Mermaid Parade, hunt for edible berries

More Weekend events posted tomorrow late afternooon. Saturday Mermaid Parade in Coney Island at 1 pm. It is like Mardi Gras. Singer Debbie Harry and Chris Stein of Blondie will be the Parade Marshall. There are vintage cars, marching bands, odd floats and 1,000 plus costumes with a theme from sea. It goes for a few hours but many stick around to see the costumes on the boardwalk, beach and eateries. I personally walk a lot of the parade areas. If you want the best viewing area, it is opposite the judge’s grand stand and the acts perform there for a while, which is by the Cyclone’s Baseball Stadium on Surf Ave. Also at the finish line on the boardwalk I get different groups together to take a photo. Crossing Surf Ave, you have to wait for the police to let people pass as the parade slows up, which might be I’m guessing every 20 minutes. The most crowded is by Nathan’s and the Cyclone roller coaster.   Afterwards the big bars are Ruby’s Bar on the boardwalk and Peggy O’Neil’s by the Cyclone’s Baseball Stadium. A map is in one of these links.   http://www.coneyisland.com/programs/mermaid-parade

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For photos,  go to Google.com, type in Mermaid Parade and go to images.

Sunday hunt for wild Juneberries with Wildman Steve Brill for a walk through Prospect Park and look for edible berries, 11:45 am, $20 ($10 children). The walk is approximately four hours long. RSVP required, 24 hours prior to event. Grand Army Plaza, Union Street between Flatbush Avenue and Prospect Park West.

More weekend events posted Friday late afternoon. 

 

One-Act Festival Review

One-Act Festival
By Rebecca Genève (BMCC student)

On Monday, May 15, 2017 at night I had the opportunity to see my dear friend Cassandra Borgella perform in Brooklyn’s College’s “One-Act Festival”. Cassandra graduated with a BFA in Theatre and did an excellent job in playing her character as a pregnant and concerned woman.
In the total performance, only one musician was present and the music was played with a cello. One of the numbers might have been from Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Prelude”. When the instrument was played, I felt slightly sad. It was a sad song being played and it worked well with the tone of the scene. The performance was done in the Thrust Theatre in Roosevelt Hal. It was 95% full. A majority of students made up the audience. The actors also used the space in between sections in the audience to perform their acts. The lighting was perfect in certain scenes, but could have been adjusted more effectively in other scenes.

 

 

Wednesday to Friday events

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.

Wednesday, June 14: NY Philharmonic, 8-10 pm, “Goin’ Home” theme from the Largo, conducted by Music Director Alan Gilbert. There will be fireworks by Bay Fireworks following the performances in the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn. The Great Lawn in Central Park Accessible, Manhattan. Yiddish Soul, 7 pm, featuring The Klezmatics / Zusha / The Maccabeats / Special Guest Cantors: Chaim David Berson and Yanky Lemmer / Emcee: Nachum Segal presented in association with The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, SummerStage, Central Park, Rumsey Playfield, Manhattan. Bryant Park Boot Camp, 6:30-7 am. This event repeats every week on Wednesday till 9/27.Join The Rise NYC, a community-driven pop-up fitness group, for a Boot Camp on the Fountain Terrace, on the Sixth Avenue side of the park. Rotations through exercises like crunches, planks, push-ups, burpees, and mountain climbers ensure a mixture of cardio and strength training that will keep you coming back–and seeing results. Smiles and high-fives encouraged. Rain or shine. Fountain Terrace in Bryant Park, 6th Avenue and 41st Street, Manhattan. Bryant Park Public Tours, 11 am-12 pm. This event repeats every week on Wednesday till 12/27. Discover how Bryant Park Corporation successfully transformed “Needle Park” of the 1970s into Manhattan’s Town Square of today. Please arrive at the Fountain by 10:55 am to check-in with the guide. The tour will depart promptly at 11 am. Josephine Shaw Lowell Memorial Fountain in Bryant Park, Manhattan. Registration is required. The Met Opera Summer Recital Series: Brooklyn Bridge Park, 7-9 pm. Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Old Fulton Street and Furman Street, Brooklyn.

Thursday, June 15:  Live at the Archway, Thursdays, 6 pm until Sept. 28. Underneath the Manhattan Bridge archway listening to music from across the world, free performances and dance classes paired with interactive visual art components. Manhattan Bridge Archway Plaza, Water Street and Pearl Street.  The site has a Brooklyn Address but the streets  above are in Manhattan so call (718) 237–8700.

Friday, June 16: New York Philharmonic, 8 pm, Long Meadow Ballfields, Prospect Park, enter at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park West at 9th Street, or Bartel-Pritchard Circle at the intersection of Prospect Park West, Prospect Park Southwest, and 15th Street. At 6:30 pm, The Side Project will perform. Holy Trinity Dance Party, 11:59 pm, $15 ($12 in advance). A night of music and dancing dedicated the powerhouse holy trinity of music: Beyonce, Rihanna, and Nicki Minaj. Baby’s All Right, 146 Broadway between Bedford and Driggs Avenues.

Friday, June 16: New York Philharmonic, 8 pm, Long Meadow Ballfields, Prospect Park, enter at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park West at 9th Street, or Bartel-Pritchard Circle at the intersection of Prospect Park West, Prospect Park Southwest, and 15th Street. At 6:30 pm, The Side Project will perform. Holy Trinity Dance Party, 11:59 pm, $15 ($12 in advance). A night of music and dancing dedicated the powerhouse holy trinity of music: Beyonce, Rihanna, and Nicki Minaj. Baby’s All Right, 146 Broadway between Bedford and Driggs Avenues.

 

Central Park Concerts

Yiddish Soul featuring The Klezmatics / Zusha / The Maccabeats / Special Guest Cantors: Chaim David Berson and Yanky Lemmer / Emcee: Nachum Segal presented in association with The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene June 14 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Doors 6 pm / Show 7 pm.
The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series. 
June 12 Doors 7 pm / Show 8 pm, The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series
June 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series
June 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm      |
June 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
June 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series
June 12 Doors 7 pm / Show 8 pm, The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series
June 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series
June 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm      |
June 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
June 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
All at SummerStage, Central Park, Rumsey Playfield, Manhattan. 

Weekend Events

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.

Several Days Events: Brooklyn College Final MFA ART Thesis Show, June 7-17, Opening Reception June 10th 6-9 pm at Smack Mellon, 92 Plymouth St, DUMBO. Taikoza in the Parks. Movies in the Parks. 

Art Island Outpost: hands-on art making workshops, Saturdays and Sundays, 11 am to 3 pm till Sept. 30. You have to take the ferry near the Staten Island Ferry. Young artists will be inspired and challenged to explore big projects utilizing found objects and traditional mediums. This is a space to invent, adapt, and transform your relationship to art and the art making process. Hosted by the Children’s Museum of the Arts. Governors Island, New York Harbor.

New York Crystal Palace 1853, 11 am, $5-$7. Tue, Fri-Sun, 11 am-5 pm, Wed, Thu, 11 am-8 pm. In July 1853, on the site of today’s Bryant Park, the New York Crystal Palace, an iron-and-glass structure inspired by its London counterpart, hosted the first American World’s Fair. The Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations, as it was called, was a chance for New Yorkers to experience the convenience of new consumer goods (early Singer sewing machines were on display) and to marvel at developing technologies (as with a photograph of the moon taken through a telescope by the inventor John James Whipple). The building itself was a wonder, too, and did much to cement the rising image of American industry and engineering. This look back exhibition includes artifacts from the fair (like the “Cradle of Harmony” violin invented by William Sidney Mount) and photographs of the building, which burned down in 1858. Bard Graduate Center Gallery, 18 West 86th St, Manhattan. The Rites of Spring” Pier Art Show, Brooklyn Film Festival, Music in Motion, Drones see past weekends

Saturday, June 10: Vegan Street Fair, 11 am, free entry, pay vendors directly $4 bites. Grand Bazaar, 100 W 77th St & Columbus, Manhattan. Extra Crispy Breakfestival, 12-8 pm, a lot of different small plates, dozens of vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants and vendors including Samosa Shack, Three Girls Vegan Creamery, and Organic Grill, serving up bite-size portions of dishes all priced at $4 or less. The hamburgers and sausages are replaced with veggie burgers and Soyrizo, plus a dee-jay, dancing, and games. Industry City Food Hall, 274 36th St. between Second and Third Avenues. Flatbush Talks, noon, is a Flatbush version of Ted Talks, with local leaders and nonprofit CEOs, followed by networking and Caribbean food. Haitian-American Community Coalition, 3807 Church Ave. between E. 38th and E. 39th Streets. http://www.hccinc.or​g.   https://www.eventbrite.com/e/flatbush-talks-tickets-34220897626

Pet Costume Day, 2 pm, 2 cans of dog food as registration fee. You can take Fido on The Wonder Wheel because pets ride free when accompanied by their owner, or participate in the Coney Costume. First prize is a season pass for Deno’s Wonder Wheel and a $150 certificate to Petco; 2nd prize is Day passes to the Wheel and a $75 gift certificate to Petco; 3rd prize also garners day passes to the wheel along with a $25 certificate to Petco. Contestants will be judged for: Funniest Costume, Most Creative Costume and Best Pet/Owner Costume Combo. Contest is limited to 25 entries, and registration is on a first come-first served basis. You can pre-register. Rain date (6/11/17). Deno’s Wonder Wheel – Boardwalk, West 12th Street and the Boardwalk. Red Hook Fest, 2-7 pm. featuring a lineup of professional bands and dance companies, plus free activities for all ages like kayak rides in New York Harbor, face-painting, and an interactive scavenger hunt. Louis Valentino Pier, Coffey Street at Ferris Street. Bouncing Ball Sing-A-Long, 8 pm, $10. The Museum of Interesting Things has a special windup-toy themed 16mm vintage film bouncing ball sing-a-long party. Complete with a collection of antique 16mm film from as far back as the 1930’s and up to the 1960’s. Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave. at W. 12th Street. Randall’s Island Treasure Hunt, 5pm – Pier I at 70th St, Manhattan.  Let’s Dance, 6-9:30 pm, Sundays in June. Learn to dance Salsa, Zouk, and Bachata with lessons and group social dances led by master teachers from the Piel Canela Dance and Music School, featuring DJ Ray Colon. Pier I at 70th St, Manhattan.

Sunday, June 11: Antique Automobile Show, 10 am-4 pm, vintage, antique, classic, military, and custom cars. Floyd Bennet Field, Ryan Visitor Center, Flatbush Road between Belt Parkway and Aviation Road. Flatbush Fest Unity Festival, 12-5 pm, food, live music and dance performances, an African drum circle workshop, and activities for kids. PS 249 School yard, Rugby Road at Caton Avenue. http://www.catonscho​ol.com https://www.eventbrite.com/e/flatbush-fest-unity-festival-summer-2017-tickets-34137714824 Smorgasburg Prospect Park, 11am, the alfresco behemoth Smorgasburg bring its tents and grills to the hungry, vitamin D–deficient masses. Around a hundred local vendors will set up at both locations: Saturdays in Williamsburg, and Sundays in Prospect Park. Smorgasburg was previously responsible for the Ramen Burger and Wowfulls, so as you wander, be on the lookout for the next weird food craze,.Breeze Hill, East Drive at Lincoln Road. Only in Queens Fest featuring George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic. Come to the park and enjoy this fun free festival featuring live music throughout the day, food from the Queens International Food Market. Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse. End of Pineapple St. and Furman Street. Sundays, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm until Saturday, Aug. 26. For children over 10 years of age. Free with admission to the museum. Badass Brooklyn Summer Fest, 1-5 pm, 100+ adoptable dogs, as well as doggie kissing booth, dog agility course, puppy photo booth, beer specials, and more. President Street between Third Avenue and Nevins Street. Good Will Concert, 1:30 pm, blues and folk musician Pat Wictor, Bay Ridge United Methodist Church, 7420 Fourth Ave., through the garden gate, at 75th Street. “Thursday, The Hotelier, Pup”, part of the Northside Music Festival, 2 pm, RSVP suggested. McCaren Park, N. 12th St. between Bedford and Berry Avenues, Bushwick.  Operation Wedding, 6 pm, $10, a screening of director Anat Zalmanson-Kuznetsov’s thrilling documentary, a tale of a group of young Jewish dissidents’ plot to hijack an empty plane and escape the USSR. With a Q&A with Israel Zalmanson, who lived to tell the tale. Shorefront Y, 3300 Coney Island Ave at Brighton Seventh Street, Brighton. Kayak-Polo, Sundays at 11 am till September 24. It’s a mix of basketball, water polo, and kayaking.  http://www.bbpboatho​use.org

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Free hands-on free technology workshops for Brooklyn College students

Adobe Design Rundown, a general overview of a few well known Adobe design programs: Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign and Acrobat. Wednesday  6/7,  6:30-7:45 pm,  Library room 384
(repeat) Friday 6/23  1:30 -2:45PM room 038.
Photoshop Rundown,
a general overview of the photo editing and design program Photoshop.
Tuesday 6/13, 6:30-7:45 pm, Library room 383, (repeat) Wednesday 6/14, 6:30-7:45 pm, Library room 384.   
Illustrator Rundown, Tuesday 6/20, 6:30P-7:45 pm, Library room 383, (repeat) Wednesday 6/21, 6:30-7:45 pm, Library room 384.
Indesign Rundown, Tuesday 6/27, 6:30-7:45 pm, Library room 383. (repeat) Wednesday 6/28, 6:30-7:45, Library room 384.