What They’re Saying: live arts in Brooklyn this week, June 6

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June 26, 2024 Evan Rosen
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Drag Story Hour @ Brooklyn Children’s Museum

Storytelling, Kids, Drag

Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave, Crown Heights

Thursday, June 27 @ 3 p.m.

Celebrate the end of LGBTQ+ Pride month at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum with Drag Story Hour! This event offers a storytelling session that honors the diversity of every child and family.

Drag Story Hour NYC fosters an appreciation for gender diversity and various forms of uniqueness, promoting empathy and encouraging children to embrace self-expression in whatever way they feel most comfortable.

“On a recent Saturday, at the Brooklyn Public Library’s Central branch, Cholula Lemon joined dozens of kids and their parents for Drag Queen Story Hour — which is exactly what it sounds like. Wearing a rose-colored lace dress and a tie, she read them Todd Parr’s “It’s Okay to Be Different” and other stories of tolerance. Lemon says she isn’t trying to indoctrinate children into drag culture; she’s only demonstrating that “nowhere does it say you can’t play with all the colors in the crayon box.” — Steven Valentino, “The New Yorker Radio Hour

“As the world’s first children’s museum, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum has been a beloved NYC destination since 1899. This Crown Heights institution offers three floors of rotating and permanent interactive exhibits plus hands-on cultural and science programs for little ones, ages 6 months to 10 years.” — Rosalind Muggeridge, Mommy Poppins

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Origami Workshop and Book Signing

Origami, Arts & Crafts, Books

A.MANO Brooklyn, 585 Dean Street, Prospect Heights

Thursday, June 27 @ 6 p.m.

Join authors Erin Boyle and Rose Pearlman at the Making Things workshop, where they will guide participants through three straightforward methods to repurpose everyday household papers — like magazines, children’s drawings, and flyers — into attractive, useful boxes and folders.

The workshop is designed for attendees of all skill levels and provides all necessary materials. Participants can take their completed projects home. Additionally, signed copies of the authors’ books will be available for purchase, and refreshments along with light bites will be offered

“Making Things: Finding Use, Meaning, and Satisfaction in Crafting Everyday Objectsis a 300+ page hardback filled with simple, useful crafts coupled with a whimsical narrative to draw readers in. The crafts and projects allow readers to gain a sense of ownership of their belongings by encouraging them to create basic items for themselves, often repurposing old items in the process.The Red Hook Star-Revue

“A.MANO Brooklyn is a creatively curated retail space in Prospect Heights focused on highlighting local makers and artisans of all kinds! Find ceramic match strikers and shark’s tooth necklaces handmade by Carola Spitzer alongside colorful tube vases by Julia Elsas.TimeOut, NY

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Russ ‘It Was You All Along Tour@ Barclays Center

Music, Rap, Concerts

620 Atlantic Ave, Fort Greene

Friday, June 28 @ 7:45 p.m.

Multi-platinum artist Russ makes the final stop on his It Was You All Along tour Friday night at Barclays Center. The concert also features acclaimed artists 6LACK and Melii.

Over the last decade, Russ has developed an extensive catalog of music that has surpassed over 22 billion streams and 25 million singles sold, earning him a spot on the Forbes30 Under 30list in 2019. His North American tour, produced by Live Nation, originally launched on May 31 in Seattle and made stops in Oakland, Denver, Toronto and other cities before making its way to NYC.

“Russ opened his It Was You All Along tour in Seattle at the Climate Pledge Arena on May 31. He performed several fan favorites including3:15 (Breathe)andHandsomerand songs from his albumSANTIAGO,which was released last summer.– Ashley King, Digital Music News

“Russ began rapping over 10 years ago … His most popular songs includeLosing Control,’ ‘What They Want,andBest on Earth,with all songs making it onto Billboard’s Hot 100.– Suelen Rivera, KTAR News Arizona

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Petty Claims @ Brooklyn Comedy Collective

Stand-up, Live Comedy

Brooklyn Comedy Collective, Eris, 167 Graham Ave, East Williamsburg

Saturday, June 29 @ 8:30 p.m.

Petty Claims is an entertaining live show hosted by comedians Shenuque Tissera and Vivek Netrakanti. In each installment, two friends are brought on stage, with one presenting a minor grievance about the other. 

What follows is an improvisedtrial,where the hosts and guest comedians choose sides, assisting either theplaintiffordefendantto argue their case before the live audience, who acts as the jury. Between the arguments, comedians will also perform stand-up routines and engage with the audience.

“Shenuque Tissera is a stand-up comedian, actor, writer, director and AP performer. He is a co-founder of Many Sided Media, the team behind the award-winning podcastMy First Dungeon.Shenuque has performed stand-up across the country, featured in the New York Comedy Festival, and has also written for Someecards and HBO Max. 2024 Breakout Toronto

“Have you ever wanted to watch a courtroom argument without any of the boring legal stuff, just jokes and drama? We’re bringing that live to you in this courtroom comedy show, Petty Claims! Watch a real-life argument between two people where comedians take sides, and the audience gets to be the jury to decide who wins! Will they be friends at the end? Maybe. Will you have a great time watching? Yes!!” — Shenuque Tissera

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Morning Wellness: bodycraft @ Brooklyn Bridge Park

Yoga, Wellness

Central Lawn, Brooklyn Bridge Park

Sunday, June 30 @ 8:30 a.m.

Begin your Sunday with invigorating morning wellness sessions designed to set a positive tone for the rest of the day. These 8:30 a.m. morning classes will feature a rotation of fitness and wellness practitioners, with specific details and schedules to be announced for each date. 

This Sunday, Emily from bodycraft Studio brings a modality that blends dance cardio with dynamic, creative strength training set to a rhythmic beat. All levels are welcome; no experience is required.

“Join Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy for free outdoor Waterfront Workouts led by top-notch fitness instructors all summer long! Zumba with Dodge YMCA on Monday evenings, Sunset Yoga with Abhaya Yoga on Tuesday evenings, Amp’d with Chelsea Piers Fitness on Wednesday evenings, as well as Pilates with Dodge YMCA and rotating series.NYC Parks

“Opening in phases since 2010, Brooklyn Bridge Park was officially completed in 2021. In between, it endured a superstorm event, lawsuits over adjacent real estate development, and a global pandemic. Now the 1.3-mile-long (2.1 kilometers) waterfront park has settled in as both an essential escape from city life and an urban destination, drawing an estimated 5 million people annually — well above early expectations.— Mark Byrnes, Bloomberg

Kayaking @ Brooklyn Bridge Park

Outdoors, Exercise, Nature, Community

Brooklyn Bridge Park

Wednesday and Thursday evenings 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday afternoons 

This summer and fall, enjoy complimentary public kayaking in Brooklyn’s protected bay, courtesy of a partnership with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse.

Free kayaking sessions are available throughout the summer on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, as well as Saturday and Sunday afternoons until September. The program welcomes participants of all skill levels, including beginners. All necessary equipment, including life vests, will be provided, and instruction is available. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult guardian.

“Brooklyn Bridge Park (BBP) and Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy are offering a wide variety of free and low-cost summer programming at Brooklyn Bridge Park that includes music concerts, dance parties, kayaking, and more!I Love NY

“Now is the time to take a kayak out in the majestic shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge. On the East Riverkayakers can paddle off Pier 4 Beach for 20 minutes with stunning views of the NYC skyline. They’ll provide the boats, paddles and life vests; you do the paddling.— Rossilynne Skyna Culgan, Time Out

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