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Take a look – Brooklyn has it all!

There is a lot happening. In the world, in this country – and of course in Brooklyn. While scouting the best to-dos for this weekend, I – unintentionally – came across a couple of fun events that want you to “party with a purpose.” Not trying to spoil your fun, but a lot of people are hurting – we all know that. That awareness also seems to be reflected in many events that are happening in and around Brooklyn, and I am sure, all across the country. And that’s a beautiful thing, no?

If you are so inclined, you can get into some dodgeball, see great comedy made in Brooklyn, witness the uber-talented Questlove behind the turntables, get your portrait taken for FREE by the incredible Barron Claiborne or feel the heat at the 25th Annual Chile Pepper Festival. And there’s more. Take a look – Brooklyn has it all!

FRIDAY

The ball is in your court -go, get’em, tiger!

WHAT: Dodgeball Fundraiser. Dodge.. Duck.. Dip .. Dive… and Dodge your way into the most action packed sporting night of the fall semester. Brought to you by Brooklyn’s Latin American Law Student Association, they have a night filled with drama, heartbreak and victory, on a level beyond barristers, the Civ Pro Final of 2015 and the World Cup! Half of the proceeds will be donated to Hurricane Maria relief efforts.

WHEN: Friday, September 29, 8:00pm – 11:00pm

WHERE: St. Francis College, 180 Remsen St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

HOW MUCH: 10$ per player. Sign up here.

Uhmmmm, nothing!

WHAT: Nothing Important! Nothing Important is Crown Heights’ hottest free stand-up show and happens the last Friday of every month at Friends & Lovers Bar. Phil Stamato, Daniel Raderstrong and Fumi Abe gather together comics you might recognize from Comedy Central, MTV and Conan with the purpose of amusing you with a series of things that are probably “Nothing Important.” Also it’s FREE and that’s like “whaaaaaaat???”This month’s line up of comedian features: Neruda Williams (Harlem Comedy Festival), Dina Hashem (Comedy Central), Wanjiko Eke (Witch Hunt) and Danny Rathbun (Nananananananana Podcast!)

WHEN: Friday, September 29, 7:30pm – 9:30pm

WHERE: Friends & Lovers, 641 Classon Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

HOW MUCH: Free!

WHAT: Brooklyn Bump: A Night of Funk & Soul at Sunnyvale. It’s Friday night. Go and dance you faces off to funk, soul, disco, boogie, rock – an all-vinyl set brought to you by DJ Crayola Danger. Shake ya tail feather and boogie down!

WHEN: Friday, September 29, midnight to the early mornin’!

WHERE:  Sunnyvale, 1031 Grand St., Brooklyn, NY 11211

HOW MUCH:  $3- $4, suggested donation

SATURDAY

Dance. Bowl, Brunch. Bring the kids.

WHAT: Questlove Family Dance Party. The beloved Roots drummer, producer, Jimmy Fallon star, chef…is also a DJ (you knew that). And he is throwing a benefit party at Brooklyn Bowl for St John’s Rescue to help the folks affected by the Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Bring the family. Have brunch. Bowl. Dance.

WHEN: Saturday, September 30, 11:00am – 3:00pm

WHERE: Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe St., Brooklyn, NY 11249

HOW MUCH: Free, but $10 suggested donation is appreciated! It’s a fundraiser!

WHAT: Crossing the Line Festival: Corbeaux (Crows). Witness the premiere of Corbeaux (Crows), a new dance performance by Moroccan choreographer Bouchra Ouizguen, as part of the Crossing the Line Festival, a citywide arts festival that brings international artists and New York City audiences together in discovery and dialogue. Corbeaux (Crows) features dark silhouettes of women emerging from the shadows, forming alchemical arrangements, erupting into an immersive chorus of rhythmic cries, making all notions of time and space disappear.

WHERE: Brooklyn Museum,  200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11238

WHEN: Saturday, September 30, 12:00pm &  4:00pm / Sunday October 1, 3:00pm

HOW MUCH: Free with museum admission and for members.

Photo credit: Weeksville Heritage Center

WHAT: Africans in Brooklyn. “The Wire” Gbenga Akinnagbe, is launching “Africans in Brooklyn,” an interactive contemporary art installation in collaboration with the Weeksville Heritage Center, Enitan Vintage and Liberated People. Akinnagbe will bring a film crew to capture the stories of local residents and photo artist Barron Claiborne, know from the iconic Biggie Smalls photo, will be taking free portraits. Come out, don your Sunday best and become part of local Brooklyn history! The celebration also doubles as a back-to-school giveaway event.

WHEN: Saturday, September 30, 1:00pm – 6:00pm

WHERE: Kingsborough Housing, 154 Kingsborough 4th Walk, Brooklyn, NY 11233

HOW MUCH: Free!

There will be a battle, but there shall be no blood on the dance floor!

WHAT: “Will Forever B-Ill” Breakdance Battle. The Pro Breaking Tour is making a stop in Brooklyn to battle it out on the dance floor. X-Fenz, the third generation of the legendary Step Fenz crew, are hosting the affair and they send some of their best to judge the contestants: Wild Child, Samo and Cricket – all break dance veterans you may have seen in videos, movies or on stage. All proceeds will be donated to charity. UDEF, the nonprofit organization behind the Pro Breaking Tour, supports charitable events and workshops in community centers, schools and colleges, with breakers from the tour performing, teaching, reaching thousands of youth. Come out, support!

WHEN: September 30, 7:30pm – 1:00am

WHERE: Muse, 350 Moffat St., Brooklyn NY 11237

HOW MUCH: $10

SUNDAY

It’s gonna be hot!

WHAT: Brooklyn Chile Pepper Festival. Brooklyn Botanical Garden is bringing you some red, hot chili peppers – no not the band, but New York’s hottest fall tradition! Brooklyn’s end-of-summer blowout sets the garden ablaze with scorching bands from around the world, dozens of fiery food artisans and hours of chile-chocolate debauchery.

WHEN: Sunday, October 1, 10:00am – 6:00pm (last admission is at 5:30pm)

WHERE: Brooklyn Botanical Garden, 990 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225

HOW MUCH: $20 – $25

Thundercat- rawwwrrrr!

WHAT: Thundercat at Brooklyn Steel. The multi-genre bassist, singer, producer is making a stop at Brooklyn Steel. The tour is in support of his recent third full length album Drunk. As usual, fans can expect a funky combination of r&b, jazz-rock fusion, hip-hop and twinkling electronic pop from the maestro. The Saturday show sold out quickly, so don’t sleep on your Sunday tix!

WHEN: Sunday, October 1, Doors: 7:00pm

WHERE: Brooklyn Steel, 319 Frost St., Brooklyn, NY 11222

HOW MUCH: $ 25/ $30 – Get your tickets here!

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Andrea Leonhardt

“Made in Germany,” Andrea Leonhardt is the managing editor for BK Reader. Andrea holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, with minors in American studies and education, and a master’s...

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