While many of our artist friends are down in Miami for Art Basel – the coolest winter fair mixing sand, surf and art – it’s still an event-filled weekend for those who stayed behind in Bushwick. Warm back up with openings at Hood Gallery and Honey Ramka, plus artist talks at ODETTA Gallery and Momenta Art!

#1 “MAKS” @ Hood Gallery (FRI 8-11 PM)

1397 Myrtle Ave Unit 17, Brooklyn, New York 11237MAKS: Musically Advanced Kinetic Systems will be on view for one night only at Hood Gallery. Listen in!

“MAKS” at Hood Gallery – one night only on December 5th (Image courtesy of Hood Gallery)

#2 “Hippie Priest” @ Honey Ramka (FRI 6-9 PM)

56 Bogart St, Brooklyn, NY 11237

“Hippie Priest” opens on Friday, December 5th (Image courtesy of Honey Ramka)

Honey Ramka presents this new group exhibition curated by Nikita Vishnevskiy with works by over 10 artists. How will they play on the priest theme? Religion seems to be in this week. Appropriately enough, our latest insta-takeover by Dimitri explored a similar theme: You Thought Churches Looked Alike? Think Again.

#3 “CHILLZONE” @ 99¢ Plus Gallery (FRI 7 -10 PM)

238 Wilson Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237

“Chill Zone” opens Friday, December 5th (Image courtesy of 99 Cent Plus Gallery)

Get ready for a dream “CHILLZONE” – a collaboration between the HANDJOB Gallery/Store and LikeMindedObjects. This dreamed-up setting will feature furniture by Elise McMahon, Tom Forkin and more, plus HJGS special edition objects, books, plants and good vibes!

#4 “Becoming” Artist Talk @ ODETTA Gallery (SUN 3 PM)

229 Cook St, Brooklyn, NY 11206

Clockwise: Works by Mary Dwyer, Alice Momm, Gregory Curry and Deborah Brown in “Becoming”

Take a look back at history through the art telescope during ODETTA Gallery’s “Becoming” artist talk, with featured Deborah Brown, Gregory Curry, Mary Dwyer and Alice Momm.

#5 Creative Extraction Artist Talk @ Momenta Art (FRI 6-9 PM)

56 Bogart St., Brooklyn, NY 11237

Momenta Art presents Creative Extraction: Why are Art Schools at the Vanguard of Unreasonable Debt Burdens? – a conversation with Coco Fusco organized by Occupy Museums. Currently on view in the exhibition “Work It Out,” is an alternative art fair proposal aimed at alleviating the debt crisis in the Art World. How does the “Art World,” whether willingly or unwittingly, take part in an inter-connected web of globalizing neo-liberal economy? The art education complex, labor exploitation and more will be discussed.

#6 “Tightened, As if by Pliers” @ Knockdown Center (SUN 4-7 PM)

52-19 Flushing Ave, Queens, NY 11378

(Image courtesy of Ortega y Gasset)

Ortega y Gasset Projects presents “Tightened, As If by Pliers,” curated by Joshua Bienko and Leeza Meksin. This large group show plays on intellectual curiosity – poetry, photography and art as natural outgrowths of insistent questioning and the practice of resistance to the mundane anchoring of the present.

#7 “Gifts of the Magi 2014” @ Friday Studio Gallery (6-8 PM)

56 Bogart St, Brooklyn, NY 11237

In an unthemed, eclectic group show, artists Barry RustSpring Hofeldt and Linda Tharp bring handmade instruments, curious oddities and formless paintings as their gifts to the Magi.