Let’s face it; the standard Valentine’s Day is getting tired. Making goo-goo eyes over a candle-lit dinner next to 15 other couples playing footsie under the table has simply lost its appeal (not to mention the big problem: who’s got the cash?). Comments (1)
Saturday, February 13: Lots of bars have “best wings in Brooklyn” contests, but few have the guts to include our chicken-eater-in-chief (Gersh!) to be one of the judges. But today, Red Star Bar in Greenpoint will host just such a contest. At least 17 restaurants and bars have entered, including one with a decided home-field advantage. Borough President Markowitz is expected to dole out the award to the winner.
2–7 pm. Red Star Bar [37 Greenpoint Ave. between Franklin and West streets, (718) 349-0149)].
One night stand
Sunday, February 14: Look, we’re not romantic. The closest we come is Romantic — in that 18th-century, communicate-only-by-letter and commit suicide in a grandiose way. But when the Brooklyn Academy of Music puts together a truly outstanding Valentine’s Day event — a three-course meal and the screwball classic “It Happened One Night” with Clark Gable — even we start calling for tickets.
6 pm. Dinner and a movie at Brooklyn Academy of Music [30 Lafayette Ave. near St. Felix Street in Fort Greene, (718) 636-4100]. Tickets are $64.
Tuesday, February 16: New Orleans won the Super Bowl, but Williamsburg is hosting the Mardi Gras parade. In what could become an annual tradition, marchers, cyclists and burlesque dancers will set out from McCarren Park and head towards Brooklyn Bowl for a Fat Tuesday party featuring the lo-fi surf punk band Wavves (pictured) and the dance band MNDR.
7 pm. Parade starts at Driggs Avenue and heads to Brooklyn Bowl [61 Wythe Ave. between N. 11th and N. 12th streets in Williamsburg, (718) 963-3369].
Those were the days
Wednesday, February 17: You don’t remember it, but Windsor Terrace used to be all Irish and Italian, and men used to work with hooks on the Red Hook waterfront. But longtime New York reporter Pat Fenton (pictured) remembers it in his new play, “Stoopdreamer and Other Brooklyn Stories.” Actors Teressa Tunney and Jack O’Connell will read tonight.
7 pm. “Stoopdreamer” at Rocky Sullivan’s [34 Van Dyke St. at Dwight Street in Red Hook, (718) 246-8050].
Friday, February 19: You’d have to be tone deaf not to hear the ukulele revival that has overtaken Brooklyn over the past six months. And that four-string upswing continues with the Ukuladies at Barbes in Park Slope. The all-girl band from Winnipeg promises audience sing-a-longs, balloon animals and even bacon. It only takes one uke to fill Barbes. Imagine four! It’s a riot!
8 pm. The Ukuladies at Barbes [376 Ninth St. between Sixth and Seventh avenues in Park Slope, (718) 422-0248].