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16 Things To Do in Brooklyn's Neighborhoods This Weekend

By DNAinfo Staff | January 28, 2016 5:41pm 

 The Spinning Wheel, an interactive gallery show at Downtown Brooklyn's BRIC, hosts its closing party this weekend.
The Spinning Wheel, an interactive gallery show at Downtown Brooklyn's BRIC, hosts its closing party this weekend.
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All Weekend

Brooklyn Gypsies: One Catches Light Festival

Where: JACK, 505 Waverly Ave., Clinton Hill
When: Jan. 28 to Jan. 30, 7 p.m. to midnight

The Brooklyn Gypsies explore new love, Brooklyn, and beards at their first-ever festival for New York City-based solo performers at the Clinton Hill arts center JACK. Performances include Colie McClellan with Arethusa Speaks, Bay Bryan with Growing Into My Beard, and Nick E. Finn with Last Hipster in Brooklyn. Tickets are $15 per show or $20 for all three shows in one night.

“The Millay Sisters” at Gowanus Loft

Where: 61 Ninth St., #C8, Gowanus
When: Jan. 28 to Jan. 31, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Explore the life of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay through songs and words at this intimate production with Margi Sharp Douglas as the poet and Rachel Murdy as her sister, Norma. Pianist Peter Szep provides accompaniment.

Spoke the Hub’s 15th Annual Winter Follies Showcase

Where: Old First Reformed Church, 729 Carroll St., Park Slope
When: Jan. 29 and Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 to $15 for this variety show where, according to the community art center's website, more than 30 “up-and-coming — or already well-seasoned — performing artists present five minutes of whatever they do best." The audience votes on their favorite act, and the winner will get to stage a full production next year at Spoke the Hub’s Gowanus theater.

Friday, Jan. 29

The Spinning Wheel Closing Party

Where: BRIC House, 647 Fulton St., Fort Greene
When: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Get a last look at The Spinning Wheel, an interactive gallery show curated by Baba Israel and Yako 440 and showcasing the archive of Israel’s late father and Living Theater alum Steve Ben Israel. Performances include a DJ set by Baba Israel, an improvised dance by Mixed Movement, and a participatory “Yiddish-flavored pacifist ritual” led by Monique Mizrahi. This event is free and open to the public.

The Get Up & Get Down! Winter Dance Party

Where: 501 Union, 501 Union St., Carroll Gardens
When: 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Head to 501 Union this Friday night to party with The Loyales and their nine-piece band playing classic rock, pop, Motown, soul, funk, and more. The party will kick off a series of events leading up to “Wedding Crashers,” an annual wedding fair scheduled for March. Tickets are priced at $10 at the door or RSVP to get in for free. There will be a cash bar at the venue.

Saturday, Jan. 30

Survival During the American Revolution with the Urban Park Rangers

Where: Fort Greene Park Visitor Center, by Prison Ship Martyrs Monument, Fort Greene
When: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Learn survival secrets of the 1700's with the Urban Park Rangers Saturday at Fort Greene Park. The rangers will discuss survival tactics used by Continental Army during the harsh winters of the Revolutionary War. This event is free and open to the public.

Musical Makey Makey with Jeffu Warmouth

Where: Geek Forest, 330 S. 3rd St.
When: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Experiment turning sketches and other materials into musical instruments with a device called a "Makey Makey" at this workshop. It's free and open to people of all ages, but kids under 10 should be accompanied by an adult. There are nine "Makey Makey" stations set up, so get in touch in advance to reserve one.

Loose Constructs with DJ Pimms ‘n’ Soda

Where: Robert Bar, 104 Bond St., Boerum Hill
When: 9 p.m.

The cocktail bar will have an all-vinyl lineup of tunes from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s with DJ Pimms ‘n’ Soda.

Brass Tacks: Live Music at Industry City

Where: Industry City Distillery, 33 35th St., Sunset Park
When: 8 p.m.

Head to Sunset Park’s waterfront distillery, bar and tasting room to check out performances by No Small Money Brass Band, New Sound Brass and DJ Natasha Diggs. Tickets are priced at $10.

Wine and Weave: Kente Weaving Workshop

Where: Calabar Imports, 351 Tompkins Ave., Bed-Stuy
When: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Learn how to weave African cloth and make traditional Kente fabric from master weaver Kwasi Asare. You'll be using miniature looms, and you can sip on wine while working. Tickets cost $32.64.

Hot Glass, Cold Beer

Where: Brooklyn Glass, 142 13th St., Gowanus
When: 7 p.m to 11 p.m.

Watch artists demonstrate their glass-blowing and neon-making skills at this Gowanus glass studio while you guzzle beer from a handmade glass that you can take home for free (with the cost of a $20 ticket.) The event includes “fire performances” by the artist Alex Lozier.

World Party

Where: Palisades, 906 Broadway, Bushwick
When: 11:55 p.m.

Tear up the dance floor at Palisades with beats from DJs Physical Therapy, UMFANG, Doss, and Negative Gemini and live visuals to accompany them from Frottage Industry. There’s a $10 cover.

Sunday, Jan. 31

Mapou Ginen Master Dance Class

Where: 247 Herkimer St., 2nd Floor, Bed-Stuy
When: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Join the Mapou Ginen Dance Troupe to learn dances, songs, and rhythms of African, Haitian, and West-Indian origin. Tickets are $20 at the door and $18 in advance. Email oyasoundproductions@yahoo.com to get them ahead of time.

Park Slope Singers Perform Brahms’ Masterwork “German Requiem”

Where: St. Saviour’s Church, Eighth Avenue and Sixth Street, Park Slope
When: 3 p.m.

The Park Slope singers, a group of roughly 60 singers who’ve been performing for more than 20 years, will sing Brahms’ “German Requiem." The Romantic-period work offers “consolation, reassurance, and comfort," according to the group’s website. Tickets are $10 to $15.

Crown Heights Ice Cream Social

Where: Brooklyn Bell, 843 Classon Ave., Crown Heights
When: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Join your neighbors at this free storytelling session and ice cream social sponsored by the Five Boro Story Project, Crow Hill Community Association, and Crown Heights Free Portrait Project. Organizers want the event to be a place “where Crown Heights residents from all walks of life can meet to share their stories in the neighborhood.”

Wallace and Gromit-Watching Party

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

Watch the classic Wallace and Gromit movies “The Curse of the Were-Rabbit” and “Chicken Run” at this free event at The Way Station bar in Prospect Heights.

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