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Spoons and tunes: 10 things to do in Brooklyn this weekend

November 21, 2019 Scott Enman

This weekend’s events are all about feeling young again. Whether you want to dance like a teenager at an all-night warehouse party, listen to bluegrass like a young adult or eat cereal and watch cartoons on Saturday morning like a child, there’s something for all ages. Enjoy.

1. Celebrate a gem

The movie poster for “Goodnight Brooklyn.” Photo: Red Bull Media House

Friday marks the fifth anniversary of Death by Audio’s last show. The famed Brooklyn DIY space closed in 2014 after a historic 20-year historic. To remember the venue, hunker down with a bowl of popcorn and Red Bull Media House’s “Goodnight Brooklyn,” a documentary that follows the founders during the venue’s final days.

Any time on your couch. Free. More info here.

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2. Dance until your feet hurt

Coveted techno festival Time Warp is returning to the U.S. this weekend. Photo: Time Warp

Veteran Brooklyn party promoters Teksupport are bringing the world’s most coveted techno festival to the states for just the third time in history. Time Warp, taking place on Friday and Saturday, will feature more than 18 artists, including Ricardo Villalobos for a very rare U.S. performance. Held over two days, and going until 7 a.m. each morning, you’ll want to rest up for this proper warehouse party.

Friday and Saturday at New York Expo Center. From $149. More info here.

3. See a concert

Flowers and hand-written notes cover the hood of legendary barkeep Sunny Balzano's pickup truck, parked outside Sunny's Bar in Red Hook on Saturday.
Flowers and hand-written notes cover the hood of legendary barkeep Sunny Balzano’s pickup truck, parked outside Sunny’s Bar in Red Hook on Saturday. Photo: Mary Frost/Brooklyn Eagle

Head down to Sunny’s Bar this weekend for some live music. Tubby, Tone’s Bluegrass Jam and Stillhouse Serenade will all be jamming. Be sure to warm up by indulging in the bar’s spiked cider with bourbon.

Various times at Sunny’s Bar. Free. More info here.

4. Be a kid again

Nitehawk Cinema. Photo: Cody Brooks/Brooklyn Eagle

Head down to Nitehawk in Williamsburg to relive your childhood. Watch Saturday morning cartoons, eat sugary cereal and wash it all down with alcohol. “Spoons, Toons and Booze” will feature an all-you-can-eat cereal bar featuring marshmallowy, fruity and chocolaty delights. Plus, you can drop a shot of Baileys or Kahlua into your cereal bowl.

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Saturday at 11:15 a.m. at Nitehawk Cinema Williamsburg. More info here.

5. Go digging

In addition to records, the shop will sell books of all genres and obscure movies. Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Record Exchange
Inside Brooklyn Record Exchange. Photo: Brooklyn Record Exchange

There’s no shortage of record shops in Brooklyn, so why not spend a weekend browsing vinyl and adding to your collection. From Caribbean music in Bed-Stuy to techno in Williamsburg, the borough is home to all genres of music. We recommend stopping by Charlie’s Calypso City, Public Records and Brooklyn Record Exchange.

Various times at various places. Free. More info here.

6. Look at photos

The cover for the party. Photo: Etiquette

Head down for the opening party of Larry Niehues’ photography exhibition “Nothing Has Changed.” The night doubles as a book launch and has CBD infused drinks. The exhibit showcases photographs of the French photographer’s travels across America from 2013 to 2019. There’s an after party at Loosie Rouge, and if you want to dig for more records, the space is connected to Halcyon record shop.

Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m. at Etiquette. Free. More info here.

7. Go to the theater

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

Belgian dance-theater collective Peeping Tom is brining 32rue Vandenbranden to BAM. The performance tells the story of a trailer community living on the top of the mountain. Expect everything from Bach to K-pop and enjoy as “performers contort and overextend with easy elasticity.”

Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at BAM Strong Harvey Theater. From $25. More info here.

8. Dance and walk

Sayoko Kojima, from Park Slope. Photo: Mark Davis/Brooklyn Eagle

Join Prospect Park Dance Walk, an extraordinary group of mostly women, that walks and dances around Prospect Park. Think of it as silent disco but in a park. Bring your own headphones and get ready to move and groove.

Saturday at 10 a.m. in Prospect Park. Free. More info here.

9. Look at public art

‘Unity’ by Hank Willis Thomas, installed last week at Tillary and Adams streets in Downtown Brooklyn, has been generating a lot of comments. Some of them are pretty surprising. Eagle photo by Mary Frost
‘Unity’ by Hank Willis Thomas, installed last week at Tillary and Adams streets in Downtown Brooklyn, has been generating a lot of buzz. Eagle photo by Mary Frost

A new public sculpture has popped up in Downtown Brooklyn, and it’s causing quite the stir. Head down to Tillary and Adams streets to see it for yourself, debate its meaning and maybe even take a selfie.

Anytime in Downtown Brooklyn. Free. More info here.

10. Take an autumn stroll

Victorian Flatbush is a fine place for a stroll even on chilly, gray days. Photo: Lore Croghan/Brooklyn Eagle
Victorian Flatbush is a fine place for a stroll even on chilly, gray days. Photo: Lore Croghan/Brooklyn Eagle

Eye on Brooklyn’s latest tour takes you through Victorian Flatbush, which is home to the largest collection of freestanding Victorian homes in the country. Expect “lawns and gardens and architectural flourishes.”

Anytime in Flatbush. Free. More info here.

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