Friday, February 5: Melvin Van Peebles’s 1971 blaxploitation classic “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song” inspired generations of filmmakers (and, possibly, fugitives). Now it’s been re-worked for a new generation and a new place — a Fort Greene stage. The so-called “ ’hood opera” has its last performance tonight.
8 pm. “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song” at BRIC Theater [647 Fulton St. between Rockwell Place and Ashland Avenue, (718) 855-7882].
All the write moves
Saturday, February 6: Just in time for Valentine’s Day, it’s time to learn how to write a really dirty story about all the things you want to do to your lover, but have it sound like Petrarch, not Penthouse. Fortunately, erotic writer Rachel Kramer Bussel (pictured) is leading the first of four workshops on making your prose provocative without killing the mood.
Shag [108 Roebling St. at N. Sixth Street in Williamsburg, (347) 721-3302], www.weloveshag.com.
Sunday, February 7: Sure, it’s easy to love Charlie Chaplin (if you like that sad-clown thing), but when you put Sir Charlie’s “The Immigrant” on a bill with Harry Langdon’s “Remember When?” and “You’re Darn Tootin’” with Laurel and Hardy, and add in a live piano accompaniment, that’s a great afternoon of talk-free cinema. And it’s free.
1:30 pm. “Slapstick Souffle” at the Brooklyn Public Library’s Central branch [Eastern Parkway at Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Heights, (718) 230-2100].
Thursday, February 11: Tonight is the night for pre-Valentine’s events. First, there’s an anti-romance reading featuring the editor of “It’s Not You, It’s Me: The Poetry of Breakup” at Powerhouse. Then there’s the Valentine’s cocktail party with “aphrodisiac” recipes from the 1952 book, “Venus in the Kitchen” at Word. End your fun with a pajama party at the Bell House.
PowerHouse Arena [37 Main St. at Water Street in DUMBO, (718) 666-3049]; Word [126 Franklin St. at Milton Street in Greenpoint, (718) 383-0096]; The Bell House [149 Seventh St. at Third Avenue in Gowanus, (718) 643-6510].
Friday, February 12: He may look like he’s still 25 and fronting the proto-punk band, the Modern Lovers, but Jonathan Richman is pushing 60 and he’s still cranking out funny pop songs — sometimes in five languages. He’s still best known for his cameo in “There’s Something About Mary,” but his show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg will remind you why he’s so great.
9 pm. Jonathan Richman at the Music Hall of Williamsburg [66 N. Sixth St. between Kent and Wythe avenues in Williamsburg, (718) 486-5400].