Friday, August 6: Watch as Marco Benevento “rescores” the 1960 Vincent Price B-movie “The House of Usher” for its 50th anniversary screening at Celebrate Brooklyn. “I’m pretty much getting into the spooky, creepy factor,” said Benevento. “It’s going to be as weird as the acting.” One can only hope.
7:30 pm. “House of Usher” at the Prospect Park band shell [Prospect Park West and Ninth Street in Park Slope, (718) 855-7882. Free. With White Magic. For info, visit www.bricartsmedia.org.
Give me ‘Dap’!
Saturday, August 7: The Dap-Kings have put out four albums in practically no time, but the band, with frontwoman Sharon Jones, is finally back for a homecoming in Prospect Park. Who cares if Aretha has cancelled her shows in Brooklyn — we’ve got Jones, who has drawn comparisons to James Brown and Tina Turner for her soulful voice and energetic stage presence.
7 pm. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings at the Prospect Park band shell [Prospect Park West and Ninth Street in Park Slope, (718) 855-7882]. Free. For info, visit www.bricartsmedia.org.
Flash for fantasy
Sunday, August 8: Are you into ray guns, winged hawkmen, and atom furnaces? Go see Fredrick Stephani’s 1936 serial classic, “Flash Gordon,” at Union Hall. The episodes will be projected in real 16-mm film, not video — and there’s no better way to watch all the cliffhangers and battles between Ming the Merciless and Buster Crabbe’s hero than in a big loud, boozy group.
8 pm. “Flash Gordon” at Union Hall [702 Union St. at Fifth Avenue in Park Slope, (718) 638-4400]. Free. For info, visit www.unionhallny.com.
Mornings at sea
Wednesday, August 11: Exercise your sea legs a bit this month and hang out with old tars aboard the Mary A. Whalen, an oil tanker in Red Hook. Bring your morning joe on board for a tour of this historic vessel with our pal Carolina Salguerro. If you’re lucky, she’ll let you relax in the hammock.
7–11 am. TankerTime on the Mary A. Whalen [Pier 11 at Pioneer and Conover streets in Red Hook, (917) 414-0565]. Free. For info, visit portsidenewyork.org.
Party like it’s 1910
Thursday, August 12: Celebrate the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s centennial in the best way possible: by dressing up in hundred-year-old duds, grabbing a croquet mallet, downing artisanal cocktails and dancing to ragtime standards. It’s sponsored by the Garden’s Linnaean Libation League, which is another way of saying, “Pass the absinthe.”
6:30–10 pm. 1910-themed party at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden [1000 Washington Ave. near Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights, (718) 623-7200. Tickets $40 for just drinks and food ($75 with croquet). For info, visit www.bbg.org.
Books: Writer Macon Blair loves his apartment in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, and artist Joe Flood says he’s inspired by living in the borough after moving to Crown Heights from New Jersey nine years ago. So you‘ll have to forgive them for blowing up the Brooklyn Bridge. Comment.
Fashion: Sure, your $300 pair of Ed Hardy jeans are cool, but it’s time to grow up and meet the denim fanatic who offers style and value to the celebrities — designer Loren Cronk just opened his own retail shop in Greenpoint. Comments (2).