Saturday, May 30: Brooklyn has long been Hollywood’s whipping boy. From “The Lords of Flatbush” to “The Warriors” (pictured) to “The French Connection,” Tinseltown has always painted us as a bunch of no good hooligans (we think of ourselves that way, too, but we live here!). Today, LIU hosts a five-hour seminar on our outsized role in the American filmic imagination.
Noon. Long Island University [Flatbush Avenue Extension at DeKalb Avenue in Downtown, (718) 488-1052]. Free.
Sunday, May 31: You may think that Miss Brooklyn, Keelie Sheridan, is too old for a bowling birthday party, but as far as we’re concerned, the borough’s reigning beauty queen can do whatever she wants. So today, Sheridan will mark her 23rd birthday (funny, she doesn’t look a day over 21!) with bowling, cake and autographed photos of herself.
1:30 pm. Melody Lanes (471 36th St., between Fourth and Fifth avenues in Sunset Park). Donation of $20 includes two hours of bowling, shoes, cake and autographed photo. To buy tickets, visit www.brooklynqueens.org.
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Monday, June 1: Starting today, Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral will be hosting its annual Greek festival featuring homemade food and a lot of other things that frankly pale by comparison to Greek food. Remember: these are the people who invented the Edible Complex, that phenomenon when kids would rather have their mother’s cooking than go to a restaurant.
11 am–9 pm. Sts. Constantine & Helen [64 Schermerhorn St., between Court Street and Boerum Place in Downtown Brooklyn, (718) 624-0595]. Free.
Thursday, June 4: We love arts and crafts as much as the next person (provided the next person isn’t Amish), so we’re excited about taking our old bathing suits (pictured) and sprucing them up at tonight’s monthly “Craft on Draught” event at Spacecraft in Williamsburg. For just $10, you get unfettered access to the Bedazzler, plus beads, buttons, glitter, feathers and, of course, rhinestones. Oh, did we mention free beer, too?
7 pm. Spacecraft [355 Bedford Ave., at S. Fourth Street in Williamsburg, (718) 599-2718]. $10 cover.
Thursday, June 4: Hey, kids — get out of school and rush right over to the Central Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library today! No, it’s not for help with your trig homework, but for a free concert by the best under-14 band in the history of the world, Care Bears on Fire. It’s part of the summer reading block party (see? You knew someone was going to try to get you to read instead of rock!).
3:30 pm. Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Branch [Grand Army Plaza at Eastern Parkway in Prospect Heights, (718) 230-2100]. Free.
Dining: He conquered the world of high-end truffles and bon-bons. Then he made us look forward to winter with his hot chocolate. When he started baking, his kitchen quickly created the best chocolate chip cookies and brownies in the city. With video … Comment