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Cheers!: Braven Brewing will celebrate the 108th birthday of “Sailor Jerry” on Jan. 14 with tattoos, a new beer, and spiced rum.
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This weekend we’re going back in time!

2019 is a whole new year, and I’m already sick of it! Everything was better in the past, and I’m getting real tired of the way time keeps on slippin’ slippin’ slippin’ into the future. So let’s kick off the weekend with a visit to the good ol’ 19th Century!

On Friday night at 7:30 pm, New York history mavens the Bowery Boys will discuss the Brooklyn roots of poet, newspaperman, and barbaric yawper Walt Whitman, as part of the Brooklyn Podcast Festival at the Bell House (149 Seventh St. at Third Avenue in Gowanus, www.thebellhouseny.com). For your $20 ticket, you can hear those nice Boys explore the local roots of Whitman’s poems, including “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” and “Song of Myself.” Then a batch of local poets will perform the verses live, so you can close your eyes and pretend that you are hearing the Bard of Brooklyn himself.

As previously established, all past time periods are better than the present, whether that means the 1970s, the fifth century A.D., or a blend of the two! That’s what you can expect on Saturday night, at the new play “The Talmud,” running at the Target Margin Theater [232 52nd St. between Second and Third avenues in Sunset Park) at 3 pm and at 7:30 pm. The genre-bending theater piece combines 1970s kung-fu movies with the story of an ancient rabbi who seeks revenge after his temple is burnt to the ground, which sounds interesting enough to risk $20 on a ticket. The show, part of the Exponential Festival of experimental plays, runs again Sunday at 3 pm.

Some people say that the weekend is over on Monday, but we’re getting timey-wimey, so I say that Jan. 14 still counts! That’s when you should visit Braven Brewing Company (52 Harrison Pl. between Morgan and Knickerbocker avenues, www.bravenbrewing.com), which will celebrate the 108th birthday of Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins from 8 pm to 11 pm. The brewery has cooked up a special Sailor Beware! Pineapple-flavored India Pale Ale to honor the South Seas traveler and tattoo artist. Drop by for the special — a new brew and a shot of Sailor Jerry spiced rum — and you can get a free nautical tattoo. Have enough drinks, and you’ll feel like you’re back with Jerry in Hawaii in the 1930s, free from 2019 for at least a few hours!

Updated 12:48 pm, January 11, 2019
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