It is July 4 and in Brooklyn, that only means one thing — people shovelling large numbers of hot dogs down their gullets at Coney Island! Can anyone beat Joey Chesnut? Can Joey Chesnut beat his own record of 69 franks in 10 minutes? Can someone get me an antacid? Find out when the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest returns.
10 am at Nathan’s Famous Restaurant (1310 Surf Ave. at Stillwell Avenue in Coney Island, www.nathansfamous.com). Free.
Jazz and hip-hop will collide when pianist Robert Glasper and his group the Robert Glasper Experiment teams up with local MC Talib Kweli for the Celebrate Brooklyn! series at the Prospect Park Bandshell, Also playing at the free show will be Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche and East New York slam poet Aja Monet.
7 pm at Prospect Park Bandshell (Ninth Street and Prospect Park West in Park Slope, www.bricartsmedia.org). Free.
It may be July 5, but the celebration never ends at Nitehawk Cinema’s Independence Day Weekend. Celebrate your freedom to catch daily screenings of “Jaws,” “Mars Attacks!” and “Team America: World Police,” while chowing down on patriotic food and drink specials
Various times at Nitehawk Cinema [136 Metropolitan Ave. near Berry Street in Williamsburg, (718) 384–3980, www.nitehawkcinema.com], $11.
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If Mariah Carey will always be your baby, “The Mariah Carey Musical: A Hastily Written Masterpiece Starring the Audience” could be your dreamlover. Improv meets karaoke, the show will feature a loose plot concocted by a group of Upright Citizens Brigade comedians, connected by audience members singing some of Mimi’s biggest hits. You can also just watch.
8 pm at Cameo Gallery [93 N. Sixth St. between Berry Street and Wythe Avenue, (718) 302–1180, www.cameony.com]. $10.
Here is a hot prospect — “Doctor Who”-themed bar the Way Station and Branded Saloon are teaming up to create the Prospect Heights Music Festival, a five-day fest of local bands and musicians from July 9–13. The opening night at the Way Station will focus on blues and roots outfits, including Jon LaDeau, and Sara Bouchard and the Salt Parade.
7 pm at The Way Station [683 Washington Ave. between Prospect Place and St. Marks Avenue in Prospect Heights, (347) 627–4949, www.waystationbk.blogspot.com]. Free.