Free is Nice: Brooklyn Museum’s 2011 Target First Saturdays

Brooklyn Museum Photo © Adam Husted 2005

What: The Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturdays Series

Where: Brooklyn Museum, Prospect Heights

When: May 7th and beyond, activities begin at 5 p.m.

Why: This spring, New Yorkers will tilt their heads upwards with happiness for reasons other than cherry blossoms. The Brooklyn Museum will host this year’s inaugural Target First Saturdays series that includes a clap-worthy roster of programming honoring the borough’s local talent and natural landscape.

The free event begins at 5p.m. with a two-hour music session by Brooklyn based folk string band Frankenpine. You’ll see cameos from a number of instruments—banjo, fiddle, accordion—to accompany their vocal sound as they perform nature-inspired songs.

The family friendly museum known for showing dialogue inciting films will screen at 6p.m. Who Does She Think She Is, is a documentary about five women and their choice of dealing with the career of motherhood or an outside profession.

At 7p.m. gain deeper insight into the 160 objects in the current exhibit, Tipi: Heritage of the Great Plains. Curator, Susan Zeller, will discuss the role and duties of historical Tipi women as well as modern day contemporaries. Or, for lighter programming, photograph yourself with Brooklyn artist Andy Lin’s two-way mirror and remote trigger at his Photo Booth.

As the evening gets under way, loosen up at 8 p.m. to DJ Evil Dee and others for a two-hour party of hip hop and soul. Then, at 9 p.m., sustainable foodies might want to hear Brooklynite Cathy Erway discuss her two year culinary adventure of not eating out, which formed the book, The Art of Eating In: How I learned To Stop Spending and Love the Stove. Or, if you’re inclined to tell a story of your own, visit The Moth who’ll host an hour open mic and storytelling slam.

There is ample reason to return after May 7th as the following week on May 13th, The L Magazine partners with the museum for AUDIOPHILE—the second of three spring concerts featuring a duo of bands. Playing evening sets in the glass pavilion will be MEN, an art performance band/collective along with indie band, Savoir Adore.

Cost: Free admission after 5 p.m. for First Saturday. Programs have limited space available and are ticketed on a first-come, first-served basis. AUDIOPHILE is free with museum admission. For more info visit Brooklyn Museum.

How to get there: Take the #2 or #3 to Eastern Parkway – Brooklyn Museum Station; the B or Q trains from mid-town to Prospect Park station; or 3 to Eastern Parkway– Brooklyn Museum station; B or Q to Prospect Park station; S shuttle to Prospect Park station. (The B train does not run on weekends.)

Photo: Courtesy of Adam Husted