Books: Saïd Sayrafiezadeh’s debut memoir, “When Skateboards Will Be Free,” has garnered considerable acclaim for its grace and humor as he detailed a not-so-common childhood — being raised by ardent Socialists in Pennsylvania. Comment.
Saturday, April 10: Russian giant Anton Chekhov would have been 150 this year, and for a 19th-century guy, he really knew how to write about being broke, drunk, and in the midst of a mid-life crisis. To celebrate the date, BAM is putting on “Uncle Vanya,” a drama about love and wasted youth. You’ll be transported back to the old country, especially because the play will be in Russian with English supertitles.
7:30 pm. “Uncle Vanya” at BAM Harvey [651 Fulton St. at Rockwell Place in Fort Greene, (718) 636-4100], www.bam.org.
Silent but deadly
Sunday, April 11: You probably weren’t around in the days when silent films were innovative, or when live bands were the only way to hear music, but the Brooklyn Public Library is hosting a screening of “The Cameraman” to recall the days when a movie wasn’t powerful only because it was loud. The film stars Buster Keaton trying to impress a girl — and it’s accompanied by a live pianist.
1:30 pm. Brooklyn Public Library’s Central branch [Flatbush Avenue at Eastern Parkway in Grand Army Plaza in Park Slope, (718) 230-2100].
Tuesday, April 13: Before you rush out and buy an iPad, come hear a real live author — in this case, the great Cobble Hill bard Arthur Phillips — read. Phillips’s “The Song is You,” now out in paperback, centers on the idea that every life (even yours) has a soundtrack. In a nod to modernity, Phillips’s iPod will play some of the songs mentioned in the book.
7:30 pm. Arthur Phillips at Word [126 Franklin St. at Milton Street in Greenpoint, (718) 383-0096] Tickets are $15.
Thursday, April 15: You’re almost out of time to catch the outstanding Brooklyn Museum exhibit about ancient Egyptian burial rituals — a timely reminder that humans are just as obsessed with (and ignorant of) death as we were 5,000 years ago. The exhibit runs through May 2 — and unlike the Egyptians themselves, it doesn’t have an afterlife, so catch it now.
11 am–5 pm. “To Live Forever” at the Brooklyn Museum [200 Eastern Pkwy. at Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights, (718) 638-5000]. Museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Saturday, April 17: It’s that time of the year when everyone wants to show off his green credentials. With Earth Day near, the Fulton Avenue Business Alliance will actually be giving away trees — and tree “adopters” will even get a coupon for a meal. Meanwhile, Habana Outpost will have its traditional springtime kickoff to a summer of mojitos and movies!
10 am. Free trees at the Putnam Triangle [Fulton Street and Grand Avenue in Clinton Hill, (718) 643-6555]; Habana Outpost [757 Fulton St. at S. Portland Avenue in Fort Greene, (718) 858-9500].