Need help getting into the holiday spirit? There are festive concerts happening this weekend as well as Moscow Ballet’s production of the Great Russian Nutcracker and lots of holiday markets to find gifts for loved ones or for yourself.
Check the BKLYNER Calendar for more events happening around town or to list one of your own.
New Brew Presents: A Festivus For The Restivus! (SPONSORED)
When: Friday, December 7, 8pm to 9:30pm
Where: Barbes, 376 9th Street, Park Slope
What: It’s Opera on Tap NEW BREW’s Annual Holiday Extravaganza! New Brew returns to Barbes Friday December 7 to regale you with holiday songs by composers living and dead! Candy canes will be strewn about and there will be prizes for best Holiday Sweater (Holiday sweaters ENCOURAGED)! Come merry OR ELSE!
SPONSORED BY BELL’S Brewery WHO WILL BE ON HAND TO POUR PINTS!
How Much: $10 suggested donation, register here
2 Dope Queens (SPONSORED)
When: Tuesday, December 4 through Friday, December 7, 8pm (doors open at 7pm)
Where: Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Avenue, Flatbush
What: Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson will return to Kings Theatre to film two more specials of their hit comedy podcast, 2 DOPE QUEENS. The new, hour-long specials will premiere on HBO in 2019.
How Much: Tickets $35
Urban Adolescence: Photographs by Sam Mackey
When: Exhibition on view Friday, December 7 through Friday, December 21 (opening reception: Friday, Dec. 7, 6:30pm to 9:30pm)
Where: Bushwick Community Darkroom, 110 Troutman Street, Bushwick
What: This exhibition showcases work by photojournalism student and Bushwick Community Darkroom intern, Samantha Mackey, that examines “urban youth backed by notions of self-sufficiency and an everlasting sense of freedom.”
Mono XI Festival
When: Friday, December 7 through Sunday, December 9
Where: LightSpace Studios, 1115 Flushing Avenue, Bushwick; Wythe Hotel Cinema, 80 Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg
What: MONO NO AWARE—a Downtown Brooklyn cinema-arts organization that teaches film-making on film only—presents this 11th annual festival of cinema and installation art. The event features the work of 50 international artists at venues across NYC including LightSpace Studios and the Wythe Hotel Cinema. Learn more at mononoawarefilm.com.
Brooklyn Art Song Society Presents: American Iconoclasts, Leonard Bernstein
When: Friday, December 7, 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Where: The Old Stone House, 336 3rd Street, Park Slope
What: Brooklyn Art Song Society presents this American Iconoclasts Concert featuring the work of Leonard Bernstein—Arias and Barcarolles, I Hate Music!, A Simple Song—performed by soprano Justine Aronson, mezzo soprano Kristin Gornstein, baritone Mario Diaz-Moresco, and pianists Michael Brofman and Spencer Myer.
How Much: Free for Flex Pass holders; 3 Concert Flex Pass $50, 5 Concert Flex Pass $75
PS 130 The Parkside School Winter Bazaar Holiday Market (SPONSORED)
When: Saturday, December 8, 11am to 3pm
Where: 713 Caton Avenue (at E. 7th Street), Windsor Terrace
What: This event supports our local artisans and provides a place for communal gathering. From jewelry to home décor, paper goods to beauty products, families and neighbors can shop for unique gifts. The bazaar now includes our 1st Winter Bazaar Auction! Bid from Monday, Dec 3rd through Saturday, Dec 8th at 2:45pm to win amazing deals on summer camps.
Merry On Myrtle
When: Saturday, December 8, 12pm to 3pm
Where: Myrtle Avenue Plaza (Myrtle & Emerson Place), Fort Greene
What: Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership hosts an afternoon of seasonal fun including music, crafts for the kids, free hot chocolate, and an ice sculpting demonstration by
Gowanus Holiday Flea
When: Saturdays in December, 12pm to 4:30pm
Where: Gowanus Dredgers Boathouse, 165 2nd Street, Gowanus
What: Find unique gifts and support the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club and Seeds in The Middle
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker (SPONSORED)
When: Saturday, December 8, 2pm and 7pm
Where: Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Avenue, Flatbush
What: Christmas is coming and so is the one and only Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. Presenting world class Russian artists, hand-painted sets, Russian Snow Maidens, and jubilant Nesting Dolls—Great Russian Nutcracker brings the Christmas spirit to life for all ages. “Kids wide-eyed with delight,” says the New York Times. Experience the Dove of Peace Tour, spreading goodwill in over 100 cities across North America. Get seats now for the whole family and make memories for a lifetime at Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker!
How Much: Tickets $125
Threes Brewing Presents The Holiday Market
When: Sunday, December 9, 12pm to 6pm
Where: Threes Brewing, 333 Douglass Street, Gowanus
What: A Holiday Market For People Who Don’t Like Holiday Markets with food & beverage product and publishing company W&P, maker of popular lifestyle and entertaining items (Carry On Cocktail Kit). The market will also feature a pop-up record shop featuring rare and new indie, tropical, and psychedelic vinyl.
Tom Bennett: Paintings and Master Prints
When: Exhibition on view Sunday, December 9 through Saturday, February 9, 2019 (artist reception Sunday, Dec. 9, 2:30pm to 5pm)
Where: Tabla Rasa Gallery, 224 48th Street (between 2nd & 3rd Avenues), Sunset Park
What: Bennett’s artwork features “impassioned brushwork, bold compositions, and rich subject matter” including bucking horses and classical nudes.
When: Sunday, December 9, 6pm
Where: Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 1950 Batchelder Street (at Avenue S & Brown Street), Marine Park
What: For the 21st consecutive holiday season, Good Shepherd Catholic Church will host a full-scale performance of Handel’s Messiah, including a choir, orchestra, and soloists.
How Much: Free, donations accepted
The Making of King Kong
When: Performances Thursday, November 29 through Saturday, December 15
Where: Target Margin Theater, 232 52nd Street, Sunset Park
What: Target Margin Theater presents the world premiere or Lisa Clair’s The Making of King Kong, a dark comedy that reimagines the making of the classic 1933 film King Kong and explores the monster behind the myth. The play examines “America’s history of white patriarchy, imperialism, and sexism through the eyes of original King Kong creators Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, and Hollywood starlet Fay Wray.”
How Much: Tickets $20, $18 students/seniors
Appointment With Death
When: Performances Saturday, December 1 through Sunday, December 16
Where: The Gallery Players, 199 14th Street (between 4th & 5th Avenues), Park Slope
What: Gallery Players presents Agatha Christie’s murder mystery that will keep audiences guessing. This adapted version of Christie’s 1938 detective novel features a group of travelers on a Middle Eastern expedition and offers “a unique take on the classic murder mystery where characters’ motivations are suspect and relationships may not be what they seem.”
How Much: Tickets $25, $20 seniors/children under 12
Marlene Weisman | Old Faves + New Raves
When: Exhibition on view Friday, November 2 through Saturday, December 22
Where: South Slope Local/Uptown Roasters, 355 7th Avenue (between 10th & 11th Streets), Park Slope
What: Brooklyn-based artist Marlene Weisman exhibits a mini-retrospective of her popular collages as well as a selection of new work. Learn more about Weisman here.
The Grit and The Glam
When: Exhibition on view Thursday, November 29 through Monday, December 31
Where: 3rd Ethos Gallery, 154 Knickerbocker Avenue, #1R, Bushwick
What: The first joint exhibition of two NYC street artists and frequent collaborators, Lexi Bella and Danielle Mastrion, features new works that explore the juxtaposition of the grit and the glamour they encounter while creating art across the city.
Reclamation: Ruddy Roye & Curtis Talwst Santiago
When: Exhibition on view through Sunday, January 6, 2019
Where: Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Heights
What: This joint exhibition of photographs by Radcliffe “Ruddy” Roye and sculptures by Curtis Talwst Santiago focuses on the Black experience, “contrasting the realism of contemporary inequality and structural racism with the positive force of cultural resistance.” The double meaning behind the exhibit’s name references salvaging or reclaiming material and reasserting rights. Santiago’s Infinity Series features jewelry boxes repurposed into mini dioramas illustrating contemporary life and folkloric imagery that examine mass migration, incarceration, slavery, African religion and myth. Roye’s ongoing photo project When Living Is a Protest addresses issues of police brutality, racism, and social protest.
Penelope Umbrico: Monument
When: Exhibition on view Thursday, November 29 through Sunday, January 20, 2019
Where: Gallery at BRIC House, 647 Fulton Street (enter on Rockwell Place), Fort Greene
What: Umbrico’s exhibit explores technologies in terms of their obsolescence, beginning with the idea that all technologies are “‘black boxes’ whose contents are largely incomprehensible to end users.” The center of the exhibition consists of a wall displaying broken and semi-functional TV and computer monitors showing the news. Behind the wall is a “knolling table,” where visitors are invited to contribute their unwanted screen-based electronic devices to be disassembled and arranged for an overhead photograph that will be shared on social media.
When: Exhibition on view Saturday, October 20 through Friday, February 15, 2019 (Fridays 3pm to 6pm, or by appointment)
Where: The Old Stone House, 336 3rd Street (between 4th & 5th Avenues), Park Slope
What: The Old Stone House presents an exhibition of current work by the members of the Gowanus Swim Society artist collective. The eight artists manipulated their art materials through “intentional, systematic procedures that sometimes incorporate[d] chance,” producing work that borders on representation and abstraction while showing “the evolution of most artists’ work processes.”