The weather is finally starting to feel spring-like. Get out and enjoy it with some of the events lined up for this weekend including the Brooklyn Bookstore Crawl, a LEGO Architecture build event, and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Sakura Matsuri 2018.
Don’t forget to check the BKLYNER Calendar for more events happening around town or to list one of your own.
BRIC Open Festival
When: Thursday, April 26 through Sunday, April 29
Where: BRIC House, 647 Fulton Street, Fort Greene
What: BRIC’s second annual festival of arts and ideas features more than 20 free events and activities including art, music, performance, discussions, a dance party, walking tours, shared meals, and more! This year’s festival theme, Borders, explores experiences of moving across geo-political and ideological borders, illuminating the way real and imagined borders intersect. Check out the schedule of events here.
How Much: Free, RSVPs required
Derelicts—Oil Paintings by Jim St. Clair
When: Exhibition on view from Thursday, April 26 through Saturday, May 26
Where: Waterfront Museum, 290 Conover Street, Red Hook
What: For 30 years, St. Clair has painted on a small workboat sailing along the edges of New York Harbor. The artist was drawn to the derelict, overgrown industrial remains that surrounded the city, illustrating past eras and histories. His work combines the industrial decay with “irrepressible nature” for a “perfect blend of melancholia and hopefulness.”
I GIVE 100 FUCKS—A vulgar display of altruism by Adam K. Fujita
When: Exhibition on view from Thursday, April 26 through Monday, May 21
Where: 3RD Ethos Gallery, 154 Knickerbocker Avenue, Bushwick
What: This exhibition features 100 unique works by Brooklyn-based artist and product designer Adam K. Fujita that redefine empathy and advocacy through altruistic values. 100% of the artist’s proceeds from the exhibit—generated through a shared love and passion for art—will benefit 100 individual charities.
Portrait of A Table
When: Exhibition on view Thursday, April 26 and Friday, April 27 (opening reception Thursday, April 26, 6pm to 9pm)
Where: 199 Van Brunt Street, Red Hook
What: Photographer MG Vander Elst presents Portrait of A Table, featuring portraits taken of and around the artist’s dining table.
Morbid Anatomy Open House & Garden Party
When: Friday, April 27, 6:30pm to 9pm
Where: Green-Wood Cemetery, 5th Avenue and 25th Street (main entrance), Morbid Anatomy at the Fort Hamilton Gate House (Fort Hamilton Parkway and Micieli Place)
What: Morbid Anatomy is hosting an open house and garden party to celebrate its pop-up residence at Green-Wood’s Fort Hamilton Gatehouse. Tour the newly installed Morbid Anatomy Library with creators Joanna Ebenstein and Laetitia Barbier, and meet the artists and collectors who contributed to the current exhibition, The Power of Images: Life, Death, and Rebirth. Read more about Morbid Anatomy at Green-Wood Cemetery here.
How Much: Tickets $10
Women at Work
When: Exhibition on view from Friday, April 27 through Sunday, May 13 (opening reception Friday, April 27, 6pm to 8:30pm)
Where: Ground Floor Gallery, 343 5th Street, Park Slope
What: Featuring the work of three Brooklyn-based woman artists—Natalie Baxter, Paola Citterio, and Leslie Tucker—who question traditionally masculine or feminine labor roles and materials by reinterpreting family histories, consumer culture, and politics.
Brooklyn Bookstore Crawl
When: Saturday, April 28, 10am to 11pm
Where: Independent bookstores across Brooklyn
What: The Brooklyn Bookstore Crawl is a self-guided crawl through Brooklyn’s many, eclectic, wonderful independent bookstores riddled across the sprawling borough. There’s no wrong way to crawl, as long as you explore and learn more about the over 30+ indie bookstores residing in Brooklyn alone.
PS 21 Crispus Attucks Elementary School Community Carnival, School Crawl & Wellness Fair
When: Saturday, April 28, 12pm to 4pm
Where: Crispus Attucks Elementary School, 180 Chauncey Street, Bed-Stuy
What: Carnival rides, games, food, face painting, and a photo booth will be on offer at this community carnival and wellness fair. The Magnolia Tree Earth Center of Bedford Stuyvesant (MTEC) will join PS 21 in dedicating a Magnolia tree to the educator Adelaide Sanford as well as join the school’s science learning lab for fun, ecology-related, educational activities.
How Much: Tickets $10 in advance, $15 day of carnival
DUMBO Open Studios
When: Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29, 1pm to 6pm
Where: Various locations throughout DUMBO
What: Artists across DUMBO and Vinegar Hill will open their studio doors for this annual event to showcase their work to visitors. Artists in DUMBO’s four artist residency programs: Art in General‘s Artist in Residence Program; Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program; Smack Mellon’s Artist Studio Program; and Triangle NYC will also participate, as well as the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture‘s DUMBO-based sculpture students. Galleries in DUMBO will extend their hours throughout the weekend for the event.
Ibibio Sound Machine
When: Saturday, April 28, 8pm
Where: Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg
What: World Music Institute presents Ibibio Sound Machine, led by the Nigerian singer Eno Williams, in a performance that mixes African and electronic elements inspired by the golden era of West-African funk and disco as well as modern post-punk & electronic music.
How Much: Tickets $20
Made In Brooklyn…Bound For Broadway
When: Saturday, April 28, 8pm
Where: On Stage at Kingsborough, 2001 Oriental Boulevard, Manhattan Beach
What: Tony Award winner Randy Graff performs a musical celebration of the songwriters and artists who hail from her hometown of Brooklyn. Join her as she sings her way from the street corners of Brooklyn to her star turn on Broadway with hits including Alfie, Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, On The Sunny Side of the Street, and more.
How Much: Tickets $32 to $37
3rd Annual PS 130 Flea Market & Book Sale
When: Sunday, April 29 from 9am to 1:30pm
Where: PS 130 Lower School Cafeteria, 70 Ocean Parkway, Kensington
What: Join this huge annual Flea Market, Book and Plant Sale! There will be tons of clothing, toys, and gear for babies and kids as well as books, plants, home goods, and more. All proceeds benefit the PS 130 PTA!
Yumiko Yoshioka: Guest curated series by Vangeline Theater/New York Butoh Institute
When: Monday, May 1, 8pm
Where: Triskelion Arts, Muriel Schulman Theater, 106 Calyer Street, Greenpoint
What: Butoh Master Yumiko Yoshioka performs 100 Light Years of Solitude, the second part of her 100 Flowers trilogy. The work is inspired by Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novel, One Hundred Years of Solitude, and explores a state of solitude through Butoh—a form of Japanese modern dance that features dancers covered in white body paint.
How Much: Tickets $18
When: Exhibition on view from Thursday, April 19 through Sunday, June 24
Where: The Old Stone House, 336 3rd Street (between 4th & 5th Ave), Park Slope
What: This exhibition showcases six artists whose work explores public and private acts of strength and resistance by women in times of social or political upheaval. The artists are inspired by their own family and community histories as well as their ideas of home. Featured artists include: Lauren Frances Adams, Golnar Adili, Aisha Cousins, Maya Jeffereis, Lorena Molina, and Katherine Toukhy.