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Five things to do in Brooklyn, Feb. 7-14 - Brooklyn Paper

Five things to do in Brooklyn, Feb. 7-14

They see me rollin': The play "Ybor City," playing on Feb. 12, follows union efforts in a Florida cigar-rolling factory.
Photo by Jonathan Slaff

Saturday, Feb. 8

This bites!

The drag collective Switch ‘n’ Play takes over avant-garde venue National Sawdust tonight to celebrate the children of the night, at its annual “Vamp” show. Seats have already sold out for this evening of high-glam bloodsucker burlesque, but true fans of fangs can still get standing room-only spots.

9 pm at National Sawdust (80 N. Sixth St. at Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg, (646) 779–8455, nationalsawdust.org). $20.

Sunday, Feb. 9

Oscar buzz

Catch the biggest night in film on the big screen! Head to Nitehawk Prospect Park to watch the Academy Awards at the “Ultra Mega Oscars 2020” show. Dress for the red carpet, because the night will feature a photo booth, along with giveaways and food and drink specials.

7:30 pm at Nitehawk Prospect Park (188 Prospect Park West at 14th Street in Park Slope, nitehawkcinema.com/prospectpark). $30 food voucher. Free.

Wednesday, Feb. 12

Strike out

The dilemma: You want to see a musical, but you also want to go out drinking. Now you can combine the two, at the immersive musical “Ybor City,” playing tonight at Rustik Tavern in Bedford-Stuyvesant! The play uses union rally songs, Latin music, and choral music to tell a story about labor organizing among cigar factory workers in 1918 Florida.

7 pm at Rustik Tavern [471 Dekalb Ave. between Kent and Franklin avenues in Bedford-Stuyvesant, (718) 213–8885, www.yborcitythemusical.com]. Free ($20 reserved seating).

Thursday, Feb. 13

Art of conversation

Acclaimed artist Kehinde Wiley will return to Brooklyn Museum tonight to discuss masculinity, race, painting, and the Museum’s current exhibit “Jacques-Louis David Meets Kehinde Wiley,” which pairs his portrait of a modern day black man astride a horse with the 19th century painting of Napoleon that inspired it.

7 pm at Brooklyn Museum [200 Eastern Pkwy. at Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights, (718) 638–5000, brooklynmuseum.org]. $25.

Friday, Feb. 14

Keep hustlin’

A lot of people slept on the film “Hustlers” earlier this year, but with J. Lo’s Super Bowl performance fresh in everyone’s mind, this free screening is the perfect time to catch up. Jennifer Lopez leads a fantastic cast — including Cardi B, Lizzo, and Constance Wu — in this tale of strippers who run a scam on their wealthy Wall Street clients.

7 pm at Industry City Factory Floor (268 36th St. between Second and Third avenues in Sunset Park, www.rooftopfilms.com). Free.

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