Coney Island’s Ford Amphitheater launches its summer concert series tonight with prog rock band Coheed and Cambria, on tour with Mastodon. Before the show, you might meet the band by stopping by the Coney Island Brewing Company in MCU Park, which will have a 2 p.m. release party for its “Call Your Mother” IPA, — not only good advice, but inspired by a Coheed and Cambria song, and brewed with input from the band (pictured, with the brewery crew).
7 p.m. at Ford Amphitheater (3052 W. 21st St. at the Boardwalk in Coney Island, www.forda
Nature’s most delightful food pairs with its best beverage at the Bacon and Beer Classic! This outdoor festival will feature more than 50 local restaurants competing to serve the best bacon-inspired dishes, including bacon-topped mac and cheese, pork banh mi, or just giant slabs of bacon. Sample all you like, and then wash it down with free pours of 100 craft beers from East Coast breweries (including the aforementioned Coney Island brewery). There will also be music, games, and contests.
1 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Brooklyn Mirage (140 Stewart Ave. at Meserole Street in Bushwick, www.bacon
The Bushwick music venue Elsewhere has two different rooms on the ground, a second-floor bar and gallery, and an amazing rooftop, and those spaces will be filled with murals, sculptures, and video projections all summer as part of its art show “Landscape.” Check out its opening reception tonight, then stick around for drinks on the roof.
6–9 p.m. at Elsewhere (599 Johnson Ave. at Varick Avenue in Bushwick, www.elsew
Smith Street Stage opens its 10th season in Carroll Park tonight with a production of “Romeo and Juliet.” Shakespeare’s tale of star-crossed lovers gets a modern-dress makeover, with the dueling noble houses shown as economic powerhouses unrestrained by the state.
7:30 p.m. at Carroll Park (Carroll Street between Smith and Court streets in Carroll Gardens, www.smith
Congolese dancer, singer, drummer, and bandleader Nkumu Katalay and his Life Long Project band will launch the weekly Live at the Archway free music series tonight in Dumbo. Show up early for a performance from the all-women drumline Fogo Azul New York City, playing with students from P.S. 307 and the Dock Street School.
5:30 p.m. at Manhattan Bridge Archway Plaza (155 Water St. between Adams and Pearl streets in Dumbo, www.dumbo.is). Free.