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The weekender! Here’s what you should do on Friday, Saturday and Sunday • Brooklyn Paper

The weekender! Here’s what you should do on Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Allswell owner Nate Smith shows off his pride and joy: bacon from Vermont.
Photo By Stefano Giovannini

One week until Christmas, Brooklyn, which means you’re probably so busy decking the halls, and picking out all those last-minute presents you should have bought ages ago that you might have forgotten that it is, in fact, your weekend! Get out there and enjoy yourselves, with plenty of holiday cheer and spirit, with a healthy dose of food, booze, and debauchery because, after all, it is Brooklyn.

• Start your Friday off right with a trip to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden (it’s free on weekdays, you guys!) and check out an exclusive art show featuring delicate glass terrariums by artist Jae Hi Ahn and the garden’s curator, Jennifer Williams.

• Walk across to street to the Brooklyn Museum and check out its brand new —and highly controversial — show, “Hide/Seek,” that features a piece of art so racy it was banned from the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. It’s cool — Brooklyn can handle it. Our very own Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension loved it; we think you will, too.

• Spend Friday night at St. Ann’s Warehouse, at a riveting performance of “Misterman,” starring Irish hottie Cillian Murphy. Go quick, because the show’s closing just before the new year, and we gather you don’t want to miss it.

• Then, go grab a bite at brand new Italian restaurant, Buschenschank. Yeah, it’s northern Italian, which means it’s more schnitzel than spaghetti.

• In the mood for a spicy cocktail? Yeah, of course you are! So go get one at Sunburnt Calf, a down-under eatery with exquisite booze drinks.

• When you wake up on Saturday morning and you’re in the holiday spirit, why not take a gander at our handy dandy guide to all the best Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and non-denominational parties all across the great borough of Brooklyn. We’re talking gin and gingerbread, burlesque, klezmer performers, and more.

• Got some last-minute shopping to do? Need to find the perfect gift for the goth in your life? On Saturday morning, stop by the Morbid Anatomy Library for a very peculiar holiday fair. Forget knit hats and home-made jam — expect vials of blood and taxidermy creatures!

• Spend the rest of your Saturday learning all about Brooklyn’s maritime history at the brand spankin’ new Navy Yard museum! Who wouldn’t wanna?

• Then, why not stop by Allswell, a new restaurant by the former executive chef of the Spotted Pig in the West Village and Dean Street in Prospect Heights? Order the pig’s ears (you’ll love them. If you don’t, you’ll have a story to tell your friends).

• Get spun — literally — at the Major League Dreidel finals at the Knitting Factory in Williamsburg on Saturday night. Bring your A-game, and try not to get too dizzy.

• Are you looking for a roommate? Well, then we’ve got the perfect Sunday plan for you — Roommates Wanted NYC, a mixer designed to match hopefuls seeking apartments, and lease-holders seeking roommates. Let the matchmaking begin — on Sunday evening at the Soda Bar in Prospect Heights!

• Before all the leaves officially fall off the trees, head over to McCarren Park for a walk — and stop at the clean and newly re-opened Turkey’s Nest bar and grab a frozen margarita on your way!

• And as always, these and other great events are in our exclusive family calendar, our great nightlife calendar, and our matchless events calendar.

Roommates Wanted NYC founders Dene Farrell (right) and Jeff Orlick can’t find you a date, but they can help you find the perfect roommate, this Sunday night!
Photo Courtesy of Roommates Wanted NYC

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