Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

This is really last minute. This (Thursday, December 12) evening the Brooklyn Historical Society is presenting “Book Talk: Sarah Zorn and Brooklyn Chef’s Table,” in the Society’s Great Hall, 128 Pierrepont Street (corner of Clinton), starting at 6:30 p.m.

A fantastic panel of chefs/restaurateurs profiled by Brooklyn food writer Sarah Zorn discuss the borough’s deliciously diverse culinary landscape. Panel includes Paulie Gee of Paulie Gee’s, Peter Shelsky of Shelsky’s Smoked Fish, Matt and Allison Robicelli of Robicelli’s, Jean Adamson of Vinegar Hill House, Louis Coluccio of ALC Grocery, and Peter Freeman of Brooklyn Farmacy.

Admission is free, but you must make a reservation here.

Also this evening, don’t forget the movie night event sponsored by the Brooklyn Heights Association and the Brooklyn Heights Cinema, at the Cinema (70 Henry Street, corner of Orange) starting at 7:30.

The Heights Players continue their production of Big River, a musical based on Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Shows will be at 8:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, at the Playhouse at 26 Willow Place. There’s more information here and you can make reservations here.

The Brooklyn Heights Cinema will be showing All Is Lost and 12 Years a Slave. On Sunday at noon there will be a special kids’ movie, Charlotte’s Web. Looking ahead to next week, there will be a special one time only showing of A Christmas Story on Tuesday, December 17 at 7;00 p.m., and on Wednesday, December 18 the Cinema will host its monthly Stand Up Comedy Night starting at 9:00 p.m. More details and showtimes here.

On Friday evening from 6:30 to 9:00, the Brooklyn Historical Society will present a Brooklyn Film and Arts Festival Screening: Brooklyn Realities –Documented. Admission is free; more details and make reservations here. On Saturday afternoon from 2:00 to 5:00 BHS will present “Science Fiction and Multiraciality from Harry Potter to Octavia Butler,” an “interactive conversation about mixed-race identity and the role of science fiction in creating racial justice.” The event is free, but you must make a reservation here.

Bargemusic has a full schedule of concerts, starting this (Thursday) evening at 7:00 with piano performances by Victoria Kochinskaya-Kogan of works by Schumann. Tomorrow (Friday) evening at 7:00 there will be a “Here and Now” concert of works by contemporary composers performed by the NOW Ensemble. On Saturday at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday at 4:00 p.m. the St. Petersburg String Quartet, joined by Victoria Kochinskaya-Kogan, will perform works by Schubert, Dvorak, and Schumann. On Saturday afternoon at 3:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, program and musicians TBA. The doors open at 2:30; it’s first come, first seated. More information and buy tickets here.

On Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral (enter at 109 Remsen Street) will have a Holiday Bake Sale and Christmas Boutique “featuring Lebanese and other ethnic pastries, flowers and raffles” and sponsored by the Confraternity of the Immaculate Conception. Also, on Saturday only, First Presbyterian Church, 124 Henry Street (between Clark and Pierrepont) will host a “Breakfast with Santa” event, featuring pancakes, crafts for sale, and a chance for kids to meet, and be photographed with, Santa. There will be two seatings: 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Admission is $10/person or $40/family.

Also on Saturday, don’t forget the holiday celebration from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Custom House, 139 Montague Street (between Henry and Clinton).

Looking ahead to Wednesday, December 18, don’t forget the tree lighting at the Montague Street entrance to the Promenade, with caroling afterward.

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  • Andrew Porter

    The newscasts keep increasing the amount of snow we’re expected to get during Saturday’s storm. I have only three words to add: Squibb Hill Sledding!!!

  • Peter Loibl

    I was looking forward to trying Gallito’s for lunch yesterday … showed up around 1pm and it was closed, which I found odd. Any idea what happened? I see they have lunch specials on the menu, so it’s not a restaurant that only opens for dinner.

  • brooklynheightsblog

    The open Monday for lunch AND dinner. This week was just dinner.