Thursday, October 11: Brooklyn Boozehounds: A History of Distilling in Kings County, at the Brooklyn Historical Society. A talk with tasting about the often controversial history of liquor in Brooklyn, and the new wave of distillers who have picked up the torch. Talk will be given by Sarah Lohman, an “historic gastronomist” and sponsored by Kings County Distillery, Brooklyn Gin, and Van Brunt Stillhouse. 7pm, tickets required.
Friday: Williamsburg Every 2:ND. Galleries in Williamsburg are open late (9pm, several until 10pm) with opening events and special performances.
Saturday & Sunday: 16th annual Gowanus Open Studios. A chance to check out artist studios and the surrounding Gowanus Canal area. “A melting pot of aspiring, professional, and amateur artists; our work is avant-garde, craft-influenced, naïve, formally trained, prim, conceptual, whacked out.” 12pm-6pm each day.
Saturday: Gowanus Girls Indie Design + Food Mart. “A stellar roster of the best, most compelling Brooklyn-based lady designers and food makers we can find.” Presented by Curious Jane, a summer camp and after-school program for girls. 12pm to sunset.
Saturday: Fall Tree Giveaway at Brooklyn Bridge Park. 100 trees will be given away as part of MillionTreesNYC. Trees can be reserved on the website. Volunteers will be on hand to provide a brief tutorial on how to plant and care for the tree. 10am-12pm.
Sunday: Last day for 440 Gallery’s show Brooklyn Seen, paintings of everyday street life and Brooklyn Botanic Garden water lilies by Ella Yang.
Also, Call for Artists deadline of Saturday, November 3 for 440 Gallery’s annual Small Works Show, to be held December 6, 2012 through Sunday, January 6, 2013.
Online: A lovely website The Forest Feast, by Erin Gleeson. A New York food photographer moves to the woods and blogs. Erin’s beer floats—both her recipes and her photography—are not to be missed.
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