Ditmas Park Weekday Events Spotlight: January 9–13

Painting by Heather Keton (source: Painting of Pictures / Facebook)

Whether you’re looking for a boardgame night, a female comedy show, or a ‘death cafe’— this is your spot for the hottest weekend events in (and around) Ditmas Park. If you have an event to share, email us at

Want to see more events in Park Slope, Fort Greene, and beyond? Check out a great list of Brooklyn events farther north here.

Trivia night at Sycamore
When: Monday, January 9 at 8pm.
Where: Sycamore Bar, 1118 Cortelyou Road between Stratford and Westminster Roads.
What: Featuring 5 rounds of trivia that’ll be sure to shake loose those winter blues, plus drink prizes and upscale pub grub food from The Loving Bite. Teams & individuals welcome.
How Much: No cover charge

Local art show: Paintings of Pictures 
When: Tuesday, January 10 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.
Where: The Farm on Adderley, 1108 Cortelyou Road.
What: Local photographer Jonas Read teams up with painter Heather Keton for fantastic reinterpretations of Read’s photos of local street scenes. Read our full profile of Read here.
How much: Free

‘Death Cafe’ at Green-Wood Cemetery
When: Tuesday, January 10 from 6pm to 7:30pm.
Where: Green-Wood Cemetery Chapel.
What: Brooklyn’s historic cemetery kicks off 2017 by joining a popular tradition (hosted in 26 countries around the world): a salon-type gathering for people to talk about death. Death educator Amy Cunningham will host a monthly gathering of the Death Café in the Green-Wood chapel. Come out to talk, listen, learn, and enjoy light snacks.
How much: Free

Boardgame night at Hinterlands
When: Tuesday, January 10 from 7pm to 11pm.
Where: Hinterlands Bar, 739 Church Avenue between East 7th & East 8th Streets.
What: The first in a regular series of board game nights will feature Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island — but you can also BYO game! This event is 21 +
How much: Free to play, but don’t forget drinks at the bar.

PLG Nonfiction Book Club
When: Wednesday, January 11 at 7:30pm & second Wednesday of each month.
Where: Greenlight Bookstore PLG, 632 Flatbush Avenue at Fenimore Street.
What: Looking to read more in 2017? Explore nonfiction books in a community setting with topics in classic and contemporary nonfiction led by store manager Geo. For January, the book group reads Create Dangerously by Haitian-American writer Edwidge Danticata. Email to join the list.
How much: Free

Drop the Mike Comedy show
When: Wednesday, January 11 from 8pm to 10pm.
Where: Sycamore Bar, 1118 Cortelyou Road between Stratford and Westminster Roads.
What: Female stand-up comedy close to home! Hosted by Kendra Cunningham, this month’s lineup includes: Emma Willmann (Colbert), Liz Miele (Gotham Live), Aminah Imani (NBC), and Danny Cohen (Comedy Central).
How Much: No cover charge

Jazz: School of Tristano w/ Eric Rasmussen, Nate Radley, Dave Ambrosio & Matt Wilson
When: Wednesday, January 11 at 8pm (doors at 7:30).
Where: The Owl Music Parlor, 497 Rogers Avenue between Midwood and Maple Streets.
What: Check out this jazz quartet playing eight works by Lennie Tristano & more, as they use original recordings as a launching pad for improvisation. Preview the album here. 
How Much: $10 suggested donation.

Pop-Up art show: Intersection at the Junction
When: Thursday, January 12 at 6pm to 9pm.
Where: The Junction at Flatbush & Nostrand, starting at 1449 Flatbush Avenue.
What: Preview the art installations for this year’s art walk, featuring Stephanie Renee Casso & her sculptural Flatbush landscape installation, and Keka Marzagao showcasing her photography installation “Women of Flatbush” — with live music & refreshments.
How much: Free

Scott Sharrard & the Brickyard Band at Bar Chord
When: Thursday, January 12 at 9pm.
Where:1008 Cortelyou Road between Coney Island Avenue and Stratford Road.
What: Looking for a lively Thursday night? Come out for what promises to be a “guitar shredding, soul singing” good time.
How Much: Free show, but don’t forget to buy drinks at the bar.

Makeda Thomas: Open Rehearsal & Artist Discussion
When: Friday, January 13 at 4pm.
Where: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College, West Quad Center, Room 205
What: Acclaimed Caribbean-American choreographer Makeda Thomas presents a free, open rehearsal as part of her CUNY Dance Initiative residency at Brooklyn College, showcasing excerpts from her latest body of work, which is a series of artistic explorations of the metaphors for art and technology that come out of Afrofuturist culture.
How much: Free

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