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

Five things to do in Brooklyn this week!

It’s good to be the king: The Rock and Roll Playhouse will bring the music of “Hamilton” to kids on Feb. 25.
Deanna Young


Feb. 23

Dog days

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at the opening of the “Red Envelope Show,” featuring original artwork from more than 150 artists, drawn or painted on red envelopes — each of which contains a mystery surprise for its buyer. Check it out, and enjoy the traditional lion dance at 8:30 pm.

7–10 pm at Gumpy Bert [82 Bond St. between State Street and Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill, (347) 855–4849, www.grumpybert.com]. Free.


Feb. 24

A guy thing

Veteran rocker Amy Rigby, a former member of cowpunk bands Last Roundup and the Shams, launches her latest solo album “The Old Guys” tonight in Bushwick, pairing her clever, often confessional lyrics about touring and old dudes like Robert Altman and Philip Roth with rock hooks. Lenny Kaye opens at 8 pm.

9 pm at the Safari Room at El Cortez (17 Ingraham St., between Bogart Street and Morgan Avenue in Bushwick, www.elcortezbushwick.com). $15.


Feb. 25

Rise up!

There’s nothing kids love more that the Revolutionary War, so bring your youngsters to today’s Rock and Roll Playhouse, where the band plays the music of “Hamilton!” This show may be better than the Broadway version — here, no one is going to shush you when you yell the lyrics along with King George!

Dogs in space!: Julian Oldham’s paintings celebrating the Year of the Dog will be on display as part of the “Red Envelope Show” at Grumpy Bert gallery on Feb. 23.
Julia Oldham

11:30 am at Brooklyn Bowl [61 Wythe Ave. between N. 11th and N. 12th streets in Williamsburg, (718) 963–3369], www.brooklynbowl.com. $12.


Feb. 27

Feel up the Dark Side

There is no try — only do me! Visit a sexy galaxy of far, far-out fan-fiction at “Star Wars: An Erotic Live Reading,” where comedians read outrageous, saucy stories set in the Star Wars universe, including the sadomasochistic mash-up “Fifty Shades of Rey.” The night will also feature a “Force Off” game where the audience can win prizes.

8 pm at Littlefield (635 Sackett St. between Third and Fourth avenues in Gowanus, www.littlefieldnyc.com). $10.


March 1

Tech time

This evening edition of the digital arts showcase “Teknopolis” gives grown-ups a chance to play with the wonderful toys. It features four floors of interactive installations, including visual art that reacts to your touch, a voice-activated wall of lights, films that you can direct and enter, virtual reality experiences, and the 360-degree film “Asteroid!”

7:30 pm at BAM Fisher (321 Ashland Pl. between Hanson Place and Lafayette Avenue in Fort Greene, www.bam.org). $25.

A country for old men: Singer Amy Rigby will launch her new album “The Old Guys” in Bushwick on Feb. 24.
Ted Barron

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