Saturday, December 5: What the heck are they doing over at Word Bookshop? Other bookstores are content to trot out an author or two every week, but Word is having a holiday party featuring Amy Braunschweiger (“Taxi Confidential”), A.J. Jacobs (“The Guinea Pig Diaries”), Jami Attenberg (pictured, “The Kept Man”), Charles Bock (“Beautiful Children”) and others
Sunday, December 6: After he started dabbling with the ukulele, George Harrison became so obsessed with the diminutive, Hawaiian-themed guitars that he always traveled with two: one for himself and one for anyone who would play with him. This, in a nutshell, is the spirit of a truly transformative musical event: a performance of all of the Beatles’ original songs played on ukuleles. It’s 13 hours of non-stop ukulele fun.
11 am–midnight. “Beatles Complete on Ukulele” at Brooklyn Bowl [61 Wythe Ave. between N. 11th and N. 12th streets in Williamsburg, (718) 963-3369]. Tickets, $10.
Tuesday, December 8: Instead of paying for your own drinks at your company’s office party, why not head for the Bell House, where Sara Schaefer is hosting a show, innuendo-ingly titled, “Get Off Your Knees!” Join Schaefer and Kim Armstrong as they host Michael Showalter (“Michael & Michael Have Issues”) and many others. The organizers promise “a very special guest,” and we’re guessing Santa Claus is busy.
8 pm. “Get Off Your Knees” at The Bell House [149 Seventh St. between Second and Third avenues in Gowanus, (718) 643-6510].
Buy & buy
Thursday, December 10: Reduce, reuse, recycle is not only an environmental mantra, it’s also how we do our Christmas shopping. That said, there are some people for whom we want to get a proper gift. And that’s why the Park Slope Civic Council’s annual “Snowflake Celebration” comes in handy. All night long there’ll be discounts up and down Seventh Avenue, plus raffles and little bites.
Saturday, December 12: Saying “I’ll take ‘Famous Jewish Sports Heroes’ for $50” always gets a laugh because of the presumption that there can’t be a $100 question. But thanks to the two-day Maccabi Film Festival, we can all see how wrong that old joke is. Not only are there movies about boxers (“Orthodox Stance,” pictured), but this packed festival doesn’t even trot out Hank Greenberg or Mark Spitz.
6:30 pm. Maccabi Film Festival. Park Slope Jewish Center [1402 Eighth Ave. at 14th Street in Park Slope, (718) 768-1453].