Tip Sheet: Feb. 17-Feb. 23

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WEDNESDAY: Puppy Love
Do you have your eye on a cutie with a collie from the dog park? Speed Dating for Pet Lovers at Unleash: Brooklyn was rescheduled to tonight because of last week’s snow. Meet fellow animal lovers in Greenpoint, and mingle over drinks and snacks. Register here. The event starts at 8:30. $15 donation to the Dog Habitat Rescue fund.

THURSDAY: Fling with a Firefighter
Did Valentine’s Day heat up less than you’d planned? The City Reliquary can set your heart on fire with their benefit (they are in danger of closing unless they raise a boatload of cash!) New York City Firefighter Date-Auction, tonight at the Knitting Factory. Dates with members of Williamsburg’s Battalion 35 will be going under the gavel and awarded to the highest bidders. The City Reliquary, located on Metropolitan Avenue, is one of Brooklyn’s quirkiest and most engaging hidden treasures, so supporting them in exchange for a firefighter is a no-brainer.

Eat & Party In!
Cathy Erway’s first book about her two years of not eating out, The Art of Eating In, comes out on February 18. Brooklyn Based is throwing a big bash at the Bell House complete with live music, DJs, a crostini cook-off, an interactive reading, Sixpoint drink specials, two supper clubs serving up nibbles, and–we kid you not–Cathy’s mom as a cook-off judge. See more here and get tix.

FRIDAY: Puzzling Contest
What’s a 33-letter-long phrase for “a weekend’s worth of competitive crossword puzzles?” The American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, hosted by New York Times crossword puzzle editor Will Shortz, at the Brooklyn Marriott. Competing puzzlers will attempt to solve eight specially created crosswords as they vie for a $5,000 grand prize. If you’re not a wordsmith yourself, you can still attend as a spectator, of either both Saturday’s and Sunday’s games or of just the playoffs on Sunday.

SATURDAY: The Devil Wears Williamsburg
For those of us who love fashion but don’t want to be the next Anna Wintour, the seventh season of the Williamsburg Fashion Weekend provides the perfect solution. Saturday and Sunday, twelve local designers will be presenting their fall/winter collections at Glasslands, accompanied by performance artists, musicians, and DJs. Robot Death Cult, from the people who run Secret Project Robot, will be showing fashion emphasizing nihilism and deconstruction; more optimistically, Tar and Feather’s collection, “Walk of Shame,” features the sort of clothes you might find yourself in after a late-night fling. There are afterparties both nights, so come prepared for a full night of fashion and voguing.

Books for Sale!
The 17th Annual Park Slope Book Sale is finally here. Saturday and Sunday, come by for great deals and finds on adult and kid’s books, games, puzzles, CDs, DVDs, records, and even tapes (remember those?!). They are still accepting donations of the above (Thursday, 7-10pm and Friday, 10am-9pm). The sale is at the United Methodist Church, 6th Ave at 8th Street, Saturday, 8:30am-4:30pm and Sunday, 12:30-4:30pm.

Shore Thing
Get ready to show off your spray tans and six packs at Union Hall’s free Jersey Shore Dance Party. Will the DJs play enough house music to please Pauly D? Show up at midnight to find out. And be sure to come dressed in homage to the show–there’s a prize awarded for best costume.

MONDAY: Live Lucidly
Interested in eating better and making earth-friendly choices while doing so? Louisa Shafia–Brooklynite, owner of the eco-minded Lucid Food catering company, and author of the new cookbook Lucid Food: Cooking for an Eco-Conscious Life–is giving a cooking demonstration at Greenlight Bookstore, preparing food made from ingredients bought at the Fort Greene Farmer’s Market. The evening begins at 7:30pm. RSVP on Facebook.

Bubby’s Weddings (Sponsored Tip)
Bubby’s Brooklyn
, a gorgeous spot for 718 brides to tie the knot, hosts a BK-centric wedding party and open house from 6-9pm on Feb. 22 featuring hors d’oeuvres sourced from local farmers and purveyors, craft beer, spirits and wine, and 16+ vendors like Fine & Raw Chocolates and Opalia Flowers. $25 advance tickets (required) also qualify you to win dinner for two! Contact jojo@bubbys.com for the full scoop.

TUESDAY: Happy Beer Birthday
Sixpoint Craft Ales turns five this month, and the Red Hook-based brewery has been celebrating with a lineup of events throughout the city. The traveling birthday tour makes a stop in Park Slope on Tuesday, as brewmaster and Sixpoint founder Shane Welch and head brewer Craig Frymark host a beer tasting at Bierkraft. The two-hour event is free and starts at 7pm.

Brooklyn, the Final Frontier
The legendary Captain James Tiberius Kirk may not have been born for another 223 years, but don’t let that keep you from the Shat Ball’s birthday celebrations. Tonight, the Knitting Factory offers a tribute to both the man (Kirk) and the myth (Shatner.) Among the truly epic list of entertainments are free admission for Trekkie-clad attendees, free Trek-themed cookies, a Kirk impersonation contest, an improvised episode by Start Trekkin’, and sci-fi dance tunes like “Shatner of the Mount” by Fall on Your Sword.

Romance is Dead
Detox from all that mushy hearts-and-flowers Valentine stuff at tonight’s event at WORD. Julie Klausner is hosting I Don’t Care About Your Band and Other Heartbreak Hilarity, accompanied by Rachel Shukert, author of Have You No Shame? And Other Regrettable Stories, and Mike Albo , author of The Underminer: The Best Friend Who Casually Destroys Your Life. Klausner’s memoir, also called I Don’t Care About Your Band, recounts her most entertainingly awful failed love stories from over-sensitive hipsters to vegans and Internet flirtations; Shukert’s autobiographical essays tackle awkwardness in her love life, and Albo’s book brings to light so-called “friends” who use everything they know about you against you. Their powers combined should create a cringe-worthy night for the ages.

PLAN AHEAD: Work it Brooklyn
Like speed-dating for independent creatives, Work it Brooklyn debuts next Wed., Feb. 24, 7-10pm at Arsenal for “productive debauchery” and networking. Everyone from graphic designers to dancers are welcome at this FREE event, where hosts Brianna Campbell, Joann Kim and Aja Marsh will help encourage all to forge partnerships. Register before this Friday Feb. 19 to join in on the fun!

Sent by Chrysanthe, Nicole, Casey, and Nina. Photos courtesy of LarimdaME and istolethetv on Flickr.

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