“Swan Lake” was one of the most popular ballets ever to be performed before Darren Aronofsky turned it all dark in “Black Swan.” But if you’re curious to see the real thing, the Russian National Ballet Theatre is happy to give you the timeless classic about a princess, a prince, and the evil spell that threatens their happiness. It’s tutu good to be true.
2 pm. “Swan Lake” at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College [2900 Campus Rd. at Hillel Place in Flatbush, (718) 951-4500]. Tickets $27-$50. For info, visit www.brooklyncenter.com.
Don’t hate author Arthur Phillips because he stole our editor’s best novel idea ever (it involved two ne’er-do-well Shakespearean actors who realize that their only hope is to “discover” a heretofore unknown work of the Bard). Hate Phillips because he’s one of the best damn writers in Brooklyn — much better than our failed novelist editor.
7 pm. Arthur Phillips at BookCourt [163 Court St. between Pacific and Dean streets in Cobble Hill, (718) 875-3677], www.bookcourt.org.
Cuban culture is taking over the Brooklyn Academy of Music this spring, from films to dance to music. But some of the best can be found right in the lobby. As part of Si Cuba! — a city-wide celebration of art and culture — BAM’s walls will be filed with works from contemporary Cuban artists (don’t look for any “Viva Fidel” stuff here). The show runs for a month, but Wednesday is opening night.
All day. “Hola Havana” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music [651 Fulton St. near between Rockwell and Ashland places in Fort Greene, (718) 636-4100], through May 20. For info, visit www.bam.org.
When he was with Blues Traveler, John Popper got that song, “Run Around,” stuck in our heads all day. But that was 20 years, and thousands of gigs, ago. Now, Popper’s back with a side project, the Duskray Troubadours, a band that’s a bit like a scrappy, roots-rock alter ego of Blues Traveler. At $10, it’s the bargain of the week.
8 pm. John Popper and the Duskray Troubadours at Brooklyn Bowl [61 Wythe Ave. between N. 11th and N. 12th streets, (718) 963-3369]. Tickets $10. For info, visit www.brooklynbowl.com.
You may know Shenandoah Ableman as a waitress at Buttermilk Channel, and you may have caught this leggy brunette in a randy burlesque back in San Francisco, but we know her as the gorgeous Grace Slick-meets-Cat Power pipes behind Shenandoah and the Night, a soulful, doo-wop–influenced, moody pop quintet. Don’t miss this show.
9 pm. Shenandoah and the Night at Brooklyn Bowl [61 Wythe Ave. between N. 11th and N. 12th streets, (718) 963-3369]. Tickets $10. For info, visit www.shenandoahandthenight.com.