January 13, 2017 / GO Brooklyn / Where to GO / Five Things to Do in Brooklyn This Week

Five things to do in Brooklyn, Jan. 13–19

Look to the King: Civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. will be honored in a ceremony at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Jan. 16.
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Jan. 13


This is your last chance to catch “Anatomy Theater,” a bloody new musical about the dissection of a 18th century murderess, sung by the killer, her executioner, and the man who cuts her open. Written by Pulitzer winner David Lang, the show also features elaborate projections and designs from artist Mark Dion.

8 pm at Bric Arts Media [647 Fulton St. at Rockwell Place in Fort Greene, (718) 683–5600,]. $30.


Jan. 14

Spirit forward

Speaking of unusual musicals, tonight offers two chances to catch “Funeral Doom Spiritual,” a new apocalyptic multimedia opera inspired by slave spirituals and set in a future free of white supremacy. The show was written by and stars male soprano M. Lamar, known best for his role on “Orange is the New Black.”

7 pm and 10 pm at National Sawdust [80 N. Sixth St. at Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg, (646) 779–8455,]. $30.


Jan. 16

King’s county

Speaking of ending white supremacy, today Brooklyn honors the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. The tribute to King will feature Borough President Adams, a keynote address by Opal Tometi, one of the founders of Black Lives Matter, and performances by the gospel group Institutional Radio Choir and “sacred steel band” the Campbell Brothers.

10:30 am at BAM Harvey Theater [651 Fulton St. at Rockwell Place in Fort Greene, (718) 636–4100,]. Free.


Jan. 17

Good to be the King

Speaking of honored historical figures, early 20th century politician Peter J. McGuinness takes the spotlight in “The King of Greenpoint,” a new book from local historian Geoffrey Cobb (pictured). Tonight, Cobb will read from his book about the colorful party boss, ex-boxer, and teetotaling Prohibition foe, who basically ran the Greenpoint neighborhood for 30 years until his death in 1948.

7 pm at Word Bookstore [126 Franklin St. between Milton and Noble streets in Greenpoint, (718) 383–0096,]. Free.


Jan. 19

How do you really feel?

Speaking of colorful political figures, Donald Trump is going to be president on Jan. 20. Rolling Stone journalist Matt Taibbi, no fan of the Donald, will read from his collection of dispatches from the campaign trail, titled “Insane Clown President” tonight, which will probably be a good spot to vent any negative feeling you have about the President-elect to a sympathetic crowd.

7 pm at PowerHouse [28 Adams St. at Water Street in Dumbo, (718) 666–3049,]. Free.

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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