Friday, May 28: If you only know Peter Wolf from his anthemic lead singing for the J. Geils Band, you don’t know this 64-year-old folk rock legend. Yes, he made his name singing “Freeze Frame,” “Centerfold” and “Love Stinks,” but if you pull out one of his seven solo albums, you’ll really appreciate how great he is. Listen to “Wastin’ Time” from the 1996 LP “Wolf” and you’ll know what we mean.
7:30 pm. Peter Wolf at The Bell House [149 Seventh St. at Third Avenue in Gowanus, (718) 643-6510]. Tickets are $30.
Sunday, May 30: J.L. Aronson captured the last days of Astroland in his documentary, “Last Summer at Coney Island” — a swan song for Coney, even as the amusement area is set to be reborn this summer. Will Coney’s future be as bright as the city claims? To answer that, it’s best to first look back.
7:30 pm. “Last Summer at Coney Island” benefit at UnionDocs [322 Union Ave. at Maujer Street in Williamsburg, (718) 395-7902]. Tickets $9-$20 (sliding scale donation). For info, visit www.lastsummeratconeyisland.com.
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Thursday, June 3: Lev Grossman is no magician — except in his books. The Clinton Hill resident celebrates the paperback edition of his astounding book, “The Magicians,” with a reading at powerHouse. The novel — a “‘Harry Potter’ for grown-ups” thanks to its dollops of sex, drugs and dark magic — has been hailed by critics for its flair. Better news? A sequel is in the works!
7 pm. Lev Grossman at powerHouse Arena [37 Main St. at Water Street in DUMBO, (718) 666-3049].
Friday, June 4: The arts group Creative Time has taken the ceremonial “key to the city” concept and democratized it. Starting now, you can pick up a key at various locations around town and use it to actually unlock secret places throughout the five boroughs — including a room at the Brooklyn Museum and a locker at Gleason’s Gym in DUMBO. The project is a comment about opening up the city to everyone — which is nice, because not everyone is Derek Jeter.
Saturday, June 5: This month’s First Saturday freebie at the Brooklyn Museum is a mini-classic. Yes, the usual mix of music, dance, art and authors will be on hand, but the highlight is clearly Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire in “Funny Face,” the classic musical about a high-fashion photographer and a newly discovered model.
5–11 pm. Target First Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum [200 Eastern Pkwy. at Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights, (718) 638-5000].