Does a lack of brie in your life leave you feeling bleu? If you’re mad about manchego, wheel your way over to Skytown BK for an artisan cheese speakeasy that’s sure to make you melt. The event, that won’t cost you too much cheddar, will feature local cheeses from the Catskills to the city including Brooklyn’s Vulto Creamery, which will feature the cheese “Miranda,” named after the owner, Jos Vulto’s, late wife. The night will also be paired with beer from Queens’ newest craft brewer, Finback Brewery, bread from SCRATCHbread, a delicious assortment of pickled and preserved goodies, a jazz trio, cheese making demos, and even a short film on local cheese crafting.
7 pm at Skytown BK [921 Broadway between Melrose and Stockton streets in Bedford Stuyvesant, (347) 921–2911, skytownbk.com] $20.
Gone in six seconds
A lot of things can happen in six seconds: you can sneeze, beat the Rubik’s Cube world record, or watch an incredibly clever Vine video. If the latter appeals to you, check out the Vine Film Festival, which celebrates petite feats of filmmaking. The event will show loops of Vine entries on multiple projections and the very best six-second bits will win awards at the end of the night. If have a minuscule masterpiece you would like to enter, just tweet your Vine video with the hashtag #tinylittlevideos and show up to the event.
8 pm at Bat Haus [[279 Starr St. between Wyckoff and St Nicholas avenues in Bushwick, (917) 865—8660, www.facebo
Ever make a sock puppet when you’re drunk and have no one to talk to? If so, pack up your glue gun and mosey on over to 61 Local for “She’s Crafty,” a wine-fueled DIY crafting event hosted by Gowanus Girls, an adult group focused on design and creativity. This event is a little costly, but the fee includes your first glass of wine, snacks, crafting materials, and the opportunity to chat with interesting, real-life women and not your hand.
2–11 pm at 61 Local [61 Bergen St. between Smith Street and Boerum Place in Cobble Hill, (718) 875–1150
Watch contestants get crafty with kale at Brooklyn Winery “CSA Smackdown.” The Iron chef-like cooking competition will (peach) pit members of Just Food Network CSAs against each other in a test of speed, skill, and stress management as they act like straight up Samurais with squash, snap peas, or whatever secret, farm-grown ingredients are available in their CSA shares. Winners will get a chance to move on and contend in a city-wide finals event and you, as an audience member, will finally figure out how the hell to cook celery root.
6:30 pm at Brooklyn Winery [213 N. Eightth St between Driggs Avenue and Roebling Street in Williamsburg, 347) 763–1506, bkwinery.com] Free.
Great booze places
In 1900, Henry James published a short story called “The Great Good Place” about a character who dreamt of escaping to a place where he could recuperate from the grind of every day life. Many of us feel the same way, and often flee to our favorite dive where everyone knows our name. Inspired by this notion, artist John Tebeau set out to create an art piece called “Great Good Places of Brooklyn,” in which he sought out six Kings county taverns that encouraged a sense of community with good bartenders, vibes, tunes, and drink specials. One of Tebeau’s finalists includes the very cool Fort Defiance in Red Hook where he will be unveiling silk screened renderings with a party that will include free appetizers, live music c/o the three-piece blues act Stevie from St. Lou, and giving $10 from each art sale to the Red Hook Initiative.
5 pm at Fort Defiance [365 Van Brunt St. between Sullivan and Wolcott streets in Red Hook, (347) 453–6672 fortdefian