Burn down the disco and hang the blessed DJ, but leave the Knitting Factory intact — because that is where tribute act the Sons and Heirs will be playing all your favorite Smiths songs. The band attempts to recreate the full experience of seeing Morrissey and co. live. And given Moz is adamant the real Smiths will never reunite, this may be the closest you ever get.
8 pm at the Knitting Factory [361 Metropolitan Ave. near Havermeyer Street in Williamsburg, (347) 529–6696, bk.knittin
And they shall teach rock ‘n’ roll to the world! The School of Rock, where kids learn to shred and wail like Dewey Finn, is opening up its first Brooklyn location. To celebrate, the new Gowanus school is holding an open house, with workshops, giveaways, jam sessions, and performances from pint-sized punks.
1–4 pm at School of Rock [327 Douglass St. between Third and Fourth avenues in Gowanus, (347) 915–4419, brooklyn.s
Can’t get enough Saint Patrick’s Day? Do it all over again this weekend when the Bay Ridge parade hits the streets! Watch the piping, step dancing, and marching in all its green and orange glory, then hit one of the many Irish bars along Third Avenue for a celebratory pint (or five).
1 pm (Third Avenue at Marine Avenue in Bay Ridge, www.bayrid
A British actor is coming to America to tell the story of an American actor who went to Britain. “Red Velvet,” an acclaimed production from London’s Tricycle Theatre, is based on the incredible true story of Ira Aldridge, a black American actor who achieved unlikely success as a Shakespearean thespian in Europe in the 1800s.
8 pm at St. Ann’s Warehouse [38 Water St. between Dock and Main streets in Dumbo, (718) 834-8794]. $45–$55.
Do you miss receiving snail mail? Popular Australian literary series “Women of letters” is attempting to revive the lost art of letter-writing by asking well-known women to pen missives on specific topics, then read them aloud. This installment will feature Martha Wainwright, Edie Falco, Ophira Eisenberg, and Le Tigre’s JD Samson, among others.
8:30 pm at the Bell House [149 Seventh St. between Second and Third avenues in Gowanus, (718) 643–6510, www.thebel