BP Weekender: Six things to do in Brooklyn this weekend!

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Cantori at Green-Wood Cemetery.
Kevin Condon

Saturday, Oct. 23 

Brooklyn Bridge Park Harvest Festival: It’s officially Fall! Celebrate the harvest season on the waterfront at Brooklyn Bridge Park. It’s your chance to visit a pumpkin patch without leaving Kings County, enjoy music from a New Orleans Style brass band, story-telling, and a litany of other autumnal activities. 

Oct. 23 from 11 am to 3 pm at Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6, free.

World Rhythm Festival: Stop by the Amboy Community Garden on Saturday for a lively music festival, featuring live music, dance, spoken word, and free food. Thanks to a grant from the New York City Parks Department and Green Thumb, the celebration has invited the Brownsville community into the community garden for three Saturdays this fall for the opportunity to dance and get together with their neighbors. 

Oct. 23 from 11 am to 5 pm at the Amboy Community Garden, 199 Amboy St. near Blake Avenue in Brownsville, free. 

All weekend long 

An opera and spirit tasting in Green-Wood: Green-Wood cemetery will host a large-scale performance of the opera “Requiem” this weekend. Staged with a view of the New York City skyline, the performance features a soprano and a baritone accompanied by a 10-piece orchestra, and will be performed in memory of those lost during the pandemic. The night also features a whiskey and spirits tasting from multiple distilleries. 

Oct. 22 and 23 at Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th St. on Fifth Avenue, tickets here

A Dark Comedy in Bedford-Stuyvesant: Check out the new darkly comedic play “Best Life” at the Bedford Stuyvesant performance space Jack. The work features Lourdes, a woman of color who has the ability to turn back time but only within the past five minutes. The play centers around a conversation Lourdes has with a wealthy white woman at a cafe, in which she keeps rewinding in order to have the “right” conversation with the woman. Originally set to premiere in March 2020, the play is finally seeing the light of day this weekend. 

Oct. 22 and 23 at 7:30 pm at 20 Putnam Ave. in Bedford-Stuyvesant, running until Nov. 6, tickets here

Robert Ashley’s ‘eL/Aficionado’: If you haven’t gotten your fill of opera for the weekend, Roulette is hosting a performance of Robert Ashley’s “eL/Aficionado.” Not performed since 1995, the opera written for four voices tells the story of a person on trial, being cross examined by two interrogators under direction by a third. The work owes much to the world of spy novels in its mood and themes, though it is not a spy story itself. 

Oct. 22 and 23 at 8 pm at Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave. in Downtown Brooklyn, $30 tickets here

Bushwick Film Festival: The Bushwick Film festival is back in a hybrid form after a 2020 hiatus, offering in-person and online screenings throughout the five day festival. And for the first time in its 14 year run, the festival will feature NFTs and screenplays along with its lineup of shorts and feature films. 

Oct. 20-24 at various locations in Brooklyn, details here