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Acknowledgments

Brooklyn Public Library gratefully acknowledges the many donors who have provided generous support for public programs at the Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture, including:

David Geffen Foundation, Fund for the Humanities, Cheryl and George Haywood Endowment for Cultural Diversity, The Kahn Endowment for Humanities Programs, The Miriam Katowitz and Arthur Radin Fund, Los Blancos, Mapleton Endowment, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, James J. O’Toole, the Estate of Pearl S. Reuillard in memory of her parents Yetta and Louis Schwartz, Sandra and Peter Schubert Endowment Fund, The Shen Family Foundation, and numerous individuals.

 

  • Karen K & the Jitterbugs
    Stomp, Clap & Sing with Karen K & the Jitterbugs
    Tuesday, August 26, 2014 11:00 am
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Join Karen K in her Bug Out, the imaginary fort in her back yard where she finds adventures and makes music with her friends, the Jitterbugs: Bumble (guitar), Stink Bug (drums), Hop (bass) and side-kick and best friend, Lightning Bug (everything else). ***Please Note: Location subject to change

    This program is made possible through generous support from the Estate of Pearl S. Reuillard in memory of her parents Yetta and Louis Schwartz.

  • Hammerstep + DEORO
    Lincoln Center Local Live presents Hammerstep + DEORO
    Saturday, September 6, 2014 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Plaza

    Cutting edge choreography from Hammerstep meets traditional music and innovative live beats with hip hop flare from DEORO to create a unique presentation integrating traditional Irish step, tap, and hip hop. The performance includes a Q&A with the artists. Grammy-nominated DEORO, led by Dave Eggar (cello) with Chuck Palmer (percussion), is known internationally for its remarkable collaborations with artists from Dr. Ralph Stanley and Frank Ocean to the Talaandig tribe of Mindanao in the Philippines. Garrett Coleman and Jason Oremus are the founders and artistic directors of innovative dance group, Hammerstep. Garrett is a two-time world champion of Irish step dance and Jason has won five consecutive state and national solo Irish dancing titles. Both have toured professionally with Riverdance.

  • brooklyn open mic series
    Brooklyn Open
    Monday, September 8, 2014 5:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    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 hosts and a monthly featured poet.

    Presented in partnership with Urban Word NYC.

  • Roger and Rogers and Hammerstein Celebration
    Lincoln Center Live: RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN CELEBRATION
    Saturday, September 13, 2014 1:30 pm
    Kings Highway Library

  • St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble
    St. Luke’s Subway Series: St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble
    Sunday, September 14, 2014 3:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble comes to Brooklyn Public Library as part of its five-borough Subway Series, performing a free one-hour concert featuring music for winds by Barber, Beach, Ligeti and D’Rivera. The series will also host a book drive for children and families in immigrant communities and low-income neighborhoods in partnership with Kids Research Center. Attendees are encouraged to bring new or gently used books as donations to the concert. Coolhaus will sell ice cream after the performance.

  • R. J. Palacio
    Brooklyn by the Book: RJ Palacio
    Sunday, September 14, 2014 4:00 pm
    Congregation Beth Elohim

    Palacio discusses her debut novel, Wonder, which follows Auggie Pullman as he starts fifth grade after years of being home-schooled. He wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. The book begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion and acceptance. This event takes place at Congregation Beth Elohim. It is ticketed, free event with a suggested donation of $7 for library cardholders. For more information, visit Brooklynbythebook.com. Books will be sold at this event.

  • Pitch-a-Palooza
    Brooklyn Book Festival: Pitch-a-Palooza!
    Wednesday, September 17, 2014 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    The Book Doctors, Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry, are the go-to resource for everything budding authors need to write, sell and market their books successfully. Eckstut and Sterry will give aspiring writers the chance of a lifetime—one minute to pitch their book ideas to a panel of publishing experts. The person with the best pitch receives an introduction to an agent. Books will be sold at this event.

  • Gail Sheehy
    Daring to Lead: Gail Sheehy and Reshma Saujani talk Risk, Ambition and Success
    Thursday, September 18, 2014 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    World-renowned author and journalist, Gail Sheehy and Girls who Code founder Reshma Saujani discuss the need to embrace risk and failure and to boldly chart your own course. Sheehy’s new memoir, Daring: My Passages, chronicles the obstacles she encountered when she blazed a trail in the male-dominated world of journalism in the1960s. Her earliest book, Passages, was named by a Library of Congress survey one of the ten most influential books of our time. Saujani, a former New York City Deputy Public Advocate, founded Girls Who Code to close the gender gap in technology and prepare young women for jobs of the future. Saujani’s new book is Women Who Don't Wait in Line. Books will be sold at this event.

  • Franketienne
    Brooklyn Book Festival: “Ready to Burst” with Frankétienne
    Friday, September 19, 2014 7:00 pm
    FiveMyles Gallery

    Frankétienne, one of Haiti’s leading authors and playwrights, speaks with translator Kaiama L. Glover and novelist Madison Smartt Bell. Cosponsored by Haiti Cultural Exchange and Archipelago Books. Please note, this event takes place at FiveMyles Gallery at 558 St. Johns Place, Brooklyn 11238.

  • Los Tres Cerditos
    Events for Youth & Families: The Three Little Pigs/Los Tres Cerditos
    Saturday, September 20, 2014 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Mama Piggy narrates this bilingual adaptation that features a vegetarian wolf and the three little pigs on this side of town. Action, adventure, Salsa, and other Latin music keep audiences clapping en route to a happy ending. Presented by Society of the Educational Arts, Inc. (SEA)

    This program is made possible through generous support from the Estate of Pearl S. Reuillard in memory of her parents Yetta and Louis Schwartz.

  • Villalobos Brothers
    Lincoln Center Local: Villalobos Brothers Live Stream Viewing Party
    Saturday, September 27, 2014 2:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Masterfully blending the indigenous rhythms and melodies of their native Veracruz with the intricate harmonies of jazz and classical music, the Villalobos Brothers deliver an intoxicating brew of brilliant musical cadence and virtuosity, redifining our notions of Latin music.

  • Interpoezia
    Russian Literary Series: Poetry ABC
    Sunday, September 28, 2014 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Leading Russian poets of New York gather to celebrate the 10th anniversary of "Interpoezia", an influential poetry almanac. This event is in Russian.

    This series is made possible in part with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

  • The Kennel Murder Case
    Detectives: Good, Bad, and Ugly: The Kennel Murder Case
    Wednesday, October 1, 2014 6:30 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Debonair detective Philo Vance (William Powell) sniffs out intrigue at the The Long Island Kennel Club. With the aid of a Doberman, Vance solves the locked-room murder of a prominent and much-hated collector whose broken Chinese vase provides an important clue. (Dir: Michael Curtis; 73 min) Hosted and curated by Glenn Kenny.

    This series is made possible through Brooklyn Public Library’s Fund for the Humanities, established through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional funding was provided by the Hearst Foundation, Inc.; the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; the Starr Foundation; the Leon and Muriel Gilbert Charitable Trust; the Henry and Lucy Moses Fund, Inc.; and a gift in memory of Samuel and Pauline Wine.

  • Lou Gallo and the Very Hungry Band
    Events for Youth & Families: Lou Gallo and The Very Hungry Band
    Saturday, October 4, 2014 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Lou Gallo is one of those rare children's performers who is as beloved by children as he is by adults. His most recent CD, Walk the Dog, has garnered praise from such children's music luminaries as Laurie Berkner. Eschewing the sugar-coated performance styles so often directed at young people, Lou brings to every performance a down-to-earth sense of play and freshness that is instantly captivating for all ages. With 17 years of experience in New York City's children's music scene, his performances are always polished yet playful.

    This program is made possible through generous support from the Estate of Pearl S. Reuillard in memory of her parents Yetta and Louis Schwartz.

  • Charlie Chaplin
    Silent Film Series: Charlie Chaplin Shorts (1916-1918)
    Sunday, October 5, 2014 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    We celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Chaplin's tramp character on film in 1914. Today's short comedies recreate the mean streets of Chaplin's London youth and focus on the Tramp in his natural habitat, as impoverished and homeless, as Chaplin deepens his ability to express tragedy as comedy, as the Tramp becomes a universal symbol of the dispossessed: Police (1916; 26 Minutes), and Easy Street (1917; 24 minutes), with live piano accompaniment by Makia Matsumura; and A Dog’s Life (1918; 35 minutes), with music composed by Chaplin on the soundtrack. Films directed by Chaplin. Hosted and curated by Ken Gordon. Children under 6 will not be admitted.

    The Silent Film Series is sponsored by Los Blancos.

  • Clsrosa Quartet
    Classical Interludes: Clarosa Quartet
    Sunday, October 5, 2014 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    The recently formed Quartet consists of violinist Juliette Kang, violist Che-Hung Chen, cellist Thomas Kraines (of the Daedalus Quartet), plus pianist Natalie Zhu, who has a cult following, having worked with Astral Artists and violinist Hilary Hahn. They’ll be playing the Schumann Piano Quartet and Schubert’s ever popular “Trout” Quintet. Children under 6 will not be admitted.

    Classical Interludes is made possible in part by a generous gift from James J. O’Toole and is supported in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

  • Brooklyn Open Mic series
    Brooklyn Open
    Monday, October 6, 2014 5:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    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 hosts and a monthly featured poet.

    Presented in partnership with Urban Word NYC.

  • Stomp, Clap & Sing with Bilingual Birdies
    Tuesday, October 7, 2014 11:00 am
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    The Bilingual Birdies Band celebrates language and culture in a fun-filled live music, dance and puppetry! Learn new words while you sing along to original hip tunes and your favorite traditional folk songs. Expect a high energy performance of guitar, trumpet and percussion that will encourage everyone to be a part of the show! Families will joyfully bond as we conclude with our bubble dance party extravaganza! Join us for magical journey everyone can enjoy together.

    This program is made possible through generous support from the Estate of Pearl S. Reuillard in memory of her parents Yetta and Louis Schwartz.

  • Charlie Chan at the Opera
    Detectives: Good, Bad, and Ugly: Charlie Chan at the Opera
    Wednesday, October 8, 2014 6:30 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    For seven years, opera star Gravelle (Boris Karloff) has been locked in an insane asylum, his identity a mystery - even to himself. But when his memory unexpectedly returns, he escapes to avenge himself against his philandering wife and her lover. Charlie Chan (Warner Oland) investigates the murders at the opera. (Dir: H. Bruce Humberstone; 101 min) Curated and hosted by Glenn Kenny.

    This series is made possible through Brooklyn Public Library’s Fund for the Humanities, established through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional funding was provided by the Hearst Foundation, Inc.; the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; the Starr Foundation; the Leon and Muriel Gilbert Charitable Trust; the Henry and Lucy Moses Fund, Inc.; and a gift in memory of Samuel and Pauline Wine.

  • Tiphanie Yanique
    Brothers and Sisters: Bridgett Davis, Akhil Sharma and Tiphanie Yanique
    Thursday, October 9, 2014 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Three novelists discuss their latest works, all of which focus on family and the search for a true home. Davis’s novel, Into the Go-Slow¸ follows Angie, a young woman from Detroit who travels to Lagos, Nigeria to unravel the mystery of her sister's death. In Sharma’s book Family Life, Ajay and his older brother move from Delhi to Queens, where a tragic accident leaves one brother with brain damage. Yanique’s epic multigenerational tale, Land of Love and Drowning, is set in the U.S. Virgin Islands and traces the history of its inhabitants during the course of the 20th century. The story follows two sisters whose genteel prospects are shattered after the sudden death of their father, a descendent of West African slaves and owner of a cargo ship. “Presented in partnership with the Eta Nu Sigma chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc” Books will be sold at this event.

  • Rick Riordan
    Livestream with Rick Riordan
    Friday, October 10, 2014 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Rick Riordan is the bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Kane Chronicles, and the Heroes of Olympus. Join us for a live-streamed reading by the author, who will be speaking from New York Public Library’s Bartos auditorium. Arrive by 3 pm to participate in arts and craft activities inspired by the Heroes of Olympus.

  • Monster Who Ate My Peas
    Events for Youth & Families: The Monster Who Ate My Peas
    Saturday, October 11, 2014 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Based on the multi-award winning book written by Danny Schnitzlein and illustrated by Matthew Faulkner, ArtsPower's newest musical tells the funny and poignant story of a young boy who doesn't want to eat his peas. When a crafty monster appears underneath his kitchen table, the boy is ready to make a deal with the monster. If the monster eats his peas, the boy will give the monster any of his possessions. First, it's the boys’ soccer ball, then, his bike. But, when the monster raises the stakes, will the boy refuse the monster and make the difficult decision to face his own fears? Children and adults alike will be entertained and engaged by this wonderfully written tale about the value of will power. Presented by ArtsPower

    This program is made possible through generous support from the Estate of Pearl S. Reuillard in memory of her parents Yetta and Louis Schwartz.

  • Jeffery Renard Allen
    Gotham: New York City's Best Writers: Jeffery Renard Allen
    Saturday, October 11, 2014 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Allen discusses his novel Song of the Shank, which is based on the real life of Thomas Greene Wiggins, a 19th-century slave and improbable musical genius who performed under the name Blind Tom. Curated and hosted by Rob Spillman.

    This series is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

  • Films from the VII Russian Documentary Film Festival
    Russian Film Series: Films from the VII Russian Documentary Film Festival
    Sunday, October 12, 2014 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    From Russia with Math focuses on the Russian School of Mathematics, a school for gifted children founded by émigré teachers from Russia. Goodbye America! or the Last Movie by Alexander Dovzhenko, recounts the disastrous production of Dovzhenko’s final film, which was never completed. Both films are in Russian with English subtitles.

  • Lysander Piano Trio
    Classical Interludes: Lysander Piano Trio
    Sunday, October 12, 2014 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Lysander Piano Trio: Itamar Zorman, violin, Michael Katz, cello, Liza Stepanova, piano, won the 2012 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition, and is praised for its passionate and imaginative ideas. They perform “Autumn” and “Spring” from Astor Piazolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires and Dvorak’s Trio op. 90. Children under 6 will not be admitted.

    Classical Interludes is made possible in part by a generous gift from James J. O’Toole and is supported in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

  • The Mother Court: Tales of Cases that Mattered in America's Greatest Trial Court
    Tuesday, October 14, 2014 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, known to lawyers as the “Mother Court,” is the oldest and most influential federal court in the country. James Zirin, a litigator who has tried many cases before some of its iconic judges, and Anthony Crowell, Dean and President of the New York Law School, discusses evolution of the US justice system and some of the most famous cases that went down in the Mother Court, including the trials of Alger Hiss and the Rosenbergs, the government obscenity suits against James Joyce's Ulysses and the film Deep Throat and the U.S. government's decision to try the 9/11 terrorists before a military commission, even though it originally indicted Osama bin Laden in the Southern District of New York.

    Zirin is the host and producer of the critically acclaimed television talk show, “Conversations in the Digital Age,” which can be seen weekly throughout the New York metropolitan area. He is a leading litigator, having served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York in the Criminal Division under the legendary Robert M. Morgenthau.

    Anthony W. Crowell is the current Dean and President of New York Law School. He started in May 2012 after serving for more than 10 years as Counselor to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He is also a Trustee of Brooklyn Public Library. Books will be sold at this event.

  • Detectives: Good, Bad, and Ugly: The Maltese Falcon
    Wednesday, October 15, 2014 6:30 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Humphrey Bogart as private investigator Sam Spade tangles with three unscrupulous adventurers, all of whom are competing to obtain a jewel-encrusted falcon statuette. The film was John Huston's directorial debut and was nominated for three Academy Awards. (Dir: John Huston; 101 min). Curated and hosted by Glenn Kenny.

    This series is made possible through Brooklyn Public Library’s Fund for the Humanities, established through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional funding was provided by the Hearst Foundation, Inc.; the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; the Starr Foundation; the Leon and Muriel Gilbert Charitable Trust; the Henry and Lucy Moses Fund, Inc.; and a gift in memory of Samuel and Pauline Wine.

  • dweck-lec'-tic: Somi
    Thursday, October 16, 2014 7:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Born in Illinois to immigrants from Rwanda and Uganda, the African and Jazz legacies are always crucial to Somi’s sound. Often referred to as a modern-day Miriam Makeba and widely acknowledged as both artist and scholar, Somi is a TED Fellow, an inaugural Association of Performing Arts Presenters Fellow, a 2013 Park Avenue Armory Artist-in-Residence, and the founder of New Africa Live. Somi’s talents have been called upon for by a diverse cast of artists including Mos Def, Baaba Maal, John Legend, Paul Simon, Jennifer Hudson and many more.

    This series is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

  • Folklore Mexican Dance
    Events for Youth & Families: Folklore Mexican Dance
    Saturday, October 18, 2014 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    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.

    This program is made possible through generous support from the Estate of Pearl S. Reuillard in memory of her parents Yetta and Louis Schwartz.

  • Life Behind Bars: Mothers of Bedford
    Saturday, October 18, 2014 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    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 normal frustrations of parenting as well as the surreal experiences of a child who lives with her mother in prison. Filmmaker Jenifer McShane spent four years visiting Bedford Hills and following the women and their families. (Dir: Jenifer McShane, 96 min, 2011)

  • Life Behind Bars: Lock Em Up: Juvenile Injustice at Rikers Island Prison
    Sunday, October 19, 2014 1:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Two-thirds of the near 5,000 occupants of Rikers Island are juveniles and many are the victims of violence while there. In 2008, Christopher Robinson was beaten to death by other juveniles because he did not fall in line with “The Program” an alleged gang structure that the Rikers’ authorities failed to address. Tragically, Robinson was only inside Rikers because he had stayed at work too late, broke curfew and was in violation of his probation. Followed by a panel discussion about whether alternative rehabilitative measures need to be taken for juvenile justice. (15 min, 2011)

  • Arts and Culture, Urban Tango Trio
    Classical Interludes: Urban Tango Trio
    Sunday, October 19, 2014 4:00 pm
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Three awesomely talented virtuoso musicians: Latin-Grammy winner Octavio Brunetti on piano; Machiko Ozawa, former concertmaster of Orquesta Sinfonica Sinaloa de Las Artes, on violin; and acclaimed composer/arranger Pedro Giraudo on bass, capture the passion and excitement of Argentine tango in a repertoire ranging from traditional favorites, to contemporary interpretations. Children under 6 will not be admitted.

    Classical Interludes is made possible in part by a generous gift from James J. O’Toole and is supported in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

  • Brooklyn by the Book: Maira Kalman and Ira Glass
    Monday, October 20, 2014 7:30 pm
    Congregation Beth Elohim

    Kalman, the author of the bestsellers The Principles of Uncertainty and The Elements of Style, and Ira Glass, host and producer of the radio and television show, This American Life, discuss My Favorite Things, Kalman’s poignant meditation on the significance of objects in our lives, drawn from her personal artifacts, recollections, and selections from the collection of the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. This event takes place at Congregation Beth Elohim. It is ticketed, free event with a suggested donation of $7 for library cardholders. For more information, visit Brooklynbythebook.com. Books will be sold at this event.