No more sitting on the sidelines!
This week, Bay Ridge has plenty of activities for those who are willing to seize the day — or the nights.
But for Friday night, we are sure you have had a long week, so kick back and enjoy a few laughs created by your fellow Brooklynites. The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival will screen seven locally-sourced short comedies and animated films at PS-IS 30 Mary White Ovington (7002 Fourth Ave. at Ovington Avenue), starting at 7 pm. Tickets are $10.
On Saturday night, warm up your vocal cords and pop off to Schnitzel Haus (7319 Fifth Ave. between 73rd and 74th streets) at 9:30 pm for the most interactive live show in the neighborhood — the Human Karaoke Experience. The three-piece knows 764 songs, and invites you to hop on stage to belt out any one of them. The band keeps playing until 1:30 am, so you might have time to work through their repertoire of Rolling Stones tunes.
On Sunday afternoon, trip lightly down to the Narrows Botanical Gardens (7029 Shore Rd. between 71st Street and Mackay Place) to show off your literary side, at an open mic poetry jam for all ages. Poets under age 18 will take the grassy stage from 2 pm to 3 pm, and adults will take over from 3 pm to 5 pm. You do not have to be the next Walt Whitman to join the show — you can demonstrate your excellent taste and oratorical skills by reading the work of Walt, or any other poet, if you so choose.
The more musically inclined may want to be-bop over to the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd (7420 Fourth Ave. between 74th Street and Bay Ridge Parkway) at 3 pm. The Children’s Chorus of Bay Ridge will sing a medley of tunes on the theme of “peace and stars,” accompanied by ensemble drums. But do not jump in yet! Once the choir stops, kids can get their faces painted — and you can seize a drum and let loose, beating out any last bits of energy you have left.
Then on Thursday, let local crooner Martin McQuade entertain you with a selection of Dean Martin songs to celebrate the legendary singer’s 99th birthday at Leo’s Casa Calamari (8602 Third Ave. at 86th Street) from 7 pm to 10 pm. Your part can be singing “Happy Birthday” to the almost-centenarian.