This week we have a party dedicated to Sad David Bowie, a whiskey-centric talk and a new look at a classic book. Here are our must-do and must-see events for the week:
The 2nd Annual Black Comic Book Festival 2014 (Free) – January 17, 5:30-8:30 p.m.; January 18, 12-5 p.m.
Starting today and running through tomorrow, the New York Public Library will host the 2nd Annual Black Comic Book Festival at Harlem’s Schomberg Center (515 Malcolm X Blvd. nr. 135th St.). The festival will feature the recent work of black comic book artists from across the country as well as panel discussions, film screenings, workshops (including one for kids aspiring to make their own comics) and plenty of opportunities to meet the creatives behind much of the work on display. Registration to the festival is encouraged and can be done online.
Brooklyn: A Whiskey-Soaked History ($35-$40) – January 18, 3-5:30 p.m.
History lessons have never been this fun: Tomorrow, the Green-Wood Cemetery’s Historic Chapel (500 25th St. nr. McDonald Ave.) will be the site of a talk with Colin Spoelman, the co-founder of the Kings County Distillery and co-author of The Kings County Distillery Guide to Urban Moonshining (out now). Spoelman will offer attendees a fresh look at the storied and sometimes violent history of Brooklyn distilleries as well as a taste of what his own distillery has been cooking up. The talk and tasting will be followed up by a trolley tour of the cemetery to the graves of those associated with the borough’s liquored-up history. Tickets can be purchased online.
Mike Taylor’s NO/FUTURE Launch Party (Free) – January 18, 7-10 p.m.
Greenpoint’s Booklyn (37 Greenpoint Ave. nr. West St.) will launch the flagship exhibit in a new series dedicated to the work of Brooklyn-based artists. First up is Mike Taylor whose NO/FUTURE show will be his first solo exhibition in New York City. Over the span of his twenty-year career, Taylor has become known for his explosively colorful screenprints, paintings and drawings as well as his satirical zines including Late Era Crash. NO/FUTURE will feature a new body of work by Taylor depicting “a long narrative about rock ‘n’ roll, generational identity and manufactured memory.” Taylor will also debut three new books created exclusively for the exhibit. Following tomorrow’s launch party, the exhibition will be on view through March 30 during regular gallery hours.
Blowout For Bowie ($6) – January 18 – 19, 11 p.m. – 4 a.m.
This Saturday, the duo behind Feeling Gloomy NYC will celebrate David Bowie and all his incarnations at The Grand Victory (245 Grand St. nr. Roebling St.). Bowiephiles, or people who generally like good music, are invited to enjoy a Bowie-themed cake and face painting as they dance the night away to songs by Bowie and other U.K. greats.
An MLK Celebration For The Kiddies (Free) – January 18-20, 11:30 a.m.
The Brooklyn Children’s Museum (145 Brooklyn Ave. nr. St. Mark’s Ave.) will host a weekend of MLK-related activities for younger and older children to enjoy. Kids are invited to create their own “peace-themed” crafts and posters at 11:30 p.m. and storytelling and singing at 2:30 p.m each day. There will also be a reenactment of Dr. King’s historic March on Washington all three days with a special performance by Crown Height’s Berean Community Drumline at 1:30 p.m. on the last day of the festival.