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Format: 8/31/2015

Monday, September 14, 2015

Brooklyn Open is a monthly open mic series for teens. It is a safe space for poets, spoken word artists, emcees, scholars and activists to share their powerful and important voices. These events are run by youth for youth, with DJs, hosts and a...
Mon, Sep 14
5:00 pm

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Featured Event
Twenty writers will be selected at random to pitch their book in one minute. Judges will help writers improve their pitches and critique everything from idea to style to potential in the marketplace. Authors come away with concrete advice as well as...

Thursday, September 17, 2015

David Starkey, BPL Program
Award-winning historian and television presenter David Starkey untangles historical and modern misconceptions about one of the founding documents of democracy, the Magna Carta. The demands made in the Magna Carta laid the foundation for the British...

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Gina Athena Ulysse, BPL Program
Mainstream coverage of the catastrophic earthquake of January 12, 2010, reproduced longstanding stereotypes of Haiti. Aware that this Haiti is a rhetorically and graphically incarcerated one, the feminist anthropologist and performance artist Gina...
Victorian Fairy Tale Book
This informal conversation features Michael Patrick Hearn, children’s literary historian whose works include The Annotated Wizard of Oz, The Victorian Fairy Tale Book, The Annotated Huckleberry Finn, The Annotated Christmas Carol and the...
Yevgeny Yevtushenko (Евге́ний Евтуше́нко) is one of the living masters of Russian literature. His larger-than-life personality led him from his childhood in Siberia to become one of the few living poets able to fill the Madison Square Garden to the...

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Inequality for All, BPL Screening
Before getting your copy of his latest book signed, watch his most recent documentary. Through his singular perspective, Robert Reich explains how the massive consolidation of wealth by a precious few threatens the viability of the American...
Robert Reich, BPL Program
From the author of Aftershock and The Work of Nations, his most important book to date—a myth-shattering breakdown of how the economic system that helped make America so strong is now failing us, and what it will take to fix it. Perhaps no one...

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Fred Hersch, BPL Program
Proclaimed by Vanity Fair “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade,” Fred Hersch balances his internationally recognized instrumental and composing skills with significant achievements as a bandleader,...

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Art Workshops
Let’s illustrate your favorite story with you as the protagonist. If Harry, or Mathilda or Will or Kate had your face, what would the story feel like? Artist Gabi Swiatkowska proposes a "Self-portrait as your favorite book character...
Sat, Oct 3
11:00 am
Tildon Krautz
If it were possible that a songwriting string band could embody the wacky, playful universe of an award-winning children's book illustrator, that group would be named what it says up there and their genre would be called "anti-rational...
Sat, Oct 3
1:00 pm

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Greg Grandin, BPL Program
A new account of America's most controversial diplomat that moves beyond praise or condemnation to reveal Kissinger as the architect of America's current geopolitical stance. In his fascinating new book, acclaimed historian Greg Grandin...
Windscape Wind Quartet, BPL Program
Windscape Wind Quintet, comprised of Tara Helen O’Connor (flute); Randall Ellis (oboe); Alan R. Kay (clarinet); David Jolley (horn) and Frank Morelli (bassoon), perform their arrangements of compositions by Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie,...

Monday, October 5, 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, October 6, 2015

Bilingual Birdies
The Bilingual Birdies Band celebrates language and culture in 45 minutes of fun-filled live music and dance! Learn new words while you sing along to original hip tunes and your favorite traditional folk songs. Expect a high energy performance of...
Margo Jefferson, BPL Program
At once celebratory and elegiac, a deeply felt meditation on race, sex, and American culture through the prism of the author’s rarefied upbringing and education among a black elite. Born in 1947 in upper-crust black Chicago, Pulitzer Prize-...

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Alice in Wonderland
“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 Lewis...
Amy Winehouse, Diva Doc
A once-in-a-generation talent, Amy Winehouse was a musician that captured the world’s attention. A pure jazz artist in the most authentic sense, she wrote and sung from the heart using her musical gifts to analyze her own problems. The...

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Brian Selznick, BPL Program
Caldecott Medal-winner Brian Selznick does it again! His new book, The Marvels, is a century-spanning adventure tale of beauty, mystery, and survival told in the signature style of writing and illustration that made young-reader classics of The...
Thu, Oct 8
6:30 pm

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Art Workshops, Javaka Steptoe
Grab some bottle caps, tinfoil, and pocket lint to create collage art with award-winning illustrator Javaka Steptoe.
Sat, Oct 10
11:00 am
The Brave Calf/El Becerrito Valiente
This is the story of a little calf that one day decides to leave his stall to see the world.  This takes him to the mountains where he befriends a rabbit, a buzzard (vulture), the sun, the moon and a moon elf.  He also meets...
Sat, Oct 10
1:00 pm
The title of the film refers to the famous beach in Crimea where semi-precious stones are known to be found. The film narrates the story of a famous writers' colony in Crimea in the early 20th century. Koktebel, the name of the town in which it...

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Silent Film Series, The Pilgrim
Before transitioning fully to features, Chaplin learned his film craft and created and perfected his “Tramp” character in an evolving series of short comedies. We chart his progress, starting with his first film, Making a...
Sun, Oct 11
12:30 pm
East of the River, BPL Program
“East of the River" was founded by internationally renowned recorder players Nina Stern and Daphna Mor. The project explores haunting and virtuosic melodies from the traditional repertoires of the Balkans, Armenia and the Middle East, as...

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Citizenfour, BPL Screening
With unprecedented access, this gripping behind-the-scenes chronicle follows director Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald’s remarkable encounters with Edward Snowden in a Hong Kong hotel room as he hands over classified documents that...
David Talbot, BPL Program
From the founder of and author of the New York Times bestseller Brothers, an explosive, headline-making portrait of Allen Dulles, the man who transformed the CIA into the most powerful—and secretive—colossus in Washington....

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

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

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...

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
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
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...
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

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...

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

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
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, BPL Program
New York-based tango trio Importango reprises their debut album highlighting their commitment to authentic Argentinean music. The album is dedicated to the memory of their virtuoso pianist, Octavio Brunetii, who passed away suddenly in the summer of...

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

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....

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
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

Sunday, November 1, 2015

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...
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...