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Brooklyn Israel Film Fest screens Israeli-Palestinian gay love story
Brooklyn Israel Film Festival


January 24

Pizza party

Former child megastar Macaulay Culkin has a band that plays pizza-themed covers of Velvet Underground songs. No, really. Go see the Pizza Underground, which went viral online for about five minutes last year, when the band plays the Brooklyn Bazaar — if only so you can say you did.

7 pm at Brooklyn Night Bazaar (165 Banker St. at Norman Avenue in Greenpoint, www.bkbazaar.com). Free.


A lovely cheese pizza, just for me: Macaulay Culkin’s pizza-themed Velvet Underground cover band plays the Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Jan. 24.
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January 25

Out of Israel

The Brooklyn Israel Film Festival turns 10 this year, and it is heading into its teen years appropriately, with the addition of some edgy programing. “Out in the Dark,” which screens at Cobble Hill’s Kane Street Synagogue, chronicles the star-crossed story of a closeted gay Palestinian who falls in love with an Israeli lawyer.

8 pm at Kane Street Synagogue [236 Kane St. between Tompkins Place and Court Street in Cobble Hill, (718) 875–1550, www.kanestreet.org]. $12.


January 26

Dancing horses

Spirit rising: Benin singer Angelique Kidjo celebrates her new memoir with an event at BAM on Jan. 27.
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Get a head-start on your lunar New Year’s festivities. Celebrated New Jersey-based choreographer Nai-Ni Chen and her company will cross a couple of rivers to bring us “A Lunar New Year Celebration,” a tribute to the upcoming Year of the Horse that blends traditional Chinese and modern American dance into one colorful, high-energy performance.

3 pm at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College [2900 Campus Rd. between Amersfort Place and Kenilworth Place in Flatbush, (718) 951–4500, www.brooklyncenter.com]. $30.


January 27

Diva reader

Music and literature combine when Grammy Award–winning singer-songwriter and activist Angelique Kidjo releases her new memoir as part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Greenlight Bookstore’s literary series. “Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music” chronicles Kidjo’s journey from growing up in the West African country of Benin to world music superstardom.

Sneaky little hobbitses: Brush up on your Hobbit history for “The World of JRR Tolkien Trivia” at Trash Bar Jan. 29.
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7:30 pm at Brooklyn Academy of Music, Fishman Space [321 Ashland Pl. between Lafayette Avenue and Hanson Place in Fort Greene, (718) 636-4100, www.bam.org]. $20.


January 29

Riddles in the dark

There will be one trivia to rule them all at the Trash Bar on Jan, 29, when the Williamsburg watering hole hosts “The World of JRR Tolkien Trivia.” Start studying up on “The Silmarillion” now, so you can identify your Kine of Araw from your Kirinki.

7:30 pm at Trash Bar [256 Grand St. between Roebling Street and Driggs Avenue in Williamsburg, (718) 599–1000, www.thetrashbar.com]. Free.

Lion around: The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company will bring its lunar New Year celebration to the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts on Jan. 26.
Photo by Carol Rosegg