PERFORMANCE/CULTURAL EVENTS The Kings Bay Y’s Chanukah Extravaganza:
Performances, menorah lighting, rides, games,music and kosher food. FREE. www.kingsbayy.org or call (718) 648-7703.
Dec. 5 11am-2pm
The Marks JCH of Bensonhurst:
ChanukahCelebration at 7802 Bay Parkway. For more info:(718) 331-6800, ext. 110.
Dec. 5 at 12pm
Brooklyn College Chorale and Conservatory Chamber Choir:
Holiday Concert at BC’sGershwin Theater. FREE.
Dec. 9 at 4:40pm
The Mark Morris Dance Group
The Hard Nut
at BAM’s Howard Gilman Opera House.
Bensonhurst’s St. Athanasius Church:
“Presepio,” a miniature replica of Bethlehem,everyday 8am–3pm. Contact the church at (718)236-0124 or Anthony Vigilante (718) 837-1682.
Begins Dec. 12
The Brooklyn Heights’ Grace & SpiritusChorale:
Community Sing, Montague St.Promenade Tree Lighting Ceremony andcaroling.
Dec. 15 at 5:30-7pm
. The 290-member Grammy-award winning
Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir:
Dec. 15 at 4:30pm
Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy:
Holiday Harmonies Concert at Our Lady of LebanonChurch in Brooklyn Heights.
Dec. 17 and 18
Jingle Bell Jamboree:
Holiday music, dancingand sing-a-long, the Old First Reformed Churchin Park Slope, FREE (Suggested donations: $5per child/$10 per adult).
Dec. 18 at 7pm
The American Ballet Theater
’s world premier of Alexei Ratmansky’s
BAM’s HowardGilman Opera House.
Dec. 22-Jan 2
Fulton Street Mall Holiday:
Brooklyn Ballet’s“Hip Hop”
Dec. 3, 10, 17 & 21from 12pm-4pm
. Visit www.fultonstreet.org forother events.
COME OUTSIDE! Wild Holiday Party:
Watch baboons, red pandasand other Prospect Park Zoo inhabitants tear intoholiday presents with hidden treats. Free with admis-sion.
Every Sat/Sun in Dec. 11:30am & 3:30pm
The Herald Angels Sing: A sing-a-long with dog-centric lyrics, hot beverages, plusSanta posing with your pooch! Long Meadow inProspect Park. FREE.
Dec. 11 from 8am-10am
Christmas Bird Count:
Helps researchers track the long-term health of bird populations.Audubon Center in Prospect Park. Call (718)287-3400 ext. 303 for more information.
Dec. 18 at 12pm & 3pm
The Brooklyn Three Kings Day Parade:
Starts atMeeker and Graham in Williamsburg.
Jan 9 at 2pm
DEAR SANTASt. Nicholas
: Visits the Lefferts Historic Housein Prospect Park on
Nov. 28 at 3pm.
Shoppers get a Brooklyn Bonus at
merchants. Visit ishopbrooklyn.com.Shop Brooklyn launches “Brooklyn Friday,” akaBlack Friday,
NYCreates Seventh Annual 2010 Holiday CraftsFair
at the Brooklyn Historical Society.
Dec 8-12, Weekdays 11am-7pm, Weekends 10am-5pm
’s Gifted Holiday Market atSkylight One Hanson features 100 art, jewelry,antiques and food vendors plus a holiday tree! www.brooklynflea.com/gifted.
Dec. 15-23, 11am-7pm
FOR THOSE IN NEED
If you know someone in need, tell them aboutthe free
Annual Holiday Dinner
at the Park Slope Armory, sponsored by the YM/ YWCA of Brooklyn.
Dec. 25 at 11am-5pm
Brooklyn Women’s Exchange,
, 55 Pierrepont Street, (718) 624-3435,
Dec. 5 & 12
The Dyker Library’s Holiday Arts & Crafts workshop
at 8202 13th Ave. Call (718) 748-6261.
Dec. 23 at 3:15pm
LIGHT UP THE NIGHT!Menorah Lighting:
Grand Army Plaza atsundown
Columbus Parkin front of theState Supreme Court, at sundown
.FREE. Marty joins the lighting
Dec. 2 at 5:30pm
Park Circle Menorah Lighting:
Brighton Beach Menorah Lighting:
BrightonBeach/Coney Island Aves.
Atlantic Avenue LDCTree lighting
at theBelarusan Church, corner of Atlantic Ave/BondSt., FREE.
Dec. 2 at 6-8pm
Frank Seddio’s Annual Holiday LightsExtravaganza
on Flatlands Ave. at 93rd St. inCanarsie begins
Dec. 6 at 5pm
Borough Hall Holiday Tree Lighting
Dec. 7 at 5:30pm
DUMBO Tree Lighting:
The Archway underthe Manhattan Bridge.
Dec. 8 at 6:30pm.Dyker Heights Neighborhood Lights
: Between80th and 86th Streets from 10th to 13thAvenues, begins after Thanksgiving.
CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR!
Join Marty to ring in the New Year with enter-tainment, refreshments and
New Year’s EveFireworks at Grand Army Plaza
Dec. 31 at 11pm
THANK YOU VERY MULCH!
Mulch your holiday tree into healthy groundcover. Two locations: Third St. & Prospect Park West or Park Circle Park entrance (Prospect Park Southwest & Parkside Ave.). For more info: www.nycgovparks.org/services/mulchfest/mulchfest.html
Enjoy YourBrooklyn Holidays!
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is tiny and the tables fillup quickly. But the sound of chopping coming fromthe small kitchen means that big taste is on its way.Ever since Senegalese Abdoul Gueye openedAbistro in 2005, he’s been drawing crowds. Hismenu reflects the cuisines of Northern Africa,France and native ethnic groups like the Wolof. Trout, chicken, tofu or beef might end up in abouillabaisse or stew or be drizzled with spicy vinaigrette. Big flavors like lemon, ginger, mustardand cinnamon figure prominently. Taste the Senegalese fried chicken with pineap-ple scented jasmine rice cakes, salsa and dijonnaisesauce and you’ll know it’s not like ordinarty friedchicken. It’s so popular both the brunch and dinner menu carry it. There’s also black-eyed pea fritters with codfish, West African spicy trout in soy sauce vinaigrette or Moroccan salmon with kale and couscous in peanut palm oil sauce. Andit’s all exquisitely presented and served with a smile. This kind of food guarantees a chef’s acclaim. Although Gueye cooked in Manhattanfor 15 years, his location of choice for his own restaurant was Brooklyn. “I fell in love with my wife, Cassandra, in Fort Greene and wanted to create something special herethat doesn’t exist in Manhattan,” said Gueye. “In my cooking, I try to reflect all the cul-tures that have influenced me.”Different ethnicities coming together and creating something unique? Kind of soundslike Brooklyn, don’t you think?
Abistro, 154 Carlton Ave., (btw. Myrtle/Willoughby); (718) 855-9455; Open Tues-Thur 6-10:30pm, Fri/Sat 6-12pm, Sat/Sun for brunch 10am-3:30pm, Sun 6-9:30pm; Reservations suggested.
BIG TASTE, SMALL PLACE
Chef Abdoul Gueye’s cuisine at Abistro in Fort Greeneis getting big raves.