Coney Island Is Back and All Over Brooklyn Today

Banner by Marie Roberts of course

In the unlikely event that you didn’t get the memo, the Coney Island Circus Sideshow is up and running Fridays through Sundays throughout the summer season. They have a killer core cast this year; today’s performers include the Texas Talker, Albert Cadabra, Kita St. Cyr, Jelly Boy The Clown, and Xander Lovecraft. You should be aware that there is not a mask requirement in either the sideshow or the Freak Bar. As has ever been the case in Coney Island, the risk is yours to take. If you’re fully vaxxed (and you’d BETTER be), then the risk is minimal in any case! More info here.

If you can’t make it to South Brooklyn today, there are two exciting Coney Island inspired art events happening elsewhere in the borough, today only!

In Red Hook, there is the opening of a Coney Island inspired exhibition of visual art, with performances to boot by my friends Adam RealMan and Gary Dreyfus, et al. It’s at the gallery of the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, from 1 to 6pm. (While there, you might want to take a walk over to the Waterfront Barge Museum, one of my favorite NYC cultural organizations. I’m pretty sure they’re open today; if not, it’s cool to check out anyway from the outside — it’s an actual vintage floating freight barge. Also —

At the opposite end of Brooklyn, in DUMBO, our friends at Opera on Tap have created an “Operacade” inspired by Coney Island’s Zoltar fortune-telling automaton! It appears to be an arcade style game box and performers will take turns climbing inside and singing between 12-9pm. My friend Jenny Lee MItchell will be among them, and it looks like Pandora is telling fortunes. It’s at the corner of Washington and Water Streets.