Bay Ridge: Be there and be square!

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Rock out before you geek out this weekend in the Ridge!

Bay Ridge rockers can start off Saturday with a visit to the Leif Bar (6725 Fifth Ave. between 67th and Senator streets) where — for $10 — you can groove to the tunes of the Ronnie Penque Band, a side project from the bassist of the country rock act New Riders of the Purple Sage. Penque will play some of that band’s hits, and some Grateful Dead jams, starting at 3 pm.

After you clear your head and get some dinner, dance on down to Red, White, and Brew (8910 Fifth Ave. between 89th and 90th streets) to take in a free concert of rock and party songs from the Love Tap quartet. The group plays favorites by the Eagles, Green Day, the Foo Fighters, Three Doors Down, and the White Stripes, among others, and will play from 10 pm until early morning.

Meanwhile, the geeks, nerds, and Poindexters can indulge their obsessions at Brooklyn Geek Fest 2.0, a two-day celebration of video games, comic books, and cosplay held at the Best Western Gregory Hotel (8315 Fourth Ave. at 84th Street). The convention, running 10 am–7 pm on Saturday, and 10 am–5 pm on Sunday, focuses mostly on video games, with game tournaments and local game retailers — including the Ridge’s own Gotham City Games — hawking their goods. A kids’ cosplay competition on Sunday — with cash prizes for the top three winners — will give you an excuse to dress up your little Ridgites (an adult cosplay contest happens on Saturday). Get your tickets — $15 for one day, or $25 for both — at

Finally, head to the Bay Ridge Library (7223 Ridge Blvd. at 73rd Street) at 1:30 pm on Monday for a free showing of “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” The emotional two-hour flick tells the tale of a Missouri mother — played by Frances McDormand, who won an Oscar for the role — who targets the town’s police chief with three billboards demanding action, after her daughter’s brutal murder goes unsolved for months. Grab some popcorn and kick off the week on the edge of your seat.

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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