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Format: 4/1/2015

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

District 9, BPL Presentation
In 1982, aliens landed in Johannesburg, South Africa. Twenty-eight years later, the refugee camp where the aliens were located has deteriorated into a militarized ghetto called District 9, where they are confined and exploited in squalor. Now, one...

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Featured Event
James Baldwin
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...

Friday, April 3, 2015

ProjectART
Calling All Artists! Visual art classes taught by professional artists. Spring sessions conclude in student work being shown professionally at a participating contemporary art gallery in New York City, overseen by curators.  It is an...
Fri, Apr 3
4:00 pm

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Vassily Polenov was one of the most important Russian painters of the Peredvizhniki art movement in the late 19th century. He is remembered primarily for his sublime landscapes. However, the deeply religious Polenov considered the series of...

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Featured Event
Photographer Randy Duchaine turns his lens on Brooklynites whose commitments to creativity and innovation embody Brooklyn’s expressive spirit. Duchaine discusses the power of storytelling and design with Elliot Schwartz from Studio EIS; Steve...

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Featured Event
John Lewis by Eric Etheridge
Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, continues his award-winning graphic novel trilogy with co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell, inspired by a 1950s comic book that helped...

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Despicable Me – Vying for the title of “World’s Greatest Villain,” Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) – along with his hilarious crew of mischievous Minions – plots to pull off the craziest crime of the century: steal...
Thu, Apr 9
2:00 pm

Friday, April 10, 2015

ProjectART
Calling All Artists! Visual art classes taught by professional artists. Spring sessions conclude in student work being shown professionally at a participating contemporary art gallery in New York City, overseen by curators.  It is an...
Fri, Apr 10
4:00 pm

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Pop Ups
Join Brooklyn-based kindie band The Pop Ups for their second GRAMMY nominated album, Appetite For Construction. Prepare for an educational romp filled with DIY creativity - featuring Hilarious Puppets, Crazy Dance Routines, Huge Collages, Silly...
Sat, Apr 11
1:00 pm
Featured Event
The Nance
Nathan Lane gives the performance of a lifetime as Chauncey Miles, a comedian of the 1930s who plays a gay man for laughs—at least on stage. With a touching love story at its core, Douglas Carter Beane's Tony Award-nominated play is also a...

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Silent Film Series, Spite Marriage
In his last silent film comedy, Buster Keaton plays Elmer Edgemont, who loves and marries actress Trilby Drew.  Unfortunately for Elmer, Trilby marries him to spite the man that she really loves, but, fortunately for us (and Elmer),...
Featured Event
Ustad Shafaat Khan
Khan performs Indian Classical music, featuring the Sitar, Surbuhar and Tabla. Mr. Khan’s musical heritage can be traced back to the 16th century to the court of the Mughal Emperor Akbar.  He is the son of the legendary Sitar and Surbahar...

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Vered and the Babes
Come celebrate the release of Vered's new album for parents and their little ones. Vered's voice is lush, her songs funny and poignant, and her upbeat melodies and playful harmonies are reminiscent of a doo-wop band. Her first album, Good...
Featured Event
Tanya Foster, Brooklyn Independents
Sina Queyras is the author most recently of Unleashed (BookThug), a selection of posts from the first four years of her blog. Her previous collections of poetry include  Expressway and  Lemon Hound.  Erica Hunt is a poet, essayist,...

Thursday, April 16, 2015

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...
Featured Event
Herman's House
What kind of house does a man who has lived in a six-foot-by-nine-foot cell for over 30 years dream of? This question propelled artist Jackie Sumell into a remarkable project and friendship with Herman Wallace, a Black Panther activist who spent...

Friday, April 17, 2015

Despicable Me 2
Just as Gru has given up being super-bad to be a super-dad to his three girls, the Anti-Villain League recruits him to track down a new criminal mastermind and save the world.  Partnered with secret agent Lucy Wilde, Gru, along with the wildly...
Fri, Apr 17
3:30 pm
ProjectART
Calling All Artists! Visual art classes taught by professional artists. Spring sessions conclude in student work being shown professionally at a participating contemporary art gallery in New York City, overseen by curators.  It is an...
Fri, Apr 17
4:00 pm

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Two Bugs are Better than One
Students at the Peachtree School for insects are up to their usual antics, but today there is a buzz in the air because Fiona the Firefly, the leader of their community, has disappeared! Marvin and Anna, a scatter-brained moth and a studious worker...
Sat, Apr 18
1:00 pm
Gotham
Beatty discusses The Sellout, a biting satire about a young man’s isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court. The novel challenges the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution, urban life, the civil...

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Featured Event
Regional understandings of law and justice have shaped and reshaped our nation throughout history, but America’s Constitution, our founding and unifying document, looks slightly different in California than it does in Kansas. In The Law of the...
Scott Ballantyne, cello, and Hiroko Sasaki, piano, perform sonatas by Kodaly, Debussy and Brahms. Children under the age of 6 will not be admitted.   RSVP here.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Brooklyn Public Library and the Museum of Science Fiction team up to present screenwriter Morgan Gendel. We will screen his Hugo Award-winning episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, “The Inner Light,” followed by a talk. Placing USS...
Featured Event
Kimiko, Brooklyn Independents
Yolanda Wisher, who co-edited of Peace is a Haiku Song with Sonia Sanchez,  reads from  Monk Eats an Afro. Pablo Medina , the author of fourteen books, reads from Highway of Blazing Cars. Kimiko Hahn published her first book of poetry with...

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Featured Event
The Book in Contemporary Art, Dialogues in the Visual Arts,
Join us for the second season of conversations moderated by arts professionals with contemporary Brooklyn visual artists. What Does the Book Have to Do with It? The Book in Contemporary Art - With moderator Maddy Rosenberg, Artist and Curator and...
Cancelled
In 2013, the Karatygin sisters gained instant notoriety for their performance on the TV quiz show “The Utterly Stunning”. When asked to define the word “Holocaust” meant, the school-aged girls replied that it was paste for...
Author of the phenomenal national best seller, Born to Run, Christopher McDougall now travels in his new book Natural Born Heroes to the Mediterranean where he discovers that the secrets of ancient Greek heroes are still alive and well on the...
Wed, Apr 22
7:30 pm

Friday, April 24, 2015

ProjectART
Calling All Artists! Visual art classes taught by professional artists. Spring sessions conclude in student work being shown professionally at a participating contemporary art gallery in New York City, overseen by curators.  It is an...
Fri, Apr 24
4:00 pm

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Wizard of Oz
Set on a Kansas prairie, young Dorothy Gale runs away from home when a busybody neighbor tries to take her precious dog Toto away. A sudden tornado transports Dorothy and Toto to the Wonderful Land of Oz, where she is greeted by Glinda the Good...
Sat, Apr 25
1:00 pm
Fred Moten
A reading by poet and National Book Award finalist Fred Moten, author of The Little Edges and The Feel Trio. Presented in collaboration with The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY and Wesleyan University Press. www....

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Featured Event
Theo Bleckmann
A jazz singer and new music composer of eclectic tastes and prodigious gifts, Grammy-nominated Theo Bleckmann makes music that is accessibly sophisticated, unsentimentally emotional, and seriously playful. His work provokes the mind to wonder, but...

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Aly Sunshine from Funkytown Playground
Come on down to the Funkytown Playground! We will jump and jam with shakers & tambourines, get on board a magical safari or silly farm (props include animal masks), dance with bubbles, and fall from the stars with our colorful parachute.  ...
Simone
Kate Colby reads from I Mean. UDP also published her books Unbecoming Behavior ( 2008) and The Return of the Native (2011).  Andrew Maxwell reads from Candor is the brightest shield . He is the author of Peeping Mot (Apogee, 2013) and many...
Wright comes to Brooklyn to discuss his gripping day-by-day account of the 1978 Camp David conference, when President Jimmy Carter persuaded Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian president Anwar Sadat to sign the first peace treaty in...
Tue, Apr 28
7:30 pm

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Absurdistan
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...
Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra
With an ever-evolving set list that includes songs by Arcade Fire, TV On The Radio, Spoon, and many more, the WSO has taken the typical salsa form and infused it with a completely modern identity. The explosive arrangements have established the band...

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Astrograss
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...
Sat, May 2
1:00 pm
Tolstoy, Russian Literary Series
Learn the “The Art of Literary Gossip" with Tolstoy, a literary historian, radio journalist and TV personality who gained fame with his TV series Ivan Tolstoy's Literary Journeys. In Russian. Photo by Yuri Rost

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Silent Film Series, Modern Times
Charlie Chaplin's last silent film is also the last true appearance of his Tramp character, in this slapstick-satire about surviving economic deprivation, dehumanizing technology and politics during the 1930s Depression. With...
Canta Libre
Canta Libre performs musical literature specifically written for flute, harp and strings. This combination of instruments was extremely popular with French composers during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Children under the age of 6 will not...

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
Jesse Mills, violin, Alan R. Kay, clarinet, and Rieko Aizawa, piano, 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

Akhil Sharma
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
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

aTonal Hits
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...