It’s not just Super Bowl Sunday this weekend (click here, if you can’t wait). It’s also hip-hop weekend at the BRIC House and it’s the Lunar New Year — and there are plenty of ways to celebrate it all.
First up, BRIC Hip-Hop celebrates Black History Month with film screenings, conversations and the inaugural HOUSEPARTY featuring DJ Quiana Parks. Acme Smoked Fish and Bagel Point in Greenpoint have teamed up to give away lox, bagels and schmear while supplies last on Friday. Plus, a bunch of ongoing shows enter their final weekend of performances.
Saturday morning has Cupid’s Chase 5K in Prospect Park and there’s a Flower Market pop-up at CIBONE. That evening, there’s a classical music tribute to the songs of Taylor Swift. Also Saturday, Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz debut their massive “Giants” exhibit at Brooklyn Museum.
Sunday brings the Big Game to a bunch of venues around town, but first, the 35th Annual Lunar New Year Parade celebrates the Year of the Dragon with a special program, traditional firecrackers, and performances. The lineup begins at 8th Avenue and 50th Street and reaches its finale on 61st Street.
Here are our picks for the best goings-on in the neighborhood:
Friday, February 9
‘Fashion Forward’ at ‘B’ Dry Goods Now through March 30
A new exhibit at “B” Dry Goods in Crown Heights 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 more. 679 Franklin Avenue, Crown Heights. Free
Final weekend of ‘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. Read our piece on the play by Anna Rahmanan. 321 Ashland Place. Tickets start at $59.
Lunar Eclipse Various times
Head to The Brooklyn Hangar on Friday, February 9 to see superstar Tiesto headline this electric dance music experience celebrating Lunar New Year. In addition to Tiesto, Lunar Eclipse will feature a lineup of world-renowned DJs that includes Rezz, Zedd, ISOxo, Knock2, and RL Grime. 2 52nd Street. Ticket prices vary.
BRIC Hip-Hop Weekend Friday and Saturday
During this special Hip-Hop weekend at BRIC House, you’ll have access to everything from the premiere of “Back To Reading Credits with Wes Jackson,” a 6-episode podcast and video series honoring the past and future of hip-hop culture, to the inaugural HOUSEPARTY. DJ Quiana Parks brings her curated nightlife series “Parks & Rec” to Downtown Brooklyn with special guest DJ sets by Mike Nasty, MORESOUPPLEASE, and Quiana herself with live dance performances and artistic video installations. 647 Fulton Street. Tickets start at $10 with a limited number of free tickets.
We Finna Flirt 11 p.m. Doors at 10
Who’s trying to get boo’d up? We Finna Flirt and Raw Honey — two organizations that center QTPOC — are hosting a speed dating and mingling evening for queer and trans people of color with DJs and a raffle in Gowanus. Littlefield, 635 Sackett Street. Tickets start at $6.86.
National Bagel & Lox Day at Acme Smoked Fish 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Acme Smoked Fish in Brooklyn is celebrating all things bagels with their neighbors at Bagel Point for a Greenpoint celebration of National Bagel & Lox Day on Friday. Stop by for a bagel and lox sandwich giveaway and a tasting of Acme’s new Lox in a Box. First come, first served. Choose from The Lexington (Nova & Cream Cheese) or The Greenpoint (Nova, Cream Cheese, Tomato, Capers & Red Onion) served on hand-rolled bagels from Bagel Point. 30 Gem Street. Free.
Last weekend for Dumbo projection ‘Sound the Deep Waters’ Dusk to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday
The Dumbo Projection Project is a neighborhood-wide, outdoor video art exhibition projected onto Dumbo’s 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.
Saturday, February 10
Flower Market Pop-Up at CIBONE Saturday and Sunday
Whether you’re celebrating the Lunar New Year, planning an early Valentine’s surprise, or just seeking a flowery weekend experience, Japanese flower artist Eriko Nagata brings her unique touch to CIBONE next weekend. Nagata, who has collaborated with the Guggenheim Museum and Dior, will curate a selection of flowers available for purchase individually or as a bouquet. If you can’t make it during that weekend, Nagata’s dried flower bouquets will be available at CIBONE while supplies last. 50 Norman Avenue.
Cupid’s Chase 5K Brooklyn 10 a.m.
Community Options, Inc. invites runners, walkers, rollers (baby strollers and wheelchairs) and sponsors to raise funds that make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities at their annual Cupid’s Chase 5K. Register early to secure your early bird discount and guarantee your Cupid’s Chase shirt. Prospect Park at Parkside Avenue and Parade Place. Registration is $45 in advance and $50 the day of.
Brooklyn Pop-Up Winter Artisans Market Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Stop by the Brooklyn Museum’s winter artisans market on Saturday and Sunday morning. Presented in partnership with Brooklyn Pop-Up, this monthly weekend market features local vendors offering one-of-a-kind, handmade artwork, jewelry, fashion, and home goods. This event is free and open to the public. 200 Eastern Parkway.
Arlo Williamsburg X Thrift 2 Death Pop-up Market Saturday and Sunday, early birds at 11 a.m., GA at 1 p.m.
Arlo Williamsburg is hosting Thrift 2 Death, a thrift pop-up market and meet-up community that focuses on sustainability and affordability, for a weekend of shopping on Saturday and Sunday. The event will feature 30 different vendors daily with steals and deals. Buy vintage and Y2K items starting at $5 and up. Plus, they have free Guayaki. 96 Wythe Avenue.
Industry City Ice Rink 12 to 8 p.m., weekends through March 3
The IC Ice Rink in Industry City is open for the season and they’re fully equipped with a heating system to keep you toasty. Complete with an outdoor bar serving hot drinks and snacks, the rink is open until March 3. All tickets are available for a single entry at any time, on the day of your choice, and will grant you access to the rink for one session between 1.5 hours to 2 hours. Industry City Courtyard 5/6 at 51 35th Street. Tickets are $15 to $25.
Candlelight: A Tribute to Taylor Swift Performances at 6:30 and 9 p.m.
Candlelight concerts will perform the music of Taylor Swift in a live, multi-sensory musical experience at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church on Saturday night. Shake it off under the gentle glow of candlelight while you anticipate (another) new T. Swift album in April. 157 Montague Street. Tickets are $35.
Sunday, February 11
35th Annual Lunar New Year Parade Opening Ceremony at 11:00 a.m., parade at 1 p.m.
2024 marks the Year of the Dragon, symbolizing strength, prosperity, good fortune, wisdom and power. Brooklyn Senator Iwen Chu is working with community groups to host this parade which includes a program, firecrackers, and performances. The parade will be led by the Head Lion and their VIP guests, starting at 8th Avenue and 50th Street until its finale on 61st Street.
Lunar New Year at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Join Brooklyn Children’s Museum as we usher in the Year of the Dragon! Learn about the traditions of Lunar New Year through live music, dance performances, and kung fu workshops with the New York Chinese Cultural Center, storytelling with authors Michele Wong McSween and Yobe Qiu, calligraphy workshops with artist Nelson Leung, and a lion dance parade led by the Chinatown Community Young Lions. 145 Brooklyn Avenue. Children over 1 and adults, $15. Grandparents, $14.
Super Bowl LVIII
Kick-off at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, pre-game parties vary
There’s no shortage of options in Brooklyn to watch Taylor Swift watch the Super Bowl on Sunday. Here are a handful of our picks for the best game day viewing options around the borough:
3 Dollar Bill wants you to come for the game and stay for “Justice for Janet.” On the 20th anniversary of Janet Jackson’s infamous wardrobe malfunction — a show which sparked controversy for the legendary artist — drag queen Nicky O presents a night celebrating her iconic career in music with drag performances in Williamsburg. $5. Bk Backyard Barin Williamsburg hosts their third-annual Big Game Sunday Extravaganza, where they’re bringing the spirit of Sin City to Brooklyn. They’re showing The Puppy Bowl Live on Sunday afternoon followed by live performances, DJ sets, open bars, and a Super Bowl watch party. Black Forest Brooklyn serves up German beer in steins and invites you to watch the big game, which will be showing at both locations (Fort Greene and Cobble Hill) on giant screens so all can see. Tickets cost $10 per person and include one-half liter of HB Original, Dunkel, or a soda. Brooklyn Art Haus bills itself as a home for innovative and activist art in Williamsburg. The theater-bar-gallery-studio will be screening the game on its 16′ big screen and serving up boozy drinks, a full menu, plus game day bites and specials. Brooklyn Bowlhosts The Big Game 2024 Viewing Party on 14 screens with concert-quality audio. Come watch Usher’s halftime show and bowl a few frames while you’re at it. Clara’s Bushwick, “the OG place to be for all sports in Bushwick,” is your spot if you’re looking for dive bar vibes over sportsbar mayhem. C’mon Everybody hosts Super Hole in Clinton Hill, a Super Bowl jockstrap and underwear party. We’re not sure if they’re even showing the game but there will be music by William Francis, shows by Charlene, gogo dancers Boy Radio & Elliot, and food by Cali. The Dram Shop Bar in Park Slope is taking reservations for Sunday, when it will be showing the game on six TVs plus a large projector with full sound. Seating starts as early as 5:30 and require a $10 deposit. The bar is first come, first served. Father Knows Bestin Bushwick will be showing the Super Bowl on the big screen, serving wings, sausage dogs and burger-PBR specials. Greenwood Park will be showing the Big Game with sound on all of its 10 screens (four of which are in the winterized outdoor patio in the shadow of Green-Wood Cemetery). The sprawling beer garden will also be offering 50-cent wings and $15 pitchers of Founder’s Solid Gold. IV Purpose in Flatbush bills itself as an ode to Black culture: “We’re not your average sports bar – we’re a vibe.” Forgo the usual and often bland sports bar grub in favor of seasoned Caribbean fare and watch the game on any one of the numerous TVs across two floors at this neighborhood favorite. Keg and Lantern will be showing the game, plus offering an enticing special at all three of its locations (Red Hook, Greenpoint and South Williamsburg): For $29, patrons can get a pitcher of beer and a plate of nachos. Also on offer: trays of wings available for pre-order or pickup. The tray consist of about 50 wings and a four-pack of Keg and Lantern beer for $100, but must be ordered on Saturday. Park Plaza Barnin Brooklyn Heights has an all-you-can-eat buffet for the Bowl. They haven’t shared the menu, but for $87.21 you better walk away stuffed. Sound + Fury is a 6,000 square-foot brewery and kitchen in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn. On Sunday they’ll be offering specials on pitchers, pizza and wings. Reserve your table in advance. The Wicked Monk in Bay Ridge is offering a special catering menu as well as screening the game on site. But why order food to eat at home when you can enjoy it while watching the game at a Gothic Irish monastery-themed sports pub? Time Out Marketkicks off game day with a pre-game party in Dumbo from 3 to 6 p.m. with music from Brooklyn-based DJ Mike Nasty. The game will be presented on screens located throughout the market, as well as on a projector on the 5th floor. There are also prize giveaways taking place throughout the day. Free.