It’s basically Christmas party or bust this weekend, so hopefully you haven’t yet tired of the most wonderful time of the year. The good news is you have plenty of options to choose from!
Thursday December 13
• Melissa Czarnik, the Brooklyn-based emcee whose freshman release made some waves, brings her soulful verse to Two Moon for Jazzy Poetics. Watch as she blends hip-hop, jazz, and classical elements live in the intimate coffee house.
312 4th Avenue between 2nd & 3rd Streets, 8:00pm, free.
• The first of the holiday-themed bashes: The Party Machine’s 2nd Annual Holiday Benefit Blowout. The blowout, held at the Bell House, is hosted by “professional party hosts” Arden Myrin and Lisa deLarios and boasts a comedy lineup including Jon Glaser, Janeane Garofalo, Chris Gethard, and Bobby Tisdale. Proceeds benefit Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue and Red Cross Disaster Relief for victims of Sandy. DJed after-party follows the comedy.
149 7th Street between 2nd & 3rd Avenues, 8:00pm (7:30 doors), tickets $15 available here, 21+.
Friday December 14
• More live music! This time around, stop by French-Hungarian joint Cafe Dada for some afro indie jazz by Pyeng Threadgill. Vocalist Pyeng and her backing band will perform a piece written in honor of the season, Snow: Songs of Winter. Pyeng’s music has been heard in downtown venues like Joe’s Pub and at the Montreal Jezz Festival.
57 7th Avenue at Lincoln Place, 8:00pm (doors 7pm), $15 suggested donation.
Saturday December 15
• Dig out your dress robes! The Bell House is celebrating wizard-style with the Harry Potter Yule Ball. The magical evening features live performances from the surprisingly robust Harry Potter-based entertainment niche, including rock bands Harry and the Potters and The Whomping Willows, as well as an appearance by the Potter Puppet Pals (famous for their web videos). Five dollars from each ticket sold benefits the Harry Potter Alliance, a non-profit organization which “us[es] parallels from the Harry Potter books to educate and mobilize young people across the world toward issues of literacy, equality, and human rights.” (That’s a thing?)
149 7th Street between 2nd & 3rd Avenues, 5:00pm, tickets $18 available here.
• If you’ve only got room in your schedule for one holiday fête, Littlefield‘s Winterland Romp might be the one to choose. Calling itself “Christmas in a New Orleans cathouse, circa 1932,” the event promises “sweaty old jazz” by cult favorites The Hot Sardines, burlesque performances by the Ivory Fox and Lefty Lucy, serenades by Maya Solovey, $5 “Rosy Cheeks” holiday punch, free photo booth access, and an appearance by “the elusive Chanukah elf.” Limited-edition event posters will be available for purchase, the proceeds from which will go to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
622 Degraw Street between 3rd & 4th Avenues, 9:00pm (8:00pm doors), tickets $10-18 available here.
Sunday December 16
• Tough Pigs is back at Union Hall for The Muppet Vault: Christmas. The event will include a screening of the classic TV special A Muppet Family Christmas, as well as clips from Christmas specials that have been lost to obscurity. The Muppet Vault always brings plenty of audience participation and sing-alongs, so warm up those vocal cords. Expect giveaways and themed drink specials!
702 Union Street at 5th Avenue, 2:00pm, tickets $8 available here.
• Looking to celebrate something other than the season? Head south to Bar 4 to celebrate the first anniversary of South Slope coffee shop De Luxe. The bar will open early at 5:00pm, serving $1 Miller High Life and $1 shots of Jack until 8pm.
444 7th Avenue at 15th Street, 5:00pm, free.
And don’t forget the holiday craft fairs:
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