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Free Things to Do in Brooklyn This Week - February 11-February 18

February 11, 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.

Magic at Coney!!! - The Sunday Matinee - Coney Island Museum
February 11, 2018 - Brooklyn

Lunar New Year Celebration - Kumble Theater
February 11, 2018 - Brooklyn

Celebrate the oncoming arrival of spring with an all-new festival of Chinese music and dance commemorating the Year of the Dog, faithful guardian and loyal friend to mankind. This family-friendly event includes graceful dancers, a colorful Chinese marketplace, red lions and golden dragons frolicking to the lilting sounds of traditional instruments, and more. Enjoy the elegant splendor and rich culture of one of Brooklyn’s most vibrant communities with this award-winning performance by the prestigious Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company.

Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet - Books are Magic
February 12, 2018 - Cobble Hill

Whether or not you believe in fate, or luck, or love at first sight, every romance has to start somewhere. Meet Cute is an anthology of original short stories featuring tales of "how they first met" from some of today's most popular YA authors. Writers Ibi Zoboi, Jocelyn Davies, Mallory Kass, Katie Cotugno, and Huntley Fitzpatrick share their work!

Ask Me Another - The Bell House
February 12, 2018 - Brooklyn

Puzzlemaster Will Shortz and Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! host Peter Sagal walk into a bar... No, it's not the start of a joke. It's the essence of Ask Me Another, a rambunctious hour that blends brainteasers and local pub trivia night with comedy and music. Host Ophira Eisenberg invites in-studio guests and listeners alike to stretch their noggins, tickle their funny bones, and enjoy witty banter and guitar riffs from house musician Jonathan Coulton. For an hour, listeners can play along as Eisenberg puts questions to a rotating band of puzzle gurus, audience members and special mystery guests, who then takes a turn in the contestant's chair facing trivia games written especially for him or her. What you'll hear resembles the casual intimacy of game night at a friend's house: one where scores are forgotten in favor of hilarious gaffes.

Elif Batuman: the Idiot Paperback Release - Books are Magic
February 13, 2018 - Cobble Hill

Elif Batuman stops by Books Are Magic to celebrate the paperback release of her New York Times Notable book of 2017, The Idiot! With superlative emotional and intellectual sensitivity, mordant wit, and pitch-perfect style, Batuman dramatizes the uncertainty of life on the cusp of adulthood. The Idiot is a heroic yet self-effacing reckoning with the terror and joy of becoming a person in a world that is as intoxicating as it is disquieting.

Tal National - Littlefield
Through February 13, 2018 - Brooklyn

World Music Institute is thrilled to present Tal National at Brooklyn's Littlefield on February 23, two weeks after the release of the band's newest album Tantabara on Fat Cat Records. By the time Tal National reached international acclaim with 2013’s Kaani, the band’s first release outside of Niger, they had spent more than a decade crisscrossing Niger, usually on dirt pathways through the Sahara, playing epic five-hour sets, seven days a week, selling their CDs on street corners. In the process, they became Niger’s most popular band. Audiences in the West and critics quickly embraced the band’s singular and well-honed sound.

Francisco Cantu: the Line Becomes a River & Tom Sleigh: the Land Between Two Rivers W/ Phil Klay - Books are Magic
February 14, 2018 - Cobble Hill

This Valenties Day we're talking about a broader kind of love, a sense of global compassion and empathy. Books Are Magic is thrilled to host three fantastic writers for a discussion about borders, migration, and the global refugee crisis. Fransisco Cantu launches his memoir The Line Becomes a River, about his time as a border patrol agent along the U.S./ Mexico border, and Tom Sleigh launches his essay collection The Land Between Two Rivers, about his time in war zones and refugee camps in Africa and the Middle East. Phil Klay, author of Redeployment, will moderate the conversation.

Phil & Anne’s Good Time Lounge’s Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe Dinner Menu & Show with Vita Thorne - Phil & Anne's Good Time Lounge
February 14, 2018 - Brooklyn

This Valentine's Day, Phil & Anne's Good Time Lounge is offering a prix fixe menu and show with Vita Thorne. Guests will enjoy an offering of appetizers, entrees and desserts such as Seared Scallops, Butternut Squash Gnocchi and Beef Wellington. What better way to end Valentine’s Day dinner than with Tiramisu? For $110, guests can enjoy a wonderful dinner and show at 9:00 PM to make this Valentine’s Day a memorable one.

Melissa Albert: The Hazel Wood - Books are Magic
February 15, 2018 - Cobble Hill

Welcome Melissa Albert to celebrate her fiercely anticipated fantasy YA novel, The Hazel Wood! About the book: Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice's life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice's grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: Her mother is stolen away?by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother's stories are set. Alice's only lead is the message her mother left behind: "Stay away from the Hazel Wood." Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother's cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother's tales began?and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.

Daniel Salmieri: Bear and Wolf - Books are Magic
February 16, 2018 - Cobble Hill

Daniel Salmieri leads a special presentation of his first book as both author and illustrator, Bear and Wolf. They're young and curious, slipping easily into friendship as they amble along together, seeing new details in the snowy forest. Together they spy an owl overhead, look deep into the frozen face of the lake, and contemplate the fish sleeping below the surface. Then it's time to say goodbye: for Bear to go home and hibernate with the family and for Wolf to run with the pack. Daniel Salmieri's debut as author/illustrator is a beautifully rendered story of friendship and the subtle rhythm of life when we are open to the world and to each other.

Melissa Febos: Abandon Me Paperback Release - Books are Magic
February 16, 2018 - Cobble Hill

Melissa Febos celebrates the paperback release of Abandon Me, named one of the best books of 2017 by several outlets including Esquire, Refinery29, LitHub, BookRiot, Medium, Electric Literature, The Brooklyn Rail, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Largehearted Boy, The Coil and The Cut. To help celebrate her paperback, Melissa will be joined by a panel of emerging queer writers including:

PAT'S HOUSE PARTY - The Bell House
February 16, 2018 - New York

This event is 21 and over Brooklyn Live presents a House Music Dance Party hosted by DJ Pat with special guests DJ Rachel Diaz and Sandcastles with Preston and Friends.

2nd Annual COMPASS Safety Symposium - St. Francis College
February 17, 2018 - Brooklyn

DYCD is excited to offer a unique training opportunity to our COMPASS Programs on: 2nd Annual COMPASS Program Safety Symposium, on Saturday, February 17, 2018, with Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jay Findling, Director of Emergency Readiness, Safety, and Security at the NYC Department of Education, Office of Safety and Youth Development This symposium seeks to offer best practices and knowledge on regulatory procedures, building a culture of safety, and identifying challenges with participants in the areas of child abuse, trauma, and gang awareness. Through a wide selection of trainings and workshops being offered, attendees will leave with resources and tools to develop a strategic vision and approach to ensuring a safe environment in COMPASS programs.

Storytime with Christopher Silas Neal: I Won't Eat That - Books are Magic
February 17, 2018 - Cobble Hill

Join author and illustrator Christopher Silas Neal for a storytime with his delightful new picture book, I Won't Eat That! Neal's retro-style illustrations and easy-to-follow story are the perfect match for even the pickiest eaters — and the patient souls that feed them.

Daniel Beaty: Emergency - Kumble Theater
February 17, 2018 - Brooklyn

"We can overcome if we change the way we see, see ourselves, see our past, see our possibility." - Daniel Beaty from Emergency When a slave ship emerges out of the Hudson River in present-day New York Harbor, the city and the nation are sent into near-hysteria as they try to understand this bizarre and unexplainable phenomenon. Award-winning actor/writer/poet/community activist Daniel Beaty portrays more than 40 characters in this solo theatrical tour-de-force as he explores our shared humanity and what it means to be free. Through the characters’ various testimonies on identity and personal freedom, Emergency weaves an intricately woven, witty, and moving commentary on modern African American life.

Tainted Love - 80's Dance Party with Dj Jane Elizabeth - February Edition! - The Bell House
February 17, 2018 - Brooklyn

Soft Cell's pioneering 1981 cover of the Northern Soul classic, "Tainted Love," is the inspiration for this awesome 80s dance party. Building on a solid foundation of New Wave, we'll dig deeper into the catalog of massive hits and overlooked misses from the late 70s through the early 90s - pivotal years in musical history that blurred the lines between Analog and Digital, Disco and Synthpop, Funk and Hip-Hop. A time when Alternative was called Post-Punk, Indie actually meant independent, and Throbbing Gristle's "Hot on the Heels of Love" surely could have been alongside Blondie's "Heart of Glass" on the charts...with today's perspective. Other passions include CBGB-era New York, Batcave-era London - Punk Rock, Glam Rock, Kraut Rock, Girl Rock, Dad Rock, Rockabilly, Ska, Machine Soul, Blue-Eyed Soul, Darkwave, Coldwave - plus some guilty pleasures in the (strictly) Old-School Rap department.

Storytime with Marcie Colleen: Love, Triangle - Books are Magic
February 18, 2018 - Cobble Hill

Join us for storytime with acclaimed author Marcie Colleen, reading her new book Love, Triangle, a hilariously clever geometry-inspired picture with drawings from popular illustrator Bob Shea. Ever since they were a dot and a speck, Circle and Square have been best friends... Then someone new comes along: a cool, exciting Triangle. And three starts to feel like a crowd... With their friendship bent out of shape, can they put it back together again?

Daniel Beaty: Emergency - Kumble Theater
February 18, 2018 - Brooklyn

"We can overcome if we change the way we see, see ourselves, see our past, see our possibility." - Daniel Beaty from Emergency When a slave ship emerges out of the Hudson River in present-day New York Harbor, the city and the nation are sent into near-hysteria as they try to understand this bizarre and unexplainable phenomenon. Award-winning actor/writer/poet/community activist Daniel Beaty portrays more than 40 characters in this solo theatrical tour-de-force as he explores our shared humanity and what it means to be free. Through the characters’ various testimonies on identity and personal freedom, Emergency weaves an intricately woven, witty, and moving commentary on modern African American life.

Closed for Private Event - The Bell House
February 18, 2018 - Brooklyn

American Escape Artist starring Thomas Solomon - Coney Island Museum
Through February 23, 2018 - Brooklyn

"American Escape Artist" showcases the award-winning and original escapes of Thomas Solomon, recognized by the Academy of Magical Arts as the World’s Greatest Escape Artist." With two network television specials under his belt, his performances at Coney Island will feature exciting presentations on classical magic and the unique escape artistry that has audiences standing and cheering. Friday nights in February 2, 9, 16, 23, 2018 at 8pm

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company to Celebrate a Joyful the Year of the Dog - Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts' Kumble Theater and other NY Locations
Through March 01, 2018 - Brooklyn

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company to Celebrate a Joyful the Year of the Dog The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company proudly announces the Company's upcoming production for the Celebration of the Lunar New Year of the Dog at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts on February 11th, 2018 at 3pm. In addition, this fantastic production will also be presented by Kupferberg Center for the Performing Arts in Queens on February 28 and March 1, 2018 at 10:30am, at the College of Staten Island on February 27th, 2018 at 10am, and at Lehman College in the Bronx on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 10am and 11:30am, as well as the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ on February 8 and 9, 2018 at 10am and 12:30pm and February 10, 2018 at 2pm and 7pm. These performances will include festive traditional dances, new work, music, visual art and crafts, showcasing the diverse talents of Asian American artists from the NY/NJ area, and that of the Company, whose mission is to foster cross-cultural understanding and developing new works that bring together the dynamic freedom of American spirit with the grace and splendor of Asian art. For this celebration, in which many New York and New Jersey audie... (read more)

Explore Walks: Brooklyn Bridge and Lower Manhattan Walking Tour - Brooklyn Borough Hall
Through June 01, 2018 - Brooklyn

Let the entire city be your museum! Our guided walking tour starts in downtown Brooklyn and explores the history and evolving present of Brooklyn as we cross the world's most famous bridge. The tour continues up through Chinatown and back to Lower Manhattan, passing some of the most historic sites and diverse architecture in all of New York. Sites like Federal Hall, Wall Street, African Burial Ground, World Trade Center, and many more that might otherwise fly beneath the radar! The tour finishes steps from the 9/11 Memorial and Museum and ferries to the Statue of Liberty, perfect for continuing your trip!

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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