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16 Things to Do in Your Brooklyn Neighborhood This Weekend

By DNAinfo Staff | January 7, 2016 5:28pm 

 Saturday's Diaspora Art Mart in Bed-Stuy is just one of the many events in Brooklyn this weekend.
Saturday's Diaspora Art Mart in Bed-Stuy is just one of the many events in Brooklyn this weekend.
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All Weekend

Tat It Up by Boundless Brooklyn and Grumpy Bert

Where: Grumpy Bert, 82 Bond St., Boerum Hill
When: Art show open during shop hours; opening reception on Friday, Jan. 8 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Boundless Brooklyn, the DIY model crafters, will host their first art show in Brooklyn in partnership with Grumpy Bert. More than a dozen tattoo and street artists will display their versions of "tattoo art" on Boundless Brooklyn kits and canvases. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Jan. 8 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The show will be open to the public from Jan. 8 - Jan. 31.

Turn Your Christmas Tree Into Mulch

Where: Cobble Hill Park, Cobble Hill
When: Saturday, Jan. 9 and Sunday, Jan. 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

You know that dreaded post-Christmas chore you've been putting off all week? The holiday season has passed and it’s time to take down the lights, put away the ornaments and throw away your tree. This weekend at Cobble Hill Park, the Parks Department will host a “Mulchfest” where trees will be chipped and turned into mulch.

Friday, Jan. 8

Comedian Michael Ian Black at BookCourt

Where: 163 Court St., Cobble Hill
When: 7 p.m.

Actor and stand-up comedian Michael Ian Black, known for his role in “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp,” will read from his new memoir “Navel Gazing” at BookCourt. In the book, Black takes a close look at his life (and body) as he hits 40. Black will also take audience questions and sign books at the event. 

Jazz at the Inkwell

Where: Inkwell Cafe, 408 Rogers Ave., Prospect-Lefferts Gardens
When: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Enjoy a concert by the Michael LeMorin Quartet, which plays a blend of Brazilian and Caribbean music with jazz, at the Inkwell Cafe on Rogers Avenue near Lefferts Avenue. There is a $5 suggested donation.

Natchie Nights: Peter Adams

Where: Natchie, 141A Front Street, DUMBO
When: 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

DUMBO art store Natchie will host musician Peter Adams for the fifth installment of its intimate live music series. The small store will turn into a 20-seat venue where guests will receive complimentary wine from a local distributor. There’s a suggested $10 donation at the door, or you can pre-order tickets on Eventbrite to secure a spot.

The Creators Collective Presents Bait Part Two

Where: Cowork|rs, 68 Third St., Gowanus
When: 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The Creators Collective will perform Bait Part Two, an inter-disciplinary work featuring pop-up dance, "curated graffiti" and live art making inside Cowork|rs, the new co-working space in Gowanus. Tickets are $10 and include two free drinks.

Saturday, Jan. 9

Diaspora Art Mart

Where: Restoration Plaza, 1368 Fulton St., Bed-Stuy
When: 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Diaspora Art Mart at Restoration Plaza hosts its first marketplace event of the year, with a variety of home goods, clothes, and accessories. Grab a bite and stay for “edutainment” and a fashion show.

NON Records at MoCADA

Where: MoCADA, 80 Hanson Place, Fort Greene
When: 8 to 10 p.m.

A multi-national collective of artists will use sound to disrupt social binaries and examine the effects of racialized violence at MoCADA’s NON Records. The event will feature performances by Chino Amobi and SCRAAATCH. NON Records is part of MoCADA’s "Dis place" exhibit, which is on view in the main gallery through Jan. 17. Tickets cost $5.

Big Break Comedy

Where: Bluebird Cafe, 504 Flatbush Ave., Prospect-Lefferts Gardens
When: 8 p.m.

See six comedians — Janelle James, Chris Castelli, Taylor Ketchum, Lucas Connolly, Dan Perlman and Katie Haller — for $5 at the Bluebird Cafe in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, hosted by two neighborhood locals and comedians, Charlie Kasov and Tyler Fischer.

Sunday, January 10

Drag Your Tree Down Fourth Avenue

Where: Warren / St. Marks Community Garden, Fourth Avenue and Warren Street, Park Slope
When: 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Last year’s Fourth Avenue tree drag added 200 trees to the mulch pile at the Gowanus Canal Conservancy’s Salt Lot, and this year organizers want to top that number. Drag your tree down Fourth Avenue to the Warren/St. Marks Community Garden (on Fourth Avenue and Warren Street) between 8:45 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. Volunteers will load it onto a truck and it will be driven to the Salt Lot to be chipped. The event is organized by the Park Slope Civic Council’s Forth on Fourth Committee.

The Free Black Women’s Library Pop-Up

Where: Bed-Vyne Brew, 370 Tompkins Ave., Bed-Stuy
When: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Check out this mobile library featuring the works of black women. Anyone is welcome to donate or trade books for free, and author Kaitlyn Greenidge will read excerpts from her new book and detail her writing process.

Bushwick Vendors Market

Where: The Silent Barn, 603 Bushwick Ave., Bushwick
When: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Check out Bushwick Vendors Market at the Silent Barn this Sunday. The bi-monthly market features local jewelry makers, crafts and foods. You sign up to peddle your wares here. Proceeds from the market support Educated Little Monsters Youth Group.

Happy Birthday Sherlock Holmes

Where: The Way Station, 683 Washington Ave., Prospect Heights
When: 4 p.m.

Celebrate the 162nd birthday of everyone’s favorite detective at The Way Station, which will screen the BBC’s New Year’s “Sherlock” special, “The Abominable Bride,” at the bar with special Holmes trivia and treats thrown in.

Knitting Class at Slip Stitch Needlecraft

Where: Slip Stitch Needlecraft, 437 Nostrand Ave., Bed-Stuy
When: 4:45 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Learn how to make a scarf or cowl at this knitting class taking place at one of Bed-Stuy’s newest shops. Yarn must be purchased at the store, with prices ranging from $6.99 to $15.99.

Benefit for the Family of Tamir Rice

Where: JACK, 505 Waverly Ave., Clinton Hill
When: 7 p.m.

Artists and community organizers are hosting a night of poetry, dance, music and visual art to raise money for the family of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy who was shot and killed by a police officer in Cleveland, Ohio, in 2014. The event will be MC'ed by Fay Victor and artists will include Ekene Okobi, Ras Moshe, Antoine Roney, Michael Sachs of Moonheart, and several more. Organizers are asking for a $10 to $30 donation at the door, which will go to the Tamir Rice Memorial Fund.

Sunday Sounds

Where: 61 Local, 61 Bergen St., Boerum Hill
When: 7:30 p.m.

61 Local’s weekend jazz series is back in 2016 with Sunday’s line-up featuring Drama Section, Marcellus Hall and Chris Maxwell. Admission to the event comes with purchasing anything at the bar.

These listings were compiled by DNAinfo's Brooklyn reporters Leslie Albrecht, Camille Bautista, Gwynne Hogan, Alexandra Leon, Rachel Holliday Smith, and Nikhita Venugopal.