Friday, March 28, 2014

The Rundown: 10 Things To See & Do This Week (Mar. 29-Apr. 5)

Posted By on Fri, Mar 28, 2014 at 10:00 AM

The Rundown
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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:

An Evening Of Comedy (Free) - March 28, 9 p.m.

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.

Bass-Heavy Singalong ($8) - March 28, 9:30 p.m.

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.

Robots Vs. The King of Pop (Free) - March 28, 10 p.m.

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.

Liquored-Up ($95-165) - March 29, 12-4 p.m. or 6-10 p.m.

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.

New Gallery Alert! (Free) - March 29, 6:30 p.m.

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

The Rundown
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  • This Monday, Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club will hold its first mahjong league tournament.

The Elderly Games ($10) - March 31, 7 p.m.

Last week, we shared the news that Gowanus' premiere (and only) shuffleboard club would be starting a mahjong night. Well, that night has (almost) arrived! This Monday, starting at 7 p.m., fans of the Chinese tile game, a favorite of Jewish grandmothers everywhere, are invited to join a series of weekly games, led by an as-yet-unnamed expert. Tickets are $10 and admission is first come, first serve.

In Love With Light (Free) - April 2, 6-8 p.m.

If you're a fan of good design, check out the new "Illuminate: Design in Light" exhibit, opening night reception at Urban Glass (647 Fulton St. at Rockwell Pl.) this Wednesday. The show will feature the eye-catching work of nine NYC-based artists who manipulate light and glass in eye-catching ways. If you can't make it to the reception, feel free to visit Urban Glass from 12-6 p.m. every Wednesday through Saturday to check out the new exhibit.

Game Show For A Good Cause ($5-7) - April 2, 8-10 p.m.

Have you always known deep down that you were meant to kick ass on a game show? Well, this week, you can do a trial run at Bushwick's Silent Barn (603 Bushwick Ave. nr. Jefferson St.). The venue will host a game show-themed fundraiser for Mellow Pages, a Brooklyn-based independent library, and invites any brave souls to get on stage to spin a wheel (of fortune!) and participate in trivia, physical challenges and reading challenges. At the end, one winner will stand. General admission is $5. For those brave enough to compete, admission is $7.

Lasers & Laughter ($5) - April 3, 7 p.m.

Here's one from Manhattan: This Thursday, Upright Citizen's Brigade East (153 E. 3rd St. at Ave. A) will celebrate the one-year anniversary of its popular Lasers In The Jungle comedy show, which has featured big names like Jim Gaffigan and Reggie Watts. To celebrate the momentous occasion, the show is bringing out the big guns and will welcome actress Janeane Garofalo, writer/comedian Ted Alexandro, actor/comedian Jeffrey Joseph and writer/comedian Emmy Blotnik, who wrote for one of our favorite shows, Best Week Ever. Reservations can be made online. The event is cash-only.

Comedy Meets Dance (Free) - April 3-6, 8 p.m.

Next Thursday through Sunday, the Triskelion Arts Center (118 N. 11th St. 3rd Fl. nr. Wythe Ave.) will celebrate the intersection of dance and comedy with their 5th Annual Comedy In Dance Festival. The festival will feature performances by 29 dance companies, all there to make a willing audience laugh through movement alone. For more details about all the performances, visit Triskelion online.

If you know of a fun event you think we'd be interested in, send an email to

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