Enjoy the first weekend of fall with exhibits, movies, opera, and more. Morbid Anatomy returns for another pop-up exhibit at Green-Wood Cemetery and the Brooklyn Public Library is hosting an open house. If you’re looking to get outdoors and enjoy the autumn weather, click here for our list of festivals, parades, and street fairs.
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Friday, September 27
THE GREAT DUMBO DROP at Washington Street (between York & Plymouth Streets), 4pm to 9pm [Free]: The DUMBO Improvement District hosts the 3rd annual Washington Street block party featuring the popular DUMBO Drop fundraiser, which drops thousands of parachuting elephants down from rooftops to raise money for DUMBO’s local Title I Public STEAM Schools, PS307 Elementary School, and the Dock Street Middle School. This year’s party will include a second drop—the DISCO Drop—that will feature illuminated souvenir elephants, offering participants a second chance to win prizes. The public can enter the contest online at dumbo.is. Entries must be received by September 26. Entries cost $20 and guarantee a souvenir elephant. The classic DUMBO Drop is scheduled for 6pm and the DISCO Drop is scheduled for 7:30pm.
LADIES OF SORROW at Morbid Anatomy Library, Green-Wood Cemetery, Sept. 28-Nov. 17 [Free]: Morbid Anatomy returns to Green-Wood Cemetery’s Fort Hamilton Gate House for its third pop-up exhibition, Our Lady of Sorrows. “From Catholicism’s Madonna Dolorosa to the Victorian ‘cult of the dead’ to professional weepers, women have been responsible for many of the traditions, rituals and duties associated with mourning.” The works on view explore grief and femininity in art and material culture. Morbid Anatomy will host an Opening and Fall Garden Party on Friday, Sept. 27 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm where attendees can preview the exhibit, meet the curators and participating artists and collectors (Tickets: $15/$10 Green-Wood members)
A NIGHT OF WOMEN COMPOSERS: FROM CLARA SCHUMANN TO MEREDITH MONK at National Sawdust, 7:30pm [Tickets $35]: National Sawdust’s Season 5 opens with a nod to the venue’s roots as a women-led institution. The night will feature works by Clara Schumann, Mary Lou Williams, Meredith Monk, Missy Mazzoli, Paola Prestini, Ellen Reid, and inaugural Hildegard Competition winner Emma O’Halloran. Nico Muhly and Timo Andres are among the scheduled performers.
Saturday, September 28
BPL OPEN HOUSE at Brooklyn Public Library Branches [Free]: Check out your local library branch for Brooklyn Public Library’s Open House Day. There will be activities, music, and special events at all locations. Meet the librarians and staff, sign up for a library card, and learn about the free services and activities BPL offers, such as story times and early literacy programs; author talks and movie screenings; homework and resume assistance; free Wi-Fi and computer access; and more.
COLLABORATIVE WORKS ON PAPER at Booklyn, 6pm-9pm, exhibition on view through October 26 [Free]: Booklyn and Friends, Peace, and Sanctuary host an opening for this group exhibition featuring works on paper and textiles that celebrate cultural and historical moments, personal stories, and friendship. Several of the artists, many of who resettled in Philadelphia from Iraq and Syria, will be at the opening.
LITTLE CARIBBEAN MOVIE NIGHTS at Kings Theatre Courtyard, (+Sun. Sept. 29) 8pm [Free, RSVP here]: Little Caribbean hosts two nights of live jazz by the Zane Rodulfo Trio and free outdoor screenings of See You Yesterday and Who Shot the Sheriff? Bring a blanket or chairs.
THE CONSTITUTION: A SECULAR ORATORIO at Behind the Door, 8pm [Tickets start at $35]: Catch the final performance of Vertical Player Repertory’s production of composer Ben Yarmolinsky’s opera which features excerpts of the U.S. Constitution performed by VPR’s chorus and soloists.
BARE MEN: THE GROUP SHOW at The Living Gallery Sept. 30-Oct. 4 [Free]: Curated by artist/photographer Abigail Ekue, this photo exhibit celebrates all genres of male nude photography including figure studies, fashion, editorial, outdoor, conceptual, erotic, and self-portraits. Opening reception: Tuesday, October 1, 7pm to 10pm
12TH ANNUAL BUSHWICK FILM FESTIVAL at various locations throughout Bushwick, October 2-6 [Tickets start at $12]: More than 100 films will be showcased and over 40 events will be held throughout the festival’s five days, including feature and short film screenings, panel discussions, parties, as well as food, art, and tech events. The fest will also feature a lineup of free programming. Read more about the Bushwick Film Festival here.
CABARET at Gallery Players, 8pm, through September 29 [Tickets start at $20]: Gallery Players opens its 53rd season with Cabaret, based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood with a book by Joe Masteroff, music by John Kander, and lyrics by Fred Ebb. Gallery Players will present the 1998 revival script co-directed and choreographed by Rob Marshall, directed by Sam Mendes, and made famous by Alan Cumming as the Emcee.
STRANGE LOOPS at Established Gallery, through September 29 [Free]: Nine quirky and playful kinetic sculptures by Philadelphia-based artist Stuart Lantry are on view. Read more about the exhibit and Established Gallery here.
A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE at The Waterfront Museum Barge, Extended through October 6 [Tickets $25]: Back by popular demand following a sold out run is Arthur Miller’s domestic drama produced by Brave New World Repertory Theatre. When Beatrice’s undocumented relatives arrive from Italy to work the docks, conflict grows between her husband Eddie and her cousin Rodolpho.
COLOR SHIFT & DISLOCATION at 440 Gallery, through October 6 [Free]: 440 Gallery presents Leigh Blanchard’s digital images in Color Shift alongside work by Jo-Ann Acey and Janet Pedersen. The main space exhibits Amy Weil’s Dislocation, featuring encaustic and mixed media paintings.
NO MORE WATER at Old Stone House and Washington Park, through October 12 [Free]: This exhibition brings together emerging artists Tahir Carl Karmali and Justin Sterling to respond to The Old Stone House’s unique space. Both artists use reclaimed and abstracted vernacular materials—including used cell phone batteries and broken windows—to symbolize local and global policies that contribute to inequality and displacement. Learn more about the exhibit here.
LIFE ON SPACESHIP EARTH at Lucas Lucas Gallery, Wednesday – Sunday 12pm to 6pm, exhibition on view through October 13 [Free]: Artist Alexis Kandra’s new exhibit focuses on endangered species, a subject that seems particularly critical now following cuts to the Endangered Species Act. Kandra hopes to inspire conservation and awareness through her paintings. A portion of the proceeds from all artwork sales will be donated to the Natural Resources Defense Council. Read more about the exhibit here.
PERLA KRAUZE SOLO EXHIBITION at The Chimney, through October 20 [Free]: The Chimney presents “small landscapes from near and far” by Mexican artist Perla Krauze. For the exhibit, Krauze has documented two geographies: the Mexican land and New York’s urban terrain, representing a personal topography—an emotional map—that questions the notion of territorial belonging.
BROOKYN WATERFRONT ARTISTS COALITION FALL EXHIBITS at 481 Van Brunt Street, exhibitions on view through Oct. 27 [Free]: Celebrate Brooklyn artists at BWAC where three shows are on view in their 25,000-square-foot Civil War-era warehouse space: the BWAC member show; the COLOR national juried show; and Grand Installations-Spatial Relations.
BEYOND GEOGRAPHIES: CONTEMPORARY ART AND MUSLIM EXPERIENCE at BRIC House, September 13 – November 17 [Free]: BRIC presents the work of 8 artists of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African-American descent documenting the various dimensions of the Muslim experience. The artwork includes installation, photography, sculpture, video, performance, and painting drawn from the artists’ experiences “as members of disparate diasporic communities, as immigrants, and as participants in the contemporary art discourse.” Read more about Beyond Geographies here.
I AM FERTILE GROUND at Green-Wood Cemetery Catacombs, Saturdays & Sundays 10:30am – 4:30pm through November 17 [Free]: Artist Janine Antoni presents a site-specific installation in Green-Wood’s catacombs. Influenced by the imagery and details of religious icons, she pays “homage to what she has discovered through her improvisational dance practice.” The works depict gestures and body parts as she expresses herself through dance and her body serves “as a vehicle for spiritual experiences.”
MIRROR MIRROR ON THE WALL at St. Francis College, exhibition on view through Dec. 17. Hours vary, check website. [Free]: The 33 contemporary portraits, figure drawings, and sculptures on display were culled from the Lise Curry Art Collection, a 200+ piece collection acquired over 30 years that will be bequeathed to the college.
AN OPENING at the Brooklyn Historical Society, through June 20 [Suggested admission $10]: Brooklyn Historical Society presents Kameelah Janan Rasheed’s An Opening, an immersive sound and art installation created to respond to BHS’s Muslims in Brooklyn oral history project. Read more about Rasheed and the exhibit here.