Five things to do in Brooklyn, Feb. 15-21


Saturday, Feb. 15

String theory

Get juggy with it at the second night of Mid-Winter Jug and String Band Rendezvous, a festival of Americana music from the 1920s and ’30s. The evening starts off with a short film featuring the Ever Lovin’ Jug Band (pictured), followed by Bill Carney’s Jug Addicts and four more acts.

8 pm at Jalopy Theatre [315 Columbia St. between Hamilton Avenue and Woodhull Street in Red Hook, (718) 395–3214, jalopytheatre.org]. $15.

Sunday, Feb. 16

Swan song

This afternoon is the final Brooklyn performance of “Swan Lake” by the St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre, featuring Legendary Russian prima ballerina Irina Kolesnikova in the lead role of Odette-Odile. Catch this stunning production of the Tchaikovsky classic while you can!

3 pm at Brooklyn Academy of Music Howard Gilman Opera House [30 Lafayette Ave. at Ashland Place in Fort Greene, (718) 636–4100, bam.org]. $35–$135.

Tuesday, Feb. 18

Write stuff

You too can learn the ancient, eldritch script used by our ancestors — a bizarre joined writing that baffles millennials! Tonight is the first session of a free, seven-week cursive writing course. Each class will make your penmanship cleaner, faster, and more accurate!

7 pm at Brooklyn Public Library’s Central branch 10 Grand Army Plaza, between Eastern Parkway and Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Heights, (718) 230–2100, www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org. Free.

Wednesday, Feb. 13

Lock ‘em up

Catch an inspiring talk tonight at “Putting the Klan Behind Bars” at the Brooklyn Historical Society. Investigative journalist Jerry Mitchell will discuss his experience reviving and closing long-unsolved murders from the Civil Rights Era, including the assassination of Medgar Evers and the 1963 bombing of the Birmingham Sixteenth Street Baptist Church.

6:30 pm at Brooklyn Historical Society [128 Pierrepont St. at Clinton Street in Brooklyn Heights, (718) 222–4111, brooklynhistory.org]. $15.

Thursday, Feb. 14

Comic talk

A pack of acclaimed comics creators, illustrators, and graphic novelists will read, discuss, and show off their work at the “Escape Panel” reading series tonight, hosted by “Tales Designed to Thrizzle,” and “All the Answers” creator Michael Kupperman. Also appearing will be Gabrielle Bell, Erin Williams, Tom Tomorrow, and more!

7:30 pm at Greenlight Bookstore [632 Flatbush Ave. at Fenimore Street in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, (718) 246–0200, www.greenlightbookstore.com]. Free.