If you are reading this Friday morning, get moving right now to Brooklyn Eats for some exploratory day-drinking! The showcase of Kings County food and drinks will feature samples from soon-to-open Sunset Park beer company Five Boroughs Brewing Co. and Bushwick’s brand-new apple-based whiskey producers Moto Spirits, along with tasty treats from butchers, bakers, and almond butter makers!
10 am–4 pm at the New York Marriott (333 Adams St. between Willoughby and Johnson streets Downtown, www.brook
A group of death-defying (or at least gonorrhea-defying) dancers will prance across canoes floating on the toxic Gowanus Canal this afternoon, all while dressed in discarded plastic bags. The performance from Artichoke Dance Company is about the importance of clean water, and afterwards you can follow in their footsteps — if you dare— by taking a kayak tour along the Canal.
2 pm at the Gowanus Canal (Promenade at Whole Foods, Third Street between Third Avenue and Bond Street in Gowanus, www.artic
Get thee to a nunnery! Theater for the New City’s production of the Shakespearean problem play “Measure for Measure” — which opens tonight — sends the audience through the halls of Mistress Overdone’s brothel (a “nunnery” in Elizabethan slang), before emerging to watch a show in which a hypocritical judge lusts for an actual nun. Show up early to navigate the naughty scene.
7:30 pm at Polonsky Shakespeare Center [262 Ashland Pl. between Fulton Street and Lafayette Avenue in Fort Greene, (212) 229–2819, www.tfana.org]. $85–$120 ($30 students).
Boston indie-rock trio Palehound stops in town tonight with its just-released second album “A Place I’ll Always Go.” The band’s frontwoman Ellen Kempner (pictured) croons confessional lyrics about loss and queer love over a fuzzy guitar and propulsive rhythms that grab onto your ears and don’t let go. With opening acts Baked and Petal.
8 pm at Baby’s All Right [146 Broadway between Bedford and Driggs avenues in Williamsburg, (718) 599–5800, www.babys
It’s hot, but you want to be outside. So join Ample Hills owner Brian Smith for the monthly Ice Cream Social and pizza party on the roof of the Gowanus creamery. Participants will take turns on the bicycle-powered ice cream churn, so you can pretend that you’ve burned off enough calories to indulge in the sundae bar once your dairy delight has hardened.
7 pm at Ample Hills [305 Nevins St. at Union Street in Gowanus, (347) 725-4061, www.ample