week end events

Sorry gang for the delay as we are under staffed and the delay. I had to have a crown tooth replaced, a mattress delivered and medication tiring me out, but no excuses, everyone has something. We will strive to do better.

All events are in Brooklyn unless noted and most are free. Many are bars so check if under age. Many are bars so check if under age. For addresses of venues see venues tab at the top.

Saturday, Feb. 4: Celebrate Lunar New Year, https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/lunar-new-year

Celebrate Black History Month, https://www.nycgovparks.org/about/history/black-history-in-NYC-parks

Red Envelope Show Opening Reception 6–9 pm. Grumpy Bert gallery celebrates Chinese New Year with an exhibit of hundreds of pieces of original art on red envelopes, plus a lion dancer at 9 pm. Grumpy Bert, 82 Bond Street between Pacific Street and Atlantic Avenue.

Bruce In The USA, 8:30 pm, $20 ($15 in advance). This Bruce Springseen cover band is more than just a tribute -it’s a note-perfect and visually accurate recreation of a Bruce Springsteen & The E. St. Band show. Come see and experience for yourself at the Brooklyn Bowl,  61 Wythe Ave. between N. 11th and N. 12th Streets, Williamsburg.

Art in the Bar, $35-$45, Saturdays, 2–4 pm until April 15. Grab a drink in one hand and a paintbrush in the other for these weekly art classes in the heated outdoor tent at the Sycamore, 1118 Cortelyou Rd. between Stratford and Westminster Roads.  http://www.sycamorebrooklyn.com

Winter Follies, 7:30 pm. More than 30 local artists and performers have 5 minutes to show the audience their best stuff – and the group with the most votes gets free rehearsal space at Spoke the Hub. Old First Reformed Church, 729 Carroll St. at Seventh Avenue. http://http//www.spokethehub.com 

Love Ain’t Never Gonna, 11:30 pm, $5. The love-themed recurring comedy show explores the many intricacies of star-crossed love that don’t end in happiness and riding off into the sunset. Featuring comedians Jo Firestone and Brett Davis at the Annoyance Theater, 367 Bedford Ave at S. Fifth Street, http://www.theannoyancenewyork.com 

Winter Carnival, 12pm–10 pm. Bundle up and come on out for the 3rd annual Winter Carnival at Bank of America Winter Village. Embrace the frosty weather and enjoy a celebration of the winter season.  The event features: Skating Showcase Starring Johnny Weir, Silent Disco, Ice Ball, Outdoor Winter Brew House, Ice Castle, Free Curling Lessons, Free Skating Lessons, Warming Lodge. To view the full schedule of activities, please visit Bryant Park’s Winter Carnival page.  Bryant Park, 6th Ave and 42nd St  in Manhattan.


Several days: Ice Skating, 11 am to 9 pm until Tuesday, Feb. 28, $6 ($9 weekends: skate rentals extra).LeFrak Center at Lakeside, Prospect Park, 171 East Dr. at Ocean Avenue  Mondays-Thursdays, 10 am to 6:30 pm, Fridays, 10 am to 9 pm, Saturdays, 11am to 9 pm, Sundays, http://www.lakesidebrooklyn.com 

Marry Me a Little, $25, Saturdays, 2 pm, Sundays, Noon and 3 pm until Sunday, Feb. 19. Stephen Sondheim’s charming and bittersweet musical following two urban singles live through a Saturday night of deep yearning and sweet fantasies while never leaving the confines of their solitary New York City apartments. Gallery Players, 199 14th St. between Fourth and Fifth Avenues. http://www.galleryplayers.com 

Nervosa, The Musical!, $10,  Saturdays, 8 pm until Feb. 18. A puppet show musical about a girl who travels to Nervosa, a special place for special people who hate their bodies at The Annoyance Theatre, 367 Bedford Ave. at S. Fifth Street, http://www.theannoyancenewyork.com 

Beardo, $25, Tuesdays-Sundays, 8 pm until Sunday, Feb. 26. It is this Russian indie rock musical explores the mad inner workings of Rasputin, the infamous mystic who used unconventional means to fight his way to the fall of the Russian monarchy. St. John’s Lutheran Church, 155 Milton St. between Manhattan Avenue and Franklin Street. http://www.pipelinetheatre.org 


Sunday, Feb. 5: Super Bowl 6:30 pm on Fox.

18th Annual New York City Lunar New Year Parade and Festival, 1–4:30 pm. Amazing visuals, delicious treats, and mesmerizing cultural performances. This party features all sorts of vendors, food, and festivities for all ages to welcome the Year of the Rooster. The parade starts at 1 pm.  Show up early to grab a prime spot along the route. Visit Better Chinatown USA’s website to view a map of the route. Grand Street and Forsyth Street in Sara D. Roosevelt Park, Manhattan.

Defensive Driving, 9:30 am, call for price. The NYS approved workshop in Defensive Driving allowing 10% insurance premium reduction and possible removal of 4 points from a driver’s record will be offered in a single session. Reservations required, (718) 891–3776. Marine Park Jewish Center, 3111 Ave. S.

First Sundays at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden 10 am to 2 pm, is a series of pop-up programs inspired by water, in honor of the opening of the Shelby White and Leon Levy Water Garden. Children have fun with arts and crafts, listening to a story and taking a nature walk at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Ave. at Eastern Parkway. Free with Garden admission.

 Regina Opera’s Salute to Broadway, 3 pm, $12 ($5 teens, kids free). Regina Opera, 5902 Sixth Avenue at 60th Street, Sunset Park.

Super Bowl Snacks, 10 am, make it something local by stopping at Artists & Fleas. Here they’ll be focused on the salty and the crunchy, with items like Yu Bakery’s yuca puffs and buns, Kiinoa’s quinoa snacks, and Tom’s Lemon Coffee, which marries sparkling cold brew with maple-sweetened lemonade. Artists and Fleas Market, 70 N. 7th St, Williamsburg.

Made in China, 2 pm, $35–$60, running through February 19. A puppet musicalof global politics with Obie and Drama Desk–winning puppetry ensemble Wakka Wakka (creators of Baby Universe: A Puppet Odyssey, among other projects), whose work is given to blending whimsical stagecraft with serious takes on current events. A cast of thirty puppets, plus live musicians, animated video, and a host of puppeteers to explore American-Chinese relations. Raising issues of human rights and multinational corporate behavior, the tale follows the adventures of an American shopaholic who discovers a message from a Chinese laborer in a box of Halloween lights, and is inspired to track down the origins of everyday consumer goods. It also features, among other things, dancing appliances, anatomically correct puppets, and baby pandas; all told, it’s likely the silliest look at international capitalism around. 59E59 Theaters, 59 E. 59th St, Manhattan.

Thunderbird American Indian Dancers, 3 pm, $1-$10.  A celebration of the winter solstice, and a chance for immigrants to encounter the philosophy and beauty of the land’s original inhabitants. This year, those figures are manifested by artists ranging from ages eight to eighty; included are Hoop, Grass, and Jingle Dress dances, Stomp, Shawl, Robin, and Smoke dances, and drummers, singers, storytellers, and musicians from various tribes. The audience is invited to join the concluding friendship dance, and the kid-friendly matinees boast a contest dance. Crafts and jewelry are available in the lobby; the performances benefit scholarships for Native American students. Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave, Manhattan.

Astronomy, 7 pm–8:30 pm. The wonders of the universe are ready to be discovered and New York City Parks are the perfect place to stargaze and explore the night sky. Urban Park Rangers will be your guides to the solar system, discussing the science, history, and folklore of the universe. Astronomy programs feature the use of telescopes and binoculars to observe the night sky. North Side of the Great Lawn in Central Park, 85th Street-Mid Central Park, Manhattan.

Seal Exploration, 12–1:30 pm. Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. Exploration Series focuses on unique wildlife viewing opportunities during particular seasons. Orchard Beach Nature Center in Pelham Bay Park Accessible, Section 2 of Orchard Beach, Bronx.

Fire Making Skills in Marine Park, 1–2:30 pm. Learn primitive and modern methods for making fire safely and responsibly while exploring the great outdoors. To register visit the Urban Park Rangers’ program registration page, https://www.nycgovparks.org/reg/rangers . Salt Marsh Nature Center in Marine Park Accessible, East 33rd Street and Avenue U.




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