Angely Mercado

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There are some pretty awesome events coming to Bushwick and Ridgewood this week. One will discuss gentrification and highlight art and poetry created by longtime residents, another will be an art closing, and you’ll get to re-watch a cult classic. 

Don’t miss out on having fun without having to go to far this weekend: 

National Rum Day Happy Hour at Paradise Lounge 

Thursday August 16, 2018 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

August 16th is National Rum Day, so Owney’s Rum, which is bottled and sold in Brooklyn, is holding a happy hour in Ridgewood. There will be $6 daiquiris and $8 Owney’s Rum drink specials all night long. Support a local business and a local bar with an eventful thirsty Thursday. 

Photo by Adam Wilson on Unsplash

Bock Brick Benefit at The Deep End

Thursday August 16, 2018 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.

There’s been no end to the news of immigrants being detained at the border and separated from family members under the current administration’s zero tolerance policy. To help raise funds for Immigrant Families Together, artist Ryan Bock (Bockhaus) is installing a wall made of painted bricks. Patrons can buy the individual bricks until the wall is lowered. Help keep families together, purchase art and sip some drinks all at the same time. 

“The Fifth Element” at Outdoor Mirage Cinema

Friday August 17, 2018 at 6 p.m. 

Watch movies under the stars (or setting sun in this case) with your neighbors. Seats are grabbed at a first come first serve basis, so show up early, grab a summery cocktail and settle in for a nick of flicks. There’s even an ice cream social to keep the weekend fun rolling. Click on the link above to get tickets. 

Japanese Summer Festival at Ichiran Brooklyn

Friday August 17, 2018

Ramen eatery Ichiran will be kicking off its’ first ever Japanese Summer Festival this weekend. Guest will be able to try on and take photos with yukatas (the Japanese summer kimono), play traditional Japanese games and even watch old school anime. The festival will continue until September 3 and will not affect service at their single seating booths.

DATAATADATA: 3-Sphere Closing Soiree at Odetta Gallery 

Saturday August 18, 2018 at 3 to 5 p.m.

DATAATADATA is closing at a local Odetta Gallery this weekend. Come and see the unique sculptures that were given a space for viewing in the area before they’re taken down. A range of media was used during this particular instillation, so visitors will definitely discover something new, and since it’s the closing, this will be everyone’s last chance to see this kind of inventive art in one place. 

Morgan O’Hara, LIVE TRANSMISSION: installation in flat file cabinet, Graphite on Bristol paper, 14 x 17 inches each.

Bushwick Love Letter Culminating Celebration at Mayday Space

Saturday August 18, 2018 at 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Come celebrate the neighborhood by listening to poetry, writing and music inspired by longtime and lifelong locals. This free event will unite everyone who cares about the future of the neighborhood and who has a stake in it’s past and present. Mayday Space, the venue for this event, is very involved with local activism regarding race and housing in Bushwick. They’re a great way to get more information on local issues and how to proactively approach them. 

Cover photo courtesy of Bruno Cervera

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