Five things to do in Brooklyn this week!

Creative clash: Cartoonist Lynda Barry will discuss her new book “Making Comics” with cartoonist Chris Ware.

Friday

Oct. 11

Steel wool

Wander down to Dumbo this evening for a bit and byte of culture at the A.I.R. Gallery, which will host an opening reception for three different exhibits tonight, including “Machine Memory and Motherboards,” by Simone Paterson, a collection of embroidery and needlework in the shape of circuit boards and computer chips.

6–8 pm at A.I.R. Gallery (155 Plymouth St. between Pearl and Jay streets, www.airgallery.org). Free.

Sunday

Oct. 13

Night music

This screening of “Phantom of the Opera” will have live piano music, but no Andrew Lloyd Webber tunes! The Brooklyn Public Library’s Silent Movie Matinee will show the original, 1925 version of the film, starring Lon Chaney as the operatic apparition.

Noon at Brooklyn Public Library’s Dweck Center [10 Grand Army Plaza. Eastern Parkway and Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Heights, (718) 230–2100, www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org]. Enter on Eastern Parkway. Free.

TUEsday

Oct. 15

Swan song

The Brooklyn Academy of Music opens its fall season with the dance piece “Swan Lake/Loch na hEala,” an adaptation of the classic ballet that fuses its haunting story with Irish folklore and current events, moving its mythical story into the modern day.

7:30 pm at BAM Harvey Theater [651 Fulton St. between Rockwell and Ashland places in Fort Greene, (718) 636–4100, www.bam.org]. $30–$76.

Wednesday

Oct. 16

Red all over

As the host of the WNYC podcast “The Stakes,” Kai Wright has a knack for getting to the heart of an issue, so we look forward to his moderation of tonight’s talk “Redlining and its Repercussions,” about the systematic banking practice of denying loans to people of color, which lasted an odiously long time.

6:30 pm at Brooklyn Historical Society [128 Pierrepont St. at Clinton Street in Brooklyn Heights, (718) 222–4111, www.brooklynhistory.org]. $15.

Thursday

Oct. 17

Drawn apart

Cartoonist Lynda Barry, a recent winner of the MacArthur “genius” grant, and a promoter of joyful free expression and intuitive art making, chats with meticulous, formal cartoonist Chris Ware, creator of some of the most depressing comics ever made.

7:30 pm at Murmrr Theatre (17 Eastern Pkwy. between Grand Army Plaza and Underhill Avenue in Prospect Heights, www.murmrr.com). $12–$65.

A classic tale: In “Swan Lake/Loch na hEala,” a depressed man goes to the lake to commit suicide when he meets Fionnghuala, a woman turned into a swan.
Marie Laure Briane

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