BP Weekender: Five things to do in Brooklyn July 16-19

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Check out Putting Green, climate change themed mini golf in Williamsburg.
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Saturday, July 17 

Jazz by the monument: Stop by Fort Greene Park for the annual Jazz Fest! Now in its 11th year, the festival hosted by Brooklyn jazz legend Eric Frazier brings together some of the neighborhood’s best long-running jazz ensembles for a four hour concert. This year’s festival features Azucar, accompanied by salsa dancing, and the George Young Quartet performing blues, jazz, and show songs. 3-8 pm on the eastern side of the monument in Fort Greene Park, near the visitor center. 

All Weekend Long 

Return to Brooklyn: Catch photographer Dennis Chalkin’s photography exhibit “Return to Brooklyn” at 17 Frost Gallery in Williamsburg. Chalkin has worked as a freelance photographer since the 1970’s, shooting for publications including the New York Times, Time Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal, and has displayed art photography of street level shots of New York City. July 16-20 at 17 Frost Gallery on Frost Street in Williamsburg.

A new Queer Musical: Prospect Hill, an independent musical tracing the queer history of Park Slope, will be put on in front of Park Slope’s Old Stone House this weekend. The musical follows Dee, a lovelorn young woman who moves to the brownstone neighborhood from Manhattan and connects with her landlord Jonie, a relic of the old neighborhood who regales her with tales of when the area was affectionately known as “Dyke Slope” due to its large concentration of lesbians. July 15-17 at 8:30 pm at the Old Stone House on Third Street between Fourth and Fifth Avenues. Free, donations encouraged. 

A Coney Island Art Show — in Red Hook: “The art of Coney Island” pays tribute to the People’s Playground through the years, from its years as a tourist resort for old New York to its persisting spirit of fun and creativity that lives on today despite periods of decay and neglect. The show, put on by the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition features works from 100 artists, including Coney Island resident Marie Roberts, who has a collection of circus banners on display. All weekend long from 1-6:00 pm at the BWAC gallery at 481 Van Brunt Street in Red Hook.  

Climate change-themed mini-golf: The Putting Green mini-golf course opened on the Williamsburg waterfront this week, giving Brooklynites the chance to contemplate the irreversible harm being done to the Earth by climate change while working on their putt-putt game. The mini-golf course is a temporary use of the site owned by developer Two Trees which hopes to erect two massive residential towers and a beach dubbed “River Ring” on the site. For now, it’s an 18-hole course featuring an aquaponic farm, a pollinator garden, a composting facility, and an oyster-shell drop-off. Open daily from noon to 8 pm at North 1st Street and River Street in Williamsburg. $10 for adults, $5 for kids and seniors.