DUMBO’s First Thursday Gallery Walk

Wine, culture and great views meet under the bridge in Brooklyn. On the first Thursday of each month, the galleries lining DUMBO’s waterfront stay open late to invite visitors in for special events and receptions. This week features the opening of a timely “Infrastructure: Land, Mind, Country” at the AICAD/New York Student Residency Program and a reading of epic poem “The Moon” by Jarrod Beck at Smack Mellon, performed in front of a large suspended paper moon installation. Feb. 2, 6-9 p.m., free,



Black Panther Got Loose From the Bronx Zoo

Showcasing imagery from the Black Panther movement in America, Israel and around the world, the Center for Jewish History’s latest exhibition centers on the piece by Ido Michaeli for which it’s named. The tapestry and video piece depict the true story of a black panther that evaded police to secure its freedom. Both the work and exhibition, which runs through April 1, are celebrated at an opening night party on Thursday with screenings and poetry performances. Pricing is suggested. Feb. 2, 6:30 p.m., Center for Jewish History, 15 W. 16th St., $15,


“How Does A Blind Cook Cook?”

Christine Ha was the first blind contestant to compete on TV’s “MasterChef” with Gordon Ramsay — and she went on to win Season 3. In a conversation at the Rubin Museum, Ha explains how she overcomes unique obstacles in the kitchen. Neuroscientist David Linden discusses how the brain perceives sensations, and how her other senses helped Ha compensate. Afterward, Ha and Linden will both sign copies of their new books. Feb. 3, 7-8:30 p.m., Rubin Museum, 150 W. 17th St., $25,


Battle of the Bands: Hearts 4 Haiti

You know how it goes: Local bands will duke it out for crowd favorite at the Branded Saloon on Friday. This time, they’ll be vying not only to win bragging rights but also to raise funds for the Jacobs Color Link Initiative, which serves people with disabilities in Haiti. A ticket gets you craft beer, chicken wings and the chance to cast your vote. Battling bands include Dolly Trolly, the Academy Blue Project, Samurai Pizza Cats and Dr. T-Bone and the Mashed Potatoes. Feb. 3, 7 p.m., Branded Saloon, 603 Vanderbilt Ave., Brooklyn, $45,


Death Candy

Pop culture was plenty subversive in the ‘90s, if you know where to look. Nitehawk Cinema is honoring some of the decade’s most successful horror films that took the ‘80s slasher tropes like teenagers, sex and over-the-top reaction shots and used them in subversive new ways. The February series, which screens entirely in 35mm, kicks off this weekend with two midnight screenings of Wes Craven’s masterpiece “Scream,” followed by “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” “Urban Legend” and “Final Destination.” Feb. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25, 12:20 a.m., $12, 136 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg


Walk of Art

The 60 pairs of “shoes” at this exhibit aren’t exactly meant to be worn — they aim to “defy space, anatomy and gravity,” according to the organizers. Created by students and alumni of Jerusalem’s Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, the projects include 3D-printed shoes, a work by Kobi Levi who counts Lady Gaga among his clients, a pair of heels crystalized in Dead Sea salt, and more works of art made from unusual materials including glass, metal, wood and even porcelain. Through Feb. 13, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Parasol Projects Gallery, 208 Bowery, free


Club Getaway Kickoff Party

It’s never too soon to start thinking about summer. To get people excited for sunnier days, Club Getaway (a resort located in the Berkshires) is hosting its annual kickoff party at Hudson Terrace. It includes a classic Color War with a series of relays in teams, with prizes. Those who RSVP are guaranteed admission and a complimentary drink. Everyone enjoys drink specials and a one-hour open vodka bar starting at 10 p.m. Partiers will also receive special offers on summer vacations. Feb. 3, 8:30 p.m., Hudson Terrace, 621 W. 46th St., RSVP,


NYC Winter Wine Festival

Retreat from this weekend’s returning chill with a glass of wine in hand as PlayStation Theater in Times Square is transformed into an indoor vineyard where guests can sample over 250 wines during the NYC Winter Wine Festival. In addition to vinos, there will be light bites and live jazz music from Brian Simpson with special guest JJ Sansaverino. There’s both an afternoon and evening session, and multiple ticketing tiers with extra privileges to customize your experience. Feb. 4, 3:30-6 & 8:30-10 p.m., PlayStation Theater, 1515 Broadway,


Art of Food

Pull out that swanky black suit or cocktail dress you hardly ever get to wear on Saturday, when Art of Food returns to the Upper East Side. Hosted by Food Network’s Geoffrey Zakarian and his wife, Margaret, the event offers unlimited drinks and samples of delicious cuisine by chefs from the likes of Flex Mussels, the Penrose, Atlantic Grill, American Cut and even Shake Shack. All the dishes were inspired by artworks in Sotheby’s galleries. Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m., Sotheby’s, 1334 York Ave., $105-$185,


Draco and the Malfoys

Literally a band whose songs are all told from the perspective of Harry Potter’s antagonist (hey, you’re either into it or you’re not — go talk to the Sorting Hat), Draco and the Malfoys rose to the nerd equivalent is of “stardom” with five full-length albums. They’re playing free performances for ticket-holders of two upcoming performances of “Puffs,” the hit Harry Potter parody show off-Broadway. The bonus concerts are part of a WizardNights series ending this weekend. Feb. 4-5, Elektra Theatre, 300 W. 43rd St., Free with Ticket,


Dead Darlings

Bless the brave writer who can face down an old first draft. Amanda Duarte, drag queen and feminist activist, returns this week to host Dead Darlings, a monthly show where artists gather to reveal old artworks they once killed out of mercy to themselves and others. Next Wednesday’s show features journalist Jessica Bennett, playwright Jaclyn Backhaus, cartoonist Emily Flake and comedian Bowen Yang. The suggested price is $10 or any donation to Safe Horizon. Feb. 8, 8 p.m., Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South, $10 sliding scale,


“Cruel Intentions: The Musical”

If you don’t have plans for Valentine’s Day, how about reliving 1999’s hottest sex scandal? “Cruel Intentions: The Musical” is coming to Le Poisson Rouge for three “pop-up” performances — just in time for the romantic holiday — and it’s selling out fast. Recall your crushes from the original film, whether you wanted Sebastian, a playboy riled by his own sister; Kathryn, the catty sister who encourages him; or Annette, the innocent who steals his heart. Now they sing and dance, too! Feb. 11, 13 & 14, 7 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St., $39,

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