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Format: 7/30/2015

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Brooklyn Small Press Flea, BPL Event
This pop-up book fair features Brooklyn's finest indie presses, including A Public Space, Archipelago Books, BELLADONNA*, Electric Literature, Futurepoem, Guillotine, Melville House, One Story, Ugly Duckling Presse, and many more. Co-presented...
Sat, Aug 1
10:00 am

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Arts and Culture, Stomp Clap and Sing
Shira is the front woman and songwriter for kindie rock band Shira & Friends.  She performs all over the tri-state area, bringing her high energy, catchy tunes to her favorite kinds of audiences – the ones that love to dance along...

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Featured Event
Regional de New York, BPL Program
The quintet plays traditional and original arrangements of Brazil’s oldest popular music – choro— with deep groove and a love for improvisation. The group features virtuoso musicians including Israeli flutist Hadar Noiberg; from...
Wed, Aug 5
7:00 pm

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Brooklyn Summer Shakespeare-ience, BPL Event
The Shakespeare-ience is a summer intensive designed to make Shakespeare accessible to inner city youth. They will perform the romantic comedy Taming of the Shrew, which follows the rocky courtship of Petruchio and Katarina.
Sat, Aug 8
3:00 pm

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Rolie Polie Guacamole, Stomp Clap and Sing
Frank Gallo’s musical style blend’s acoustic rock, funk, and folk with catchy sing-alongs.  Kids are encouraged to dance, shake, and use their imaginations in this musical adventure with Rolie Polie Guacamole. Check out their CD,...

Friday, August 14, 2015

Home, BPL Screening
When Earth is taken over by the overly confident Boov, an alien race in search of a new place to call home, all humans are promptly relocated while all Boov get busy reorganizing the planet.  But when one resourceful girl, Tip, manages to avoid...
Fri, Aug 14
2:30 pm

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Suzi Shelton, Stomp Clap and Sing
Suzi Shelton is a music and movement specialist, teacher and family performer. She has been rocking parents and kids alike for over 10+ years in such prestigious venues as Symphony Space, The White House Easter Egg Roll, the Lincoln Center Tree...

Friday, August 21, 2015

Dolphin Tale 2, BPL Screening
The inspiring true story of Winter isn’t over.  Several years after receiving a prosthetic tail, Winter loses her surrogate mother, leaving her alone, grieving and unwilling to engage with anyone, even her best human friend, Sawyer....
Fri, Aug 21
2:30 pm

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Funikijam, Stomp Clap and Sing
Join Funikijam on their Magical World Tour. This fun and musical show encourages children’s participation with award-winning musical exploration.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Pitch-a-palooza, BPL Program
Twenty writers will be selected at random to pitch their book in one minute. Judges will help writers improve their pitches and critique everything from idea to style to potential in the marketplace. Authors come away with concrete advice as well as...

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Mainstream coverage of the catastrophic earthquake of January 12, 2010, reproduced longstanding stereotypes of Haiti. Aware that this Haiti is a rhetorically and graphically incarcerated one, the feminist anthropologist and performance artist Gina...
Yevgeny Yevtushenko is one of the living masters of Russian literature. His larger-than-life personality led him from his childhood in Siberia to become one of the few living poets able to fill the Carnegie Hall to the rafters. He belongs to the...

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Inequality for All, BPL Screening
Before getting your copy of his latest book signed, watch his most recent documentary. Through his singular perspective, Robert Reich explains how the massive consolidation of wealth by a precious few threatens the viability of the American...
Robert Reich
From the author of Aftershock and The Work of Nations, his most important book to date—a myth-shattering breakdown of how the economic system that helped make America so strong is now failing us, and what it will take to fix it. Perhaps no one...

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Art Workshops
Let’s illustrate your favorite story with you as the protagonist. If Harry, or Mathilda or Will or Kate had your face, what would the story feel like? I propose a "Self-portrait as your favorite book character" workshop and I...
Sat, Oct 3
11:00 am
Tildon Krautz
If it were possible that a songwriting string band could embody the wacky, playful universe of an award-winning children's book illustrator, that group would be named what it says up there and their genre would be called "anti-rational...
Sat, Oct 3
1:00 pm

Sunday, October 4, 2015

A new account of America's most controversial diplomat that moves beyond praise or condemnation to reveal Kissinger as the architect of America's current geopolitical stance. In his fascinating new book, acclaimed historian Greg Grandin...
Windscape Wind Quartet, BPL Program
Windscape Wind Quintet, comprised of Tara Helen O’Connor (flute); Randall Ellis (oboe); Alan R. Kay (clarinet); David Jolley (horn) and Frank Morelli (bassoon), perform their arrangements of compositions by Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie,...

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Bilingual Birdies
The Bilingual Birdies Band celebrates language and culture in 45 minutes of fun-filled live music and dance! Learn new words while you sing along to original hip tunes and your favorite traditional folk songs. Expect a high energy performance of...
Margo Jefferson
At once celebratory and elegiac, a deeply felt meditation on race, sex, and American culture through the prism of the author’s rarefied upbringing and education among a black elite. Born in 1947 in upper-crust black Chicago, Pulitzer Prize-...

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Amy Winehouse, Diva Doc
A once-in-a-generation talent, Amy Winehouse was a musician that captured the world’s attention. A pure jazz artist in the most authentic sense, she wrote and sung from the heart using her musical gifts to analyze her own problems. The...

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Art Workshops, Javaka Steptoe
Grab some bottle caps, tinfoil, and pocket lint to create collage art with award-winning illustrator Javaka Steptoe.
Sat, Oct 10
11:00 am
The Brave Calf/El Becerrito Valiente
This is the story of a little calf that one day decides to leave his stall to see the world.  This takes him to the mountains where he befriends a rabbit, a buzzard (vulture), the sun, the moon and a moon elf.  He also meets...
Sat, Oct 10
1:00 pm
The title of the film refers to the famous beach in Crimea where semi-precious stones are known to be found. The film narrates the story of a famous writers' colony in Crimea in the early 20th century. Koktebel, the name of the town in which it...

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Silent Film Series, The Pilgrim
Before transitioning fully to features, Chaplin learned his film craft and created and perfected his “Tramp” character in an evolving series of short comedies. We chart his progress, starting with his first film, Making a...
Sun, Oct 11
12:30 pm
East of the River, BPL Program
“East of the River" was founded by internationally renowned recorder players Nina Stern and Daphna Mor. The project explores haunting and virtuosic melodies from the traditional repertoires of the Balkans, Armenia and the Middle East, as...

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Citizenfour, BPL Screening
With unprecedented access, this gripping behind-the-scenes chronicle follows director Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald’s remarkable encounters with Edward Snowden in a Hong Kong hotel room as he hands over classified documents that...
From the founder of Salon.com and author of the New York Times bestseller Brothers, an explosive, headline-making portrait of Allen Dulles, the man who transformed the CIA into the most powerful—and secretive—colossus in Washington....

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Rosetta Tharpe
Despite not being a household name today, Sister Rosetta Tharpe is one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Her flamboyance, skill, and showmanship on the newly electrified guitar played a vital role in the conception of ock &...

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Avery Sharpe
Avery Sharpe is one of the best known bassists in jazz. In Sharpe Meets Tharpe, his salute to the iconic gospel singer, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, he brings his long-time jazz ensemble together with gospel singers to honor the singer credited with...

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Art Workshops, Nina Crews
Let your child be inspired by author/illustrator Nina Crews (The Neighborhood Sing-Along; Jack and the Beanstalk) as she showcases examples of collage art that inspire her. Each child is invited to take a nursery rhyme or song and create their own...
Sat, Oct 17
11:00 am
Mexican Folk Traditional with Calpulli Youth Dance!
Join youth members of the Calpulli Mexican Dance group. Outfitted in traditional costumes, the talented dancers will perform selections from different regions of Mexico-Jalisco, set to the world famous music of the Mariachi.     Marvel at...
Sat, Oct 17
1:00 pm

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Salman Rushdie
From Salman Rushdie, one of the great writers of our time, comes a spellbinding work of fiction that blends history, mythology, and a timeless love story. A lush, richly layered novel in which our world has been plunged into an age of unreason, Two...
Sun, Oct 18
12:30 pm
Joel Fan
Celebrated for his exuberant virtuosity, and a bold repertoire that embraces piano classics and inspired discoveries of contemporary and world music, Joel Fan re-invents the piano recital by illuminating the rare and unexpected. He will perform Wang...

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Stomp, Clap and Sing, Moona Luna
Moona Luna is the kindie group that the New York Daily News says is providing “the missing soundtrack for bilingual/bicultural kids.”  After making a splash on the family music scene with their accordion-driven, Latin...
The Brooklyn Eagles Prize finalists in nonfiction read from their nominated works. This new literary prize recognizes the best nonfiction book, published in 2014 or early 2015, that most embody Brooklyn’s ideals. The winner will be announced...

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

What Happened Miss Simone?, BPL Screening
Classically trained pianist, jazz legend, Black Power icon: Nina Simone is one of the most influential, beloved and yet least understood artists of our time.  Utterly free on stage, Simone struggled to reconcile artistic ambition with a fierce...

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Brooklyn Eagles Literary finalists read from their nominated works. This new literary prize recognizes the best fiction book, published in 2014 or early 2015, that most embody Brooklyn’s ideals. The winner will be announced on October 23 at...

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Art Workshops, Keith DuQuette
With the guidance of artist Keith DuQuette and a workshop featuring drawings of a diverse group of real animals, participants are asked to draw their own animal combination, put it in a setting, and give it a made-up name. At the conclusion of the...
Sat, Oct 24
11:00 am
Gary the Great
Magician Gary the Great presents his high energy blast of magic, comedy, and juggling.  This hilarious tour through the world of magic gets everyone involved and is appropriate for all ages.
Sat, Oct 24
1:00 pm

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Importango
New York based tango trio Importango reprises their debut album highlighting their commitment to authentic Argentinean music. The album is dedicated to the memory of their virtuoso pianist, Octavio Brunetii, who passed away suddenly in the summer of...

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Join the Dixie Chicks on a rocking, rousing comeback journey, through three unforgettably turbulent years.  Shut Up & Sing takes you beyond backstage, into the Dixie Chicks’ dressing rooms, homes, and recording studio, where they plan...

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Kenan Adnawi is a well-established Oud virtuoso from Syria. He started playing Oud at the age of 7. Since then, he went through perfecting his performance earning him a long list of awards and an impeccable reputation at an International level....

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Art Workshops, Melanie Hope Greenberg
Join author/illustrator Melanie Hope Greenberg and become a mermaid, Neptune, pirate, or any sea creature you can imagine. Create and take home your own Mermaid or Neptune Crown or Pirate Hat. Based on her book Mermaids on Parade.   ...
Sat, Oct 31
11:00 am
Shrek
Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek…” And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Presented by...
Sat, Oct 31
1:00 pm

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival
Basia Danilow, Arturo Delmoni and Adela Peña, violins; Kathryn Lockwood and Michael Roth, volas  and Peter Sanders, cello, perform viola quintets Mozart and Brahms.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Stomp, Clap and Sing, Louie Miranda
Louie Miranda has been dazzling the hearts of children, parents & teachers everywhere he goes. He is unique, original & loved by an ever growing population across the country! Louie is a veteran musician and educator with extensive knowledge...

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The Girls in the Band, BPL Screening
This award-winning documentary recounts the poignant, untold stories of female jazz and big band instrumentalists and their fascinating, groundbreaking, sometimes unglamorous journeys from the late ‘30s to the present day. These incredibly...

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Papo Vázquez
Vázquez is a visionary composer, trombonist, singer, and percussionist, whose eclectic output includes jazz, Afro-Caribbean, classical, and a wide spectrum of Latin music.  He leads his Mighty Pirates Troubadours band on a journey...

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Join award-winning syndicated cartoonist Jerry Craft as he shares his experiences as a professional cartoonist and illustrator. He'll show you the secrets behind creating his Mama's Boyz comic strip and teach you how he creates his children...
Sat, Nov 7
11:00 am