Friday, September 11: It may sound strange, but the best music this weekend is country — and it’s at an ethical culture school. Tonight and all day tomorrow, the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture hosts the annual Bluegrass Jamboree, featuring great acts like James Reams & The Barnstormers, jam sessions and workshops.
8:30 pm. Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture [53 Prospect Park West at Second Street in Park Slope, (718) 768-2972]. Tickets, $10.
Saturday, September 12: John Guare’s classic farce, “The House of Blue Leaves,” is only having a two-week run at the Gallery Players, and tonight’s opener is sure to be a blast. It’s set in 1965 Queens — on the day that Pope Paul VI visited the city. Along the way, Guare introduces us to a zany cast of characters, including a woman named Bananas, who is on her way to the nuthouse (the “house” of the play’s title).
8 pm. Gallery Players [199 14th St., between Fourth and Fifth avenues in Park Slope, (212) 352-3101], galleryplayers.com. Tickets, $18.
Sunday, September 13: Christmas comes early for book lovers in the form of today’s Brooklyn Book Festival. This ever-burgeoning event features Jonathan Ames, Edwidge Danticat, Pete Hamill, A.M. Homes, Siri Hustvedt (and hubby Paul Auster, pictured), and so many more. And it’s all overseen by Borough President Markowitz, who is so larger than life that you’d think Gary Shteyngart made him up.
10 am–6 pm. Borough Hall and plaza [209 Joralemon St., between Adams and Court streets in Downtown, (718) 802-3830]. Free.
Sohn thing else
Tuesday, September 15: You love her, you hate her, but the time has come to listen to Park Slope’s public enemy number one, author Amy Sohn, read from her new chick-lit classic, “Prospect Park West” — a book that purports to reveal the truth about how lousy all the Park Slope mommies and daddies are. You know what? She has a point. There, we said it.
7 pm. Amy Sohn reading, BookCourt [163 Court St. between Pacific and Dean streets in Cobble Hill, (718) 875-3677], www.bookcourt.org. Free.
Thursday, September 17: Now here’s too much of a good thing that we can really get behind: the Sensorium Saxophone Orchestra. Composer and musician Ben Miller leads a 12-saxophone (and two drummer) band that will be performing the debut of his “Symphony of Suspicious Activity,” with a “massive, spectrum-enveloping sound,” as the Village Voice once said.
8 pm. Sensorium Saxophone Orchestra, Brooklyn Lyceum [227 Fourth Ave. at President Street in Park Slope, (718) 857-4816], www.brooklynlyceum.com. Tickets, $12 (advance).