This weekend features more holidays markets than you can imagine, a winter solstice cemetery walk, Santa, and spanking and flogging, of course.
Thank Q Mistress, May I Have Another? Impact Play Workshop
When: Friday, December 16, 7pm-9:pm
Where: Please, 557 5th Avenue (at 15th Street)
What: Ms. Mona Rogers of Domi Dollz is back again to share with you the joys of impact play. From spanking to flogging, paddling, and caning you will learn how to create a light or heavy scene according to you and your partners level of interest. This workshop will focus on safety, how to choose your implements, and all the techniques on how to use them correctly. As with all Domi Dollz workshops, our demo bottom will be on hand for you to try out your new skills so come join us for a spanking good time!
How much: $30 for singles, $60 for couples. Purchase tickets online.
Mark Morris Dance Company and BAM present The Hard Nut
When: Through Sunday, December 18, see performance times here.
Where: BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Fort Greene
What: Mark Morris Dance Group’s beloved retro-modern reimagining of The Nutcracker comes back to BAM for the holidays. A cascade of wit and wintry beauty, this lavish, gender-bent love letter to the classic transplants E.T.A. Hoffmann’s original story from the straight-laced 1890s to the swinging 70s, with raucous parties, dancing G.I. Joes, whimsical costumes, and a Waltz of the Snowflakes like no other. Based on the comic book art of Charles Burns and featuring Tchaikovsky’s complete original score, performed live by the 53-piece MMDG Music Ensemble, Morris’ lyrical, modern retelling playfully preserves the warm spirit of an essential holiday tradition.
How much: Prices vary, tickets available here.
A LEGO® Holiday Experience presented by Brick Fest Live
When: Friday, December 16, 5pm-9pm; Saturday December 17, 10am-9pm, Sunday December 18: 10am-6pm (same hours next weekend)
Where: City Point Brooklyn, 445 Albee Square West.
What: This fun, festive, interactive and educational holiday event will include activities for the kids such as Collaborative LEGO Building, Star Wars-Inspired Mosaic, Derby Car building and racing as well as Life-Sized LEGO Builds & GLOW ZONE Exhibit. View our preview article here.
How much: $12-$15, purchase tickets online.
Joanna Sternberg Presents: A Holiday for Everyone at Jalopy!
When: Friday, December 16, 7pm
Where: Jalopy, 315 Columbia Street (Between Hamilton and Woodhull), Carroll Gardens
What: Joanna Sternberg will host a show with five of her projects, spanning the realms of Yiddish music, Jazz, and holiday tunes. Celebrating community, love, peace, the season, Hanukkah, Christmas, and more!
How much: $10, purchase tickets online.
Smith Street Annual Mid-Winter Wassail
When: Friday, December 16, 7pm
Where: The Genius Event Space, 84 4th Street (Between Hoyt and Bond Streets)
What: Join Smith Street Stage for their annual fundraising extravaganza to celebrate the past year and look forward to our 2017 season! This year’s event will feature Anton Chekhov’s Comic Short Plays, live music by Northern, and more.
How much: Purchase tickets online, prices vary.
Holiday Craft Sale at Sunny’s Bar
When: Saturday, December 17, 2pm-6pm
Where: Sunny’s Bar, 253 Conover Street (between Beard and Reed Streets), Red Hook
What: Along with amazing crafts, you get live music, hot beverages, chili, chips, and salsa. As if you needed any other excuse to get to Sunny’s in Red Hook.
True Crimes from Rhymes Square
When: Saturday, December 17, 4pm
Where: The Way Station, 683 Washington Avenue (Between Prospect Place and St. Marks Avenue)
What: Way Station’s Owner and Author Andy Heidel with Illustrator Eric Hamilton will read passages from their epic children’s book and talk about the process of writing, creating, and crowdsourcing a publication along with what comes next.
How much: Books will be available for sale at $20 each.
Brandenburgers Holiday Concert
When: Saturday, December 17, 2pm and 7pm shows
Where: The Old Stone House, 336 3rd Street (between 4th and 5th Avenues)
What: Our beloved house band, the Brooklyn Brandenburgers, will perform their annual holiday concert on Saturday, December 17 at 2 pm and 7 pm, with music by Bach, Corelli, Dvorak, Glickman, Ostyn and Piazzolla.
How much: $10, purchase tickets online. Children under 16 are free.
Santa Rides A Convertable Down Park Slope’s 5th Avenue
When: Saturday, December 17, 1pm-5pm
Where: 1pm-2pm: Free Santa photos with kids at Du Jour Bakery, 365 5th Avenue between 5-6 Streets; 2pm-3pm: Santa & Elf cruise 5th Avenue from Dean to 18th Street in a convertible; 3pm-5pm, Free Santa photos with kids at Sidecar, 560 5th Avenue between 15-16 Streets
What: Santa Claus trades in his sleigh for a ’68 red Cutlass convertible along Park Slope’s Fifth Avenue, epicenter of the Shop Small movement, sitting down for free photos in two locations. Two groups of costumed Carolers will also be strolling along the Fifth Avenue.
Holiday Open Studios at MadArts
When: Saturday, December 17 – Sunday, December 18,12pm-6pm
Where: MadArts, 255 18th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)
What: The artists that have studios in the MadArts building located in Park Slope, Brooklyn will be opening their studios for an annual holiday sale and open studio event! People are invited to come by, browse and possibly pick up one of a kind, artist’s made gifts for those special people! There will everything from children’s books to textiles to fine affordable drawings, prints, and paintings.This will be a fun-filled time for the whole family! Come on by and bring in the New Year right, by supporting local artists! Artists include Sean Qualls, Suzanne Scott, Jose Arena, and more.
Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra presents Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, de Falla, and Ravel
When: Sunday, December 18, 2-3:30pm
Where: Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway
What: The BSO’s assistant conductor Felipe Tristan begins this program with Tchaikowsky’s musical depiction of Shakespeare’s tragedy – soaring love theme and swordfights included! Maestro Nick Armstrong continues with three Spanish-flavored works, the highly colorful “Capriccio Espagnole,” de Falla’s “El sombrero de tres picos ”, and – bring on the snare drum players – Ravel’s “Bolero” which he described as one huge orchestral crescendo…. Shades of Rossini?
How much: Ticket prices vary. Up to $20. Tickets available online.
Shortest Day, Longest Night Winter Solstice Walk
When: Sunday, December 18, 2-4pm
Where: Green-Wood Cemetery, 25th Street at 5th Avenue. Meet inside the main gate.
What: Green-Wood is celebrating the coming of winter just two days before the solstice with a walking tour and seasonal bites. Visitors will have the chance to learn about the Cemetery’s rich history and view the beautiful Himalayan pines, which ancient people believed had magical powers to stay green and withstand winter. Visitors will also see the final resting places of many famous residents before ending at the historic chapel for an outdoor campfire with warm refreshments, holiday treats, and a great decoration to take home.
How much: $30; $25 for members of the Green-Wood Historic Fund and members of the Brooklyn Historical Society. Reservations are recommended. Tickets available online.
Threes Holiday Market
When: Sunday, December 18, 2-6pm
Where: Threes Brewing, 333 Douglass Street near 4th Avenue
What: A fun and festive day for friends & family to venture out to our winterized outdoor garden, which will include 12 local vendors! We’ll be featuring crafts, gifts, attire, edible treats, wreathes, graphics, accessories + more!
How much: No cover.
Deck the Walls: Gifts by Artists
When: Through January 1, 2017, Thursdays and Fridays, 2pm-6pm; Saturdays, 12pm-6pm; Sundays, 12pm-5pm
Where: Ground Floor Gallery, 343 5th Street near 5th Avenue
What: A holiday show of gifts, made by local artists.
How much: Handmade gifts, mostly under $100.
Downtown Brooklyn Legends Art Gallery
When: Through December 31, regular hours listed here.
Where: Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street at Clinton Street
What: They say you can’t know where you’re going unless you know where you’ve been. No matter the era, Downtown Brooklyn has always been at the center of Brooklyn’s renaissance, as it evolved from a turn-of-the-century shopping destination to a mecca for hip hop culture, and now, the most famous borough in the world. This Downtown Brooklyn Legends Popup Gallery helps to tell the rich history of the area in a way that speaks to people’s hearts as much as their minds. The hardworking Brooklynites of the past made this borough what it is today, and through the work of these 21 artists, we are telling key stories as Brooklyn speeds into the future. Brought to you by the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership in collaboration with Grumpy Bert Gallery and the Brooklyn Historical Society.
How much: Admission rates are listed here.
Morbid Anatomy Annual Krampus Party Hosted by Ghoul a Go Go with Costume Contest, Photo Booth, Sing Along, Piñata, and More!
When: Friday, December 16, 8pm
Where: The Bell House, 149 7th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues
What: Join Morbid Anatomy and Ghoul A Go-Go this December 16th The Bell House as we celebrate Krampus, St. Nicholas cloven-hooved, chain-swinging, lolling-toungued, child-punishing Eastern-European sidekick! Weve emptied a bag full of children to make room for all the fun! This year’s iteration of our annual party will feature our infamous costume contest (with prizes), a sing-along with Night of the Krampus author Matt Lake, the alpine exotica tunes Dj Friese Undine, and a variety of thematic drinks sold by The Bell House. You will also have the opportunity to immortalize your costume in a photobooth designed by Kellfire Bray and Rose Callahan, bash a Krampus piñata made by Macabre Piñatas, and delight in our Krampus cake.
How much: $20, tickets available here. $15 for members.
Elizabeth O’Reilly — Capturing A Moment, On The Canal And In The Night Sky
When: Through December 24. Thursday and Fridays, 3pm-7pm, Saturdays and Sundays, 11am-7pm
Where: Gowanus Souvenir Shop, 567 Union Street between Nevins Street and 3rd Avenue (note new location)
What: For this exhibition Elizabeth O’Reilly presents recent small paintings on aluminum featuring scenes along the Gowanus Canal. Having a studio on the Gowanus for twenty-four years O’Reilly continues to paint along the industrial ruins of the canal, re-visiting sites she previously painted but which have changed in the intervening years. At home in the abandoned precincts of the canal with its solidly geometric shapes, the artist welcomes the immediacy of the smooth surface of aluminum which lends itself to capturing a moment in time. The work captures those moments where we look at the sky or the murky water of the canal and stop for an instance, in awe of the light and the wonder of nature. Sites along the canal have been O’Reilly’s muse for more than two decades, from the sun-lit green hut on the Union St Bridge to the latticed overpass at the Smith & 9th St subway. These paintings, small in size, provide an intimate look at the area, combining the dominance of the man-made with the energy of the natural world, surging forth in wild bunches of weeds softening the vivid color of industry.
How much: Free, art available for purchase.
Wonderland, an exhibition
When: Through Friday, December 30. Special Gallery Hours: Mondays-Saturdays, 12pm-7pm; Sundays, 12pm-5pm
Where: The Invisible Dog, 51 Bergen Street, between Boerum Place and Smith Street
What: Wonderland brings together more than 20 of our favorite artists that you know and love, artists we’ve recently discovered.Much like the rabbit hole, there is no telling what you will discover—paintings, photographs, sculptures, and illustrations—but we are sure you’ll find something to take home with you.
How much: Free.
Winter Flea Holiday Market
When: Saturday and Sundays through March 2017, 10am-6pm
Where: One Hanson Place, Fort Greene
What: Brooklyn Flea moves indoors for the Winter Flea + Holiday Market with 75 vintage/antique/other vendors plus 25 Smorgasburg vendors selling food every Saturday + Sunday, 10am-6pm. The 2016/2017 market is open at Skylight One Hanson in Fort Greene. $1 admission, children under 16 get in free.
12th Annual Small Works Festival
When: Through Saturday, December 24. Thursdays and Fridays, 4:00-7:00pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 11:00am-7:00pm.
Where: 440 Gallery, 440 6th Avenue, between 9th and 10th Streets
What: 440 Gallery’s 12th annual Small Works Show, a national juried exhibition of 74 works, opens Thursday, December 1. This unthemed show–limited to works that measure 12 inches or less–generates a grand finale to a tumultuous year. Juror JoAnne McFarland has selected pieces that were submitted from Brooklyn artists as well as all over the country. A variety of media and styles is represented, including painting, photography, sculpture, collage and mixed media.
How much: Free.
Surrogate Skin: The Biology of Objects
When: Through February 26, 2017
Where: Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, 80 Hanson Place, Fort Greene
What: Through the works of Doreen Garner and Keisha Scarville, Surrogate Skin: The Biology of Objects is an exposition on the consciousness of materials and how they bear the memory of lived experience. Recalling the medical exploitation of black women’s bodies through grotesque arrangements of silicone, pearls, hair weave, and surgical instruments, Doreen Garner simultaneously refuses and seduces the viewer’s curiosity, effectively returning their encroaching gaze. As a siren for perspectives of black women that have been historically excluded from a more celebratory narrative on scientific achievement, such as Henrietta Lacks, and Anarcha, Betsy, and Lucy, three of the only known slave women subject to unanesthetized surgeries performed by Dr. J. Marion Sims, Garner makes explicit the relationship between medical abuse and the socialization of black women.
How much: Adults – $8, Seniors (65+) – $4, Students (with valid ID) – $4, Children (under 12 ) – Free
The Old Stone House: Witness to War – An Exhibit Exploring the Battle of Brooklyn and the Occupation, 1776-1783
When: Permanent Exhibition
Where: Old Stone House & Washington Park, 336 3rd Street (between 4th and 5th Avenues)
What: View the new permanent exhibit at the Old Stone House exploring the Battle of Brooklyn,
as well as family life in Brooklyn during the Revolution and Occupation. View our exhibition review.
More information: 718-455-5300