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20 Things To Do in New York City's Neighborhoods This Week

By DNAinfo Staff | March 13, 2016 10:34am 

 Take a free self defense class at Brooklyn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as part of Council Member Laurie Cumbo’s “Fit in the 35th” event series. The class is open to women ages 12 and up. Wednesday, 7 p.m. Brooklyn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 412 Myrtle Ave., Clinton Hill.
Take a free self defense class at Brooklyn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as part of Council Member Laurie Cumbo’s “Fit in the 35th” event series. The class is open to women ages 12 and up. Wednesday, 7 p.m. Brooklyn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 412 Myrtle Ave., Clinton Hill.
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Monday, March 14

► Be a Hair Model, Get Free Cuts and Styling

Where: Bumble and bumble., 415 W. 13th St., West Village
When: 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

Show up at Bumble and bumble.’s model call to be assessed for a potential complementary cut and styling.

► Free Screening of "Labyrinth"

Where: Jefferson Market Library, 425 6th Ave., Greenwich Village
When: 6 p.m.

For those of us still mourning the loss of David Bowie, the New York Public Library has a special treat. The classic 1980s Bowie flick “Labyrinth” will screen free of charge in the Willa Cather Community Room at Jefferson Market Library for one day only, as part of the library’s "Vixens, Vampires and Vincent" spring film series. The dreamy movie, for those unfamiliar with it, follows a bratty teenager played by Jennifer Connelly, who is given 13 hours to rescue her little brother from the Goblin King (Bowie) after her wish to be rid of the tyke is granted.

► Spring Cocktail Party at Superfine

Where: Superfine, 126 Front St., DUMBO
When: 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Ring in this spring with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s seventh annual cocktail party at Superfine. Admission includes two drink tickets, a full spread by BRADO, and $50 in ride credits for Lyft riders. Guests can also purchase tickets for the chance to win special raffle items from local vendors. Proceeds benefit the Conservancy’s free programming at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Tickets are $30 for members, $40 for non-members, or $50 at the door.

► A Reading of “The End of Karma”

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

Award-winning journalist Somini Sengupta will read from her book “The End of Karma,” a detailed portrait of India’s young people and how their stories are shaping the country today.

► Chelsea Film Festival Celebrates Women’s History Month

Where: Bow Tie Cinemas, 260 W. 23rd St., Chelsea
When: 7 p.m.

The Chelsea Film Festival and Bow Tie Cinemas are celebrating Women’s History Month with a showing of “Solitary.” The award-winning film, which is about a “fractured family, a terrible mistake and a shocking confession,” was written, produced and edited by three women.

► Once Upon a Savory Tart Cooking Class

Where: Once Upon a Tart, 135 Sullivan St., SoHo
When: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Once Upon a Tart’s executive chef Alicia Walter taught over 500 cooking classes at Eataly’s La Scuola before taking over the little bisected bakery on Sullivan Street. She’s now set out to “rewrite the classics” from the bakery’s beloved cookbook, and the first chapter to be tackled will cover savory tarts. Students will get a glass of Prosecco on arrival, and will make two types of dough. The two-hour class — fittingly scheduled for “Pi Day” — will focus largely on crusts, but students will also make complete tarts themselves. Everyone goes home with an individual tart, and there’s more to snack on while they bake. The class is $85 per person, and admission can be purchased online.

 Women’s History Month: Discussions on Social Injustice

Where: The Living Gallery, 1094 Broadway, Bed-Stuy
When: 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

As part of “Co-Exist,” a program of monthly discussions on social injustice, gallery organizers are hosting this event to share views on what it means to be a woman in 2016. Discussions will be a “safe space for people to share thoughts and stories” and touch on how individuals can communicate and create change.

Tuesday, March 15

A Community Conversation on Food, Health & Wellness

Where: YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood, 54 Nagle Ave., Inwood
When: 4:30 p.m.

Meet Sam Kass, the former personal chef for POTUS and the first family, for a presentation on healthy eating and exercise. Kass will share his experiences in the White House, including the work he did for the Let’s Move Program and the White House kitchen garden. The free event is recommended for adults and 4th grade students and above.

 The Stoop Series: New Music/Old Science

Where: The Stoop at BRIC House, 647 Fulton St., Fort Greene
When: 7 p.m.

Get a look at the creative process that went into "Anatomy Theater," a multi-media opera that follows an English murderess and the public dissection of her corpse before an audience, as she sings through it all. This free event is first-come, first-seated. To RSVP, click here.

► Book Signing with Jorge Ramos

Where: Barnes & Noble, 33 E. 17th St., Union Square
When: 7 p.m.

Jorge Ramos, the Univision anchor who famously stood up to Donald Trump at a press conference early in his presidential run, will sign copies of his new book “Take a Stand: 30 Years of Lessons from Rebels.” Fans can get a wristband with purchase of the book starting at 9 a.m. on the day of the event.

► LIC Reading Series with John Leguizamo, Mira Jacob, and Tracy O'Neill

Where: LIC Bar, 45-58 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City
When: 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Join the Astoria Bookshop for its regular reading series, which this month will feature actor and author John Leguizamo, as well as writers Mira Jacob and Tracy O'Neill who will read from their works. Seating is limited. To guarantee a spot, attendees must pre-order one of the writers’ works through the Astoria Bookshop website. More details here.

 Eat, Drink & Be Literary: Darryl Pinckney

Where: BAM Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Ave., Fort Greene
When: 6:30 p.m.

Author Darryl Pinckney, a longtime contributor to The New York Review of Books, will read from his work and share his creative process over dinner, drinks and live music at BAMCafe. Audience members will get the chance to ask questions and socialize with other members of the literary community. Each discussion will be followed by a book-signing session, with books available for purchase at BAM’s Greenlight Bookstore kiosk. Tickets are $60.

Wednesday, March 16

► Talk: Deborah Sampson Gannett, Revolutionary War Soldier

Where: Federal Hall National Memorial, 26 Wall St., Financial District
When: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Celebrate Women’s History Month by learning the story of Deborah Samson Gannett, who fought in the American Revolution. "Private Robert Shurtleff," as she was known to the Army, was honorably discharged in 1783. She returned to Massachusetts, married a farmer, raised four children and published her memoirs. For nearly 30 years, she fought to get back pay and benefits she believed she had earned from her military service.

► Movie Night Wednesday — “Bridge of Spies”

Where: Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica
When: 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Watch Oscar-nominated movies for free at the Queens Library. This Wednesday, the library will screen “Bridge of Spies.” On March 16, library-goers will get a chance to see “Creed,” on March 23 — “Spectre” and on March 30 — “Spotlight.” Registration is not required.

 Free Tutor Fair at P.S. 191     

Where: P.S. 191, 210 W. 61st St., Upper West Side
When: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Tutors and tutoring organizations from across the city will convene for this free tutor fair held by P.S. 191 that’s open to parents of children in grades K-12. The tutors have expertise in test prep as well as academic subjects.

 Bookish Featuring “Small Mercies” Author Eddie Joyce

Where: Park Slope Public Library, 431 Sixth Ave., Park Slope
When: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Novelist Amy Shearn launches the spring season of her Bookish interview series with a talk with Eddie Joyce, whose debut novel “masterfully depicts an Italian-Irish American family on Staten Island and their complicated emotional history,” according to the Brooklyn Public Library website.

► Free Women’s Self Defense Class

Where:  Brooklyn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 412 Myrtle Ave., Clinton Hill
When: 7 p.m.

Take a free self defense class at Brooklyn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as part of Council Member Laurie Cumbo’s “Fit in the 35th” event series. The class is open to women ages 12 and up.

Thursday, March 17

► St. Paddy’s Day Tart Shop Pop-Up

Where: Once Upon A Tart, 135 Sullivan St., SoHo
When: All day, March 17 through 19

The restaurant half of Once Upon a Tart will turn into a family-friendly pop-up shop in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, serving up $12 tarts stuffed with Irish specialties like steak and ale, Irish stew, and seafood chowder, $5 bottles of stout and free green milk for kids. Other menu items include shepherd’s pie, fries and curry sauce, and soda bread with cranberry jam. Dessert offerings are lime and avocado tarts, shamrock cookies and a Guinness cake.

► Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People

Where: Ingersoll Community Center, 177 Myrtle Ave., Fort Greene
When: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Learn how photography has shaped African American culture from slavery to today at a screening of Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People. An art workshop with MoCADA exhibiting artist Adrienne Gaither will follow the documentary screening. This event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, click here.

 Greenpoint Film Festival

Where: Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Ave., Greenpoint
When: 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The Greenpoint Film Festival launches its opening night with several short films followed by a panel discussion with neighborhood activists from Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park concerning their efforts to lobby for a 27-acre park promised to the neighborhood in 2005.

These listings were compiled by DNAinfo reporters Nikhita Venugopal, Camille Bautista, Alexandra Leon, Danielle Tcholokian, Maya Rajamani, Jeanmarie Evelly, Carolina Pichardo, Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska, Emily Frost, Irene Plagianos, Leslie Albrecht, and Gwynne Hogan.