May flowers have officially sprung from April showers in Brooklyn! Spend some time outside this weekend strolling around Ditmas Park as part of the Twilight Stroll on Cortelyou. There are also a variety of art exhibitions and productions opening this weekend including DreamStreet Theatre Company’s performance of Find Your Voice! A Singin’ in the Rain Story. Plus, this is the last weekend to check out NORBERT 3000 Astronautilus at 3rd ETHOS Gallery.
Bklyner Calendar has more events happening around town and you can list one of your own.
Thursday, May 9
TWILIGHT STROLL ON CORTELYOU (Sponsored) starts at Brooklyn ARTery, 5pm [Tickets start at $10]: Stroll down this Ditmas Park small town village and sample delectables and experience the unprecedented diverse tastings of restaurants and businesses on Cortelyou Road. Enjoy a full week of discounts and savings at local stores.
Friday, May 10
BROOKLYN DESIGNS (Sponsored) at Brooklyn Navy Yard, Building 77, 11am (+ May 11 and May 12) [Tickets $15, Bklyner readers can use code “Bklyner” for discount]: BROOKLYN DESIGNS is the borough’s premier design event showcasing the highest quality furnishings, lighting, home accessories and technology. In addition to a curated exhibition of 60+ Brooklyn-based design brands and studios including group shows by Cooler Gallery, In The Pursuit, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the show will feature compelling talks, hands-on design workshops, multi-sensory experiences, art activations, and insider tours of the Yard.
GRiZ TOUR (Sponsored) at Kings Theatre [Tickets start at $50]: Sax man. Producer. DJ. Musician. GRiZ is all of the above—and then some. But beyond everything, GRiZ is the shining force of positivity who’s here to teach the world how to do one thing: Show Love, Spread Love. It’s the driving mantra that’s come to define the core of everything GRiZ. “I’m just here to spread good vibes, my friends,” the jovial producer says. “It all comes down to spreading the good word and sharing the love.”
FIND YOUR VOICE! A SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN STORY at BRIC, 7pm (+ May 12 and May 13) [Tickets begin at $50]: The cast of DreamStreet Theatre Company, made up of 30 adults living with developmental disabilities, take the stage to perform original work. Inspired by the true events that occurred behind the scenes of Singin’ in the Rain (as told by Debbie Reynolds and crew), Find Your Voice highlights the people behind the camera.
TIANANMEN 30TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT at De Construkt art space, 8pm [Free, $20 donation suggested]: This multi-media, multi-disciplinary fundraising concert will feature Tiananmen leaders/survivors and American activists/artists commemorating the 30th anniversary of Tiananmen Massacre. All donations will be sent to massacre victims’ families in China.
Saturday, May 11
SEDIMENT at multiple locations (Artpoetica, South Slope Local Café, Gowanus Dredgers Boathouse, and Gowanus Souvenir Shop), through July 7 [Free]: Created by JoAnne McFarland and Sasha Chavchavadze, the SEDIMENT exhibitions are inspired by the century-old sediment at the bottom of the Gowanus Canal. Each exhibition space will offer a unique interpretation of SEDIMENT experimenting with both the literal and metaphorical theme.
NEW DAWN FADES OPENING at Court Tree Gallery, 5pm, through June 11 [Free]: Created by Christian Nguyen, this exhibit includes a collection of paintings inspired by Claude Monet’s “Rouen Cathedral”. Nguyen’s primary focus is architecture and how it embodies the mind, body, and soul.
PHYSICALITY: An Exploration of Embodiment in Three Remixes at National Sawdust, 10pm [Tickets begin at $20]: The second part in a series of shows, this performance by Gavin Rayna Russom blends together classical music with dance club music. A resident at National Sawdust, Russom will present a long form, immersive DJ set.
Sunday, May 12
CLASSICAL INTERLUDES: DAEDALUS QUARTET at Central Library, 4pm [Free]: The Daedalus Quartet, who won the top prize in the Banff International String Quartet Competition in 2001, will take the stage for an afternoon of music. This string quartet will feature Min-Young Kim and Matilda Kaul, violins; Jessica Thompson, viola; Thomas Kraines, cello; and Romie de Guise-Langlois, clarinet.
THE FUTURE OF HOUSING AFFORDABILITY IN NEW YORK CITY (Sponsored) at St. Francis College, May 14, 10:30am [Free]: Join us for a conversation with community leaders and city officials on the future of housing affordability in New York City and learn what measures are being and could be taken to help struggling New Yorkers in Brooklyn find a safe, quality and cost-effective place to call home.
Pod Tours America (Sponsored) at Kings Theatre, May 16 + 17, 8pm [Tickets begin at $59.50]: Pod Save America, co-hosted by Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer and Tommy Vietor has been downloaded more than 370M times, and was dubbed “the voice in blue America’s head” by New York Times Magazine. Favreau, Lovett, Pfeiffer and Vietor all served in key roles in the Obama White House. They have expertise in political campaigns (both winning and losing), political strategy, speechwriting and foreign policy. They are blunt about their disgust with the Trump administration, but are equally hard on the Democratic Party when it screws up. You’ll laugh. You might cry. And you’ll leave motivated to fight for our democracy.
Tap & Cork (Sponsored) at Kings Theatre, May 25, 2pm [Tickets begin at $45]: A block party-styled beverage festival full of craft and small batch brands next to some known favorites. Amazing food and great music keeps your belly full and your feet moving. All happening in the greatest city’s favorite borough.
OOT Homebrew Presents: Swipe Right or Swipe Left? That is the Question (Sponsored) at Freddy’s Bar, May 25, 8pm [Free]: The opening act, Forever House is scheduled from 8pm to 8:45pm. Forever House is a raucous avant-grunge outfit comprised of Meaghan Burke (vocals/cello), James Moore (guitar), James Ilgenfritz (bass) and Pete Wise (drums). Drawing from their experiences as performers in NY’s indie and experimental scenes, Forever House performs an explosive blend of twisted anthems, subversive ballads, sloppy math waltzes and wasted love themes.
The second act, Opera on Tap HOMEBREWED, will be held from 9pm to 10:15pm. Straight from the tap, Freddy’s Bar and the Divas of Opera on Tap bring you the Home Brewed Opera series: funny, engaging, immersive operatic concerts in a casual setting. Ever been on a dating app? It’s not easy….Help us comb through our prospects with beer and delicious goodies, and we’ll figure out which way to swipe together!
NORBERT 3000 ASTRONAUTILUS at 3rd ETHOS Gallery, through May 11 [Free]: Explore a variety of street art, graffiti art and sci-fi art by Henning Marten or Norbert 3000. The exhibit features new original artworks and exclusive items from the artist.
LATINX at La Bodega Gallery, through May 25 [Free]: This project aims to deconstruct Latin American identity and explore different facets of it. LATINX addresses the issues of cultural loss, colorism, xenophobia, homophobia and misogyny within the culture as well as dismantling the concept of what makes up a “real latino”.
RACE AND REVOLUTION: REIMAGINING MONUMENTS at The Old Stone House, through June 14 [Free]: This third iteration of a series that aims to bring the conversation of systemic race and racism from the past into the present displays excerpts from historical documents alongside contemporary works by 16 artists including paintings, drawings, quilts, interactive sculptures, and public art.
HEAVEN, HELL, AND PURGATORY: VISIONS OF THE AFTERLIFE IN THE CATHOLIC TRADITION at Green-Wood Cemetery (Fort Hamilton Gatehouse), Saturdays & Sundays through June 30 [Free]: Morbid Anatomy returns for a second year to Green-Wood Cemetery’s historic Fort Hamilton Gatehouse. The museum’s latest exhibit explores visions of heaven, hell, and purgatory in the Catholic tradition featuring paintings, photographs, sculptures, historical books, and prints dating from the 17th century to the present. Don’t forget to visit the attic where selections from Morbid Anatomy’s vast library will be available for perusal.
ON THE (QUEER) WATERFRONT at the Brooklyn Historical Society, through August 4 [Free]: Co-curated by Hugh Ryan and Avram Finkelstein, this exhibition focuses on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer history of Brooklyn in the 1800s and through World War II. Visitors can expect to see photographs, artifacts and more. Read more here.
THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF BUILDER LEVY: HUMANITY IN THE STREETS at Brooklyn Historical Society, through August 11 [Free]: A collaboration between the Brooklyn Historical Society and students from Pratt Institute, this new exhibit showcases a selection of images documenting everyday life in NYC from the 1960s to 1980s, through the lens of Brooklyn-bred photographer Builder Levy. Students from Pratt’s Spring 2019 Museology Class took on roles as curators, designers, publicists and more for the exhibition.