TGIF! It’s been a rough day; heck, it’s been a tough week. You get off work and feel like heading for the nearest bar for a tall, cool one. “But wait!”, that nagging little voice in your head says, “You need to relieve that tension in a healthy way.” If you listen to that voice, you can head to Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park this (Friday, August 17) evening at 7:00 for a free open air class in hip hop dance aerobics presented by Dodge YMCA.
Want to enjoy a movie in air conditioned comfort? Brooklyn Heights Cinema, 70 Henry Street (corner of Orange) is showing Ruby Sparks and Beasts of the Southern Wild. Showtimes are here.
You may also have classical music in a/c comfort at Bargemusic, moored to the Fulton Ferry Pier at the foot of Old Fulton Street. This weekend there are two concerts in the Masterworks series, one on Saturday evening starting at 8:00, and the other on Sunday afternoon at 2:00. Both feature the same three compositions for piano, violin, and cello, by Mozart, Schubert, and Tchaikovsky, respectively. (More details here. Admission is $35 ($30 seniors, $15 students). You may reserve seats by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org and pay at the door with cash or check, or you may buy tix in advance at the box office. Bargemusic will also have a free, family oriented Music in Motion concert Saturday afternoon at 3:00 (doors open at 2:30; no reservations are taken).
The Brooklyn Historical Society is having another of its “Hiding in Plain Sight: a Walk Down Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn Heights” walking tours Saturday afternoon. Tickets are $8.00, $5.00 for BHS members, and may be purchased here. The tour begins at 3:00 p.m.; meet in front of the Society’s historic building at 128 Pierrepont Street (corner of Clinton). It will last about 45 minutes.
You may choose, as I did last weekend, to spend some time strolling around Brooklyn Bridge Park, seeing the flowers and wildlife. The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy has produced a handy guide to summer park plants; you can download a PDF here.