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The 20 best things to do this weekend, holiday kickoff edition

1. Check out the first dimension at Flat File, where 38 varied artists represent an array of approaches towards flat media: drawing, collage, printmaking, and photography. (Fri-Sun, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, FREE)

2. Get ready player one at No Quarter Exhibition, showcasing four new games from four artists, where The NYU Game Center helps nurture game design for public spaces and supports unique and bold voices in the game design community. (Friday, The Dumbo Loft, FREE)

3. Hear some new voices at Transatlantic Wimmin Winnin’, where seven transatlantic women gather in a cozy Brooklyn living room for an all female power performance of traditional Irish music, song, and storytelling. (Friday, living room in Bed Stuy, $12)

4. Progress is punk at Benefit for Abortion Access and Zine Launch, where Shout Your Abortion Brooklyn co-wrote a zine about the role that storytelling and culture change has in advancing abortion access, with performances by Downtown Boys, Choked Up, and more. (Friday, Market Hotel, $13)

5. There’ll be existentialism on prom night at My Chemical Slow Dance, an emo and pop-punk prom where formal attire is highly encouraged where you can slow dance to Dashboard Confessional and more of your favorites. (Friday, Saint Vitus Bar, FREE)


View different mediums of flat art (#1). Photo via Facebook.

6. Shop for your eccentric friends at A Holiday Oddities Flea Market, where you’ll find anatomical curiosities, natural history items, osteological specimens, taxidermy, obscure home decor, jewelry, one of a kind dark art, and more. (Sat-Sun, Brooklyn Bazaar, $10-30)

7. Be entertained while shopping at Cult Party Holiday Market, featuring tons of witchy and weird vendors, tarot readings, as well as bands and performances by SVUVN, Jose Queervo, Nyx Nocturne, and much more. (Saturday, 3 Dollar Bill, FREE)

8. Bring your bike out in the cold for Brooklyn Cranksgiving, a food drive on wheels that is part bike race, part scavenger hunt where riders will cycle around Brooklyn, buying Thanksgiving-themed food to donate to local charities. (Saturday, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, FREE to enter)

9. Make something for yourself at the Natural Skincare Workshop, a workshop on how to use essential oils and other natural ingredients to create unique skin care blends, where you’ll make one bottle of customized face oil and body oil. (Saturday, Earth Speaks, $35)

10. Stay warm during the Outdoor Holiday Market, where Ridgewood Market will set up gifts made by local artists, makers, and designers in the back yard surrounded by warm holiday lights, food, drinks, a yurt, music, and a sauna. (Saturday, Nowadays, FREE)

11. Be #first to visit Leroy’s Place Soft Opening, a soft opening for their brick and mortar Park Slope gallery and retail space, so swing by and check out giant monster puppets, original art, handmade gifts, and organic clothing for the first time all in one place. (Saturday, Leroy’s Place, FREE)

12. No brown-nosing at Employee of the Month Live, where you’ll join Catie Lazarus as she honors and interviews spectacular employees, featuring her intern Chris “Shockwave” Sullivan and Eric Biondo from Antibalas. (Saturday, The Bell House, $25)

13. Get dressed up for The People’s Ball, a party celebrating imagination, style and freedom – with a touch of subversion, offering all who attend a red carpet arrival and catwalk to express their personal style. (Saturday, The Brooklyn Museum, FREE)

14. Light up at Chanukahstravaganza: ’Twas the Night Before Chanukah, where some of the funniest Jewish comedians will help you celebrate the Miracle of Lights with songs, laughter, surprises, and snacks. (Saturday, Union Hall, $8-10)

15. Get in the mix at Brooklyn Rock Lottery 9, where 25 musicians are randomly put together and have 12 hours to create 3-5 original songs and perform what they’ve come up with that same evening, and with an auction and raffle going to charity. (Saturday, Knitting Factory, $15)


Make your own skincare (#9, 18). Photo via Natural Skincare Workshop.

16. Find something for everyone at the Greenpointers Polar Vortex Holiday Market, and do your holiday shopping, hang out with your neighbors and friends, celebrate and support local and independent makers, with live musical performances, photo booth, 3D scanning, massages, nail art, and more. (Sunday, Greenpoint Loft, FREE)

17. Get in the spirit at Posadas Mexicanas, an annual presentation of Posadas, a Mexican holiday celebration, featuring traditional music and workshops, songs, and the breaking of candy-filled piñatas and goodie bags. (Sunday, 558 59th Street, FREE)

18. Make something for your friends at the Moisturizer & Lip Balm Workshop, and learn how to make your own moisturizers at home using simple recipes and all-natural ingredients like shea butter and beeswax. (Sunday, Brooklyn Brainery, $40)

19. Don an ugly sweater to the Afterimage Closing Reception & Holiday Party, a group show highlighting five artists working with textile and a holiday shop of accessible artwork and art objects produced by or with each artist in the show. (Sunday, Paradice Palase, FREE)

20. Get dark at From Beneath the Veil: Pop-Up Art Show, a one-night installation of artwork inspired by the ideology and imagery of the Spiritualism movement: the nexus of death and the afterlife. (Sunday, Saint Vitus Bar, FREE)

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