A new year, and a new Bay Ridge Nights

Happy New Year, Bay Ridge!

The start of a new year is time for new beginnings — including a new host for Bay Ridge Nights! But don’t worry — we are keeping the same great leisure suit!

You don’t want to shock your system too much, so before you start going to the gym and eating celery, keep the New Year’s Eve party energy going with a visit to Wicked Monk (9510 Third Ave. between 95th and 96th streets) on Saturday night for a show by local rockers Cherry Bomb. The band is not letting old acquaintance be forgot — this show is dedicated to a band member’s sister (and one of the band’s first guitarists), who passed away in 2015. The band will honor her memory with a kick-ass show starting at 10 pm.

If you resolved to attend more art exhibits in 2016, you are in luck! You can get a double-dip of high-falutin’ art on Thursday night, starting at the Bay Ridge Arts Space (509 Senator St. between Fifth and Sixth avenues), which opens the vault doors on its “Re-animator” exhibit at 6 pm. Artists will display work that they have refurbished from already existing pieces of art, like lovely Frankenstein’s monsters made of paintings and sculptures. The exhibit is all about breathing new life into a something inert, like a New Year’s Eve reveler slowly coming awake on New Year’s Day. You know something about that, right? The exhibit runs through Jan. 28.

The “Re-animator” reception de-animates at 9 pm, giving you time to head to the Owl’s Head (479 74th St. between Fourth and Fifth avenues) for “Giving up the Ghost,” a one-night exhibit organized in tandem with the “Re-animator” show and running until the witching hour of midnight. Visual and performance artists will “play on the themes of ghosts and revival.” And it all happens in a wine bar, so you can play on the theme of booze!

Reach reporter Dennis Lynch at (718) 260–2508 or e-mail him at dlynch@cnglocal.com.

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