weekend events

All events are in Brooklyn unless noted and most are free. Many are bars so check if under age. Many are bars so check if under age.

Saturday, March 11: Sierra Club President Aaron Mair delivers the keynote address on the “People’s Climate Change Movement” at the Environmental Issues Conference at Medgar Evers College, 10:20–10:50 am, Medgar Evers College, Shelter Building 1650 Bedford Ave between Montgomery and Crown. Survival in the Wilderness Workshop, 1-2:30 pm, Ranger Center, Seaview Ave. and East 89th Street, Canarsie. BollyX: A Bollywood-inspired dance fitness workshop for the whole family, 11 am, $20–$30, Mark Morris Dance Group, 3 Lafayette Ave. between Nostrand Avenue and Bedford Avenue. Fort Greene Park Winter Jazz Festival, 3-7 pm, $15. Three star-studded jazz performances. The Five Spot, 459 Myrtle Ave at Washington Ave. Self-Defense Class for Women, 4 pm. Ttrans-inclusive course teaches effective self-defense techniques. Space is limited, RSVP SelfDefense.Brooklyn@gmail.com. Traditional Okinawan Karate, 248 McKibbin St. between Bushwick Avenue and White Street, Bushwick. A History of the Irish in Greenpoint, 3-5 pm, Gallery AWA, 61 Greenpoint Ave between West and Franklin Streets. RSVP suggested. Tour of Union Square Park, 2 pm, social and political history, Abraham Lincoln Statue in Union Square Park, Shelter Building, near 16th Street, Broadway, Manhattan.

Several days: Flamenco Festival, Saturday, 8 pm. Many dates and times, $35+. The first three nights of this week’s offerings include performances by Gypsy dancer Juana Amaya, flamenco innovator Olga Pericet, Spanish ballet star Jesús Carmona, and 26-year-old Patricia Guerrero, who accents the traditional flamenco styles of Granada with flavors of her own. Joining them is passionate singer-songwriter Rocío Máquez. On Sunday, Pericet stars in the New York premiere of a new offering, Pisadas, which explores “the origins and rituals of human life with a daring feminist slant,” and features guest dancer Juan Carlos Lérida and Pericet’s ensemble of vocalists and musicians. New York City Center – Main stage  131 W 55th St (between 6th & 7th), Manhattan.  Confusing times so check at http://www.flamencofestival.org/eng/ffworld/http://www.nycitycenter.org/tickets/productionNew.aspx?performanceNumber=10285

Music in Motion (chamber music), 4 pm. Bargemusic on the floating barge,  Fulton Ferry Landing – (Brooklyn Bridge).

Sunday March 12: Birding for Beginners at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens on Sundays, beginning March 12 10-11 am. Introductory nature walk where you will learn the essentials of birdwatching. www.nps.gov/gate, directions https://www.nps.gov/gate/planyourvisit/directions.htm

Purim Carnival, 11 am to 1:30 pm. Come sing, dance and celebrate Purim at a fun-filled carnival rides, sand art, face painting, themed arts and crafts and a costume contest. Hammentaschen, coffee, and raffle prizes will be awarded. Kings Bay YM-YWHA, 3495 Nostrand Ave. at Avenue V.

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