Listen up and lend a helping hand this weekend in Bay Ridge!
Start the weekend on a musical note at the free Friday open mic night at the Coop (9504 Fourth Ave. between 95th and 96th streets), hosted by Liberty Church. The cafe will provide a keyboard, guitar, and a cajon — a box-shaped Peruvian percussion instrument — and all participants will receive a free audio recording of their performance. The two-hour show starts at 7 pm.
On Saturday, head over to Fourth Avenue Presbyterian Church (6753 Fourth Ave. between Senator and 68th streets) for the Empty Bowls Bay Ridge Project, which will sell $25 ceramic bowls created and decorated by local artists. All proceeds benefit the church’s Community Food Pantry, which feeds hungry Bay Ridge and Sunset Park residents. And if you get hungry while you are there, visit the church’s Christmas sale, where there will be baked goods, Christmas trees, and decorations. Both sales start at 9:30 am and end at 2 pm.
After you do some shopping, stroll to Hunter’s Steak and Ale House (9404 Fourth Ave. between 94th and 95th streets) to catch a 4 pm performance of “Pumpkin Spiced Musical,” the tale of an advertising agency that create a crazy pumpkin spice–themed product based off the annual autumnal craze. Make sure to snag tickets ahead of time at psmusical.
End the weekend by dancing over to the Leif Bar (6725 Fifth Ave. between 67th and Senator streets) on Sunday for a concert to support the organization Autism Speaks. Local rock bands Back from Zero, Out of the Blue, Rock Farm, the Canny Brothers Band, and the Social Zoo will take the stage from noon to 6 pm. Tickets are $10.