weekend events

All events are free unless noted.  Saturday: Dance Brazil at Celebrate Brooklyn with the acclaimed company fuses Afro-Brazilian movement, contemporary dance and Capoeira, the traditional dance/martial arts form at Prospect Park Band Shell, Prospect Park West and Ninth Street, 7 pm, free, http://www.bricartsmedia.org/cb. Waterfall Hike (light) 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. meet in Prospect Park’s Audubon Center at the Boathouse near the Lincoln Road/Ocean Avenue entrance, Brooklyn.  Roller Skating at Pier 2- Brooklyn Bridge Park, 150 Furman St., http://http:.//www.brooklynbridgeskating.com, Saturdays and Sundays, Noon–7 pm until Sunday, June 28, $8 to skate plus skate rentals. Brownsville Heritage House Jazz 2015 as The Wade Barnes Tribute Band presents the Word on the Street Ensemble, Brownsville Heritage House, 581 Mother Gaston Blvd. between Dumont and Livonia Avenues, 3–6 pm, free. Shore Park Conservancy’s “Sing for Hope Pianos” 2015 series presents classical musician Fumiyo Narita at Shore Road Parks, 90th Street and Shore Road, http://ww.shoreroadparks.org, 6:30 pm. Fitness class at Rockaway Beach, Hatha Yoga on the Beach at Beach 108th Street. Queens, 8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m. Crom Physical Culture Summer of Shred 2015 Bootcamp at Beach 94th Street off Shorefront Parkway (in Rockaway Beach), Queens, 8:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m. builds total body strength, endurance, balance and core stability for people of all ages and fitness levels. Japanese drumming concert in Highbridge Park with taiko drums and bamboo flutes Arts, Culture & Fun 6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Roughly translated, Taiko means big drums-and that’s exactly what Taikoza brings. Big Drums, powerful rhythms, and electrifying, room-thumping energy. This exciting group draws from Japan’s rich tradition of music and performance to create a highly visual performance at Highbridge Recreation Center in Highbridge Park, 2301 Amsterdam Avenue, Manhattan.  See the city’s best high school cricket players take on the Queens All-Star team NYC Mayor’s Cup Cricket All-Star Game, 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. The event will feature the Queens All-Star team taking on a team comprised of the best cricketers from Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Manhattan. The most up-to-date event information, as well as the all-star team rosters, will be posted on the NYC Mayor’s Cup Facebook page.It’s at Parade Ground in Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx. Gospel Day: A Celebration of Gospel Music in the Park at Baisley Pond Park House (in Baisley Pond Park), Queens, 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. including crafts, face painting, and gospel music.

Sunday: Summer Solstice Celebration at Socrates Sculpture Park, 5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Welcome the summer and celebrate the longest day of the year. Be creative in Solstice art-making workshops, get your face painted by Agostino Arts; participate in a special Solstice ritual performed by Urban Shaman Mama Donna; have a picnic; and enjoy the view as the sun sets over the Manhattan skyline. The festivities culminate with a performance by the Queens Symphony, led by Maestro David Katz. Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens. Intermediate Canoeing, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Urban Park Rangers will lead you on canoe adventures that range from the gentle waters of protected lakes to the challenging open waters of rivers and bays. For Intermediate programs some prior canoe experience is preferred. This program is suitable for ages 8 and up at Burnett Street and Avenue U in Marine Park, Brooklyn. Play music on the HeartSeat in Fort Greene with drums, pipes, and xylophone, 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. HeartSeat is a striking red sculptural seat fabricated from a repurposed water tank. Stereotank is dedicated towards creating a fusion between architecture, music, design and environmental science with their public art projects at Myrtle Avenue at Washington Park in Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn.

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