Get Out And Do This: Holiday Trivia, Gainsbourg and Group Guitar
WILLIAMSBURG — Monday, Nov. 11
This year, Veterans Day happens to be a great day for female singer-songwriters with a dark streak. British songstress Anna Calvi — whose moody sophomore album “One Breath” recalls the best of P.J. Harvey — will play the Music Hall of Williamsburg with Gems supporting. Over in Manhattan, the much blogged-about Sky Ferreira will perform songs from her new electronic indie-pop album “Night Time, My Time” at Webster Hall with the Smith Westerns opening.
Tuesday, Nov. 12
Over the past 50 years, only a handful of boxers have managed to become a household name. Due to his felonious activities outside the ring, his acting cameos and his 350 pet pigeons (not to mention a reality show), former worldwide heavyweight champion Mike Tyson’s name is legend. The Bed-Stuy-born boxer will speak at the New York Public Library at 7 p.m. about the many ups and downs of his life and career in support of his new memoir “Undisputed Truth.” Tickets are $25.
Wednesday, Nov. 13
NY1’s morning anchor Pat Kiernan is among the most beloved non-native New Yorkers on local television (he’s a transplant from Calgary, Alberta). Maybe that’s why we can forgive him throwing a holiday event before even Thanksgiving has occurred. Kiernan will host a Holiday-Themed Pop Culture Trivia Night at the Bell House in Gowanus. Guests can participate in the trivia competition and enter to win a chance to have a one-on-one trivia session with Kiernan on-stage. Quiz-related prizes will be awarded.
If you’re feeling more business-minded than holiday-focused on Wednesday, head to the Indie Media Camp, a conference for bloggers and entrepreneurs at 501 Union not far from the Bell House in Gowanus. An all-day pass will allow you access to lectures on how to price sponsored content, other revenue sources and even how to take a good iPhone photo.
Thursday, Nov. 14
Get the jump on your new year’s resolution two months ahead of time by working on your new job prospects now. Start-up tech companies come together to network and recruit talent for this ever-growing industry at Uncubed (as in, freed of a cramped corporate desk compartment). Companies such as Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook and Etsy will be represented. For a $25 ticket, gain access to a speaker panel with Spotify, employers stalls and to a networking cocktail party. It’ll be far more painless than you think. As the tagline for the event goes, it’s “One part job fair, three parts circus. Serve chilled with music and contests.”
Friday, Nov. 15
If the sounds of Serge Gainsbourg make you say “Je T’Aime, Je T’Aime, Oui Je T’Aime,” then Brooklyn is your borough this evening. Coucou Brooklyn, a French language school in Williamsburg will dedicate an evening to the provocateur who was famous for his sultry songs and sardonic wit. Singer-songwriters Jason and Jared Saltiel will perform a selection of his most famous songs in a room festooned with large-scale portraits of the artist by local painter Spero Plagianos. The event begins at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 16
Sure, the Sandra Bullock/George Clooney space film “Gravity” was impressive — a feat of special effects. Astoria’s Museum of the Moving Image will be doing a weekend-long series on the origins of computer animation. Computer Age: Early Computer Movies, 1952–1987, investigates the early evolution of a now-pervasive technology. At 2 p.m. attend a screening and discussion of a series of early computer generated films by motion graphics pioneer John Whitney, his son John Whitney, Jr., and his collaborator Larry Cuba. More computer shorts will screen at 3:30 p.m. and the day will be capped off with the 1982 Disney classic film “Tron.”
Sunday, Nov. 17
Guitar Mash is an organization dedicated to bringing musicians — and those who are aspiring to one day call themselves musicians — together to enjoy the fellowship of playing their instruments as a group. Bring your guitar and your singing voice to this event at City Winery. The audience will be led in a play-along, singalong by chef Tom Colicchio, Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and others. Ticket proceeds will go to benefit charities dedicated to fostering music education, Church Street for Music and Art and Little Kids Rock.