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Format: 2/12/2016

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

Photo by Carmen Henning
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

Tired of the same old beads? Learn how to make your own fuzzy and fabulous beads from fabric.
Sat, Mar 5
11:00 am
Miss Nina holding a large bouquet of balloons
"Every Day's Your Birthday" is the title track of Miss Nina & the Jumping Jacks soon-to-be-released new album and the motto of the band! Come on out and celebrate with some high energy, family fun music (Pop, rock, hip-hop) that...
Sat, Mar 5
1:00 pm
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,...

Sunday, March 6, 2016

90-Second Newbery logo
Watch movies made by kids and teens that tell the stories of Newbery-winning books in 90 seconds or less! Hosted by film festival founder and children’s author James Kennedy, with special co-host author Torrey Maldonado. RSVP here

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Image of the musician Big Jeff
Music, Smiles and Laughter with Big Jeff! Whether you’re big, medium or small, Big Jeff’s music fits everyone just right.   
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.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

In March's edition of Created in Brooklyn, our series curator Randy Duchaine talks with Brooklyn creatives from Porto Rico coffee, Kings County Distillery and Crownfinish cheeses. 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

Image of the Mystery Bottle bookcover
A map making by author/illustrator Kristen Balouch inspired by her book Mystery Bottle.
Sat, Mar 12
11:00 am
Bookcover imahe of the P.D. Eastman book, Are you My Mother?
At long last, Baby Bird emerges from her shell and expects to be greeted by her mother's song. But her mother is not there. Where is she? Why isn't she home? With the help of Dog, Cat, and Hen, Baby Bird sets out in search of Mother Bird in...
Sat, Mar 12
1:00 pm
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

Image of children building a minature roller coaster for marbles to ride on.
Design and build a roller coaster for marbles to ride on.        
Sat, Mar 19
11:00 am
Bookcover image of the new children's book The Sound of All Things
Celebrate National Deaf History Month with an inside look at award-winning author Myron Uhlberg and fine artist Ted Papoulas’s new children’s book The Sound of All Things. Based on Uhlberg’s personal experience, The Sound of All...
Sat, Mar 19
1:00 pm
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, March 22, 2016

Image of the two musicians who comprise of Presley and Melody
Get ready to celebrate the spring season with Presley and Melody’s “Sunshine, Rainbows, & Spring Fever Concert!” High energy, interactive musical experience that captivates audiences of all ages!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

On May 1, 1915, with WWI entering its tenth month, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were surprisingly...

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Make your own stylish T-Shirt using paints and stencils.   
Sat, Apr 2
11:00 am
Image of Shira Koren and the musicians who comprise Shira & Friends
Lead by singer-songwriter, Shira Kobren, Shira & Friends loves bringing its high energy, catchy tunes to its favorite kinds of audiences – the ones that love to dance along become part of the show.  Shira & Friends sing about...
Sat, Apr 2
1:00 pm

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Image of Hopalong Andrew on a coin-operated horse ride
Join the fun with folk songs, cowboy songs and other fun songs sprinkled in. Tunes to sing, holler and hoedown to! Hopalong Andrew is a member of Music For Aardvarks Band, The Rozz & Val Show and growed-up bands such as The Honey Brothers, and...

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Image of mask created in the Masks From Around the World workshop
Artist Sam Tomasello will demonstrate how to create paper sculpture elements to glue onto masks. After the decoration process is finished, we will make the masks three–dimensional so that they can be worn.       ...
Sat, Apr 9
11:00 am
Image of the Pinkalicious on stage eating cupcakes
This is the tale, based on the popular book by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann, of Pinkalicious, who can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with Pinkititis, an...
Sat, Apr 9
1:00 pm
This interview-based theatre production explores the diverse experiences of Muslim communities within New York City. The five participants in Beyond Sacred vary in many ways, but share the common experience of coming of age in a post-9/11 New York...

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Leading art critics join in lively debate about current exhibitions around the five boroughs. Presented in association with Artcritical. Aprils Review Panel features Lance Esplund, Kara Rooney, and Robert Starr. RSVP here.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Image of the Cock-A-Doodle Moooo! bookcover
Where participants are asked to draw their own animal combination, put it in a setting, and give it a made-up name.                      ...
Sat, Apr 16
11:00 am
IMage of the barnyard chickens and main characters of the titled production
ArtsPower’s newest musical portrays the colorful story of Marge and Lola, two barnyard chickens on a mission to win the barnyard talent contest first prize of two tickets to see the great Elvis Poultry in concert! But first, they must present...
Sat, Apr 16
1:00 pm

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Two musicians of the musicians who make up Rolie Polie Guacamole
Frank’s musical style blend’s acoustic rock, funk and folk with catchy sing-alongs.  Kids are encouraged to dance, shake and use their imaginations in this musical adventure with Rolie Polie Guacamole.
Authors Amy Shearn and Yona McDonough
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 Spring season, Amy hosts Yona McDonough,...
Tue, Apr 19
6:30 pm

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Featured Event
With her latest book Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868, Cokie Roberts zeroes in on the wives, sisters, and female friends of the men leading America into, and through, this unprecedented conflict. Because of the war...

Thursday, April 21, 2016

A special conversation with heralded Vietnamese-American debut novelists Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Sympathizer, and Vu Tran, author of Dragonfish. Both books, in various ways, struggle to come to terms with legacies of the Vietnam War and...