Monday, December 2, 6:30 p.m.
5th Annual Latke Festival
Metropolitan Pavillion, 125 West 28th Street, Manhattan
After a major Thanksgivukkah, this holiday season continues to outdo itself with the 5th Annual Latke Festival. Enjoy ‘em savory or sweet – 18 of the city’s favorite restaurants will be serving up the grated potato goodness. From Mae Mae Cafe’s potato pancake with maple mascarpone and cranberry bourbon sauce to Veselka’s latke with braised pork and cherry compote, be sure to come ravenous. Tickets are $55 per person.
Deal nearby: The Green Roll by Beyond Sushi
Monday, December 2, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Life in Public: An Art Show Inspired by New York City Streets
Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn
Whether it’s crying in front of strangers on the subway or having an embarrassing fall in front of the man at the bodega, life in New York can certainly feel like a public experience. This aptly named exhibition showcases works inspired by New York City’s streets. Check out pieces from more than 20 artists who call the five boroughs home, including David Byrne, Swoon, Stephen Powers, Dave Kinsey and many more. Tickets are $50 per person, with drinks from Brooklyn Brewery and eats from Reynard.
Deal nearby: Fatty ‘Cue (Williamsburg)
Monday, December 2, 7:30 p.m.
The Williamsburg Spelling Bee FINALS
Pete’s Candy Store, 709 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn
Remember the days before spell-check fixed our errant ways? Before auto-correct rectified (most of) our text messages? These folks do, and they’re challenging the dictionary for all its worth. At this installment of the Williamsburg Spelling Bee, this year’s previous winners go head to head in the 2013 finals to claim the title of best speller in the ‘Burg. Attend for free and cheer on contestants while you look up the words on your smartphone.
Deal nearby: Cu 29 Copper
Tuesday, December 3, 8 p.m.
Beerded Ladies Present: Beer Geek Trivia
Glorietta Baldy, 502 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn
Fancy yourself a connoisseur of brews? Know the porters from the stouts? The hefeweizens from the weizenbocks? Join fellow beer-loving brainiacs for a night of trivia, pints, and plenty of prizes. Singlecut Beersmiths will also be offering up specials on tap at this new craft beer watering hole in Clinton Hill. Get in on the game for free and drink it all in by the glass.
Deal nearby: Samantha’s Southern Cuisine
Wednesday, December 4, 8 p.m.
apexart, 291 Church Street, Manhattan
Karaoke can be a harrowing experience: up on stage, the eager crowd awaits your version of “I Will Always Love You” and you start to wonder why you thought you could sing like Whitney. At Scaryoke, they’re upping the ante even further. Twelve of the city’s top cultural critics choose from 15 different songs to sing for the audience at apexart. After it’s been sung, the song is eliminated from the pool and the next performer must choose from what’s left. Who will hit the high notes in “Take on Me”? Stop by for free and find out.
Deal nearby: Blue Planet Grill