Five things to do in Brooklyn, Dec. 1–7
Guest of honor: Santa will light up the Christmas tree at MetroTech Commons on Dec. 7.
They’re more than meets the ear! The truly metal musicians of Cybertronic Spree are robots who have traveled the galaxy to deliver hard-rockin’ robot renditions of the “Transformers” movie soundtrack, along with other nerdy childrens’ show themes, including “Pokemon” and “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.”
2 pm at BAM Café [30 Lafayette Ave. between Ashland Place and St. Felix Street in Fort Greene, (718) 636–4100, www.bam.org]. $10.
Get a dose of brain candy at the Sweet Shoppe, a pop-up exhibit that looks like a Willy Wonka-esque candyland, but will teach you all about the science of sugar, including its effect on all of your senses, the sweetest things on earth, how cotton candy is made. It’s all pretty sweet.
11 am–9 pm at One Brooklyn Bridge Park (360 Furman Street near Bridge Park Drive in Brooklyn Heights, www.guerillascience.org). Free.
The indie comedy “Fits and Starts,” starring Fort Greene comedian Wyatt Cenac (pictured) and Greta Lee as a married pair of writers, gets its New York premiere tonight at Nitehawk! Director Laura Terruso and Greta Lee will chat with the audience after the screening.
7:30 pm at Nitehawk Cinema [136 Metropolitan Ave. between Wythe Avenue and Berry Street in Williamsburg, (718) 384–3980, www.nitehawkcinema.com]. $16.
The borough’s biggest Christmas tree will dazzle the crowd when it gets lit tonight, but our eyes are going to be on the actual, living reindeer that will be playing their games nearby, waiting for Santa Claus to make his appearance. You can sip hot cider while you wait, and enjoy a performance from Brooklyn Ballet, previewing “Brooklyn Nutcracker.”
4 pm at Metrotech Plaza (2 MetroTech Center between Lawrence and Bridge streets Downtown, www.downtownbrooklyn.com). Free.
Brooklyn Ballet kicks up its heels and kicks off “The Brooklyn Ballet,” an updated version that fuses traditional ballet, hip hop and world dances. All tickets to tonight’s opening include a glass of champagne at intermission, and for a little more you can join the gala dinner afterwards.
7 pm at Irondale Center [85 S. Oxford St. between Fulton Street and Lafayette Avenue in Fort Greene, (718) 246-0146, www.brooklynballet.org]. $52–$92 ($277 with gala dinner).
Updated 5:52 pm, July 9, 2018