17 + 50
Folk hero Janis Ian is still going strong after nearly 50 years on the music scene. And now, the Grammy Award-winning songwriter behind such enduring hits as “Jesse,” “Society’s Child,” and the famous “At 17” brings her skillful guitar playing and soulful voice to the First Unitarian Church for — what else? — an acoustic set.
8 pm. Janis Ian at the First Unitarian Church [50 Pierrepont St. near Hicks Street in Brooklyn Heights, (718) 624-5466]. Tickets $30. For info, visit www.firstacoustics.org.
Out, damn Scot
Look, we wouldn’t be doing our job if we didn’t alert you to every single production of that Scottish play. The Brooklyn Academy of Music, which only recently rocked our worlds with the Patrick Stewart version of Shakespeare’s most famous work, now presents British company Cheek by Jowl’s seering production. We’re told it’s gore-free, which is a bit disappointing, but who needs blood with a play this good?
7:30 pm. “Macbeth.” BAM Harvey [651 Fulton St. at Rockwell Place in Fort Greene, (718) 636-4100]. Tickets, $25-$70. For info, visit www.bam.org.
Irina Danilova and Hiram Levy’s exploration of the number 59 in collage, video, photos and found art sounds silly, but the result is a refreshing exercise in art for art’s sake. Among all the pieces — a Saltine punched through with 59 holes, a shot of Danilova diving 59 feet into the ocean, and a piece of paper with 59 lines — is our favorite: “59 Brides,” which consists of 59 photos of Levy with brides found all over the globe.
Noon–6 pm. “Project 59” at SET Gallery [287 Third Ave. between Carroll and President streets in Gowanus, (718) 852-7609]. Show runs through April 23, open Wednesday to Sunday. For info, visit www.setgallery.org.
Who’s a Bum?
Yes, everyone loves the Brooklyn Dodgers, but what made them even more a part of the borough was their bandbox of a ballpark, Ebbets Field, which played just as important a role as Jackie, Pee Wee and the Duke in establishing the romance of the team. Join historian Bob McGee as he relives the experience of seeing a great game at a much-missed ballyard.
2:30 pm. Bob McGee reads from “The Greatest Ballpark Ever: Ebbets Field and the Story of the Brooklyn Dodgers” at the Brooklyn Historical Society [128 Pierrepont St. at Clinton Street in Brooklyn Heights, (718) 222-4111]. Donation, $5.
Borough President Markowitz is taking his anti-bike lane stance to the musical stage! The Beep will perform his “Borough of Lanes” song parody as part of “Thalia Follies: A Political Cabaret” at the Kingsborough Performing Arts Center. The showcase features other topics than bike lanes, including one song about over-aggressive airport security workers called, “Don’t Touch My Junk.”
8 pm. “Thalia Follies: A Political Cabaret” at the Kingsborough Performing Arts Center [2001 Oriental Blvd. at Decatur Avenue in Manhattan Beach, (718) 368-5596]. Tickets $25. For info, visit www.kcckpac.org.