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Five things to do in Brooklyn this week!

Pach it in: The “Dumbo Drop” fund-raiser in Dumbo will release thousands of plastic pachyderms over Washington Street on Sept. 28.

Friday

Sept. 22

Toon out

Bushwick Open Studios kicks off its annual art extravaganza tonight with a proliferation of opening parties. The most fun looks like the “Not OK: Great Cartoons that Weren’t Good Enough” opening reception of cartoons rejected from “The New Yorker,” with drawings from David Ostow, Jeremy Nguyen, Maggie Larson, and many others, along with free beer from Lagunitas.

6:30–10:30 pm at Kave Espresso Bar (1087 Flushing Ave. at Porter Avenue in Bushwick, www.artsinbushwick.org). Free.

Saturday

Sept. 23

Yellow flag

He lives in a pineapple under the sea, but soon-to-be Broadway star Spongebob Squarepants and his pals will be at MCU Park today to cheer on the New York Cosmos soccer team against the North Carolina team. Use the code “Houston” for $10 seats behind the goal, and half that price will go to hurricane relief services.

7 pm at MCU Park [1904 Surf Ave. at W. 17th St. in Coney Island, (718) 449–8497, www.nycosmos.com]. $10.

Sunday

Sept. 24

Frantic food

Brooklyn’s largest street festival will stretch across ten blocks of Atlantic Avenue this afternoon, with 12 entertainment stages, a display of antique buses, and hundreds of vendors. And if you really get hungry, join the dumpling-eating contest at 2:15 pm at the Atlantic Antic Main Stage (Atlantic Avenue and Clinton Street in Cobble Hill) for two minutes of chowing down!

Noon–6 pm on Atlantic Avenue [between Fourth Avenue and Hicks Street in Boerum Hill, (718) 875–8993, www.atlanticave.org]. Free.

Tuesday

Sept. 25

Truth fairy

It seems like no one cares about facts anymore — but this is America! We’ve never cared about facts! Journalist Kurt Andersen discusses his book “Fantasyland — How America Went Haywire” with comedian Baratunde Thurston tonight, putting this current “post-truth” moment in context with the Salem witch trials, the hokum of P.T. Barnum, and popular hoaxes and conspiracy theories.

7:30 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.

Thursday

Sept. 28

Bombs away!

Look up! Thousands of toy elephants will parachute from the rooftops tonight into a Washington Street block party. For $20, you can sponsor one of the Dumbo Drop elephants, and if your pachyderm lands closest to a target, you win a $500 shopping spree! And after the drop, Japanese rock band Gaijin a Go-Go will play in the Archway Under the Manhattan Bridge.

6 pm on Washington Street [between Front and Plymouth streets in Dumbo, www.dumbo.is]. Free.

Full streets: The Atlantic Antic festival on Sept. 24 will bring thousands to the thoroughfare.
Tom Callan

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