Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

The Heights Players will open their three weekend production of Yentl, by Leah Napolin and Isaac Bashevis Singer, a play about “the divine androgeny of the soul,” this weekend, with performances on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 and Sunday afternoon at 2:00. Make reservations here. Looking ahead, the Players will resume their Theater for Children series with Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book on Saturday, April 5 at noon, with another performance the following Saturday at the same time.

The Brooklyn Heights Cinema will begin showing The Grand Budapest Hotel, a trip in space and time to a splendid resort hotel in Middle Europe between the two great wars, starring, among others, F. Murray Abraham and Ralph Fiennes, with a cameo appearance by Bill Murray. The Cinema will also be showing Le Week-End. Today (Thursday, March 27) is your last chance to see Best Foreign Film Oscar winner The Great Beauty. More information and showtimes are here.

On Saturday afternoon at 1:00 the Brooklyn Historical Society, in conjunction with Green-Wood Cemetery, is offering a “Trolley Tour of Baseball’s Greats” interred at Green-Wood, with commentary by Society of Baseball Research (“SABR”) member Tom Gilbert. More information and purchase tickets here (member discounts for both BHS and Green-Wood). BHS is also hosting a lecture, presented by The Brooklyn Jewish Historical Initiative, by Dr. Deborah Dash Moore, Professor of Jewish History at the University of Michigan, on “The Immigrant Experience in Brooklyn.” The lecture is on Sunday afternnon starting at 4:00; more information here.

On Friday evening at 7:00 Bargemusic will present a “Bargemix” concert, “Christina Courtin Sings with Strings.” there will be two “Masterworks” concerts. One, starting at 7:00 Saturday evening, will feature works by Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and Schumann played on piano by Assaff Weisman. On Sunday afternoon at 4:00 Edward Arron on cello and Jeewon Park on piano will perform works by Bach, Schubert, and Chopin. There’s more information and buy tickets here. Saturday afternoon at 3:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert. Doors open at 2:30; first come, first seated.

Brooklyn Bridge Park will have its first “Spring Spruce-Up & Cut-Back” event at Pier 6 on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; the park staff will supply tools and gloves. More information here.

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  • Andrew Porter

    Latest weather reports suggest it will be torrential on Saturday and Sunday, with up to several inches of rain. Not a day I will be outside in.