WHAT: The Brooklyn Community Pride Center Presents “Spring Out: Citywide LGBT Dinner and Youth Dance”— Explore and get to know your community over dinner – specifically our Trans members and their stories. Then let loose at our Spring OUT Youth Dance, where there will be a DJ, dance floor, refreshments, and a game room for those of you that prefer that.

WHEN: Friday, May 16, 6:00pm – Midnight

WHERE: Brooklyn Community Pride Center, 4 MetroTech (Ground Floor), Brooklyn, NY 11201 (on Willoughby at the corner of Gold – entrance shared with Subway sandwich shop)

HOW MUCH: Free

WHAT: The Seeds of Abraham– Opening Night and Reception of Billie Holiday Theatre’s newest play written by Angelica Cheri: Will newfound romance get the best of the beloved matriarch, or will a prophecy left by her late husband be enough to save her little birds from harm? 

WHEN: Friday, May 16, 8:00pm

WHERE: The Billie Holiday Theatre, 1368 Fulton Street, Bklyn

HOW MUCH: For showtimes and tickets, go here

WHAT: BAMcafe presents An Homage to the late Amiri Baraka—Part of the DanceAfrica week of activities, Baraka’s life will be celebrated with readings and performances by Ras Baraka, Sonia Sanchez, jessica Care moore, Danny Simmons, Kevin Powell, Tony Medina, Black Ice, asha bandele and Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber. For full calendar of DanceAfrica activities, go here.

WHEN: Saturday, May 17, 9:00pm

WHERE: BAM, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Bklyn

HOW MUCH: Free.

WHAT: YoBeatz Brunch and Yoga at Rustik Tavern– Instructor Kelly Scanlon will guide you through 50 minutes of bliss with a live DJ providing cool beats.  Afterwards purchase a brunch entree at Rustik Tavern.

WHEN: Saturday, May 17, 10:30am

WHERE: Rustik Tavern, 471 Dekalb Avenue, Bklyn

HOW MUCH: $15, buy tickets here

WHAT: Selebrasyon! Get ready for the opening ceremony of New York City’s first, official citywide annual celebration of Haitian arts and culture!  For the opening night, join Haiti Cultural Exchange for a special evening of support for Selebrasyon! featuring performances by Brown Rice Family and Michèle Voltaire Marcelin, an art installation unveiling by Engels, a culinary demonstration and hors d’oeuvres, open bar, a special kick off toast, exclusive raffle prizes and more!

WHEN: Beginning May 17 – June 30, 7:00pm – 11:00pm

WHERE: All over Central Brooklyn! The kick-off will take place at 5 Myles Gallery, 558 St. Johns Place, Bklyn

HOW MUCH: Click here to purchase tickets! Click here for the full festival calendar!

WHAT: Judgement of Brooklyn— A blind tasting competition of the wine and beer of the U.S. and Europe. It will also harness Brooklyn’s burgeoning food scene scene all under one roof where 1,200 – 1,500 residents will participate in a food-and-wine-pairing extravaganza!

WHEN: Saturday, May 17, 7:00pm – 11:00pm

WHERE: One Hanson Place (the old Williamsburg Bank) in Fort Greene, Bklyn

HOW MUCH: For more information on Judgement of Brooklyn, visit their website. For tickets, go here.

WHAT: The Red Bull Music Festival Presents Running Back: Gerd Johnson All Night Long Gerd Janson is one of modern house music’s most accomplished jocks. His encyclopedic knowledge of house music history, coupled with a resolutely contemporary ear has made his label – Running Back – and his DJ sets – at Frankfurt’s Robert-Johnson and Berlin’s Panorama Bar – essential listening over the past decade plus.

WHEN: Saturday, May 17, 8:00pm

WHERE: 395 Wythe Avenue, Bklyn

HOW MUCH: Free

Red Bull Music Festival

WHAT: The 15th Annual SONYA Art Walk-a free, self-guided tour of fine arts studios and other art venues in exhibiting in the neighborhoods of Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Wallabout and Bedford Stuyvesant– Brooklyn’s most vibrant neighborhoods. There also will be an After Art Walk Meetup on Saturday, May 17, 6:00pm at Marietta’s, located at 286 Grand Avenue (between Lafayette and Clifton Place)

WHEN: Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18, 12:00noon – 6:00pm

WHERE: Venues all throughout the neighborhood. You can download your map here

HOW MUCH: Free

WHAT: “The Last” Gallery Show Brooklyn— New York City (May 17, 2014)- Brooklyn based photographer and graphic designer Tarik Carroll and Detroit native, multi-disciplined artist and art director McKenzie Frye (authors of the “audaciously fierce” coffee table book: THE LAST) unveil an epic ode to the “Dying Breed” of brazen D.I.Y. “downtown” artists. Drinks, Music, Art, Swag and an exclusive chance to meet both Artists Come one Come all and celebrate THE LAST Of A Dying Breed.

WHEN: Saturday, May 17, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

WHERE: House of Art Gallery, 408 Marcus Garvey Boulevard, Bklyn

HOW MUCH: Free

WHAT: The House of VIDA presents Sexist BINGO— Join VIDA and Tin House for Sexist Bingo as part of the Brooklyn Lit Crawl! Name the authors of wildly offensive sexist quotes, from Mailer to Franzen, to win prizes fabulous VIDA and Tin House prizes. Hosted by Cate Marvin, Camille Rankine, Melissa Febos, and Elissa Schappell, with antiquated thinking, mansplaining, and condescension for all! Sexist Bingo is one stop on the Brooklyn Lit Crawl.

WHEN: Saturday May 17, 7:15pm – 8:00pm

WHERE: Ceol Pub, 191 Smith Street, Bklyn

Sexist BINGO!

WHAT: Shirley + Alice present “Swap and Drop:” Traveling Trousseau’s 2nd Annual SWAP & DROP! with seamstress Nit Ra Sit. Bring your gently used clothing to swap. Drop your unwanted clothing for donation. Consign great Vintage Pieces with the store. Bring in your favorite pieces to Alter for a perfect fit and SHOP!

WHEN: Saturday, May 17, 2:00pm – 6:00pm

WHERE: Shilrey + Alice, 434 Marcus Garvey Boulevard, Bklyn

HOW MUCH: Free

WHAT: Sunday’s Best– Billboard Music Awards Viewing Party. Come watch the awards, including the MJ halogram, on the big, 120 inch screen, and groove to DJ Dick At Nite spinning Sunday’s Best. Best Beer, Best Bubbly, Best Wine, Best outside Deck, Best People… Friends don’t let friends watch award shows alone 🙂

WHEN: Sunday, May 18, 7:00pm – 1:05am

WHERE: Bed-Vyne Brew, 370 Tompkins Avenue

HOW MUCH: Free

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