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

Five things to do in Brooklyn this week!

He’s prospered: Actor George Takei will discuss his life among the starts at BAM on May 1.
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April 28

Folked up!

The three-day Brooklyn Folk Festival kicks off tonight! The extravaganza of down-home tunes will launch with performances on two stages, featuring native tunes from Thunderbird American Indian Dancers, a capella songs from Ukrainian Village voices, bluegrass from Cole Quest and the City Pickers, and a solo set from Brooklyn’s own Feral Foster (pictured), among many others. The party keeps going through Sunday!

8 pm–12:30 am at St. Ann’s Church [157 Montague St. at Clinton Street in Brooklyn Heights, (718) 875–6960], www.brooklynfolkfest.com. $25.


April 29

Drag & draw

It is important for artists to practice drawing the human figure — but most of the people willing to model tend to be skinny female art students. So tonight’s Drag & Drink & Draw sketchfest, featuring zaftig drag queen Alotta McGriddle (pictured) and Chris of Hur, will feature a welcome change, with a diverse array of body types and gender presentations. Part of the weekend-long Bric Open Festival.

8 pm at Bric House [647 Fulton St. at Rockwell Place in Fort Greene, (718) 683–5600, www.bricartsmedia.org]. Free.


April 30

Bark Avenue

There is no better way to spend an afternoon than seeing adorable doggies running around the park! And today’s Bark Avenue Adopt-a-thon will send puppers who are up for adoption down a red carpet so you can spot the perfect furry friend to take home. You can also pose with your pooch in the photo booth, set your doggo loose on an agility course, and discover the best way to talk to your fur baby.

1–5 pm at Carroll Park (Court Street between Carroll and President streets in Carroll Gardens), www.facebook.com/barkaveadoptathon. Free.


May 1

Star Trek is the best!

Activist and actor George Takei, who rose to fame as the silken-voiced lieutenant of the starship Enterprise, will talk tonight about his Japanese-American family’s internment during World War II, his work advocating for same-sex marriage, and some behind-the-scenes stories of his work on “Star Trek,” which launched the world’s greatest science-fiction franchise.

7:30 pm at BAM Howard Gilmand Opera House [30 Lafayette Ave. at Ashland Place in Fort Greene, (718) 636–4100, www.bam.org]. $35–$75.


May 4

Star Wars is the best!

May the Fourth be with you! On this hallowed Star Wars day, celebrate the return of the galaxy’s greatest science-fiction franchise by getting drunk with your fellow nerds and watching the latest Star Wars movies: “Rogue One” and “The Force Awakens.” This screening at may include a rooftop light saber battle, so come prepared.

7:30 pm at the Gemini & Scorpio Loft (255 Douglass St. between Nevins Street and Third Avenue in Gowanus, www.geminiandscorpio.com). $10 suggested donation.

Flower power: The pooches at last year’s Adopt-a-thon were decked out with a festive floral array.
SD Conrad

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