The Devil Makes Three
Rough Trade NYC, Brooklyn
August 24; 7 p.m.
The Devil Makes Three celebrates the release of their new album, “Chains Are Broken,” with a live performance and signing at Rough Trade NYC. The new album marks the group’s first release composed of entirely original material since their 2013 release of “I’m a Stranger Here.”
Brooklyn Loves Michael Jackson
Stuyvesant Ave., between Lexington and Quincy St., Brooklyn
August 25; 12 p.m.-7 p.m.
Spike Lee’s tribute to The King of Pop returns this weekend for its 8th annual iteration. The event is expected to include dancing, food and other festivities meant to honor the late musician’s cultural and artistic contributions. DJ Spinna, a Brooklyn local, will provide the music, while Spike Lee and friends host.
The Baffler Magazine’s 30th Anniversary
Elsewhere (Hall), Brooklyn
August 25; 6 p.m.-10 p.m.
The Baffler Magazine is turning the big 3-0, and in honor of three decades of ruthless political and cultural commentary, they’re hosting a birthday party at Brooklyn’s Elsewhere. Musical guests Deerhoof and Palberta are set to perform and an after party will follow.
Commodore Barry Park, Brooklyn
The much-anticipated Afropunk festival returns this weekend for a two-day marathon of musical performances from artists including headliners Erykah Badu, Tyler the Creator, Janelle Monae and Miguel — just to name a few. The theme of this year’s festival is “The People Resist,” a “message that brings together Afropunk ideology and the people who support it, in resistance to those that strive to oppress.” Tickets are sold out, but you can see updates and videos from performers by following the #Afropunk hashtag on social media.
Voices of a People’s History
Rumsey Playfield, Manhattan
August 28; 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Founded by historian Howard Zinn and activist Anthony Arnove, nonprofit education center VOICES is partnering with SummerStage to host a special event commemorating the 55th anniversary of the March on Washington. In the spirit of social justice and resistance, the jam-packed roster includes live readings, music, poetry and more. Grammy Award-winner Roseanne Cash, Academy Award-winner Marisa Tomei, actor Uzo Aduba and other special guests will appear.
Accordions Around the World
Bryant Park, Manhattan
August 29; 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Musicians far and wide will make a pilgrimage to Bryant Park on Wednesday as part of “Accordions Around the World.” The artists will play a medley of tunes designed to highlight and amplify the unique sound of the oft-overlooked instrument. If you can’t make it to Wednesday’s show, Bryant Park Picnics has planned additional festivities in early and mid-September.
Michelle Memran’s “The Rest I Make Up”
Through August 29
Playwright Maria Irene Fornes is the focus of Michelle Memran’s “The Rest I Make Up,” a documentary that traces Fornes’s life as she works through memory loss. While the playwright is most widely known as the ex-lover of literary titan Susan Sontag, Fornes is the winner of nine Obie Awards, the creator of over 40 full-length works and is an influential force within the theater world. “The Rest I Make Up” runs in conjunction with a 12-hour marathon reading of Fornes’s works at the Public Theater on Monday, August 27.