Weekday events citywide

All events are in Brooklyn unless noted and most are free. Monday, June 20: Ask Me Another hosted by Ophira Eisenberg, this rambunctious hour blends brainteasers and local pub trivia night with comedy and music, Mondays, 7:30 pm until Thursday, June 30, $25 ($20 in advance), Bell House, 149 Seventh St. at Third Avenue. Refugee Orchestra on World Refugee Day, conductor/refugee Lidiya Yankovskaya and other musicians whose friends and families have fled to the United States to escape violence and persecution will perform a free benefit concert, 8 pm, free; donations welcome, St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, 157 Montague St. at Clinton Street. Focus Group with Edmond Hawkins of Saturday Night Live and a group of comedian guests screen actual commercials and short video clips and discuss how to make each just a little bit better. With Jo Firestone, Seth Herzog, Bobby Tisdale, and Brett Davis, 8 pm, $5, Union Hall, 702 Union St. at Fifth Avenue.

Tuesday, June 21: Inside the Bird Chorus is a musical dialogue between improvising artists and native bird species, 5 am and 8 pm. Performances will take place at dawn and dusk, prime birdsong hours, with naturalist Bradley Klein will be on hand to lead bird walks at 6 am and 7:30 pm, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Ave., at Eastern Parkway, free, registration required. Make Music New York, digital creator and vocalist Thomas Piper, Dream Circle, and salsa artist Benny Lopez Conjunto, 11 am–7 pm, Green in BKLYN, 432 Myrtle Ave. between Clinton and Waverly Avenues.

Wednesday, June 22: Inner Beauty Pageant with 12 of New York City’s most warm-hearted oddballs compete. Contestants will participate in an interview portion, a talent portion, and a home-made swimsuit competition. 8 pm, $7 ($5 in advance), Littlefield, 622 Degraw St. between Fourth and Fifth Avenues. African Dance with a workout. No partner or prior experience required. For older teens, Wednesdays, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm till Aug. 24, Target Brooklyn Community Garden, 933 Bedford Ave. at Dekalb Avenue.

Thursday, June 23: Thursday Nights at the Brooklyn Museum free exhibits and galleries every Thursday evening, 6-10 pm, Brooklyn MuseumAlvvays, Ducktails, Big Thief, 7 pm, Prospect Park Band Shell, Prospect Park West and Ninth Street. Brooklyn Cyclones Take Your Base 5K and 1.5 Mile Walk along Coney Island’s boardwalk and around the bases at MCU Park to a home-plate finish. Runners and walkers can fundraise for their YMCA branch via CrowdRise, fun giveaways, free BBQ, MCU Park, 1904 Surf Ave. at W. 17th St, 9 am, $40-$60, depending on time of registration.

Friday, June 24: Steeplechase Friday Night Acoustic Music for a weekly performance from a different artist until Friday, Sept. 9, Steeplechase Beer Garden, 1904 Surf Ave. at W. 17th Street, 5 pm. Dreamland Roller Disco, a weekly skating dance party for grown-ups, Fridays, 7:30-10 pm until Oct. 14, $6, LeFrak Center at Lakeside, Prospect Park, 171 East Dr. at Ocean Avenue. ¡Cubanismo! Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Local, dance band joined by Afro-Cuban musician Lemvo, 7:30 pm, Prospect Park Band Shell, Prospect Park West and Ninth Street. Literati: A Comedy Show About the Greatest American Novels Never Written, 8 pm, $8 ($6 in advance), sophisticated, satirical, and sometimes wigs. Union Hall, 702 Union St. at Fifth Avenue. Song of Myself: The Words of Walt Whitman, an immersive theatrical experience, 8 pm, $20 ($15 in advance), The Old Stone House, 336 Third St. between Fourth and Fifth Avenues.

Several days: Some of the above are the same day each week. Flatbush Food Court, pop-up vendors at Sycamore, 1118 Cortelyou Rd. between Stratford and Westminster Roads, Mondays-Thursdays, 6–10:30 pm, Fridays and Saturdays, 6–11 pm, Sundays, 2–8 pm until Friday, Sept. 30. Personal Finance Certification, be prepared to apply for housing lotteries, rentals, co-ops, and more with this free personal finance course. Certification provided upon completion. Must attend every class, 6:30–8:30 pm, daily, Monday-Thursday, June 23, Impacct BK, 1000 Dean St. between Classon and Franklin Avenues. Nature Exploration as Alliance members take children on a bird watch, a nature trail hike and meet with Snappy the Turtle, Thursdays and Fridays, noon–4 pm until Thursday, June 30, Prospect Park Audubon Center, enter park at Lincoln Road and Ocean Avenue. Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards Exhibition, Wednesdays-Saturdays, Noon–6 pm until Saturday, June 25, United Photo Industries, 16 Main St. at Water Street.

 

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