Anything might lurk in the recesses of Coney Island amusement parks. Drug-addled carnies? Monsters? Murder? Discover the seamy underside of the machinery in the gory interactive play “The Ride Inspector’s Nightmare” from Dick Zigun, debuting tonight.
8 pm at Coney Island USA (1208 Surf Ave. at W. 12th St., www.coney
Indulge in an exuberant celebration of the terpsichorean arts, with the Dumbo Dance Festival’s all-day extravaganza. In the space recently vacated by St. Ann’s Warehouse (now in its cozy digs across the street), 40 dance troupes will spin and tumble in shows starting every two hours. Family-friendly performances continue on Sunday.
2 pm, 4 pm, 6 pm, and 8 pm at Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center [29 Jay St. between Plymouth and John streets in Dumbo, (212) 600–0047, www.white
Fort Greene gets groovy with the hepcats this week, as a new jazz festival settles into BRIC. The five-day jazzy jubilee starts tonight with legendary bassist Ron Carter (pictured) and his trio, who accompany poems and paintings from the “Brown Beatnik Tomes” by Danny Simmons. Free shows follow on Tuesday and Wednesday, and all-night jazz marathons on Thursday and Friday.
7:30 pm at BRIC House [647 Fulton St. at Rockwell Place in Fort Greene, (718) 683–5600, www.BRICa
If the zombie apocalypse happens tonight, the safest place in Brooklyn will be the Bell House, where “Army of Darkness” star Bruce Campbell and ageless Warrior Princess Lucy Lawless can deploy their evil-fighting prowess. And if the dead stay still, you can enjoy the heroic pair on stage bantering and solving puzzles with the hosts of NPR’s “Ask Me Another.”
7:30 pm at the Bell House [149 Seventh St. between Second and Third Avenues in Gowanus, (718) 643–6510, www.thebe
The classic play “12 Angry Men” deals with the aftermath of an arrest, but any interaction with police can lead to outrage. The dozen actors in tonight’s debut theatrical adaptation of “12 Angry Men: True Stories of Being a Black Man in America Today,” including Dule Hill (from “The West Wing” and “Pyche”), will recount true tales of racial profiling. Performances continue through Sunday.
8 pm at Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts (1 University Plaza at Flatbush Avenue in Fort Greene, www.thebi