Format: 11/23/2014

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Interactivity will be the order of the day, with sing-alongs on more than half the songs, instrument demonstrations, and even one of Astrograss's famous dance contests, with prizes for the winners.  But all kids are winners at Astrograss...
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Sam Roberts
New York Times’s Sam Roberts tells the vibrant story of America’s great metropolis through 101 distinctive objects that span the history of New York. From Beads from the African Burial Ground in Lower Manhattan to Automats, Bagels and...

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Long Goodbye, Elliot Gould
Phillip Marlowe (Elliot Gould) becomes entangled in a complex web of deception and can only rely on his code of honor in a corrupt world. (Robert Altman,  1973, 111 min)

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Naguib Mahfouz
Miramar: through multiple perspectives, tells the story of the beloved and beautiful low-born woman, Zohra. As with most of Mahfouz’s work, his character is a cipher for 20th century Egypt. This is the rescheduled time from the class that was...
Vasily Grossman
Novelist Vasily Grossman died 50 years ago, before he could see his masterpiece, Life and Fate, published. When the KGB confiscated the manuscript, the writer’s life turned into tragedy. A book judged dangerous in the Soviet Union, Life and...

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem’s brand of roots music invigorates with smooth four-part vocal harmonies and a zesty instrumental blend of fiddle, guitar, ukulele, bass, and percussion, including a drum kit built from 100% recycled materials....
Sat, Dec 6
1:00 pm
Greil Marcus, BPL Program
Marcus, a founder of contemporary rock criticism, discusses The History of Rock ’n’ Roll in Ten Songs. “Transmission” by Joy Division. “All I Could Do Was Cry” by Etta James and then Beyoncé. “To Know...

Sunday, December 7, 2014

The Big Parade
We remember and mark the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I in 1914, and the 73rd anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day, which led to the U.S. entry into World War II in 1941.  The Big Parade follows a young man (John Gilbert) who is...
Dover Quartet, Carnegie
Winner of the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition and the first ensemble to be named quartet-in-residence at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music, the Dover Quartet has performed in the world’s great concert halls and its...

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Two Jakes
In the sequel to Chinatown, much has changed since we last saw Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson).  The war has come and gone; 1948 Los Angeles teems with optimism and fast bucks.  But there’s one thing Jake knows hasn’t changed:...

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Joshua Nelson
The Prince of Kosher Gospel, Joshua Nelson, returns to BPL to celebrate the life of the King of Soul, Sam Cooke, who died exactly 50 years ago. RSVP here.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

This holiday musical tradition, based on Charles Dickens’ classic novel, A Christmas Carol, once again tells the story of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge as he learns the true spirit of the holidays! Presented by Plaza Theatrical.
Sat, Dec 13
1:00 pm
Bykov presents a lecture on the use of metaplots by Russian novelists. RSVP here.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Suki Kim, Without You There is No Us
Describing it as "a world where they invented their own truth,” North Korea had always fascinated author and journalist Suki Kim. In 2011, she managed to get a job there, and was under constant surveillance by government minders. She kept... piano trio, classical interludes
The trio, Kurt Briggs, violin; Matt Goeke, cello; and Renee Cometa Briggs, piano, perform Haydn’s Piano Trio in E flat Major, Hob. XV: 29; Beethoven’s Piano Trio in E flat Major, Op. 1, No. 1; and David Keberle’s Piano Trio. ...

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Emily and Friends
Put the rhythm in your feet, dance your body and feel the beat! Sing-a-long with songs you know and rock out with Emily's original tunes! Come and get warm and have fun, Fun, FUN with you and your little ones!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

LA Confidential
In this film version of James Ellroy’s novel, three cops, a call girl, a mysterious millionaire, a tabloid journalist, and the Chief of Detectives fuel a plot rife with mystery, ambition, romance, and humor. (Curtis Hanson, 1997, 138 minutes)

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Voices of Vision
Enjoy a concert by Voices of Vision, an a-cappella choir dedicated to the preservation of the Negro Spiritual. They will perform secular and popular holiday music reflecting different faiths and cultures.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Make Music New York, Flat Foot Flatbush
Make Music New York’s winter edition creates a parade of professional and participatory citizen marchers jamming along, and the route follows Flatbush Avenue. Join us on the Solstice for Flat Foot Flatbush —a concert at Brooklyn Public...
BPL Chamber Players
The Players return for their annual holiday concert. Brooklyn Adela Peña and Miki-Sophia Cloud, violins; Ah Ling Neu, viola; Roberta Cooper, cello and Peter Weitzner, double bass, perform works by Haydn, Gabriela Lena Frank and holiday...

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Hopalong Andrew
Join the fun with folk songs, cowboy songs and other fun songs sprinkled in. Tunes to sing, holler and hoedown to! Hopalong Andrew is a member of Music For Aardvarks Band, The Rozz & Val Show and growed-up bands such as The Honey Brothers, and...

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Emil Gorovets, a popular Soviet singer in the 1960s, sang not only in Russian, but also pioneered in Yiddish. He also introduced American and European popular music to Soviet listeners. Gorovets emigrated to the United States in early...

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Enso String Quartet
Founded at Yale University in 1999, the Ensō String Quartet has, in a decade and a half, risen to the front rank of string ensembles.  The Quartet will perform Haydn’s String Quartet in G Minor, Op.76, No. 1; Janacek’s 'Kreutzer...

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Circuit & Jojo are two Brooklyn-based musicians that combine electronica and acoustic guitar to create a contemporary and colorful kid friendly sound. Circuit is a parent, musician, and visual artist who spends his time juggling creative and...

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Raisin in the Sun
The Younger family, frustrated with living in their crowded Chicago apartment, sees the arrival of a $10,000 insurance check as the answer to their prayers. Matriarch Lena Younger (Claudia McNeil) promptly puts a down payment on a house in an all-...

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Thomas Merton
Christopher Beha of Harper’s Magazine, novelist Colm Tóibín, and author Paul Elie discuss the writings of poet and activist Thomas Merton (1914–1968) whose works continue to influence critical thought on spiritual wisdom,...

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Events for Youth & Families: Frosty
The beloved snowman, known to melt everyone's heart comes to life in a winter show for the whole family. Based on the classic tale enjoyed by millions around the globe this show is sure to put a smile on your face.    ...
Sat, Jan 24
1:00 pm
Pete Seeger, Toshi Seeger
Pete and Toshi Seeger’s legacies run deep: from transforming the way we listen to our American roots, to demanding social justice and successfully advocating for grassroots environmental change. Organized by their grandson Kitama Cahill-...

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Honegger, Auric
BASS continues its season-long tribute to Les Six: Georges Auric, Louis Durey, Arthur Honegger, Darius Milhaud, Francis Poulenc and Germaine Tailleferre. This concert will focus on Georges Auric and Arthur Honegger. Justine Aronson, Mary Mackenzie,...

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Nothing But a Man
Set against the stirrings of the civil rights movement and a rising wave of burgeoning Black pride, Nothing But a Man tells the story of Duff, a railroad section hand played by Ivan Dixon, who is forced to confront racial prejudice and self-denial...

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Roger Rosenblatt
The New York Times bestselling author of Making Toast and Kayak Morning returns with a meditation on a universal subject: love. In The Book of Love, Roger Rosenblatt explores love in all its moods and variations—romantic love, courtship,...

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Explore the jazz legends of the world with Musical Legends interactive, educational program: “Jazz 4 Kids”.  Together, with world renowned jazz musicians and vocalist/educator Lauren Hooker, the ensemble leads the audience through...
Sat, Jan 31
1:00 pm
The live presentation of a poetry almanac Our Crimea, which unites poets from Russia, Ukraine, the US and Israel. Among the confirmed participants, Gennady Katsov (New York), Mikhail Ayzenberg (Moscow), Igor Sid (who lives in Crimea, formerly...

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Kelly Hall Tompkins, Classical Interludes
Acclaimed for her “tonal mastery” and “searing intensity,” violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins is forging a dynamic career as a soloist and chamber musician. Winner of a Naumburg International Violin Competition Honorarium...

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Conroy Warren
 Feeling the beat! Enjoy the power and pleasure of Jazz, Calypso and Reggae through singing and dancing in this interactive performance with versatile entertainer Conroy Warren. It’s fun!  It’s exciting!    

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

A Man Called Adam
Sammy Davis, Jr. leads an all-star cast in this searing drama about the turbulent life of brilliant jazz musician Adam Johnson, a gifted artist whose art is shaped by the world he lives in.  Adam could be the best, except he can’t forget...

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Vaneese Thomas
Daughter of Rufus Thomas of Staxx record fame, Vaneese is a soulful songstress who embodies the spirit of all the great women of soul. Her older siblings are the hit recording artist “Memphis Queen” Carla Thomas and the highly respected...

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Shine and the Moonbeams
Shine and the Moonbeams create a soulful musical extravaganza that captures the sweetness, uncertainty and simplicity of youth. Guitarist John Heagle currently plays with the faux French garage-rockers Les Sans Culottes. Singer songwriter Shawana...
Sat, Feb 7
1:00 pm
Igor Satanovsky, editor of the Russian almanac Novaya Kozha, introduces local authors Alex Galper, Greg Kapelyan, Ian Probstein, Gleb Simonov, and Katya Kapovich. Berlin-based authors Alexander Delphinov and Julia Kissina read their work via a Skype...

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Apollo Trio
The Apollo Trio was formed in 1997 after playing together in the Soirées des Junies Music Festival in the south of France. The trio: Curtis Macomber, violin; Michael Kannen, cello and Marija Stroke, piano, will perform Beethoven’s Piano...

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Stokely, Peniel
Joseph is Professor of History at Tufts University and the author of Stokely: A Life, and the award-winning Waiting ‘til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America.  Stokely Carmichael was a Trinidadian-American...

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Feraba African Rhythm Tap Duet
Let's dance together, let's drum together, let's sing together. Join Ibrahima Kolipe Camara, a native from Guinea, West Africa and Irene Koloseus, dancer and choreographer as they celebrate Black History month.  The two perform...
Sat, Feb 14
1:00 pm
The Loving Story
Married in Washington, D.C. on June 2, 1958, Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter returned home to Virginia where their marriage was declared illegal—he was white, and she was black and Native American. At the time, anti-miscegenation laws were...

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Freedom Summer
Over ten weeks in 1964, known as Freedom Summer, more than 700 student volunteers joined with organizers and local African Americans in an historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in Mississippi, the nation’s most...
Dancing Crane, Classical Interludes
A music concert of traditional songs of Georgia, performed by Dancing Crane's Zekari Men's Choir and Magnolia Women's Trio. Children under 6 will not be admitted. RSVP here.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Sekouba Dembele
This energetic and very interactive performance introduces the audience to the traditional music from West Africa. Learn about the diverse drums -the doun doun, djembe, and krin - as well as melodic instruments such as the balafon and banjo....
Viktor Shenderovich, Russian Literary
Shenderovich is a poet, writer, journalist and one of the most visible figures of Russian political opposition.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

In the Heat of the Night
In the Deep South, homicide detective Virgil Tibbs (Sidney Poitier) becomes embroiled in a murder investigation. When the bigoted town sheriff gets involved, both he and Tibbs must put aside their differences and join forces in a race against time...

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Through a Lens Darkly
Inspired by Deborah Willis’s book, Reflections in Black, Through a Lens Darkly a broad net that begins with filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris’s family album. It considers the difference between black photographers who use the camera to...

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Celebrate Chinese New Year, the Year of the Sheep 
Sat, Feb 21
1:00 pm