It’s January and freezing but that doesn’t mean you should shut yourself in. There are still a lot of fun things to do around Greenpoint and nearby.

* Starred items mean: “See you there!”

• Hardcore Night @ Saint Vitus Bar (1120 Manhattan Ave) Free, 10pm
• Heavy Metal Karaoke @ Bar Matchless (557 Manhattan Ave) Free, 10pm by Kings of Karaoke

• Funky @ The Warsaw (261 Driggs) 9pm-1am, All Vinyl
• All the Single Ladies: Anna David, Beth Griffenhagen, and Rachel Kramer Bussell @ Word (126 Franklin) 7pm, Anna David’s new book recounts how she found herself in her mid-30s with 2 cats, one toolset she didn’t know how to use, and zero romantic prospects on the horizon. Also, Beth Griffenhagen (Haiku for the Single Girl) and Rachel Kramer Bussell (Women in Lust, Best Sex Writing 2012). Reading includes a haiku contest, prizes, and refreshments!

Ted Partin, Mountaindale IV, 2010 @ Camel Art Space

• Narrative Ability@ Camel Art Space (722 Metropolitan) Opening Reception 6pm, Artists: Linda Gallagher, Joe Lawton, Ted Partin, Amber Hawk Swanson, Ryan Syrell, Curated by Carl Gunhouse, RSVP
• First Fridays Starry Night Dinner @ Greenpoint Shul (108 Noble St) 7pm, Israeli fare will be served. $18 members/$24 nonmembers, More info
* Weapon @ Fardon Gallery (25-17 41st Ave, Long Island City) Opening 7-10pm, The fascination with weaponry has been a longstanding human interest. From man’s beginning, and one of the reasons for it’s distinction, weapons have played a crucial role as the provider and protector, satiating the thirst for power. RSVP
* Slick Rick @ Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe) 9pm, $15 RSVP
• The Weekend Bowlers, Schweinehund, Only the Messengers @ The Gutter (200 No.14th) 9pm, $5, More info

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* Brooklyn Bird Club’s Coney Island Bird Walk with City Birder’s Rob Jett, Meet @ 7:30 am at Dunkin Donuts at the Stillwell Ave train station main entrance on Surf Avenue, Focus: winter birds, coastal species, raptors, ducks and other waterfowl
• MulchFest @ McGolrick (drop-off only) & McCarren Parks (chipping) 10am-2pm, drop-off you Christmas trees to be recycled! More info
* Plovgh Pick-Up @ Veronica People’s Club (105 Franklin) 11am-1pm, Plovgh is a community where farms sell their harvests directly to people. An alternative CSA. A neighborhood farm stand. Check out and pre-order here. *
• The Best of 2012 @ Soloway (348 So. 4th) Opening Reception 6pm, ‘THE BEST way to predict the future is to create it.’ –Peter Drucker, management guru, author, Concept of the Corporation, Artists: Robert Bordo, James Brittingham, Jude Broughan, Pilar Conde, Rochelle Feinstein, Jaya Howey, Chris Martin, Amy Sillman, Jessie Stead, Steel Stillman, RSVP

• MulchFest @ McGolrick (drop-off only) & McCarren Parks (chipping) 10am-2pm, drop-off you Christmas trees to be recycled! More info
*Smorgasbrewery @ Brooklyn Brewery (79 N.11th) Noon-5pm, Porchetta, Rachel’s Pies, Commerce Bakery, Lush Candy, BK Oyster Party
• Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra @ Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe) $5, 8pm, More info

• OCD Lecture Series: Notes from Jupiter: Decoding the Toynbee Tiles w/Justin Duerr @ Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer) Free, 7:30pm, “TOYNBEE IDEA in Kubrick’s 2001. RESURRECT DEAD ON PLANET JUPITER.” With these words unfurled an urban mystery whose clues have confounded the most stalwart seekers of its arcane meaning. They are the Toynbee Tiles, strange messages embedded in city streets throughout the United States and South America that have been puzzling passersby since the 1980s. Join Justin Duerr, who has been investigating these tiles for over two decades.

* North Brooklyn Boat Club Meeting @ Gun & Rod Club (59 Kent Ave) 8:30pm *
• Community Board Meeting @ Swinging Sixties Senior Center (211 Ainslie) 6:30-8:30pm
• 94th Precinct Community Council Meeting @ Church of the Ascension (127 Kent, enter @ Java) 7:30-8:30pm

* Friends of McGolrick Park Meeting @ Lutheran Church of the Messiah (129 Russell) 7-8pm, will discuss the recent meeting Friends of M. had with all of the officials that preside over the park and talk more about how to spend the $2,500 we raised (and have received!) from Exxon-Mobil, RSVP *

Coming up:
• 1/12: Ladies Arm Wrestling @ Diamond, to compete email dave (@)
• 1/22: Chili Cook-Off @ Habitat, to compete inquire at the bar.

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