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

Five things to do in Brooklyn this week!

Family matters: A mother and daughter will act out their cross-cultural relationship while portraying characters in a new bilingual nightmare play, “Suicide Forest,” debuting at the Bushwick Starr on Feb. 27.
Sasha Arutyunova


Feb. 23


Cartoonist Carta Monir has organized a series of comic-book workshops at the Brooklyn library over the next few months. Today she will discuss how her comics and zines relate to activism in her talk “Screaming on Paper: Activism and Community Engagement Through Comics.”

1 pm at Brooklyn Public Library’s Central branch Info Commons Lab [10 Grand Army Plaza, between Eastern Parkway and Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Heights, (718) 230–2100, www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org]. Free.


Feb. 24

Claws to celebrate

The Academy Awards are tonight, but the only movie that we care about is CatVideoFest! This anthology took 115 of the cutest kitty clips on the Internet and spliced them together into a single 70-minute film. A portion of the proceeds from today’s screening will go to Animal Care of New York.

5:45 pm at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema [445 Albee Square West, fourth floor, between Willoughby and Fulton streets Downtown, (718) 513–2547, www.catvideofest.com]. $15.


Feb. 26

Whale watching

Bushwick electro-indie-pop trio Modern Whale has not recorded many songs, but we liked the post-breakup single “Dead Wrong.” Frontman Robbie Guariglia describes the sound as “between Postal Service and Vampire Weekend.” See for yourself at tonight’s show.

8 pm at Knitting Factory [361 Metropolitan Ave. at Havemeyer Street in Williamsburg, (347) 529–6696, bk.knittingfactory.com]. $10.


Feb. 27

Night mother

Much of the run of “Suicide Forest” has already sold out, so catch the previews while you can! The play, by Japanese-American playwright Kristine Haruna Lee, follows a teenage girl and a salaryman trapped in a nightmare world, who encounter a spirit of death (played by Lee’s mother) in the woods near Mt. Fuji.

8 pm at the Bushwick Starr (207 Starr St. between Irving and Wyckoff avenues in Bushwick, www.thebushwickstarr.org). $20.


Feb. 28

Soul man

DJ Spooky performs an original live score that he created for the 1925 silent film “Body and Soul,” starring Paul Robeson in his film debut, playing both an escaped convict and his identical twin, a model citizen. After the film, Spooky will discuss his collection of films from black directors, few of which have survived from that era.

7 pm at Brooklyn Museum [200 Eastern Pkwy. at Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights, (718) 638–5000, www.brooklynmuseum.org]. $16 (includes Museum admission).

Hair shirt: This sharply dressed feline will be part of the CatVideoFest, screening at the Alamo Drafthouse on Feb. 23 and 24.

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