Weekend Events

All events are in Brooklyn unless were noted.
Saturday: “West Side Story” Classic musical movie about two star-crossed-lovers caught between warring gangs in 1960s New York. Heights Players, 26 Willow Pl. between Joralemon and State Streets, Fridays and Saturdays, 8 pm, Sundays, 2 pm from Friday, May 9 to Sunday, May 25, $25 ($23 seniors, children under 18) http://www.heightsplayers.org/. Brooklyn Jazz Wide Open, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, 58 Seventh Ave. between Lincoln Place and Seventh Avenue, 8 pm, $10 http://www.bqcm.org. Bronx Food and Farms Trolley Tour – BRONX 100, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., Visit Taqwa Community Farm, a model of urban agriculture in our city, equipped with chickens, beekeeping, fruit trees, and food production. Lunch is served at River Garden, established in 1976. There are tour guides, arrive at the station between 9:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. There is an option to meet at the first stop in the Bronx, at 10:30 a.m. Please call for details. Registration is required. Please RSVP (718) 817-8038, bronxfoodsummit@gmail.com. Tickets are $30, payable by cash or a check made out to La Familia Verde, with proceeds going directly to support the Bronx community gardens and urban farms you visit. Bronx Trolley Tour Pickup, 153rd Street and Macombs Dam Park, Bronx. Summer Series Puppet Theater: Prokofiev’s orchestral adventure including Peter & the Wolf, The Frog Prince, The comedians and The Ugly Duckling. Recommended for children 3 years and older. Puppetworks, 338 Sixth Ave. at Fourth Street, http://www.puppetworks.org, Saturdays and Sundays, 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm from Saturday, May 10 to Sunday, Aug. 17, $8 ($9 adults; $7 groups of 20 or more). Art therapy: All ages are welcome to express their feelings through art. Every other Saturday, The Carmine Carro Community, 3000 Fillmore Ave. at Marine Parkway, Marine Park, Saturdays, 1–2:30 pm until Saturday, June 28, free.
Sunday: Japan Day @ Central Park Bandshell 69th St. mid park, 9:30 a.m.-4 pm, http://www.japandaynyc.org/. The fried dumplings, along with ramen, miso soup, and other treats are on offer at the eighth annual Japan Day, a Central Park–based celebration of the island nation. For Japanophiles, the festival hits all the right notes: A stage features performances that range from taiko drumming to a rendition of “Fortune Cookie in Love,” the hit song from J-Pop powerhouse AKB48. Activity booths run the gamut from culturally edifying to simply cute, with calligraphy workshops, Kabuki face-painting, origami lessons, and the chance to take a photo with Japanese idol Hello Kitty. Everything is free of charge, but get there early: Last year’s Japan Day had lines that rivaled the Cronut’s. Fix Your Bike Workshop: Fix your own bike with advice and some assistance from experienced bike mechanics. Tools provided, 99 South 6th St. near Bedford (Under Williamsburg Bridge) http://times-up.org, Sundays, 6–8 pm, free.
The weekend and after: New York African Film Festival: May 7–26, the festival opens on May 7 at Lincoln Center with a screening of Kenneth Gyang’s comedy Confusion Na Wa, which took best picture honors at the 2013 “African Oscars” (the festival later moves to the Maysles Institute and the Brooklyn Academy of Music). africanfilmny.org.
Bronx Week: May 8–18, there’s a parade, festivals, live music, a unique trolley tour and, of course, the induction of the latest additions to the Bronx Walk of Fame (last year Ellen Barkin gained her star). This year’s schedule hasn’t been released, but check ilovethebronx.com for updates. Frieze New York: May 9–12, features contemporary painting, performances, photography and from over 1,000 different artists and 190 galleries from around the world. It all happens inside a bespoke serpentine white tent on Randall’s Island. friezenewyork.com. The NFL Draft (May 8–10) Seating at Radio City Music Hall is extremely limited all three days, so be sure to line up early (some recommend the night before) to snag a wristband before they’re gone. Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Sixth Ave, Manhattan, nfl.com.


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