Five things to do in Brooklyn, April 27–May 3
You can dance if you want to: The Medieval Picnic in the Ruins on April 29 will feature lively folk dances, music, and outfits from pre-17th century Europe.
A longbox-worth of geeky, gorgeous ladies will kick off the Nerdlesque Festival tonight with an Opening Show that features a tribute to alien women, a performance from founder Lefty Lucy as Batman villain the Riddler, a stripping Ewok, and a collection of comic book and cartoon characters taking off their outfits in style.
8:30 pm at Coney Island USA (1208 Surf Ave. at W. 12th St. in Coney Island, www.coneyisland.com). $40 ($30 in advance, $55 VIP).
Nerds, this is your weekend! The two-day Sakura Matsuri festival of anime and Japanese culture starts today! The show will feature a “Naruto” dance party, stage combat with Samurai Sword Soul, and a manga demonstration by Misako Rocks, along with traditional taiko drumming, tea ceremonies, and a Japanese market.
10 am–6 pm at Brooklyn Botanic Garden [990 Washington Ave. between President and Carroll streets in Prospect Heights, (718) 623–7200, www.bbg.org]. $30 ($25 students and seniors, kids free).
Day for knights
Modern world too much for you? Then return to the idyllic Middle Ages, a land of knights, minstrels, and bubonic plague. The Picnic in the Ruins, hosted by the Society for Creative Anachronism, will feature plenty of the first two and none of the latter! There will be combat, medieval crafts, songs, and — if you bring a dish to share — a royal feast!
2–5 pm at the Grecian Pavilion in Prospect Park (near Parkside Ave and Parade Place in Flatbush, www.eastkingdom.org). Free.
Men! Who can fathom the thought process of these mysterious, exotic creatures? At tonight’s talk “Inside the Male Brain: Toxic Masculinity and #MeToo,” a journalist, a psychologist, and the director of Men’s Studies at Stony Brook will discuss male anger (pictured), and the causes of male violence and sexual harassment.
6:30 pm at Brooklyn Historical Society [128 Pierrepont St. at Clinton Street in Brooklyn Heights, (718) 222–4111, www.brooklynhistory.org]. $5.
At his recent appearance on Brooklyn Paper Radio, comedian Mike Lebowitz promised that all visitors to his weekly stand-up show “Comedians You Should Know” will get the white-glove treatment, being welcomed and guided to a seat before the show starts. Find out if he is telling the truth, and then enjoy a line-up that includes Emma Willmann, Chris Thayer, music duo Reformed Whores, and more!
9 pm at the Gutter [200 N. 14th St. between Berry Street and Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg, (718) 387–3585, thegutterbrooklyn.com]. $10 ($5 in advance).
Updated 5:45 pm, July 9, 2018