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14 Things To Do in Your New York City Neighborhood This Week

By DNAinfo Staff | April 10, 2016 9:07am 

 A band of musicians led mourners down Richards Street after the funeral of Sunny Balzano in Red Hook.
A band of musicians led mourners down Richards Street after the funeral of Sunny Balzano in Red Hook.
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Monday, April 11

See NPR’s “Ask Me Another” Quiz Show

Where: The Bell House, 149 7th St., Gowanus
When: Doors at 6:30, show at 7:30 p.m.

Solve puzzles, answer trivia questions, hear comedy and music at the live taping of NPR’s “Ask Me Another” with host Ophira Eisenberg. This week’s show includes a special guest, actress Kimiko Glenn of “Orange Is The New Black.” Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

Tuesday, April 12

Tree Giveaway With the Brooklyn Nets

Where: Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave., Prospect Heights
When: Noon to 2 p.m.

Pick up a free tree from the New York Restoration Project at this giveaway event for homeowners looking at add green to their homes, co-hosted by the Brooklyn Nets. Register for a free tree online or come get a sapling on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Red Hook Community Justice Center Youth Internship and Opportunity Fair

Where: Miccio Community Center, 110 W. 9th St., Red Hook
When: 4 to 7 p.m.

Young people from 14 to 24 are invited to learn about summer jobs, internships and other local opportunities at this free event, where there will also be workshops on resume writing and other employment skills.

#Hamiltome Release Party

Where: Astoria Bookshop, 31-29 31st St., Astoria
When: 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Join the Astoria Bookshop to celebrate the release of “Hamilton: The Revolution,” the new book about Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit Broadway musical. The event, which will feature Hamilton trivia, has sold out of seated slots so will be standing-room only.

Childbirth in the 19th Century: The Role of Charity Hospital

Where: New York Public Library, 524 Main St., on Roosevelt Island
When: 6:30 p.m.

During the 1800s, midwives, nurses and doctors at Charity Hospital were seen as leaders in making childbirth a safe experience, according to the Roosevelt Island Historical Society. Hear Jane Brickman, a history professor at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, talk about their practices.

Literary Salon, Historical Fiction Authors

Where: Andaz Wall Street, 75 Wall St., Financial District
When: 7 p.m.

Pen Parentis, an organization of writers who are also parents, hosts artist and novelist Jessica Hagedorn, award-winning novelist Amitava Kumar, and New York Times bestselling author Lauren Willig for this discussion of their work. Free. RSVP is recommended

David Duchovny Reads From “Bucky F*cking Dent”

Where: Union Square Barnes and Noble. 33 E. 17th St., Union Square
When: 7 p.m.

Catch David Duchovny reading from his new book “Bucky F*cking Dent,” a tale of family and baseball.

Wednesday, April 13

 Gowanus: The Past and Future of Brooklyn's Curious Canal

Where: Brooklyn Brainery, 190 Underhill Ave., Prospect Heights
When: 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The polluted nature of the Gowanus Canal is so notorious that even the New Yorker acknowledged it with one of their covers last year. But how did it become a toxic site, and what was the thinking behind its creation? Learn all about it at this lecture by Brooklyn Brainery. Register in advance. Tickets are $15. 

Thursday, April 14

GDS Open Mic

Where: NYC's Fort Washington Armory 216 Fort Washington Ave., Washington Heights
When: 5 to 7 p.m.

 Join the Growth and Development Services, Inc. to learn more about the organization’s team, programs and local talent.

States of Incarceration: A National Dialogue of Local Histories

Where: New School, The Auditorium in the Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall at the New School, 66 W. 12th St., Greenwich Village
When: 6 to 8:30 p.m.

"States of Incarceration" is a national exhibition with contributions from over 500 people in mass incarceration. The New York City installation will feature a special focus on Rikers Island. The Thursday night launch will include a conversation with the mother of Kalief Browder, whose son killed himself after being imprisoned at Rikers for allegedly stealing a backpack, and “legislative theater” by Theatre of the Oppressed. The event is free but attendees are asked to register online.

A Tribute to Sunny Balzano: Memorial Concert and Fundraiser

Where: Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St., Red Hook
When: 6:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Red Hook’s beloved barkeep Antonio “Sunny” Balzano, who died last month at 81, will be remembered with a concert and fundraiser at Pioneer Works. Musicians like Smokey’s Round-Up, Ida Blue, Luna Sisters and The Gotham Easy, most of whom have previously played at Sunny’s Bar, will be performing. Food from eateries like Hometown BBQ, Good Fork and Red Hook Lobster Pound will be available along with a cash bar. Contributions above $25 will allow entry into the event and go towards paying for Balzano’s funeral costs.

Street Harassment Rewind

Where: Friends and Lovers, 641 Classon Ave., Crown Heights
When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Do you ever wish you could re-do your response to harassment on the street? That’s what the Brooklyn Movement Center is asking attendees to share at this event, where participants will use improv and storytelling to “re-frame” and re-imagine their street harassment experiences with support from the community. RSVP at nodisrespect@brooklynmovementcenter.org or 718-771-7000.

► Donation Based Yoga at Mayday Space

Where: Mayday Space, 176 St. Nicholas Ave., Bushwick
When: 7 to 8 p.m.

Bushwick residents, you don’t have to leave the neighborhood for some cheap zen. Try a donation-based yoga class at Mayday Space Thursday evenings from 7 to 8 p.m.

Songs of Sacred Time: A Passover Concert

Where: JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue at 76th Street, Upper West Side
When: 7:30 to 9 p.m.

The JCC Manhattan is hosting a Passover concert and celebration featuring Rabbi Jessica Kate Meyer and Cantor George Mordecai. Brahim Fribgane will play the oud and percussion, Shoko Nagai will perform on the accordion and piano and Dan Nadel will play guitar. Tickets are $25 for members of the public and $20 for members.

These listings were compiled by DNAinfo's reporters Noah Hurowitz, Emily Frost, Leslie Albrecht, Irene Plagianos, Shaye Weaver, Gwynne Hogan, Jeanmarie Evelly, Danielle Tcholakian, Rachel Holliday Smith, Camille Bautista, Nikhita Venugopal and Carolina Pichardo.