Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

PS 8’s annual Paddlewheeler Block Party is this Saturday, June 7, from noon to 4:00 p.m. on Poplar Street between Henry and Hicks streets. It’s your, and your kids’, chance to meet Elsa the Snow Queen and Anna from Frozen. There will be a bouncy castle, a magic show, face and hair painting, an obstacle course, arts and crafts, ping pong, music, food, shopping with Etsy’s designers, and (certainly not least) a chance to dunk teachers. There’s more information here.

On Sunday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. a group of Walt Whitman enthusiasts, some of whom will dress as the poet, will present a reading of “Song of Myself”, the long poem that is the centerpiece of his Leaves of Grass, which he had printed in a shop located close to the present intersection of Clark and Court streets. The reading, which is free, will take place at the Granite Prospect on Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park. Also at BBP this weekend, Pier Kids will present children’s book illustrator Oliver Jeffers on the Pier 6 lawn (near the foot of Atlantic Avenue) from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., with art activities starting at noon. More information here. Smorgasburg will be on the Pier 5 uplands (near the Joralemon Street entrance) Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Also on Sunday, starting at noon, there will be a free Docent Tour of Pier 1. Looking ahead, The Fence returns to BBP on this coming Tuesday, June 10. Update: The Fence unveiling has been postponed to Monday, June 16.

This weekend is your last chance to see Theater 2020’s production of King Lear in the air conditioned comfort of St. Charles Borromeo Church, with performances Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 and Sunday afternoon at 3:00. (More information here.) The production has received favorable reviews, including this from

Director Jarosz has indeed put together a very entertaining and introspective King Lear. Lear is a play that should be seen by old and young alike (especially with its visceral lessons in morality) and this is the perfect opportunity.

Words and Pictures, starring Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche, will open at the Brooklyn Heights Cinema Friday evening. The Cinema will also be showing Ida. More information and showtimes are here.

On Friday evening at 7:00 Bargemusic will present a second concert of works by David Del Tredici, this time featuring the composer himself on piano, along with baritone Thomas Meglioranza and guitarist David Leisner. On Saturday at 7:00 p.m. there will be a concert of works by Beethoven, Mozart, and Schubert performed by Mark Peskanov on violin and Jerome Lowenthal on piano. On Sunday afternoon at 4:00 pianists Ursula Oppens and Jerome Lowenthal will play works by Mozart, Busoni, Ravel, and Stravinsky. 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.

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