Have you ever wondered why Scandinavia has such a high rate of suicide? The answer is that it doesn’t—at least not according to the online resources of the Edinburgh University Library, which maintains that “the myth of Swedish suicide” has its roots in the Cold War era.
Which is not say that people don’t get the “winter blues,” or SAD (seasonal affective disorder), this time of year when the days are shortest. If you’re among the sufferers, you’ll want to head over to Openhouse Gallery, an indoor “pop-up park,” complete with lawn, trees, park benches, forest murals, and light boxes for the SAD-afflicted. As an added attraction, beginning this coming Saturday, January 8, and running through end of the month, the space will feature estimable food. Munch on a lobster roll from Luke’s Lobster between rounds of croquet or on a BBQ slider from Mexicue before a movie on the grass. The daily hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Openhouse Gallery is at 201 Mulberry Street, bet Kenmare and Spring Sts, 212-334-0288.
If on the other hand your affliction is impatience and you just can’t hold out till Saturday, then make a beeline tomorrow for d.b.a. Brooklyn, which will be hosting the Fourth Annual Williamsburg Cask Ale Festival. Admission is free, and you pay by the pint or half pint. The promotional literature promises a selection of rare and tasty brews, including Sixpoint’s Chocolate Rye Porter and Green Flash’s Le Freak. Sigmund Pretzels will be available all weekend, and on Sunday, Tchoup Shop will serve up New Orleans-style food. The event runs from tomorrow, January 7, through Sunday, January 9, from 1 p.m. to 4 a.m. daily. d.b.a. Brooklyn is at 113 N. Seventh Street, bet Berry St and Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, 718-218-6006.
If you still haven’t sated your thirst or hunger by Monday, you’re in luck. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., the Astor Center will feature a class on wine and food pairing essentials taught by Kimberly Koharki, who worked with the sommeliers at Café Gray and Alto. Sharpen your pairing skills over a dinner that includes butter-poached lobster voul-a-vents, fettuccine Bolognese, and grilled strip steak with black cherry cabernet sauce. The cost of the event is $125 per person. Tickets may be purchased here. Astor Center is at 399 Lafayette Street, at 4th St, 212-674-7501.
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