Arts & Culture

Weekend Art Events: August 4-6 (MCA Day, Hindu Lamp Ceremony & More)

MCA Day poster created by Shepard Fairey from a Glen Friedman photo via Facebook

It’s August! Summer is flying by, so get out and enjoy it while there’s still time.

Relive your youth and honor Beastie Boy Adam Yauch at the final MCA Day, participate in a Hindu lamp ceremony, explore hidden art, take a ride on the Wonder Wheel, or get your doggy bathed for a good cause.

See what else is happening this weekend down below.

Creed screening as a part of the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival: Creed With Live Score By Wordless Music Orchestra
When: Friday, August 4, 6:30pm gates open/7:30pm show
Where: Prospect Park Bandshell, 9th Street & Prospect Park West, Park Slope
 The 2015 follow-up to Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky, Creed is a “story of underdogs and redemption.” The Wordless Music Orchestra will perform the film’s original score live at the screening, conducted by the music’s composer, Ludwig Goransson. Frank Haye & the Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir will start off the show.
How Much: Free

South Brooklyn Shakespeare Presents Macbeth
When: Friday, August 4 and Saturday, August 5, 8pm
Where: The Old Stone House, 336 3rd Street, Park Slope
What: South Brooklyn Shakespeare presents a free outdoor production of the bard’s tragedy, Macbeth.
How Much: Free

Dog Wash To Benefit Sean Casey Animal Rescue
When: Saturday, August 5, 10am to 2pm
Where: Sean Casey Animal Rescue, 153 3rd Avenue, Windsor Terrace
What: Care Associates from Brooklyn Bark will bathe your pooch for a donation that will go to the Sean Casey Animal Rescue. Cleaned up canines will receive doggy bags filled with treats to take home.
How Much: Donations of any amount accepted

Exploring Hidden Art Galleries, Studios, & Street Art In Gowanus
When: Saturday, August 5, 11am to 12:30pm
Where: Meet at Whole Foods Market (Rooftop Bar), 214 3rd Street, Gowanus
 Presented by New York Adventure Club, this tour explores Gowanus’ creative community. Attendees will visit “mysterious galleries and cutting edge art studios,” meet artists and gallery owners, track down “secret” street art, and learn about the neighborhood’s history.
How Much: Registration $25 – $29

7th Annual History Day At Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park
When: Saturday, August 5, 12pm to 5pm (rain date Sunday, August 6)
Where: Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park, 3059 West 12th Street, Coney Island
What: Celebrate Coney Island’s History! Don 1920’s dress for a free spin on the 1920 landmark Wonder Wheel. Take a tour and learn all about 17 classic rides and attractions at the park. There will be free events all day, featuring music, entertainment, art, and history.

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MCA Day: The Grand Finale
When: Saturday, August 5, 12pm to 6pm
Where: littlefield, 635 Sackett Street (between 3rd & 4th Avenues), Gowanus
What: A celebration of Beastie Boy Adam “MCA” Yauch’s life, music, and legacy, this will be the sixth and final MCA Day. The annual, fan-organized event will feature DJs, live music, performances, guest speakers, art created by fans around the world, and more, to honor the musician and activist who passed away in 2012.
How Much: Free, register here

Hindu Lamp Ceremony
When: Saturday, August 5, 4pm
Where: Brooklyn Bridge Park, Main Street, Pebble Beach, DUMBO
What: In this traditional Aarti ceremony, participants decorate palm leaf lamps and release them onto the East River to express gratitude and request protection from “mother river.”
How Much: Free

Target First Saturdays
When: Saturday, August 5, 5pm to 11pm
Where: Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights
What: Check out the exhibit We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-85 and dance to Riva & Bohio Music and the marching band Drums and Bugles International Bands Association. There will also be film screenings of Bruk Out! about the competitive world of Dancehall Queens, and Crown Heights which chronicles a wrongfully convicted Crown Heights resident’s fight to prove his innocence.
How Much: Free

Nels Cline performing as a part of the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, Photo by Nathan West

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival: Nels Cline
When: Saturday, August 5, 6:30pm gates open/7:30pm show
Where: Prospect Park Bandshell, 9th Street & Prospect Park West, Park Slope
 The Wilco guitarist, Nels Cline, will perform songs from his latest solo album, Lovers, a mix of original compositions and American Songbook standards played in a big-band jazz style. Folk singer Sam Amidon will open the show.
How Much: Free

Creighton’s 100th birthday bash
When: Saturday, August 5, 8:30pm
Where: Coney Island Museum, 1208 Surf Avenue, Coney Island
What: Games! Prizes! Cake! A special screening of She Freak (1967) presented by Something Weird Video! Plus, a classic Ghoul A Go-Go episode.
How much: $10

International Day of Friendship 
When: Sunday, August 6 1pm to 5pm
Where: Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street, Downtown Brooklyn
What: The 4th annual event will feature a parade of flags, cultural performances, a global village, international cuisine, giveaways, and more from Boro President Eric Adams. Check out more info here.
How much: Free

Blood Maria Callas Live Opera in Garden
When: Sunday, August 6 from 3pm to 4:30pm
Where: Sycamore Bar, 1118 Cortelyou Road, Ditmas Park
What: Opera on Tap presents an afternoon of amazing opera in the Sycamore garden in Ditmas Park. Grab a bloody mary, mimosa, pint, or cocktail and get ready to have your world turned upside-down.
How much: Free

Nicole Richie’s 2007 Memorial Day BBQ: The Exhibit
When: On view from Friday, July 28 through Sunday, September 10
Where: The THNK1994 Museum, 1436 Atlantic Avenue, Crown Heights
What: An exhibition celebrating the celebrity scandals that struck between 2000-2009. This “imaginary summit” examines the pop culture figures who dominated the gossip pages during that decade (i.e. Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan).

The Soothing Center
When: On view from Saturday, July 29 through Friday, September 15
Where: Trestle Projects, 400 3rd Avenue, Gowanus
What: An alternative, artsy “spa” featuring interactive artworks that ease the negative effects caused by the tech and media cultures. Sensory based therapies stimulate visitors’ minds and bodies while addressing topics such as the “intersection of capitalism and wellness, body politics, intimacy, and the failures of language.”
How Much: Free



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