Arts & Culture Events

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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.

  • Brooklyn Open
    Monday, August 4, 2014 5:00PM
    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 Monkey Monkey Music
    Tuesday, August 5, 2014 11:00AM
    Central Library, Plaza

    Get ready to play air guitar, jump high, go innie and outie, count the odds, pop the bubbles, stroll in the garden and do the “macaroni” with Monkey Monkey Music.

    Events for Youth & Families are made possible through generous support from the Estate of Pearl S. Reuillard in memory of her parents Yetta and Louis Schwartz.

  • Brooklyn Summer Shakespeare-ience: A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream
    Saturday, August 9, 2014 1:00PM
    Central Library, Plaza

    The Brooklyn Summer Shakespeare-ience is a summer intensive designed to make Shakespeare accessible to inner city youth in the borough of Brooklyn using the activities of reading, analyzing and performing Shakespeare. It is both a literacy and performance arts program. Students of the program will perform the romantic comedy, A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream.

  • Stomp, Clap & Sing with Conroy Warren
    Tuesday, August 12, 2014 11:00AM
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    An interactive program with singing, dancing and plenty of percussion! ***Please Note: Location subject to change

    Events for Youth & Families are made possible through generous support from the Estate of Pearl S. Reuillard in memory of her parents Yetta and Louis Schwartz.

  • Book Discussion Series: Small Southern Comforts: Short Stories by Alice Walker, Flannery O'Connor, Eudora Welty and Zora Neale Hurston
    Wednesday, August 13, 2014 2:00PM
    Central Library, Trustees' Room

    Novelist Bridgett Davis leads a discussion of short stories by four of the most influential writers of the 20th century. The final discussion session will focus Hurston's rich use of language and imagery in Zora Neale Hurston: The Complete Stories

  • Stomp, Clap & Sing with Dan the Melody Man
    Tuesday, August 19, 2014 11:00AM
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    With his trusty guitar in hand, Dan the Melody Man knows how to get the kids up on their feet, singing their hearts out. ***Please Note: Location subject to change

    Events for Youth & Families are made possible through generous support from the Estate of Pearl S. Reuillard in memory of her parents Yetta and Louis Schwartz.

  • Stomp, Clap & Sing with Karen K & the Jitterbugs
    Tuesday, August 26, 2014 11:00AM
    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

    Events for Youth & Families are made possible through generous support from the Estate of Pearl S. Reuillard in memory of her parents Yetta and Louis Schwartz.

  • Lincoln Center Local Live presents Hammerstep + DEORO
    Saturday, September 6, 2014 2:00PM
    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
    Monday, September 8, 2014 5:00PM
    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.

  • Orchestra of St. Luke’s Subway Series: St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble
    Sunday, September 14, 2014 3:00PM
    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.

  • Brooklyn by the Book: RJ Palacio
    Sunday, September 14, 2014 4:00PM
    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.

  • Brooklyn Book Festival: Pitch-a-Palooza!
    Wednesday, September 17, 2014 7:00PM
    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 Steer 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.

  • Daring to Lead: Gail Sheehy and Reshma Saujani talk Risk, Ambition and Success
    Thursday, September 18, 2014 7:00PM
    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.

  • Brooklyn Book Festival: “Ready to Burst” with Frankétienne
    Friday, September 19, 2014 7:00PM

    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.

  • Lincoln Center Local: Encore Performance Live Stream Viewing Party
    Saturday, September 27, 2014 2:30PM
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Villalobos Brothers at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center will be livestreamed to this special viewing party. 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 that awakens the senses as it redefines our notions of Latin music. They have performed at the Latin Grammy Awards, Carnegie Hall, the Guggenheim Museum, Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and many other prestigious and historic venues.

  • Russian Literary Series: Poetry ABC
    Sunday, September 28, 2014 1:00PM
    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. To register, please visit www.brownpapertickets.com and enter the keyword Brooklyn Public Library. Limit 3 tickets per person.

    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.