Saturday, June 19: It’s Juneteenth, so naturally, Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims in Brooklyn Heights — a key stop on the “Underground Railroad” — will host a day-long celebration of the church’s role in ending slavery. Remember, this was Henry Ward Beecher’s church — and may be the only place where Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr. both prayed.
1–5 pm. “Underground Railroad Festival” at Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims [75 Hicks St. at Orange Street in Brooklyn Heights, (718) 624-4743]. Admission is $20. For info, visit www.undergroundrailroadfestival.org.
Sunday, June 20: The monthlong Crest Hardware Art Show has begun, and there’s nothing like it. The annual show blends elaborate sculptures, paintings and mixed-media works made with tools found in the Williamsburg store. Look for Korean artist Ji Yong Ho’s piece made from recycled old tires.
Noon–11 pm. Crest Art Show [558 Metropolitan Ave. near Union Avenue in Williamsburg, (718) 388-9521]. Free. For info, visit www.cresthardwareartshow.com. Through July 30.
Monday, June 21: Hank & Cupcakes have been making music for over a decade, but the duo’s career only took off after they moved to Williamsburg two years ago. Now they’re attracting all sorts of attention for their infectious dance music and shows that are energetic and hot (well, at least Cupcakes is).
2 pm. Hank & Cupcakes at Lovin’ Cup Cafe [93 N. Sixth St. between Wythe Avenue and Berry streets in Williamsburg, (718) 302-1180]. Also appearing at Brooklyn Bowl [61 Wythe Ave. between N. 11th and N. 12th streets in Williamsburg, (718) 963-3369] on June 23 at 9 pm.
Wednesday, June 23: Harry Warren, the most-famous songwriter that you never heard of, is finally getting the star treatment, thanks to a Ryan Rep show based on his classic hits, “That’s Amore,” “I Only Have Eyes For You,” and “At Last.” Warren, a Brooklyn Heights native, actually had more Top 10 hits than Irving Berlin — but he remains unknown. We say, “Unfair!”
7:30 pm. “Introducing Harry Warren: The Tin Pan Alley Years” at the Harry Warren Theatre [2445 Bath Ave. at Bay 38th Street in Bath Beach, (718) 996-4800]. Tickets $20. For other showtimes, visit www.ryanrep.org.
Thursday, June 24: The only place to be is Williamsburg’s Northside as the entire neighborhood becomes Brooklyn’s answer to SXSW. More than 100 bands will perform, including Shark?, Darlings, Fang Island and Cloud Nothings. The highlight could be the June 25 “Pop Tarts Suck Toasted” show with Dinosaur Feathers (pictured) and our pal Greg Sullo. And don’t miss Titus Andronicus on Sunday at Newtown Barge Park.
Cinema: A pair of Brooklyn filmmakers has taken two of the fundamental aspects of the borough — hipsters and West Indian culture — and thrown them together in a road trip-flick that is earning awards on the festival circuit. Comment.