You’ve had a tough four days of work since Memorial Day, so take Friday night off and rest up. The rest of the weekend is busy!
Some interlopers from Park Slope will stop by the Ridge on Saturday at 3 pm, so stop by the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd (7420 Fourth Ave. between 74th street and Bay Ridge Parkway) and keep an eye on the Park Slope Singers. This gang of warblers will present a program of choral tunes called “Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained,” featuring music by Brahms and poetry from Brooklyn boy Walt Whitman. The show will “share a depth and poignancy evoked by our common experience of living with an awareness of mortality,” according to the group. Tickets are $15.
That is some pretty heavy stuff, so lighten up with a visit to Leif Bar (6725 Fifth Ave. between 67th and Senator streets), where the Bennett Brothers will play at at 4 pm. These bros know how to bring down the house with slick blues riffs and folk-infused rock and roll.
Then spend your night at the Greenhouse Café (7717 Third Ave. between 77th and 78th streets) with Rock Farm. The four-piece cover band goes on at 10 pm and will keep you grooving all night with rock tunes from all eras.
On Sunday, get up and get out for the Fifth Avenue Spring Festival takes place — where else? — on Fifth Avenue between 69th and 85th streets. There will be rides, live music, and tons of awesome food to be had all day along that avenue starting at the crack of noon. And you do not want to miss the Brooklyn Pizza Eating Contest at Rocco’s Pizzeria (7818 Fifth Ave. between 78th and 79th streets) at 1 pm. Competitors will take the stage in front of the pizza house and chow down slice after slice, packing in as many as they can in 12 minutes.
After that amazing display, take a short stroll up the block to another pizzeria. The stage in front of Bay Ridge Pizza (7704 Fifth Ave. between 77th and 78th streets) will host the band Full Disclosure, playing with guest drummer Frank Diorio. They go on at 1 pm and will rock until 4 pm.