This week Valentine’s Day is redefined, a Michigan beer comes to the big city and meatballs get their due. Here are our must-do and must-see events for the week:
Starting today and running through Feb. 13, BAM will screen this year’s Oscar-nominated animated shorts at the Peter Jay Sharp Building (30 Lafayette Ave. nr. Ashland Pl.) before the awards ceremony takes place on March 2. The kid-friendly event will feature short films from the U.K., Japan, France and our own backyard. All showings will begin at 6:50 p.m. with additional 2 p.m. showings today, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets can be purchased online.
Before you abandon them with a babysitter next Friday night, feel free to bring the kids to Good Eggs.com’s Valentine’s Day “Crafternoon” at Culture (331 5th Ave. nr. 3rd St., BK). Families and their little ones (ages 1-12) are invited to while away the afternoon making Valentines with the best Valentine winning one family free groceries from Good Eggs. The event will also mark the debut of Culture’s new “Good Egg” mango sorbet yogurt. Admission is first come, first serve.
Few recent books have Brooklyned as hard as Adelle Waldman’s debut novel, The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P., has Brooklyned. The book follows rising literary star Nate Piven as he navigates the choppy waters of living and loving in Brooklyn as a successful freelance writer. Ms. Waldman will visit the Brooklyn Public Library’s Dweck Center (10 Grand Army Plaza at Eastern Pkwy.) to discuss the process behind her novel, which the Times celebrated for its “witty, often breathtaking precision.” The talk is a part of the BPL’s Gotham: Writers In The City series.
Ugh, Valentine’s Day. We know. Still, people are always thinking of fun ways to make the day less painful for singles and couples alike (see more great options on page two). This Sunday, Greenpointers will host a Valentine’s Day Market at Greenpoint Loft (67 West. St. 5th Fl. at Noble St.). The market will have all sorts of things to buy and munch on, but the highlight of the day will be all the activities for singles and couples to enjoy. The market will feature couple’s massages, nail art, astrology readings, a photo booth and speed friending (i.e. speed dating without the pressure to make a romantic connection) and more.
Brooklyn’s favorite son is back! This Sunday, Matt Timms will host yet another segment in his ongoing Takedown series. This time around, Timms is calling all meatball mavens to put their skills to the test at Bell House (149 7th St. nr. 2nd Ave., Gowanus) where competing cooks will face off in a Meatball Takedown. A portion of the proceeds will go toward supporting the efforts of the Women’s Education Project. If you’re interested in participating, email Mr. Timms at email@example.com and if you’re interested in stuffing your face with delicious meatballs, buy a ticket here.