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Format: 2/5/2016

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Puppet Making, BPL Program
Grab some paper bags, tin foil and pocket lint to create a puppet with award-winning illustrator Javaka Steptoe.
Sat, Feb 6
11:00 am
Sheneatha Presents: Shake It Baby, Shake It!
Sheneatha will take audience members on a musical journey through various eras and genres while they sing and dance along. Interactive activities and fun facts expose children to songs and artists their parents already love with a twist of...
Sat, Feb 6
1:00 pm
Legendary Russian composer Alexander Zhurbin sings old and new songs, tunes from theatrical productions and films, answers questions about the musical life of Moscow and presents two new disks and a new book. This event is in Russian. No...

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Featured Event
Eric Foner, BPL Program
The 2016 Kahn Humanities lecture unravels the dramatic story of fugitive slaves and the antislavery activists who defied the law to help them reach freedom. More than any other scholar, Eric Foner has influenced our understanding of America's...
Harlem Chamber Players play the music of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, BPL Program
The Harlem Chamber Players is an ethnically diverse collective of professional musicians dedicated to bringing live classical music to people in the Harlem community and beyond. They will perform Clarinet Quintets by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (...

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Shine and the Moonbeams
Shine and the Moonbeams create a soulful musical extravaganza that captures the sweetness, uncertainty, and simplicity of youth.
Featured Event
The Review Panel, BPL Program
Leading art critics join in lively debate about current exhibitions around the five boroughs. Presented in association with Artcritical. February's Review Panel features Siri Hustvedt, Roberta Smith, and Alexi Worth. RSVP here.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Performer Elaine Gil encourages the entire audience to get involved, making this a delightful experience for the whole family.
Wed, Feb 10
4:00 pm
Oleg Kashin, BPL Program
Both this event and the Russian Literary Series: Oleg Kashin event (originally scheduled for Saturday, February 6) have been cancelled.  We apologize for any inconvenience. Kashin, formerly a special correspondent and blogger for the Russian...

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Set in Mississippi at the height of the Depression, this is the story of one family’s struggle to maintain their integrity, pride and independence in the face of racism and social injustice.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Kam Mak, BPL Program
In Celebrating the Lunar New Year please join Kam Mak, Illustrator for the USPS Lunar New Stamp series in a workshop on how to design a stamp. He will share with you some of the Chinese Lunar new Year customs and glimpse of his stamp design. A...
Sat, Feb 13
11:00 am
Grace Chang
Grace Chang and her dragon, Jin Jin, once again will light up the stage in celebration of Chinese New Year, the Year of the Monkey! An incredible celebration with puppets, magical illusions, acrobats, mime and storytelling. 
Sat, Feb 13
1:00 pm
Featured Event
Darryl Pinckney's Black Deutschland, BPL Program
Gotham host Rob Spillman discusses Black Deutschland, the new novel by Pinckney, a longtime contributor to The New York Review of Books, and the author of a previous novel, High Cotton, and two works of nonfiction, Blackballed: The...

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Shakespeare by Joan Chiverton, BPL Program
BASS celebrates the Bard by performing songs by composers who were inspired by his work, including Hector Berlioz, Ernest Chausson, Gerald Finzi, Francis Poulenc, Roger Quilter, Franz Schubert, Richard Strauss, and Peter Warlock. Actors from the...

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Peter Straub with Laura Miller, BPL Program
Peter Straub has spent forty years at the forefront of modern literary horror. The stories assembled in his new book Interior Darkness represent his astonishing range and his ability to terrify, transport, and hold a reader hostage. "Mr. Clubb...

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Participants will create blank books for a single story or a journal. With author/illustrator Nina Crews.
Sat, Feb 20
11:00 am
Featured Event
Dance of the African Diaspora, BPL Program
This program celebrates the differences and similarities of dances within the African Diaspora. Using movement and music, participants will go on an interactive dance tour starting in West Africa, going to the Caribbean and Latin America, and...
Sat, Feb 20
1:00 pm

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Blending jazz, Latin and classical styles, this virtuoso quartet brings a freshness and inventiveness to every note they play. Featuring Eddie Venegas, violin and trombone; Joe Deninzon, violin and mandolin; Orlando Wells, viola and Leo Grinhauz,...

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Conroy Warren
Enjoy the power and pleasure of jazz, calypso and reggae through singing and dancing in this interactive performance with versatile entertainer Conroy Warren.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Let your child be inspired by author/illustrator Bryan Collier as he showcases examples of collage art that is more than just an art style.
Sat, Feb 27
11:00 am
Bryan Collier
Author and illustrator Bryan Collier will captivate you with his readings from some of his recent work, including Trombone Shorty, Dave the Potter, Rosa, and Knock Knock, along with his very first published piece, Uptown, about growing up in Harlem...
Sat, Feb 27
1:00 pm
Featured Event
International Writers, BPL Program
Author A. Igoni Barrett has been creating waves since the debut of his irrepressible collection of stories, Love Is Power, or Something Like That, in 2013. Now, with his first novel, Blackass, a riotous comic satire set in contemporary Lagos,...

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Classical Interludes, BPL Program
Pianist Natalie Zhu returns, this time with the incredible cellist Clancy Newman, in a program of cello and piano sonatas by Sergei Rachmaninov and Edvard Grieg. Children under the age of 6 will not be admitted. RSVP here.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Jon Krakauer, BPL Program
Missoula, Montana, is a typical college town, home to a highly regarded state university whose beloved football team inspires a passionately loyal fan base. Between January 2008 and May 2012, hundreds of students reported sexual assaults to the...

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Kamil Tchalaev, BPL Program
Kamil Tchalaev, is a musician, a composer, a singer, and a choir director. Committed to new music, his compositions are marked by a freedom of instrumentation and in corporation of techniques like throat singing. RSVP here.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

A.O. Scott, BPL Program
Few could explain, let alone seek out, a career in criticism. Yet what A.O. Scott shows in Better Living Through Criticism is that we are, in fact, all critics: because critical thinking informs almost every aspect of artistic creation, of civil...

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Savage Kids of Dublintown, BPL Program
Three Dublin-born writers present the recipe for a classic Irish childhood: one part poverty, one part sexual repression, one part evil teachers. Add a fistful of salt and serve with a side of black humor. Then emigrate.  Pictured from left,...

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The Review Panel, BPL Program
Leading art critics join in lively debate about current exhibitions around the five boroughs. Presented in association with Artcritical. March's Review Panel features Svetlana Alpers, David Salle, Laurie Fendrich. RSVP here.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Frank Bruni, BPL Program
Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people...

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Paquito D'Rivera, BPL Program
Jazz enthusiasts know Cuban-born clarinetist and saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera as the globetrotting, bebopping impresario behind thirty solo albums and unforgettable collaborations with musicians from Dizzy Gillespie to Yo-Yo Ma, and as the...

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Argento Chamber Ensemble, BPL Program
Argento is New York City’s premiere virtuoso chamber ensemble dedicated to innovative musical performance and the discovery of daring artistic paths. Championing contemporary cutting-edge composers and framing classical repertoire in new...

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Margarita, with a Straw, BPL Screening
A coming-of-age tale about a Punjabi teenage girl with cerebral palsy, based on a true story. Laila, an aspiring writer with cerebral palsy, is an aspiring writer who leaves India for a coveted spot at New York University, where she is exposed to...

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Authors Amy Shearn and Eddie Joyce
In this interview series, Brooklyn novelist Amy Shearn asks the top writers of today about their work, writing, reading, and where they get their tote bags. In the first installment of Bookish's Spring season, Amy hosts Eddie Joyce, author of...
Wed, Mar 16
6:30 pm

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Born in Fujian and raised in Zhejiang, Yu Xinqiao is one of the most popular and important poets in China today. After calling for a “Chinese Renaissance Movement” in 1993, Xinqiao was subsequently jailed for eight years. His poem...

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Dana Spiotta, BPL Program
Dana Spiotta’s new novel is about two women, best friends, who grow up in LA in the 80s and become filmmakers. Meadow and Carrie have everything in common—except their views on sex, power, movie-making, and morality. Their lives collide...

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Broken Blossoms, BPL Screening
We celebrate Women's History Month and Lillian Gish, whose film-acting career spanned 75 years, from 1912 to 1987.  Based on a short story by Thomas Burke, from his collection of tales set in London's impoverished Chinatown district,...
Sun, Mar 20
12:30 pm

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Authors Amy Shearn and Tracy O'Neill
In this interview series, Brooklyn novelist Amy Shearn asks the top writers of today about their work, writing, reading, and where they get their tote bags. In the third installment of Bookish's Spring season, Amy hosts the talented debut...
Tue, May 24
6:30 pm