1. You need to do something different. The , is hosting . The turn-of-the-last-century-themed event includes everything from caviar to a literary homage to Russia's great woods by from author Lara Vapnyar to a toast to the horticultural origins of vodka. The event isn't until Saturday, but we're letting you know now so you can still snag a ticket—and a long skirt, top hat, lace-up boots or other appropriate Russian Empire attire. 1000 Washington Ave., Jan. 14, 4:30 p.m. $30.
2. You need some old-timey jazz and blues. Head to for . 603 Vanderbilt Ave. at Bergen, 8:30 p.m. No cover.
3. You need to get the kids out of the house. Head to for where kids can sing, dance and hear stories (egg shakers provided). 755 Dean St (at the corner of Underhill Ave), 10:30 a.m., $5/family. Or, see our for more options.
4. You need to know if your train is running ... Between 12:01 and 5 a.m. all week, Q trains are running every 30 minutes between Atlantic Avenue and Stillwell Avenue. Brooklyn-bound trains will drop you at Pacific and you will have to walk to Atlantic and wait up to 30 minutes for the next leg (the reverse Manhattan-bound). In addition, there are no No. 4 trains between Grand Central-42 St and Utica/New Lots Ave. 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through Friday, but the No. 3 train and the 42nd Street shuttle will run all night. See more on alternate travel options at the MTA site.
5. ... And if you have to move your car. You do. Alternate side won't be suspended again until Monday, Jan. 16 for MLK day, according to the NYCDOT.