By Brooklyn Reader

January 22, 2015, 11:17 am

 

bring-on-the-weekendThe MLK Holiday weekend just passed, which is the yearly opportunity to see party flyers with images of Rev. King, next to a carefully curated kaleidoscope of booty-clapping strippers, magnum bottles of Ciroc and a spread of big-face money.  The good Reverend must be making it rain, errrr, turning over in his grave knowing his pictures are being used to sell lap dances from a lady named Lexus, whose government name is probably Diamond.

It’s also, almost about that time: The Superbowl is cresting on the horizon and already shrouded in the Deflate Gate controversy, though deflated balls sounds like guerrilla marketing from Cialis, as a workaround to buying a Superbowl ad. Big Pharma generates huge profits, but $4.5 Million dollars, for a thirty second spot, is a grip of money for any company. You know how many people you can feed with $4.5 Million dollars? Well, if it’s the eighty people who hold as much wealth, as half of the world’s population, then maybe only eighty people, as $4.5 Million could be their combined brunch tab… before tip.

So, if we just passed the first holiday weekend of the new year and the biggest sports, drinking and domestic abuse event is not ’til next weekend, what happens during this weekend? Well that depends on what you like to do, when you like to do it and who you like to do it with. Either way, I suggest that you do it ’til you’re satisfied, which is not just a chart-topping 70s tune, written by Billy Nichols or a slogan on a T-Shirt you copped at Goodwill, but a bonafide, beneficial ethos to guide your life.

Now onto the event picks for this weekend:

THURSDAY & FRIDAY

BRER RABBIT:THE OPERA

BRIC, 647 Fulton Street, 8pm

Thursday & Friday, $15 in Advance

The Briar Patch Ain't For Punks!

The Briar Patch Ain’t For Punks!

Ok, so Thursday ain’t the weekend unless you’re still in college…but Bre Rabbit The Opera: A Funky Meditation On Gentrification, is a not to be missed event.  It’s down at BRIC and is part of their January conversation about gentrification:

Brer Rabbit The Opera: A Funky Meditation On Gentrification (Work-in-Progress)” is an exploration of tricksterism, techno-animism and urban survival techniques, that tackles the modern dilemma of gentrification through the lens of legendary black folklore hero, Brer Rabbit, and his birthplace, the Briar Patch. A collaboration by performance artist Aisha Cousins, musician Greg Tate, and Burnt Sugar the Arkestra ChamberBrer Rabbit The Opera will merge music, performance art, and community engagement to create a final piece that engages BRIC visitors of all cultures in reflecting on the life lessons our respective Briar Patches have taught us.”-BRIC

Go See That! Click Here for more information

FRIDAY

ENJOY THE RIDE: Social Lovers LP release party

Splitty, 415 Myrtle Avenue (Clinton Hills), 10pm

$Free

This EP Is Good

This EP Is Good

I’m normally leery about going to a record release party, for a band that I’ve never heard of before, so I did you all the favor and listened to the EP, and it’s a real jam! A dancey, kinda airy, post disco, sexy-fun affair– what you put on in the morning after hooking up on Tinder, then finding that you actually like the person, so you want to make some breakfast. It’s that kind of music. Hit their Facebook Event Page for more info and hit their SoundCloud to listen to some of the tunes.

STRICTLY NEW YORK 2

Pandemic Gallery, 22 Waverly Avenue (Brooklyn Navy Yard), 7pm-11pm

$Free

I Heart NY

I Heart NY

This is looking like an amazing group show. Fifteen photographers showing NYC through their eyes. This city is so vast, it’s curious to see it through 15 other sets of eyeballs. Drinks will be served, which I’m assuming will be adult beverages, though I’m not sure if they’re complimentary. Another highlight is the B-Boy performance, by Break Fresh NYC, which will bring it all full circle on the, Strictly NYC, tip.

Interestingly for me, the exhibit is at the Pandemic Gallery, over by the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and because of the HBO show The Wire, the word Pandemic now reminds me of Bawtamore! If you watched show, you know why.

Hit up their Facebook Event Page with any questions

SATURDAY

NATIONAL READATHON DAY

Everywhere, 12pm-4pm

$Free

Y'all gon learn today

You gon learn today

Like drooling infants, I know that some of you are enamored by pretty pictures, but the world needs more reading. And this Saturday afternoon, National Readathon Day asks you to set aside four consecutive hours, to do nothing but read.  There’s a do-good component as well, via a fundraising mobilization to fight illiteracy. Yeah, fighting illiteracy… some people can’t read, which is just insane in 2015!

So just do it. You can do it in a chair, you can do it at a fair, you can do it with Cher or with an Au pair. If you want to do it with a group of people, hit up Powerhouse Arena for their National Readathon Event.

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