Saturday, January 24: French-born acoustic axe virtuoso Stephane Wrembel, whose music was recently featured in Woody Allen’s “Vicky Christina Barcelona,” has become a fixture in Brooklyn, and he and his lightning-quick fingers are back in town. His African-, Middle Eastern-, and Indian-inspired music are a great way to cap an evening out.
7 pm. Spike Hill [184 Bedford Ave. at North Seventh Street in Williamsburg, (718) 218-9737]. Free.
Sunday, January 25: Celebrate the Chinese New Year — The Year of the Ox — with opera singers, martial artists and acrobats at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s annual energetic celebration. Guided tours of the garden’s plant collection will also be available as a great way to wind down after the festivities.
10 am. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden [1000 Washington Ave. at Eastern Parkway in Prospect Heights, (718) 623-7200]. $8, $4 for seniors and students.
Tuesday, January 27: Hear a rabbi read from his book about, of all things, how to run a business. His first piece of advice: don’t kvetch! Rabbi Aaron Raskin, the spiritual leader of Congregation B’nai Avraham, who co-wrote “The Rabbi and the CEO” with Thomas Zwiefel (he’s the CEO), will be reading selected passages.
7 pm. Barnes & Noble [106 Court St., between Schermerhorn and State streets in Brooklyn Heights, (718) 246-4996]. Free.
Thursday, January 29: Lovers of free alcohol only: if you’ve been spending hours in liquor stores trying to figure out the difference between Champagne, Prosecco and sparkling wine, here’s your chance to go from average dope to aficionado, and sample from a large, all-you-can-taste selection of wines and spirits — for free.
5:30 pm. Bar 12-21 at Morton’s the Steakhouse [339 Adams St., between Johnson and Fulton streets in Downtown, (718) 596-2700]. Free.
Friday, January 30: Prospect Park’s Wollman Rink is half-priced all day (and open late!). Whether you’re a faltering novice or an Olympic wannabe, this is your chance to put on the skates, but leave the big bills at home. And here’s another piece of advice: have some hot cocoa after. You know you want it.
8:30 am–10 pm. Wollman Rink [in Prospect Park, enter park at Ocean Avenue and Lincoln Road in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, (718) 287-6431]. $2.50 adults, $1.50 seniors.
Music: One of the coolest acts to come out of Brooklyn’s music scene is a country-crooning Jewish cartoonist from the New Yorker magazine who has two creaky chords and a voice that sounds like it was run over by the kind of beat-up Dodge that rumbles through his songs. Comment.