Staff Picks: dodie at Brooklyn Steel, Raja Feather Kelly’s “Ugly” and More

Staff Picks: dodie at Brooklyn Steel, Raja Feather Kelly’s “Ugly” and More

Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn
Sept. 8; 8 p.m.
Singer-songwriter dodie (aka Dodie Clark) hits the stage at Brooklyn Steel with rhythmic, stripped-down, charming tunes performed on ukulele and piano. The 22-year-old English musician, whose crisp voice and earnest lyrics attracted more than 1.5 million followers on YouTube, is among the ever-expanding group of independent musicians whose DIY online videos helped lift them to rising-star status. dodie is one to watch.

Governors Island Art Fair
Colonels Row
Sept. 8-9
The stately homes that make up Colonels Row are brimming with contemporary art this weekend as part of Old Governors Island’s 11th annual art fair. Organized by the non-profit 4heads, the kid-friendly fair features the work of 75 artists from around the world and spans a wide spectrum of genres and mediums.

Cinema Garden Party Screening of “The Fits”
First Quincy St. Community Garden, Brooklyn
Sept. 8; 7:30 p.m.
Summer might be coming to a swift close, but this weekend still offers an opportunity to catch a film outside. Screening as part of the Luminal Theater and First Quincy St. Community Garden’s “Cinema Garden Party,” Anna Rose Holmer’s haunting film “The Fits” follows the adolescent journey of a young tomboy, Toni, as she transitions into a group of dancers in Cincinnati’s West End. But just as Toni begins to fit in, a tremor of fear sweeps across the community as girl after girl falls ill with an unexplainable disease.

Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair
Brooklyn Expo Center, Brooklyn
Sept. 8-9
Ephemera and manuscripts and books, oh my! Now in its 5th edition, the Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair has everything you need to begin or add to your rare book collection: vendors, experts, rare finds, vernacular photography, bagels (important book-acquiring fuel). This year’s festivities feature an impressive lineup of talks, but be sure not to miss “Feminize Your Bookshelves!,” a conversation with The Second Shelf’s A. N. Devers, who is ruffling the plumes of the literary world with her new rare book business and literary quarterly.

Raja Feather Kelly’s UGLY
The Bushwick Starr, Brooklyn
Sept. 5-9
“I am an Ugly man. I am a queer of substance, color and depth, thoughts and expression –– and I might even be said to possess magick. I am Ugly, understand, simply because you refuse to see me,” says writer, director and performer Raja Feather Kelly of the feath3r theory about his new project, “UGLY.” Billed as “part dance-theater and part pop-culture collage,” Kelly’s latest solo piece addresses black queer subjectivity in response to mainstream media’s lack of representation.

Mai Khoi and The Dissidents + Paul Tran
National Sawdust, Brooklyn
Sept. 11; 7:30 p.m.
Activist singer Mai Khoi has been a vocal advocate for human rights and freedom of expression in Vietnam, a role that has garnered her persecution by the state. On Tuesday, Mai Khoi and The Dissidents will make their U.S. debut as part of an evening featuring music, literature and conversation. Spoken word poet Paul Tran will also join the event, presented in partnership with Artists at Risk Connection (ARC) and PEN America. A Q&A will follow the live performances.


Top Image: dodie at Machester Club Academy. Courtesy of Side Stage Collective.