The Animation Block Party focuses on local artists this afternoon, screening “John Adams” (pictured) from Brooklyn animator Tim Gideon along with a dozen other short narrative films. More cartoons are on tap all weekend, with a screening of anime classic “Ghost in the Shell” at 9:30 pm, and kids’ shows on Saturday and Sunday.
2 pm at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Peter Jay Sharp Building [30 Lafayette Ave. between Ashland Place and St. Felix Street in Fort Greene, www.bam.org/
Stroll past the 18-foot-high wooden “Along the Way” sculpture in the lobby of the Brooklyn Museum (pictured), on your way to a Target First Saturday night of free Caribbean entertainment, featuring short films and documentaries, readings, and the Braata Folk Singers.
5–11 pm at the Brooklyn Museum [1200 Eastern Pkwy. between Washington and Flatbush avenues in Prospect Heights, (718) 638–5000, www.brook
Parade your pooch at MCU Park! This afternoon, the hot dogs will be in the bleachers, where the “Bow-Wow Zone” welcomes fans’ furry friends! But don’t let your puppy root for the Cyclones’ canine competitors — today the Boys for Brooklyn battle the Batavia Muckdogs.
1 pm at MCU Park [1904 Surf Ave. at W. 17th St. in Coney Island, (718) 449-8497]. www.brook
Get your sunscreen, nerds! You do not want to miss this outdoor talk between Brooklyn fantasy author Peter V. Brett, writer of the “Demon Cycle” (the latest is “Skull of Thrones”), and Naomi Novik, author of the beloved “Temeraire” series in which dragons fight in the Napoleonic wars. Their chat is sponsored by Word Bookstore.
7 pm at the Granite Prospect in Brooklyn Bridge Park (Furman Street at Old Fulton Street in Dumbo) www.brook
If you want an in-depth discussion of superhero genitalia, “Mallrats” has been your movie for the last 20 years. And tonight you can ask the film’s director all your burning questions about the Human Torch’s junk, because Kevin Smith will host a Q&A before the sunset screening, sponsored by Nitehawk Cinema and Buzzfeed.
Doors open at 5 pm at 50 Kent (50 Kent Ave. between N. 11th and N. 12th streets in Williamsburg, www.niteh