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

Five things to do in Brooklyn this week!

Sway away: The Sway Machinery will host its annual “Purim Carnivale” at Littlefield on March 15.
Photo by Tatiana McCabe


Feb. 27

Bam-chicka wah-wah

You’ve seen the Miley Cyrus entry, now see the rest of the NYC Porn Film Festival, running Feb. 27–March 1 at Bushwick’s Secret Project Robot. The inaugural event will include screenings of short and full-length erotic films, obviously, as well as talks, art, and a cos-play party.

5:30 pm–2 am at Secret Project Robot (389 Melrose St. between Irving and Knickerbocker avenues in Bushwick, www.nycpornfilmfestival.com). Various screenings $5–$20 each.


March 1

Get swayed

Brooklyn band the Sway Machinery — which mixes Jewish Cantorial music with blues, Afro-beat, and indie rock — does not seem to be throwing its usual Purim party this year. But it is having a release show for its new album “Purity and Danger” a few days before Purim, and no one is going to stop you wearing a costume and bringing your own hamantashen.

6 pm at Baby’s All Right [146 Broadway at Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, (718) 599–5800, www.babysallright.com]. $10.


March 3

Hawke eye

Hi neighbor! Newly minted Boerum Hill resident Ethan Hawke denounced Manhattan and praised Brooklyn when he moved here late last year, so he’s alright in our book. The actor will take a leisurely stroll over to the Brooklyn Academy of Music to present a screening of his debut documentary “Seymour: An Introduction,” about octogenarian piano instructor Seymour Bernstein, followed by a Q&A between the pair.

7:30 pm at BAM Rose Cinemas [30 Lafayette Ave. at Ashland Place in Fort Greene, (718) 636–4100, www.bam.org]. $20.


March 4

Dreading it

The doctor is in — the library! Doctor Dread will be at the Central Library to launch his new autobiography and explain how a white Jewish guy from Washington DC ended up becoming a legendary reggae producer. There will also be an acoustic performance by David Hinds of Steel Pulse, Jamaican food from Golden Krust and Dread’s own range of jerk-rub flavored snacks, plus free beer from Brooklyn Brewery.

7 pm at the Central Library [Flatbush Avenue at Eastern Parkway in Park Slope, (718) 230–2100, www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1260771]. Free, RSVP recommended.


March 5

Canal knowledge

Call it “how I learned to stop worrying and love the pong.” Journalist Joseph Alexiou, who is writing a book about the Gowanus Canal, will give a talk on the history of everyone’s favorite gonorrhea-ridden waterway. Discover why it is there and why it smells so much.

6:30 pm at Brooklyn Brainery [90 Underhill Ave. between Sterling and St. Johns Places in Prospect Heights, (347) 292–7246, www.brooklynbrainery.com]. $10.

Jamaican me crazy: Legendary reggae producer Doctor Dread releases his new autobiography at the Central Library on March 4.

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