Weekend events are varied and intriguing. A Mezcal and yoga combo, Twelfth Night, a Jonah’s Just Begun fundraiser, and more.
Balancing the Good Stuff: A Yoga + Mezcal Tasting Event
When: Friday, July 22, 7pm-9pm
Where: bend+bloom Yoga (708 Sackett Street between 4th and 5th Avenues)
What: The centuries-old method of producing Mezcal is alive and well in the agave-rich Mexican state of Oaxaca. Pierde Almas is among the finest producers of this complex and sophisticated spirit. The small company proudly places social, cultural, and environmental responsibility ahead of all other priorities. Join Bend & Bloom’s Eric Lawrence and Pierde Almas brand ambassador Victor Téllez Cabrera for an evening of fantastic flow followed by a tasting of several expressions of Mezcal. Expertly-paired snacks will also be served. 7pm-8:15pm — Unwind + Prime Vinyasa Flow with Eric Lawrence. 8:15pm-9p — Pierde Almas Mezcal Tasting
How much: $45 or $20 for Mezcal Tasting Only. Reserve your place online.
BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival: Jon Batiste and Stay Human & Friends
When: Friday, July 22, 7:00pm, Gates open at 6pm
Where: Prospect Park Bandshell, Prospect Park (Enter at 9th Street and Prospect Park West)
What: A multi-genre parade of memorable music.
How much: Free. Rain or shine.
Psycho Beach Party by Charles Busch presented by Piper Theatre at The Old Stone House
When: Friday, July 22 – Saturday, July 23, 8pm [closing weekend]
Where: The Old Stone House, 336 3rd Street (between 4th and 5th Avenues)
What: Psycho Beach Party is a wild mishmash of subversive summer fun with hot beach bunnies and surfer dudes ready to ride the waves! Meet Chicklet as she tries to be one of the cool kids, while battling her dangerous multiple personalities. Charles Busch’s classic comedy parodies the 1960’s beach blanket movies of Annette Funicello and Sandra Dee and spoofs the psychological, suspense films of the 1950’s. Join us for Psycho Beach Party this July as Piper brings the beach to the park this summer.
How much: Free, however donations are encouraged.
Summer Stroll: South Brooklyn Shakespeare presents Twelfth Night (free) and more family events
When: Saturday, July 23, 5pm-9pm [Twelfth Night begins at 6:30pm]
Where: 5th Avenue, between 12th-18th Streets [Twelfth Night begins at 6:30pm, 5th Avenue near 18th Street]
What: The Park Slope Fifth Avenue Business Improvement District is sponsoring the annual Summer Strolls series throughout the heat of the summer. Details for this event — 6:30pm. South Brooklyn Shakespeare presents an free outdoor performance of Twelfth Night. Some seats available, but bring your collapsible chair or blanket. View our preview article of Twelfth Night.
How much: Free.
Jonah’s Just Begun 2nd Annual Fundraiser
When: Saturday, July 23, 12pm-2pm
Where: LeFrak Center at Lakeside, 171 East Drive in Prospect Park
What: This year we wanted to pay tribute to the heroes that walk among us in everyday life. From the doctors that diagnose and keep our children healthy, to the community that comes together to support JJB & Rare Disease; they are all heroes in our eyes. While the children enjoy all of the fun activities you will have a chance to bid on must-have auction items from your favorite local businesses, including a pajama party 10-pack from NY Kids Club, a dinner at Blue Ribbon Restaurant, a free class at the Hootenanny Art House/Music Together, and many, many more! All proceeds will go to help fund life-saving treatments for children with Sanfilippo Syndrome. View our Jonah’s Just Begun article from 2015 here.
How much: $40 for adults; $35 for kids 5 and over. Children under 5 are free. Purchase tickets online.
Richard III by William Shakespeare
When: Through Sunday, July 31, schedule varies.
Where: The Gallery Players, 199 14th Street, between 4th and 5th Avenues)
What: Richard III is the final play in Shakespeare’s first attempt at history plays, the four part story of the Wars of the Roses. Its title character, Richard Duke of Gloucester, emerged grinning and bragging from the chaos of those wars in the third part of Henry VI where he announced “I can smile and murder whiles I smile.” Shakespeare gave Richard, Duke of Gloucester, his own play Richard III: a one-man show, presided over by one of Shakespeare’s unforgettable characters, the ‘poisonous bunch-backed toad”, Richard. The play was Shakespeare’s first blockbuster combining in Richard the ruthlessness of the Godfather with the charm of Dracula. Four centuries later the play continues to be one of Shakespeare’s most popular.
How much: $18, $15 for children and seniors. Purchase tickets here.
Personal Is Political Is Personal
When: Through August 6. Thursdays and Fridays, 4:00-7:00pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 11:00am-7:00pm.
Where: 440 Gallery, 440 6th Avenue, between 9th and 10th Streets
What: A national juried exhibition about the personal effects of politics, curated by celebrated artist and animal-rights activist Sue Coe. In this intensely political year we hear sound bites and promises that can seem abstract unless it affects us personally. Black Lives Matter. Gender Equality. Gun Control. It’s all just words until we see a child’s body washed ashore, a routine traffic stop becomes deadly, or a family home is destroyed at high tide. 440 Gallery’s theme show this year is centered on the personal effects of politics. Artists selected for the exhibition: Max Alper, Hannah Barnhardt, Lynn Benson, Eva M. Capobianco, Gordon Carlisle, Patricia Denys, Elise Dodeles, Richard Ferrari, Igor Gnedo, Mary Hood, Ibn Kendall, Katrina Majkut, Spencer Moore, Harry Newman, Steve Savitz, Nancy Siesel, Nomi Silverman, Stephen Spiller, Ann Stoddard, Bethany Taylor, Doug Turetsky, Divine Williams, Dale Williams.
How much: Free.
Site:Lab: Nothing Is Destroyed
When: Through July 30. Regular hours: Thursdays-Saturdays, 2pm-6pm.
Where: Open Source Gallery, (306 17th Street at 6th Avenue)
What: Nothing is Destroyed is part of a larger conversation that began in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This exhibit contains objects extracted from and related to previous projects surrounding the church that trace the trajectory of interventions at and with the desanctified Rumsey Street Church. Nothing is Destroyed includes architectural artifacts and work by Paul Amenta, Lora Robertson and Nick Kline. The title of the exhibition, taken from Lorenzo Fusi’s essay on the work of Gordon Matta-Clark nothing is created, nothing is destroyed, everything is transformed, references Matta-Clark’s idea of “anarchitecture,” which described his interest in voids, gaps and leftover spaces related to architecture. Nothing is Destroyed focuses on these concepts, creating, like Matta-Clark, an expanded vision of space and its representation over time. Each recontextualization of the Rumsey Street Church adds a new history, creating new collaborations and connections which contribute to the project through both additions and subtractions.
How Much: Free
PS 321 Flea Market
When: Saturdays and Sundays, 9am-5pm
Where: 180 7th Avenue between 1st and 2nd Streets – in front of PS 321
What: This market is considered a Park Slope institution by many, and plans to be open year round. The flea is under new management this year.
House of Wax: Anatomical, Pathological, and Ethnographic Waxworks from Castan’s Panopticum, Berlin, 1869-1922
When: Through July 24. Thursdays-Sundays 12-6pm (open everyday except Tuesdays) [closing weekened]
Where: Morbid Anatomy Museum, 424 3rd Avenue at 7th Street
What: House of Wax will exhibit a selection of waxworks once shown as part of Castan’s Berlin-based Panopticum (1869-1922). The full collection, never before exhibited in the US, will later be installed at the forthcoming Alamo Drafthouse in Downtown Brooklyn. Read our exhibition preview here.
How much: Regular admission fees: Admission to the exhibition & library is $5. Seniors and students are $3, and children 12 and under are free.
Smorgasburg at Prospect Park
When: Sundays, 11am-6pm
Where: Prospect Park, Breeze Hill (Located near Lakeside and the Lincoln Road entrance)
What: Smorgasburg begins its warm weather months in our beautiful backyard. Find 100 vendors and food from all over the world every Sunday at Breeze Hill, located near Lakeside and the park’s Lincoln Road entrance. Find the market on Google Maps here. Presented in partnership with Prospect Park Alliance. Dog friendly.