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

Five things to do in Brooklyn this week!

Harry situation: Learn how escape artist Harry Houidi started his career in Coney Island at the “Magicians of Coney Island” talk at Brooklyn Public Library on March 28.


March 24

Please please me

You can get some very adult education tonight at the Park Slope sex shop Please. Owner Sid Azmi (pictured) will celebrate the biz’s third anniversary with “A Night of Wine, Jazz, and Sex Education” featuring tunes from the Hot Club of Flatbush. wine and sausages, and mini-workshops on bondage and oral activities.

7–9 pm at Please (557 Fifth Ave. at 15th Street in Park Slope, www.pleasenewyork.com). Free.


March 25


Coney Island officially opens for the season today, with the 34th Annual Blessing of the Rides at Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park. Show up early and crowd up to the front — the first 98 people will get a free ride on the Wheel in honor of its 98th anniversary!

10:45 am at Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park [3059 W. 12th St., between the Boardwalk and Bowery street, (718) 372–2592, www.denoswonderwheel.com]. Free.


March 26

Punch Nazis!

It’s a simple tactic, and it seems to work! But if you’d like to learn more about the philosophical under-pinnings of Nazi-punching, come to this talk from Mark Bray, author of “Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook,” who will chat about the resurgence of the movement with “New Republic” staff writer Alex Shephard.

6:30 pm at the Brooklyn Historical Society [128 Pierrepont St. at Clinton Street in Brooklyn Heights, (718) 222–4111], www.brooklynhistory.org]. $5.


March 27

Tidal ways

Authors Benjamin Shepard and Mark J. Noonan launch their new book “Brooklyn Tides: The Fall and Rise of a Global Borough” with a panel discussion about the rapidly changing Brooklyn waterfront and its likely impact on residents, artists, and the working class.

7 pm at Interference Archive (314 Seventh St. between Fourth and Fifth avenues in Park Slope). Free.


March 28

School of magic

Modern magicians who perform on Coney Island will demonstrate their eldritch craft, and will reveal the long history between the arcane arts and the amusement park once known as Sodom by the Sea, where Harry Houdini (pictured) got his start in the 19th Century.

7:30 pm at Brooklyn Public Library’s Central branch Dweck Center [10 Grand Army Plaza, between Eastern Parkway and Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Heights, (718) 230–2100, www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org]. Free.

Welcome to Coney!: Coney Island will rumble back to life on March 25 with the blessing of the rides at 11 am, free turns on the Wonder Wheel for those who show up early, and a glimpse into the past at the Coney Island History Project.
Jim McDonnell

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