“My art is not Pop Art. It is a record of the struggle of the discriminated people,” says Japanese artist Takashi Murakami. Good to know, although we’re not sure how that helps explain his sculpture My Lonesome Cowboy, an anime-looking boy ejaculating sperm into the air like a lasso. Welcoming more than 90 pieces of Murakami’s art—from deviant sculptures to cute creatures in his signature Superflat style—the Brooklyn Museum pulls out all the stops with a Japanese art/pop culture fest at its First Saturday soiree. Come dressed as your favorite anime or manga character while dancing to the jams of Japan’s top DJ, drawing caricatures of yourself, and exploring anime classics and docs.

Sat., April 5, 5 p.m., 2008