9 Things To Do In Park Slope This Weekend

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Paul Auster via FB

A Christmas tale told by a local author, puppets teaching counting, live painting, and lots more to check out in the area this weekend:

Holiday Shop At PS 321
When: Saturday, December 7, 10am-5pm
Where: PS 321, 180 7th Avenue
What: Local artists and emerging independent designers will showcase their one-of-a-kind, handcrafted, or limited edition creations. While you shop, the kids can check out some fun activities. Plus, there’s a raffle, where you could win the biggest stuffed bear we’ve ever seen.
How much: Free!

Brooklyn Holiday Book Fair
When: Saturday, December 7, 11am-5pm
Where: The Old Stone House, 336 3rd Street
What: The second annual fair is not just a chance to pick up great gifts from many Brooklyn independent booksellers who will be there. At 4pm local author Paul Auster will read his Brooklyn holiday classic, Auggie Wren’s Christmas Story — just be sure to get there early, because they’re expecting a big crowd.
How much: Free!

123 Sesame And Me
When: Saturday, December 7, 1pm
Where: Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza
What: A high-energy stage production featuring a total of 15 lookalike puppets, including Elmo, Cookie Monster, Big Bird, and more.
How much: Free!

Flatbush Artists Holiday Art Sale
When: Saturday, December 7 & Sunday, December 8, 1-7pm
Where: 502 9th Street, between 7th & 8th Avenues
What: Looking for a unique gift for someone on your list? Check out work including painting, photography, drawing, and more from 15 Brooklyn artists. There will also be performances by poet AJA.
How much: Free!

‘Fab’ Singalong
When: Saturday, December 7, 1-3pm
Where: Music Together of Park Slope, 386 1st Street
What: Join author Jere Hester to celebrate the release of Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family. Music Together teachers will lead a karaoke jam and singalong, featuring some “fab” classics. The first five families to arrive will receive a gift bag with copies of the book and CDs by Music Together teachers. Copies of the book will be available for signing by the author.
How much: Free!

Kototama: Sugita Koki Exhibition Opening Reception
When: Saturday, December 7, 2-4pm
Where: J-LABO Brooklyn, 300 7th Street
What: A show that runs through December 20 will showcase the work of an artist exploring a new technique (shown in the video above) involving the use of calligraphy Tatami matting, which was traditionally made from woven straw. He’ll be at the opening working on paintings, with music by Masayo Ishigure.
How much: Free!

Jon Samson In Concert
When: Saturday, December 7, 4:30pm
Where: Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Concert Hall, 58 7th Avenue
What: A benefit concert for BCM’s Music Therapy program by award-winning children’s composer, performer, and music therapist Jon Samson.
How much: $15 available in advance

Hip Tot Holiday Extravaganza
When: Sunday, December 8, 11am
Where: Shapeshifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place
What: Santa will be on hand at this music-filled event featuring Suzi Shelton, Jolly Pops, and Melanie Hope Greenberg. Plus, enjoy free crafts, face painting, and giveaways.
How much: $10 in advance, $15 at the door, non-walkers are free

Classical Interludes: Irina Nuzova
When: Sunday, December 8, 4pm
Where: Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza
What: The Russian pianist will perform works by Schubert, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Scriabin, and three pieces of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliette. Children under the age of 6 will not be admitted.
How much: Free!

Photo via Paul Auster

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