It looks like Brooklyn’s a hotspot for this week’s events.
This traditional-sideshow circus freak show is a one-of-a-kind place. The show takes place every Saturday and Sunday at 1208 Surf Avenue in Coney Island. Feel free to grab a can of brew at the Freak Bar and enjoy an hour-long show. Prepare yourself for some sword swallowing, contorting, fire breathing, racy humor, and scandalous attire. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids at the door.
The iconic, multi-talented Stevie Wonder is “living for the city,” performing at the Barclay Center, April 12 and Prudential Center, April 14. Get your tickets now before the show is sold out.
Cherry blossoms are in season at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. The garden is open from 8am to 6pm, Tuesday-Friday. On some days, there are performances and exhibits scheduled; but most importantly, check the site to make sure that flowers are blooming. Admission is free for members, $12 for adults, $6 for students with ID and senior citizens over 65, and free for children 12 and under.
On Sunday, April 12, at 10:30am, you can take a 4 ½ hour bus trip through some of Brooklyn’s timeless neighborhoods to see historic landmarks and beautiful brownstones. If you like cheesecake, a world-famous Flatbush Avenue hotspot, Juniors, is a destination on this tour that you will enjoy. Transportation and food are included. Tickets are $75 (buy online).
On Saturdays in Fort Greene and on Sundays in Williamsburg is the Brooklyn Flea, which takes place April-Nov. “Founded in April 2008, Brooklyn Flea has grown into one of New York City’s top attractions, operating flea markets every weekend of the year that feature hundreds of top vendors of furniture, vintage clothing, collectibles and antiques, as well as a tightly curated selection of jewelry, art, and crafts by local artisans and designers, plus delicious fresh food.” Enough said.
The Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, has 160 pages of Brooklyn-born artist Jean-Michel Basquiat’s notebook, filled with original sketches, poetry, cultural discourse on issues of race and class, all influenced by his personal experiences. Admission is contribution-based (suggests $16 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and students with ID, free for ages 19 and under).
From April 9-17 is the 16th annual Havana Film Festival. “[It] collaborates with Havana’s International Festival of New Latin American Cinema to introduce its audience to prominent and emerging filmmakers by showcasing the latest award-winning films and classics from and about Latin America, the Caribbean and the U.S. Latino community.” Ticket prices vary.
From April 3-12, there’s an amazing auto show at the Jacob Javitz Center, which will feature a huge selection of international cars and trucks. This is a great family event, filled with interactive activities and exhibits for kids. Adults 13 and up pay $16, kids pay $7 (2 and under are free), and early access (1 hour entry before show starts) is $38 for adults and $17 for kids. Private tours by automotive experts start at $53; there are also group deals (more info on the site).