Yes, everybody is tired. But the weekend is here, and Brooklyn has plenty to get you out and about.
McNally Jackson comes to The William Vale on Friday afternoon for a good old-fashioned book swap. Plus, there’s a ‘”Saltburn” party on Friday night at 3 Dollar Bill (we shudder to think what the specialty cocktail might be).
Saturday brings the Polar Bear Half & 5K in Prospect Park in the morning, and the Nets take on the Rockets that night at Barclays Center.
Get an early start on the Lunar New Year at the Brooklyn Museum on Sunday afternoon, where you can enjoy a lion dance performance by the Chinese Freemasons Athletic Club. There’s also a comedy fundraiser for Gaza at The Bell House that night.
See what Brooklyn has in store for your weekend below.
Friday, January 26
‘Fashion Forward’ at ‘B’ Dry Goods Through March 30
A new exhibit at “B” Dry Goods in Crown Heights an presents a wide-ranging celebration of the fashion arts, featuring original paintings and drawings by designers Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Balmain, Hubert de Givenchy, Karl Lagerfeld, Alexander McQueen, Christian Lacroix, Antonio Lopez, Christian Dior and others, as well as original textiles, garments, ephemera and contemporary artworks which straddle or investigate the art and fashion worlds. The show also presents original garments and accessories worn or advertised by figures such as Josephine Baker, David Hockney, Frank Zappa, Maria Callas, Duke Ellington, Paul Newman and others. 679 Franklin Avenue, Crown Heights. Free
‘Our Class’ at BAM Performances now through February 11
“Our Class,” the award-winning play by Tadeusz Słobodzianek, will be performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music now through February 11. Featuring an ensemble of artists from around the world, “Our Class” is based on 10 classmates — five Jewish and five Catholic — as they grow up as playmates, friends, and neighbors, then turn on one another with life-and-death consequences. Inspired by real-life events surrounding a horrific 1941 pogrom in the small village of Jedwabne, Poland, the play spans eight decades in a contemporary new production, directed by Jewish, Ukrainian-born director Igor Golyak. 321 Ashland Place. Tickets start at $59.
Restaurant Week hits Brooklyn Various times and locations
Restaurant week is here and you can find deals on the best Brooklyn restaurants from Bay Ridge to Bushwick. Among the 62 restaurants participating this winter are Buttermilk Channel in Carrol Gardens, Esme in Greenpoint, and Bleu Fin Bar & Grill in Crown Heights. Check out the full list of participating Brooklyn restaurants and save the Top Ramen for next weekend.
The Exponential Festival Times and venues vary
Exponential is a month-long Brooklyn-based theater festival dedicated to New York City-based emerging artists working in experimental performance. With an emphasis on inclusiveness and a diversity of artists, forms, and ideas, the festival is being held at locations throughout the borough, including the Brick, the Brick Aux, Jack, Target Margin Theater, Loading Dock Theatre, Cloud City and We Are Here. Full lineup here.
Dumbo Projection Project Dusk to 10 p.m., Thursday to Saturday
The Dumbo Projection Project is a neighborhood-wide, outdoor video art exhibition projected onto Dumbo’s most iconic infrastructure, the Manhattan Bridge, on both the Pearl Street and Adams Street sides, and along the BQE in Susan Smith McKinney Steward Park. The current projection is titled Natural Possibilities and it translates innermost musings and projected desires into abstract digitizations.
Book Swap with McNally Jackson 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Connect with fellow bookworms and kickstart your reading goals for 2024 with a Book Swap event co-hosted by McNally Jackson. Explore new selections in The Foyer at The William Vale by bringing gently used books (including children’s books) to exchange or donate. There will be a station to wrap the books and write quick descriptions. 111 N 12th Street.
Thorgy Thor hosts Rupaul’s Drag Race screenings 7 p.m.
Thorgy Thor of Rupaul’s Drag Race hosts Season 16 viewing parties live each week at TailGate Outdoor Sports Bar. Come see the show, Thor and special guest performers Miz Jade, Ginger Von Snap and Brooklyn’s finest performers each week. DJ CJ holds down the fort on the turn tables. Expect raffle prizes and Tequila shots for no reason! 86 North 11th Street. Tickets are $13.
Haus Party: Anniversary Show! 8 p.m.
As seen on Showtime, Zach Teague & Drew Lausch are coming out of early retirement to bring back their hit queer variety show, Haus Party, for its 5th birthday. Featuring New York’s best comedians and drag queens, and a wild late-night after-party with DJ Jenny Lion. Bell House, 149 Seventh Street. $19.50.
‘Saltburn,’ The Party 10 p.m.
Inspired by “Saltburn,” its music, outfits and “bisexual moments,” Saltburn, The Party may even end like the movie with a naked romp through the venue. Get your absolute bisexual freak on at 3 Dollar Bill on Friday night. 260 Meserole Street. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
Saturday, January 27
Ice Skating at Brooklyn Bridge Park Open now through March 1
The first-ever ice rink beneath the Brooklyn Bridge is open to the public until March. Glide offers scenic views of Manhattan, food and drink selections, and a new spot for ice skating this winter. Discounts and free tickets are available for residents. See Glide’s website for details. Emily Warren Roebling Plaza 11201. Tickets are $10 for kids, $15 for adults
Polar Bear Half & 5K 10 a.m.
The Polar Bear Half & 5K is the fourth and final stop of the NYC Parks Winter Series. Choose from a Half Marathon or a 5K and take a scenic tour of Prospect Park on Saturday morning. After your run or walk, grab your Polar Bear shirt, “polar bear medal,” and snacks from All Round Foods. Park Side Avenue and Parade Place 11215. Registration cost $40.
Brooklyn Nets vs. Houston Rockets 6 p.m.
Come see the Nets take on the Houston Rockets at this special kid-friendly home game at Barclays Center on Saturday evening. The first 5K fans in the door will receive Mikal Bridges Bobbleheads. 620 Atlantic Avenue. Tickets start at $39.
Sunday, January 28
Tu BiShvat Maker’s Space 2 p.m.
Calling all budding inventors, builders, and creators: join Hannah Senesh Community Day School’s kid-friendly, tech-free maker space for a morning of environmental explorations and fun. Activities will include arts and crafts using recycled materials, a seed planting workshop, design and build competitions, Tu BiShvat music and sing-a-long, story time and more. This event is open to the greater Brooklyn Jewish community. 342 Smith Street. Tickets are $5.
Sunday Art: Lunar New Year Celebration at Brooklyn Museum 2 p.m.
Bring the family to this free drop-in program celebrating Lunar New Year at the Brooklyn Museum. Attendees can create art inspired by the collection and enjoy a lion dance performance by the Chinese Freemasons Athletic Club. 200 Eastern Parkway. Free with museum admission.
Sound Bath Sunday 2 p.m.
Join Synchro Events & Transformational Tones for an afternoon of healing vibes, featuring a sound bath by KT The Alchemist, and DJ sets by Wandering Woo, Neeko, Cobi, Lunatik, and IX. You can choose from optional blacklight body paint, a manifestation station, vendors, fresh vegan food by Mojos and herbal healing drinks. This collaboration with Synchro Events & Transformational Tones aims to revive your energy, ground you, and bring peace for the week ahead. Just bring an open mind, a yoga mat or blanket, a pillow, and comfortable clothes. 148 Frost Street. Tickets are $23.
‘Clueless’ movie party 7 p.m.
Before reinventing Jane Austen became cliché, Amy Heckerling adapted the classic story of “Emma” into a hilarious, insanely clever satire of adolescence in Beverly Hills. At this special interactive screening of “Clueless,” Alamo Draft House Brooklyn invites you to roll with the homies and say all of our favorite lines together, plus, they’ll have props to help us pretend that, for one glorious night, we’re the Class of ’95 at Bronson Alcott High School. 445 Albee Square West. Tickets are $24.
Comedy Fundraiser For Gaza 8 p.m.
Some of the city’s best comedians come together to perform in solidarity with the people of Gaza on Sunday night at The Bell House. All profits from the night go to MedGlobal’s Gaza Emergency Appeal, a humanitarian charitable non-governmental organization that provides emergency response and health programs to build resilience among vulnerable communities around the world. 149 7th Street (Between Second and Third Avenues). Tickets are $51.