Tip Sheet: Dec. 2-Dec. 8


Let It Snow
Flake out at Enid’s annual snowflake party tonight from 8-midnight. Paper and scissors provided, but quantities are limited. Help transform the bar/resto into a winter wonderland–finished snowflakes will be hung from the ceiling for the winter.

THURSDAY: Slope Flakes
The Third Annual Snowflake Celebration takes place this Thursday (and next) in Park Slope from 7-10pm. Shops and restaurants will stay open late and offer deals, entertainment (in the past, we’ve seen a snow machine and carolers), and refreshments. Check out the list of participants here.

Birthday Bash
There’s a big party for The Bell House’s incomparable music booker and co-owner Jack (Skippy) McFadden’s birthday this Thursday and everyone is invited! Come early for great Brit band Field Music, the dreamy sounds of Wye Oak, and LA’s “emotronic” Pulsars, but stay for Rumours, a Fleetwood Mac cover band comprised of a who’s who of indie rock stars. Doors at 7:30pm, tickets $12.

FRIDAY: Art Auction for OSA
File this one under holiday-gifts-for-a-cause: Friday in Greenpoint, the opening reception is being held for Brave Brooklyn, an exhibition and silent auction to benefit the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn. Twenty-eight works of art will go under the metaphorical gavel, including contributions from local artists like Suzanne Zwicky and Ryan Goolsby to boldface names like Richard Serra and Fred Tomaselli. The OSA fights for more park space in the city, so it’s well worth ponying up for a piece of your own.

SATURDAY: A Very Literary Holiday
Get up close and personal with some of your favorite authors at WORD’s Holiday Open House Saturday and Sunday. Scribes like Lev Grossman, author of the grown-up fantasy novel The Magicians, Amy Braunschweiger, who wrote Taxi Confidential, a collection of real-life cabbie revelations, and Charles Bock, whose Vegas-set Beautiful Children came out to critical acclaim last year, will be appearing for two-hour stretches to help out with gift-wrapping, sign copies of their books, and even recommend titles for those hard-to-buy-for literary snobs on your shopping list.

Comics Relief
Desert Island and PictureBox present the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival, on Saturday in Williamsburg. The day includes exhibitions, speakers, signings, and performances. Check the full day’s schedule and locations here.

SUNDAY: All You Need is Uke
There are, apparently, 185 original Beatles songs. And you can hear them all in one day–on ukulele!–at the 2nd Annual Beatles Complete on Ukulele Festival, taking place at Brooklyn Bowl Sunday. The festivities begin at noon with a Mass Ukulele Beatle Rally (bring your uke and show up at 11 to learn the songs for free admission!) and continues until midnight with various backing bands, singers, and, of course, Yoko impersonators. Vanessa Carlton, she of piano-based pop-rock like “A Thousand Miles,” and Adam Green, anti-folk hero and former Moldy Peach, are both scheduled to turn up and rock out.

Winter Market
A bunch of great Northside shops and vendors including Old Hollywood, Le Grenier, Brooklyn Brine, and Franny & Roey are joining forces for a winter pop-up market at Public Assembly on Sunday from noon-6pm. Snag edibles, clothes, gifts, and antiques priced from $1 to $100 and enjoy drink specials and DJ sounds.

Floss Facts
Smart and quirky mag mental_floss hosts a night of trivia at Galapagos Sunday starting at 7pm. Entry is free, and try your hand at winning prizes like the geeky and awesome Aiptek PenCam (a mini HD video camera in, you guessed it, a pen!). Go solo and make friends or bring a team.

TUESDAY: A Look Back at Lennon
It was 29 years ago today (December 8th) that John Lennon was murdered. Observe the solemn occasion at Glasslands with a tribute to his music. An assortment of local indie luminaries, like singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins, classical musicians Gillian Rivers and the SET Quartet, and members of the low-key psychedelics Here We Go Magic, will be performing songs by the legendary artist.

Trippy Talk
This month’s installment of the Secret Science Club features visual neuroscientist Ben Backus chatting about sight, perception, and optical illusions. 8pm, The Bell House, 149 7th Street, Gowanus.

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Sent by Chrysanthe and Casey. Photos courtesy of Annie Lin and Nochnoy Kiev via Adam Green.

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