The Daily Shortlist January 9

Mickalene Thomas (American, b. 1971). Din, une très belle négresse #2, 2012. Rhinestones, acrylic paint, and oil enamel on wood panel, 102 x 84 x 2 in. (259.1 x 213.4 x 5.1 cm). Private Collection, Boston. Courtesy of the artist, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, and Suzanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. © Mickalene Thomas, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, and Suzanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. Photo by Christopher Burke Studio

Location: Prospect Heights, Brooklyn Art: Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Universe Show time: See website for schedule; Through January 20, 2013 Venue: Brooklyn Museum Food: Tom’s Restaurant Drink: Soda Bar Miscellaneous: Old Brooklyn Parlor Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Universe, is the Brooklyn born artists first solo museum exhibition, and highlights recent bodies of work that examine interior and exterior environments in relation to the female figure. Their settings are often inspired by her 1970s childhood. It’s the place where Susanne Vega wrote “Tom’s Restaurant,” but Tom’s Restaurant is just as famous for its food. With a near insane breakfast menu, expect items like pancakes with apples and pecans to be brought to you by the sweetest waitresses in Brooklyn. Soda Bar is a great place for drinks. The alcohol is cheap, there’s surprisingly excellent food, and there’s even another room where DJs spin. If it’s too much, you can hang outside in the backyard patio under the stars. The Old Brooklyn Parlor specializes in old school drinks like the Brooklyn Egg Cream and the Lime Cherry Rickey, making it an excellent anchor to this neighborhood.

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