It is a weekend of firsts for Bay Ridge’s arts scene! A new gallery is opening on Senator Street, and a roving concert curator has a new home at a Ridge standby. Plus, there is plenty of live music happening at your other favorite haunts!
On Friday, go welcome the Ridge’s newest artistic neighbor, Bay Ridge Art Space (509 Senator St. between Fifth and Sixth avenues). Thirty area artists will show their work in an opening exhibit called “New Ovington Village” — a nod to the 19th-Century artists’ colony that once occupied the area. The opening reception runs from 7 pm to 9 pm, and the exhibit will be up until Dec. 6.
Then, itinerant show promoter the Raccoon Lodge Presents is holing up at the Leif Bar (6725 Fifth Ave. between 67th and Senator streets) for the winter, and it is holding its first show on Friday night — a tribute to psychedelia. Jefferson Airplane collaborator and New Riders of the Purple Sage alum Michael Falzarano will taxi you out to the tarmac and then Jefferson Airplane tribute band America’s Choice will take you to cruising altitude and maintain cabin pressure all night long. Lift off is at 8 pm, and boarding passes are $10.
On Saturday, go to Wicked Monk (9510 Third Ave. between 95th and 96th streets) at 10 pm to catch ’80s rockers Reservoir Doggs. They may look like they walked off a Quentin Tarantino films, but we doubt they have ever met the guy, so don’t let the police union’s ongoing beef with the director stop you from checking out the show. Or swing by Schnitzel Haus (7319 Fifth Ave. between 73rd and 74th streets) for Zeppelin tributeers Led Bazooka at 9 pm.