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The Bay Ridge hills are alive with the sound of movies!

The neighborhood will play host to not one but two free, outdoors screenings of beloved family-friendly films on Friday — and that is just the start of the entertainment extravaganza the Ridge has in store this weekend.

Before the films start, get in some pre-movie munchies and music on Third Avenue. The Third Avenue Summer Stroll is back after its hiatus last week, and this time shops and restaurants will overtake the avenue from 80th to 90th streets. There are also two top local acts to catch curb-side once the stroll kicks off at 6 pm. First, hit Third Ave. and 87th Street, where acoustic duo Frankie Marra and Tony Monier will make you forget your workweek troubles. Then take a stroll up the block to catch Tony Travis tickle the ivory at Third Avenue and 88th Street.

Once you have had your fill — it is show time! Over at Owl’s Head Park (68th Street and Colonial Road), catch a screening of “Despicable Me 2,” the star-studded computer-animated kids’ flick about a super-villain with a heart of gold, at 8 pm. Or head to Narrows Botanical Garden (Shore Road and 71st Street), which is playing DreamWorks’ “The Croods” — another computer-animated joint about a family of prehistoric cavemen looking for a home. The projector fires up at sundown.

After such a wholesome Friday night, get ready to let loose on Saturday night! At 9 pm, relive the golden years of rock and R&B with Cabaret Trio at Schnitzel Haus (7319 Fifth Ave. between 73rd and 74th streets) at 9 pm. Where else can you hear Hank Williams, Sam Cooke, and Van Morrison in the same place? Then after you’ve brushed up on your rock history, head to No Quarter Tavern (8015 Fifth Ave. between 80th and 81st streets), where Rock Farm will be sowing and reaping contemporary rock covers and originals starting at 10 pm.

And the Ridge keeps rocking Sunday, when classic rock cover band Whippoorwill appears at Hunter’s Steak & Ale House (9404 Fourth Ave. at 94th Street) at 5 pm.

Then catch a little Saturday Night Fever — on a Tuesday! State Sen. Marty Golden’s Concerts in the Park series will bring the polyester-clad poly-rhythms of Disco Unlimited to Shore Road Park (Shore Road at 79th Street) at 7 pm.

Reach reporter Max Jaeger at mjaeger@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-8303. Follow him on Twitter @MJaeger88.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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