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Format: 5/29/2015

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

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Born in 1963 in Suzhou and now living in Nanjing with his family, Su Tong is a bestselling author who attained international recognition in 1993 when Zhang Yimou's film of his novella, Raise the Red Lantern was nominated for an Academy Award. A...
Sat, May 30
11:00 am
BPL film screening
This 2013 drama is based on the novel of the same name by Li Er.  Guanzhuang Village's Kong Fanhua will stop at nothing to maintain her position as village head. First she orders her husband back from his job in a coastal city to...
Back to 1942, BPL screening
Back to 1942 is a 2012 Chinese historical film directed by Feng Xiaogang. It is based on Liu Zhenyun’s novel, Remembering 1942. In the historically accurate Back to 1942, Chinese director Feng Xiaogang uses the classic epic format to...
This event is at full capacity and RSVPs are no longer being accepted. On May 24, 2015, Joseph Brodsky would have turned 75. It seems, everything in Brodsky's life and legacy has already been discussed, remembered and seen. But this year, we...

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.  Directed by Andrew Kukura, 76 minutes...
The Stolen Years, BPL Screening
Hong Kong writer director Barbara Wong sets the story in Taipei, 2012. After being in a coma for a month, He Man (Bai Baihe) wakes up in hospital with amnesia. The last thing she can remember is having an accident on a motorbike with her husband Xie...
I Am a Genius/My Running Shadow, BPL Screening
Director Fang Gangliang tells the beautiful story of Xiuzhi, a math wizard with Aspergers syndrome, who meets his father who comes back from America for the first time when he is seventeen years old. His father intends to take him to America for...

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Featured Event
Herman's House
Encore screening. 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...

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Orange is the New Black
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...

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Featured Event
Shine and the Moonbeam's Shawana Kemp singing
Celebrate the start of Summer Reading! Singer-songwriter Shawana Kemp and guitarist John Heagle combine their unique perspectives to create a soulful musical extravaganza that captures the sweetness, uncertainty and simplicity of youth. In case of...
Thu, Jun 4
10:30 am
Featured Event
Parallel Exit group photo
Celebrate the start of Summer Reading! With music, magic, juggling, and comedy, Parallel Exit packs more entertainment in a single show than a three-ring circus. Three fun-loving physical comedians present a wide range of old-fashioned family...
Thu, Jun 4
1:30 pm
Featured Event
Elaine Gil, BPL Program
Celebrate the start of Summer Reading! Zumba is a perfect combination of fun & fitness! Participants will groove to international rhythms and learn different dance moves. In case of rain, this event will be held indoors.
Thu, Jun 4
2:30 pm
76759 discussion, BPL Program
Yale Law Professor James Forman Jr. (pictured at left) and the Sentencing Project’s Marc Mauer discuss initiatives to reduce American incarceration rates. A number of groups are now calling for a 50% reduction in the prison population. Jumping...

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

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Emily and Friends
Put the rhythm in your feet, dance your body and feel the beat! Sing-a-long with songs you know and rock out with Emily's original tunes! With the release of her new CD, Sun In The Morning 'Til The Moon At Night, Emily is thrilled to be...

Thursday, June 11, 2015

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...

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Aleksandr Podrabinek, BPL Program
Podrabinek, dissident, writer, journalist and human rights activist will discuss his new book, The Dissidents, with journalist Vladimir Abarinov. This event will be in Russian. RSVP here.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Herman's House, #76759, The New Jim Crow
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...
Plaza Swing, Matt Munisteri and his Syncopatin' Detonators
Munisteri leads his band through the swinging music of the 1920s-1940s. Munisteri is a virtuosic guitarist whose new album, Still Runnin’ Around in the Wilderness, contains the lost music of Willard Robinson. Dance lessons are at 6:30, the...
Wed, Jun 17
7:00 pm

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

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Clarissa Dalloday, BPL Event
Celebrate Virginia Woolf's masterpiece with a marathon reading of Mrs. Dalloway. June 16 is commonly known as Bloomsday, a day in which people around the world commemorate the work of James Joyce. As a company devoted to promoting the words of...
Sat, Jun 20
12:00 pm

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Alex Mitnick, Stomp, Clap & Sing
Alex & The Kaleidoscope is an interactive music entertainment brand that encourages and inspires kids to celebrate and learn through the power of songs, fun and adventures to interesting places around the world.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Featured Event
Plaza Swing, Harlem Blues and Jazz Band
This Plaza Swing favorite is a super-group of the significant side-men of the Classic Jazz Period. The musicians' average age is in the low 80s, they have a combined 500 years of performing experience and their roots reach to the 1920s and...
Wed, Jun 24
7:00 pm

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Music for the Barbed Strings poster image
The reign of Stalinism and Nazism in 20th century Europe disrupted and destroyed the lives of millions of people, Jews and non-Jews alike. It is important to remember, however, that even those dark regimes could not suppress human inspiration, and...

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Plaza Swing Series: Swingtime Big Band
Dedicated to the performance of America's greatest popular standards, this 20-piece authentic swing band specializes in performing original arrangements of Big Band classics from the Great American Songbook, bringing to life both the style and...
Wed, Jul 1
7:00 pm

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Plaza Swing Series: The Afri-Garifuna Jazz Ensemble
The Afri-Garifuna Jazz Ensemble fuses the language, rhythm and percussive instruments of Garifuna music with Jazz to create a new sound. The ensemble uses Garifuna instruments such as the Maracas, Garifuna Drums, Turtle-Shells, Conch Shells, and the...
Wed, Jul 8
7:00 pm

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Plaza Swing Series: Sonido Costeño
Sonido performs a high-energy mix of Cuban son, guaracha, Dominican merengue and bachata and Jamaican reggae. Dance lessons are at 6:30, band starts at 7 pm. In case of rain, the event will be held on Thursday, July 16.
Wed, Jul 15
7:00 pm

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Plaza Swing Series: Brain Cloud
Dennis Lichtman and his band bring Western swing to the plaza. Their infectious blend of American southern roots music and old-timey jazz features hot picking, hard swinging, and the inimitable vocals of Tamar Korn. Swing dance lesson at 6:30, band...
Wed, Jul 22
7:00 pm

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Nu D'Lux, BPL Program
The Funky Guajiros return with their unmistakable sound and energy. Incorporating Afro-Cuban and Afro-Puerto Rican vocal stylings, the Cuban Tres Guitar, Violin, Trombone, Trumpet and a modern-groove rhythm section of New York's finest (conga,...
Wed, Jul 29
7:00 pm

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

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

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