This long weekend should be a ‘Labor’ of love

The Brooklyn Paper
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Get our stories in your inbox, free.

Like Brooklyn Paper on Facebook.

If you have three days off this Labor Day weekend, so don’t let them go to waste. Here are our picks for sending out the summer right.

Coney Island Cockabilly Roadshow

You can always count on Coney Island to supply some burlesque, sideshow and rock and roll. And the Cockabily Roadshow delivers all three on Sept. 2 at Sideshows by the Seashore. The night will feature sword-swallowing and other sideshow acts by Viola LaLa Mia and Chelsea NoPants; burlesque by New Orleans’s BeBe Baker, Marigny Boheme and Hazel Mae; and foot-stomping jams from Everymen, all until the wee hours of the morning.

Coney Island Cockabilly Roadshow at Sideshows by the Seashore [1208 Surf Ave. between Stillwell Avenue and W. 12th Street in Coney Island, (718) 372-5159], Sept. 2 at 10 pm. $15. For info, visit

Disco Bowl

Get down at Brooklyn Bowl’s Disco Bowl on Sept. 3, featuring the Boogie Wonder Band. The 11-person group’s been getting people moving for 15 years, thanks to its plundering of the biggest hits from the 1970s and ’80s, including songs by Kool and the Gang, Donna Summer, and the Bee Gees. Don’t forget your bell bottoms and platform shoes.

Disco Bowl with the Boogie Wonder Band at Brooklyn Bowl [61 Wythe Ave. between N. 11th and N. 12th streets in Williamsburg, (718) 963-3369], Sept. 3 at 9 pm. Tickets $5 to $7. For info, visit

Brooklyn Bridge Park

Brooklyn Bridge Park has become quite the foodie destination this summer, thanks to Bark Hot Dogs’ rooftop concessions, including its signature franks and Sixpoint beer cans, and the Milk Truck’s grilled cheese sandwiches at Pier 6. Up river, Pier 1 isn’t lacking either, thanks to its Calexico cart, Blue Marble ice cream, and Ditch Plains outpost. But you can only enjoy the food for one last weekend, as the concessions are available through Labor Day.

Pier 1 (Old Fulton Street at Furman Street in DUMBO, (718) 802-0603); Pier 6 (Atlantic Avenue and Furman Street in Brooklyn Heights).

West Indian Day Parade

It wouldn’t be Labor Day in Brooklyn without the West Indian Day Parade. The festive celebration, which falls on Sept. 5 this year, features scantily clad revelers and stilt-dancing moco jumbies for one of the biggest festival draws in the city. More than three million spectators are drawn to the Caribbean music, dancing and tasty fare. If you haven’t yet, it’s about time you’ve joined them.

West Indian American Day Carnival [along Eastern Parkway starting at Schenectady Avenue in Crown Heights to Flatbush Avenue Extension in Prospect Heights, (718) 467-1797], Sept. 5 from 11 am-6 pm, For info, visit

Weekend concerts

Barbes and Jalopy are your music headquarters all weekend long, with Barbes hosting The Spokes, a jazz band; Banda Sinaloense De Los Muertos playing Spanish brass; and Chicha Libre, a psychedelic pop band. If you want something a bit more, how you say?, American, then head to Jalopy, which will present the M Shanghai String Band, and Marty Jimmons’s bluegrass supergroup.

Barbes [376 Ninth St. at Sixth Avenue in Park Slope, (718) 965-9177] For info, visit; Jalopy, [315 Columbia St. between Hamilton Avenue and Woodhull Street in the Columbia Street Waterfront District, (718) 395-3214]. Shows are $10. For info, visit

Up on the roof

This weekend is your last chance to catch Porpentine Theater Co.’s rooftop production of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” (beer and music for ticketholders who get there a half-hour before curtain!). Sure, “The Tempest” has been done over so many times that it looks like a mannequin in a fashion reality show, but Peter James Cook’s decision to recast the show as a modern roof party — hence the beer — really heightens the isolation and desperation of Prospero.

“The Tempest” (242 Green St. between McGuinness Boulevard and Provost Street in Greenpoint), Sept. 2 and 4–5 at 8 pm; and Sept. 3 at 9 pm. Tickets, $10. For info, visit

Classic film

Maybe you don’t think of Labor Day as the big movie weekend, but we do — so join us at the Brooklyn Academy of Music for the opening of “The Debt,” a gripping tale of three Israeli secret agents (go on!) who are haunted by the ghosts (go on!) of their past transgressions (sold!). Make it a double feature (additional admission fee required, alas) and check out Michelangelo Antonioni’s masterpiece, “Red Desert,” featuring Monica Vitti as a neurotic housewife who can’t find comfort and solace (you had us at “Monica Vitti”). Sure, critics love Antonioni’s use of color in cinematography, but we know who the real draw is.

“Red Desert,” Sept. 2-5, at 4:30 pm, 6:50 pm and 9:15 pm; “The Debt,” Sept 2-5, 2 pm, 4:30 pm, 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm at Brooklyn Academy of Music [30 Lafayette Avenue, between Ashland Place and St. Felix Street in Fort Greene, (718) 636-4100]. Tickets, $12. For info, visit

Honor the freak!

The Coney Island Hall of Fame pays tribute to Lady Deborah Moody, who basically discovered Coney Island three hundred years ago. Also, the venerable shrine of greats will honor the historic Shore Theater, built in 1925 at Surf and Stillwell avenues, where it stands today. But this isn’t all talk — the “induction ceremony” features a glimpse of the inside the theater, which finally turned off the ghost light in the 1970s.

Induction Ceremony at the Coney Island Hall of Fame [3059 W. 12th St. between Neptune and Surf avenues in Coney Island, (347) 702-8553], Sept. 3 at 1 pm. Free. For info, visit

Game on

The Brooklyn Cyclones are in a final push for the last playoff spot — and at press time, it could go either way. So head out to MCU Park this weekend for the last two games of the season — both against the hated Staten Island Yankees, who happen to also be the best team in the New York–Penn League this year (damn Yankees!).

Brooklyn Cyclones vs Staten Island Yankees at MCU Park [1904 Surf Ave. at W. 17th St, in Coney Island, (718) 449-8497], Sept. 2, 7 pm; and Sept. 4 at 5 pm. Tickets, $9-$17. Visit for info.

Updated 9:24 am, August 31, 2011
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Get our stories in your inbox, free.

Like Brooklyn Paper on Facebook.

Reasonable discourse

Enter your comment below

By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:

You agree that you, and not or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

Don’t miss out!

Stay in touch with the stories people are talking about in your neighborhood:

Optional: Help us tailor our newsletters to you!