Friday, Jan. 21:
Whiskey Tasting and Comedy: Whiskey Stories presents an evening of rare whiskeys and live comedy skits based on the label of each sought-after bottle. Sip a selection of four limited edition whiskeys presented by Whiskey Stories founder Rachna Hukmani and accompanied by a selection of gourmet foods carefully paired to each flight. Be sure to get there a few minutes early to explore The Love Shack, this week’s venue.
$110. 7:30pm. The Love Shack, 161 Stockholm Street between Wilson and Knickerbocker avenues in Bushwick. whiskeystories.rocks.
BrownstoneJAZZ Standards Concert: Kick off the weekend with live swing and be-bop jazz standards performed by Eric Lemons, Silvano Monasterios, Dwayne Broadnax, and Cleave Guyton in the comfort and intimacy of a classic Brooklyn brownstone living room. Dress to impress — and that includes a mask.
$35. 7pm. 21+. 107 Macon Street between Marcy and Nostrand avenues in Bedford-Stuyvesant. brownstonejazz.business.site. (917) 704-9237.
Saturday, Jan. 22:
45:14 Writing Workshop: In a writing slump? The Center for Fiction is here to help with a virtual community writing event hosted by Emerging Writer Fellow Katie Yee. Inspired by writer Ellen Sussman, who said that taking regular breaks from writing and thinking about writing encourages creativity, you’ll work on a new or ongoing writing project in 45-minute chunks, with 15-minute meditation and mindfulness breaks guided by yoga teacher Virginia Chang.
Free, with optional donation. 4-6pm. Virtual, via Zoom. centerforfiction.org.
Introduction to Birdwatching: Looking to learn more about the great outdoors this weekend? The Prospect Park Alliance has you covered, with a guided Birding 101 walk through the park’s acreage. You’ll learn all the basics of birdwatching and look for the signs and songs of the dozens of birds that call the park home. BYOB (Bring Your Own Binoculars.)
Free, no registration necessary. 10am-12pm. Meet at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, near the entrance at Lincoln Road and Ocean Avenue. prospectpark.org.
Sunday, Jan. 23:
Rock and Roll Playhouse: Start your little one’s music education off right with a family-friendly concert featuring Stevie Wonder songs performed live at Brooklyn Bowl by Rock and Roll Playhouse. Aimed at kids ten and under, the show is a daytime opportunity to dance, play, and explore their musical tastes and creativity — all during daylight hours and with the volume turned down to accommodate little ears.
$15. Doors open at 11am, show starts at 12pm. Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Avenue between N 11th and N 12th streets in Williamsburg. brooklynbowl.com. (718) 963-3369.
Reading From My Phone Comedy Show:Brian Bahe debuts an all-new, almost-an-hour standup comedy show all about his phone and its sacred, silly contents. Bahe promises a slideshow, but probably no singing, and special guest Jo Firestone.
$10. Doors open at 4:30pm, show begins at 5. 21+. Union Hall, 702 Union Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues in Park Slope. unionhallny.com.