Whether you’re looking for a bit of funk, some community spirit, or even the Muffin Man, South Slope is the place to be this weekend. Here are our top picks.
Thursday, May 9
Friday, May 10
Come out to Freddy’s on Friday night for some R&B history, as Fred Thomas, James Brown’s bassist since 1971, tears into a mix of James Brown hits, plus a bit of blues & soul. Check out the below 1974 video of Fred with James Brown on Soul Train:
The show starts at midnight. No cover.
Saturday, May 11
Not only does the Brooklyn Public Library’s Bike the Branches fundraising ride take place this Saturday, from 10am to 5pm, our local Park Slope branch will be bursting at the seams with activities for the whole family.
The newly formed Friends of Park Slope Library shared the events lineup on Facebook earlier today:
Concert: Bring the family to a performance by Brooklyn’s own award-winning band, Rolie Polie Guacamole: 11am
Bake Sale with all sorts of scrumptious goodies: 11am – 3pm
Face painting by a fabulous face-master 11am – 3pm
Raffle: Enter a raffle to win hundreds of dollars of brand new books: 10:30AM – 4pm
T-shirts: Show your solidarity with the library by buying an “It wouldn’t be Brooklyn without Books” t-shirt: 10:30am – 4pm
Photo: Commemorate the event by having your picture taken in our “photo booth.” IIam – 4pm
If you’re planning on riding, registration for Bike the Branches is $20 for adults, $15 for students, $10 for children under 17, $40 for a family of up to 2 adults and 3 children, and $150 for a team of up to 10 people. All proceeds will benefit the Brooklyn Public Library. For more information on the ride, visit the Brooklyn Public Library’s website.
This Saturday is also the sixth annual Brooklyn PTA Fun Run. Sponsored by the PTAs of Brooklyn, and Councilmember Brad Lander’s office, the 5K family walk/run is scheduled for Saturday, May 11, at 10am. Registration is $20 for individuals, and $30 for families.
Last year’s run raised over $10,000 for area schools, so hit the pavement, find some sponsors, and show a little love for Brooklyn PTA.
For more information, visit the Brooklyn PTA website.
Sunday, May 12
Give Mom the gift of music, and stop by 440 Gallery (440 6th Ave, between 9th and 10th) at 4:30pm this Sunday for a free musical performance by Ben Felton of Blood Revenge. The gallery describes Ben’s music as “long form songs on guitar, inspired by equal parts acoustic finger-picked blues music, Eastern ragas, the outdoors, and synthesizers. Think of it as either a soundtrack for your commute to work or the sonic landscape of your favorite vacation spot.” Cool. You can check out the Blood Revenge website for a few music samples.
Photo via Freddy’s