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Beers and baseball: 10 things to do in Brooklyn this weekend

August 8, 2019 Scott Enman
This singer’s name is Ka-Na. Eagle photo by Paul Frangipane

There’s a lot happening in Brooklyn on any given weekend. That’s a good thing — but it can also be overwhelming. Which is why the Brooklyn Eagle routinely sifts through dozens of events to select the top 10 things happening in the borough Thursday through Sunday.

This weekend, we’ve got outside events like kayaking on the East River, watching a movie under the stars, or dancing under the sun. There are also indoor events — if you’re inclined to hide from the summer sunlight — like a beer festival celebrating female brewers and a burlesque show in a wax museum.

Regardless of what you choose, we’ve got you covered.

1. Play ball!

The Brooklyn Cyclones play a game at MCU Park. Photo courtesy of the Brooklyn Cyclones

Head down to Coney Island to see the hometown Cyclones take on the Connecticut Tigers. It’s as good as a Major League Baseball game — just without the astronomical prices. Take in views of the sea and watch rising stars try and earn their stripes. It wasn’t too long ago, after all, that Michael Conforto, the Mets all-star outfielder, was playing ball at historic MCU Park.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. at MCU Park. Prices vary. More info here.

2. Hit the tables

Ping Pong. Photo courtesy of Downtown Brooklyn Partnership.

Dance, drink and take part in an open-air ping pong tournament at MetroTech Commons. There will be happy hour specials and a DJ. Need we say more?

Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at MetroTech Commons. Free. More info here.

3. Study hair-story

On Tuesday, the Brooklyn Historical Society hosted reporter for The Washington Post David Fahrenthold and Deputy Managing Editor of ProPublica Eric Umansky for a discussion titled “Transparency, Journalism, and the White House.” Photo by Josh Shayne
Brooklyn Historical Society. Photo by Josh Shayne

Lori L. Tharps and Ayana Byrd, co-authors of “Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America,” will discuss the relationship between hair and African American culture at the Brooklyn Historical Society. Yahoo Lifestyle’s Beauty Editor Dana Oliver will round out an impressive panel with Noliwe Rooks, author of “Hair Rising: Beauty, Culture and African American Women.”

Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Brooklyn Historical Society. $10. More info here.

4. Get morbid

House of Wax. Eagle photo by Mary Frost

Head down to the House of Wax bar inside Downtown Brooklyn’s Alamo Drafthouse to watch a burlesque show featuring Clara Coquette and Mary Cyn. They’ll be putting on a very bizarre performance all while surrounded by odd wax specimens.

Thursday at 9 p.m. at House of Wax. Free. More info here.

5. Watch a movie under the stars

“Movies Under the Stars,” a free outdoor series, will screen 300 films throughout the city this summer. Photo: Malcolm Pinckney, NYC Parks
Movies Under The Stars. Photo: Malcolm Pinckney, NYC Parks

You know of Movies With A View in Brooklyn Bridge Park, but you may not be aware that there are dozens of other outside movie showings in the five boroughs. Head down on Friday to Crown Heights’ Brower Park to watch “Creed II,” featuring Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone.

Friday from 8:30-10:30 p.m. at Brower Park. Free. More info here.

6. Kayak in the East River

Kayaking in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Photo courtesy of BBP
Kayaking in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Photo courtesy of BBP

Cool off this weekend by gliding across the water in a kayak at Brooklyn Bridge Park. The boats are provided by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse at the Pier 2 floating dock.

Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More info here.

7. Celebrate women in beer

Photo via Pexels
Photo via Pexels

Seeking to break the stereotype that everyone in the craft beer world is male, Hop Culture and Yakima Chief Hops are hosting an event to celebrate female brewers in the industry. The event, aptly named “Beers With(out) Beards Beer Fest” will showcase more than 20 breweries with female owners or brewers at The Well in East Williamsburg. For $55, attendees will have access to unlimited drinks for four hours.

Saturday 12-4 p.m. at The Well. From $20. More info here.

8. Get nostalgic

The Cyclone Cafe (at right) was the location of Feltman’s of Coney Island for the past two seasons. Eagle photo by Lore Croghan
Coney Island. Eagle photo by Lore Croghan

The Coney Island History Project wants to hear from you about your favorite trips to the People’s Playground as part of its Oral History archives. Reminisce about your first ride on the Cyclone or perhaps a blissful day at the beach.

Saturday and Sunday from 1-7 p.m. at the Coney Island History Project. Free. More info here.

9. Dance on a rooftop

Photo courtesy of Tom Piper Jr.

Brooklyn-based Thomas Piper Jr. “transcends R&B/Soul and indie culture,” according to Time Out New York, and he’ll be performing for free on the publication’s new rooftop bar.

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

10. Get in touch with your inner cinephile

Employees at the Brooklyn Academy of Music voted overwhelmingly to unionize. Eagle photo by Ned Berke
Brooklyn Academy of Music. Eagle photo by Ned Berke

Brooklyn Academy of Music is kicking off “Punks, Poets & Valley Girls,” a two-week celebration of women in 1980s cinema — from Susan Seidelman’s “Desperately Seeking Susan” to Kathleen Collins’ “Losing Ground.” Come for the film, stay for the popcorn.

Thursday-Sunday at multiple times. From $16. More info here.

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