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Disco and drama: 10 things to do in Brooklyn this weekend

June 27, 2019 Scott Enman
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It’s officially hot, which means there are countless things for you to do both outside and in the comfort of air conditioning. From rooftop concerts and a roller disco party to Shakespeare in the park, we’ve selected our 10 favorite events in Brooklyn for this weekend. Don’t forget the sunscreen.

1. Dance on wheels

Skaters. Photo courtesy of Dreamland Roller Rink
Skaters set to go. Photo courtesy of Dreamland Roller Rink

Lace up those roller skates for a night of disco on wheels in lakeside Prospect Park for Lola Star’s Dreamland Roller Disco. Retro DJs will be playing old school hits from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s all night long.

Friday from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at Prospect Park’s LeFrak Center. $20. More info here.

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2. Root, root, root for the home team

Fans watch the world cup at the DUMBO Archway. Photo by Julienne Schaer

The Women’s national soccer team is making a historic run in this year’s World Cup in France. They’ll be taking on Les Bleues at 3 p.m., so dip out of work early to watch the match on an 80-inch screen in the shade beneath the Manhattan Bridge.

Friday at 3 p.m. underneath the DUMBO Archway. Free. More info here.

3. Watch Shakespeare in the park

Noah Anderson (Romeo) and Katie Willmorth (Juliet) pose in front of Alex Purcell (Tybalt) and Jeffrey Val Brabant (Benvolio). Photo by Christopher Montgomery
Noah Anderson (Romeo) and Katie Willmorth (Juliet) pose in front of Alex Purcell (Tybalt) and Jeffrey Val Brabant (Benvolio). Photo by Christopher Montgomery

See Shakespeare’s most romantic play in beautiful Carroll Park. The organizers of the play say they’ve “tried to infuse it with hope, the power and agency of women, and the idea that this is not merely a tragedy, but a romantic comedy that becomes infected with tragedy like ink injected into a pail of milk.”

Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Carroll Park. Free. More info here.

4. Music with a view

Time Out Market just opened a rooftop bar at Empire Stores in DUMBO. Eagle photo by Lore Croghan
Time Out Market. Eagle file photo by Lore Croghan

Enjoy a rooftop concert with breathtaking views of the East River at the brand new Time Out Market in DUMBO. Enjoy soul singer Mark Evich, making his way to Brooklyn by way of Russia.

Saturday at 7 p.m. at Time Out Market. Free. More info here.

5. Watch a classic

Watch the 30th anniversary of “Do the Right Thing” by Brooklyn director Spike Lee. Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

Take refuge from the heat at BAM’s air-conditioned Rose Cinemas and watch “Do The Right Thing” from Brooklyn’s own Spike Lee. It’s the 30th anniversary of the iconic film, so don’t miss out.

Friday through Sunday at various times at BAM Rose Cinemas. $15 ($7.50 for members). More info here.

6. Learn a new language

A gravestone with strange symbols on it at Green-Wood Cemetery. Photo by Stacy Locke
A gravestone with strange symbols on it at Green-Wood Cemetery. Photo by Stacy Locke

Scattered about Green-Wood Cemetery’s gravestones are obscure symbols that are actually part of a cryptic language. What does an hourglass with wings mean? What about those bales of wheat? Find out on Green-Wood’s Secrets in Stone walking tour.

Saturday from 3-4:30 p.m. at Green-Wood Cemetery. $20 ($15 for members). More info here.

7. Get a history lesson

An immigrant family in Coney Island. Photo courtesy of the Coney Island History Project
An immigrant family in Coney Island. Photo courtesy of the Coney Island History Project

A new exhibit in Coney Island brings to light a bygone era when the seaside neighborhood was instrumental in saving the lives of hundreds of thousands of immigrants. “It’s an unknown part of history,” said Charles Denson, executive director of the Coney Island History Project and curator of “Salvation by the Sea.”

Saturday and Sunday from 1-7 p.m. Free. More info here.

8. Enjoy music in the park

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Photo courtesy of BRIC
BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival. Photo courtesy of BRIC

As part of BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, watch Liz Phair, Brooklyn transplant Caroline Rose, and Ted Leo and the Pharmacists perform at the Prospect Park Bandshell.

Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Prospect Park Bandshell. Free. More info here.

9. A last hurrah for Pride Month

House of Yes. Photo by SASHABPHOTO
House of Yes. Photo by SASHABPHOTO

The Pride March is, of course, in Manhattan, but everyone knows that Brooklyn is where the after parties are. Expect thousands to ascend on northern Brooklyn hot spots like House of Yes in Bushwick, where top local talent will be DJ’ing and crowds will be dancing well into the morning.

Sunday from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. at House of Yes. Free before 10 p.m.; $10 after. More info here.

10. Hang with Basquiat

Green-Wood Cemetery’s historic trolley tours. Photo by Robert Denbo

View all 478 glorious acres of Green-Wood Cemetery on a historic trolley tour where you’ll be able to see the graves of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat and Brooklyn Heights pastor Henry Ward Beecher. Plus, you’ll pass by where George Washington fought in the Battle of Brooklyn.

Sunday from 1-3 p.m. at Green-Wood Cemetery. $20 ($15 for members). More info here.

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