The Non-Motivational Speaker Series returns on Thursday, August 16 to consider the land of Brooklyn.
Everyone and their nightly news anchor knows Brooklyn is a modern-day Shangri-La. $8 slow-pour espressos, live births on stage, and an after-dark cognoscenti that would make Vinnie Barbarino blush have rendered the borough the coolest city on the planet. But is life across the river really that rad? Is there a cost to $8 espressos (aside from $8)? Or has the media got it all wrong? We're not sure, but we've enlisted comedians and Brooklyn-based web series creators Rob Michael Hugel (I Hate Being Single) and Sue Smith and Eric Silver (Brokelandia) to tell us. Clips will be shown at the event.
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The celeb memoir: butter on the publishing world's triscuit, or somber literary catharsis? On Thursday, March 15 in New York, join CUNY Professor and Bruce Springsteen biographer Marc Dolan, Thomas Dunne Books editor Peter Joseph (steward of Steve Guttenberg's forthcoming autobiography, The Guttenberg Bible), and Mark Sam Rosenthal, star/writer/producer of off-off-Broadway production I Light Up My Life: The Mark Sam Celebrity Autobiography, for a fun night of pathos and self-reflection.
Can a delicious détente be reached between food trucks and restaurants? Chew over the future of New York eating at the Non-Motivational Speaker Series, this month in panel form. Panelists include David Weber, head of the NYC Food Trucks Association and owner of the Rickshaw Dumpling Truck (and Bar); Midtown Lunch street food correspondent Brian Hoffman; and Irene LoRe, head of the 5th Avenue Business Improvement District in Park Slope and owner of Aunt Suzie's restaurant.
The Non-Motivational Speaker Series returns with a tribute to NYC's men of modest achievement. Learn about the relatively smooth path to minor success from unicycle advocate and Colbert Report "Enemy Within" Kyle Petersen; author of How to Fail: The Self-Hurt Guide Aaron Goldfarb; guerrilla foodie and organizer of "The World's Biggest Jerk-Off" Matt Timms; and Roy Preston, proprietor of the world's only Big Lebowski apparel shop.
The Non-Motivational Speaker Series returns to Brooklyn on Thursday, March 10 for a very special cinematic event. Join us in a screening of cult classic The Room, considered by experts and non-experts alike the worst movie of all time, at the reRun Gastropub Theater, New York's only movie theater/bar hybrid. Door opens at 9; movie at 9:45.
The Non-Motivational Speaker Series returns to Brooklyn on Thursday, September 23, at 7:30 p.m to dissect the best in bad (and baaad) film. A corps of experts—all of whom have forfeited not a small part of their lives in service of the ultimate chuckle—will present their conclusions.
The Non-Motivational Speaker Series re-ups on Thursday, May 27th to deconstruct The Wire. Speakers include philosophy professor Harvey Cormier, author of the paper "Bringing Omar Back to Life," and Stephen Janis, former crime beat reporter at the Baltimore Examiner and current senior reporter at Investigate Voice, a muckracking news outfit in Baltimore.
Bringing up Brooklyn: The Non-Motivational Speaker Series returns on Thursday, January 28th to examine the better borough's bevy of BoBos. Speakers include Amy Sohn, (paid) Brooklyn writer and author of Park Slope-set novel Prospect Park West; owner of Williamsburg's Traif Bike Geschaft bikeshop and mediator of Hipster-Hasid hostilities Baruch Herzfeld; and Dr. Jay Parkinson, Brooklyn's own prescription-scrawling, instant-messaging digital doc.
Learn from pranksters and bane of law-and-order types everywhere at this month's Non-Motivational Speaker Series: Eitan Gorlin (aka "Martin Eisenstadt"), perpetrator of the Sarah Palin "Africa" hoax and co-creator of The Eisenstadt Group, a fake rightwing think tank that fooled the BBC; and Charlie Todd, comedian and founder of public nuisance-making corps Improv Everywhere.
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