Between The Kevin Corrigan Show, the Lost Lectures, and Raising the Bar it’s pretty clear barrooms are the new lecture halls. If you’re looking for inebriation and intellectualism, check out these upcoming events.
Late Night Basement
This live late-night show at The Pine Box Rock Shop has featured the likes of literary it-boy Gary Sheyngart as well as two of our “Regulars”: Andrew WK and Pat Kiernan. The May 9 installment, will feature one of our fave comic actors, Jon Benjamin (of Jon Benjamin Has a Van, Bob’s Burgers and Archer) as well as Walter Martin (bassist for The Walkmen, who will play from his solo album), Michelle Wolf (writer for Late Night With Seth Myers) and Jared Logan (a stand-up you’ve seen on Best Week Ever). Two-for-one beers while they last.
How I Learned It’s Not Like in the Movies
During this latest installment in the How I Learned Series, you’ll hear lessons learned by Dan Kennedy (a memoirist-novelist who also hosts the The Moth’s storytelling podcast), Coleen Worthmann (an actor who’s also written for the Comedy Central roasts and for the Oscars), Maris Kreizman (Slaughterhouse 90210), and comics Joel Kim Booster and Alison Leiby. May 28 at Bowery Electric, 327 Bowery, $5 in advance / $8 at the door.
War Correspondents at the Brooklyn Brewery
During this series at the Brooklyn Brewery, which serves as a fundraiser for Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues, the brewery’s founder Steve Hindy (a former foreign correspondent) interviews the best in his former field. This season’s guests include NPR correspondent Deborah Amos on May 22, Scott Anderson (Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East) on June 17; Getty Images photographers Pancho Bernasconi and Sandy Ciric discussing Chris Hondros, who was killed in a mortar attack in Libya, on July 16; Philip Gourevitch on the Rwandan genocide, on September 17; and Sebastian Junger interviewing photographer Susan Meiselas of Magnum Photos on November 19. The $25 ticket buys your first beer.
Lit Crawl Brooklyn
The Brooklyn counterpart to the NYC Lit Crawl brings 100+ writers to 21 literary events in bars, shops and other non-conventional locales. Events include insight from sex workers courtesy of the Red Umbrella Diaries reading series, Sexist Bingo! featuring “full-frontal mansplaining and condescension for all,” and an “interactive, theatrical mashup of Norton Juster’s The Phantom Tollbooth.”
This taqueria/think tank will pop up at 37 East First Street during Design Week NYC (May 12 – 18). Buy a ticket for one of the classes or panel discussions ($25-$35) and you’ll get two tacos plus a beer or wine. Topics include everything from designing a food startup (with the founder of Los Perros Locos, who’s also supplying the tacos), to designing a mission-driven organization (with the folks from Etsy and Good Eggs).