The Rundown: Weekend Edition (May 31-Jun. 7)

05/30/2014 10:19 AM |

The Rundown

  • This Wednesday, R&B superstar Janelle Monáe will kickoff the 36th season of the Celebrate Brooklyn concert series with a free show.

Makeshift Society Launch Party ($20) – June 4, 7-10 p.m.

A slew of co-working spaces are coming to North Brooklyn and one of the first is Makeshift Society (55 Hope St. nr. Havemeyer St. ), which opened its doors earlier this spring. This Wednesday, the new office will host a party where entrepreneurs and small business owners can mingle while enjoying drinks from Brooklyn Brewery and P & H Soda Co. and prizes from Jauntful, Social Print Studio, Tattly, MOOD Magazine and Photojojo. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here.

Janelle Monáe at Prospect Park (Free) – 6:30 p.m.

This year, Celebrate Brooklyn returns for its 36th season, bringing big name acts to perform free shows at the Prospect Park bandshell (Prospect Park West at 10th St.). The summertime event kicks off this Wednesday with a special performance by award-winning R&B superstar, Janelle Monáe. Gates open at 6:30 and the free concert begins at 8 p.m. Arrive early and prepare to dance!

Romeo & Juliet In Red Hook ($25) – June 5-15, various times

If you’re in the mood for something more somber, drop by Red Hook this Thursday through June 15 for special performances of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. Falconworks Artists Group and Red Hook Theater (202 Coffey St. nr. Ferris St.) will stage a modernized version of the classic tragedy, featuring community members of all ages and professional thespians alike. Tickets to any one of the eight scheduled performances can be purchased here.

Rooftop Films: Sundance Shorts (Free) – June 6, 8 p.m.

This year’s Sundance Film Festival may be long gone, but it’s definitely not forgotten. This Friday, the Rooftop Films Festival will host a screening of short films from this year’s Sundance at the Metrotech Commons (5 Metrotech Center nr. Tech Pl.) Unlike most Rooftop Films screenings, this one will be totally free, so if you’ve been holding out on attending, this is the one to check out. Doors will open at 8 p.m. with a performance by Salt Cathedral at 8:30 p.m. and the screening will begin at 9 p.m. Admission is first come, first serve.

Grand Comics Festival (Free) – June 7, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

And finally, if you have hyperlocal (or general!) interest in comics, please check out the second annual Grand Comics Festival at Bird River Studios (343 Grand St. nr. Havemeyer St.) in South Williamsburg. All day, enthusiasts are invited to browse and buy comics and meet the folk behind each of them. The all ages event is free and open to the public.