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

Five things to do in Brooklyn this week!

Get lit!: The Brooklyn Classic, the Brooklyn Public Library’s annual fund-raising gala, will take over the Park Slope branch on Nov. 2.
Photo by Jordan Rathkopf


Nov. 2

Stack up!

Party in the library! No one will shush you if you whoop it up at tonight’s Brooklyn Classic, a fund-raising party for the Brooklyn Public Library. The night will feature an award ceremony for the “Most Brooklyn” fiction and non-fiction book, as well as an open bar, food, and dancing. Tickets are a little pricey, but it all goes to a group that gives you books for free!

8–11:30 pm at Park Slope Library (431 Sixth Ave. at Ninth Street in Park Slope, apps.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/bkclassic). $150.


Nov. 3

Art and Soul

The Target First Saturday party tonight will celebrate the artists of the African Diaspora and the exhibit “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power.” You can hear the curator of that show discuss it at 6 pm, catch a preview of the Brooklyn Dance Festival at 7:30 pm, and listen to music and poetry all evening.

5–11 pm at Brooklyn Museum [200 Eastern Pkwy. at Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights, (718) 638–5000, www.brooklynmuseum.org]. Free.


Nov. 5

What she is

Pop singer Edie Brickell has reunited with the New Bohemians to record “Rocket,” a bouncy, multi-genre album of new tunes — their first in 12 years! Hear the new tunes and catch up with Brickell, who co-wrote the Broadway show “Bright Star” with Steve Martin and whistled “Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard” at Paul Simon’s farewell show last month.

8 pm at Music Hall of Williamsburg (66 N. Sixth St. between Wythe and Kent avenues in Williamsburg, www.musichallofwilliamsburg.com). $45 ($40 in advance).


Nov. 6

Feelin’ blue

Here at the newspaper, we will be working late watching the election returns. But if you want to drink beer while waiting to see if the blue wave comes ashore, join the Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats and several local pols at the Bell House. There will be comedy and music until 9 pm, and then a tense bout of television watching.

8 pm at Bell House [149 Seventh St. at Third Avenue in Gowanus, (718) 643–6510], www.thebellhouseny.com. $10.


Nov. 8

Big voice

The films may be short, but the music is big! The “Music-Driven” anthology of Nitehawk’s Shorts Festival kicks off with “Big Elvis” — a 12-minute documentary about a 960-pound Elvis impersonator who believes he is Elvis Presley’s love child, directed by Brooklyn-born filmmaker Paul Stone, and followed by nine more music-inspired shorts.

7 pm at Nitehawk Cinema [136 Metropolitan Ave. between Wythe Avenue and Berry Street in Williamsburg, (718) 384–3980, www.nitehawkcinema.com]. $16.

Unite: Check out sculptor Elizabeth Catlett’s 1968 piece “Black Unity” and the rest of the “Soul of a Nation” exhibit during the Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturday event on Nov. 3.
Photo by Alexandra Simon

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