Monday, September 21: Look, we realize that Charlie Chaplin is seen as one of the world’s greatest comic geniuses of all time, and we realize that this screening is part of the Big Movies for Little Kids series, but be forewarned: your kid is going to need a box of Kleenex at “The Little Tramp” today. No one does sadness and mirth the way Chaplin did.
Tuesday, September 22: This is a great “get” for humble little BookCourt: E.L. Doctorow, one of America’s true living literary legends, will be reading from his new book, “Homer & Langley,” a clean little yarn about the filthy Collyer brothers. This is a great story by a great author — and a rare treat for locals.
7 pm. BookCourt [163 Court St. between Pacific and Dean streets in Cobble Hill, (718) 875-3677], www.bookcourt.org.
Wednesday, September 23: When he’s not the keyboardist of Wilco, Mikael Jorgensen also fronts a band called Pronto, whose first album, “All is Golden,” is a stunning collection of catchy pop. To avoid sophomore slump, Jorgensen and his troupe put out an all instrumental LP called “The Cheetah.” We’re hoping he sticks to the songs with words, like “When I’m on the Rocks,” tonight.
8 pm. Union Hall [702 Union St. at Fifth Avenue in Park Slope, (718) 638-4400], www.unionhallny.com.
Peebles get ready
Thursday, September 24: You know him as the man behind “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song” and other blaxploitation classics from the 1970s, but Melvin Van Peebles is back with a graphic novel, “Confessions of a Ex-Doofus Itchyfooted Mutha.” Sounds like a sequel to his seminal earlier memoir about filmmaking, “How to Get the Man’s Foot Outta Your Ass.”
8 pm. Melvin Van Peebles at the Old American Can Factory [232 Third St. between Third Avenue and Nevins Street in Gowanus, (718) 643-9193], www.akashicbooks.com.
Saturday, September 26: Some neighborhoods have art galleries, but every year, all of DUMBO becomes an exhibition during the Art Under the Bridge Festival, which started yesterday and continues through Sunday. In recent years, we’ve seen a man covered entirely in yarn, a sidewalk made of grass and a dancer wearing only cellophane.
All day. Art Under the Bridge Festival. DUMBO Arts Center [30 Washington St. between Plymouth and Water streets in DUMBO, (718) 694-0831], www.dumboartscenter.org.