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Event Preview: Harry Potter Yule Ball 2013

Staying true to the annual Yule ball that takes place at Hogwarts, this Harry Potter Yule Ball will feature performances from Harry and the Potters, the Potter Puppet Pals, Lauren Fairweather, and half-Mad can o' Destroy.

$5 from every ticket will go towards Harry Potter Alliance, a non-profit organization that spreads love and socail activism through the Harry Potter novels.

So put on your best wizard wardrobe and head over to Brooklyn this Saturday and experience a piece of Hogwarts holiday tradition!

What: Harry Potter Yule Ball

When: Saturday, December 21st, 2013 at 5 pm

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Give to Sandy Relief

A Very Funny 'F*ck You' to Sandy: The Bell House and Pretty Good Friends are hosting a hurricane relief benefit on Sunday November 25th at 8pm. The show will feature comedians Jon Glaser, Wyatt Cenac, Mike Birbiglia, Michael Che and more and will be hosted by none other than Eugene Mirman. Tickets are $30 and 100% of the proceeds will go towards The Brooklyn Recovery Fund.

The Bell House is located at 149 7th St., Brooklyn. 718-643-6510

CULINARY OCCASIONS
Take a Bite Out of Shark Week

Shark Week is officially back in session...which means it's time to get your snorkels ready, your fins on, and raise your glasses because you can finally party like it's Shark Week again! Check out some of these fintastic 'tails, jawsome bites, and bloody fun parties.

MexiBBQ in Astoria will be offering shark-inspired specials all week long, from Sunday through Thursday. Delicious dishes include Taces de Tiburon (shark tacos, $9) made with grilled shark, fresh avocado, and guajillo orange salsa. You can also try their Great 'Witte' Beer Flight for $9, which includes a range of refreshing summer craft brews. You can enjoy all this while watching Shark Week at the bar.

CULTURE CLUB
Summer Delight: NYC Theater Edition

Summer in the city can be tough...annoyingly humid days followed by torrential downpours, no one in sight on the weekends, and the same ol' shtick going on every day. Do something a little different from hitting the nearest bar and binge drinking all night -- check out one of these six great shows going on throughout the month of August. And if you still feel the need to drink till you pass out, well, at least you got some good theater in before the lights went out.

The Moth Storyslam: Listen to true personal stories at The Bell House at this epic open mic night. The storyslam will feature 10 stories by Brooklyn's general public. If you want to participate, come prepared with a five minute story and put your name in the hat and hope to be chosen! Peter Aguero will host the evening, beginning at 7:30pm on August 6th. There will be 10 stories, 3 judges, and one winner. Come prepared!

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Party Gras: Where to Get Your Fat Tuesday Fix

The most gluttonous Tuesday of the year has arrived! While NYC broods about in its usual Winter slump, down in New Orleans the furor is in full swing: decadence raining from the sky, indecency plying at every avenue, carnality incarnate—ah, the final, riotous purging of hedonism. The onset of Lent tomorrow marks the return of temperance and decency—if only for a few weeks—yet that doesn’t mean the denizens of NYC must abstain from their bacchanal urges. New Yorkers fear not, if only for today, succumb to the Dionysian allure throbbing within your veins.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Last Minute V-Day Plans

From cruises, to beers, and all the way to Puerto Rico, we've got plenty of options for you to try out this Valentine's Day! Nothing here strike your fancy? Check out our V-Day options for every personality here.

World Yacht is offering up two special packages for the romantic couple. Their Sweetheart Package ($90/person or $180/couple) includes a three-course dinner as well as choice of dessert, along with DJ entertainment and a rose for all couples. Step it up a notch with their Romance Package ($125/person or $250/couple), which includes a three-course dinner, a chef's sampling of dessert, a live band, champagne toast, a single rose and a complimentary souvenir photo. The cruise sets sail Feb. 11th, 12th, and 14th from 6-10pm from Pier 81. Purchase your tickets here.

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Two Fun n' Different Superbowl Parties

Do something different for Superbowl this year and head to The Bell House for some live comedic commentary from Shane Mauss (Conan, Jimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central), and April Macie (Howard Stern, Last Comic Standing). They will be hosting a live feed of Superbowl tweets from contributors at WitStream. Enjoy drink specials and food from Urban Rustic. Start pre-gaming at 5:30pm.

Be a little unique this Sunday, with Mexican street hot dogs, alitas de pollo, chicharrones, and of course, the game on the big screen TV. To add to the rivalry, Hecho en Dumbo's chef Danny Mena will be competing against chef Bill Dorrler of Osteria Morini and chef Einat Admony of Balaboosta on the NFL Channel's pre-game cookoff, which will be judged by chef Marc Forgione (Iron Chef) and linebacker Dhani Jones. Uapa!

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All Turkeys Aside: Our Weekly Party Picks

November. The month of designated family time, frantic cooking, and ample preparation. Which is why whether the last week of November (in all its T-day glory) is filled with family fun or mama drama, we know you’ll be jonesing for something, anything to de-stress before the big day. And what better way to take a break than to attend a couple of parties, comedy shows, and a Lady GaGa book signing, all planned to perfection for your entertainment and relaxation. Here’s your top picks for this week:

Monday November 21st

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Wasabassco Burlesque's 7th Anniversary Extravaganza

If you want some titillating, sexy, fun, then Wasabassco Burlesque is definitely your cup of tea. Celebrating its 7 Year Anniversary, this Brooklyn-based burlesque show (began in 2004) has become one of the greatest burlesque shows ever. November 4th and 5th you can enjoy over 40 of Wasabassco's favorite performers and over SIX hours of entertainment (can you handle it?). Come out Friday night for a stocking fashion show from PEEK Brooklyn featuring the lovely ladies of Wasabassco, as well as a unique pole dance show (within a show) sponsored by X-Pole, and an exclusive engagement by Chicago's Michelle L'Amour, The Most Naked Woman. Saturday night brings more fun and seduction to the table with a tattoo-art runway walk of performers inked by Scarlet Sinclair of Tattoo Ritual, as well as a special appearance by Outer Borough Brass Band. Don't miss two fabulous nights of striptease, fire eating, hula hooping, and more! Hosts of this magnificent event include Doc Wasabassco, Bastard Keith, GiGi La Femme, Nasty Canasta, Sapphire Jones, and Stormy Leather.