Saturday: Beard and Moustache Competition, Sideshows by the Seashore, Coney Island
http://www.coneyisland.com. 8 pm, $20. Discosynthesis: A party dedicated to the synthesizer, with DJs spinning ’80s pop and ’90s house. It’d midnight, Union Hall, Park Slope, free, 702 Union St. at Fifth Avenue, Brklyn. Gerritsen Grist Mill and Farmhouse, Salt Marsh Nature Center (in Marine Park), 1:00 p.m. This program is a historic walking tour. Salt Marsh Nature Center in Marine Park , East 33rd Street and Avenue U, Brooklyn. Annual TEAL Walk. This walk/run raises funds and awareness for ovarian cancer survivors and the strength of families who have been touched by the disease. 8 am–1 pm. Prospect Park Band Shell, Park Slope. Mark Morris Dance Center Open House. Dance and music classes for all ages and abilities, dance performances, and a beer garden with live music. 9:30 am–5 pm. Mark Morris Dance Group, Fort Greene. Kite Festival see over 20 elaborate kites flying high above the beach, Coney Island Beach, West 10th St. and the Boardwalk, Saturday, Sept. 6, 9:30 am–5 pm and 7:30–9 pm, Sunday, Sept. 7, 9:30 am–5 pm and free. Gary Forbes Foundation Celebrity Softball Tournament and Taste Contest, Celebrity softball tournament, followed by a cooking contest with local barbecue joints and judged by Chris Santos of “Chopped,” former Giant Leonard Marshall, and Gary Forbes. 10 am–4 pm, Prospect Park Parade Grounds, 50 Parkside Ave. between Coney Island Avenue and Parade Place, http://www.garyforbesfoundation.org/celebrity-softball-fundraiser.html, 10 am–4 pm, free, $20 to taste, Windsor Terrace. Seining: The program teaches participants how to catch fish using nets. Mandatory safety review given by Rangers. 11 am–1 pm. Marine Park • Burnett St. and Avenue U. Autumn Moon Festival, celebrating the cultural history of China with dance and song. Parade, clowns, Ronald McDonald, antique convertibles and Caribbean Dragon/Dancers. Noon–5 pm, Bay Ridge. Lief Ericson Park, 66th Street and Eighth Avenue, Noon–5 pm, free. “Land in Sea”, exhibition of large-scale photographs by artist Stephen Mallon documenting both the salvage operation of the plane that emergency-landed in the Hudson River in 2009, and train cars being pushed into the ocean as part of an artificial reef-building program. 1–5 pm. Waterfront Museum Barge, Red Hook, 290 Conover St. near Reed Street, http://www.waterfrontmuseum.org/ , Saturdays, 1–5 pm until Saturday, Oct. 18 and free. Brooklyn Wildlife Summer Festival: Live music, 65 bands, yoga and vendors. 3pm–3 am. The Paper Box, 17 Meadow Street, 3pm–3 am, Williamsburg. Night of Gospel Laughs with Christian comedians G.I. Douglass, Naomi Raine, Chuck Burks, and more. 6:30 pm, Kumble Theater at Long Island University, Downtown DeKalb and Flatbush Avenues, $20-$50. Astoria Music Now!: Between 2 Bridges, 12:00 p.m. Astoria Park, 19th St. Long Island City, NY, free. http://www.astoriamusicandarts.org/. THE QUEENS COURT, preview all the up-and-coming ’hood has to offer with an outdoor festival. The five stages showcase performances from local theater and dance groups, a lineup of genre-spanning bands, acoustic, and solo artists, and stand-up comedy and improv. While you’re at it, browse the “art island” of visual and interactive works by locals, swing by the short film fest, and plug in at the Bill Murray Silent Disco (so named to entice the actor to visit; you never know.) Fuel your hours of culture with rice balls from Arborio King, empanadas from Pao Cha Cha, and more. 7th Annual Governors Island Art Fair: 100 different rooms of painting, photography, sculpture, installation, video, and sound art, chosen. 11:00 a.m. every Sat., Sun. from September 6 until September 28.
Sunday: Spook-A-Rama Cyclops Bon Voyage Party. Say goodbye to the 1950s folk art icon before it goes on a tour of museums around the country. Noon–6 pm Coney Island History Project, 3059 W. 12th Street between the Boardwalk and Bowery Street, Coney Island. Circus Amok: A touring circus show exploring themes of climate chance, dystopia vs. utopia, and the future of New York City, Coney Island Boardwalk at 12th Street, http://www.circusamok.org , 1 pm and 4 pm, free. Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint. Sample food from more than 40 of the neighborhood’s restaurants, bars, breweries, and wineries, plus live music curated by Rough Trade. 1–5 pm, East River State Park, 90 Kent Ave. at N. Eighth Street, http://www.tastewg.com , $30–$50 ($25–$45 advance), Williamsburg. Geisha Performance: Nara Geisha Kikuno performs. 1–8 pm. Park Slope J-LABO Brooklyn, 300 7th Street, http://j-collabo.org , 1–8 pm, free. Brooklyn Botanic Garden Garden Tour: family friendly peek inside the gardens, learn about garden plots and make a tasty treat. Pre-registration required and online; Cancelled in case of inclement weather.2–3 pm and 3:30 – 4:30 pm, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Crown Heights. The Brooklyn Music Festival featuring (I am) Isis, the Paisley Fields, BU Marching Band, Prayala, Ciph Boogie, Ty Black (Queen Blizzy), Vybz Evolution, Melissa Otero, Erick Right, Soni, and DJ Tony Touch. 2 pm, Fort Greene, Commodore Barry Park, Flushing Avenue and Navy Street, http://www.tbkmf.com 2 pm, free. Music On the Bay (Sheepshead Bay): Giant Flying Turtles, Tucker Park • Emmons Ave. and East 27th Street, 3–6 pm, free. Summer on the Hudson: West Side County Fair, 68th Street Entrance at Riverside Park South, Manhattan, 1:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. Carnival rides and games, live bands, sideshow performers, aerialists, reptile shows, a greenmarket and more. Mainstage line-up: The Willies, PitchBlak Brass Band, Frets on Fire, and an open jam session led by Ernie Vega (BYOB – bring your own banjo). There will also be a sideshow of stiltwalkers and aerialists by House of Yes.
Past the weekend: Fashion Week, September 4–11 http://www.milkmade.com/fashion. What’s Up, Doc: The famous Bugs Bunny animator’s work is on display at the Museum of the Moving Image, movingimage.us. Crossing The Line: Alliance Française’s interdisciplinary arts festival begins on September 8. fiaf.org. BAM Next Wave Festival September 9–December 20. A daring survey of avant-garde music, theater, opera and dance. Among this year’s highlights are Shakespeare’s sonnets staged by Next Wave mainstay Robert Wilson and the Berliner Ensemble, with a score by Rufus Wainwright; Samuel Beckett plays from the Royal Court Theater and Mighty Mouth; a revival of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America (parts 1 and 2) by Dutch director Ivo van Hove and his Toneelgroep Amsterdam; music from Philip Glass, Meredith Monk and Vijay Iyer; and new dance pieces from Benjamin Millepied, William Forsythe and Justin Peck. Expect intriguing work from emerging avant-garde talents, with plenty of artist talks worked into the stew. bam.org.