Five things to do in Brooklyn, June 15–21
That’s rosey: Frederick Law Olmsted designed Prospect Park’s lovely Rose Garden, shown as it appeared around the turn of the century. Learn about his other projects on June 20 at the Brooklyn Historical Society.
The Mermaid Parade will march along Coney Island today, with thousands of people barely dressed as mermaids, sirens, kelpies, and other undersea creatures! Join the crowds and wave to this year’s Queen Mermaid and King Neptune (Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman), and then stick around for a crazy party on the Boardwalk.
1 pm on Surf Avenue between W. 21st and W. 10th Street on Coney Island, www.coneyisland.com). Free ($200 judge’s seats).
Had a rough weekend? Have some hair of the downward dog at Beer and Broga — an hour-long yoga workout for dudes of all genders, where the instructor does not worry if your beer gut gets in the way of touching your toes, followed by a free beer. Bring your own mat.
7 pm at Strong Rope Brewery (574 President St. between Third and Fourth avenues in Gowanus, www.strongropebrewery.com). $25.
Check out Brooklyn’s most elevated rooftop bar and the new musical dramedy “Unloveable,” about a young woman who enters a self-help program for addiction to sex and booze, and forms a band with her sponsor’s awkward brother. The screening will be followed by a concert starring the leads, and an after-party sponsored by Corona.
8 pm at William Vale rooftop [111 N. 12th St., 23rd Floor, at Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg, (718) 307–7100, www.rooftopfilms.com]. $16.
The designer behind America’s greatest park — Prospect Park, obviously — also spread his genius to other, lesser cities across the United States, such as Manhattan. Learn about his other projects in the documentary “Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America,” followed by a talk with the film’s lead researcher and historian.
6:30 pm at Brooklyn Historical Society [128 Pierrepont St. between Henry and Clinton streets in Brooklyn Heights, www.brooklynhistory.org]. Free.
Jonathan Coulton may be listed third on the bill, but the goofy Park Slope musician is first in our hearts! The creator of the office zombie anthem “Re: Your Brains” will play a free show tonight with indie-rock band Superchunk and Grammy–winning singer-songwriter Aimee Mann, as part of the Bric Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival.
8 pm at the Prospect Park Bandshell [enter at Ninth Street and Prospect Park West in Park Slope, (718) 683–5600, www.bricartsmedia.org/cb]. Free.
Updated 5:42 pm, July 9, 2018