FOOD + DRINK
Speed Rack New York
Sunday, 4 p.m.
Music Hall of Williamsburg
66 N. Sixth St., Williamsburg
Twenty lady mixologists grab their shakers and wine keys for a speed bartending competition that not only rewards their talents and hard work, but also raises money for breast cancer charities. Judges include Julie Reiner (owner of Flatiron Lounge and Clover Club), Dave Wondrich (cocktail historian and writer), Jim Meehan (co-owner of PDT) and Aisha Sharpe (top cocktail consultant). The booze will be flowing, and surely the judges can’t drink it all…
RECIPE NYC Launch Party with Cookies
Friday, 7 p.m.
Momofuko Milk Bar
382 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg
RECIPE is the story of a child chef named Kristen who throws together a meal for her mother and a few baby raccoons. To celebrate its release munch some cookies, sip some champagne, and join co-authors Angela Petrella and (via Skype) Michaelanne Petrella for a reading and a three-minute mini movie screening.
Here We Come… All Ye Faithful: A Monkees Christmas Parody Show
Thursday-Saturday & Dec. 20-21, 10:30 p.m.
The Celebration of Whimsy Theater
21A Clinton St.
Hey hey, you like The Monkees? You like to monkey around? Celebrate Christmas with this Monkees parody show. Davy, Micky, Mike and Peter make their way to Brooklyn to spread holiday cheer and give away a $500 prize. Dance with a cross-dressing go-go girl, take part in an audience Nerf gun fight and sing along to your favorite Monkees tunes.
Holiday Party Featuring Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana II: Navidad Flamenca
Friday, 6-8 p.m.
The Bronx Museum Lower Gallery
1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx
Sometimes there’s only so much Nutcracker and Rudolph you can handle and by about mid-December you’ve probably had your fill. But you still have that holiday spirit and need something new to help you celebrate, like Navidad Flamenca! Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana II brings on the party with singing, dancing and caroling, flamenco style. Put a little Feliz Navidad in that eggnog.
IKEA’s Swedish Christmas Julbord Celebration
Friday, 4 & 7 p.m
1 Beard St., Red Hook
$12.99 ($4.99 child), 888-888-4532
IKEA celebrates its Swedish heritage with a Christmas Julbord celebration. It’s an all-you-can-eat affair featuring the many foods of IKEA. Start with the salmon, move on to the Christmas ham, and end with some dessert and a glass of mulled wine. Or just eat whatever you want; the menu is your oyster (not literally).
A John Waters Christmas
Friday-Saturday, 8 p.m. Doors open 6 p.m.
605 W 48th St.
$45-$99, 212-957-1800 Can’t find the price
John Waters, director of cult flicks "Pink Flamingos," "Polyester" and "Hairspray," puts the X back in X-mas when he comes to Stage 48 for a night that, much like his movies, is surely not for the faint of heart. Of course John Waters loves giving and sharing, but his ideas may be a little off the beaten path – for example his ideas about Santa from his very own song “Here Comes Fatty Clause,” about the sack of s— he carries around, may not be what you’re used to hearing.
Phil Kline’s Unsilent Night 2013
Saturday, 7 p.m.; meet in Washington Square Park at 6:45
The Arch at Washington Square Park
15 Washington Square N
Silent Night is for sleepers. Gather in Washington Square Park with your old-school boombox loaded with one of the four tracks you’ve downloaded from the Unsilent Night website, and get ready to make music. When everyone hits play at the same time, the tracks will come together to create a song using the NYC streets as your soundboard. From Washington Square to Tompkins Square, spread the holiday cheer — loudly.
The Amazing Brooklyn Scavenger Hunt – Holiday
Saturday, 12:30 p.m.
228 Seventh Ave., Park Slope
Download the ScanQuest App (which you’ll need to participate) strap on your boots, winter coat and warmest mittens, and figure out who the unlucky member of your group will be who has to wear the fingerless gloves and hold the smart phone. Now you’re ready to start the hunt! Run around the streets of Park Slope and Ft. Greene following a series of clues, challenges and obstacles. Go ahead, be a regular Sherlock Holmes, why don’t you!
Bust Magazine Holiday Craftacular & Food Fair
Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m.
The Metropolitan Pavilion
125 W. 18th St.
Bring the longest shopping list you’ve ever made: With over 270 homemade, vintage and food shops on hand you’re sure to find absolutely everything on your list and then some. Get all DIY with some of the many make-and-take workshops (these will set you back $10-$20 but you’ll make festive felt garlands, pouf pins, fancy terrariums and more), adopt a puppy from the SNARR Pooch Room, dance to the sounds of DJ Judy B, hit up the free raffle, and of course, grab your free copy of Bust.
Mike Tyson book signing
Friday, 6 p.m.
Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation
1368 Fulton Street, Bed-Stuy
Put on your earmuffs, helmet or whatever it is you use to protect your lobes from a gnarly bite, cause Mike Tyson’s coming back to Bed-Stuy. Hosted by Greenlight Bookstore, who will be selling discounted copies of Tyson’s book, Iron Mike is signing copies of his autobiography "Undisputed Truth." Don’t make him mad, he’s likely to go off.
Richmond Choral Society Fall Concert
Saturday, 8 p.m.
Sacred Heart Church
981 Castleton Ave., Staten Island
$25 ($20 for seniors, $10 for students), 718-442-0058
Rejoice is the fitting name for the Richmond Choral Society’s 2013 fall concert, just in time for the holiday season. The choral group will be celebrating the season with their renditions of holiday classics like “Dixit Dominus,” “Jubilate Deo,” and “Hymn of St. Columbia.” No “Frosty the Snowman” on this list, go to your local department store for that.
42nd Street Jazz Festival
Dec 16-23, 8 p.m. (5 p.m. for Dec. 22)
410 W. 42nd St.
It’s eight days of all that jazz! The 42nd Street Jazz Festival brings together jazz artists from all over the world, from Brooklyn to Buenos Aires to Prague and more. Catch the excitement each day with Gabriela Anders, Rudy Linka Trio, Combo Nuvo and more!
Queens of the Stone Age
Saturday, 8 p.m.
620 Atlantic Ave, Prospect Heights
Queens of the Stone Age weren’t kidding when they announced they were heading out on an extensive world tour in support of their sixth album "…Like Clockwork." Already ranking high on many a “best albums of 2013” list, QOTSA bring their latest to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center before heading down to Florida, Australia, Italy and beyond!