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Embrace high-brow culture in Bay Ridge this weekend!

Southern Brooklyn’s entertainment Mecca will take a reprieve from the typical barroom rock this weekend and step it up with opera, cabaret, and a local artisan’s market in a jazzy pizza joint.

On Saturday, swing by Brooklyn Firefly (7003 Third Ave. at Ovington Avenue) for “Bay Ridge Bloom” — a market that lets you peruse the wares while sipping on a cocktail. Become a patron of the locally made arts by going on a spending spree of clothing, accessories, and skin care products. And after you’ve tired yourself out hunting for deals and supporting your neighbors, sink your teeth into a well-deserved artisanal slice. We suggest the Rosie, with mascarpone, mozzarella, and the chef’s secret sauce. Bust out your wallet for the market starting at 3 pm.

Then make a pilgrimage to Trinity Lutheran Church (9020 Third Ave. between 90th and 91st streets) at 7 pm for a memorial concert celebrating the Bulgarian baritone Roman Borgman, who passed away last April. The Roman Borgman Opera Theatre group will celebrate his life and work with a selection of his favorite classical riffs sung by his soprano widow. There is no charge to hear the soulful songs.

Or you can cap off the night at another house of worship — the Roman Catholic Church of St. Patrick (9511 Fourth Ave. between 95th and 97th streets) will holy host a cabaret performance from the Rhapsody Players on Saturday night at 7:30 pm. The vocal ensemble will transform the church into a cabaret-style club, with the performers belting out secular classics from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. And you don’t have to feel guilty for indulging in coffee, dessert, beer, or wine in these sacred surroundings. All of the cash — and the $20 admission price — will go to the church.

Reach reporter Caroline Spivack at cspivack@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2523. Follow her on Twitter @carolinespivack.
Updated 1:34 am, July 10, 2018
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