The best things to do in Brooklyn this week

The Brooklyn band Gangstagrass, which combines hip-hop and bluegrass, will play the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Jan. 17.

Saturday, Jan. 11

Short & sweet

Problem: You want to sit around all day and watch movies, but you also want to be social. Solution: the Vimeo Festival and Awards! This all-day event will feature panel discussions about making movies, and screenings of some of the year’s best short films, including comedies, dramas, documentaries, and animated films, each accompanied by live commentary from their directors.

1–9 pm at Murmrr Theatre (17 Eastern Parkway between Grand Army Plaza and Underhill Avenue in Prospect Heights, www.murmrr.com). $20 ($40 with after-party).

Monday, Jan. 13

PC culture

You know John Hodgman as an author, a comic actor, and an occasional personal computer. Now,  see him dispense justice and resolve petty disputes in “Judge John Hodgman,” a live edition of his entertaining podcast. At this show, he will be accompanied by musical guest Juliana Hatfield, who we hope will act as bailiff.

8 pm at Murmrr Theatre (17 Eastern Pkwy. between Grand Army Plaza and Underhill Avenue in Prospect Heights, www.murmrr.co​m). $30.

Wednesday, Jan. 15

Real estate talk

At the panel discussion “Gentrification 2.0,” three experts will cover “the good, the bad, and the blurry” aspects of having wealthy people move to your neighborhood, with a special focus on Brooklyn’s history. 

6:30 pm at Brooklyn Historical Society [128 Pierrepont St. at Clinton Street in Brooklyn Heights, (718) 222–4111, brooklynhistory.org]. $15.

Thursday, Jan. 16

Chow biz

The Museum of Food and Drink will soon close its exhibit about Chinese food, but it looks forward tonight with the panel discussion “Re:Setting the Table: The Future of Chinese Food and Drink in America,” featuring “Eater” editor Serena Dai, author Derek Sandhaus, and chef Lucas Sin, followed by a cocktail reception with snacks.

7 pm at Museum of Food and Drink [62 Bayard St. between Lorimer and Leonard Streets in Greenpoint, (718) 387–2845 www.mofad.org]. $25.

Friday, Jan. 17

Straight outta country

It’ll be a hip-hop hootenanny when Brooklyn band Gangstagrass takes the stage! The group, led by Kensington banjo player Rench, blends bluegrass and gangsta rap to create a unique sound, captured on the new live album “Pocket Full of Fire.”

8 pm at Knitting Factory [361 Metropolitan Ave. between Havemeyer and N. Fourth streets in Williamsburg, (347) 529–6696, bk.knittingfactory.com]. $18.