On the Waterfront


Quiet waterfront neighborhood no more—Red Hook gets an Ikea store and swarms of eager shoppers on June 18, which, in other words, means that this is the last year you’ll be able to enjoy the annual Red Hook Waterfront Arts Festival without fear of getting a flying Swedish meatball in your eye. It opens tonight with the Red Hook Youth Film Festival (at dusk) and continues on Saturday (from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.) with performances by spoken-word artist Akil Dasan, kooky pirate puppet performance group Jollyship the
Whiz-Bang, Afrobeat ensemble Amayo’s Fu-Arkist-Ra, acrobatic salsa pair Paradizo Dance, and the traditional Mexican dance company Calpulli. Closing the festivities is DJ Oja, who’ll spin a set of sweet, mellow tunes perfect for one last sleepy weekend on the pier.

Fri., June 6, 7 p.m., 2008