It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Oscars time! Have you seen all the films? Any predictions? Any favorites? I finally saw Silver Linings Playbook last weekend and have to say I didn’t love it. Do you disagree? Let’s chat.
We’ve got a couple viewing parties on the Planner this week, but there’s also plenty to do that is non-Academy-Awards related. Check it out.
Thursday February 21
• The Gate kicks off NYC Beer Week one night early with a preview of their first vintage brew, the Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA from 2009. The bar describes it as “a top notch and highly regarded glass of insanity” and warns that there isn’t much of it. Get some while you can!
321 Fifth Avenue at 3rd Street, tapping starts at 9:00 p.m.
Friday February 22
• Spoke the Hub is hosting a potluck dinner and slideshow in celebration of their Live Art in Death Valley show, a project about 87 year old ballerina/painter Marta Becket and her historic Amargosa Opera House in Death Valley, CA. It’s perfect for anyone who missed the preview performance in January, or for those who are interested in hearing more about the rebel ballerina and her life’s work. There will also be a chance to talk about ways in which you can help sustain the Opera House– the group is currently seeking grant writers and architects.
748 Union Street at 6th Avenue, 7:30-9:30 p.m., free with potluck contribution (RSVP here with what you plan to bring)
Saturday February 23
• Brooklyn Bandanza is back for its third year, bringing kid and teen bands from Brooklyn Music Factory, Gowanus Music Club, Willie Mae Rock Camp, and more to the Littlefield stage to raise money for PS 261. The event will also feature a “complete the lyrics” contest, a rock & roll makeover and photo shoot, a full bar for the grown-ups, and– a crowd favorite– the 3rd annual air guitar contest. All proceeds benefit arts enrichment programs at PS 261.
622 Degraw Street between 3rd & 4th Avenues, 12:30-4:00 p.m., $5 for kids & $10 for adults, tickets available here.
• Stoop favorite Greg Johnson is back at Union Hall with friends for another live comedy show. Special guests this week include Tom McCaffrey and Erik Bergstrom. Go, say hi, share a drink after the show, and make a new friend.
702 Union Street at Fifth Avenue, 8:00 p.m. (7:30 doors), $5 tickets available here.
• Don’t forget to stop by the Just Salad grand opening, and bring a friend to get the most bang for your buck!
Sunday February 24
• It’s Oscars time! High Dive (243 Fifth Avenue) is hosting its 3rd-annual, no-fuss Oscars party so stop by at 7:00 p.m.for some booze, cheese, crackers, and ballots. For something on a bit of a grander scale, join Witstream at the Bell House for their Oscars-viewing shindig. Comedians Dave Hill and Jena Friedman emcee the night, which features competitive Oscar predicting, a streaming live feed of Twitter’s funniest comedians and their Oscar reactions, and themed drink specials.
Bell House is located at 149 Seventh Street between 2nd & 3rd Avenues, 7:00 p.m., free.
Photo via Nico Steyn