1- You need to know where to see The Nutcracker. Did you know you can see it right at BAM? The presentation of the Nutcracker by the American Ballet Theatre begins its previews tonight and runs through Jan. 2. Performed with a live orchestra, together with sets and costumes by Richard Hudson of "The Lion King" fame this new version of Tchaikovsky's classic includes more than 100 performers Tickets, $20-$105. Click here for show times.
2- You need to know if you can to sing outside of the shower. Ready to find out? Seize the day and head on over to . Sign up by 7 p.m., the show begins at 8:30 p.m. 807 Classon Ave., free, but there is a one-drink minimum.
3- You need to know how to get the kids away from Tickle-Me Elmo. Hop the bus to the Brooklyn Children's Museum, for which runs every Wednesday. Children, 5 and under nvestigate the world of natural science with hand-on activities. 145 Brooklyn Ave., 11:30 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. $7.50, free for babies 12 months and under.
4- You need to know your art. Head to the Brooklyn Museum for a tour of "American Identities" at 2 p.m. Meet at the Rubin Gallery on the First Floor. 200 Eastern Parkway. Tour free with a suggested admission price of $10 for adults, $6 for students and seniors. Children under 12 are free.
5- You need to laugh. Luckily, Brooklyn's own comedy team, the Raspberry Brothers, is . Tonight they're spending the evening mocking 90s pop culture, complete with a screening of Home Alone featuring live commentary/mockery. Afterwards, stick around for screenings of 90s Christmas TV episodes. 702 Union St., 7:30 p.m. $8.
(Want to know if your train is running? It is. There are no service changes for Prospect Heights trains, according to the MTA Web site. But in order to get more events into this list, from now on we're only including MTA information when there are service changes affecting Prospect Heights.)