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If you plan on spending President's Day with the kiddies, head to the DiMenna Children's History Museum at the New-York Historical Society (170 Central Park West at 77th St.) for an afternoon of education in chocolate making. The folks from American Heritage Chocolate will make the confection on-site and give attendees a chance to see and taste all the wonderful ingredients that become a chocolate bar. There will be demonstrations at 12:30, 1:15, 2, 2:45 and 3:30 p.m. Admission is on a first come, first serve basis.
NYC Restaurant Week is coming up, but before you throw down an arm and a leg for a night on the town, why not enjoy something more local? Monday marks the beginning of Grand Street Restaurant Week, which will feature 13 restaurants (all conveniently located on Grand St., of course) where visitors can enjoy a 2-course lunch for $10 or a 3-course dinner for $25. The panel of restaurants reads like a mini U.N.: There will be Thai, Turkish, Mexican, American, Indian and Middle Eastern cuisines to choose from all week long. To see each eatery's special menu, check out the official website and make sure to give your waiter a generous tip when you go!
NYC Beer Week officially begins next Friday, but if you need to limber up first we suggest attending the launch party for Beer Lover's New York at Brooklyn Brewery (79 N. 11 St. nr. Wythe Ave.). The book, written by husband-and-wife duo Sarah and Giancarlo Annese of BeerUnion, is a complete guide to the best breweries, brew pubs and beer bars New York State has to offer. $15 will buy you access to the open bar and $30 means free drinks and a copy of the book. Advanced tickets are available online and there will be a limited amount of tickets at the door.
This year McSweeney's celebrates 16 years of making the Internet laugh and this Wednesday they'll release a new edition of The Best of McSweeney's Internet Tendency. Featured writers will head to Powerhouse Arena (37 Main St. nr. Water St.) to share their work and hock what will no doubt be one of this year's funniest reads. RSVP here.
This week, The Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Pkwy. at Washington Ave.) will launch a brand new Thursday evening series called Off The Wall featuring talks, performances and other entertainment for museum visitors. The theme of this week's event will be "Afrofuturism" and will include a curator-led tour of Wangechi Mutu's A Fantastic Journey exhibit (on display through March 9), a study of black futurists like Grace Jones and Parliament Funkadelic and a performance art exhibit by The Empathetics. Tickets can be purchased online.