Five things to do in Brooklyn, May 17–23
She’s on a boat! The immigration play “I, Migration” uses silly costumes to show people arriving in America. The performance will continue on board the Waterfront Museum in Red Hook through Memorial Day.
The screening dead
Rooftop Films kicks off its summer outdoor film season with a screening in Brooklyn’s quietest spot — Green-Wood Cemetery! First up is “This is What We Call Short Films,” a collection of seven international shorts at 9 p.m., including “The Magnitudinous Illuminous,” a short doc about a Brooklyn bartender and philosopher (pictured), followed by an after-party among the tombs!
7:45 p.m. at Green-Wood Cemetery [500 25th St. at Fifth Avenue in Greenwood Heights, (718) 210–3080, www.rooftopfilms.com]. $16.
Celebrate the Bard of Brooklyn’s 200th birthday with the Brooklyn Public Library! The Central branch will host two days of events starring Walt Whitman, but today’s events are especially cool, featuring include a discussion of the poet’s meeting with Oscar Wilde (10:30 a.m.), a keynote speech from poet Mark Doty (1 p.m.) and a musical adaptation of “Song of Myself” called ““More or Less I Am” at 2:30 p.m.
10:30 a.m.–6 p.m. at Brooklyn Public Library’s Central branch [10 Grand Army Plaza between Eastern Parkway and Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Heights, (718) 230–2100], www.bklynlibrary.org. Free.
Scoot down to Red Hook this afternoon to catch “I, Migration,” a musical, multilingual play that explores the idea that almost everyone in American is an immigrant. The show is performed on board the floating Waterfront Museum and Showboat Barge, in sight of the Statue of Liberty.
3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Waterfront Museum Barge [290 Conover St. near Reed Street in Red Hook, (718) 624–4719, ww.falconworkstheater.org]. $25.
The Arts Gowanus fund-raising comedy show “Black Mayo” — named for the viscous sludge recovered from the bottom of the Gowanus Canal — will get a boost from recently announced performer Janeane Garofalo, who will take the stage alongside comedians Sal Vulcano, Shane Torres, Dina Hashem, and more.
8 p.m. at Littlefield (635 Sackett St. between Third and Fourth avenues in Gowanus, www.littlefieldnyc.com). $10 ($8 in advance).
Get another dose of poetry this week! Drew Pisarra, one half of the art team that places haikus on the marquee of Nitehawk Prospect Park, tackles another strict poetic form in his book “Infinity Standing Up” — the Shakespearean love sonnet. Tonight, he and a team of performers will read his complete collection of clever, queer verses.
7 p.m. at Berl’s Poetry Shop [141 Front St. between Pearl and Jay streets in Dumbo, (347) 687–2375, www.berlspoetry.com]. Free.
Posted 12:00 am, May 17, 2019