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

Five things to do in Brooklyn this week!

Brass ball: Trumpet player Spencer Ludwig will launch a monthly party with a full band, dancers, and drag queens at Freehold in Williamsburg on Jan. 25.


Jan. 25

Bump it with a trumpet

Vocalist and trumpet player Spencer Ludwig brings his high-energy pop songs to his hometown, launching a monthly residency at Freehold tonight. The funky horn player told Forbes that the party will combine “the essence of Studio 54, Sleep No More, and a sweaty Brooklyn dance party.”

9 pm at Freehold [45 S. Third St. between Kent and Wythe avenues, (718) 388–7591, www.freeholdbrooklyn.com]. Free.


Jan. 26

Best fest!

The weekend is made for day-drinking, so slip down to the Dime Best of Brooklyn Festival this afternoon, where you can get unlimited samples from eight of the borough’s best breweries, sip some free whiskey cocktails, and order food from Brooklyn’s most amazing eateries, all packed into the same room!

12:30, 3:30, and 6:30 pm at Industry City (274 36th St. between Second and Third avenues in Sunset Park, www.bestofbrooklynfestival.com]. $39 ($49 early admission, $99 all-day access, $19 designated drivers).


Jan. 27

Strong brew

You had plenty of food and beer on Saturday, but there is always room for more! Mosey over to Gowanus this afternoon, where you can load up at the Strong Rope Chili Cookoff! For $10 you get a glass of Strong Rope beer, a cup for tasting any or all of the spicy bean-and-meat concoctions, and a ballot to vote for your favorite.

Noon–3 pm at Strong Rope Brewery [574A President St. between Third and Fourth avenues in Gowanus, (929) 337–8699, www.strongropebrewery.com]. $10.


Jan. 28

Freak show

If you’ve ever felt like an outsider, you’ll be able to relate to the comedy show “Outcasts,” which features funny people sharing their feelings of being out of the norm. The lineup includes Brooklyn’s Hari Kondabolu, New Zealand’s Guy Montgomery, and queer Middle Eastern comedian Rachel Kaly, among others.

7:30 pm at Union Hall [702 Union St. at Fifth Avenue in Park Slope, (718) 638–4400, www.unionhallny.com]. $10 ($8 in advance).


Jan. 31

Staying power

Ironically, you will have to leave the house to appreciate the celebration of introversion that is “41 Reasons I’m Staying In,” a lavishly painted book about people being comfortable in their rooms, from Brooklyn illustrator Haley Held. The book launches tonight alongside the guided journal “99 Stories I Could Tell.”

7 pm at PowerHouse Arena [28 Adams St. at Water Street in Dumbo, (718) 666–3049, www.powerhousearena.com]. Free.

Raise a glass: Consume the borough’s best brews at the Dime Best of Brooklyn Festival, at Industry City on Jan. 26.

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