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There are plenty of birds of a feather flocking to Brooklyn!

To celebrate the arrival of the Greek comedy “The Birds” at St. Ann’s Warehouse, the Dumbo theater has organized a whole series of events celebrating the play’s author. “Birds: A Festival Inspired by Aristophanes” features avian-oriented art, talks, and activities all over the borough. Here are a few highlights:

In the nest

The garden and lobby of St. Ann’s Warehouse will be filled with a visual and audio art exhibit inspired by the play, titled “Nature of Justice: On The Birds.” The artwork, created by both Brooklyn and Greek artists, will remain up during the run of the show, and its curator will host a discussion of the art on May 7 at 7 pm.

“Nature of Justice: On The Birds” at St. Ann’s Warehouse [45 Water St. at Old Dock Street in Dumbo, (718) 254–8779, www.stannswarehouse.org]. On display May 3–13. Free.

Bird’s eye views

Get a glimpse of the feathered friends who symbolize freedom at “Pigeon Toes: Bird Walk.” Paul Sweet, an ornithologist with the American Museum of Natural History, will lead a series of 90-minute walks through Brooklyn Bridge Park, pointing out the many species in Brooklyn’s Front Yard. Bring binoculars and comfortable shoes!

Bird Walks in Brooklyn Bridge Park (meet at Jane’s Carousel in Empire Fulton Ferry State, between New Dock and Main streets in Dumbo, www.onassisusa.org/events/festival/birds). May 5 at 8 am; 11:30 am; and 3:30 pm. Short trips for kids 6–12 (accompanied by an adult) at 10 am and 2 pm. Free.

Hatch game

A puppet-maker and composer team up to create “Birdheart,” a theater piece that uses brown paper and shadows to tell the story of a lonely creature that hatches from an egg and transforms into something that can fly.

“Birdheart” at the Brooklyn Museum [200 Eastern Pkwy. at Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights, (718) 638–5000, www.brooklynmuseum.org]. May 19 at 4 pm. Free with $16 suggested museum admission.

Making wing

Kids can learn how to make puppets and bird-like figures at this afternoon of family-friendly craft activities, featuring a performance from Shine & The Moonbeam at 3 pm.

“Bring the Cool: Express Yourself! Cool Culture Family Festival” at the Brooklyn Museum. June 16, noon-4 pm. Free.

Updated 5:45 pm, July 9, 2018
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