Tip Sheet: Jan. 28 – Feb 3


Sufjan Stevens has a brand new song so far heard only by his closest friends — and one lucky Brooklynite. Alec Duffy of the Hoi Polloi theater company was awarded exclusive rights to “The Lonely Man of Winter.” In an effort to combat the impersonal experience of internet-leaked tracks, Duffy is inviting fans to his home for a unique listening party, complete with tea and cookies. Three sessions (limited to four people) each Wednesday until Feburary 25. Email to reserve a spot, and bring your own headphones if you have good ones.

Skating Away
An itch to breathe cold, fresh air? Check. Latent Blades of Glory fantasies? Check. In need of inspiration to get you off your lazy winter bum? CHECK. Prospect Park is offering 50% off admission to Wollman Rink, and a special late closing time of 10pm, every Friday through the end of the ice skating season — only a $2.50 admission fee (plus $3.25 rental). Cash only.

Please, Please, Please, Let me Get Who I Want
Speed daters of the world unite and take over Greenpoint’s Black Rabbit this Thursday at 8pm for the Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now speed dating session soundtracked by The Smiths’ and Morrissey’s melancholy songs. Hopefully some love connections will be made — and if not, at least the music will be apt.

FRIDAY: Space Jam
The wild stage antics of Brooklyn-based electro-glam outfit Apes & Androids hits the Music Hall of Williamsburg this Friday night.

Manhattan Special
Ok, yeah, it’s in Manhattan, but Brooklyn-based country band The Dixons will play two sets at Hill Country, one of the city’s best barbecue joints. Whiskey, honky tonk and smoky pig: sounds like a date. Hill Country, 30 West 26th Street, show starts at 10pm.

SATURDAY: Born to Run
Noble costumed idiots run through the wilds of New York in the 2009 Idiotarod, a race through the city where teams of five grab their best shopping cart and run towards imbecilic glory.

The Blackness
The Brooklyn Museum gets a head start on Black History month with a panel discussion connected to its exhibition The Black List Project. The panel is moderated by film critic Elvis Mitchell, who interviewed the 25 subjects rendered in portrait by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. 2pm-4pm.

Riddle Me This
Brooklyn’s Mia Riddle and her six-piece band, who sound a bit like a darker Rilo Kiley, play a free show Saturday night at Pete’s Candy Store.

SUNDAY: Super Sunday
For one night jocks replace hipsters at the Bell House, when the Super Bowl is broadcast on the big screen with plenty of chili and beer to go along with the action. Looking for other viewing options for the big game? Check back tomorrow for more Super Bowl events, like free wings and drink specials at The Brazen Head and much more!

Beer Table, Park Slope’s shoe box-sized shrine to exotic beers, celebrates its one-year anniversary on Tuesday night, and while their special $75 five-course dinner is booked, all are welcome when they open their doors at 11:30pm for a special midnight toast. You can also join them the following week at their ongoing Tuesday night dinners ($25 for three courses, no reservations necessary).

Pie Time
Wanna impress your soon-to-be Valentine’s date with a homemade pie (c’mon, you know it’s way better than anything you could buy)? Learn the basics of pie-making at Brooklyn Kitchen’s class. All you need is your own rolling pin — or just use a wine bottle. Brooklyn Kitchen, 616 Lorimer Street, 6:30pm, $50.

Sent by Chrysanthe, Keith, Annaliese, and Kate. Photos from top courtesy of Indie Muse, Agaton Strom, Steph Goralnick via Flickr and Mia Riddle via MySpace.

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