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Embrace culture high and low in Bay Ridge this weekend!

We will start your weekend off right with junk food and cheap thrills, but before you know it, you’ll be hoisting a lorgnette to your face at highfalutin’ theatrical productions — that is the range you get from southern Brooklyn’s entertainment Mecca.

Comedy and nachos on a Friday night? This is your chance to simulate a low-key evening without the hassle of staying in! Slap on some sweatpants and that shirt with holes in the armpits and get to the Leif Bar (6725 Fifth Ave. between 60th and 61st streets) for the BK Brew Ha!Ha! Comedy Show with comics who have been on “Conan,” Music Television’s “Guy Code,” and National Broadcasting Company’s “Last Comic Standing.” Get there early, because the first 20 people get free nachos. The show starts at 7:30 pm, and it costs $10 at the door.

Once your schlub suit is sufficiently stained with corn chips and Novelty Cheez Product®, complete the transformation into your mom’s weird brother at Greenhouse Cafe (7717 Third Ave. between 77th and 78th streets), where rockers Uncle Jack will perform all your real uncle’s favorite classic rock tunes by Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, and Credence Clearwater Revival starting at 9 pm.

You have delved to the depths of the low-brow. On Saturday, it is time to soar to the height of sophistication — community theater!

First, go see “Mary Poppins” at the High School of Telecommunications (350 67th St. between Third and Fourth avenues). The production by Jeff Samaha Theater and Ridge Chorale will include a live orchestra and flying sequences — fancy! Tickets are $25 and we suggest going at 2 pm, because — as far as we know — there is nothing classier than a matinee. For a full schedule, go to www.jeffsamaha.com.

Once Mary is done getting those kids to take their meds, fly over to Trinity Lutheran Church (9020 Third Ave. between 90th and 91st streets) at 7 pm, where La Forza Dell’Opera Company will present arias, duets, and ensembles from Giacomo Puccini’s opera “La Boheme.” Tickets are $20.

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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