Whether you pick up an already-assembled gift at Etsy’s Holiday Handmade Cavalacade like the shoppers above or make something yourself at MoCADA’s DIY Fest, there’s still time to procure handmade presents this holiday season. Photo: Etsy NY Street Team
There’s only so many more shopping days ’til Christmas, which means there’s only so many opportunities to get something thoughtful and hand crafted instead of dented and possibly broken at the bottom of a leftovers bin. Avoid that grim fate with two great holiday fairs happening this weekend–both are likely to be as enjoyable for you as for their recipients. Etsy’s Handmade Cavalcade, taking place at Villain event space this year, has become a beloved tradition for many, and with vendors like Brooklyn Owl, Little Teapot and Porcupine Hugs, there’s bound to be an endless selection of all things adorable, crafty and sweetly offbeat. And if you’re looking for the chance to throw your own hands in the handmade ring, MoCADA is having their Holiday DIY Fest where, in addition to local vendors vending, there will be jewelry and card making workshops lead by teaching artists throughout the day. Craftacular!
Although most of us city-dwellers are oblivious to it, we are right in the middle of hunting season. Maybe we don’t have to wear orange every time we go out to avoid being hit, but it doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the spoils of New York State’s woods and fields. To that end, Parish Hall is serving up a five-course dinner on Wednesday night that consists almost entirely of wild game. Tickets to the Got Game Dinner are $60 or $80, if you want drink pairings, and a menu boasting rabbit terrine, venison sausage gnocchi, 21-day, dry aged squab and more ensures that you definitely won’t leave hungry. Don’t worry–you can always start that juice cleanse after the holidays!
Jami Attenberg, author of “The Middlesteins,” will be at Word this weekend with other local authors to sign books and wrap gifts at the bookstore’s BK Holiday Open House. Photo: Kate Christensen/jamiattenberg.com
It’s the holiday season, and though we all love the idea of mingling with friends and family, drinking eggnog and exchanging presents, that sense of merriment doesn’t always extend to the shopping part that goes with it. This weekend Word is easing the process by inviting you to its annual BK Holiday Open House. Don’t eat breakfast ’cause they’re going to have delicious doughnuts and hot chocolate to pair with the holiday movies they’ll be screening. Plus authors like Jami Attenberg, Dave Roman, Jeff Salane and more will be in the house to make recommendations, help wrap gifts, sign books and be festive.
Palenque pulls its food truck up to Sycamore this Sunday to serve Colombian arepas as part of the bar’s ongoing Flatbush Food Court series. Photo: Palenque
Looking to while away a few hours this weekend? Sycamore Bar & Flowershop, which is in my opinion one of the best watering holes in Brooklyn, has been inviting different food vendors to set up camp in its backyard on Sunday afternoons as part of its new Flatbush Food Court series. This week, Palenque will be serving up arepas, plantains, and other delicious Colombian snacks from noon to 6pm, to be accompanied by drink specials from Sycamore’s bartenders. Seems to me like a pretty nice way to decompress after a busy weekend during the holiday season.–KH
Mike Tyson’s affirmation: “My style is impetuous; my defense is impregnable; and I’m just ferocious. I want your heart! I want to eat his children!” may not be as poetic as Muhammad Ali’s: “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee,” but Tyson was known more for ear eating than eloquence anyways. Tyson grew up breaking into houses and stealing in Brownsville, Brooklyn, but fell into the unlikely hands of boxing manager Cus D’Amato in Catskill, New York as a teen. Under D’Amato’s guidance, Tyson went on to become the youngest heavyweight boxing champion of the world. His downfall tends to overshadow his accomplishments–plagued by lawsuit after lawsuit, jail time for rape and a bite he took out of Evander Holyfield’s ear–but the two intertwined into one book written by the man himself, which make for an excellent read. This Friday, catch the ex-champ as he signs copies of Undisputed Truthat the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation. Greenlight Bookstore will be on hand selling discounted copies of the book. Did you know Tyson intended his face tattoo to be hearts and not a tribal piece? The book is filled with surprises, some laugh out loud and others cringe-inducing, but all very intriguing. RSVP on Facebook.
The last holiday season was not a pretty one for Red Hook businesses. But if there’s a community that can bounce back, it’s this tight-knit group of resourceful owners who know how to throw a good neighborhood event. They’ve deemed this Saturday, Dec. 7 “Discover the Hook” day, and are gathering all of their talented, resident makers into a holiday pop-up market at Atelier Roquette (63 Commerce Street) from noon to 8pm. In one place you’ll find succulent terrariums from Kerry Quade Design, handmade wreaths from Saipua, children’s toy kits from Maker’s Toolbox, treats from Home/Made like citrus ricotta and salty burnt caramel, and loads of other original goods like jewelry, gift-worthy wine from Red Hook Winery, plus a collection of vintage and found objects. And if you’re toying with opening up a shop in Red Hook yourself, you can meet other small business owners, get questions answered, and tour available spaces with Realty Collective (351 Van Brunt St.) at 1 and 3pm. The fact that shops are decorating their windows for the holidays in hopes of winning the “Best Red Hooker Window Contest” should give you an idea of the good people you’d be joining.
Catch the premiere of a new documentary that uses Google Glass to get a behind the scenes look at Crown Heights’ Hasidic and Caribbean communities on Dec. 8 at Mister Rogers. Photo: Project 2×1
Getting to know your neighbors takes on an entirely different meaning in the new short documentary 2×1. The film, which was shot in part using Google Glass, captures the daily activities, rituals and routines of members of Crown Heights’ Hasidic and West Indian communities, literally through the eyes of the people who participated. The film offers an intimate look at these two very distinct cultures, highlighting both their similarities and differences–watch the trailer here to get an idea. Its filmmakers will screen the doc, which derives its title from the two mile by one mile area in Crown Heights where it was shot, for the first time this Sunday at Mister Rogers at 8pm. A Q&A with the director, Hannah Roodman, and her team, as well as some of the film’s subjects, will follow. It’s free, and the doors open at 7pm.
The Yard is a co-working space where Team BB often meets, and each time we do, there’s a good chance that we’ll catch wind of some new business or startup, just by hanging around. (I recently overheard some women talking about their awesome new app, Makr–check it out.) Tonight, members and guests are invited for free beers and a “speed networking” session, where you can meet entrepreneurs and creative thinkers like yourself, make some connections, and likely learn about cool projects in the works. Just RSVP first, and check out The Yard’s other events this month–if you’re considering joining, it’s a great way to see the space in action.
Expect to enjoy rare brews like a new ale from City Island Beer Company at New York City Brewers Guild’s fundraiser to support next year’s Brew Week on Dec. 5. Photo: City Island
Each year the New York City Brewers Guild hosts Beer Week, an annual celebration of local brews, which will begin on Feb. 21, 2014. While the week-long revel is on every beer-lover’s social calendar, you may not be aware of just how crucial you are to making it happen at all. Grab a $40 ticket to for a Beer Week fundraiser, happening this week in Williamsburg, and get unlimited tastings of rare vintages like City Island’s brand-new Black Ale, Brooklyn Brewery’s 2005 Black Chocolate Stout and Chelsea Brewery’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Black Hole XXX Stout. Basically, drink some great beers now, so that we can all enjoy even more of them at a later date.
Despite never seeing her in person (and the fact that she’s an artificially intelligent OS system) Joaquin Phoenix falls for Scarlett Johansson in the new film “Her.” There’s still a chance to catch to a sneak preview of the flick at BAM with director Spike Jonze on Dec. 9. Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures
Even though she doesn’t spend any time onscreen, Scarlett Johansson manages to make a man fall in love with her in her new film, aptly titled Her. The man who succumbs to Johansson’s charm is Joaquin Phoenix–a Los Angelean disillusioned by love after his divorce who winds up falling for his artificially intelligent operating system that just so happens to sound like a sultry lounge singer with a sense of humor. The film is directed by Spike Jonze and Johansson is already drumming up critical buzz for her voice-over performance–despite the Golden Globes deciding she’s not eligible for an acting nomination. BAM is screening a sneak preview of the film on Dec. 9 for members. Jonze himself will be on hand to introduce the film. Tickets, as you can imagine, sold out fast, but here’s a tip: BAM will be offering a limited number of stand-by only tickets the the day of the showing. The line for them starts at 7pm, so cinema club members should make a beeline to BAM after work.