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By Brooklyn Heights Office | on December 28,2013 at 12:43PM

Pub & Game Crawl Through Williamsburg

December 28, 2013
2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.


Sponsored by Like A Local

Starting Place: Whiskey Brooklyn
66 Berry Street, Williamsburg

Games! Beer! Bars! Brooklyn! It’s getting cold outside, so instead of staying indoors, how about some beer, new friends, and competitive gaming fun in Williamsburg! This three hour guided games and pub crawl includes all game fees, instruction, and a beer at each stop! We will also stop for street art, photos and some history along the route.
Meet at underground Whiskey Brooklyn to kick off this pub crawl with table shuffleboard, mini-basketball and a slew of arcade games. Once you’ve swiftly defeated the other contestants, you’ll head over to Kent Ale House where you’ll battle for victory in a hilarious game of Celebrity before sipping German beer at the giant beer hall Spritzenhaus over a toppling game of Jenga.
$40 per person. 3 hours. You must be at least 21 years old. Additional food and beverages may be purchased at each stop on the tour. Participants also receive our handy hipster Williamsburg map and a surprise gift!


Skylight Gallery-“Noisy In The Next Room” Exhibition
A Solo Exhibition by Danny Simmons, Jr.

Sunday, December 29th, 4:00PM-6:00PM; Wednesday-Friday 11:00AM to 6:00PM Saturday 1:00PM to 6:00PM
Restoration Plaza
1368 Fulton Street, Crown Heights
LAST CHANCE!   Through January 3rd only!

Noisy in the Next Room, Danny Simmons’ solo exhibition of new work speaks to the heart and soul of human existence, providing a dramatic and compelling bridge between the past and now, we are asked to imagine a future where hope and revival are commonplace. His paintings operate on multiple levels of perception, employing commonplace practices of repetition and erasure, urging you to abandon the notion of up and down. The artist continues to mine his hard-won personal experiences, spiritual discoveries and broader historical scope. Describing himself as a “neo-African Expressionist” , the New York Times recently stated what some have long recognized, “there is a freshness to his abstract work.” With a homeward bound spirit, his artwork enters into conversations with artists like Paul Klee, Cy Twombly, Wilfredo Lam and others; while his poetry resonates with that of Chester Himes, Ishmael Reed and Allan Ginsberg. There is this awareness of the thing just beyond the door — a person, a place, a memory that makes its presence strongly felt, the exhibit takes us to that door and opening it and reveals the space where the rich forces of Mr. Simmons’ creative energies live.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks at Grand Army Plaza
Tuesday, December 31, 2013,  11:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.
Grand Army Plaza

Music! Food! Fireworks!! Start the celebration off around 11 p.m. with entertainment and hot refreshments at Grand Army Plaza. Best locations for viewing the fireworks include anywhere in Grand Army Plaza, inside the Park on the West Drive, and along Prospect Park West between Grand Army Plaza and 9th Street.
New Year’s fireworks and festivities are sponsored by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.

Twice Militant: Lorraine Hansberry's Letters to "The Ladder"
November 22, 2013–March 16, 2014
The Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Suggested Donation, $12 ($8 62 and over)

This exhibition explores a largely unknown but significant aspect of Hansberry’s biography connecting her to the gay rights movement: the letters she wrote in 1957 to The Ladder, the first subscription-based lesbian publication in the United States. In these provocative letters, Hansberry drew on her own identity and life experiences to articulate the interconnected struggles of women, lesbians, and African Americans during the period. She pointed to her identification with the burgeoning feminist movement in a 1959 interview with Studs Terkel, saying that "the most oppressed group of any oppressed group will be its women," adding that those who are "twice oppressed" often become "twice militant."

Through Friday, Jan. 17, 2014; 9:30 am–5:30 pm each day
New York Foundation for the Arts
20 Jay Street, 7th Floor, at Plymouth Street, DUMBO

Exhibition of work by artists from around the world, all living and working in New York City.

Album Tracks: Subway Record Covers
Through January 12, 2014, Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays  11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
NYC Transit Museum
Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street
$7 for adults, $5 for children and seniors
Album cover art is one of the most iconic visual representations of twentieth century pop culture, and musicians time and again have chosen the subway to craft their image. Album Tracks: Subway Record Covers, an exhibition at the New York Transit Museum showcasing album artwork featuring the New York City subway and elevated system.

Every Monday Night
Bring Out Your Vinyl
The Saint Catherine

660 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11217
Hours: 7pm to 2am
There will be a turntable set up. Bring your vinyl and come see who’s got the rarest, hippest, most obscure records in the neighborhood.

Every Tuesday Night

Beer Tasting, every Tuesday night 7 PM
191 Fifth Ave., Betw. Berkeley Pl. and Union St.

Every Wednesday at 10 p.m.
The Mandingo Ambassadors
376 Ninth St., (at 6th Avenue) Park Slope
Mamady Kouyate is a pioneer of the Guinean musical movement known as Authenticité. He played in various bands - his own band, Les Ambassadeurs du Mandingue, being one of them - but is probably best known as the guitarist in the classic Bembeya Jazz National. Kouyate, who now lives in NY, has reformed the Mandingo Ambassadors, updating the sound of his youth, but keeping it very close to the standard of Authenticité. The new All-Star band includes Mamady "Djelike" Kouyate, guitar, leader; Bebe Camara, vocal; Eudy Fernandez, trumpet; Oran Etkin, tenor sax, clarinet; Sylvain Leroux, flute, Fula flute, alto sax; Sam Dickey, guitar; Nick Cudahy, bass; Andy Algire, drums; Foluso Mimy, percussion.

Every Saturday
Grand Army Plaza
Greenmarket at Grand Army Plaza
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Brooklyn’s biggest, at the entrance to Prospect Park
Every Sunday

Comedy Night at The Knit "Front Bar"

The Knitting Factory Brooklyn
Hosted by Hannibal Burress
361 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211
9:00 p.m. FREE! (21+)
Every Sunday night in the Front Bar of Knitting Factory Brooklyn, Hannibal Buress hosts: Comedy at The Knitting Factory with special guests each week. Past performances have included unannounced sets from Chris Rock, Robin Williams, Sarah Silverman, Louis CK, & more!