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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.