Hear comic writers and illustrators discuss their work, check out a documentary, recycle your old Walkman, and more stuff happening in the neighborhood this weekend:
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Youth Dreamers
When: Saturday, January 18, 1pm
Where: Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza
What: Ahead of the holiday on Monday, celebrate Dr. King’s legacy with readings and performances by young poets and the student musicians of the Noel Pointer Foundation.
How much: Free!
Annie Mok: Screentests
When: Saturday, January 18, 7pm
Where: Bergen Street Comics, 470 Bergen Street
What: Cartoonist Annie Mok reads from her new work, Screentests. She’ll be joined by Rebecca Mock, Kat Mukai, Laura Knetzger, and O. Horvath. A Q&A and signing will follow the readings.
How much: Free!
Crazy $ince Da 90$
When: Saturday, January 18, 10:30pm
Where: Union Hall, 702 Union Street
What: Put your jeans on backwards and dance to the hits of the ’90s while drinking $6 gin and juice specials all night long.
How much: $5 before midnight, $8 after, tickets available in advance
Recycle Your Electronics
When: Sunday, January 19, 10am-4pm
Where: Prospect Park, 3rd Street entrance on Prospect Park West
What: Drop off both working and non-working electronics, and the Lower East Side Ecology Center will take them off your hands for either refurbishing or recycling. See the list of what they’ll accept and additional details here.
When: Sunday, January 19, 5pm
Where: Barbès, 376 9th Street
What: Due to a logging practice known as clear-cutting, the spruce tree that the acoustic guitar has been manufactured from for hundreds of years is on the brink of disappearing. In this documentary, owners of the top guitar makers unite with Greenpeace in the hope of finding a sustainable solution.
How much: $5 suggested donation
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Programs In Prospect Park
When: Monday, January 20
Where: Prospect Park
What: The park is open and hosting several events, including a number of free activities from 12-4pm, like Nature on the Go at the Audubon Center and a community conversation about King at the Lefferts Historic House. The zoo will also be open from 10-4:30pm, and there’s a special program for young tennis pros at the Tennis Center.
Photo via Musicwood