Goodies in Gowanus
This weekend, Build It Green!NYC will host the third annual Crafted at the Canal holiday market at the Gowanus Reuse Center (69 9th St., nr. Smith St.). From 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, December 6, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 7, attendees are invited to choose from a variety of eco-friendly items crafted by local artisans including bespoke home décor, reusable holiday cards, and plenty of upcycled or recycled products. There will also be a composting demonstration hosted by The NYC Compost Project on Saturday afternoon. Stumptown Coffee Roasters will provide free coffee and Coney Island Brewing Co. is giving a complimentary beer to all drinking-age patrons. Admission is free, and the event is open to the public.
On Wednesday, December 11, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1000 Fifth Ave., at 82nd St.; 212-535-7710) will mount its first major exhibition of contemporary artists inspired by the traditional ink-based style that has dominated Chinese art for centuries. The exhibit, “Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China,” is divided into “The Written Word,” “New Landscapes,” “Abstraction,” and “Beyond the Brush,” and will feature everything from woodblock prints and calligraphy to photography and video. Admission is free for members with a suggested donation of $12 for students, $17 for seniors, and $25 for adults. The exhibit will run through April 6, 2014.
Last month, Scott Wiener won the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest collection of pizza boxes (595 and counting), and this Sunday, he’s showcasing over 100 of his favorites at a signing for his new book, Viva La Pizza!: The Art of the Pizza Box. The event kicks off at 7 p.m. at Bookcourt (163 Court St., nr. Dean St., Cobble Hill; 718-875-3677) where Wiener will discuss how he came to amass his collection, the places his obsession has taken him, and the surprisingly fascinating history of pizza-box design. Admission is free, and the event is open to the public.