Boys will be toys
Burlesque is having a revival, but the field’s gender ratio is lop-sided in favor of the ladies. The Boylesque Festival’s Teaser Party tonight balances the scales with saucy performances from scantily clad men, including Brooklyn’s own Matt Knife, athletic local performer Go-Go Gadget (pictured), and Canadian star Emcee Unicorn.
7 pm at the House of Yes [2 Wyckoff Ave. at Jefferson Street in Bushwick), www.house
Pride of place
The city’s most relaxed Pride festival celebrates its 20th year today. So head to Fifth avenue to check out queer performers on stages at Third street and Ninth Street from noon to 5 pm, cheer at the Pride Parade at 7:30 pm, and then get a drink Ginger’s, Excelsior, or any other watering hole along Fifth Avenue — they will all be honorary gays bars for the night.
Parade at 7:30 pm on Fifth Avenue (from Lincoln Place to Ninth Street, www.brook
Carroll Park will transform into an enchanted isle tonight, filled with “sounds and sweet airs that delight and hurt not,” for an outdoor performance of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” Smith Street Stage practices gender-blind casting, and this production features actress Kate Ross (pictured) as the island’s magical ruler Prospero.
7:30 pm at Carroll Park (Smith Street between Carroll and President streets in Carroll Gardens), www.smith
Legendary pop-punk band the Ergs have re-united, but unless you can get to Florida, your best chance to indulge your erg-es is tonight’s show from lead singer Mikey Erg, where he will launch his solo album “Tentative Decisions” and play along with his buddies Nuclear Santa Claust, Hiccup, and Katie Ellen.
8 pm at Knitting Factory [361 Metropolitan Ave. at Havemeyer Street in Williamsburg, (347) 529–6696, bk.knitt
Brooklyn indie-rock trio Blonde Redhead will bring its dreamy songs to Red Hook tonight, playing a free outdoor concert as part of the SummerStage series. Make a full night of it with dinner and drinks before (or after) at Brooklyn Ice House, just a block away on Van Brunt Street.
7 pm at Coffey Park (Verona Street between Richard and Dwight streets in Red Hook, www.summe