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Late-night entertainment in NYC
Mon Jan 9 2012
Photograph: Clotilde Testa
This low-key spot has occupied a now-trendy corner of Williamsburg since 2004, frequently hosting jazz musicians and local bands (including Grizzly Bear and the Dirty Projectors). It's the type of place where all sense of time vanishes in the midst of the dimly lit carousing (and not just because you got drunk and dropped your phone in the toilet). Regular late-night events, like the free monthly Afro-Latin dance party Let's Boogaloo! (Jan 20 at 10pm), ensure that things pick up as the night goes on. 258 Wythe Ave between Metropolitan Ave and North 3rd St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (zebuloncafeconcert.com). Showtimes vary.
Night of the Living
Kurt Braunohler is a busy guy: He hosts the weekly Hot Tub variety show (along with Kristen Schaal), performs stand-up all over the city and was recently tapped to host IFC's new improv show, Pointless (premiering later this year). Catch his monthly talk show at the PIT, featuring a slew of cool guests (WFMU's Tom Scharpling, Delocated creator Jon Glaser and musician A.C. Newman have all stopped by), ridiculous sketches, and house band Adira Amram and the Experience. Peoples Improv Theatre, 123 E 24th St between Park and Lexington Aves (212-563-7488, thepit-nyc.com). Next show TBA, 11pm; $10.
The staple late-night event here has long been DJ ?uestlove Presents: Bowl Train, a weekly R&B and soul night deejayed by the Roots bandleader on Thursdays. Or behold the tawdry glory of Tragedy, a metal band that plays Bee Gees covers—the group will begin a monthlong residency on February 3. 61 Wythe Ave between North 11th and 12th Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-963-3369, brooklynbowl.com). Bowl Train: Thu 11pm; $8, advance $5. Tragedy: Feb 3, 17, 24 midnight; Feb 10 at 8pm; $10, advance $5.
On weekends, the IFC Center's Waverly Midnights series brings a wide variety of blockbusters and cult classics to the big screen: Films like Raiders of the Lost Ark and Jurassic Park might be scheduled one week, followed by Scorsese the next. For more esoteric choices, catch a midnight showing at Williamsburg's Spectacle Theater, which frequently screens rare oddities (December's programming was devoted to creepy holiday movies, such as the 1980 horror flick New Year's Evil). IFC Center, 323 Sixth Ave at 3rd St (212-924-7771, ifccenter.com). Times vary; adults $13, seniors and children $9, members $8. * Spectacle Theater, 124 South 3rd St at Bedford Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (spectacletheater.com). Times and prices vary.
If you're the type of person who loves crowded sweaty parties with headlining acts—various members of Sonic Youth and Animal Collective have performed here in the past—that often don't go on until after the stroke of midnight, this is the place for you. The availability of a photo booth to capture moments of your drunk ($6 Brooklyn Lager tall boys) insomniac adventures is a plus. 289 Kent Ave between South 1st and South 2nd Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (glasslands.blogspot.com)