Can you feel it, guys? Spring? It’s coming. The sun was shining today. Flowers are at the markets. Spring styles are coming into the store windows. I bought a pair of high-waisted pleated denim shorts from Hooti Couture, which may end up being ridiculous, but are so symbolic of BBQs and warm days and cold beers that just looking at them makes me happy.
Speaking of cold beers, Urban Brew Festival is this weekend! As are a lot of other exciting events, many of which are literary based. Of course they are. It’s Park Slope. Check it out:
Thursday February 28
• It’s an evening filled with literature! More specifically– literary journeys. Matthew Goodman and Christopher Stewart are joining together at Community Bookstore tonight to discuss their latest books. Goodman’s Eighty Days tells the true story of Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland, two Victorian women who set out to travel around the world in less than eighty days. Stewart’s Jungleland is also a true adventure story, reaching into the jungles of Honduras. Listen to some readings and pick up a copy for yourself!
143 Seventh Avenue between Carroll Street & Garfield Place, 7:00 p.m., free.
• Over at the Old Stone House, local accomplished playwrights present their latest works-in-progress in New Plays By Brooklyn Playwrights, as curated by Rosemary Moore. Drinks and snacks will be provided.
336 Third Street at 5th Avenue, 8:00-10:00 p.m., $5 suggested donation.
Friday March 1
• Ever been to a roller derby ball? Me neither! But now that I know such a thing exists, I think I need to go. Littlefield is host to this weekend’s 2013 Derbytaunt Ball, organized by Gotham Girls Roller Derby, which, granted, sounds a little niche-y but it’s probably a really good, weird time. The annual party introduces rookies and transfers to derby society, who are assigned to their teams in a “dramatic ceremony.” Beer is provided by Brooklyn Brewery, and food comes from Rosamunde. All proceeds help fund the Gotham Girls charitable mission to bring female amateur athletes to national and international competition levels.
622 Degraw Street between 3rd & 4th Avenues, 9:00 p.m. (8:30 doors), $15 at the door, $10 in advance, tickets available here.
Saturday March 2
• NYC Beer Week is coming to a close; why not help it go out with a bang? Littlefield is hosting the first ever Urban Brew Festival, a celebration of the craft brewing experience. The event will feature more than 50 of the best craft and specialty brewers in two sessions: first, from 1:00-4:00 p.m.; second, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. VIP ticket holders can be admitted an hour early, getting access to all the beer and snacks before the rest of the crowd arrives.
622 Degraw Street between 3rd & 4th Avenues; 1:00pm & 6:00pm; general admission $49, VIP tickets $58, available here.
• Don’t forget about the Brooklyn Boulders Climb-a-thon followed by Sheep Station happy hour.
Sunday March 3
• The Community Bookstore/PS 321 collaboration Writers Series returns this weekend, during which three sports journalists who are also PS 321 parents will discuss influential contemporary books about sports. Sharing their insights are Steve Busfield (Sports Editor of Guardian US), Howie Rumberg (Sportswriter at The Associated Press, covering Yankees and Mets), and Ralph Russo (National College Football Writer at The Associated Press). The event will be moderated by Ezra Goldstein, Community Bookstore co-owner.
143 Seventh Avenue between Carroll Street & Garfield Place, 2:00 p.m., free.
Photo via Urban Beer Fest