This week we celebrate alternative food lifestyles, introduce the little ones to big names in jazz and celebrate the evolution of the biker jacket. Here are our must-do and must-see events for the week:
As usual, the Brooklyn Public Library’s Dweck Center (10 Grand Army Plaza at Eastern Pkwy.) continues to deliver. This Saturday, the Center will host a lesson in jazz led by Christiana Drapkin and targeted toward young children. The kiddies will be introduced to jazz greats like Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk and Ella Fitzgerald and some of the songs they made famous. Admission is first come, first serve.
It may not seem like Brooklyn and opera go hand-in-hand, but one venue is changing that. LoftOpera (215 Ingraham Street nr. Stewart Ave.) is currently performing Puccini’s La Boheme and the last two performances will take place tonight and tomorrow night. General admission tickets are $20 while patron ticket, which include admission, a copy of GREY Magazine and 2 Brooklyn Brewery beers, will set you back $50. Tickets can be purchased online.
We here at The L respect all food lifestyles and that’s why the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival at the Metropolitan Pavilion (125 W. 18th St. nr. 6th Ave.) piqued our interest. This Saturday and Sunday, vegetarians and vegans alike are invited to enjoy bites from dozens of vendors and attend panels, discussions and cooking demonstrations on everything from vegan manicures to the powers of Chinese medicine. Bonus: The whole event will be kid-friendly. One-day tickets cost $30 online and $40 at the door and two-day passes cost $50 online and $60 at the door. (Note: From 4-5:30 p.m. each day $5 tickets will be on sale attendance-permitting.)
This Sunday night we celebrate the Hollywood Olympics, a.k.a. the 86th Academy Awards, and Videology has you covered. The Williamsburg video store will screen both the red carpet (starting at 6) and the awards show (at 8) while serving Oscars-themed drinks and passing out Oscar ballots for amazing prizes. Though the event is totally free, $10 will get you a reserved seat as well as a complimentary glass of champagne. Said tickets can be purchased here.
If you’re going to wear a biker jacket, and let’s admit it—most of us have at one point or another—you might as well learn the history behind it. This Tuesday, the Museum at FIT ( 227 W. 27th St. nr. 7th Ave.) will open a new exhibit called Beyond Rebellion: Fashioning the Biker Jacket. The grad student-organized show will trace the biker jacket from its “utilitarian” roots to “its evolution into a high fashion garment” and the many reinterpretations it has gone on to inspire.