Last Minute Weekend Suggestions

The weekend forecast is for temperatures reaching the high eighties and a strong possibility of thunderstorms. Perhaps not a bad time to take in a good movie. Your correspondent and wife had dinner yesterday evening with Our Friend the Movie Critic, who enthusiastically recommends Farewell My Queen, which is playing at the Brooklyn Heights Cinema, 70 Henry Street (corner of Orange), along with Beasts of the Southern Wild, this weekend. Showtimes are here.

If music is what you crave, air conditioned Bargemusic, moored to the Fulton Ferry Pier near the foot of Old Fulton Street, has a full schedule of concerts this weekend. Tonight (Friday, August 3) starting at 8:00 there is a Masterworks concert featuring works by Mozart, Grieg, and Schubert performed on violin and piano. Saturday evening, also at 8:00, there’s a concert in the There and Then series, “Journey the Ancient Seas! Music of Early Spain and beyond…”, with the group ALBA playing period instruments. Sunday afternoon at 2:00 there will be another Masterworks concert, this one of music by Mozart, Bach, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Haydn, and Ravel, on piano. Admission to these concerts is $35 ($30 for seniors and students). Make reservations by e-mailing and pay by cash or check at the door, or buy in advance by visiting the box office. There is also a free, family oriented Music in Motion concert Saturday afternoon at 3:00; doors open at 2:30. No reservations are taken; it’s first come, first seated.

The Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street (corner of Clinton) is having another tour of its historic building Saturday afternoon starting at 3:00. The tour, which includes museum admission, is free for BHS members; for others, suggested admission is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors, teachers, and students over 12, and free for children under 12.

Of course, you can cool off in Brooklyn Bridge Park’s pool (pool hours are here), or lounge on the adjacent “beach” and enjoy refreshments from the Brooklyn Beach Shack. Looking ahead to Monday, don’t forget that Patti Smith will be reading from her book Woolgathering starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Granite Prospect, Pier 1, and will be signing books afterward.

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  • Karl Junkersfeld

    My fellow Brooklyn Heights residents, remember that Saturday is Summer Streets Walk. The attached film is from 2010 and the walk had been extended and improved. This is NYC at its best.

    Here is the car free route from Brooklyn Bridge to 72nd Street, Also see the many activities:

  • PBL

    Don’t mean to pirate this thread, but are any other AT&T users having MAJOR issues this weekend? My cell service has been basically non-existent since early yesterday.

  • Claude Scales

    PBL: Just checked, and was able to ring my land line using my AT&T BlackBerry; also getting e-mails as usual.

  • PBL

    Thanks Claude … I called AT&T, apparently 3 towers are down in our area. She rerouted me to another tower (I think?), I now have some service but still very shaky.

  • bklyn20

    How is the A.C. at The Heights Cinema these days?

  • David on Middagh

    A couple of weeks ago, the air conditioning was just right for street clothes on a hot day.

  • Claude Scales

    Followed my own advice and went to see Farewell My Queen tonight. It was good and cool; enough that I regretted going in a t-shirt and shorts. The movie? Well worth it. Not heavy on plot, but the acting was superb, as were the atmospherics. It conveyed a convincing impression of what it may have been like to be part of the royal court at Versailles as the Revolution inexorably built toward its climax.