Thursday, January 9, 7 p.m.
Winter Jazz Fest
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, Manhattan
After surviving the horrors of the polar vortex, it’s time to really take in the beauty of winter — ya know, from the warmth of an indoor concert packed with jazz music. Melt your frozen soul while celebrating 75 years of Blue Note Records, with performances from the Revive Big Band featuring special guests Bilal and Dr. Lonnie Smith. The Wallace Roney Orchestra will also play never-released music written for the legendary Miles Davis, including Wayne Shorter’s “Universe”, “Twin Dragon” and “Legend.” Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door.
Deal nearby: Meatball Obsession
Saturday, January 11, 8 p.m.
Cardboard Robot Battle
Standard ToyKraft, 722 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn
What happens when nine robots go head-to-head in Brooklyn? Pure. Cardboard. Carnage. Nine human teams will build their bots strictly out of cardboard and packing tape. Then a team member will man the machine and go to battle while the other serves as the “pit crew” (with tape at the ready for emergency repairs). Once a pilot is exposed outside of his or her cardboard fortress, they lose the round. Winning teams move on up to the Battle Royal to crown the best robot and be the last one standing. Tickets are $13 in advance or $15 at the door.
Deal nearby: Hope Garage
Saturday, January 11, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Geek Night Trivia: “As You Wish...’80s Fantasy Edition”
Freddy’s Bar, 627 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn
This weekend, Freddy’s mixes up dragons, labyrinths, witches, unicorns, princesses, dashing heroes and David Bowie in tights for some fantastical flashback fun. It’s good to be a nerd at this special edition of Geek Night, so we’ll be donning our best ‘80s gear for a chance at winning costume prizes, dominating trivia rounds, and soaking up a few drink specials. Admission is free.
Deal nearby: Feluccio
Sunday, January 12, 1 p.m.
6th Annual Cassoulet Cook-Off
Jimmy’s No. 43, 43 East 7th Street, Manhattan
Come winter chills, there’s nothing that quite warms us up like rich, slow-cooked food. At the 6th Annual Cassoulet Cook-Off amateur and professional chefs compete to make the best version of this traditional Southern French casserole. Each guest will sample all 10+ cassoulets and help select this year’s champ. Tickets are $30 per person — plus, they’ll cover your first beer, wine or cider to accompany all that eatin’.
Deal nearby: Village Pourhouse