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Format: 4/24/2015

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.

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 White, BPL Program
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...
Lawrence Wright, BPL Program
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
Ivan 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 (Исторические путешествия Ивана Толстого). In Russian....

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, BPL Program
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...

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Doran Larson, BPL Program
With over 2.26 million people incarcerated in America, they unofficially represent the population of America’s fourth-largest city. Scholar Doran Larson collects first-person essays about life as it is lived every day by Americans held inside...

Friday, May 8, 2015

Paddington, Movies @ the Library
Adapted from Michael Bond’s beloved books, Paddington is the magical adventure of a polite young Peruvian bear that travels to London in search of a home.  Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, it seems that city life is...
Fri, May 8
3:30 pm

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
As Duo Prism +1, Jesse Mills, violin, Rieko Aizawa, piano (pictured, with Mills), and Alan R. Kay, clarinet, 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, BPL Program
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, BPL Program
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 and,...

Monday, May 18, 2015

Theatre troupe with community members who face pressing social, economic, health, and human rights issues.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Prisoner's Wife, BPL Program
Author and activist asha bandele will lead a three-part discussion series of books that examine incarceration from the viewpoints of women who are impacted by the corrections system as a spouse of an incarcerated man, an advocate for the...
Soffiyah Elijah, BPL Program
A community conversation with policy experts about the justice system in New York, in particular the effects of policies and reforms such as the ending of solitary confinement. Guests include Vincent Warren from the Center for Constitutional Rights...

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Jim Shepard, BPL Program
From the hugely acclaimed National Book Award finalist, Jim Shepard writes a novel that will join the shortlist of classics about the Holocaust and the children caught up in it. Aron, the narrator, is an engaging if peculiar young boy whose family...

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Morgan Taylor
Award-winning songwriter and cartoonist, Morgan Taylor, performs Gustafer Yellowgold's Show, narrating the story of Gustafer, a friendly alien from the Sun and his new life in the lush woodlands of rural Minnesota. Themes of friendship,...

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Day In Day Out, Dialogues in the Visual Arts
Join us for the second season of conversations moderated by arts professionals with contemporary Brooklyn visual artists. Day In Day Out: The Art of Social Commitment - With moderator Nicolás Dumit Estévez and cultural producer Gonzalo...

Friday, May 29, 2015

Movies @ the Library, Up
Carl Fredricksen, a retired balloon salesman, is part rascal, part dreamer who is ready for his last chance at high-flying excitement.  Tying thousands of balloons to his house, Carl sets off to the lost world of his childhood dreams. ...
Fri, May 29
3:30 pm

Sunday, May 31, 2015

The Dhamma Brothers, BPL film screening
East meets West in the Deep South. An overcrowded maximum-security prison-the end of the line in Alabama's correctional system-is dramatically changed by the influence of an ancient meditation program.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Back from the Dead, BPL Program
Author and activist asha bandele will lead a three-part discussion series of books that examine incarceration from the viewpoints of women who are impacted by the corrections system as a spouse of an incarcerated man, an advocate for the...
Wed, Jun 3
2:00 pm
Joseph Califano, BPL Program
From Lyndon Johnson’s closest domestic adviser during the White House years comes a book in which “Johnson leaps out of the pages in all his raw and earthy glory” (The New York Times Book Review) that’s been called “a...

Friday, June 5, 2015

The Lego Movie, Movies @ The Library
The first-ever full-length theatrical LEGO® movie follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO® minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world.  He is...
Fri, Jun 5
3:30 pm

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Orange is the New Black, BPL Program
Author and activist asha bandele will lead a three-part discussion series of books that examine incarceration from the viewpoints of women who are impacted by the corrections system as a spouse of an incarcerated man, an advocate for the...

Friday, June 19, 2015

Movies @ the Library, The Incredibles
Known to the world as superheroes Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl, Bob Parr and his wife Helen were among the world’s greatest crime fighters, saving lives and battling evil on a daily basis.  Fifteen years later, they have been forced to...
Fri, Jun 19
3:30 pm