Five things to do in Brooklyn this week!

Just announced: Rapper Common will headline the 40th annual Bric Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, opening the fest with a free show in Prospect Park on June 5.


June 1

Page one!

Learn the (mostly, probably) true story about how America’s most famous pin-up model was discovered on the Coney Island Boardwalk, in the saucy musical “Becoming Bettie Page,” with burlesque queen Seedy Edie in the leading role. And if you stick around after the show, you can catch the intergalactic drag show “Escape to Outer Space,” starting at 10 pm.

8 pm at Coney Island USA (1214 Surf Ave. at W. 12th Street in Coney Island, www.coneyisland.com). $20.


June 2

Squeeze in

The only thing that could make the exquisite appreciation of visual art better is the soothing sounds of the accordion! Local accordion ensembles Famous Accordion Orchestra and Bachtopus will pump out a combination of original and classical tunes this afternoon at Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition.

2–4 pm at Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition [499 Van Brunt St., near Reed Street in Red Hook, (718) 596–2506], www.bwac.org]. Free.


June 3

Dame of thrones

If you missed any of the stunning all-female Shakespeare productions from Donmar Warehouse, get thee to St. Ann’s Warehouse! Filmed version of the company’s “Julius Caesar,” “Henry IV,” and “The Tempest,” each set in a women’s prison, will screen today at 1 pm, 4 pm, and 8 pm, respectively.

1 pm at St. Ann’s Warehouse [45 Water St. at New Dock Street in Dumbo, (718) 834–8794], www.stannswarehouse.org. $20 ($50 for all three).


June 4

Early bird

Join the party as dance-theater performer Raja Feather Kelly tries to raise $10,000 in 24 hours, at a “Tele-Gala-a-Thon” at Kickstarter Headquarters, featuring dance performances from his dance company, voguing, drag, cheerleading, birthday cake, specialty drinks, and more, all of it streamed on Kickstarter Live.

6 pm–midnight at Kickstarter [58 Kent St. between in Greenpoint, www.thefeath3rtheory.com]. $30 suggested donation.


June 5

Common’s ground

The Bric Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival kicks off tonight with a performance by the rapper Common! The Emmy, Grammy, and Oscar-winning performer will launch the 40th annual outdoor concert series at the Prospect Park Band Shell.

8 pm at the Prospect Park Band Shell [Prospect Park West and Ninth Street in Park Slope, (718) 965–8900, www.bricartsmedia.org/cb]. Free.

Pin-up queen: Actress Seedy Edie will star as the title character in “Becoming Bettie Page,” debuting in Coney Island on May 25.
Bettina May

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