"Holiday Small Works Show II" is now on display at Object Image Gallery [91 Fifth Ave. between Prospect Place and Park Place] in Park Slope. The show, featuring paintings, drawings and prints by 17 artists - including Erica Harris’ "Woman with Ice Skates" (pictured), an 11-inch by 14-inch wax collage on paper, closes Dec. 23. The gallery is open Fridays, from 6 pm to 9 pm, Saturdays and Sundays, from noon to 5 pm, and by appointment. For more information, call (718) 623-2434. Comment


Paintings by members of The Brooklyn Watercolor Society are now on display at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Steinhardt Conservatory [1000 Washington Ave.]. The winter-themed show, including Olive Reich’s watercolor "December Still Life" (pictured), will be on display through Jan. 5. Comment


"A Christmas Carol" was one of Charles Dickens’ favorite creations. Not because its publication in 1843 met with phenomenal success, but because Dickens was so deeply moved by his story. In fact, years later, Dickens claimed that he laughed and cried over the story as he did over none other. Comment


In the bakeries of this diverse borough, the winter holidays are celebrated with butter, sugar, eggs, nuts and candied fruits, from which are created a rich variety of festive cookies, cakes and breads. True, Hanukkah treats have come and gone, but these annual specialties can be enjoyed by everyone. Comment


It may only be a truism that, for example, French musicians play French music best, and ditto the British, Germans and Russians. But what is beyond argument is how acutely Russian artists have Tchaikovsky’s music in their very bones. Comment


Year’s end is usually the time to recommend gift books for holiday reading. So why not books about Brooklyn? Comment

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