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Free Things to Do in Brooklyn This Week - December 3-December 10

December 3, 2017 - by CG Directory Editor
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On a budget? Not to worry. City Guide's weekly roundup of free things to do in Brooklyn will keep your entertained without breaking the bank. From catching a free outdoor movie screening to exploring breathtaking Prospect Park, there's something in this weekly roundup for everyone wanting to travel without burning a hole in their wallet.

No Cover - Hank's Saloon
December 03, 2017 - Brooklyn

Honkytonk Brunch with Sean Kershaw & the New Jack Ramblers - Hank's Saloon
December 03, 2017 - Brooklyn

Honkytonk Jam with Sean Kershaw & Friends (Bring Your Ax) - Hank's Saloon
December 03, 2017 - Brooklyn

Patsy Hank Lovechild - Hank's Saloon
December 03, 2017 - Brooklyn

St. Vincent - Kings Theatre
December 03, 2017 - Brooklyn

The Cameramen - Hank's Saloon
Through December 03, 2017 - Brooklyn

Sackett Street Writer's Workshop Literary Series: Ask the Agents! - Books are Magic
December 04, 2017 - Cobble Hill

Literary Agents have one of the most crucial jobs in publishing, and yet not everyone knows exactly what they do or how to pitch them. In this conversation literary agents Linda Camacho (Prospect Agency), Penny Moore (Empire Literary), and Quressa Robinson (Nelson Literary Agency) have a wealth of experience from being in publishing houses to various agencies. They will discuss the specifics of their job, pitches, your role as writer, and what to expect as you prepare to sell your book and what do to thereafter. Conversation will include a Q&A with those in the audience. Discussion will be moderated by Jennifer Baker (Sackett Street Writers' Workshop).

Molly Rosen Guy: Stone Fox Bride - Books are Magic
December 05, 2017 - Cobble Hill

Ditch the storybook wedding with Molly Rosen Guy and her new guide to planning weddings of truth and style in Stone Fox Bride. Molly Rosen Guy founded the brand Stone Fox Bride as an alternative to outdated, plastic-princess wedding culture. Her stylish and subversive approach is being embraced by creative, modern brides who believe in love and romance, but have no interest in running off into the sunset.

Free Legal Services for All - Brooklyn Borough Hall
December 05, 2017 - Brooklyn

Veterans' Issues

Free Legal Services for All - Brooklyn Borough Hall
December 06, 2017 - Brooklyn

Family Law

TASTE presents Andy Ricker: POK POK: The Drinking Food of Thailand w/ JJ Goode - Books are Magic
December 06, 2017 - Cobble Hill

TASTE presents another wonderful night of good eating with Andy Ricker and collaborator JJ Goode for their new cook book Pok Pok: The Drinking Food of Thailand. A celebration of the thrill and spirit of Thai drinking food, Andy Ricker's follow-up to Pok Pok brings the same level of authority, with a more laid-back approach. Here, Ricker shares accessible and detailed recipes for his favorites: phat khii mao, a fiery dish known as "Drunkard's stir-fry; kai thawt, Thai-style fried chicken; and thua thawt samun phrai, an addictive combination of fried peanuts with makrut lime leaf, garlic, and chiles. Featuring stories and insights from the Thai cooks who taught Ricker along the way, this book is as fun to read as it is to cook from, and will become a modern classic for any lover of Thai cuisine.

No Cover - Hank's Saloon
December 07, 2017 - Brooklyn

Scotch Bonnet - Hank's Saloon
December 07, 2017 - Brooklyn

Wire Troop - Hank's Saloon
December 07, 2017 - Brooklyn

$8 Cover - Hank's Saloon
December 08, 2017 - Brooklyn

Planet Moon - Hank's Saloon
December 08, 2017 - Brooklyn

Warmbody - Hank's Saloon
December 08, 2017 - Brooklyn

The Bits - Hank's Saloon
December 08, 2017 - Brooklyn

1Music 1Sound - Kings Theatre
December 08, 2017 - Brooklyn

Come and experience Live performances by two of Africa's finest artists, Tekno and Flavour.

The Get It! - Hank's Saloon
Through December 08, 2017 - Brooklyn

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker 2017 - Kings Theatre
December 09, 2017 - Brooklyn

Celebrate this Christmas with the experience taking North America by storm! Making the 25th North American Anniversary Tour in 2017, Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker features over-the-top production values and world class Russian artists. Larger than life puppets and nesting dolls, and gloriously hand-crafted costumes bring the Christmas spirit of life. Gather the family and see why the press raves "Knock Out!' - New York Times, "Christmas Cheer!" - LA Times. Get the best seats today and make memories of a lifetime at Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker www.nutcracker.com

Oliver Jeffers: Here We Are - Books are Magic
December 09, 2017 - Cobble Hill

Books Are Magic is thrilled to host Oliver Jeffers for a special afternoon celebrating his newest book, Here We Are. Oliver Jeffers, arguably the most influential creator of picture books today, offers a rare personal look inside his own hopes and wishes for his child--and in doing so gifts children and parents everywhere with a gently sweet and humorous missive about our world and those who call it home.

Los Pleneros de la 21: Christmas in El Barrio - Kumble Theater
December 10, 2017 - Brooklyn

From the mountain tops of Puerto Rico to the street corners of New York City, the Puerto Rican holiday season is about reaffirming cultural identity and rejoicing in the strength of family and community ties. Music is at the center of the festivities, with friends gathering in groups called parrandas, going from home to home singing traditional aguinaldos into the wee hours of the morning. Experience the holiday season Borinquen-style, as the GRAMMY® Award-nominated musicians of Los Pleneros de la 21 present a musical celebration of Afro-Puerto Rican Christmas traditions.

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts presents Los Pleneros de la 21: Christmas in El Barrio - Kumble Theater at LIU Brooklyn
December 10, 2017 - Brooklyn

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts presents Los Pleneros de la 21: Christmas in El Barrio December 10, 2017 at 3pm Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2017-18 Season at the Kumble Theater at LIU Brooklyn on December 10, 2017 at 3pm with the GRAMMY® Award-nominated musicians of Los Pleneros de la 21, presenting their musical celebration of Afro-Puerto Rican Christmas traditions Christmas in El Barrio. Experience the holiday season in Borinquen-style with Los Pleneros de La 21 – from the mountain tops of Puerto Rico to the street corners of New York City, the Puerto Rican holiday season is about reaffirming cultural identity and rejoicing in the strength of family and community ties. Music is at the center of the festivities, with friends gathering in groups called parrandas, going from home to home singing traditional aguinaldos into the wee hours of the morning. Experience the holiday season Borinquen-style with Los Pleneros de La 21. Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts Kumble Theater at LIU Brooklyn, 1 University Plaza, Brooklyn Online orders: BrooklynCenter.org Box Office: 718-951-4500, Tuesday-Saturday, 1pm-6pm Gr... (read more)

Los Pleneros de la 21: Christmas in El Barrio - Kumble Theater
December 10, 2017 - Brooklyn

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts presents Los Pleneros de la 21:  Christmas in El Barrio Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 3pm & 6pm Second show added at 6pm due to popular demand! Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College is pleased to announce the addition of a second performance of its holiday concert Christmas in El Barrio, featuring the GRAMMY®-nominated musicians of Los Pleneros de la 21, on Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 6pm. Drawing from Afro-Puerto Rican traditions in music and dance, including the percussion driven bomba and plena, Christmas in El Barrio celebrates community, family, and cultural identity. Tickets for this family-friendly holiday event are $25 (with ½ price tickets available for children 12 and under) and can be purchased in advance at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the Brooklyn Center box office at 718-951-4500. Day-of-show tickets should be purchased at Kumble Theater on the downtown Brooklyn campus of LIU, located at 1 University Plaza, or by calling the Kumble Theater box office at 718-488-1624.   About Los Pleneros de la 21 Founded in 1983 by National Heritage Fellow, Juan Gutiérrez, Los Pleneros de la 21 (LP21) is an Ea... (read more)

The World Science Festival and Con Edison Present City of Science 2017 Brooklyn - Park Slope Armory YMCA
December 10, 2017 - Brooklyn

Walk on water. Blast balls into orbit. Defy gravity. City of Science returns to Brooklyn! Join the World Science Festival and Con Edison for this larger-than-life, touring event where the wondrous properties of science, technology, engineering, and math collide. Filled with interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities, and enormous exhibitions, this FREE program unleashes everyone's inner scientist. City of Science is FREE and open to the public. RSVP not required, but encouraged. RSVP HERE!

The Dessoff Choirs Presents Holiday Concert - St. John's Episcopal Church
December 10, 2017 - Brooklyn

Hailed as “one of the great amateur choruses of our time (New York Today) for its “full-bodied sound and suppleness (The New York Times),” The Dessoff Choirs celebrates the holiday season with a trio of festive concerts. Now in its 93rd year, The Dessoff Choirs continues to wow audiences with its seasonal repertoire and contemporary arrangement of carols performed in some of New York City’s most beautiful churches. This season’s offerings include a sing-in of Handel’s Messiah (the quintessential classical music highpoint of the Christmas season), Bernstein’s Simchu na celebrating the start of Hanukkah, and works by New York City-based composers: Ola Gjeilo, Nancy Wertsch, Gregg Smith, and James Bassi—to name a few.

The Brooklyn Nutcracker - Irondale Center
Through December 16, 2017 - Brooklyn

A re-imagined holiday classic, The Brooklyn Nutcracker fuses ballet, hip-hop and a myriad of world dance genres to create a new tradition for today’s audience. The Brooklyn Nutcracker transforms familiar Nutcracker characters and scenes to represent the diverse traditions and vibrant culture of melting pot Brooklyn. Starting from the point of view of old Dutch Brooklyn and leading to the iconic Flatbush Avenue, the production is fresh and full of virtuosity—in essence, a moving Christmas card to the borough Brooklyn Ballet calls home. Performances run December 7-9, 11, & 13-16.

Open (C)All: Truth - BRIC
Through December 17, 2017 - Brooklyn

Closed Mondays We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth, at least the truth that is given us to understand. The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies. ~ Pablo Picasso We live in an era when truth is under assault. In a time of alternative truths and truthiness, we ask that you show us your truth. What is real and true for you? BRIC's open call exhibitions—presented every other year in the Gallery of BRIC House—feature the work of over 125 artists and are open to all members of the BRIC Contemporary Artist Registry. BRIC's Registry is free and open to artists who were born, live, or work in Brooklyn.

Fernanda Mello: Mirror's Inhabitants - BRIC
Through January 07, 2018 - Brooklyn

Working primarily in painting and drawing, Fernanda Mello reinterprets folkloric culture she learned as a child growing up in Brazil. A self-taught artist, Mello derives her artistic inspiration from her studies of South American tribes and shamans of the Amazon region. In Mirror's Inhabitants, she catalogs the life of Davi Kopenawa, an important indigenous shaman from Brazil who advocated for rainforest conservation and indigenous rights in light of the arrival of gold miners and their diseases in his region. Fernanda Mello has exhibited at Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn; the Fort Tilden National Recreation Area; the Regents Canal Festival and The Brick Lane Gallery, both in London; Grand Palais, Paris; Galeria Olho d'Agua, Brasilia; and FilaAC, São Paulo. She is the recipient of an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and currently resides in Brooklyn.

Leigh Davis: An Inquiry into the Ele - BRIC
Through January 07, 2018 - Brooklyn

Closed Mondays Intrigued by the complicated relationship people have with death and grief, Leigh Davis explores the moments directly proceeding, during, or right after someone loses a loved one. Working in a variety of media, Davis creates an archive of End-of-Life Experiences (or ELEs), which can be described as any sort of deathbed coincidence, premonition, change in atmosphere, or peculiar vision. Through interactions with funeral directors, hospice nurses, religious leaders, and people of all spiritual backgrounds, Davis has accumulated an assemblage of images and oral and written accounts that bridge the mystical gap between the earthly realm and that of the spiritual.

Twelfth Night - Theatre for a New Audience, Polonsky Shakespeare Center
Through May 27, 2018 - Brooklyn

By William Shakespeare Directed by Maria Aitken May 10-27, 2018 "If Music Be the Food of Love, Play On!" This Beloved Comedy Is an Engaging Mixture of Mischief, Unrequited Love and Gender Confusion—All Interwoven with Music and Some of Shakespeare's Most Beautiful Language. Shipwrecked in the Alluring Country of Illyria, Twins Viola and Sebastian Each Believe the Other Dead and Embark on Parallel Adventures of Mistaken Identity and Self-Discovery. Tony Nominee Maria Aitken (The 39 Steps) Directs This Co-Production of the Alumni of the Acting Company and Delaware's Resident Ensemble Players (Rep).

The Means of a Ready Escape: Brooklyn's Prospect Park - Prospect Park Alliance
Through September 30, 2018 - Brooklyn

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Prospect Park, Brooklyn Historical Society and Prospect Park Alliance present an exhibition that celebrates the founding vision of the Park, traces its social and historical trajectories, and examines the important role that Prospect Park has played as "Brooklyn's Backyard" for 150 years. The Brooklyn Historical Society is closed on major holidays.

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