The Best Thing We Ate This Week: If the banh mi sandwich is a symbol of French colonialism in Vietnam, then the Polish-style banh mi at Silent H in Williamsburg is an emblem of the gentrification of North Brooklyn. Comment
Friday, June 26: Every dog has his day. And today is that day, a day when dog owners are invited to Prospect Park for an inter-species potluck! It’ll be a tail-wagging good time as man and beast put aside their differing approach to table manners. There’ll also be games (three-legged race, anyone?) so you can show off your pooch’s skills. Losers are requested not to bite the winners (the dogs should behave, too).
5 pm. Nethermead (enter park at Prospect Park Southwest and 16th Street). For info, visit www.fidobrooklyn.com.
Saturday, June 27: Fine Italian food prepared by an expert chef for cheap! Now that’s a spicy deal! Chow down on some victuals prepared by world-renowned chef Cesare Casella (pictured) while enjoying a jazz concert in Empire-Ferry Fulton State Park. The suggested donation is just $12, and $10 more gets you one of the chef’s picnic baskets.
3 pm. Rosalia de Souza concert and Italian picnic, Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park (Plymouth Street and Main Street in DUMBO). $12. For info, visit www.journeytoladolcevita.org.
Just do it
Sunday, June 28: “Do the Right Thing” remains Spike Lee’s master work — and you can see it tonight, outdoors, for free at Habana Outpost. You remember the story, of course: It’s the hottest day of the year and racial tensions boil over. Sal’s Pizza is consumed in the resulting conflagration. Did Mookie do the right thing? Even two decades later, it’s tough to tell.
8 pm. “Do the Right Thing,” Habana Outpost [757 Fulton St. at S. Portland Avenue, (718) 858-9500]. Free.
Thursday, July 2: Who hasn’t been to a concert and said to himself, “Man, I really wish there was a show out there where I would have multiple genres of music played to slake my unquenchable musical thirst?” Well your prayers have been answered as “genre-bending-artist” Toshi Reagon comes Downtown. There’s never a dull moment at a Reagon show. Rock out, dance and sing the blues, all in the same show — and all for free.
Noon. Toshi Reagon at Metrotech Commons (Myrtle Promenade at Lawrence Street in Downtown). Free. For info, visit www.bam.org.
Man eat dog
Saturday, July 4: It’s finally here: the rematch you’ve all been waiting for: Joey “Jaws” Chestnut (pictured) against Takeru Kobayashi. Yes, Chestnut has beaten Koby twice, but never count out the man they call “the Tsunami” (or at least they did until that tsunami a few years ago). Koby beat Chestnut in a Pizza Hut P’zone-eating contest — and if that doesn’t say, “I’m ready to eat 70 hot dogs in 10 minutes,” nothing does.
Noon. Nathan’s [Surf Avenue at Stillwell Avenue in Coney Island, (212) 352-8651]. For info, visit www.ifoce.com.
Shopping: Yes, one of Brooklyn’s best record stores is moving out of its home of five years, but Sound Fix owner James Bradley has some good news for his customers, too: Live music performances will return! Comments (1)