This week 5 Pointz is memorialized with a new gallery show, we celebrate furry friends (both dead and living) and the grilled cheese floweth. Here are our must-do and must-see events for the week:
Spotting a robin may be the first sign of Spring in the rest of the country, but for Brooklyn, it’s the day that Smorgasburg returns to East River Park (90 Kent Ave. at N. 7th St.). This Saturday, the much-loved food festival is making its outdoor return and bringing all kinds of new goodies with it. With Saturday’s high expected to reach a balmy 54˚F, there’s no reason to miss out.
We’re definitely living in the Age of the Nerd and the folks at Word Bookstore (126 Franklin St. at Hickory St.) are well-aware of it. This Saturday, they’re hosting A Game of WORDS and inviting local nerds to compete in one of two spelling bees using either words from the fantasy (Swords) or sci-fi (Space) genres. Those wishing to participate can sign up by emailing email@example.com and those wishing to watch can RSVP on Facebook and just show up.
It’s been nearly 5 months since the wonderscape of graffiti at Queens’ 5 Pointz was unceremoniously painted white, but the effects of the incident continue to reverberate throughout the city’s underground arts community. This Saturday, Long Island City’s Jeffrey Leder Gallery (2137 45th Rd. nr 21st St.) will open a new show entitled WHITEWASH, featuring the reactive art of 9 graffiti artists and 2 photographers following the destruction of the iconic site they held so dear. The show will be on view every weekend from 12-6 p.m. through June 8.
There’s not much we know about cats, but we do know that they invented the Internet and that certain ladies have an affinity for their companionship. In recognition of that fact, the Brooklyn Craft Company (61 Greenpoint Ave. nr. Franklin St.) is hosting an epic Catlady Craft Night. For $85, cat ladies (of either gender, we’re guessing) are invited to take part in cat-themed crafting while enjoying drinks, snacks, cat party favors, music and “a few surprises!” On top of that, attendees are encouraged to participate in a raffle to benefit Brooklyn Animal Action, an “all-volunteer, no-kill” organization that rescues and helps all our furry friends. Tickets for the event can be purchased online.
If the strange and weird are more your speed, head over to the Bell House (149 7th St. nr. 2nd Ave.) for a gathering of the Secret Science Club. This month’s meeting is all about taxidermy and enthusiasts are encouraged to bring “taxidermy (bought, found, homemade), biological specimens, articulated skeletons and skulls, jarred specimens—and beyond (way beyond)” for a Carnivorous Nights Taxidermy Contest. Winners will get prizes and all the glory stuffed dead animal enthusiasts could ever want. Enter by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. All attendees must be 21 and over.