Slope Weekend Events Spotlight: January 28-31

Gowanus Canal Conservancy's Antifreeze 2016
Antifreeze 2016 is the Gowanus Canal Conservancy Fundraiser that will take place Saturday, January 30 at Littlefield. (Image courtesy of Gowanus Canal Conservancy)

Welcome to the weekend, which features many events: important and fantastic fundraisers, winter follies, and some old-fashioned comedy. Don’t miss some of our favorite events from around the area:

Video Hybrid Series by Creative Collective
When: Thursday, January 28, 8pm
Where: Freddy’s, 627 5th Avenue, between 17th and 18th Streets
What: A live music, dance and video hybrid series from The Creators Collective featuring live collaborations, improvisation, video and performance between artists of different disciplines.
How much: $5 cover.

Paddy’s Old Fashioned Comedy Show
When: Thursday, January 28, 8:30pm
Where: Paddy’s of Park Slope, 273 13th Street near 5th Avenue
What: Paddy’s tells us the show features some of the brightest, new young talent. Read more about Paddy’s recent opening here.
How much: Free

Brooklyn Free Space Community Series Presents: Bodies, Curiosity and Touching?!
When: Thursday, January 28, 6:30-7:30pm
Where: Brooklyn Free Space, 298 6th Avenue (between 2nd and 3rd Streets)
What: Please join the BFS Community Series for this very important workshop, facilitated by the New York Early Childhood Development Institute.  Parents and family members will have the opportunity to reflect on and deconstruct their feelings about children’s curiosity and sexual exploration. We will develop strategies for fostering children’s feelings of comfort about sexuality and their bodies while setting limits to help children develop a sense of boundaries. Through readings and role-plays, participants will explore what it means to help children develop healthy relationships and learn strategies for teaching consent, respect, and encouraging children’s sense of ownership over their bodies.
How much: $10, Tickets available here.

Spoke the Hub’s 15th Annual Winter Follies Showcase
When: Friday, January 29 and Saturday, January 30, 7:30pm
Where: Old Reformed Church, 729 Carroll Street at 7th Avenue
What: Over 30 up-and-coming – or already well-seasoned – performing artists present 5 minutes of whatever they do best at this year’s showcase. You, the audience, then get to vote on which artist or group gets their own full production at the “new” Gowanus next year. It’s sometimes wild, sometimes zany, always exciting and never predictable. Come enjoy the ride!
How much: $10-$15. Tickets available here.

Antifreeze 2016: The Gowanus Canal Conservancy’s Annual Fundraising Gala
When: Saturday, January 30, 7:00pm
Where: Littlefield, 622 Degraw Street (between 3rd and 4th Avenues)
What: The Maritime Mutants will descend once again, to throw a killer party for an excellent cause. Watch for the toxic spikes!
How much: $20 – 125, with purchasing details available here. This event is 21 or over.

Fred Bendheim: Artist Talk
When: Saturday, January 30, 4:40pm (of course)
Where: 440 Gallery, 440 6th Avenue, between 9th and 10th Streets
What: Artist Fred Bendheim will speak about his second solo exhibition with the 440 Gallery.The works on view highlight the artist’s career and stylistic journey from early figurative paintings to his more recent abstractions.  Water, in it’s many forms, is the unifying theme of the works. Read about our interview with Bendheim earlier this month.
How much: Free.

House of Wax: Anatomical, Pathological, and Ethnographic Waxworks from Castan’s Panopticum, Berlin, 1869-1922
When:  Through Sunday, April 3. Thursdays-Sundays 12-6pm (open everyday except Tuesdays)
Where: Morbid Anatomy Museum, 424 3rd Avenue at 7th Street
What: House of Wax will exhibit a selection of waxworks once shown as part of Castan’s Berlin-based Panopticum (1869-1922). The full collection, never before exhibited in the US, will later be installed at the forthcoming Alamo Drafthouse in Downtown Brooklyn.
How much: Regular admission fees: Admission to the exhibition & library is $5. Seniors and students are $3, and children 12 and under are free.

/rive: Anamorphosis – Closing Weekend
When: Through Saturday, January 30, Open Thursdays-Saturdays, 2pm-6pm
Where: Open Source Gallery, 306 17th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenue
What: Come view /rive: Anamorphosis, “site-specific and mobile media projects that encourage residents to reflect upon their neighborhood and share their stories,” at Open Source on Saturday. The instillation features the work of Annie Berman, Samara Smith, and A.E. Souzis.
How much: Free.

This Used To Be My Studio: Paintings By Lance Rutledge (rescheduled due to last week’s blizzard)
When: Saturday, January 30, 4-7pm
Where: Gowanus Souvenir Shop, 543 Union Street (the entrance is on Nevins Street, and down the alley, and on the left)
What: The recently opened Gowanus Souvenir Shop presents a show that features a small selection of Lance Rutledge’s paintings from the past 25 years, some created in the Souvenir Shop space itself. The newest piece is Canal No. 5, a painting made specifically for the Gowanus Souvenir Shop, which can also be purchased as a limited edition postcard and tote. The show will be on view through February 21.
How much: Free

Smorgasburg and The Brooklyn Flea at Industry City
When: Saturday, January 30 and Sunday, January 31, 10am-6pm
Where: Industry City, 241 37th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
What: Smorgasburg has moved down to the booming Industry City, which may be new territory for you. While the move was announced some time ago, Industry City is housing both Smorgasburg and The Brooklyn Flea every Saturday and Sunday until March 27, 2016. Keep in mind that Industry City is big — the entrance address is 241 37th Street. This is just two blocks from the 36th Street D/N/R subway station—only two stops from Manhattan on the D train!—and a short walk from the B35, B38 and B70 bus stops. The 39th Street exit off the Gowanus Expressway/BQE also takes you pretty much to their doorstep (and to the second-busiest Costco in America next door).

Mil’s Trills 6th Annual Winter Bash
When: Sunday, January 31. Doors: 11am doors / Show: 11:30am-12:30pm
Where: ShapeShifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place (between 1st and Carroll Streets)
What: Local musician and composer Amelia Robinson performs under Mil’s Trills with her family friendly music. It’s a “home turf” concert, as Robinson is a Park Slope neighbor. Read more about Robinson’s upcoming gigs.
How much: $10 advance | $15 at the door (babes in arms FREE). Purchase tickets in advance.

Sunday Colloquy: Reserve Conflicts Constructively with Ellen Raider
When: Sunday, January 31, 11am-12:30pm
Where: Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, 53 Prospect Park West at 2nd Street
What: In this interactive presentation, you will learn how to turn a conflict into a problem that everyone wants to solve. Most conflicts start off as a clash of “positions” i.e. “My way is the only way”. However, by understanding the underlying needs and values behind these positions and “reframing” the conflict as a problem that all involved want to solve collaboratively, conflict can bring us closer together and help us make wise decisions that sustain our community and strengthen our relationships.  (This builds on a session from last summer, and you’ll likely get a lot out of it whether or not you attended the previous session.)
How much: Free.

Conversation on the Project Space: “Merge”
When: Sunday, January 31, 4:40pm
Where: 440 Gallery, 440 6th Avenue, between 9th and 10th Streets
What: Join us for a talk by Stephanie Guyet, and conversation with Karen Gibbons, Tom Bovo and Gail Flanery, on their exhibition, Merge, in the Project Space. Each artist has incorporated new elements into their habitual way of working, albeit in different media. Gibbons uses sculptural forms, Bovo photography and Flanery printmaking. The artists push limits conceptually and visually so that their work might begin to merge into a single experience for those who visit the 440 Project Space this month.
How much: Free.

StandUp for 826NYC Fundraiser
When: Sunday, January 31, Doors, 7:00pm | Show, 7:30pm
Where: The Bell House, 149 7th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
What: Maeve Higgins will host a hilarious group of comedians including Chris Gethard, Seaton Smith, Naomi Ekperigin, Giulia Rozzi, Sean Donnelly, and Katina Corrao all in support of 826NYC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. 826NYC’s services are structured around the belief that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.
How much: $15, tickets available here.

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