Five things to do in Brooklyn this week!

Music of the streets: The Asphalt Orchestra (pictured) will join the group Bang on a Can for a joyful music concert on Oct. 4, part of the Downtown Arts Festival.
Courtesy of Asphalt Orchestra


Oct. 4

Wonder bar

Start your weekend with Brooklyn’s best Oktoberfest party, at the Black Forest beer hall in Fort Greene! The bar’s Bavarian owners, Ayana and Tobias Holler, will have a keg-tapping ceremony to pour everyone a free beer, and the Slavic Soul Party will ooompah it up all night!

9 pm at Black Forest Fort Greene [733 Fulton St. between S. Elliot Place and S. Portland Avenue in Fort Greene, (718) 935–0300,]. $10.


Oct. 5

Going Down!

The Downtown Arts Festival will fill an open plaza in Fort Greene with dancers, music, and film all weekend! Today’s highlights include a class with the Mark Morris Dance Group at 3 pm, music from the Asphalt Orchestra at 4:30 pm, and a screening of Spike Lee’s “Crooklyn” at 6:55 pm .

11 am–9 pm at The Plaza at 300 Ashland (300 Ashland Pl. at Lafayette Avenue in Fort Greene, Free.


Oct. 6

Open up

The Halloween season has begun! Get in the spooky spirit at Green-Wood Cemetery’s “Open Doors” event, when its most elaborate 19th century mausoleums will be open to the public. Peek at the usually locked-away stained glass windows and carved tombs while docents explain the history of each occupant.

Noon–4 pm at Green-Wood Cemetery (Fifth Avenue at 25th Street in Greenwood Heights, $25.

Prost! Black Forest Fort Greene’s Oktoberfest event on Oct. 4 will feature a keg-tapping, a stein-holding contest, and music from Slavic Soul Party!


Oct. 7

Talk 2 us

Tired of stories that ramble on? The Way Station’s monthly storytelling session “2 Short 2 Suck” only gives each speaker two minutes to get through their story, so at least it is over quickly. This week, you can hear Brooklyn Paper’s arts editor and bartoonist reveal some his drunken escapades.

8:30 pm at the Way Station [683 Washington Ave. between Prospect and St. Marks places in Prospect Heights, (347) 627–4949,]. Free.


Oct. 8

Z is for Zombie

Catch the extremely limited release of the horror-comedy flick “Little Monsters,” starring Lupita Nyong’o as a kindergarten teacher who has to protect her kids from a zombie outbreak. The screening will be followed by a live-streamed discussion with the filmmaker.

8 pm at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema [445 Albee Square West between Fulton and Willoughby streets Downtown, (718) 513–2547,]. $12.

In vino veritas: Handsome arts editor Bill Roundy will regale you with brief stories of his antics, at the “2 Short 2 Suck” storytelling event at the Way Station on Oct. 7.
Photo by Bill Roundy

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