It is open season — on peeking into artists’ work spaces. More than 85 artist studios at Brooklyn Army Terminal will open their doors to the public Sept. 19–20. See some works-in-progress, chat to their creators, and take advantage of the free water taxi service that is being offered as part of the show, running between the Army Terminal, Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1, and Wall Street.
6–10 pm at Brooklyn Army Terminal (140 58th St. between First and Second avenues in Sunset Park, www.chashama.org). Free.
Ale to the king
Say cheers to local beers! New York City Brewers Guild is hosting its annual Blocktoberfest fundraiser, a beer tasting and block party featuring brews from 20 craft breweries from around the city — including locals Sixpoint, Kelso, Brooklyn Brewery, Other Half, and Grimm Artisanal Ales, in addition to suds slingers from other, lesser boroughs.
12:30–5:30 pm at Kelso Beer [Waverly Avenue between Atlantic Avenue and Fulton Street in Clinton Hill, www.newyorkcitybrewersguild.com]. $10 admission, beers $5 each.
Book ’em, Danno!
Pencil this one in. The Brooklyn Book Festival is back, bringing dozens of authors, publishers, and booksellers together in and around Borough Hall for a day of free panels, readings, workshops, and other literary festivities. Big-name authors heading Downtown on the big day include Salman Rushdie, Lev Grossman, and Joyce Carol Oates.
10 am–6 pm at Brooklyn Borough Hall (209 Joralemon St. at Court Street in Downtown, www.brooklynbookfestival.org). Free.
Get all of your morbidly curious questions off your chest when Caitlin Doughty — a licensed mortician and the host of the web series “Ask a Mortician” — visits (where else?) the Morbid Anatomy Museum to talk about death and decomposition, and read from her book “Smoke Gets in Your Eye: and Other Lessons from the Crematory.”
8 pm at the Morbid Anatomy Museum [424 Third Ave. at Seventh Street in Gowanus, (347) 799–1017, www.morbidanatomymuseum.org]. $5.
Funk master flicks
The Screaming Eagle is soaring back into the borough! Nitehawk Cinema is screening “Charles Bradley: Soul of America,” a documentary telling the incredible story of the struggling Brooklyn James Brown impersonator who got his big break as a solo artist in his 60s. The night includes a Q&A with director Poull Brien, and an after-party with soul and funk DJs.
9:30 pm at Nitehawk Cinema [136 Metropolitan Ave. between Wythe Avenue and Berry Street in Williamsburg, (718) 384–3980, www.nitehawkcinema.com]. $16.