Five things to do in Brooklyn Dec. 26–Jan. 1

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Dec. 26

Ticked off

Rhode Island alt-rock band Deer Tick is celebrating 10 years of existence with a six-night run at Brooklyn Bowl starting tonight. The band, which is as known for its live covers as much as its original tunes, will perform a different classic album in its entirety each night, starting this evening with NRBQ’s “Tiddlywinks” and its own disc “War Elephant.”

6 pm at Brooklyn Bowl [61 Wythe Ave. between N. 11th and N. 12th streets in Williamsburg, (718) 963–3369,]. $50.


Dec. 27

Kwanzaa extravaganza

Habari gani? Kujichagulia. That is the greeting for the second day of Kwanzaa, which is today. Get to know the holiday better with dancer Iris Wilson, who will teach families the history and seven principles of Kwanzaa through song, dance, and a candle-lighting ceremony.

11:30 am at Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora [558 Fulton St. near Flatbush Avenue Extension in Fort Greene, (718) 935–9700,]. $10 for families of up to five people.


Dec. 28

Wino forever

Greenpoint heavy metal bar Saint Vitus is hosting a new music festival called Feast of Krampus, and the inaugural headliner will be Scott “Wino” Weinrich, frontman for legendary doom metal band Saint Vitus. So many layers! Also on the bill is Sixty Watt Shaman, Godmaker, Birch Hill Dam, Moon Tooth, and Buzzard Canyon.

6 pm at Saint Vitus (1120 Manhattan Ave. between Clay and Box streets in Greenpoint, $12–$25.


Dec. 31

Jump into 2015

Forget the ball drop at Times Square and even the fireworks at Grand Army Plaza — the place to be this New Year’s Eve is Coney Island. The Parachute Jump will be the centerpiece of what borough bigwigs are hoping will become a new annual tradition, with a countdown featuring a light show, fireworks, sideshow performers, and music. If it is any good, it will probably be unbearably packed next year, so you may as well get in on the action while you still can.

Midnight at the Parachute Jump (Boardwalk between W. 15th and W. 21st streets in Coney Island). Free.


Jan. 1

Grin and bear it

Then back to the People’s Playground the next day to fight off that hangover with a bracing swim in freezing cold waters with the Coney Island Polar Bear Club. The event is for a good cause, and there is a decent chance you will get snapped by one of our photographers and end up in this paper next week.

1 pm at Coney Island Boardwalk (Boardwalk at Stillwell Avenue in Coney Island, $20 suggested donation.

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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