Five things to do in Brooklyn, April 6–12
Going down: Brooklyn band the Down Hill Strugglers is among the many local acts playing at the folk festival.
That’s folk, all!’
Yee-haw! The 10th Annual Brooklyn Folk Festival, produced by Eli Smith (pictured with his band), kicks off this evening with 10 performances on three stages, including an old-time banjo performance from Little Nora Brown on the main stage, the Everlovin’ Jug Band on the Parish Hall stage, and a political puppet show from Boxcutter Collective in the workshop. The festival continues all weekend!
7:30 pm at St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church (157 Montague St. at Clinton Street in Brooklyn Heights, www.brooklynfolkfest.com). April 6–8 at various times. $25 ($85 for a three-day pass).
Fool me once
The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of “King Lear” opens tonight at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Acclaimed actor Sir Antony Sher portrays the tragic king who loses his kingdom and then his mind, wandering the wilderness with only his Fool for company. The show runs for three weeks — catch it while you can!
7:30 pm at BAM Harvey Theater [651 Fulton St. at Rockwell Place in Fort Greene, (718) 636–4100, www.bam.org]. $45–$135.
Works every time
We are not saying this is a good movie, but there is definitely nothing else like “Secret Agent 00 Soul,” a 1990 blaxploitation parody starring Billy Dee Williams as secret agent-turned private eye “James Brown.” Presented as part of Alamo’s Video Vortex series, this flick also features a house full of zombie rappers. What more do you need?
9:30 pm at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema [445 Albee Square West between Fulton and Willoughby streets Downtown, (718) 513–2547, www.drafthouse.com/nyc]. $5.
Take the Fifth!
Park Slope’s Fifth Avenue has so many restaurants to sample — but walking from one to the next? Who has time for that? Fortunately, tonight’s Taste of Fifth puts all those eateries in one place, so you can sample your way down the street, from Artichoke Pizza to Yayo’s Latin Cuisine, without ever leaving the gilt-edged confines of the Grand Prospect Hall.
6:30 pm at Grand Prospect Hall [263 Prospect Ave. between Fifth and Sixth Avenues in Park Slope, (718) 788–0777, www.parkslopeciviccouncil.org/taste-fifth-2018]. $60.
The all-female pioneering punk band that inspired Nirvana, L7, has reformed after 18 years and is on tour, adding timely protest songs, including “I Came Back to B----” and “Dispatch from Mar-a-Lago” to their early songs, which will help you flash back to the ’90s with the hit “Pretend We’re Dead.” With opening act Death Vallery Girls.
8 pm at Brooklyn Steel (319 Frost St. at Debevoise Avenue in Williamsburg, www.bowerypresents.com/brooklyn-steel). $35 ($30 in advance).
Updated 5:46 pm, July 9, 2018