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 Thursday, August 30th

 Ride the Wave at 61 Local, 61 Bergen St., 6:30-9PM, $18.

Join the Brooklyn Young Democrats at 61 Local in building coalitions and hearing from candidates it endorses for statewide and local office, including Cynthia Nixon for Governor, Jumaane Williams for Lieutenant Governor and Zellnor Myrie for State Senate (District 20). Entry fees help provide candidates with a final push before Election Day.

Basquiat: Rags to Riches, Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy., 7PM, $16 (includes museum adm). U.S. premiere of this American Master/ BBC Studios documemtary chronicling the life and legacy of Brooklyn’s own Jean-Michel Basquiat. The film relates Basquiat’s personal and artistic journey through interviews with his sisters, art dealers, friends, lovers and fellow artists. His art is at the heart of the film, which is followed by a talkback with the filmmakers.

Saturday, September 1st


Junior Carnival Parade begins at Kingston Ave. & St. John’s Pl., continues along Franklin Ave. to President St. and ends at the Brooklyn Museum grounds. 9AM-4PM, FREE on parade route, $5 at the museum. The parade culminates with music and dance performances and a competition to name Junior King and Queen and the prize-winning bands of the parade. Colorful costumes, cutie-pies and high spirits abound.

Sunday, September 2nd

Free Back-to-School Haircuts for Boys at King Kutz, 55 Ralph Ave., 10AM-#PM. Using proceeds from speaking engagements and his book, “Suited for Success, ” Ty Brown of Brooklyn United Music and Arts Program partners with King Kutz to sponsor 100 free haircuts for boys in Grades Pre-K to Grade 8. MUST REGISTER at

Monday, September 3rd

 West Indian-American Day Parade, Eastern Parkway from Schenectady to Grand Army Plaza, 11AM-6PM, FREE. The massive annual moving carnival draws close to 2 million people to celebrate Caribbean heritage, revel in the music, delight in the brilliantly colored costumes and enjoy the plentiful, delicious Caribbean offerings from food vendors. Bands and marchers hail from Trinidad, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Croix, Barbados, Haiti, Belize, Nevis, etc.



Wednesday, September 5th

BK Distribution of Free Tix for The Gospel at Colonus, Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza Distribution (2 per person) @Noon till they last, but line up early (like 10AM). Ticket vouchers are for the Delacorte Theater, Central Park performance that eve. & must be exchanged for tickets at the box office from 6-7:30pm. Featuring more than 40 powerhouse voices including legends the Blind Boys of Alabama and the Legendary Soul Stirrers, this exuberant, Obie-winning retelling of Sophocles’ classic Oedipus at Colonus has a rousing gospel and blues score.

Friday, September 7th

9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at Brooklyn Borough Hall Rotunda, 209 Joralemon St., 9AM, FREE. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams hosts this third annual ceremony honoring Brooklynites lost that tragic day 16 years ago and to advocate for survivors receiving the necessary resources to combat ongoing physical and emotional repercussions of the attacks and recovery efforts. This year a new banner featuring the names of all 206 Brooklyn residents who lost their lives. The banner will be displayed at the top of the Borough Hall steps through September 11th.

Nova Frontier Film Festival at The Billie Holiday Theater, 1368 Fulton St., Thru 9/9. Various times, Free on Fri, $10 on Sat & Sun. Enjoy a lineup of compelling films, panels and virtual reality media about and from the African Diaspora, the Middle East and Latin America, presented by RestorationART and the Nova Frontier Film Festival. This year’s festival focuses on themes of immigration, identity and interculturalism with a program of over 22 films (shorts, feature and documentary), a virtual reality experience and panels. For info call 866-811-4111 or visit


Saturday, September 8th

BK Distribution of Free Tix for The Gospel at Colonus, Marcy Library, 617 DeKalb Ave. (different location but see 9/5 for other details).

Soulfest 2018 @ Medgar Evers College, 1650 Bedford Ave., 11AM-7PM, FREE. An outdoor cultural extravaganza inviting the diverse population of Medgar Evers College and Central Brooklyn to gather and share their cultures. Tickle your taste buds with the flavors of Brooklyn and soothe your soul with arts and crafts. Play a few games and maybe even a free giveaway, all while supporting student scholarships.



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