All events are in Brooklyn unless noted and most are free. Many are bars so check if under age. If you can’t drink you might be able to eat there.
There is a Dorothy Parker tribute listed below and here are some of her best lines.
This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.
Brevity is the soul of lingerie.
Men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses.
I’d rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy
It serves me right for putting all my eggs in one bastard.
On death: Razors pain you,
Rivers are damp,
Acids stain you,
And drugs cause cramp.
Guns aren’t lawful,
Gas smells awful.
You might as well live.
Riverside Skate Park is open, Mon, Thurs, Fri 3-7pm, Sat, Sun 12-7 pm, Riverside Skate Park at 108th St, Manhattan. Full gear (helmet, elbow and knee pads) required for all riders. Riders under 18 must also wear wrist guards.
Wednesday, June 7: Lake Street Dive, 8:15 pm, kick off the Bric Celebrate Brooklyn Festival with 60’s inspired sounds. Prospect Park Band Shell, Prospect Park West and Ninth Street.
Brooklyn Film Festival, Wednesday, 6 and 8 pm, Saturday, 3 pm, 5 pm, 7 pm, starting at $15. Made in NY Media Center by IFP, 30 John St. between Pearl and Jay Streets, Manhattan.
Brn Grl Spk Open Mic Night, 7:30 pm, 21+, $10 suggested donation. Women of color are invited to show off their skills in music, poetry, comedy, or dance. With featured performers Nia & Ness. Lot 45, 411 Troutman St. between St. Nicholas and Wyckoff Avenues. Buy tickets at bgsopenmic2.eventbrite.com
Dorothy Parker Tribute, 7 pm, poet, critic, screenwriter, and founding member of the Algonquin Round Table Dorothy Parker will be celebrated and toasted in Williamsburg on the fiftieth anniversary of her passing. Festivities include music, readings, and $7 martinis, negronis, gimlets, and gin and tonics, made with Parker’s namesake spirit. The writer and activist took her caustic wit and biting tongue to Hollywood, where she was later blacklisted; perhaps this occasion (co-hosted by the Dorothy Parker Society of New York) will inspire present-day resistors to bone up on her overlooked legacy of political disruption. THE SHANTY AT THE NEW YORK DISTILLING COMPANY.
Thursday, June 8: Salsa Party at the Brooklyn Museum, 6 pm, free with museum admission. Join this monthly salsa class, followed by performances by Brooklyn’s best Latin dance teams.
Ramsey Lewis at MetroTech, noon, BAM BAM R&B Festival, a free, outdoor concert series featuring jazz, soul, and R&B legends alongside groundbreaking emerging artists. MetroTech Commons, Flatbush Ave and Myrtle Ave.
Live at the Archway, Thursdays, 6 pm till Sept. 28, underneath the Manhattan Bridge archway listening to music from across the world, performances and dance classes paired with interactive visual art components. Manhattan Bridge Archway Plaza, Water Street and Pearl Street, Manhattan.
Jody Sperling: Book of Clouds, 7:30 pm, $10+, an opportunity to contemplate the sky at sunset, past books on strategies of light technology (Huestis’s magic lanterns, projecting hand-painted slides of clouds, sun, Earth, and the moon), movement (Sperling, leading our gaze), and sound (Zubair’s layering of video systems and design of the sonic environment) to expand our perception of time and space. Opening night’s a benefit, including Sperling’s recent Ice Cycle, inspired by a trip to the Arctic. BARYSHNIKOV ARTS CENTER.
Dirty Projectors, 5 pm, Northside Music Festival with the indie rockers, who are joined by jazz virtuoso Kamasi Washington and dream pop artist Jay Som. McCaren Park, N. 12th St. between Bedford and Berry Avenues.
Outcast Cabaret, 9 pm, $15, a summer solstice ritual of burlesque, sideshow, drag, magic, and live music. Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave. at W. 12th Street. http://shop.coneyisland.com/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?preadd=action&key=7681
Thursday and Friday: Hudson River Dance Festival, 6:30 pm. National Dance Institute and a world-class ballerina to the spiritually-based, African-inflected dances of Ronald K. Brown/Evidence takes over the broad lawn on the banks of the Hudson, its platform stage backed with views of the river, the New Jersey skyline, and, with luck, a dazzling sunset. Take the M23 all the way west and walk a little; bring a picnic dinner and a blanket, as lawn chairs are not allowed, and check the Hudson River Park Twitter feed before starting out if you’re worried about the weather. on Pier 63 Lawn at W 23 St, Manhattan.