weekend events and beyond


Brooklyn College’s mens basketball team lost to Medgar Evers 89-72.  All weekend events are in Bklyn unless noted and most free and NY means Manhattan.

Saturday: Lunar New Year 2016 and the Year of the Monkey Celebration. with lion dancing, a martial arts performance, song and dance, and a traditional costume contest, 11 am–2:30 pm, PS 105, 1031 59th St. between Fort Hamilton Parkway and 11th Avenue. Lunar New Year Celebration, 11 am–3 pm, features a Lion Dance at approximately 12:30 pm, Arts & Crafts, Giveaways, Games, Performances, including a Chinese Folk Dance, Raffles, Martial Arts Demos. Community organizations with information on health, insurance, and more will be tabling, Sunset Park Recreation Center in Sunset Park, 43rd Street at 7th Avenue.

Celebrity Food Weekend till Monday 11 am to 3 pm , children learn about the relationships among plants, farms, and your favorite foods, cooking demonstrations, recipes, and hands-on activities, with plenty of music and tastings. Daily cooking demonstrations at 1 p.m. feature kid-friendly recipes. Learn from a chef as they share tips and samples. New York Botanical Garden, 200th St. and Kazimiroff Blvd, Bronx. $20 ($18 seniors and students; $8 children 2 to 12; Children under 2 free. Acrobatic Speed dating as the circus school helps singles to meet at a high-flying workshop. With a champagne toast, 4 pm, $45 ($35 in advance), The Muse • 350 Moffat St. between Irving and Knickerbocker Avenues. Rhythm Stories is a production on Black History, 7:30 pm, $25, Kumble Theater at Long Island University, DeKalb and Flatbush Avenues. Let Me Break You Up; F— Valentine’s Day is an anti-dating game show, tests real-life couples to see if they are meant to be. They aren’t. 7:30 pm, $5, Pete’s Candy Store, 709 Lorimer St. at Richardson Street. Tinder Live With Lane Moor Show, interactive comedy show with helpful and oftentimes ridiculous tips, tricks, and real-time swiping (and sometimes even real-time phone calls and texting with Tinder matches), 8 pm, $12 ($10 in advance), Bell House, 149 Seventh St. at Third Avenue. Love Bites! Power Ballads Sing-along. Celebrate Valentine’s Day by singing along to power ballad music videos from the ’80s and ’90s. With an air guitar competition, themed drinks, and a power ballad costume contest, 9:30 pm, $10, Union Hall, 702 Union St. at Fifth Avenue. Digital Love , the robots of Daft Punk. A dance party full of songs about love, robots, unrequited crushes, passion, inappropriate uses of cellphones, 11:59 pm, Union Hall, 702 Union St. at Fifth Avenue. Nature’s Workshop: Weather Exploration and Monitoring, 1-2:30 pm. Winter is the best time to learn about weather. Through some fun weather experiments and outdoor exploration explore weather anomalies and our changing climate, Salt Marsh Nature Center in Marine Park, East 33rd Street and Avenue U.


Sunday: Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade and Festival, 1 pm. Parade meets at the intersection of Mott and Canal streets. http://betterchinatown.com/upcoming-events/. Maxwell and Nas at Barclays Center, neo-soul proponent ticketmaster.com. Brooklyn Chocolate Takedown — Valentine’s Day Special, sample 20 different chocolate recipes from Brooklyn’s best home chefs, 12–2 pm,  $20, Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club, 514 Union St. between Nevins Street and Third Avenue. Sword Dance Festival, English Sword Dancing, Morris dancing, and Molly dancing, 2:30 pm. It says free but I imagine it is with admission, Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy. at Washington Avenue. The Rejection Show Valentine’s Day Heartbreak Haven, an evening of its best breakup, heartbreak, and love related performances/stories from shows past, present, and future blending into an evening of love songs, live music, and a party, 8 pm, $12 ($10 in advance), Littlefield, 622 Degraw St. between Fourth and Fifth Avenues.

Past the weekend:  Dance on Camera Festival,  till February 12–16, celebrates the intersection of dance and film with documentaries, shorts, features, experimental works, music videos, panel discussions and artist Q&As. This year’s festival opens with Tom Moore’s film The Flight Fantasticand closes with Jack Walsh’s Feelings Are Facts: The Life of Yvonne Rainer—and, in between, explores the worlds of ballet, jazz and contemporary dance.  Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show February 15–16,
Breed judging and benching will be at Piers 92/94; more than 3,000 dogs participate. Junior showmanship finals and group and best-in-show judging will take place evenings at Madison Square Garden.  Collective-LOK, Heart of Hearts, architecture and design firms to submit proposals for a romantic public art installation celebrating Valentine’s Day in Times Square till March 6, Father Duffy Square, Manhattan.  Mirrored kissing booths in Times Square CLOK’s Heart of Hearts, a faceted ring of twelve golden, mirrored hearts, will create an alternative pavilion that reflects and multiplies the pulsating activity of Times Square, creating a kaleidoscopic interior that dissolves the boundaries between viewing and performing. Within the ring, diamond-shaped spaces inside each heart will create six “kissing booths” where couples will find their activities mirrored, allowing both privacy and publicity in the Heart of Hearts. This room within the room of Times Square is the most site-specific Heart installation to date and will be the first time a Valentine Heart will reach 10 feet. Celebrate Presidents Day: http://www.nycgovparks.org/about/history/presidents


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