Stagecraft, arts and craft, and craft beer are all waiting for you in Bay Ridge this weekend.
Friday night is all about culture. Drop by The Art Room (8710 Third Ave. between 87th and 88th streets) to meet tongue-in-cheek art thief “Pablo Matisse” (aka Ridge artist Dane LaChiusa). The painter is a big fan of Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, who were notorious for stealing one another’s ideas, so he took a page from both their books and is blending their styles in the greatest artistic mash-up since the Grey Album. The reception is free and starts at 7 pm.
Or go check out the Narrows Community Theater’s production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic “South Pacific” at the Fort Hamilton Army Base Theater (403 Lee Ave., but enter at 101st Street and Fort Hamilton Parkway). Show time is at 7 pm, but if you miss it, there is another production on Saturday.
And speaking of Saturday — if it’s Saturday in Bay Ridge, it means a hooley celebrating St. Patrick is brewing somewhere! Head over to St. Patrick’s Church (97th Street at Fourth Avenue) for the second annual St. Patrick’s Craft Beer Fest, benefitting the St. Frances De Salle food pantry. Bring four canned food items and pay just $25 at the door to sample a slew of craft beers. Taqueria Ho’Brah, hot wing mavens Kettle Black, and gourmet hotdog emporium Lock Yard will be slinging food and donating a portion of the sales to the food pantry, too. Plus there’s gonna be live music. The taps are open from 2 pm to 5 pm — and it costs $30 if you are too stingy to donate food.