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Format: 10/13/2015

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Featured Event
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 rock &...

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Featured Event
Avery Sharpe, BPL Program
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...

Friday, October 16, 2015

Featured Event
Dear White People, BPL Screening
A hilarious and thought-provoking satire about race relations, Dear White People is the story of an eclectic group of black students trying to navigate a predominantly white Ivy League school.  Dealing with the college’s traditions and...
Fri, Oct 16
11:00 am
Mad Max: Fury Road, Movies @ the Library
Director George Miller, originator of the post-apocalyptic genre and mastermind behind the legendary Mad Max franchise, returns to the world of the Road Warrior.  Haunted by his turbulent past, Max Rockatansky wanders alone until he’s...

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
Featured Event
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, BPL Program
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
Featured Event
Joel Fan, BPL Program
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...
Featured Event
Brooklyn Eagles Literary Prize: Nonfiction Finalists
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

“Once she remembered trying to box her own ears for having cheated herself in a game of croquet she was playing against herself, for this curious child was very fond of pretending to be two people.” 2015 is the 150th anniversary of...
Featured Event
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...
Featured Event
author photo of Naomi JAckson
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 second installment of Bookish's autumn season, Amy hosts the young and exciting...
Wed, Oct 21
7:30 pm

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Brooklyn Eagles Literary Prize: Fiction Finalists
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...
Yotam Ottolenghi, BPL Program
Yotam Ottolenghi, one of the world’s great culinary innovators, returns to Brooklyn for the release of his newest cookbook, Nopi, featuring recipes from his acclaimed London restaurant. Our last event with Ottolenghi celebrated the publication...
Thu, Oct 22
7:30 pm

Friday, October 23, 2015

Featured Event
Love & Mercy, BPL Screening
Love & Mercy presents an unconventional portrait of Brian Wilson, the mercurial singer, songwriter and leader of The Beach Boys. Set against the era-defining catalog of Wilson’s music, the film intimately examines the personal voyage and...
Fri, Oct 23
11:00 am
Song of the Sea, BPL Screening
Based on the Irish legend of the Selkies, Song of the Sea tells the story of the last seal-child, Saoirse, and her brother Ben, who go on an epic journey to save the world of magic and discover secrets of their past.  Pursued by the owl witch,...
Fri, Oct 23
3:30 pm

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
Featured Event
Nuruddin Farah, Anderson Tepper, Maaza Mengiste, BPL Program
Internationally acclaimed author Nuruddin Farah (pictured at left)—called “the most important African novelist to emerge in the past twenty-five years” (The New York Review of Books)—has charted the troubled history of his...

Sunday, October 25, 2015

IMPORTANGO consists of ​three awesomely talented musicians who together capture the passion and excitement of traditional Argentine tango. The trio consists of the virtuoso violinist Machiko Ozawa, former concertmaster of Orquesta Sinfonica Sinaloa...

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Shut up and Sing, BPL Screening
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

Featured Event
Kenan Adnawi, BPL Program
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....

Friday, October 30, 2015

Ghostbusters, BPL Screening
Suit up for classic comedy!  When kooky, spooky college professors Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, and Egon Spengler lose their university jobs, they decide to go freelance, de-haunting houses in a new ghost removal service.  As soon as they...
Fri, Oct 30
11:00 am
The Babadook, Movies @ the Library
Amelia is a single mother plagued by the violent death of her husband.  When a disturbing storybook called Mister Babadook turns up at her house, she is forced to battle with her son’s deep-seated fear of a monster.  Soon she...

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
Featured Event
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
Russian Literary Series, Veronica Dolina
Poet and singer-songwriter, Veronika Dolina, returns to the library to perform songs from her new album On a Cold Street, and poetry from her latest book,  A Green Dress.  This event is in Russian. RSVP here.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Featured Event
The Notorious RBG, BPL Program
Nearly a half-century into being a feminist and legal pioneer, something funny happened to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: the octogenarian won the internet. Across America, people who weren’t even born when Ginsburg made her name...
Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival, BPL Program
Basia Danilow, Arturo Delmoni and Adela Peña, violins; Kathryn Lockwood and Michael Roth, violas  and Peter Sanders, cello, perform viola quintets Mozart and Brahms. Children under the age of 6 will not be admitted. RSVP here.

Monday, November 2, 2015

The Brooklyn Open is a monthly open mic series for teens. It is a safe space for poets, spoken work artists, emcees, scholars and activists to share their powerful and important voices. These events are run by youth for youth, with youth DJs, youth...

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...
Featured Event
John Irving
John Irving returns to the themes that established him as one of our most admired and beloved authors in this absorbing novel of fate and memory.   In Avenue of Mysteries, Juan Diego—a fourteen-year-old boy, who was born and grew up in...

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

“Once she remembered trying to box her own ears for having cheated herself in a game of croquet she was playing against herself, for this curious child was very fond of pretending to be two people.” 2015 is the 150th anniversary of...
The Sax Section of The International Sweethearts of Rhythm
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, BPL Program
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 through...

Friday, November 6, 2015

Infinitely Polar Bear, BPL Screening
After a breakdown forces him to leave his family and move into a halfway house, bipolar Cameron attempts to rebuild a relationship with his two daughters, and win back the trust of his wife Maggie. When Maggie opts to go to business school in New...
Inside Out, BPL Screening
Riley is a happy, hockey-loving 11-year-old Midwestern girl, but her world turns upside-down when she and her parents move to San Francisco. Riley's emotions – led by Joy – try to guide her through this difficult, life-changing event...
Fri, Nov 6
3:30 pm

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
Alex Mitnick & The Kaleidoscope, BPL Program
Emmy® award-winning children's entertainer Alex Mitnick is your friend and guide on a journey that leads to all the treasures of the world. Songs unfold like storybooks, captivating young minds, drawing them into adventures, stirring their...
Sat, Nov 7
1:00 pm
Sergei Gandlevski, BPL Program
Sergei Gandlevski (Сергей Гандлевский) is one of the most revered living poets writing in Russian. A co-founder of an influential poetry school "Moscow Times" in the 70s, he has become a recipient of several Russian literary awards....

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Pandora's Box
We celebrate Louise Brooks, and her upcoming birthday on November 14th, with her most famous film.  The Kansas-born dancer and actress left an unsatisfying film career in America to go to Germany to portray Lulu in this adaptation of two Frank...
Fernando Otero Quartet, BPL Program
The Argentine Grammy winning composer and pianist Fernando Otero returns to BPL. Otero found his voice as writer, musician and bandleader when, at the urging of one of his music teachers, he began to incorporate the indigenous sounds of his native...

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Daniel Alarcón and Alejandro Zambra, with Anderson Tepper, BPL Program
Born in Lima, Peru and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Daniel Alarcón (pictured at left) has quickly established himself as one of the most important and influential of a new generation of Latin American writers, straddling both South and...

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Featured Event
From Nobel Prize-winning author Orhan Pamuk comes A Strangeness in My Mind, a panoramic novel centered around a poor street vendor and his fantasies of a better life. Every night, Mevlut Karata wanders the streets of Istanbul, selling boza and...

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Stacy Schiff, BPL Program
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Cleopatra unpacks the mystery of the Salem Witch Trials in The Witches: Salem, 1692. The panic began when a minister's daughter began to scream and convulse. It ended less than a year later, but not before 19...
Thu, Nov 12
7:30 pm
Author Mary C. Bounds shares the fascinating story of the Sisulu-Walker Charter School of Harlem, the first charter school in New York, and of the charter movement. It is a penetrating look at the host of real-world decisions that make a charter...

Friday, November 13, 2015

People Places Things, BPL Screening
After graphic novelist/professor Will walks in on the mother of his children, and longtime girlfriend, Charlie, with their friend Gary, Will’s life is turned upside down. One year later, Will is still alone and trying to navigate the unknown...
Fri, Nov 13
11:00 am
Spy, Movies @ The Library
Susan Cooper is an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst, and the unsung hero behind the Agency’s most dangerous missions. But when her partner falls off the grid and another top agent is compromised, she volunteers to go deep undercover to...

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Art Workshops, Manga, Misako Rocks
Want to learn how to draw Manga? Then check out this workshop with illustrator Misako Rocks, who drew her first comic at age 13!
Sat, Nov 14
11:00 am