Brooklyn Paper Weekender: Seven things to do in Brooklyn Feb. 5-7

Join Brooklyn Grange this weekend for a virtual introduction to soilless plant growing.
Brooklyn Grange

Friday, Feb. 5

Live salsa music at Industry City: Friday nights are best spent with wine and live tunes — and thankfully, Industry City has been keeping that going all winter long thanks to its spacious outdoor seating. Head to Courtyard 3/4 for a free, live salsa performance from Cuarteto Guatac. 5-8 pm.

Skyline Drive-In: Skyline Drive-In NYC is a unique drive-in cinema experience, at 1 Oak St. Friday’s showings at Skyline include “Despicable Me” (5:30 pm), “Ready Player One” (5:30 pm), “Mad Max: Fury Road” (9:15 pm), “The Devil Wears Prada” (9:15 pm), “IT: Chapter 1” (11:59 pm) and “The Others” (11:59 pm). Enjoy a movie somewhere other than your couch with a sweet view of the Manhattan skyline. Tickets start at $22. For more information, or to make a reservation, click here.

Saturday, Feb. 6

Bead kit workshop at Industry City: Join Saskia for a Valentine’s Day-themed beading workshop geared toward both kids and adults. The workshop is free with kit purchase — and among the few COVID-19-safe weekend activities for families to enjoy. Kits range from $10 to $45. 12-4 pm.

A wintry weekend walk at Green-Wood: It may be cold outside, but you don’t have to let that stop you from discovering Green-Wood Cemetery. On this leisurely 90-minute “Winter Wanders” walking tour, you’ll take in spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline from Battle Hill, visit Fannie the dog, the beloved companion of Elias Howe’s family and hear the tragic tale of Victorian debutante Charlotte Canda. Along the way you’ll explore Green-Wood’s historic landscape and learn about the seemingly cryptic iconography found throughout the cemetery. $25/$20 for members. Comfortable footwear suggested. 1-2:30 pm.

Sunday, Feb. 7

Virtual introduction to Hydroponics: Join Brooklyn Grange for an introductory course into the fascinating world of hydroponics — the method of soilless plant growing. Learn how farmers around the world have used similar systems for thousands of years, all from the comfort of your own home. The workshop will be hosted live from the Brooklyn Grange Greenhouse as Hydroponic Greenhouse Manager Maya Kutz takes you through the basics: its history, types of home system suitable for the urban dweller, indoor lighting, pest management and selecting beneficial plant species. Registration starts at $25. 11 am-1 pm.

All Weekend Long

Catch a glimpse of a massive, mobile sculpture: On Saturday and Sunday, you can head to the Children’s Corner at Prospect Park for “The House Our Families Built,” conceived and orchestrated by Caledonia Curry. Traveling around New York City, this diorama-style outdoor sculpture transforms a 14-foot box truck into a stage for both visual and performance art, inspired by domestic scenes and stories shared via PBS American Portrait, an initiative that brings together Americans from across the country. The piece will be on display from 10 am-4 pm. Admission is free.

Lunar New Year Crawl: Lunar New Year is right around the corner, and on the heels of a devastating year for many of the city’s Asian-American businesses, you can give back with the potential of getting back as part of the “Lunar New Year Crawl!” For the entire month of February, you can use receipts from takeout and delivery orders at participating businesses to put into your “Passport to Lunar New Year.” For every three receipts, you’re entered to win fun prizes! Among the Brooklyn eateries participating are: Shunfa Bakery, Melonpanna, Wing Hing, Parlay, Prince Tea House, Made the Cut, Pho 60 and Delicacy Passion Patisserie. More info here.

Oh, there’s also a pretty big football game. (Not to mention the Puppy Bowl.)

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