We’re so close to the weekend already thanks to the holiday yesterday, but if you’re still ready for some fun in the time leading up to the next round of weekend, we’ve got plenty of great events for kids and grown-ups right here in the neighborhood. From a talk on religious freedom and the First Amendment to stand-up comedy to Steve Buscemi to a couple of storytimes, there’s something for everyone.
Mind & Meditation Workshop
When: Tuesday, May 27, 6:30pm
Where: Park Slope Library, 431 6th Avenue
What: Stress and life in the big city often go hand in hand, but the Park Slope Library is at the ready with a one-hour meditation workshop aimed at helping neighbors “gain insight into the laws that govern the mind and emotions, learn breathing techniques that help de-stress, and reduce negative emotions while increasing energy, focus and efficiency.”
How much: Free!
The Trouble With Religious Freedom
When: Tuesday, May 27, 7pm
Where: Central Library, InfoCommons Lab, 10 Grand Army Plaza
What: Steven Mazie of Bard High School Early College will be speaking on questions of religious freedom raised by two recent Supreme Court cases — Greece v Galloway, a public prayer case in a Rochester, NY suburb and Hobby Lobby v Sebelius, in which a religious business is objecting to the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that employers provide no-cost contraceptive care to their employees. Heady stuff, but it’s a discussion even non-philosophers will find compelling.
How much: Free!
The Fancy Show
When: Tuesday, May 27, 8pm
Where: Bar Reis, 375 5th Avenue
What: The new weekly stand-up comedy show tonight features Bryson Turner, Kenny DeForest, Jonathan Morvay, Justy Dodge, and more, all hosted by Lane Pieschel.
How much: Free! Email firstname.lastname@example.org ahead for reservations.
Babies & Books
When: Wednesday, May 28, 10am & 10:30am
Where: Central Library, Youth Wing, 10 Grand Army Plaza
What: With storytimes off for a few weeks at the Park Slope Library, here’s a chance to explore other ones around the area. This one is for kids up to 18 months old, and they’ll enjoy books, songs, and rhymes.
How much: Free, but space is limited. Pick up a ticket at the Children’s Reference Desk on the morning of the program; call 718-230-2117 for more info.
Singalong With Frank
When: Wednesday, May 28, 3:30pm
Where: Two Moon Art House and Cafe, 315 4th Avenue
What: The popular family singalong with Frank Gallo of Rolie Polie Guacamole brings some great tunes that kids love to join in on.
How much: $10 per family
Seeing Other People
When: Wednesday, May 28, 8pm
Where: Union Hall, 702 Union Street
What: Hosts Brooke Van Poppelen and Giulia Rozzi present stand-up comedy by Mike Lawrence, Amber Nelson, Jeffrey Joseph, Tommy Pope, Music by, Adam Day, and JMI (aka: Jaime Lynn).
How much: $10, available in advance.
Running Late with Scott Rogowsky
When: Wednesday, May 28, 8:30pm
Where: Littlefield, 622 Degraw Street
What: Check out a recording of Brooklyn’s live late night comedy talk show, this time featuring guests Steve Buscemi (Fargo, The Big Lebowski, Reservoir Dogs), Brooks Wheelan (SNL), Peter Rosenberg (Hot 97), Katie Nolan (Crowd Goes Wild, No Filter), Adam Resnick (Get A Life, Cabin Boy, Letterman, new book “Will Not Attend”).
How much: $6 in advance, $8 at the door.
Image via Running Late with Scott Rogowsky