Five things to do in Brooklyn this week! • Brooklyn Paper

Five things to do in Brooklyn this week!

You're a wizard rocker, Harry: See Harry and the Potters at the Yule Ball on Dec. 21.


Dec. 19

Christmas rapping

It’s Christmas time in … Prospect Heights, Brooklyn? Hip-hop radio stations WBLS and Hot 97 are throwing a Christmas show at Barclays Center, headlined by Run DMC and LL Cool J, plus DJ Z-Trip, Lecrae, K. Michelle, and Diggy.

7:30 pm at Barclays Center [620 Atlantic Ave. at Pacific Street in Prospect Heights, (917) 618–6100, www.barcl‌aysce‌nter.com]. $19.99–$225.


Dec. 20

Clap along

DJ Jonathan Toubin, the man behind Brooklyn Bowl’s beloved dance party and contest Soul Clap & Dance Off, is famous for spinning records, and now he can play some of his own. Toubin will release his two-volume album “Souvenirs of the Soul Clap” at a special holiday edition of Soul Clap, featuring local soul legend Charles Bradley at guest selector.

Midnight at Brooklyn Bowl [61 Wythe Ave. between N. 11th and N. 12th streets in Williamsburg, (718) 963–3369, www.brook‌lynbo‌wl.com]]. $8.


Dec. 21

Dance magic dance

This is sure to be some enchanted evening. “Wizard rock” band Harry and the Potters is bringing its annual Yule Ball party back to the Bell House for another festive season. Also rocking out with their wands out will be the Potter Puppet Pals, Draco and the Malfoys, Tonks and the Aurors, Lauren Fairweather, and Whomping Willows.

It’s like that: Run DMC plays Barclays Center as part of WBLS and HOT 97’s “Christmas in Brooklyn” concert.
Associated Press / Drew Gurian / Invision

6:30 pm at the Bell House [149 Seventh St. between Second and Third avenues in Gowanus, (718) 643–6510, www.thebe‌llhou‌seny.com]. $20.


Dec. 23

Misery loves company

From Jo Firestone, the Brooklynite who brought us Punderdome 3000, Friends of Single People, and the Inner-Beauty Pageant, comes yet another bizarre bar-based comedy night. In Your Fantastic Life, “miserable” audience members will share their tales of woe with a panel of comedians, and said funny folks then have 10 minutes to try and improve that person’s life in some measurable way.

8 pm at Union Hall [702 Union St. between Fifth and Sixth avenues in Park Slope, (718) 638–4400, www.union‌halln‌y.com]. $6.


Dec. 24

Jingle bell stop

Kings County Saloon banned Santa suits during SantaCon, and now it is banning Christmas tunes on Christmas Eve. It will, however, host a Christmas dance-off, and bartenders will be serving up the bar’s seasonal cocktail the “ghost-a-rita,” made with Absinthe, Cointreau, and citrus juices.

8 pm at Kings County Saloon [1 Knickerbocker Ave. between Johnson Avenue and Ingraham Street in Bushwick, (347) 987–3751, www.kings‌count‌ysalo‌on.com]. Free entry.

Toubin tunes: DJ Jonathan Toubin releases his new records at Brooklyn Bowl on Dec. 20.
Photo by Roger Kisby

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