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Get ready to face some hairy situations this weekend in the Ridge!

Spend Friday night watching a free movie, “Despicable Me 3” under the stars at Owl’s Head Park (68th Street and Colonial Road). The animated flick tells the tale of villainous twin brothers — both voiced by Steve Carrell — who unite to vanquish a new enemy. The film starts at 8 pm, but you should arrive earlier to secure a spot. Bring your own popcorn, but not booze — or at least, keep it well-concealed.

The next day, circle back to Owl’s Head Park to celebrate the original smash-and-grab villains: the Vikings! At Viking Fest, sponsored by the Scandinavian East Coast Museum, you can join the nabe’s Norse residents for Scandinavian music, dance, and crafts. And brush out your beard for the Fest’s inaugural Festooned Facial Hair contest, which will feature prizes for best natural and artificial fuzz. The follicle competition, which is open to men and hirsute ladies, costs $5 to enter, but it is free to attend the Viking event, which runs from 10 am to 5 pm.

Once you have quaffed your fill of Viking culture, head to Red, White and Brew (8910 Fifth Ave. between 89th and 90th streets), where party band Rock Farm will shred some hair metal tunes during its four hour show of rock covers, starting at 3:30 pm. The group will play hits from Poison, Motley Crue, and Van Halen, among others. Keep up the beardy theme and request some ZZ Top!

On Sunday, flock to Good Shepherd Church (7420 Fourth Ave. at 74th Street) for good music and good deeds. The “Music for Food” event will feature local classical musicians performing the tunes of 18th century Austrian composers Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and the $20 entry fee — $5 for students and seniors — will benefit the Bay Ridge Food Pantry. The two-hour concert starts at 3 pm.

And warm up your dancing feet for next weekend with a Thursday night set of swing dancing at the Brooklyn Firefly (7003 Third Ave. at Ovington Avenue). The Baby Soda Jazz Band will play a free, two-hour set of swing tunes from the 1920s and ’30s beginning at 7:30 pm.

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, May 18, 2018
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