Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

On Saturday (June 22) from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. the Brooklyn Historical Society will present a book launch and talk by Philip F. Napoli, author of Bringing It All Back Home: An Oral History of New York City’s Vietnam Veterans. In BHS’s words:

Join us for a discussion from the author and a remarkable group of veterans who will share some of the heartrending oral histories that topple assumptions about the people who served in Vietnam. Philip F. Napoli’s Bringing It All Back Home strips away the myths and reveals the complex individuals who served in Southeast Asia. Napoli was one of the chief researchers for Tom Brokaw’s The Greatest Generation, and in the spirit of that enterprise, his oral histories recast our understanding of a war and its legacy.

The event will be held in BHS’s beautiful Othmer Library. It is free, but you must get tickets here.

Also on Saturday afternoon, BHS, in conjunction with Big Onion, is holding a Historic Brooklyn Heights Walking tour, starting at 1:00 p.m. The tour ends with free admission to the BHS museum. More info and buy tix here.

Brooklyn Bridge Park will host two events on Saturday that promise fun for kids and adults alike. There will be a Family Field Day on Pier 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and Seining the River Wild at the Main Street section of the park, in DUMBO, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Don’t forget the “Tradition with a Twist” concert on Friday.

Bargemusic has a full schedule of concerts this weekend. Friday and Saturday evenings starting at 8:00 hear music of Beethoven, including a favorite of your correspondent’s, the “Archduke” Trio, performed on piano, violin, and cello. On Sunday afternoon at 2:00 the St. Petersburg String Quartet and pianist Jeffrey Swann return to perform works by Britten, Mozart, and Chopin. Sunday at 5:30 p.m. there will be a “Bargemix” performance of Beatles music by Liverpool Shuffle. On Saturday afternoon at 3:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, program and musicians TBA. The doors open at 2:30; it’s first come, first seated. More info and buy tickets.

Starting Friday the Brooklyn Heights Cinema will be showing The Bling Ring, directed by Sofia Coppola and starring Emma Watson. The Cinema is also showing The East and Mud. Showtimes are here.

Don’t forget the screening of our own Heather Quinlan’s If These Knishes Could Talk on Friday evening, and the Poplar Street Community Garden’s Open Garden event on Saturday.

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