Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

Gregory Eaton, Musical Director at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, has brought melody forth from the Church’s 1925 vintage Skinner pipe organ for the past twenty years. On Sunday evening, November 17, starting at 7:00, he will present a concert at St. Ann, located at the corner of Clinton and Montague (enter from Clinton), He’ll even be doing requests. Admission is a suggested donation of $25, or $20 for seniors or students. This includes a reception after the concert. All proceeds go to the Church’s restoration, and to maintenance of the historic organ.

The Promenade Gardeners are having another of their popular bake sales this Saturday from “9:30 a.m. till the last crumb is gone (usually by noon)” on the Promenade near the Montague Street entrance. All proceeds benefit the Gardens.

This weekend is your last chance to see the Heights Players production of Twelve Angry Men, with performances at 8:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. It will also be the last weekend for Little Red Riding Hood: a Participation Play for Children on Saturday starting at noon.

Bargemusic has a full schedule of Masterworks concerts this weekend. On Friday evening at 7:00 pianist Roman Rabinovich will play works by Couperin, Ravel, Haydn, and Chopin, as well as the pianist’s own arrangement of a work by Ravel. On Saturday evening at 7:00 and again on Sunday afternoon at 4:00, a quartet consisting of Karina Canellakis on violin, Melissa Reardon on viola, Paul Wiancko on cello, and Olga Vinokur on piano will perform works by Mozart, Ravel, Mr. Wiancko, and Schumann. 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 information and buy tickets here.

The Brooklyn Heights Cinema will be showing 12 Years a Slave, director Steve McQueen’s drama about a free African American New Yorker kidnapped and sold into slavery, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender, and with a cast including Heights resident Paul Giamatti. The Cinema is also showing Robert Redford’s All Is Lost, in which he portrays a solo ocean sailor’s fight for survival after his boat is almost destroyed by a drifting freight container. Showtimes are here.

On Saturday from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. the Brooklyn Historical Society will present anthropologist and oral historian Jennifer Scott for a reading and discussion focusing on The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot. NYU sociologist Ann Morning will be a special guest. Get tickets here. Looking ahead, on Tuesday evening at 6:30 BHS will present a discussion on all things Brooklyn, featuring two Brooklynites, New York Public Radio President and CEO Laura Walker and stand up comedian Ophira Eisenberg. You can get tickets here. On Thursday, starting at 7:00, Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival Founder and Executive Director Wes Jackson will present “Hip-Hop 101: Told it First Hand”, a discussion that “shows the social movement that’s in the music, and Hip-Hop’s role in creating social change.” Admission includes one drink; get tickets here.

Got papers to shred, or old electronics ready for recycling? Want to shop for bargains? Go to Open House Nursery School, 318 Warren Street (between Court and Smith) on Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Shredding will be done by professional shredders while you watch; the cost is $10 for the first box or bag and $5 for each additional one. “[I]nkjet/laser printer cartridges, GPS, iPhones, iPods, digital cameras, MP3 players, headphones, iPads and other tablets, and laptops” will be accepted for recycling, and there will be rummage and bake sales. All proceeds will go to support Open House and its financial aid program.

Don’t forget Senator Squadron’s Town Hall Meeting at Brooklyn Law School Monday evening.

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