Saturday, Jan. 25
If it’s cold outside and your stomach is empty, you need a cassoulet! The French casserole, usually made with pork and white beans, is filling and warming, and you can try more than 10 different versions at the Brooklyn Cassoulet Cook Off! The competition will pit professional and amateur chefs against each other, and you can sample them all (plus cider, beer, and side dishes) and vote for the best.
1 pm at Biba of Williamsburg, 110 Kent Ave. between N. Seventh and N. Eighth streets, Williamsburg. (347) 709–2422. bibawilliamsburgny.com. $55.
Sunday, Jan. 26
We are three weeks into 2020, and we’re already over it. Fortunately, the Lunar New Year is just around the corner, so we can look forward to the Year of the Rat! Celebrate the holiday at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, where you can make lion puppets and then join a 4:30 pm parade led by the Chinatown Young Lions (pictured).
10 am–5 pm at Brooklyn Children’s Museum [145 Brooklyn Ave. at St. Marks Avenue in Crown Heights, (718) 735–4400, brooklynkids.org]. $13 (voluntary donation after 4 pm).
Monday, Jan. 27
Comedians Mary Houlihan and Nick Naney present “The Sopranos: the Musical,” a high school musical-style episode of the HBO show about a mob family. What more do you need? We assume it will end with a tribute to “Don’t Stop Believing,” but we really don’t need to know anything more to buy a ticket.
8 pm at Union Hall (702 Union St. between Fifth and Sixth avenues in Park Slope, (718) 638–4400, unionhallny.com). $10.
Wednesday, Jan. 29
The Lunar New Year party continues on Wednesday, with a Red Envelope Show art show. In China, it is traditional to celebrate the Lunar New Year by giving gifts in red envelopes, so this exhibit, organized by Grumpy Bert gallery, features art painted on red envelopes. More lion dancers will perform at tonight’s opening reception.
6–9 pm at Dekalb Market Hall (445 Albee Square West between Fulton and Willoughby streets Downtown, www.dekalbmarkethall.com). Free.
Thursday, Jan. 30
Let’s give up on this decade entirely and go back to the early 1990s! The New York City band Spin Doctors, who crafted the mega-hits “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong” and “Two Princes” in 1992 and 1993, respectively, will celebrate its 30th anniversary on Thursday at Brooklyn Bowl. Tracy Bonham, best known for 1996’s “Mother Mother,” opens.
8 pm at Brooklyn Bowl [61 Wythe Ave. between N. 11th and N. 12th streets in Williamsburg. (718) 963–3369, brooklynbowl.com]. $20.