Videos and Tuesday and Wednesday events

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All events are in Bklyn unless noted.

Tuesday, July 25:  The History and Future of Brooklyn Animation, 6:30 pm, $5. A panel discussion of the past, present, and future of Brooklyn animation. Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St. at Clinton Street.


Wednesday, July 26:  Sylvan Esso, Middle Kids, 7:30 pm, $35. Prospect Park Band Shell, Prospect Park West and Ninth Street.

Free swing dance lessons, 6:30 pm and music 7 pm at the Grand Army Plaza Central Library courtyard.

Big Ups, Joe Pera, Dan Licata, Fits, 8 pm, $10, a combined comedy and punk show. Sunnyvale, 1031 Grand St. between Morgan and Vandervoort Avenues.

Comedians You Should Know, 9 pm, 21+, $5. This Chicago-style stand up showcase, hosted by Mike Lebovitz, welcomes Langston Kerman, Liza Treyger, Dan Perlman, and more. The Gutter, 200 N. 14th St. between Berry Street and Wythe Avenue.

Radio Daze 70’s & 80’s Party Music, 8 pm, Marine Park, Fillmore Ave, Marine Parkway.

See Ongoing on top tab. 


weekend events

All events are in Brooklyn unless noted and most are free. Many are bars so check if under age. If you can’t drink you might be able to eat there.

Saturday, July 22: Mashrou’ Leila, Dawn of Midi, DJ Khatir, 7 pm. Prospect Park Band Shell, Prospect Park West and Ninth Street. Niblo’s Pleasure Garden, 7 pm, 21 and older, $40. A 19th-century pleasure garden, with a show featuring fire eaters, contortionists, fan dancers, games and music. Green-Wood Cemetery, Fifth Avenue and 25th Street. Ask The Experts, 5 pm, $5 for adults, $3 for kids. Theatre historian Cezar Del Valle paints a picture of Coney Island’s history, starting from its beginnings as a wealthy seaside resort, to its reign as a “nickel empire” chock full of vaudeville houses, concert saloons, and early film shows of Coney Island that helped to shape American culture. Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave. at W. 12th Street. Fid’s 40th Birthday Party Show, 7 pm, $15. A night of rock bands raising money for Planned Parenthood. With the Besties, Fidnight Oil, Shellshag, and more. Sunnyvale, 1031 Grand St. between Morgan and Vandervoort Avenues. Gibney Dance at Brooklyn Bridge, 7 pm, summer Saturdays at 7 p.m., enjoy sunset performances on the East River, “class on the grass,” and installations.  Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Sunday, July 23: Adventure Race, 9 am. This exciting, parent-child race incorporates basic exercises and sports skills, and provides a healthy, one-hour dose of fun for all. The course features 12 activity stations where team members must properly perform the required exercise or task before advancing to the next station and final run to the finish line. Activities include: javelin throw, jump rope, basketball free throw, hurdles, and a mini climbing wall. Registration is Required. Open to children 8 to 13 years old. Marine Park, East 33rd St. at Fillmore Avenue.  (718) 760–6999, Tai Chi in the Park, Sundays, 10 am until Sunday, Aug. 13. Use movement, meditation, and deep breathing to foster better health, strength, concentration, and self-awareness. Wear comfortable clothing. Fort Greene Park Visitor Center, enter park at Myrtle Avenue and Washington Park. Doga! Summer Sessions, 5 pm, 18+, $25. Practice yoga with your dog. Bring your mat, dog, water, and an open mind. RSVP required. Bushy Tails, 1087 Flushing Ave. at Porter Avenue. (216) 469–9451, Northern Manhattan Parks Hike (Vigorous) near Columbia University, 11 am–12:30 pm. Urban Park Ranger hiking help you unplug from the world to clear your head. Wear comfortable shoes and packing water and a light snack. 110th Street and Morningside Drive in Morningside Park. Amplified Sundays, 7 pm. Vibrantly danceable live music accompanied by spectacular sunsets over the Hudson River. This week: Dahlia Dumont’s Blue Dahlia brings international reggae sewn with French chanson, ska, and tango.  Pier I at 70th St, Manhattan.

See Ongoing Summer Events on top tab. Ongoing: see past descriptions for Art Installation, Drones: Is the Sky the Limit? Angry Bird’s Universe, Art Island Outpost, Coney Island Circus Sideshow, Music in Motion, Tai Chi in the Park, Graham Avenue Farmers Market, Citizenship Prep & U.S. Civics, Yoga in Prospect Park, Kayak Polo.

Videos, Friday events

All events are in Bklyn unless noted.
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Friday, July 21:  Amadou & Mariam, Innov Gnawa, Ahmed Gallab, 7:30 pm. Prospect Park Band Shell, Prospect Park West and Ninth Street. 
Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory film, dusk, generally around 8:30 pm, Pier 46 at Charles St., Manhattan. 
Jazzy Jazz Festival 2017, 7-10 pm, a weekly jazz tribute to the music of Lena Horne. 
Medgar Evers College, 1638 Bedford Ave. at Crown Street. 
Coney Island Fireworks, 9:30-10 pm. For the best view, locate yourself on the boardwalk or beach between West 10th Street and West 15th Street.

week day events, Library Cafe closed Wednesday

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Library Cafe will be closed Wednesday and prior will close Tuesday 9:45 pm and Thursday open at 3 pm. The Library or the WEB should be open.

Monday: July 17th: Coney Island Movies on the Beach at Night. Mondays at 8:00 P.M. during July and August, a giant 40-foot inflatable screen turns the beach at West 10th Street into an outdoor movie theater. Tonight  shown is Landline.

Handball and Racquetball Tournament August 5 in Marine Park. They just had one there. They may break into into age groups. Marine Park was redone as I previously mentioned. There are bike and boat rentals, tennis, basketball, handball, baseball, weight machines, bocchi, biking, jogging and walking lanes around a mile track. There are many concerts and movies there. The field house has art and other exhibits.

Tuesday, July 18: Sumo Stew, 8-11 pm, 21+, $55. Watch sumo matches streamed live from Japan while eating chankonabe, the “sumo stew,” along with bento boxes, draft beer, and Japanese whiskey. Brooklyn Brewery, 79 N. 11th St. between Wythe Avenue and Berry Street.

Planetarium, 8 pm, $55 ($50 in advance).  A collaboration between Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner, and James McAlister, “Planetarium” is an expansive song cycle that explores the Sun, the Moon, the planets, and other celestial bodies of our solar system. Part of the annual outdoor Celebrate Brooklyn Festival. Prospect Park Band Shell, Prospect Park West and Ninth Street.

Wednesday, July 19: Understanding Dementia for Caregivers, 6 pm. CaringKind hosts a talk for those caring for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia. RSVP required. Heights and Hills, 57 Willoughby St. between Lawrence and Jay Streets, fourth floor. Pre-registration is REQUIRED. Please call the CaringKind 24-hour Helpline at (646) 744-2900 to register.

Flashback the ’70s, 9 pm, $15. Scarlett Lace presents a variety show of performances inspired by disco, punk rock, and New Wave. With Apathy Angel, Dottie Dynamo, Edie Nightcrawler, Kittyhawk Boone, and a disco dance contest. Cobra Club, 6 Wyckoff Ave. between Jefferson and Troutman Streets.

Comedians You Should Know, 9 pm, 21+, $5. The Chicago-style stand up showcase features Aaron Berg, Dave Hill, Michelle Wolf, Myq Kaplan, and more. The Gutter, 200 N. 14th St. between Berry Street and Wythe Avenue.

Weekend events, free ice cream Sunday

All events are in Brooklyn unless noted and most are free. Many are bars so check if under age. If you can’t drink you might be able to eat there.

Water Day. 

Kayaking and Canoeing. 

Movies in the Park. 

Saturday, July 15: Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival, 1 pm, $65. Bad boy rapper DMX headlines alongside fellow ’90s phenomenons The Lox. Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier One, Old Fulton Street at Furman Street. Ben L’Oncle Soul, Sweet Crude, 7:30 pm, Prospect Park Band Shell.  City of Water Day, 10 am, held on the New York and New Jersey waterfronts and on Governors Island. A bevy of free boat tours on a few tall ships and plenty of shorter ones (fireboats, tugboats). Other highlights include live music, a food court, Disney-sponsored kids’ activities, and a cardboard kayak race. Various locations. Canarsie Day, 8 am-7 pm, a day of fitness, baseball, soccer, cricket, rides, food, and giveaways. Canarsie EIP, 1651 Ralph Ave. Free Rowing Lessons, 12-5 pm. For City of Water Day, dress appropriately for both the weather and the water of Jamaica Bay. Paerdegat Basin Launch, 1310 Paerdegat Ave. North at Paerdegat 11th Street. South Summer Strolls, 5-9 pm. Climb a rock wall, hop around a bouncy house, explore fitness on fifth classes. Freddy’s Bar’s Doggy Fashion Show, Fifth Avenue from 12th to 18th Street. Film Screenings of 20 short films, 7:30 pm, 21+, $15 with the theme “Spoiler Alert,” along with music. Rough Trade NYC, 64 N. Ninth St. between Kent and Wythe Avenues. Sara Bouchard, 9 pm. Sound artist, conceptual songwriter, and longtime South Sloper performs “The News: Monday-Friday,” an ecological and political song cycle with lyrics entirely taken from words and phrases found in the newspaper. Open Source Gallery, 306 17th St. at Sixth Avenue. The Messy Show, 8 pm, $5. An experimental, outrageous comedy show with sketch group SOAP hosts a slew of great acts from the stand up and improv scene for a night of punk AF comedy. The Diamond, 43 Franklin St. at Calyer Street. A Red Summer Night’s Dream Masquerade Ball, 10 pm, 21+. Wear a mask and red outfit to this dance party with DJs, music from High Waisted, and a performance from La Danseurs de la Nuit Rouge. Tilt, 248 McKibbin St. between McKibbin and Siegel Courts. Pop-Up Pool, daily, 10 am to 6 pm until Monday, Sept. 4. The Pier 2 Pop-Up Pool is 30’x50’ pool and includes a sandy beach and play area with food and drinks from Lizzmonade. Pier 2, Brooklyn Bridge Greenway and Per 2 Promenade. WitchsFest USA: A Pagan Street Faire, 10 am, a source of female empowerment and support; at worst, in the habit of certain politicians to use witch as a derogatory term for outspoken women, a full day of workshops, performances, and vendors to meet all your witchy needs. Learn about “conjuring magickal protection”, jam to the Dragon Ritual Drummers and Shakti Thara, then wind down in the afternoon with a summer blessing ritual. Astor Place, Broadway and Lafayette St, Manhattan. Dale Chihuly, 10 am, free to $27. Cheery, saccharine work, sculptures made of ribbons and swirls of glass in bright and vibrant colors, play nicely with flowers and against a green backdrop. Included in the show are more than twenty works, three of which are new, and drawings that reveal his process. NY Botanical Garden in the Bronx. Gibney Dance at Brooklyn Bridge, summer Saturdays at 7 p.m., enjoy sunset performances on the East River, “class on the grass,” and installations created especially for this glorious site. Excerpts from Folding In, a 2016 contemporary dance by Gina Gibney with music by Hildur Guðnadóttir, will be shown on July 15 and 29; on July 22, come for a class at 5 and stay for a performance at 7 by Kinesis Project Dance Theatre. (Gibney’s dancers will also perform at Union Square Park in Manhattan at 5 pm. on July 27.) Brooklyn Bridge Park. The US Navy During World War II, 10-11 am, learn all about naval service in NYC in WWII. Floyd Bennett Field, Ryan Visitor Center.

Ongoing: see past descriptions. Art Installation,  Drones: Is the Sky the Limit?, Angry Bird’s Universe, Art Island Outpost, Coney Island Circus Sideshow,Music in Motion, Giglio, Tai Chi in the Park, Graham Avenue Farmers Market, Citizenship Prep & U.S. Civics, Yoga in Prospect Park, Kayak Polo.

Sunday, July 16: Bastille Day Street Festival, 12-10 pm, celebrate the French Independence Day at this street festival outside the Bar Tabac bistro, featuring live music, drinks, and a petanque tournament.  Cheer the French Revolution with Champagne and lawn games. Bar Tabac and its fellow restaurants turn Smith Street into one long pétanque court (72 teams compete in a tournament) and pastis haven. Vive les aperitif. Smith Street between Bergen and Pacific Streets. In the Arms of the Pack-Audience Edition, 7 pm, $20. In this theatrical game, half the audience plays a pack of vampires and werewolves, while the other half works together to create a narrative. The Brick, 575 Metropolitan Ave. between Union Avenue and Lorimer Street.

Free or discounted ice cream. 6 Handles and Mcdonald’s are the ones in our area. 

NYC Summer Ice Cream Blizzard, 10 am, not free tickets. National Ice Cream Day, honor the sweetest of the many inconsequential food-related holidays, the weekly Grand Bazaar NYC indoor/outdoor market will be showcasing vendors who make the frozen treat. Over one hundred local artists, antique dealers, supporting the market helps contribute to programs at four nearby public schools, with all proceeds going to them. Grand Bazaar NYC, 100 West 77th Street, Manhattan. Tickets. 

Sasheer Zamata Party Time, 8 pm, $8-$10. Sasheer Zamata will be leaving SNL this season, this is a send-off show. Beyond playing Michelle Obama and a regular contestant on Black Jeopardy, see her stand-up act here, where she’ll be joined by Emmy-winning Wyatt Cenac, whose subtle observations call to mind some of his best Daily Show segments. The Bell House. Laughter in the Park 2017, 4:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m., Brooklyn Bridge Park. Learn how to build a shelter in the wild, 1-2:30 pm. Shelter Building, 218th Street and Indian Road in Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan.

Thursday and Friday events

All events are in Brooklyn unless noted and most are free.

Thursday, July 13: Grand Central Station free food and music mini-festival, 11 am-2 pm, Vanderbilt Hall. Tank and the Bangas concert, 12 pm, MetroTech Commons, Flatbush and Myrtle Ave. Brown Rice Family, 6-9 pm, the world group plays with a pop-up art gallery of portraits of Jaimie Walker at The Archway under the Manhattan Bridge, Water and Adman Streets. Foreign Minds Think Alike, 7 pm, free with museum admission. Happy hour drink specials and free screening if the Brooklyn based Caribbean American comedy, which follows Di Rass and his new dreams of a new life in Americas and travels to NYC. Brooklyn Museum.

Friday, July 14: Basteille Day Photography Exhibition and Cookie Fun, 7 pm. French photographer Stephanie Pfeiffer portraits and serves cookies. Michel and Augustin’s Banana Farm, 98 Fourth St at Bond St. Quantic, Tei Shi, Alex Anwandter, 7 pm, Prospect Park Band Shell, Prospect Park West and Ninth Street. Jazzy Jazz Festival 2017, 7-10 pm, tribute to Lena Horner at Medgar Evers College.  Vinny Deponto: Mind Reader, 7:30 pm, $15. Union Hall, 702 Union St at Fifth Ave. Literati, 10 pm, $10, $8 in advance, comedians,  Union Hall, 702 Union St at Fifth Ave. Divas Duets, burlesques duets, Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave.  Coney Island Fireworks, 9:30-10 pm, best view on the boardwalk between W 10 st and W 15 St.