Cheerio, old chaps! I’m afraid the usual nightlife correspondent has bounded off to the West Coast for bit of holiday. But stiff upper lip! This Brit will get you through this spot of bother with a guide to all things Old Blighty in Bay Ridge!
On Saturday afternoon, the fine fellows of the Brit-rock band London Fogg will play at the terribly-American bar Red, White, and Brew (8910 Fifth Ave. between 89th and 90th streets) at 4 pm. The seven-piece band’s covers tunes from the British Invasion will remind you of England’s green fields — or at least of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, which is close engough.
Then it is time for a spot of culture — the poetry of English writer A.A. Milne, best known to you Yanks for creating Winnie the Pooh. Tonight at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (7420 Fourth Ave. at 75th Street), the Patrick Cornelius Octet will perform a suite of songs inspired by Milne’s 1924 children’s poetry collection “When We Were Very Young,” literally jazzed up with some musical references to Duke Ellington and Gil Evans. Tickets are $30, which includes a glass of wine and an appetizer from the church’s Soul Cafe.
After that excitement, I will need to wind down with a cuppa. Usually I prefer English Breakfast, of course, but Baia Bay Ridge (8402 Third Ave. at 84th Street) will be serving something called Green Tea Shots all night for $5, which I am certain will be the best way to relax.
On Sunday, it is time to explore that other British Isle — Ireland! The Wicked Monk (9510 Third Ave. between 95th and 96th streets) will keep the St. Patrick’s spirit alive with fiddles and tin whistles at its weekly Irish seisun, which kicks off at 5 pm. And then we can keep going green at the Greenhouse Cafe (7717 Third Ave. at 77th Street), where crooner Martin McQuade will celebrate the just-passed holiday with some Irish ballads starting at 7 pm — and also busting out some tunes appropriate for Easter, which is coming up soon.
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