This weekend you can get your holiday shopping done, show off your highest heels, help prevent homelessness in the LGBT community, and more. Check out our picks for the five best eating, drinking, and merrymaking events on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. By Jessica Allen.
African Diaspora International Film Festival
Since 1993, the African Diaspora International Film Festival has sought to “present [an array of innovative] films to diverse audiences, redesign the Black cinema experience, and strengthen the role of African and African descent directors in contemporary world cinema.” Featuring movies by “emerging and established filmmakers of color,” the festival includes a celebration of 20 years of democracy in South Africa. Friday, November 28, through Saturday, December 13, see schedule for details, tickets start at $12.
Bar Car Nights
The New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show is a site to see. On select Fridays and Saturdays from now until mid-January, you can wander the train show, with more than 150 landmarks re-created using nuts, seeds, leaves, and other plant matter at the adults-only Bar Car Nights. Your ticket also includes a cocktail, a light show from Cirque de Light, live music, ice sculpture demos, and the chance to leave the kiddies at home. Friday, December 5, and Saturday, December 6, 7 to 10 pm, $35, must be 21 or older.
Degenerate Craft Fair
Get a jump on presents for your family and friends at the Degenerate Craft Fair: “Created for artists, by artists, the Degenerate Craft Fair . . . showcas[es] artists selling affordable versions of their work or who integrate craft traditions into their practice, dedicated craftmakers who take unconventional approaches toward traditional techniques, and even small independent businesses.” You might find a few things for yourself too. Saturday, December 6, 12 to 9 pm, and Sunday, December 7, 11 am to 6 pm, free.
The theme of this month’s “Target First Saturday” at the Brooklyn Museum is “Brooklyn Fashion.” For the low, low price of nada, zero, zip, you can wander the museum, attend a talk by the curator of the very cool Killer Heels exhibit, listen to The Hot Sardines, catch a screening of God Save My Shoes, a documentary about the relationship between women and their footwear, or learn about the latest fashion trends from the folks at dapperQ. Saturday, December 6, 5 to 11 pm, free.
Cyndi Lauper and Friends: Home for the Holidays
This year, the “friends” in the fourth annual Cyndi Lauper and Friends: Home for the Holidays concert include Patty Griffin, Salt-N-Pepa, 50 Cent, and Hoda Kotb, as well as many others. Co-hosted by Laverne Cox and Rosie O’Donnell, the concert benefits the True Colors Fund, which raises awareness about, and tries to end, homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth. Saturday, December 6, concert begins at 8 pm, tickets start at $50.