Last Minute Weekend Suggestions; Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

The highlight of the weekend is the Brooklyn Heights Association’s annual Landmark House and Garden Tour, to be held this Saturday, May 10 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.. Houses on display this year range from an 1820s vintage Federal style frame house (photo; by Judith Angel) to a condo in a recently converted parking garage. There’s more information here. Tickets, the price of which is fully tax deductible, are $40 ($30 for BHA members) and may be purchased here.

The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival will continue through tonight (Thursday, May 8) through Sunday, May 11, with many films being shown at the Brooklyn Heights Cinema and others at Founders Hall, St. Francis College. There’s a complete schedule here. Brooklyn Heights Cinema will also be showing The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Lunch Box. More information and showtimes are here.

Bargemusic has three “Masterworks” concerts scheduled this weekend. On Friday evening at 7:00 pianist Tanya Bannister will play works by Handel, Harold Meltzer, Sidney Corbett, and Beethoven. On Saturday evening at 7:00 Wendy Sutter on cello and Olga Vinokur on piano will perform the second in a series of the complete cello and piano works of Beethoven. On Sunday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a concert of works by Beethoven and Mendelssohn performed by the Williams Chamber Players. 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.

On Sunday at 4:00 p.m.the Brooklyn Historical Society will present a screening of Twenty Feet From Stardom, an Oscar winning documentary that reveals “the untold stories of the backup singers for some of our greatest musical legends.” After the screening one of the show’s stars, Lisa Fischer, who has done backing vocals for the Rolling Stones, Beyonce, and Aretha Franklin, will talk about her career. Admission is $10, or $5 for BHS members; reserve tickets here.

Don’t forget the Dance Party on Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 1 this (Thursday) evening, or Smorgasburg on the Pier 5 uplands Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. On Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Main Street entrance to Brooklyn Bridge Park in DUMBO, “Seining the River Wild” will give adults and kids an opportunity to see and learn about the wildlife in the East River. The event is free, but space is limited. More information and RSVP here. On Sunday, starting at noon, there will be a free Docent Tour of Pier 1.

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  • Karl Junkersfeld

    Thanks Claude for listing the BHS screening. Lisa Fischer sang my second favorite song of all time after “And I Am Telling You” by Jennifer Holliday not Hudson.

    She is an amazin performer who should of been a big star but for some reason the public wasn’t ready for her. I was. Check out my second favorite song in the world.