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

Five things to do in Brooklyn this week!

Happy V-Day: The women of VDay Bay Ridge, shown at their sold-out show at the Owl’s Head Wine Bar last year, will perform “The Vagina Monologues” at Bay Ridge Methodist Church on Feb. 17.


Feb. 15

Behold her

Get in on the ground floor of “The Eye of the Beholder,” an interactive work-in-progress that uses music, projections, and a lecture to examine the life of 19th-century Mexican opera singer Julia Pastrana, who was billed as “The Ugliest Woman in the World” and displayed in freak shows because of her rare genetic condition.

7 pm at Bric House [647 Fulton St. at Rockwell Place in Fort Greene, (718) 683–5621, www.bricartsmedia.org]. $12.



Short stuff

The small categories can make a real difference on your Oscar ballot, so get a leg up by checking out all of the Oscar-nominated animated short films. You can catch all five nominees (and two runners-up) at theater-and-eatery Nitehawk Prospect Park, which will screen them three times today.

12:20, 5, and 6:50 pm at Nitehawk Prospect Park (188 Prospect Park West at 14th Street in Park Slope, nitehawkcinema.com/prospectpark). $13 ($10 seniors and students).


Feb. 17

V can do it!

Valentine’s is over, but you can still celebrate V-Day! The all-volunteer women’s group VDay Bay Ridge will perform a staged reading of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues,” to raise money for Steps to End Family Violence. The third-annual reading will be followed by a talk with reps from local anti-violence groups.

5 pm at Bay Ridge United Methodist Church (7420 Fourth Ave. at 74th Street in Bay Ridge). $10.


Feb. 19

Ben gone

Indie rocker Ben Kweller, formerly the wunderkind head of the band Radish, and then a Brooklyn solo musician, recently took five years off after a near-death brush with carbon-monoxide poisoning. But now he is back with a new album, “Circuit Boredom,” and will play Brooklyn Steel tonight in support of headlining blues band Houndmouth.

8 pm at Brooklyn Steel (319 Frost St. at Debevoise Avenue in Williamsburg, www.bowerypresents.com/brooklyn-steel). $40.


Feb. 21

Face to fish

The New York Aquarium in Coney Island is open year-round, and it recently got some new visitors — five Atlantic sturgeons, five-foot-long fishes that were once ubiquitous along the Hudson River, but are now almost extinct. Take a day and visit the boney-plated fellows while they still exist — and drop in on the adorable sea otters while you’re there!

10 am–3:30 pm at New York Aquarium [602 Surf Ave. at W. 8 Street in Coney Island, (718) 265–3474, www.nyaquarium.com]. $25 ($20 kids).

Ugly truths: The new show “Eye of the Beholder,” at Bric Arts Media in Fort Greene on Feb. 15, explores the life of of 19th-century indigenous Mexican performer Julia Pastrana (pictured), who was billed as “The Ugliest Woman in the World.”

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