Theater: “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song” is back. Sweet! Comment.
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It’s a thriller
Friday, January 29: The only problem with Michael Jackson? He couldn’t rock. Don’t get us wrong, we love the guy. He was a fashion icon, a tremendous musician and had legs that Fred Astaire couldn’t touch, but he simply wasn’t the full package. Tonight, a bunch of heavy-metal bands will give us a taste of what the King of Pop could have been if he’d truly eclipsed Elvis as the King of Rock and Roll.
9 pm. “Dangerous: An all-metal tribute to Michael Jackson” at Brooklyn Bowl [61 Wythe Ave. between N. 11th and N. 12th streets in Williamsburg, (718) 963-3369]. Tickets, $5.
Saturday, January 30: Fans of blues are never happier than when legend Danny Kalb performs at Barbes. First of all, Kalb’s hashmarks go way back to the 1960s, even before he founded the Blues Project with Al Kooper. Now, performing in a trio, Kalb mixes blues classics with his own compositions. The tiny Barbes is the best place to see him.
8 pm. Danny Kalb Trio at Barbes [376 Ninth St. at Sixth Avenue in Park Slope, (718) 965-9177].
Monday, February 1: Look, we haven’t always been so generous to the Brooklyn Bridge Park — that’s because it’s a waterfront development, not a park. But with the first permanent section about to open, let’s put aside politics and raise some money for the Park Conservancy, which runs events in the existing greenspace.
7 pm. Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy fundraiser. Superfine [126 Front St. at Pearl Street in DUMBO, (718) 802-0603 X22]. Admission is $30 (includes hors d’oeuvres, two cocktails and one raffle ticket).
Thursday, February 4: Finally, the women of the Wasabassco Burlesque have come up with a great gimmick: a beach party! Wear your own bathing suit and let the winter melt away as G-string-wearing strippers turn up the heat. Drink specials for anyone who gets in the swimsuit spirit.
8 pm. “A Day at the Beach” with Wasabassco Burlesque at the Bell House [149 Seventh St. at Third Avenue in Gowanus, (718) 643-6510]. Tickets, $10.
Dan’s the man
Saturday, February 6: Our own Thurston Dooley III, the world’s only full-time puppetry, mime and kids’ music critic, gave a thumbs-down to Dan Zanes’s new showtunes LP, but Dooley also urges everyone to go to the kiddie Dylan’s live shows. Zanes’s band always cooks — and there’ll be more special guests than at the Last Waltz!
2 pm and 5 pm. Dan Zanes and friends at the Brooklyn Academy of Music [30 Lafayette Ave. near St. Felix Street in Fort Greene, (718) 636-4100].
Theater: “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song” tells the story of a black man whose rage against corrupt white authorities eventually reaches a boiling point, leaving two racist cops dead and him on the run to the Mexican border. Comments (1).
Dining: Chinese take-out may be a New York staple, but restaurateur Michael Bruno is hoping we can all make room in our hearts for a healthier version of the fare when his new restaurant on Third Avenue in Gowanus opens shop this March. Comments (1).
Books: Joyce Carol Oates, Rosanne Cash, Paul Krugman and Melvin Van Peebles — plus a long list of usual suspects — are the literary luminaries that will fill Borough Hall with their talent at the Brooklyn Book Festival on Sept. 12. Comment.