Five things to do in Brooklyn this week! • Brooklyn Paper

Five things to do in Brooklyn this week!

Three queens: The animated music video “Bitch Boss” is among the short films kicking off the Rooftop Film summer season on May 19.


May 19

Raise the roof

Kick off the Rooftop Films summer series with the collection of shorts “This is What We Mean By Short Films,” featuring some short docs, narratives, and the animated musical “Boss Bitch” (pictured). With live music before the show by Innov Gnawa and an after-party sponsored by Corona and Tanqueray.

8 pm at the Old American Can Factory (232 Third St. at Sackett Street in Gowanus, www.rooftopfilms.com). $15.


May 20

Nerd knowledge

Discover the eldritch origins of Dungeons & Dragons at the launch party for graphic novel “Rise of the Dungeon Master,” from Brooklyn illustrator Koren Shadmi and writer David Kushner. Then try your luck in the famously killer dungeon “Tomb of Horrors” — new games start every 30 minutes.

1–5 pm at Twenty Sided Store [362 Grand St. between Havemeyer Street and Marcy Avenue in Williamsburg, (718) 963–1578, twentysidedstore.com]. Free.


May 21

Water colors

Wander down to beautiful Red Hook and catch the “Recycle” show of art made from unconventional materials, including the installation “Summer Springs,” painted entirely on Poland Spring water bottles (pictured). With music from the Famous Accordion Orchestra at 2 pm and Toby “Fingers” DelRey at 4 pm.

1–6 pm at Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition [481 Van Brunt St., Door Seven, near Reed Street in Red Hook, (718) 596–2506, www.bwac.org]. Free.

Springs eternal: The “Recycle” show at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition features this creation from Mitchell Shorr, painted on Poland Springs water containers.
Community News Group / Bill Roundy


May 24

Old-school eats

Gorgeous, long-shuttered restaurant Gage & Tollner will open its doors tonight for the “Make It in Brooklyn Restaurateurs Roundtable,” with local chefs discussing the future of Brooklyn food. But the real reason to go is to gawk at the original 1892 wood panels, mirrors, and gas lamps, which have been covered up since 2011.

6 pm at Gage & Tollner (372 Fulton St. between Smith Street and Red Hook Lane Downtown, www.downtownbrooklyn.com). $20.


May 25

Shots fired

Vodka isn’t just Russian! Hear the history of Polish “wodka,” and how the spirit changed the Williamsburg waterfront at tonight’s talk “The Vodka Contract” by curator Elizabeth Koszarski-Skrabonja. You can also enjoy traditional Polish bites, live tunes from Azuz Ensemble, and new vodka cocktail “The Kosciuszko Bridge.”

6:30 pm at Museum of Food and Drink (62 Bayard St. between Lorimer and Leonard streets in Williamsburg, (718) 387–2875], www.mofad.org. $30.

Make a history check: The graphic novel “Rise of the Dungeon Master” details the origin of Dungeons & Dragons and the life of its creator, Gary Gygax. The books creators will be at the Twenty Sided Store on May 20.
Koren Shadmi

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