Five things to do in Brooklyn this week!

The cactus makes it authentic: Texas rock band Unlikely Candidates will play Rough Trade in Williamsburg on April 11.


April 5

Stoop to conquer

The Brooklyn Academy of Music will build the stoop of a Brooklyn brownstone on stage for its 15th annual spoken-word festival “Word. Sound. Power. 2019.” The night will feature high school performers dropping rhymes alongside professional dancers, musicians, and the poet Mumu Fresh. The show repeats on Saturday.

7:30 pm at BAM Fisher (321 Ashland Pl. between Hanson Place and Lafayette Avenue in Fort Greene, www.bam.org). $20.


April 6

Free ride

After a winter in hibernation, the Cyclone will rumble to life today! And just for today, you can get a pass to ride on the 92-year-old wooden rollercoaster — and on any other ride in Luna Park, including the Thunderbolt, Steeplechase, and Astro Tower — if you make a $10 donation to the Brooklyn charity Children of Promise.

11 a.m. at Luna Park (1000 Surf Ave. at W. 10th Street in Coney Island, www.lunaparknyc.com). $10.

Heritage music: Anna Rg will perform Appalachian and New England folk music at this year’s Brooklyn Folk Festival at St. Ann’s Church in Brooklyn Heights on Apr. 6.
Brian Geltner


April 7

Folk it

The three-day Brooklyn Folk Festival wraps up today with some great events, including the annual Banjo Toss into the Gowanus Canal at 1 p.m. (at Second Street and the Canal); a performance by the Down Hill Strugglers at 4:15 pm; and Bedford-Stuyvesant’s Anna Rg plucking out authentic Appalachian tunes at 7:45 p.m.

2–10 p.m. at St. Ann’s Church [157 Montague St. at Clinton Street in Brooklyn Heights, (718) 395–3214, www.brooklynfolkfest.com]. $25 per session ($40 all day).


April 8

Show it ale

Here’s a beer pairing for you — “Brooklyn Beerlesque” will combine beer, ballet, and burlesque into a heady brew. Beer expert David Slone will walk you through a collection of lagers, ales, and stouts, while the Love Show dancers offer a provocative performance tailored to each of those brews. With special, magical guest the Great Dubini.

Hop to it: The Beerlesque celebration on April 8 will combine suds with sultry performances.
David F. Slone, Esq.

7:30 p.m. at Brooklyn Brewery [79 N. 11th St. between Wythe Avenue and Berry Street in Williamsburg, (718) 486–7422, www.brooklynbrewery.com]. $35 ($30 in advance).


April 11

Running wild

Forget about electability and cast your vote for the Unlikely Candidates — a catchy alt-pop five-piece from Texas, stopping in Williamsburg tonight. The group will play tunes from its upcoming album, including retro banger “Strange Love,” and the skittering, clever anthem “Oh My Dear Lord.” Also on the bill is the Brevit and opening act SCR.

8:30 pm at Rough Trade [64 N. Ninth St. between Kent and Wythe avenues in Williamsburg, (718) 388–4111, www.roughtradenyc.com]. $14 ($12 in advance).

Speaking up: Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, and poet Maimouna Youssef, also known as “Mumu Fresh,” will perform at the hip-hop and spoken word concert “Word. Sound. Power. 2019” at BAM Fisher on April 5–6.
Maurice Sinclair

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