Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

There’s a lot coming up at the Brooklyn Historical Society this weekend and the week following. On Sunday afternoon, February 15, there are two events. The first, starting at 12:30, is an English sword dance festival featuring Half Moon Sword, who have danced on the Promenade annually during June. Admission is free. Then at 3:00 there will be another screening (these continue each Sunday through February) of Diane Paragas’ and Nelson George’s critically acclaimed documentary Brooklyn Boheme. Looking ahead to Tuesday, February 17, Pulitzer Prize winning historian Eric Foner will discuss with BHS Director of Public History Julie Golia his new book Gateway to Freedom: the Hidden History of the Underground Railroad. Some important parts of that history took place here in Brooklyn Heights. Admission is $10, or $5 for BHS or Green-Wood Cemetery members; reserve tickets here. On Wednesday evening, February 18, starting at 6:30, BHS’s “Person, Place, Thing” discussion series continues; this event features writer and public radio host Randy Cohen and Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians and lead technology writer for Time. Admission is $5, or free for BHS or G-W members; reserve tickets here. On Thursday evening, February 19, starting at 6:30 actor and producer Wendell Pierce will discuss with Soledad O’Brien his forthcoming appearance in Jackie Alexander’s Brothers from the Bottom, to be staged in Brooklyn this March. Admission to the talk is $5, or free for BHS or G-W members; reserve tickets here.

This weekend the Heights Players continue their production of Neil Simon’s Fools. Performances are Friday, February 13 and Saturday, February 14 at 8:00 p.m., and a Sunday matinee, February 15 at 2:00 p.m., at the Playhouse, 26 Willow Place. The play will continue through the folllowing weekend on the same schedule. You may make reservations here.

Don’t forget the opening of Theater 2020’s The Singapore Mikado his weekend, with performances Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Photo: The Sword Dance Union.

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