Weekend Art Events: July 13-15 (Hip-Hop Fest, Bastille Day, World Cup & More)

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Music lovers will have lots to choose from this weekend including opera, hip-hop, Latin alternative, classical, and swing.

Francophiles can celebrate Bastille Day on Smith Street on Sunday where the annual pétanque tournament will be played as the France vs. Croatia World Cup final is screened. Flatbush Caton Market will also host an outdoor World Cup viewing party at Kings Theatre’s new courtyard—Kings Court.

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

Opera On Tap – Rhythm Is Gonna Get Ya! (Sponsored)
When: Thursday, July 12, 8pm
Where: Freddy’s Bar & Backroom, 627 5th Avenue, Park Slope
What: For this month’s Opera on Tap show, put on your dancing shoes and get ready to shake your booty because RHYTHM IS GONNA GET YA! Warm up with LOCAL VOCALS opening act 7th Boro at 8pm, followed by Opera on Tap at 9pm!
How Much: Free

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14th Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival
When: Monday, July 9 through Saturday, July 14
Where: Various locations across Brooklyn
What: NYC’s largest hip-hop cultural event showcases the positive aspects of hip-hop culture by highlighting its legacy in artistry, community, and social change. Along with live music, the fest hosts panel discussions, exhibits, parties, an award show, and a block party. Saturday’s finale concert at Brooklyn Bridge Park features Black Star celebrating 20 years of the groundbreaking album, Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star.
How Much: Tickets $12 to $150

Mala Rodriguez

Mala Rodriguez / Ana Tijoux’s Roja y Negro / Girl Ultra
When: Friday, July 13, 7pm (gates open at 6pm)
Where: Prospect Park Bandshell, Prospect Park West & 9th Street, Park Slope
What: The BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! concert series continues with the Latin Alternative Music Conference featuring an all-women lineup including Spanish MC Mala Rodriguez, French-Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux, and Mexican R&B diva Mariana de Miguel who performs as Girl Ultra.
How Much: Free

Divide In Concord
When: Friday, July 13 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.” Kicking off the
series is local filmmaker Kris Kaczor’s documentary Divide In Concord about an 84-year-old’s mission to ban the sale of bottled water in Concord, Massachusetts after she learns about the environmental impact of empty plastic bottles. The director will be at the screening as well as plastic bag activist Jennie Romer.
How Much: Free, bring a blanket and snacks. Note the garden does not have a public restroom.

Bargemusic’s Masterworks Series: Beth Levin 
When: Friday, July 13, 8pm
Where: Bargemusic, Fulton Ferry Landing, Brooklyn Bridge Park
What: Pianist Beth Levin performs Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat Major, Op. 106, “Hammerklavier” and Handel’s Suite for keyboard No. 3 in D minor, HWV 428 as part of Bargemusic’s Masterworks Series.
How Much: Tickets $40, $35 seniors, $20 students

Downtown Brooklyn Bastille Day Celebration
When: Saturday, July 14, 10:30am to 4pm
Where: MetroTech Commons (Myrtle between Jay & Flatbush), Downtown Brooklyn
What: A day-long Bastille Day celebration featuring a Pétanque Tournament on professional-grade courts, food, live music, and more!

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Happy Family Night Market
When: Saturday, July 14, 3pm to 12am
Where: 99 Scott, 99 Scott Avenue, Bushwick
What: A day-long event celebrating Asian-American cuisine that brings together chefs, food writers, and foodies to share good meals and conversation. There will be a marketplace featuring food vendors, artists, and artisans, as well as a panels, film screenings, and an after party.
How Much: Tickets $7 to $22

Marlon James at St. Francis College
When: Saturday, July 14, 6pm to 7:30pm
Where: St. Francis College, Maroney Forum for Arts, Culture & Education, 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights
What: To celebrate the first anniversary of St. Francis College’s Creative Writing MFA program, the school and Books Are Magic will host a discussion about writing, life, and culture with 2015 Man Booker Prize winner Marlon James, author of A Brief History of Seven Killings.
How Much: Free

Swing It Out! Professor Cunningham & His Old School
When: Saturday, July 14, 8pm
Where: On Stage At Kingsborough, Kingsborough Community College, Kingsborough’s Lighthouse Bandshell, 2001 Oriental Boulevard, Manhattan Beach
What: Swing out with this award-winning band as they play tunes steeped in the New Orleans tradition, including works by Sidney Bechet, Fats Waller, Professor Longhair, and Fats Domino.
How Much: Free

FLATBUSH CATON MARKET AND KINGS THEATRE HAVE FÚTBOL FEVAH! (Sponsored)
When: Sunday, July 15, 10am to 3pm
Where: Kings Theatre, Kings Courtyard, 1027 Flatbush Avenue, Flatbush
What: Flatbush Caton Market will host an outdoor World Cup viewing party at Kings Theatre’s new Kings Court—the courtyard located adjacent to the historic theatre. Along with watching the France vs. Croatia match live, there will be food, live music, and a 45-foot mobile soccer gaming theater featuring EA Sports FIFA ‘18 gameplay on seven 60-foot screens!
How Much: Tickets $10

Bastille Day Pétanque Tournament
When: Sunday, July 15, 10am to 8pm
Where: Bar Tabac, 128 Smith Street, Cobble Hill
What: For 17 years Bar Tabac has been hosting a festive Bastille Day (or French Independence Day) Celebration packing Smith Street with pétanque courts, live music, food, and fun. Of course the France vs. Croatia World Cup final will be playing on multiple screens! Check out photos from last year’s event here.

John Cleese with Monty Python & The Holy Grail (Sponsored)
When: Sunday, July 22, 8pm
Where: Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Avenue, Flatbush
What: Living comedy legend, John Cleese, is heading in your general direction for a live and truly unforgettable evening of conversation and audience Q&A at Kings Theatre following a screening of Monty Python & The Holy Grail.
How Much: Tickets $85

Wendy Darling & Peter Pan
When: Thursday, July 5 through Saturday, July 21 at 8pm (Thursdays through Saturdays)
Where: Old Stone House & Washington Park, 336 3rd Street, Park Slope
What: Don’t miss Piper Theatre’s 13th annual outdoor show presented at the Old Stone House and Washington Park. This year’s production is an adaptation of J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan that transforms the park into Wendy’s house, Neverland, and the Darling children’s nursery. Read more about Wendy Darling & Peter Pan here.
How Much: Free (donations gladly accepted)

Archipelago New York—A Secret Island World In Plain Sight By Thomas Halaczinsky
When: Exhibition on view through Saturday, July 21
Where: Waterfront Museum, 290 Conover Street, Red Hook
What: This exhibition features images from more than 3,000 nautical miles taken by Thomas Halaczinsky who from 2011 to 2016 retraced the travels of Adriaen Block. In 1614, Block set sail on his 30-foot sailboat Sojourn to map more than 70 islands from the New York City Harbor to Fishers Island Sound bordering Long Island, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.

Cara Lynch, I’m Here For You, Call Me Now (2017) Mirrored acrylic, rhinestones, glitter on panel 18 x 18 x 1.5”
(Courtesy of the artist and UrbanGlass)

On Reflection
When: Exhibition on view from Wednesday, May 23 through Saturday, July 28
Where: Urban Glass, Agnes Varis Art Center, 647 Fulton Street, Fort Greene
What: An exhibition bringing together the work of six artists who work with reflective surfaces to explore reflection in the physical sense and to reflect the conditions of contemporary experience.

Pink and Green 2, The Hype Series in 3D | AngelOnce x GoopMassta
When: Exhibition on view from Friday, June 29 through Sunday, July 29
Where: 3RD ETHOS Gallery, 154 Knickerbocker Avenue, Bushwick
What: Two West Coast artists AngelOnce (creator of Angry Charlie, the pink elephant) and GoopMassta (creator of hip hop frog) collaborate in NYC for the first time, transforming 3RD ETHOS gallery into a “3D experience of eye-popping colors, retro themes, and animal prints.”

James by Fernando Carpaneda (Courtesy of the artist)

Fernando Carpaneda “New Portraits” 
When: On view from Saturday, June 23 through Sunday, July 29 (appointment only)
Where: MF Gallery, 213 Bond Street (between Baltic & Butler St.), Gowanus
What: An exhibition of new paintings and drawings by the New York-based Brazilian artist depicting the beauty and sensuality of men and women. The works aim to provoke questions about equality and inspire acceptance of diversity in human sexuality.

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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

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