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Free Things to Do in Brooklyn This Week - December 9-December 16

December 9, 2018 - 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.

Lonesome Prairie Dogs with Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Band) - Hank's Saloon
December 09, 2018 - Brooklyn

Abbi Jacobson presents I Might Regret This - Books are Magic
December 10, 2018 - Brooklynl

From the co-creator and co-star of the hit series Broad City, a "poignant, funny, and beautifully unabashed" (Cheryl Strayed) essay collection about love, loss, work, comedy, and figuring out who you really are when you thought you already knew. When Abbi Jacobson announced to friends and acquaintances that she planned to drive across the country alone, she was met with lots of questions and opinions: Why wasn't she going with friends? Wouldn't it be incredibly lonely? The North route is better! Was it safe for a woman? The Southern route is the way to go! You should bring mace! And a common one... why? But Abbi had always found comfort in solitude, and needed space to step back and hit the reset button. As she spent time in each city and town on her way to Los Angeles, she mulled over the big questions-- What do I really want? What is the worst possible scenario in which I could run into my ex? How has the decision to wear my shirts tucked in been pivotal in my adulthood? In this collection of anecdotes, observations and reflections--all told in the sharp, wildly funny, and relatable voice that has endeared Abbi to critics and fans alike--readers will feel like they're in th... (read more)

Greenmarket at Grand Army Plaza - Prospect Park Alliance
December 15, 2018 - Brooklyn

At what other market can you do all your food shopping, sample local wine and explore Brooklyn's favorite park? Established in 1989, the Grand Army Plaza greenmarket is the flagship Brooklyn market. EBT/Food Stamps and WIC & Senior FMNP coupons accepted year-round. For a full calendar of events and a list of sellers, visit GrowNYC.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: Bold & Brave at St. Ann's Church - Books are Magic
December 15, 2018 - Brooklynl

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand presents her new picture book Bold & Brave, about ten suffragists who fought for women's right to vote. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was inspired by her own great-grandmother, grandmother, and mother to be bold and brave—to stand up and fight for what she believes in. But who inspired them? The long chain of women before them who spoke out for what's right—women who taught each generation that followed how to be bold and brave. Here are the stories of ten leaders who strove to win the right to vote for American women—a journey that took more than seventy years of passionate commitment. From well-known figures, such as Susan B. Anthony and Sojourner Truth to lesser known women such as Alice Paul and Mary Church Terrell, these are heroes who dreamed big and never gave up. Senator Gillibrand highlights an important and pithy lesson from each woman's life—from "dare to be different" to "fight together." On the eve of the one-hundredth anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment, which granted women suffrage, Bold & Brave looks both backward and forward. It introduces children to strong women who have raised their voices on behalf of justice—and insp... (read more)

The Prisoner - Theatre for a New Audience at Polonsky Shakespeare Center
Through December 16, 2018 - Brooklyn

Peter Brook, an English theatre artist, has been based in France since the early 1970s. His awards include multiple Tony and Emmy Awards and an Olivier Award. He is recognized as one of the most influential directors working today. In The Prisoner Brook and his longtime collaborator, Marie-Hélène Estienne examine the complexities of crime, justice, and compassion in a breathtaking new international production. A man sits alone outside a prison. Who is he, and what is he doing there? Is he free, or is he the prisoner?

Yo Re Mi Music and Movement - Spark by Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through December 21, 2018 - Brooklyn

Yo Re Mi Music and Movement Friday, 10:45 – 11:45 am Ages 9 to 36 months Brooklyn’s own waterfront offers endless ways to explore nature up close! We’ll get our hands a little dirty, have a close look at some of the plants and animals in our Brooklyn backyard, and create hands-on projects inspired by our outdoor adventures. Friday: twelve (12) sessions from September 28 - December 21, 2018. $396 for the fall session. (We will skip November 23 for the Thanksgiving holiday.) Note that classes are designed as a partner class for children and caregivers. SPARK offers registered semester-long classes featuring art, language, music, and movement for children ages 9 months to 5 years and their caregivers. • All classes take place at SPARK, 1 John Street, Bklyn, NY 11201 • Sessions are taught by professional Teaching Artists • Class size limited to 12 children and their caregivers. • Advanced registration required • Tuition: $396per child for the 12-week session (10% discount for BCM Passport Members) Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Schedule and offerings subject to change. Tuition is nonrefundable and nontransferable. Register online... (read more)

Wild Waterfront - Spark by Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through December 21, 2018 - Brooklyn

Wild Waterfront Friday, 9:30 – 10:30 am Ages 2 to 5 years Brooklyn’s own waterfront offers endless ways to explore nature up close! We’ll get our hands a little dirty, have a close look at some of the plants and animals in our Brooklyn backyard, and create hands-on projects inspired by our outdoor adventures. Friday: twelve (12) sessions from September 28 - December 21, 2018. $396 for the fall session. (We will skip November 23 for the Thanksgiving holiday.) Note that classes are designed as a partner class for children and caregivers. SPARK offers registered semester-long classes featuring art, language, music, and movement for children ages 9 months to 5 years and their caregivers. • All classes take place at SPARK, 1 John Street, Bklyn, NY 11201 • Sessions are taught by professional Teaching Artists • Class size limited to 12 children and their caregivers. • Advanced registration required • Tuition: $396per child for the 12-week session (10% discount for BCM Passport Members) Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Schedule and offerings subject to change. Tuition is nonrefundable and nontransferable. Register online at brooklynkid... (read more)

NYXL Shop & LAN - NYXL Shop & LAN
Through December 23, 2018 - Brooklyn

New York Excelsior (or ‘NYXL’) - New York’s first-ever professional esports team To celebrate New York’s massive, local gaming community, New York's first professional esports franchise, the New York Excelsior, is excited to open its retail shop and gaming center in Brooklyn, NY. Following NYXL’s historic, inaugural season in the Overwatch League, fans and gaming enthusiasts are invited to attend the “NYXL Shop and LAN” each weekend from November 16th through December 23rd to play Overwatch and other popular games. Fans will also gain access to exclusive product drops from local artists and brands, engage in weekly competitions against other local gamers in New York and enjoy food and beverages from NYC-based vendors. Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday November 16 - December 23 Shop hours: Friday: 2PM-12AM Saturday: 12PM-12AM Sunday: 12PM-8PM

Airplane Mode: Free Weekly Comedy Show in Park Slope - Cherry Tree
Through December 27, 2018 - New York

Airplane Mode is a weekly stand-up comedy show hosted by Raghav Mehta, Rebecca O’Neal, Rohan Padyhe and Geoffrey Asmus at Cherry Tree Bar in Park Slope right next to the Barclay's Center. Every Thursday @ 8pm Airplane Mode showcases the best stand-up comedians in NYC and the world for FREE. These comedians have been featured on Comedy Central, NETFLIX, HBO, CONAN and the Tonight Show. So make sure to see them before they are famous. This week's show features Chloe Radcliffe (CONAN’s Comics to Watch) Tyler Fischer (America’s Got Talent), Randall Otis (Above Average), Gena Gephart (Laugh Factory), and Donnie Sengstack (Winner of Funniest Comic in Baltimore).

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