Five things to do in Brooklyn this week


Friday, Dec. 20

Dolly would!

Have yourself a full-harmony, hard-candy Christmas by attending “Dollylujah! A Celebration of Dolly Parton” tonight at the Bell House. The show, presented by Dolly Parton cover band Doll Parts, pays musical tribute to the beloved, big-bosomed country star, actress, and patron saint of sequins.

8 pm at the Bell House [149 Seventh St. between Second and Third avenues in Gowanus, (718) 643–6510, www.thebellhouseny.com]. $16.

Saturday, Dec. 21

Dirty ditties

Take a break from wholesome holiday fun and get nasty at the 11th Annual Filthy Song Night at the Jalopy Theatre. This amoral musical competition, hosted by Karen “Frisky” Poliski, will feature scatalogical songs unleashed by some of Brooklyn’s finest (and filthiest) Americana artists, including Feral Foster, Anna Witnik, and the Gotham Sleazy.

8 pm at Jalopy Theatre [315 Columbia St. between Hamilton Avenue and Woodhull Street in Red Hook, (718) 395–3214, www.jalopy.biz]. $20 ($15 in advance).

Sunday, Dec. 22

Light night

Sunday is the first night of Hanukkah, and the city’s biggest celebration will happen at Grand Army Plaza, where the world’s tallest menorah will be lit with the assistance of a 60-foot apple-picker. Thousands will gather on the ground for the lighting ceremony, musician Yehuda Green will perform live, and everyone can munch on a hot latke.

4 pm at Grand Army Plaza (Flatbush Avenue at Eastern Parkway in Prospect Heights, www.largestmenorah.com). Free.

Monday, Dec. 23

Claus for concern

Some grinches may doubt the existence of Santa Claus, but the Brooklyn Paper knows that Kris Kringle is making a list and checking it twice. Sure to be on this year’s “Nice” list is Jamie Hook, who will lead the discussion “Beyond Belief: A Philosophical Proof of Santa Claus” for a group of skeptical kids tonight in Greenpoint.

7:30 pm at Park Church Co-Op [129 Russell St., between Nassau and Driggs avenues in Greenpoint, (718) 389–0854, parkchurchcoop.org]. $15 suggested donation.

Thursday, Dec. 26

Back ’n black

The fourth annual Kwanzaa Crawl, organized by comedian Kerry Coddett and Krystal Stark, will see thousands of people pick up a cup and a wristband, and then visit a series of black-owned bars on what is usually one of the quietest days of the year. Those who cannot join the kick-off party (listed below) can still get a ticket and join after 4 pm.

12:30 pm at the Black Lady Theatre (750 Nostrand Ave.  in Bedfod-Stuyvesant, www.kwanzaacrawl.com]. $40.