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Format: 5/4/2015

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Featured Event
Doran Larson, BPL Program
With over 2.26 million people incarcerated in America, they unofficially represent the population of America’s fourth-largest city. Scholar Doran Larson collects first-person essays about life as it is lived every day by Americans held inside...

Friday, May 8, 2015

Paddington, Movies @ the Library
Adapted from Michael Bond’s beloved books, Paddington is the magical adventure of a polite young Peruvian bear that travels to London in search of a home.  Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, it seems that city life is...
Fri, May 8
3:30 pm

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Featured Event
Haiti Film Fest
The festival was launched in 2011 to provide opportunities for filmmakers to share their work and for diverse audiences to embrace more nuanced, multi-faceted stories of the Haitian experience.  1:30pm Black Dawn by Robin Lloyd and Doreen Kraft...

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mothers of Bedford, Hermans House
Eighty percent of women in US prisons today are mothers of school-age children. Mothers of Bedford explores the effects of a long-term prison sentence on the mother-child relationship through the stories of five incarcerated women. It shows the...
Duo Prism +1
As Duo Prism +1, Jesse Mills, violin, Rieko Aizawa, piano (pictured, with Mills), and Alan R. Kay, clarinet, perform works by Francis Poulenc, Sebastian Currier, Mozart, and Grieg. Children under the age of 6 will not be admitted. RSVP here.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Elena Moon Park and Friends
Rabbit Days and Dumplings is a celebration of folk and children's music from all over East Asia, reinterpreted to mix various musical traditions, languages, styles, and stories.  These tunes range from northern Japanese sea shanties to...
Created In Brooklyn: Creative Communities
Photographer Randy Duchaine turns his lens on Brooklynites whose commitments to creativity and innovation embody Brooklyn’s expressive spirit. Duchaine discusses the power of sharing space with like-minded colleagues with Eadaoin Quinn of Sims...

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Great Books Discussion Series, BPL Program
Contemporary fiction is full of stories of characters living outside their native country. In this series, we'll read and discuss samples of "expatriate literature," looking at how the portrayal of expatriate life becomes an...
Fernando Otero Quartet, BPL Program
Grammy winning pianist-composer Fernando Otero is embraced by both New York classical and jazz scenes. He has performed with legendary bassist Eddie Gomez, flautist Dave Valentin, the Arturo O’Farrill Jazz Orchestra, and was featured in...

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Louise Yates' New York Times Best Seller comes to life in ArtsPower's newest musical about the irresistible Dog who loves everything about books. In fact, he loves books SO much that he decides to open up his own bookstore. Once the store...
Sat, May 16
1:00 pm
Tracy K. Smith, Gotham
Tracy K. Smith is the author of three collections: The Body’s Question, which received the Cave Canem Poetry Prize, Duende, which received the James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets, and Life on Mars, which received the...

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Brooklyn as Cultural Oasis, BPL Program
Artist in Residence Cilla Owens and guest panelists share their experiences in Brooklyn and discuss the cultural past and future of this dynamic borough. 
aTonal Hits, BPL Program
This violin and piano duo will follow American music through the 20th and 21st Centuries - beginning with Charles Ives and his Sonata No. 2, lingering on Aaron Copland’s Sonata for Violin and Piano, jumping to John Adams with Road Movies and,...

Monday, May 18, 2015

Theatre of the Oppressed, BPL Program
Theatre troupe with community members who face pressing social, economic, health, and human rights issues. Caution: Criminal INjustice: An original forum play addressing the challenges of racism, false accusations, and poor legal representation in...

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Prisoner's Wife, BPL Program
Author and activist asha bandele will lead a three-part discussion series of books that examine incarceration from the viewpoints of women who are impacted by the corrections system as a spouse of an incarcerated man, an advocate for the...
solitary jail cell interior
A community conversation with policy experts about the justice system in New York, in particular the effects of policies and reforms such as the ending of solitary confinement. Guests include Vincent Warren from the Center for Constitutional Rights...

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Jim Shepard, BPL Program
From the hugely acclaimed National Book Award finalist, Jim Shepard writes a novel that will join the shortlist of classics about the Holocaust and the children caught up in it. Aron, the narrator, is an engaging if peculiar young boy whose family...

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Morgan Taylor
Award-winning songwriter and cartoonist, Morgan Taylor, performs Gustafer Yellowgold's Show, narrating the story of Gustafer, a friendly alien from the Sun and his new life in the lush woodlands of rural Minnesota. Themes of friendship,...

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Day In Day Out, Dialogues in the Visual Arts
Join us for the second season of conversations moderated by arts professionals with contemporary Brooklyn visual artists. Day In Day Out: The Art of Social Commitment - With moderator Nicolás Dumit Estévez and cultural producer Gonzalo...

Friday, May 29, 2015

Movies @ the Library, Up
Carl Fredricksen, a retired balloon salesman, is part rascal, part dreamer who is ready for his last chance at high-flying excitement.  Tying thousands of balloons to his house, Carl sets off to the lost world of his childhood dreams. ...
Fri, May 29
3:30 pm

Sunday, May 31, 2015

The Dhamma Brothers, BPL film screening
East meets West in the Deep South. An overcrowded maximum-security prison-the end of the line in Alabama's correctional system-is dramatically changed by the influence of an ancient meditation program.  Directed by Andrew Kukura, 76 minutes.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Orange is the New Black, BPL Program
Author and activist asha bandele will lead a three-part discussion series of books that examine incarceration from the viewpoints of women who are impacted by the corrections system as a spouse of an incarcerated man, an advocate for the...
Joseph Califano, BPL Program
From Lyndon Johnson’s closest domestic adviser during the White House years comes a book in which “Johnson leaps out of the pages in all his raw and earthy glory” (The New York Times Book Review) that’s been called “a...

Friday, June 5, 2015

The Lego Movie, Movies @ The Library
The first-ever full-length theatrical LEGO® movie follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO® minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world.  He is...
Fri, Jun 5
3:30 pm

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The New Jim Crow
Author and activist asha bandele will lead a three-part discussion series of books that examine incarceration from the viewpoints of women who are impacted by the corrections system as a spouse of an incarcerated man, an advocate for the...

Friday, June 19, 2015

Movies @ the Library, The Incredibles
Known to the world as superheroes Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl, Bob Parr and his wife Helen were among the world’s greatest crime fighters, saving lives and battling evil on a daily basis.  Fifteen years later, they have been forced to...
Fri, Jun 19
3:30 pm