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- Tonight, Union Hall will celebrate the best of hip-hop/R&B with a 90s-centric blowout.
This week, we laugh—A LOT—, sample the wares of the craft distilleries and take in art in all its forms. Here are our must-do and must-see events for the week:
Tonight, Pine Box Rock Shop (12 Grattan St. nr. Bogart St.) will host an “episode” of Late Night Basement with Chris Rose, which brings some very big names to Bushwick. Guests include Gary Shteyngart, author of the critically-lauded memoir Little Failure; twin comedians the Lucas Bros, who will discuss their new show on Fox; comedian Nick Turner, who will do stand-up; musician Sarah Dooley and many others. Afterwards, we imagine there will be much dancing courtesy of DJ Treatz. Admission to the event event, which will include plenty of laughs, is first come, first serve.
Wish you were a little bit taller? Wish you were a baller? Wish you had a girl who looked good, you would call her? If so, we suggest going to Union Hall (702 Union Street at Fifth Ave.) tonight. The venue will host a hip-hop/R&B singalong featuring the sweet stylings of the 90’s best rap/hip-hop acts. Attendees are invited to participate in a 90s costume contest or a dance-off (winners will get free drinks and tickets to shows at Bell House or Union Hall) or, if you’d rather not, you can just sip on rap-themed cocktails and just take it all in. Whatever you choose to do, be there at 9:30 p.m. when doors open.
Those of you looking to work up a very serious sweat can head over to Bell House (149 7th St. nr. Second Ave.) tonight for another chapter in their epic Head On DJ series. DJs Brian Blackout and Spoolwork will pit Daft Punk tracks against Michael Jackson cuts, respectively, and no matter who wins—we all win. The event begins at 10 p.m. and the face-off kicks off at midnight.
If you’d rather conserve your energy for a truly epic Saturday, then we recommend checking out the NYC Craft Distillers’ Festival at The Bowery Hotel (335 Bowery at Great Jones St.). The two-session festival will feature every kind of handcrafted liquor you can imagine including moonshine from Tennessee, Mexican mezcal and choice booze from upstate distilleries. General/early VIP admission tickets will set you back $95/$150 (Session 1) or $100/$165 (Session 2). All tickets can be purchased online.
If there’s one rule in New York City, it’s that you can never have enough galleries. This weekend, Greenpoint will become home to Succulent Studios (67 West St. nr. Noble St.), a new, massive gallery and events space. The gallery is committed to street art and will showcase a dozen artists at this weekend’s balloon-themed grand opening. And there will be a lot of free beer courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery. How can you say ‘no’ to that?
If you know of a fun event you think we’d be interested in, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.