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

Five things to do in Brooklyn this week!

Neighborhood beef: At last year’s Taste of Fifth Festival, local butcher shop Fleisher’s handed out samples of ropa vieja, made from pasture-raised beef. Stop by on April 6 to find out what they have in store for you.
Photo by Elizabeth Graham

Friday

April 1

Perils of Pericles

The little-seen Shakespeare play “Pericles” is over-stuffed with shipwrecks, marriages, betrayal, and the most pure woman ever to reside in a whorehouse. The dream-like, music-heavy production from Theater for a New Audience has extended its run, so you have 10 more days to catch this travelogue play.

7:30 pm at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center [262 Ashland Place between Lafayette Avenue and Fulton Street in Fort Greene, (212) 229–2819, www.tfana.org]. $75–$100.

Monday

April 4

Bee accurate

The Williamsburg Spelling Bee will crown its final winner tonight, after 12 years of spell-checking. The letter-ordering competition will go out with a b-a-n-g, with cake, cocktail specials, and a live rendition of its theme song, performed by longtime hosts Bobby Blue (pictured) and Jen Dziura.

7 pm at Pete’s Candy Store [709 Lorimer St. between Frost and Richardson streets in Williamsburg, (718) 302–3770, spellingblog4.blogspot.com]. Free.

Feeling blue?: Lift those spirits with the danceable funk of Digisaurus, playing the Way Station on April 5.

Tuesday

April 5

Future funk

Past and future collide at the Way Station’s Doctor Who-inspired bathroom, and also on the stage tonight, where the futuristic synthpop band Digisaurus (multi-instumentalist James Allison) will lay down some funky grooves. There’s not much room at the Way Station, but it will all be filled by people shaking it.

10 pm at the Way Station [683 Washington Ave. between Prospect and St. Marks places in Washington Heights, (347) 627–4949, waystationbk.blogspot.com]. $5 suggested donation.

Wednesday

April 6

Feed the Fifth

It takes a long time to walk the length of Fifth Avenue, but you can sample savory delights from eateries all over that fine thoroughfare (including Fleishers craft butchery, pictured) at the annual Taste of Fifth party, which also offers plenty of drinks, a magician, and music.

String theories: Yo-yo artist Justin Weber debuts a fantastical, all-ages play “Wacky of Wallabazoo,” about a boy seeking the City of Dreams, opening in Coney Island on April 7.
Alex Fournier

6:30 pm at Grand Prospect Hall [263 Prospect Ave. between Fifth and Sixth Avenues in Park Slope, (718) 788–0777, www.parkslopefifthavenuebid.com]. $60 ($55 in advance).

Thursday

April 7

String fling

Professional yo-yo artist Justin Weber, a regular presence at vaudeville acts around town, debuts his first full-length show, the soberly titled “Wacky of Wallabazoo,” a fairy tale adventure with masked figures, black lights, puppetry, and presumably lots of yo-yo-ing. Tonight is the first of the show’s three-night run.

8 pm at Sideshow by the Seashore [1208 Surf Ave. at W. 12th St. in Coney Island, (718) 384–3980], www.coneyisland.com]. $12.

As he likes it: In the Polonsky Shakespeare Center’s production of “Pericles” the title character (Christian Camargo, right) meets his bride-to-be Thaisa (Gia Crovatin).
Henry Grossman

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