This Week: Ditmas Lit, Cremation History, Comedy & More In Southern Brooklyn

(Photo via Ditmas Lit/facebook)

Alright winter, enough. But you don’t have to sit at home and wait it out — fight winter depression with a full week of local events, minus the subway commute. Whether you’re looking for great history lectures, literary parties, or hilarious comedy shows — this is your spot for the hottest weekend events in (and around) Ditmas Park. If you have an event to share, email us at

Laugh you a** off on Monday: Reservoir Tags Comedy at Bar Chord
When: Monday, January 16 at 8pm.
Where: Bar Chord, 1003 Cortelyou Road between Coney Island Avenue and Stratford Road.
 Start your week with some belly laughs inspired by local comedians, hosted by Alex Fosella.
How Much: Free show, but don’t forget to get drinks at the bar.

Make reading & writing social on Tuesday: Ditmas Lit reading series at Sycamore
When: Tuesday, January 17 at 8pm — then every third Tuesday of the month.
Where: Sycamore Bar, 1118 Cortelyou Road between Stratford and Westminster Roads.
What: Writers and bookworms unite! Announcing the new Ditmas Park reading series hosted by Rachel Lyon and Sarah Bridgins, featuring writers in all genres. This month we’ll hear from Wren Hanks, Cynthia Manick, Ben Lasman, and Ryan Teitman. Check out the website for more info.
How much: Free

Okay, Thursday can be about a lot of things:

Grow your local biz: BlueRock Energy Networking Event (Sponsored)
When: Thursday, January 17 from 7pm to 10pm
Where: Aviator Sports and Events Center
What: Network with other business owners in the tri-state area at Aviator Sports and Events Center’s BlueRock Energy Get Charged Up Networking Event, featuring appetizers, and beer and wine at the cash bar, and a silent auction. Business casual attire. Don’t forget to bring your business cards, and a customer or client (two individuals per registration). For more information, contact
How much: Free for business owners.

Entrance to the historic Green-Wood cemetery. (Photo via sittora/instagram)

Learn about morbid & fascinating history: Cremation — History & modern process
Thursday, January 19 at 5:30pm
Where: Green-Wood Cemetery Chapel.
What: Join death educator Amy Cunningham for a unique history event about cremation. Learn about its origin 32,000 years ago and how it impacts the way we process death today. Includes a tour of the Green-Wood crematory.
How much: Free

Kings Theater (Photo via Ditmas Park Corner)

Go on a local-themed date: History and Wine Tour at the Kings Theater
Thursday, January 19 at 6:30pm
Where: The Kings Theater, 1027 Flatbush Avenue between Tilden Avenue and Duryea Place
What: A great date-night at the restored Kings Theatre — a happy hour, historic venue tour paired with a glass of the theater’s best wine (does the theater have good wine? Let us know!) Must be 21 + and one glass of wine (white or red) included in the ticket.
How Much: $25 each

Make yourself happy on Friday: ‘Alternative to watching it happen’ at Hinterlands
When: Friday, January 20 from 1pm to 4am.
Where: Hinterlands Bar, 736 Church Avenue at East 8th Street
What: We all know what day Friday is. Many throughout the city will be taking action — either with boycotts or protests. But for those craving distraction and escape, Hinterlands is showing a roll of cute animals on both of our screens, all day and all night.
How much: Free animal videos, but don’t forget to buy drinks at the bar.

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