Saturday, May 19: Two Brooklyn Heights residents have written works blowing the lid off of the presidency. In this case, however, the commander-in-question is John Adams. Tonight, James Grant’s biography and Terry Quinn’s operetta will both be excerpted at the Brooklyn Historical Society.
8 pm at the Brooklyn Historical Society (corner of Pierrepont and Clinton streets in Brooklyn Heights). $45, $30 for members. For information, call (718) 222-4111.
Sunday, May 20: Though the traditional gift for a 20th anniversary is china, San Loco, the Mexican restaurant chain, is shaking things up this year and giving customers something more useful: 20-cent tacos. All day long, the tasty snacks are going to be served at the discounted price, which leaves you plenty of cash left over for the house-made margaritas and tasty pumpkin flan.
Beginning at 11 am at San Loco (160 N. 4th St. at Driggs Avenue in Williamsburg). For information, call (718) 218-8479 or visit www.sanloco.com.
Monday, May 21: Tonight, director Christopher Miles’ 1974 version of “The Maids” will be screening. One of Jean Genet’s best-loved plays, this story finds two maids taking turns pretending to be their employer. Think of it as water cooler chatter for the crossdressing domestic set.
4:30 pm, 6:50 pm and 9:15 pm at BAM Rose Cinemas (30 Lafayette Ave. at Ashland Place in Fort Greene). Tickets are $10. For information, call (718) 636-4100 or visit www.bam.org.PIC@@30_20_ep_jeangenet_t.jpg
Wednesday, May 23: See and Be Scene kicks off Memorial Day weekend early with their annual “Funk-a-thon” at Galapagos. With live performances by Brooklyn’s own Batorats (pictured), soul band Becca’s Brew and Pennsylvania import Philadelphia Slick, the party is bound to be hotter than the weather.
10 pm at Galapagos Art Space (70 N. 6th Street at Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg). Free. For information, call (718) 384-4586 or visit www.galapagos artspace.com.
Another kind of mother
Thursday, May 24: Check out Brooklyn Reading Works’ “Edgy Mother’s Event,” featuring moms — and one brave dad — reading from their work. Novelists, including Amy Sohn (pictured), will share their stories, but the most popular person in the room might be the bartender — the price of admission includes free drinks.
8 pm at the Old Stone House (Fifth Avenue between 3rd and 4th streets in Park Slope). $5. For information, visit www.brooklynreadingw....