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Well HEY, and welcome back to another W-E-E-K-E-N-D! I’m still out of town at ye olde beach for the foreseeable future, but I am heckin’ envious that you guys have a great couple of days ahead in NYC! From plenty of free events (like the Bushwick Collective Block Party) to a ton of good queer programming as we kick off Pride month, INCLUDING but not limited to a screening of Clouds of Sils Maria (which I count as queer programming because K-Stew, and also because I wanted to make CoSM our GIF theme), the possibilities are pretty much endless! Before we get into all the details, here’s some rad #C0NT3NT you might’ve missed on BYT this week if you were too busy having an existential crisis re: Killing Eve being all wrapped up for S2!

Thursday May 30

  • First things first! Grab a $24+ ticket to catch the inimitable Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as she discusses her most recent book, Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions with Nathan Englander at 92Y!
  • Over in tunes land, meanwhile, my top pick is a Lady Lamb gig at Elsewhere! Tickets are $23 each.
  • You can also catch Early Riser, Onesie, Desert Sharks ‘n Sharp Shadows at Gold Sounds for just $8-$10…
  • …plus we’ve got Anderson .Paak at MSG for $40+!
  • (Or if you’re more in the mood to hang out with that kid from Stranger Things‘ band, Calpurnia, then head to Irving Plaza for a $25 gig!)

  • For comedy vibes, get to Union Hall for Backfat Variety ft. Emily Winter, Larry Mancini, Ophira Eisenberg, Petey DeAbreu and more! Tickets are $10 a pop.
  • At Littlefield, meanwhile, we’ve got Brooks Wheelan for $10!
  • If you’re just hungry AF, then head to Archestratus for a $50 endless antipasto, many course family style Italian dinner from PIATTI author Stacy Adimando!
  • In terms of cinema, you can catch a special midnight screening of cult favorite The Velocipastor at Nitehawk Williamsburg ft. bonus Q+A w/ the cast and crew!
  • Or if you couldn’t get enough o’ that Ingmar Bergman mania over at Syndicated last weekend, then probably head on over again to catch a $7 screening of Wild Strawberries tonight!
  • More into art? ArtsClub is throwing a Warhol Factory Party where you’ll be able to make your own art (including Warhol-inspired silkscreens), plus there’ll be an open beer and wine bar, alco-fruit pops and more! Tickets are $55.

Friday May 31

  • Kicking things off with tunes, I am like, legally obligated (not really, but y’all would like HOW COME SHE DOESN’T KNOW ABOUT THIS?! but I do know about it and will be far, far away…) to remind you that Gov Ball begins today and runs through Sunday. I would like to stress that it is typically a sludge fest thanks to inclement weather, so if you DO go, wear the appropriate gear. (Also, probably be ready to cough up a minimum of $135.)
  • PERSONALLY I’m gonna go ahead and vote you catch a DJ set from the one and only Jessy Lanza at Elsewhere! Tickets are $15-$25 a pop.
  • Plus our buddy pronoun has a show at Brooklyn Bazaar! Tickets are $20.
  • Speaking of Brooklyn Bazaar, you can also grab $15 tickets to the latest round of Emo Night Brooklyn!

  • Too poor? Just head to the Knitting Factory for Daft Disko: A French Touch & Disco House Party! Free before midnight w/ RSVP!
  • In terms of LOLs, while Brandon Wardell’s early set is sold out at the Bell House, you can catch him at Yeah But Still Live Podcast for $15 afterwards there, too!
  • For the opposite of LOLs, hit up Metrograph for the first day of its Northern Ireland: Battle of Images series ft. films all about the Troubles, a subject which has unfortunately gotten stirred up again with all this Brexit bullshit // today’s screenings are now through June 15th, and you can check out the full lineup here.
  • Or for something a little more abstract, go watch a $7 screening of The Seventh Seal at Syndicated as Bergman madness continues!

Saturday June 1

  • Let’s kick things off in cinema town! Nitehawk Williamsburg is hosting 1. a brunch screening of Labyrinth, and 2. a brunch screening of Dykes, Camera, Action! ft. bonus Q+A w/ director Caroline Berler! Queer vibes all around! PLUS over at Prospect Park there’s a 10:30am screening of The Goonies! (Of course, if those feel too early, just get to another midnight screening of The Velocipastor ft. Q+A w/ cast and crew again back at Nitehawk Williamsburg!)
  • Bushwick is also where it’s at today – we’ve got the annual Bushwick Collective Block Party AND the Bushwick Art Crawl, both of which are free to check out.
  • In terms of tunes, YA GOTTA get to Elsewhere for L7’s miraculously (as of this writing) non-sold-out second show ft. support from Les Butcherettes! Tickets are $30-$35 each.
  • (Plus if you grab a copy of their new record from Rough Trade, you can head on over there for a free signing today!)
  • And while we’re talking Elsewhere vibes, you can stay put for Toucan Sounds w/ DJ sets from French Horn Rebellion, Violet Sands and more! FREE W/ RSVP!

  • Speaking of free, we’ve got Brooklyn Museum’s First Saturdays, and this time it’s a big ol’ Stonewall 50 celebration! We’ve got music from the NYC Gay Men’s Chorus, Amber Valentine and Madame Gandhi, not to mention tons of excellent, thought-provoking programming running all night long. The best part? It’s free w/ RSVP!
  • You can ALSO catch a free performance from Emily King at the opening night of Central Park’s SummerStage programming!
  • But shifting away from tunes for a minute, my top comedy pick for tonight is Pop Show: The Festival w/ Ziwe Fumudoh at the Bell House ft. Cole Escola, Sam Taggart, Marcia Belsky, Jen Goma, Lorelei Ramirez and more! Tickets are $15-$20 a pop.
  • (And if you’re in the mood to d-d-d-d-dance, stick around for a new round of Party Like It’s 1999 after that // free as always, and this time it’s J.Lo themed!)
  • You can also catch an early and a late show from Jon Glaser ft. special guest Scott Adsit over at Littlefield! Tickets to each seating are $12-$15 each.

Sunday June 2

  • Start off in Brooklyn for the NYC Handmade Bazaar! Free entry, so cruise on through!
  • Speaking of free, “Bushwick Salsa”, a free community event celebrating Latin music (ft. a performance by Tito Puente Jr. and more) and culture, is happening at The Brooklyn Mirage! RSVP for entry!
  • AND if you’re after some solid queer times, you should most definitely get to C’mon Everybody for Hanky Code, a Sunday Disco Tea Dance! Totally free w/ RSVP.
  • Meanwhile, it sounds (and correct me if I’m wrong) like you can snag some free booze at The Jane today for their Mezzo Spritz launch party! Details here.

  • But MAYBE you just wanna LOL (ROFL, even), in which case get to Littlefield to catch a set from Beth Stelling! Tickets are $8-$10 each.
  • Getting back to ye olde queer vibes, you can also head over at Caveat, where it’s a new round of Queer Memoir, America’s (or at least my) favorite LGBTQ+ storytelling show! The theme this time is First Job, and tickets will run you $10-$11 a pop.
  • (You should also stick around for a new round of My Body My Jokes ft. Gastor Almonte, Bryan Yang and more! Tickets are $15-$20 each.)
  • If cinema is more your vibe, you can catch a $7 screening of Clouds of Sils Maria (starring the one and only “like, so gay” K-Stew) at Syndicated tonight!