Friday, March 6
Off the Hook
Cruise down to the end of Red Hook tonight and slip into legendary longshoreman’s bar Sunny’s for the opening reception of “Trade Winds,” an exhibit of paintings by local artist Neddi Heller, including the piece “Tugboat,” pictured. The event will be followed by a performance by brass band Doggy Cats at 9 pm.
6–8 pm at Sunny’s Bar (253 Conover St. at Beard Street in Red Hook, (718) 625–8211, sunnysredhook.com). Free.
Saturday, March 7
Dress as your favorite musical act and head out to “A Very Poppy Purim,” a musical show that adds Top 40 tunes, goofy characters, and a big dose of audience participation to the festive Jewish holiday. This production casts Esther as the Lady Gaga-esque “Lady Esther,” with the audience singing “ooh la la,” from “Bad Romance” every time she appears.
7 pm at Littlefield (635 Sackett St. between Third and Fourth avenues in Gowanus, www.veryawesomepurim.com). $15.
Tuesday, March 10
The future is female
Drummer and outspoken feminist Madame Gandhi will bring her all-female and genderqueer band to Elsewhere tonight, playing hip-hop, Afrobeat, and trap rhythms as she performs politically-aware bangers from her most recent album “Visions.” The Resistance Revival Chorus opens.
7 pm at Elsewhere (599 Johnson Ave. between Gardner and Scott avenues in Bushwick, www.elsewherebrooklyn.com). $15–$20.
Wednesday, March 11
Leave your mid-week cares behind as you jitterbug across the floor at the monthly Swing Dancing Wednesday at Dekalb Market! Dandy Wellington and His Swingin’ Band will provide the boogie-woogie tunes for you to swing with your partner. And if you need some liquid courage, the Understudy bar is right next door.
7–10 pm at DeKalb Stage [445 Albee Square West at Fleet Street, basement, Downtown, (929) 359–6555, dekalbmarkethall.com). Free.
Thursday, March 12
The queer comedy showcase “Open Flame” celebrates its two-year anniversary with a giant show featuring 17 comics. Organizer Simone Leitner, who hosts the show with Pete Valenti and Sam Campbell, said “We wanted to pay homage to how we started with open mics and just bring a s— ton of people.”
8 pm at the Bell House [149 Seventh St. between Second and Third avenues in Gowanus, (718) 643–6510, www.thebellhouseny.com]. $15.