Five things to do in Brooklyn this week!

Patriotic pussycat: Hear stories of all-American kitties at the House of Wax bar downtown on May 22.


May 18

Drop bear drops beats

Musical marsupial Kid Koala will throw his “Vinyl Vaudeville” party tonight, featuring dancing penguins, brass-playing ants, and a giant spider moving through the crowd. Before the show starts, you can play the dance video game “Floor Kids,” which Koala created the music for.

6 pm at Elsewhere (599 Johnson Ave. between Gardner and Scott avenues in Bushwick, www.elsewherebrooklyn.com). $25.


May 19

Cajun celebration

Start the second day of the Swamp in the City Cajun music festival at Threes Brewing in Gowanus (at 333 Douglass Street), where you can booze up and hear free tunes from 99 Playboys and Magnolia, then walk a block to Littlefield for a concert from the Pineleaf Boys (pictured), C’est Bon Cajun Dance Band, and more.

6 pm at Littlefield (635 Sackett St. between Third and Fourth avenues in Gowanus, www.littlefieldnyc.com). $35.


May 20

Get Ripped

Tonight is your last chance to catch the improbable historical musical “Impossible But True!” in its current form — performed in, and set at, a tavern. So sip the colonial cocktail “flip” and watch the 12-person cast fill the bar with songs about Rip Van Winkle, who slept for 20 years and missed the Revolutionary War.

7 pm at Franklin820 [820 Franklin Ave. at Union Street in Crown Heights, (718) 708–4113, www.franklin820.com]. Free.

Super marsupial: Disc jockey Kid Koala will play Elsewhere in Bushwick on May 18.
Corinne Merrell


May 22

Cat power

At this newspaper, we believe in America, cold beer, and kitty-cats! Celebrate all three at the House of Wax bar tonight, where Dr. Paul Koudounaris will deliver his illustrated lecture “America: A History in Cats,” featuring the story of the world’s first balloon-propelled kitty, the U.S. Navy’s most decorated military feline, and many more tales of patriotic pussycats.

7:30 pm at the House of Wax bar at Alamo Drafthouse [445 Albee Square West between Fulton and Willoughby streets Downtown, (718) 513–2547, www.drafthouse.com/nyc]. $5.


May 24

Bow now

Look, all the tickets to see “David Bowie Is” have already sold out for the weekend — but the Brooklyn Museum is open until 10 pm on Thursday nights, so if you buy one of the timed tickets now and plan to sneak out of work a little early, you can spend a few hours staring at the Starman’s stunning collection of outfits, music, and memorabilia.

2:15 pm–7:45 pm at Brooklyn Museum [200 Eastern Pkwy. at Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights, (718) 638–5000, www.brooklynmuseum.org].


Sing a few bars: Actors James Scheider, Mark Montague, and Charles Ouda play 18th century townsfolk in “Impossible but True,” a musical adaptation of the Rip Van Winkle tale playing at the Franklin820 bar on May 7, 14, and 21.
Photo by Caleb Caldwell

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