Weekend Art Events: July 28-30 (A Whole Lotta Shakespeare & More)

Esperanza Spalding

There’s a whole lot of Shakespeare going on this weekend, with free outdoor performances of the Bard’s Macbeth and Measure for Measure, as well as The Gallery Players’ final performances of Julius Caesar.

There are also free BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! shows at Prospect Park, an Animation festival, a pop-up art exhibit, and lots more.

Check out the list below for more on what’s happening this weekend.

Birdboy: The Forgotten Children, Directed by Alberto Vázquez & Pedro Rivero (via Facebook)

Animation Block Party
When: Thursday, July 27 through Sunday, July 30
Where: BAM, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Fort Greene; Industry City, 51 35th Street (Courtyard 5-6), Sunset Park
What: Check out the renowned, international fest featuring panel discussions, exclusive showcases, after-parties, and the world’s best, new animated shorts. See the full schedule here.
How much: priced per ticket

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Andrew Bird with Special Guest Esperanza Spalding
When: Friday, July 28, 6:30pm gates open/7:30pm show
Where: Prospect Park Bandshell, 9th Street & Prospect Park West, Park Slope
What: Singer/songwriter Andrew Bird will perform songs from his new album, Are You Serious. The night’s special guest is jazz bassist/singer Esperanza Spalding.
How Much: Free

Free Shakespeare in the Parks: Measure For Measure 
When: Friday, July 28, 7:30pm to 9pm
Where: Fort Greene Park, Prison Ship Martyrs Monument, Fort Greene
Hip to Hip Theatre Company presents a free production of Shakespeare’s Measure to Measure for the family performed at the base of the Monument steps on the northwest plaza of Fort Greene Park. The dark comedy explores the dangers of putting power into the wrong hands.

Friday, July 28 at 8pm; Saturday, July 29 at 6pm and 8pm; Sunday, July 30 at 2pm and 4pm
Where: Bargemusic, Fulton Ferry Landing, Brooklyn Bridge Park, DUMBO
What: The floating concert hall docked at Brooklyn Bridge Park presents a trio of Masterworks Series this weekend. Friday’s performance features music by Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, and Verdi, and another series on Saturday features works by Mozart, Pagini/Schumann, Piazzolla, Stravinski, Ziegler, Kreisler, and Sarasate. Sunday’s “Fisher Plays Beethoven” performance will showcase Beethoven’s 32 Piano Sonatas (Concert V).
How Much: Tickets $40 ($35 senior, $20 student)

Rock & Roll Playhouse
When: Saturday, July 29, 12pm to 2:30pm
Where: Industry City, 274 36th Street, Courtyard 1-2, Sunset Park
What: This weekly Industry City event presents live bands and DJs to keep families dancing. This weekend’s edition is a Family DJ Dance Party featuring the music of Phish with Karina Rykman.
How Much: Free

Admiral T

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Admiral T, Tabou Combo, DJ Spike T.I.
When: Saturday, July 29, 6pm gates open/7pm show
Where: Prospect Park Bandshell, 9th Street & Prospect Park West, Park Slope
What: Born on the island of Guadeloupe in the West Indies, Admiral T is one of the  most celebrated dancehall artists of the French-speaking world. Formed in Haiti in 1968, the compas band Tabou Combo performs songs in English, French, Spanish, and Haitian Creole, reflecting their diverse backgrounds and influences. DJ Spike T.I. will spin a mix of hip-hop and Caribbean music.
How Much: Free

South Brooklyn Shakespeare Presents Macbeth
When: Saturday, July 29 at 6:30pm
Where: South, 629 5th Avenue (between 17th & 18th Streets), South Slope
What: A part of the Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID’s South Slope Summer Strolls 2 happening on 5th Ave between 12th to 18th Streets (5pm to 9pm), South Brooklyn Shakespeare presents a free outdoor production of the bard’s tragedy, Macbeth. The production will also be performed at The Old Stone House (336 3rd Street between 4th & 5th Avenues) Wednesday, August 2 through Saturday, August 5 at 8pm.

Rooftop Films Presents Net Positive: Internet Health Shorts
When: Saturday, July 29, 8pm, after-party at 11pm
Where: Industry City, 274 36th Street, The Courtyards, Sunset Park
What: A series of short films about our “largest shared resource, the Internet.” Live Music will be played by The Super Yamba Band before the films, and there will be a post-screening discussion and an after-party.
How Much: Free with RSVP

Amanda Patenaude’s One Map of Many Moments at Fort Greene Park (Photo via Facebook)

One Map Of Many Moments
When: On view from Thursday, July 1 through May 2018
Where: Fort Greene Park, southwest of the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument, Fort Greene
What: In partnership with Fort Greene Park Conservancy, Fort Greene artist Amanda Patenaude turned park trash into public art. One Map of Many Moments is a glass mosaic map of Fort Greene Park, that celebrates volunteerism and stewardship, and highlights visitors’ favorite places, activities, and parts of the park.

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Break Bread
When: On view from Thursday, July 27 through Sunday, July 30, 12pm to 6pm
Where: 127 Tompkins Avenue (between Myrtle & Vernon Avenues), Bed-Stuy
What: A pop-up exhibition by Brooklyn-based multi-media artist, Sajjad Musa, featuring a series of collages composed from paper currency from around the world. The works “challenge society’s view of money” and show the similarities between cultures while visualizing the world as a harmonious place where money represents good instead of greed.
How Much: Free

Julius Caesar
When: Thursday-Sundays, July 13 – July 30, 7:30pm, Sundays at 3pm
Where: The Gallery Players, 199 14th Street, Park Slope
What: The Gallery Players perform Shakespeare’s story of ambition, duty, and political intrigue in a production compressed into 16 scenes, charting the events leading up to Caesar’s assassination and the civil war that follows.
How Much: Tickets $25 adults; $20 children/seniors



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Pamela Wong

Pam was a staff reporter at Bklyner, covering North-Western parts of Brooklyn between 2016 and 2019. She also writes about art at arthag.typepad.com.


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