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This weekend is full of strong women fighting and singing in Bay Ridge!

Get ready for a wonderful Friday night by grabbing a blanket and a basket and spreading out in John Paul Jones Park (101st Street between Fourth Avenue and Fort Hamilton Parkway) for an under-the-stars screening of “Wonder Woman” at 7 pm. The movie, which came out earlier this year, stars Gal Gadot in the role of Amazon Princess Diana, an expert fighter who leaves an all-woman island protected by the Greek gods in an attempt to end World War One. And while you’re watching the best film in the DC Comics film franchise, raise a toast to director Patty Jenkins, the first woman to direct a live-action superhero movie.

On Saturday, gather your opera-loving friends and celebrate a strong woman of a different sort at the “Il Trovatore” highlights concert at Trinity Lutheran Church (9020 Third Ave. at 91st Street). The singers of the Roman Borgman Opera Theatre will belt out the most famous arias from Giuseppe Verdi’s 19th-century opera, in which a gypsy woman’s curse wreaks havoc on two generations of a noble family. Even opera novices can enjoy the show — Ridgite and cast member Nathan Baer will narrate the performance, providing insights about Verdi, his opera, the era in which it is set, and the tensions and relationships that underlie each scene. Plus, light refreshments will be served at a reception following the concert, where you can meet the artists. The $20 show kicks off at 7 pm and runs for 90 minutes.

And on Sunday … opa! Stroll over to Ridge Boulevard for the last day of the free, four-day Holy Cross Greek Cultural Festival (Ridge Boulevard between 84th and 86th Streets) where the whole family can make like heroes and nosh on gyros — and other Greek food and pastries — shop at the flea market, and play games from noon to 7 pm. Just don’t eat too much baklava if you are going to take part in the traditional Greek dancing!

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at jmcshane@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.
Posted 12:00 am, September 22, 2017
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