You haven’t experienced cold until you’ve been to Russia, where in April, Moscow’s streets are piled with snow up to your knees. We don’t even want to know what January is like in that vast, northern land, but Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Linnaean Libation League dares to imagine the country’s dark winter nights at a “Russian Retreat” cocktail party. Snack on caviar and crackers in a 1918 structure reminiscent of Russia’s forest villas, while the balalaika plays and Russian-born author Lara Vapnyar reads from her short stories. It might be cold outside, but do as the Russians do to keep warm—drink vodka, lots of it.
Sat., Jan. 14, 4:30 p.m., 2012