All events are free and in Brooklyn unless noted.
Mary J. Blige – Strength of A Woman Live, Friday August 18th, 8 pm, Ford Amphitheater. Special guest Lala Hathaway will be in attendance.
Dave Chappelle with Leslie Jones, Michael Che and Colin Jost, tickets over $125 at Radio City Music Hall. August 12. Dave Chappelle and Chance the Rapper, Radio City Music Hall on August 17.
Saturday, Aug. 12: Movies in the Parks: Sully, Max Steel, Finding Dory, Moana, Back to the Future III, Fences, Yogi Bear, Secret Life of Pets, and Ava DuVernay’s 13th Documentary featuring a Soul Train Tribute. Summer Streets: On Saturday August 5, 12, and 19, 7 am-1 pm. nearly seven miles of New York City’s streets will be opened up for everyone to play, run, walk and bike. I think it is on Park Ave but check. Foley Square & Paine Park (in Thomas Paine Park), Manhattan. Youssou N’Dour, Yacouba Sissoko, 7:30 pm. Prospect Park Band Shell, Prospect Park West and Ninth Street. Coney Island Music Festival, 2-9 pm. Bands, solo artists, and disc jockeys will play at the three stages, games, vendors, face painting. Stillwell Avenue at Surf Avenue.
A Taste of Shakespeare, 3 and 6 pm. Three zany, short Shakespeare plays in one hour: “Tiny Tempest,” “One-Twelfth Night,” and “Midsummer: Tedious and Brief.” Prospect Park’s Concert Grove, 153 E. Drive between Lincoln Road and Parkside Avenue, voluntary donations.
Book Club Comedy Show, 8 pm, 21+, $8 ($6 in advance). Comedians read books so you don’t have to. This month they discuss “The Handmaid’s Tale.” With hosts Colin Stokes and Blythe Roberson, Jaboukie Young-White, Monica Heisey, and more. Union Hall, 702 Union St. at Fifth Avenue.
MABCBK Annual Community Block Party, spiritual, 1 am, face painting, games, bounce houses, family friendly music from one of New York’s top DJ’s, giveaways and so much more. Mount Ararat Church, 425 Howard Ave.
Tap and Cork Fest, 2-8 pm, 21 and up, $25 ($60 VIP). Bedford-Stuyvesant’s beer and wine fest takes over Restoration Plaza for a day-long celebration, with live performances DJ CEO. Restoration Plaza, 1368 Fulton St. at Marcy Avenue.
TromaDance Film Festival, various times. They got the idea for the fest from Trey Parker, of South Park fame and subscribes to an appealing ethos of artistic equality. While the major indie film festivals tend to be inaccessible to the average-joe filmmaker, whether because of high submission fees or an aversion to no-budget projects, TromaDance takes the opposite tack: It provides a platform for anyone who’s ever picked up a camera to show off their work. Peoples Improv Theater.
Warm Up at MOMA, 12 pm, $18. Spot Bushwick artists and Murray Hill finance bros mingling happily in beat-driven bliss on the bleeding edge of every subgenre of electronic sound. Selections are a mixture of high, low, heady, and fun; artists hail from around the world and across the music spectrum. MOMA P.S.1.
Madonnathon, 8:30 pm, $15-$18. The Village Voice says Madonna is as provocative, colorful, energetic, and outspoken as ever. Judging by her controversial comments at the Women’s March, and the holstered, camouflage gown (complete with canteen) she wore to the Met Gala, we can rest assured that the icon is still capable of making us feel like virgins. Costumes are a must, so come dressed as your favorite incarnation, whether it’s sexy bride, cone bra, cowgirl, or just Will and Grace cameo. If you haven’t got time beforehand, you can still get all done up in the four-minute “Madonna Makeover” booth. Cathy Cervenka and Rupert Noffs host a cast of dedicated performers, backed by the Material Band, and DJ Chauncey D will spin Madonna of all eras, including remixes and rare tracks. Brooklyn Bowl.
Saturday and Sunday: Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, 9 am with more than one hundred dragon boats. Surrounding the main event are music and dance performances, martial arts demonstrations from Shaolin masters, and food stands serving rice dumplings, pork belly buns, and more. Drivers should park at Citi Field; a special shuttle bus will run from there to the park between eight in the morning and six in the evening. Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens.
Sunday, Aug. 13: Bike Brownstone Brooklyn, 10 am, $20. Take a bike tour through Brooklyn’s most idyllic neighborhoods, with a trip from Park Slope to Red Hook and back. The Old Stone House, 336 Third St. between Fourth and Fifth Avenues.
Hunt for Wild Elderberries, 11:45 am, $20 ($10 children under 12). Join naturalist “Wildman” Steve Brill for a walk through the park to search for edibles including wild elderberries, summer mushrooms including gourmet two-color bolete, chestnut bolete, chanterelles, meadow mushrooms, and chicken mushrooms. You will also be on the lookout for tart, juicy blackberries and thornless purple-flowering rasberries. The walk will take about 4 hours. Wear comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing. Call at least 24 hours in advance to reserve a place. Meet at the stone benches across from the library, not under the traffic circle. Prospect Park (Grand Army Plaza entrance), Eastern Parkway and Plaza Street East.
Back to the Future Movie Night, 6-10 pm. Face painters, a balloon clown, a giant slide and a bounce house await you along with a screening of the 1985 classic. Visit the Midwood Movie History Pop-up Museum. Stroll along Ave. M from East 13th to East 17th streets for a night of magic in Midwood, Avenue M and East 13th Street.