quickest way to turn your lame tech-bro pad from drab to authentic cool is to fill it with a bunch of vinyl. Just, please, if you’re going to do that at least take the records outside of their plastic casing and rough them up a bit so it looks like you actually listen to them. Oh, and hot tip: make sure you actually have a record player, too — extra points for knowing how to turn it on.
Everybody dies. But there’s a high probability you won’t get to experience your own funeral, unless of course you’re imagining it during a Bushwick ayahuasca ceremony. But if you want to find out what it’s like to be dead sans pyschedelics, it may be worth forking over $40 for the “fantasy burial workshop” that Carrie Ahern is offering at the Immersive Gallery, a performance art venue in Williamsburg. We spoke with the local dancer and choreographer to find out more about death LARPing.
Brooklyn Bazaar is changing it up on Sunday, April 19 for Bust Craftacular’s Primped, an event dedicated to providing goods and services for the ladies and gents out there who tend toward grooming and elaborate face painting rituals. We’re talking about a full day of beauty of course.
If this sounds like exotic, unfamiliar territory then seriously listen up, you probably need all the help you can get. It’s like that Discharge song :“You got acne all over your face/ See a doctor/ What a disgrace/Get some face cream.” Solid advice.
Can’t get your landlord to fix your sink? Is there a nebulous blob of black mold festering on your bedroom ceiling? Well maybe you and your roommates can pick up some hot tips on how to stick it to your slumlord from a new exhibition at Interference Archive which focuses on collective action organized by tenants in a city that often seems to choose development over preservation. “We Won’t Move: Tenants Organize in New York City” opens tonight (7-10 pm) at the Gowanus archive and event space dedicated to social movements, labor history, and activism.
Do you find yourself humming “The Age of Aquarius” in the shower? constantly cursing Mercury retrograde?blaming your misfortunes on Saturn? All of those are, um, signs that you should head to Parkside Lounge tonight for “Zodiac Burlesque: The Best of the West.”
If you’re still feeling like a dummy for missing last week’s panel on punk and feminism at the Brooklyn Museum, listen up because this weekend starts out with a similar bang: on Friday Pervasive Feminisms, a multi-faceted night of talks, cocktails, visual art, music, and performances is being held at–wait for it– a church in Greenpoint. And before you bail based on the venue, let me reiterate: people, it’s confirmed there will be alcohol and rad ladies on hand including Kristen Korvette (editor at Slutist), performance art collaborative Fluct, and artist-activist, musician Viva Ruiz of the Crystal Ark. Don’t miss it for fear of holy water, because according to the schedule Pastor Amy will make a speech following the panel, booze hour, and performances. All things considered, sounds like Pastor Amy is probably down for a good time.
Buzzfeed’s Books Editor will be on hand at Johnny Rotten’s talk April 30 about his latest memoir, Anger is an Energy: My Life Uncensored. We’re hoping the discussion will lend itself to a more accurate “Which Punk Icon Are You?” quiz because I haven’t quite gotten over finding out I’m more Kathleen Hannah than John Lydon. But if you’re simply hoping to see if Mr. Rotten can top his excellent 1994 memoir, Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs, head to the Strand bookstore on April 30.
Consider this your last chance to get creepy for a good long while because Friday the 13th ain’t happening again until November kids, which means (depending on your persuasion) we’ll be facing eight straight months of horrible luck. If you’re more inclined to associate Friday the 13th with Jason or unfortunate circumstances then, by all means, stay inside your depressing apartment and order delivery tacos. We’re guessing you’re also the type of person who would blame the forces of evil for finding you’ve received soggy tacos— the horror! Like, how else could that happen? Mayonnaise just doesn’t move itself. But hey, if you’re not a turd, check out our list of fun ways to celebrate this lucky day.
Good news, Brooklyn record hounds — you won’t have to venture into Manhattan, much less above 14th Street, for WFMU’s annual record fair, which was held at the Armory and the Metropolitan Pavilion in previous years. This year’s installment, May 1 to 3, will be held at the brand spanking new Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint. The dealer list has yet to be announced, but last year’s lineup featured local vendors like Record Grouch as well as dozens of out-of-towners like Ecstatic Yod Collective, the Massachusetts-based label/shop co-run by Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth.
The fifth season of Game of Thrones doesn’t premiere until April 12, but if you’re missing its byzantine intrigue, bloodshed and sexiness you can quell your thirst for Westeros (and Essos) with a new show from Hotsy Totsy Burlesque. “Game of Tassels” comes to the Slipper Room this Thursday.
A couple of fun developments in the world of Billet & Bellows, the Williamsburg bar opened by local blacksmith Kristina Kozak. First off, the bar just added food in the way of dishes like the Ploughman’s Plate (cured meats, cheese, cornichons, radish and bread), Deviled Eggs Benedict with ham and English muffin crumbs; potato skins with cheddar, pork cracklins, cream and scallions; marinated olives; a jumbo soft pretzel; mac and cheese; and chicken liver toast. The kitchen is open from 5pm to 11:30pm nightly, and the full menu is below.