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

Five things to do in Brooklyn this week!

The best, bar none: Handsome cartoonist Bill Roundy will sell his comic “Bar Scrawl” at Pete’s Mini Zine Festival in Williamsburg on July 14.
Adam Robey


July 13

Garden variety

Travel back to the 19th century, when theater promoter William Niblo would host parties at his family tomb in Green-Wood Cemetery. At “A Night at Niblo’s Garden” the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus will present a night of Victorian showmanship, with fire eaters, musicians, contortionists, performers on floats, and much more. The party continues Saturday night.

7–9 pm at Green-Wood Cemetery [500 25th St. at Fifth Avenue in Park Slope, (718) 210–3080, www.green-wood.com]. $40.


July 14

Zine scene

Brooklyn’s longest-running and most laid-back zine festival returns! Pete’s Mini Zine Festival will feature 25 tables of handmade magazines and indie comics, throughout Pete’s Candy Store and in its backyard. Grab a beer and check out sci-fi adventures from Emily Ree, Corey Bechelli’s “Astral Sass,” and Bar Scrawl comics from Brooklyn Paper bartoonist Bill Roundy (pictured).

2–7 pm at Pete’s Candy Store [709 Lorimer St. between Frost and Richardson streets in Williamsburg, (718) 302–3770, www.petescandystore.com]. Free.


July 15

French coup

Vive la France! The annual Bastille Day celebration that shuts down Smith Street with music, food, and a petanque tournament will be bigger than ever this year, because France is also in the finals for the World Cup! A giant screen near Dean Street will screen the final match between France and Croatia at 11 am, followed by either celebratory champagne or consoling shots of Pernod.

10 am–8 pm at Smith Street between Wyckoff and Pacific streets in Cobble Hill, (718) 923–0918, www.bartabacny.com/bastille-day]. Free.


July 17

Garden state

After two stressful days at work, it is time to chill out in the relaxing natural environs of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, which stays open until 8:30 pm tonight. The Blue Dahlias trio will play an eclectic blend of 1920s swing, klezmer, and reggae that you can hear while wandering among the trees, or while sipping drinks at the Yellow Magnolia Canteen.

6:15 pm and 7:30 pm at Brooklyn Botanic Garden [990 Washington Ave. between President and Carroll streets in Prospect Heights, (718) 623–7200, www.bbg.org]. $15 ($8 seniors and students).


July 19

Dolly would

All hail Dolly Parton! The iconic country singer will be the focus of tonight’s Dollylujah! festival, featuring the Brooklyn cover band Doll Parts, burlesque performer Darlinda Just Darlinda, and the author of “What Would Dolly Do: How to Be a Diamond in a Rhinestone World,” among other tributes to the busty blonde star.

8 pm at Industry City Courtyard 1-2 (220 36th Street between Second and Third Avenues in Sunset Park, www.thebellhouseny.com). $15 ($10 in advance).

All natural: The Blue Dahlia trio, including Dahlia Dumont on ukulele and vocals, George Saenz on trombone and accordion, and Yoshiki Yamada on bass, rehearse in Prospect Park ahead of their July 17 performance in Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

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