Five things to do in Brooklyn this week!

Five things to do in Brooklyn this week!


May 6

Purrfect night

Be the fur-st to snuggle up to the kitties of the Brooklyn Cat Cafe, which holds its grand opening tonight. The evening will feature a stand-up set from Park Slope comedian Ophira Eisenberg, snacks, and the warm fuzzy feeling you get both from helping an animal charity and from petting cute cats.

6 pm at the Brooklyn Cat Café (149 Atlantic Ave. between Henry and Clinton streets in Brooklyn Heights, www.catcafebk.com). $75.


May 7

Goode showe

The Dutch influence on the land of Breuckelen takes the spotlight in “Roode Hoek,” a collection of art inspired by historic images opening today (along with two exhibits of contemporary art) at the end of Red Hook. The opening party will also feature a jazz quartet and a collaborative orchestra that anyone can join.

Play for Mama: Christian McBride plays a free concert of big band tunes on Mother’s Day on May 8.
Associated Press / David Royal

1–6 pm at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition [499 Van Brunt St. at Reed Street in Red Hook, (718) 596–2506, www.bwac.org]. Free.


May 8

Park it

After spending all your cash on a splashy Mother’s Day gift (you at least got her a card, right?), indulge in a free afternoon in Prospect Park listening to the Big Band Remix of songs from Grammy-winner Christian McBride and his Big Band, performing with guest vocalists Dianne Reeves and Jonathan Butler.

5 pm at LeFrak Center at Lakeside [South end of Prospect Park, (718) 462–0090, www.prospectpark.org/about/lakeside]. Free.

Wilde at heart: Rupert Everett (right) plays playwright Oscar Wilde in “The Judas Kiss,” which begins performing at BAM on May 11.
Cylla von Tiedemann


May 10

Hill country

Comedian Dave Hill, recently featured in this paper for hosting a righteous speed-metal speed-dating night, unleashes a hilarious collection of true stories titled “Dave Hill Doesn’t Live Here Any More” tonight at Book Court, followed by a discussion with journalist Malcolm Gladwell.

7 pm. BookCourt [163 Court St. between Pacific and Dean streets in Cobble Hill, (718) 875–3677, www.bookcourt.org]. Free.


May 11


Actor Rupert Everett takes the stage tonight as 19th century playwright Oscar Wilde, in the first preview performance of “Judas Kiss,” the tragic story of his relationship with Lord Alfred Douglas (played by Charlie Rowe).

It’s a kitty!: The Brooklyn Cat Cafe opens its doors on May 6 with a night of drinks, performances, and adorable cats.
Helgi Halldórsson

7:30 pm at BAM Harvey Theater [651 Fulton St. at Rockwell Place in Fort Greene, (718) 636–4100], www.bam.org. $30–$125.