Celebrate Mother’s Day with some culture—take mom out to enjoy some of these great art events this weekend.
There’s a movie under the stars, a Brooklyn Youth Chorus performance, a chamber concert, an art walk, open studios, and more.
Movies Under the Stars: American Black Film Festival
When: Friday, May 12, 7:45pm to 9:45pm
Where: Fort Greene Park (lawn adjacent to Myrtle Avenue near the S. Portland entrance), Fort Greene
What: Join NYC Parks for Festival Fridays with the American Black Film Festival. This week’s pick is Destined by Qasim Bashir, focusing on Sheed and Rasheed (both played by Cory Hardwick) as they discover that even a seemingly small incident can transform into a life-changing event.
How much: Free
When: On view from Friday, May 12 – Saturday, June 24 (opening reception May 12, 6pm to 9pm)
Where: In-Case Art Projects, 119 Ingraham Street, Bushwick
What: The group show includes paintings, drawings, collages, and photographs by seventeen artists who were invited to inhabit the fifteen cases on site with artwork that reflects their thoughts on the changing political and cultural landscape.
How Much: $10 suggested donation
When: Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13, 7:30pm
Where: BAM, Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Fort Greene
What: The Brooklyn Youth Chorus performs a multimedia concert confronting issues of race, gender, and social injustice. They will perform ten newly commissioned works by Toshi Reagon, Caroline Shaw, Shara Nova, Nico Muhly, DJ Spooky, and more, incorporating words written by Hilton Als and Claudia Rankine.
How Much: Tickets start at $20
Bay Ridge Storefront Art Walk
When: Saturday, May 13, 11am to 4pm
Where: 5th Avenue from 68th to 84th Street, Bay Ridge
What: The 8th Annual SAW features the work of 15 artists selected to create site-specific installations for storefronts along 5th Avenue, giving neighbors a chance to experience the artwork, meet the artists and merchants, and shop. The event kicks off at 11am at the CB10 District Office at 8119 5th Avenue. Owl’s Head wine bar (479 74th Street) will host the after-party. Check out the SAW website for more info and a map of the participating artists and merchants.
How Much: Free
When: Saturday, May 13, 2pm
Where: On Stage At Kingsborough, Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Boulevard, Manhattan Beach
What: Follow Morgan the Clown and his wise sock puppet friend on a journey of discovery.
Through audience participation, Morgan explores the joys and challenges of childhood and learns a valuable lesson about love and the true meaning of friendship.
How Much: Tickets $12
5 Boroughs Music Festival—Quicksilver
When: Saturday, May 13, 7:30pm
Where: Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Oxford Street, Fort Greene
What: 5 Boroughs Music Festival closes its 10th anniversary season with a chamber concert by the renowned baroque ensemble, Quicksilver.
How Much: Tickets $25, $15 student/senior
DUMBO Open Studios
When: Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14, 1pm to 6pm
Where: Various locations, DUMBO & Vinegar Hill
What: For this annual event, more than 100 artists will open up their studios to visitors showcasing artwork across all media. DUMBO galleries will extend their hours throughout the weekend.
How Much: Free
The Great Lag B’omer Parade
When: Sunday, May 14, 10am
Where: Eastern Parkway (parade between Albany & New York Avenues, main stage between Kingston and Brooklyn Avenues), Crown Heights
What: More than 20,000 people from across the tri-state area are expected to participate in this festive event—the largest Jewish gathering in the nation! In celebration of the Jewish holiday Lag B’omer, there will be floats, marching bands, army trucks, and school processions.
How Much: Free