Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

Saturday is the annual City of Water Day, and Brooklyn Bridge Park has several events planned to celebrate it. There will be kayaking from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. between piers 1 and 2. From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Pier 6 there will be a Wildlife Theater performance that should appeal to kids, A Penguin State of Mind, which will, among other things, answer the burning question: “Why would a wild polar bear never eat a penguin?” (That’s actually an easy one, but I’ll leave it to some commenter to answer it.) From noon to 1:30 p.m. there will be “Seining the River Wild” at the Main Street portion of the park in DUMBO. This involves using a twenty foot net to capture river wildlife which can then be admired (see photo) and released. Meanwhile, from noon to 3:00 p.m. at Pier 6 there will be aquatic arts and crafts with Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s “Kids Create!”

Also at Brooklyn Bridge Park, don’t forget the Metropolitan Opera recital this (Friday, July 19) evening at 7:00 on Pier 1. On Sunday, when the weather is expected to cool down a bit, there will be a Family Field Day from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Pier 5. Looking ahead to Monday the “Books Beneath the Bridge” series will continue starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Granite Prospect on Pier 1 with Colum McCann reading from his novel Trans-Atlantic.

The air conditioned Brooklyn Heights Cinema presents two new movies this weekend: The Way, Way Back and Girl Most Likely. Showtimes are here. Looking ahead to next Thursday, July 25 at 9:00 p.m. the Cinema will present a performance by the “dark cabaret rock band” Emily Danger (any relation to Nick Danger?).

The air conditioned Bargemusic has a corker of a concert tonight (Friday, July 19) starting at 8:00. The distinguished American composer William Bolcom will accompany on piano his wife, mezzo-soprano Joan Morris, performing songs by Bolcom and a host of other American composers and songwriters from the present time and the past century. On Saturday evening, also at 8:00, there will be a “Masterworks” concert featuring works by Haydn, Schubert, and Beethoven, performed by the Amphion String Quartet. 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 here.

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  • elw_ny

    polar bears and penguins – they’re poles apart

  • Claude Scales

    You got it!

  • Andrew Porter

    Unless they’re in the same zoo—then, watch out!