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.
River to River Festival, various times and locations. From City Hall Park to the Financial District to South Street Seaport to Governors Island, the Medici-like Lower Manhattan Cultural Council deploys some of our most interesting dance artists. The Village Voice recommends The Set Up: Island Ghost Sleep Princess Time Story Show (June 18–19 and 24–25 at Governors Island), a six-year collaboration among Wally Cardona, Jennifer Lacey, and multiple international collaborators, all masters of French or Asian dance traditions. Events are free, though some require advance reservations at the website, which offers full descriptions and schedules.
Monday, June 19: Faust 3: The Turd Coming, or The Fart of the Deal, 8 pm, $18.75, maybe more days. If the onstage assassination of a Donald Trump–resembling Julius Caesar in the Public Theater’s latest Shakespeare in the Park production strikes you as overly subtle, then maybe you’d prefer this wild “satire of the Trump fiasco” by Paul David Young. An irreverent jumble of Goethe, the gospels, politics, and poop jokes, it’s the tale of a lying, self-loving, Twitter-happy clown king who promises to save the world but causes a nuclear apocalypse instead. The charlatan seizes power when the downtrodden populace makes a Faustian pact with him, selling their souls and winding up in the toilet. Young says he wrote the script in all caps, which seems fitting for our unhinged times. Augustus Heagerty’s production features a cast of four clowns in whiteface — though shouldn’t at least one of those faces be orange? Connelly Theater.
Tuesday, June 20: Historic Tour of Kings Theatre, 11 am, $15. Explore the Kings Theatre on a guided tour, where you’ll learn about the history and architecture of the former movie palace and its new life after a $95M restoration to a state-of-the-art live performance venue. Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Ave. between Beverly Road and Tilden Avenue.
Wednesday, June 21: Music in the Grove, 10-11 am. Suzi Shelton Kids Concerts series for a romping, stomping good time. Fort Greene Park Visitor Center, enter park at Myrtle Avenue and Washington Park. Brooklyn Gaze Edition 2: Lightpost, 6:30 pm. The facade of the Brooklyn Public Library turns into a visual forum for the works of James Baldwin, Hannah Arendt, and Sojourner Truth. With these words illuminated, visual artist-activist Mark Read and installation designer Jeanne Angel seek to foster community dialogue on justice, truth, humanity, and love. Preceded by a dance lesson with Grupo Rebolú. Brooklyn Public Library’s Central branch, 10 Grand Army Plaza, between Eastern Parkway and Flatbush Avenue. Drink & DrawBots, 7:30 pm, $20 suggested donation. A night of drinking and creating machines that draw and paint. Successfully make a DrawBot art-generating machine and your hands will be free for more–you guessed it—drinking. Open Source Gallery, 306 17th St. at Sixth Avenue. Uptown Downtown Comedy, 8 pm, 21+. A free monthly comedy show with host Nore Davis, and guests Anthony DeVito, Rae Sanni and Michelle Buteau. Starr Bar, 214 Starr St. between Irving and Wyckoff Avenues. Rent Party, 8 pm, $10 ($8 in advance). The monthly stand-up and variety show features comics and a live band. Union Hall, 702 Union St. at Fifth Avenue.