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Park Slope Planner: The Best Events January 22-25

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Ignore the weather forecast and plan to head out to one (or more) of these fun local weekend events! From an annual meatball cook-off to free tango lessons to a battle of the bands, there’s a lot to choose from. Details on those, and more:

Sara Schaefer Live Album Recording
When: Thursday, January 22, 7:30pm & 9:30pm
Where: Union Hall, 702 Union Street
What: The stand-up comedian, writer, and producer who you might recognize as co-host of the now-cancelled MTV show Nikki & Sara Live will be doing two shows tonight as a recording for her new live album.
How much: $10, tickets available in advance.

Kings Of Karaoke
When: Thursday, January 22, 10:30pm
Where: The Rock Shop, 249 4th Avenue
What: A wintry storm front is headed our way, so hit the bar and choose something with a chilly edge to sing — maybe Foreigner’s Cold as Ice? Hazy Shade of Winter by the Bangles? Either way, the audience wins.
How much: Free!

Shape Up NYC: Cardio Toning
When: Friday, January 23, 12pm
Where: Audubon Center, Prospect Park
What: Shape up your core with a free cardio class in Prospect Park that will combine strength, balance, and toning exercises. No reservation is required, but it is recommended that you bring a workout mat.
How much: Free!

“One Beer, One Burger, One Bourbon” Anniversary Challenge
When: Friday, January 23 through Sunday, January 25
Where: The Dram Shop, 339 9th Street
What: To celebrate its seventh anniversary, the local bar invites neighbors to try to take down a bunch of food and drink in record time. Beat the clock, get the food free, plus a t-shirt!
How Much: No cover.

Tango Workshops
When: Saturday, January 24, 10am-12pm
Where: Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza
What: Learn the fundamentals of one of a dramatic dance at this fun, informal series from the IATI Theater. Lessons are in English and Spanish, and there are two sessions: 10-11am is for beginners, and 11am-12pm is for advanced dancers.
How much: Free, but space is limited, so arrive early, and bring your library card for admission.

Lincoln Center Local Free Screenings: A Memorial Concert For Pete And Toshi Seeger
When: Saturday, January 24, 4pm
Where: Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza
What: On the one year anniversary of Pete Seeger’s passing, a moderated panel will reflect on Seeger’s legacy after the screening of this documentary about him and his wife.
How much: Free!

Battle Of The High School Bands
When: Saturday, January 24, 7pm
Where: Congregation Beth Elohim, 274 Garfield Place
What: See students in grades 9-12 rock a house of God! Three bands — Yabadum, Ginger and the Snaps, and Granted — are competing in this battle, where a panel of celebrity judges choose which band will win some amazing prizes, including recording time in a local studio and the chance to be an opening act at a Brooklyn music venue.
How much: $15 for adults, $10 for CBE members, $8 for anyone 18 and under; tickets available in advance.

Super Ball IV
When: Sunday, January 25, 4-6pm
Where: Uncle Barry’s, 58 5th Avenue
What: Our favorite annual meatball cook-off (which always comes up the weekend before the Super Bowl) hits the bar this weekend. Amateur and professional chefs compete for a cash prize, and you help vote on the winner. Sounds to us like everyone wins!
How much: $10 at the door gets you meatballs, a ballot, and a beer.

Evensong, Featuring Arturo O’Farrill
When: Sunday, January 25, 5pm
Where: All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 286 7th Avenue
What: All Saints’ parishioner and renowned pianist, composer, and bandleader Arturo O’Farrill will be performing psalms, hymns, and canticles in the Afro Latin jazz style he’s known for. Immediately following the service, neighbors are invited to the Church’s undercroft for a community meal.
How much: Free, with a suggested donation to benefit CHiPS.

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