It is the year of Lear! First, the Brooklyn Academy of Music staged “King Lear” in January and February, and now Shakespearian heavyweight Michael Pennington — co-founder of the English Shakespeare Company — is tackling the role at nearby Theater For a New Audience. Will he be every inch a king? There is only one way to find out.
7:30 pm at Polonsky Shakespeare Center [262 Ashland Pl. between Fulton Street and Lafayette Avenue in Fort Greene, (212) 229–2819, www.tfana.org]. $60–$75.
Love Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black?” See the real-life Piper, Park Slope resident Piper Kerman, when she speaks at the Brooklyn Museum. Kerman, who wrote the biography on which the show is based, will be joined by other formerly incarcerated women for a panel on criminal justice reform.
3:30 pm at Brooklyn Museum [200 Eastern Pkwy. near Washington Avenue, (718) 638–5000, www.brookl
Erin go bragh! The 39th annual Brooklyn St. Patrick’s Parade in Park Slope marks the start of the borough’s St. Paddy’s celebrations (the parade in Bay Ridge is the following weekend). The event kicks off at 1 pm, with paraders and marching bands travelling along Prospect Park West from Ninth Street to 15th Street.
1 pm [Prospect Park West and Ninth Street in Park Slope, www.brookl
Make sure you know your “knock at the door” from your “one fat lady,” because the new Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club has added another retro attraction your grandmother will love — bingo. Hosts Murray Hill and Linda Simpson will get the balls rolling, with cash and prizes to be won by those with the lucky numbers.
7 pm at the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club (514 Union St. near Nevins Street in Gowanus, www.royalp
Digital music magazine Chickfactor celebrates its 22nd anniversary with a two-night show at the Bell House, featuring bands interviewed in past editions. Thursday’s headliner is Scotland’s Withered Hand, plus Lilys, Jim Ruiz, and Amor de Dias, followed by Brits the Clientele, plus Versus, Barbara Manning, and the Saturday People on Friday.
8 pm at the Bell House [149 Seventh St. between Second and Third avenues in Gowanus, (718) 643–6510, www.thebel