The weekend shall soon be upon us and I’m interested to see how it’s going to play out in Brooklyn with the new “Pokémon Go” craze. It seems everybody is playing the augmented reality game, but they’re also bumping into people, not paying attention and draining their phone’s battery.
If you go to the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival or its Juice Hip-Hop exhibition, and people are so distracted that they’re stepping on dudes’ Jordans… It could have bizarre results!
The weather will be great this weekend, and if you got beach in mind, I’ll be filming an episode of Beach Bum Bounce, out at Riis Park Beach Bazaar on Saturday, so come say Hi!
Here’s some events to get your Brooklyn Weekend fully on fleek!
Juice Hip-Hop Exhibition, St. Ann’s Warehouse, 45 Water Street, $15, 7pm-11m (D.U.M.B.O)
Juice celebrates the legacy of hip hop by gathering the next wave of young emerging dancers, deejays, mc’s, beat makers, sneakerheads, and visual/graffiti artists to convene on one platform and showcase each element, and their talent, simultaneously, through a one night exhibition and show. It’s held at St Anne’s Warehouse, which always puts me in a Game Of Throne mind, as it resembles a castle.
It’s a part of the 12th annual, Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, but go to their Event Brite page for more information and tickets. The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival has been happening since Wednesday, July 13th, so you should check that page for info on their full spate of programming.
Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, Errrrwhere, Friday-Saturday $0-132
The 12th annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival has been going on since Wednesday, July 13th and the programming offers a plethora of Hip-Hopping options, from film to art to knowledge and of course, live performances.
This year, the finale concert is on Saturday and headlined by Nas, aka Rebel To America, whose canon bustles with a thinking man’s lyrics, while also keeping it corner boy cool. Fab and Talib Kweli are also on the bill, with many more artists on the bill and is hosted by Uncle Ralph McDaniels. The finale concert will be down at Brooklyn Bridge Park and start at 1pm. rain or shine and no refunds (that’s what it says on the website). Check the website for all the info from a bird’s eye view
Dump Trump Night- A Night of Satire & Filthy Songs, Jalopy Theatre and School Of Music , 315 Columbia St., 9pm, $5 (Red Hook)
Do you like Donald Trump…or rather, do you like making fun of Donald Trump? Then maybe you should hit up the Jalopy Theater for a night of filthy songs, roasting The Donald and his bid to become the next U.S. President. Door proceeds from the event will go to Make the Road Action – building political power rooted in working class Latino communities, promoting policy solutions that improve the lives of all New Yorkers, and strengthening the movement for justice through electoral and grassroots organizing to advance progressive political and policy change. Confirmed talent includes DK & the Joy Machine, Thomas Bailey, Dina Seiden, Jessica Delfino, Ernesto Gomez, Feral Foster (best name ever!), Peter Stampfel, Chris Q. Murphy, Marie-Emma Graves, Noah Harley of The Horse-Eyed Men and Noam Osband
The again, if Trump does in the election, you might wanna disavow ever attending the show
BABZ, Signal, 260 Johnson Avenue, Saturday & Sunday, 1pm-7pm, free (Bushwick)
Assuming that you know how to read, because reading is fundamental, you should make your way over to the Bushwick Art Book & Zine Fair, which is a two day situation that promotes independent book publishers and authors. Perhaps you’re a writer and looking for an independent book publisher, and have struggled getting y0ur manuscript off your computer and into people’s hands? Perhaps you’re a fan of independent writers and believe in supporting the DIY lit community? Or maybe you like eating food (Mouth to Mouth) and drinking beer (Brooklyn Brewery) with creative types? If any of those apply, get over to Signal this weekend, where they’ll be teaching how to bind books, holding open mics and also readings from the work of featured authors.
African Table Rooftop Brunch, BKLYN Commons, 495 Flatbush Ave, 12pm-4pm, $45,
The African Table Rooftop Brunch Series kicks off on July 16th with a Taste of South Africa and you’re invited to take part in the festivities. BKLYN Commons Rooftop(495 Flatbush Avenue) is the meeting spot for a tasty time in the sunshine! There will be DJs, live drumming and dancing, unlimited Strawberry & cucumber cocktails, a 6 course brunch menu, featuring amazing South African inspired cuisine by Chef Grace Odogbili and mingling with good people. A fun and delicious way to spend your Saturday. Please keep your Pokemonning to a minimum and respect your fellow brunch guests. Check their Splashthat page for more info.
Tiki Disco + Friends, Output Roof, 74 Wythe Ave, 2pm-10pm, $10 (Williamsburg)
This one is really simple. It’s Tiki Disco, the bumping party that started at Roberta’s in Bushwick, but outgrew the space and has been mobile every since. It’s a day party on the roof of Output, which has one of the best sound systems in the city, and the roof has a pool. Bruh! Check the Facebook page for any other info, but if you like dope DJs on roofs with pools, then this is it.
Harriets Apothecary, Minka, 1120 Washington Ave, July 16th & 17th, 12pm-7pm, $Sliding Scale (Crown Heights)
This sounds like self-healing to the tenth power right here! In fact, I can’t word it any better then the event organizers, so this is directly from their page:
“BEATBOX BOTANICALS welcomes you to HARRIET’S APOTHECARY HEALING VILLAGE: SPRING EDITION 2016
Harriet’s Apothecary is an intergenerational, healing village led by the brilliance and wisdom of Black Cis Women, Queer and Trans healers, artists, health professionals, magicians, activists and ancestors. We are committed to co-creating accessible, affordable, liberatory, all-body loving, all-gender honoring, community healing spaces that recognize, inspire, and deepen the healing genius of people who identify as Black, Indigenous and People of color and the allies that love us. www.harrietsapothecary.com“.
And if you go on Saturday, you can get the bonus of the Free Black Women’s Library, which is a mobile library that contains books of all genres, written by Black women from all over the world. Join them for a discussion at 2pm on themes of spirit and magic in Black women’s literature.
Soulidarity, BK Tap House, 590 Myrtle Ave, 9pm-3am, $5
Join 3 of Brooklyn’s toughest DJ crews, as they band together to bring you Soulidarity, with a special after party for Talib Kweli’s performance at Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. Pure Magic + Eye Spy Sound Set + Wonderground are NYC sound systems that bring dope DJs, sexy fun audiences and create indelible party experiences. It’s at Brooklyn Tap House, so expect a huge room full of good looking people, great energy, dancing, delicious cocktails and craft beer and of course, serious DJ business. Sounds like a fun Saturday night.
So there it is. Go and get your weekend, but also keep your head out of your phone, because if you bump into an elderly person, or knock a beer out of someone’s hand, Pokeman will not be able to help you out of awkward situations.