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Five things to do this week! • Brooklyn Paper

Five things to do this week!

Take a winter walk through the Brooklyn Botanic Garden — free on weekdays!
Photo by Adam Lucente

Saturday, Jan. 4

Iced up!

There is a brand new spot to go ice-skating in Brooklyn, 23 floors above Williamsburg! The William Vale hotel has installed a skating rink on its rooftop — though it uses a high-tech polymer called “glice” instead of frozen water. Apparently it works just like ice, and you can use regular skates on it, although the rink will provide its own special skates with your admission.

Noon–midnight at William Vale (111 N. 12th St. at Wythe Avenue, 23rd floor, in Williamsburg, www.thewilliamvale.com/rink). $20 ($12 kids).

Sunday, Jan. 5

Wise guys

At the annual Three Kings Day Parade in Williamsburg, thousands of people, costumed characters, and camels will march through the streets and give out toys to kids. The holy festival commemorates the Epiphany, the day that the Three Wise Men brought gifts to the baby Jesus, but honestly, we are just going to check out the camels.

2 pm along Graham Avenue, from Meeker Avenue to Broadway in Williamsburg. Free.

Tuesday, Jan. 7

Garden path

Was your New Year’s Resolution to get more exercise? Then take advantage of this strangely warm weather to go for a walk through the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, where admission is free on weekdays all winter! Stroll through the peaceful Japanese Garden, and if you get chilly, check out the indoor Jungle Pavilion, which should be nice and steamy.

10 pm–4:30 pm at Brooklyn Botanic Garden [990 Washington Ave. between President and Carroll streets in Crown Heights, (718) 623–7200, www.bbg.org]. Free.

Thursday, Jan. 9

Sweet Toth

Brooklyn songwriter and musician Alex Toth (despite the name, not the artist behind “Space Ghost”), known for collaborating with Kimbra, Alexander F, Rubblebucket, and Cuddle Magic, returns to the borough with a solo show of vulnerable tunes. Mal Devisa and Beau open.

8 pm at Rough Trade NYC [64 N. Ninth St. between Kent and Wythe avenues in Williamsburg, (718) 388–4111, roughtradenyc.com]. $18 ($16 in advance).

Friday, Jan. 10

Outside the Box

Discover new voices in theater at the Black Box New Play Festival at Gallery Players! This weekend, the festival features seven short plays each night, a mix of comedies and dramas that includes “Sorry Shakespeare,” about the Bard being rejected by a short play festival, and “On the Chain Gang,” a drama about desperate prisoners.

7:30 pm at Gallery Players [199 14th St. between Fourth and Fifth avenues in Park Slope, (212) 352–3101, galleryplayers.com]. $20 ($15 seniors and kids).

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