Here’s what to do in NYC this weekend
Elysian Brewing’s Dick Cantwell Book Signing, Brewing and Lecture
Thursday, 4 p.m., Bitter & Esters, 700 Washington Ave., Prospect Heights, Free, 917-596-7261, www.bitterandesters.com
Elysian Brewing cofounder Dick Cantwell just released the second edition of “The Brewer’s Association Guide to Starting Your Own Brewery,” and he’ll be signing the book, answering questions and brewing a very special pale ale for your consumption.
Eyewear Care and Repair Party
Thursday, 5 p.m., The Monocle Order, 5 Devoe St., Williamsburg, Free, 866-238-7963, www.monocleorder.com
Tired of the same old boring keg parties with loud music, rowdy drunks and annoying social expectations? Here’s something new: Food, booze and eyeglasses! Stop by with your broken spectacles for a free repair and a beer, talk with an optician and even receive a free pupillary distance measurement. Ain’t no party like a pupillary distance party.
Thursday, 7 p.m., Housing Works Bookstore, 126 Crosby St., Free, 212-334-3324, www.askroulette.net
Join Kurt Anderson, Negin Farsad and Jody Avirgan as they pair you with a complete stranger to ask any question you want. Come prepared with a question and be ready to answer questions yourself. It’s like chat roulette without the risk of seeing creepy naked people … maybe.
Light Up the Holidays at the Bronx Terminal Market
Thursday, 6 p.m., Bronx Terminal Market, 610 Exterior St., Bronx, Free, 718-583-7725, www.bronxterminalmarket.com
Get ready to boogie to x-mas carols in the Boogie Down Bronx as the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club Chorus spend an hour serenading you. Watch performers from the Big Apple Circus juggle and perform amazing feats while you warm up with a complimentary cup of hot cocoa and snap a free take-home photo in the holiday-themed photo booth.
Auditions for ‘America’s Got Talent’
Saturday-Nov. 17, 8 a.m., Mercedes Benz of Manhattan, 536 W. 41st St., Free, 212-629-1600, www.agtauditions.com
Think you got what it takes to be America’s next top something or other? Can you walk on your ears and ingest food through your hair? Maybe you do the Macarena better than the girls in the Los del Rio video? Well here’s your chance to prove it.
Cat Power Plays Acoustic
Thursday, 7 p.m., Brooklyn Masonic Temple, 317 Clermont Ave., Fort Greene, $40, 718-638-1256, www.catpowermusic.com
Cat Power is playing a very stripped down set in support of her first album in six years, 2012’s “Sun.” Fresh off an exciting performance dedicated to Elliot Smith at Glasslands last month, the singer-songwriter is ready to wow Brooklyn audiences again.
Benefit Honoring Kim Gordon
Thursday, 8 p.m., Issue Project Room, 22 Boerum Pl., Brooklyn Heights, $35, 718-330-0313, www.issueprojectroom.org
For the final night of Issue Project Room’s ten-year anniversary/benefit, they honor singer, instrumentalist, artist and founder of Sonic Youth, Kim Gordon. She’ll be collaborating with painter, writer and musician Jutta Koether as well as the group I.U.D, which is Lizzi Bougatson (Gang Gang Dance) and Sadie Laska (Growing).
DOC NYC 2013
Thursday through Nov. 21, IFC Center, 323 Sixth Ave., $17, 212-924-7771, www.docnyc.net
In its fourth year, the DOC NYC festival brings a week of the best documentary filmmaking and events to the city. With programs that focus on NYC films, international, art & design and more, you’re likely to find a great movie in every category. There will be more than 130 films and events and 100 special guests in a week that’s just not long enough!
FOOD + DRINK
Snow Crab Festival Comes to Brooklyn
Sunday, Noon, Crab Spot, 833 Union St., Park Slope, $70 for adults, $30 for kids, 718-622-2722, www.crabspotonline.com
Get ready to break a leg! A snow crab leg that is, at the all-you-can eat, all-you-can-drink Snow Crab Festival. You’re invited to eat as many legs as you please and also gulp down as much craft beer as you can. There’ll also be live music, fresh corn, potatoes and more.
Cheers to Chocolate
Nov. 19th, 7 p.m., AYZA Wine & Chocolate Bar, 1 Seventh Ave., $65, 212-365-2992, www.ayzanyc.com
Chef Jacques Torres, Mr. Chocolate himself, stops by AYZA for a night of chocolate and wine delight. The former pastry chef for Le Cirque will be sharing 10 of his mouthwatering chocolate truffles paired with five different wines, and a lesson on entertaining to prepare you for the coming holidays.
20th Annual Upper East Side Charity Bar Tour
Saturday, 1 p.m., Mad River Bar & Grill, 1442 Third Ave., $10, 212-988-1832, www.madrivergrille.com
Bar hopping for a good cause! Meet up at Mad River Bar & Grill, where each guest is expected to bring at least two cans of food for donation to City Harvest. You’ll then receive a wristband for two-dollar domestic beers, four-dollar mixed drinks and food & shot specials at seven different bars. You didn’t really plan to not drink this Saturday anyway, right?
Thanksgiving Food & Wine Workshop
Saturday, 1 p.m., Bottlerocket Wine & Spirit, 5 W. 19th St., $20, 212-929-2323, www.bottlerocket.com
What red or white pairs best with turkey? An old world chardonnay or maybe a California pinot? Bottlerocket will show you the way. Make a reservation on their website and receive $10 off any wine you purchase. Net proceeds will be donated to City Harvest.
The Brooklyn Chili Takedown
Nov. 17, 2 p.m., The Bell House, 149 Seventh St., Gowanus, $15, 718-643-6510, www.thebellhouseny.com
It’s November and with November comes the cold chilly winter weather. The best way to get rid of that chill? How about a bowl of chili, or 30? Taste up to 30 different types and vote for your fave. If you leave hungry, there’s something wrong with you.
Soup Bowl Fundraiser at Eat
Nov. 17, 3 p.m., Eat, 124 Meserole Ave., Greenpoint, $25, 718-389-8083, www.eatgreenpoint.com
The entry fee gets you a locally handmade ceramic soup bowl with some amazing hot soup from The Splendid Spoon, a Brooklyn Brewery beer and the lovely atmosphere at Eat. One hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Greenpoint Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen.
Nov. 20, 8 p.m., Brooklyn Winery, 213 N. Eighth St., Williamsburg, $5-$18, 347-763-1506, www.bkwinery.com
Old McWino had a game and bingo was its name-o. Join in the fun for a chance to win prizes from Brooklyn Winery while testing your palate with a wine flight, or simply getting drunk. Bingo’s always better when you’re buzzed.