Weekend Staff Picks: Whitman & Great Googa Mooga

Poetry in Brooklyn and a musical by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim are some of the cultural picks from WNYC's staff for this weekend.

WQXR classical music host, Naomi Lewin, wants to walk with Walt Whitman in a tour of Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn's first park which owes its existence to the poet's editorials written for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.  "Walt Whitman's Fort Greene Park and Area" will be conducted by Greg Trupiano of the Walt Whitman project and Fort Greene Park Conservancy and will meet Sunday at 1:00 pm at the Visitors Center in the park.  "The walk will be accompanied by some guest artists -- a poet and a baritone so you will get some poetry and singing along the way," said Lewin.

The infamous and crowded Great Googa Mooga Festival takes place in Prospect Park all weekend and that's where you may see New York Public Radio's graphic designer, Casey De Pont. "It's basically a giant food and music festival in the park which is about a block from my house so it will be convenient and fun." 

The Leonard Lopate Show's associate producer, Steven Valentino, suggests David Byrne and Fatboy Slim's "Here Lies Love" at The Public Theater. "It's a disco musical about Imelda Marcos and it was fantastic," says Valentino.  He also suggests a small piano bar in the West Village, The Duplex, for the cabaret performance of Ben Rimalower in "Patti Issues."  "I'm going to find out what kind of issues he has with Patti Lupone," Valentino said.

Click on the audio link above to hear more about the picks.