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Weekend Art Events: August 10-12 (The Breeders, Caribbean Rave, Soul Summit & More)

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Hopefully the rain will stay away this weekend as there are lots of fun events planned for outdoors, including concerts, the Borough President’s Black VegFest, the North Slope Summer Stroll, History Day celebrating Coney Island’s immigrant heritage, and more.

Check the BKLYNER Calendar for more events happening around town or to list one of your own.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor | Emel Mathlouthi
When: Friday, August 10, 7:30pm (gates open at 6:30pm)
Where: Prospect Park Bandshell, Prospect Park West & 9th Street, Park Slope
What: The BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! concert series continues with Montréal experimental collective Godspeed You! Black Emperor and an opening set by Emel Mathlouthi “whose electronica-infused songs were the soundtrack of the Tunisian revolution.”
How Much: Free

Hunters Point South, 2015 (Photo: Nathan Kensinger)

Reclaimed Journeys: The Films Of Nathan Kensinger
When: Friday, August 10 at 8pm (screening begins at sunset)
Where: Java Street Community Garden, 59 Java Street, Greenpoint
What: The Java Street Community Garden is collaborating with the 61 Franklin Street Community Garden to present a “mini-festival of sustainability films” this summer. Next in the series are shorts by Brooklyn photographer Nathan Kensinger, including Reclaimed Ground (a portrait of the changing landscape of Hunter’s Point in the Bronx), English Kills Voyage (a trip through Newtown Creek), and Covered Tracks (documenting the homeless encampments of Manhattan’s far west side). Newton Creek Alliance’s Willis Elkins will introduce Kensinger who will present his work. The films will also be screened on Thursday, August 9 at the 61 Franklin Street Community Garden.
How Much: Free, bring a blanket and snacks. Note the garden does not have a public restroom.

Black VegFest
When: Saturday, August 11, 10am to 5pm
Where: Herkimer Street (between Howard and Ralph Avenues), Bedford-Stuyvesant
What: Brooklyn Borough President—and vegan—Eric Adams partners with Grassroots Artists MovEment (G.A.ME) to present this day-long festival where attendees can learn about plant-based diets and connect with others interested in living a healthier lifestyle!
How Much: Free

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History Day Celebrates Coney Island’s Immigrant Heritage
When: Saturday, August 11, 2pm to 6pm
Where: Coney Island History Project, 3059 West 12th Street, Coney Island
What: Musicians and dancers representing the traditional culture of countries from which people have emigrated to Coney Island will perform at the 8th annual History Day. Performers will include the Brighton Ballet Theater School of Russian Ballet, Haitian drummer Gaston “Bonga” Jean-Baptiste, Mariachi Real de Mexico de Ramon Ponce, a Chinese dance troupe, an Italian opera tenor, and more. The opening ceremony at 2pm will be followed by free entertainment on the Dreamland Plaza Stage next to Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park (between Bowery Street and Boardwalk).
How Much: Free

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North Slope Summer Stroll, Part 1
When: Saturday, August 11, 5pm to 9pm
Where: 5th Avenue (from Dean to Sterling), Park Slope
What: Enjoy car-free streets and free activities including an inflatable obstacle course, bouncy house, face painting, bubbles, a giant chess board, a pop-up park, vintage cars, live music, a salsa dance party, and a silent disco.

The Breeders | Speedy Ortiz
When: Saturday, August 11, 7:30pm (gates open at 6:30pm)
Where: Prospect Park Bandshell, Prospect Park West & 9th Street, Park Slope
What: The BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! concert series continues with sisters Kim and Kelley Deal’s iconic alt-rock band, The Breeders, performing their latest, All Nerve, with the lineup from their 1993 classic, Last Splash. Northampton’s Speedy Ortiz opens up the evening.
How Much: Free

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WI RAVE NYC: The Caribbean Rave Experience
When: Saturday, August 11, 10pm to 4am
Where: Pacific BK, 1065 Pacific Street, Crown Heights
What: This sensory event combines the vibe of Carnival with the energy of a rave, supplying attendees with glow sticks and glow paint as they enjoy glowing cocktails and dance to reggae, Soca, kompa, and hip-hop alongside glow dancers!
How Much: Tickets $40 to $100

Via NYC Council Member Laurie A. Cumbo

One Crown Heights 2018
When: Sunday, August 12, 11:30am to 5pm
Where: Brower Park (Park Place between Brooklyn & Kingston Avenues), Crown Heights (In case of rain, festivities will be held after the mural unveiling at 12pm inside the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave.)
What: NYC Council Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo hosts the third annual One Crown Heights, a cross-cultural event to strengthen community, promote positive interaction, and help Black, Caribbean, Jewish and newer neighbors to “work towards One Crown Heights.” The event kicks off at 11:30am at the Jewish Children’s Museum (792 Eastern Pkwy at Kingston) for poster-making for the Children’s Parade that will march to Brower Park (Prospect Pl. & Brooklyn Ave.) where at 12:30pm, there will be a ribbon-cutting and unveiling of the #OneCrownHeights mural.
How Much: Free

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Soul Summit Music Festival
When: Sunday, August 12, 3pm to 8pm
Where: Fort Greene Park (between Myrtle & De Kalb Avenues and Washington Park & St. Edward’s Street), Fort Greene
What: This free outdoor fest showcases various artists including DJs, musicians, dancers, fashion designers, filmmakers, and photographers, filling Fort Greene Park with good vibes, community, food, and dancing.

Artist Genesis Tramaine, GOD IS TRANS on view at Richard Beavers Gallery

GOD IS TRANS
When: Exhibition on view through Saturday, August 11
Where: Richard Beavers Gallery, 408 Marcus Garvey Boulevard (at Halsey Street), Bed-Stuy
What: Painter Genesis Tramaine presents a series of works that challenges the traditional belief that God is male and encourages viewers to consider God “outside of traditional gender binaries but as ‘trans’ – a spirit that occupies the spectrum between both genders.”

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Bedstuy Flea
When: Saturday, June 23 through Saturday, August 11, 11am to 7pm (Saturdays & Sundays)
Where: The Meat Market, 380 Tompkins Avenue (between Putnam & Jefferson Ave.), Bed-Stuy
What: This new summer shopping experience celebrates diversity and will feature more than 30 vendors offering sustainable goods, vintage clothing, handmade items, jewelry, wellness products, arts and crafts, and wares created in the five boroughs and beyond.

Erwin Wurm: Hot Dog Bus (Photo: courtesy of Public Art Fund)

Erwin Wurm: Hot Dog Bus
When: On view from Saturday, June 9 through Sunday, August 26, 12pm to 6pm (weekends)
Where: Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1 and Pier 5
What: The Austrian artist will be passing out free hot dogs to park visitors all summer from a bright yellow, overstuffed Volkswagen Microbus. The bloated-looking bus will force audiences to consider the relationship between capitalism and consumption in society. The Hot Dog Bus will be on view and serving free hot dogs at BBP’s Pier 1 on Saturdays and Pier 5 on Sundays.

Coney Island Creek and the Natural World
When: Exhibition on view Saturday, May 26 through Monday, September 3 (open Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays)
Where: The Coney Island History Project, 3059 West 12th Street (at the entrance to Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park), Coney Island
What: Organized around a timeline of Coney Island Creek from 1645 to 2018, the exhibition illustrates Coney Island’s original attraction with maps, photographs, posters, art, artifacts, oral history, and video. The exhibition describes the Creek’s environment through history, art, and ecology.
How Much: Free

Wes Modes Presents A Secret History Of American River People (via The Waterfront Museum)

Wes Modes Presents A Secret History Of American River People
When: Exhibition on view Saturday, July 28 through Sunday, September 16
Where: The Waterfront Museum, 290 Conover Street, Red Hook
What: California artist Wes Modes traveled down the Hudson River in a recreation of a 1940s-era shantyboat, collecting stories from the people who live and work along the waterway. The artwork on view in this exhibition is part of a larger project spanning several years and covering multiple river communities.

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