Fall Dweck Events

September 10, 2008

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Malika L. Granville, Marketing & Communications Associate
Brooklyn Public Library
Phone: 718.230.2211
m.granville@brooklynpubliclibrary.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Brooklyn Public Library Dweck Center Events

(Brooklyn, NY) September 2008- School’s back in session and Brooklyn Public Library has everything you need to fall into the fun. The new state-of-the-art Dweck Center has tons of programs and events that the whole family can enjoy. All programs will be held in the Dweck Center of Central Library unless otherwise noted.

Featured Events

Brooklyn Sings, Brooklyn Swings: Andy Statman
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Statman, one of his generation's premier mandolinists and clarinetists thinks of his compositions as "a spontaneous, American-roots form of very personal, prayerful hasidic music, by way of avant-garde jazz." Statman is a driving force behind the neo-klezmer and "newgrass" music movements.
Thursday, Sep 18, 7 PM
Classical Interludes: David Krakauer & the BPL Chamber Players
Internationally acclaimed clarinetist David Krakauer redefines the notion of a concert artist. Known for his mastery of myriad styles including classical chamber music, Eastern European Jewish klezmer music, and avant-garde improvisation, Krakauer lies way beyond “cross-over”. His best-selling classical and klezmer recordings further define his brilliant tone, virtuosity and imagination. Assisting artists include Marija Stroke on the piano and Peter Weitzner on the double bass.
Sunday, Sep 21, 4 PM

SEPTEMBER
Fall Concert Series on the Plaza
Nepo Soteri and opening act Charles Moore Dance Company
Soteri is a survivor of the Rwandan Civil War and his music is influenced by the raw rhythms and stylized sounds he heard in Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia where he spent his youth traveling as a refuge. Charles Moore Dance Company opens this free concert on Central's Plaza.
Saturday, Sep 13, 2 PM

Claude Gomis and opening act The Steel Band CASYM
Originally from Senegal, West Africa, Gomis, son of Orchestra Baobab's Rudy Gomis, creates music that ranges from dance hall and ska to funk. The steel band CASYM opens this free concert on Central's plaza.
Saturday, Sep 20, 2 PM

For Youth & Families
Russian American Kids Circus
In this circus, trained and produced by Moscow Circus veterans, artists dazzle
with their synchronized acrobatics, unicycling, juggling and daring aerial feats.
Saturday, Sep 27, 1 PM
For Adults

Russian Literary Series: Andrey Khrzhanovsky
Khrzhanovsky, an animator, screens excerpts of his films about poets Alexander Pushkin and Joseph Brodsky. This event is in Russian. Please pick up a free ticket at the Eastern Parkway entrance to the Dweck Center on the day of the program.
Sunday, Sep 21, 1:30 PM
Brooklyn Sings, Brooklyn Swings: Mr. Z
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Jazz singer Mr. Z has performed with Art Blakey, Annie Ross and Jon Hendricks.
Thursday, Sep 25, 7 PM

Funny Men: Warren Adler
Adler reads from his new novel Funny Boys, a dark, funny comedy of errors about success, the mob and finding true love.
Saturday, Sep 27, 4 PM
The American Presidency Series: Profiling the Candidates
Stanley Renshon—an author, political scientist and certified psychoanalyst—considers the character of the candidates in the 2008 presidential election.
Sunday, Sep 28, 1:30 PM
Dishwashers, Neurosurgeons and Nannies: Why We Need Immigrants
Andrew Hacker—a teacher of political science at Queens College—discusses
the positive impact of immigration on American society.
Sunday, Sep 28, 4 PM

OCTOBER
For Youth & Families
Louie Fiesta Latina
Louie integrates high energy, passion, rhymes and melodies into a concert for
all to enjoy.
Saturday, Oct 4, 1 PM
Amazing Ken
Prepare to be amazed as Brooklyn’s own Amazing Ken delights with magic, music, illusions and full audience participation.
Saturday, Oct 11, 1 PM
UpBring Dance Company
Teens can join this afternoon of dance as UpBring incorporates many dance styles—jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, theater, modern, salsa, hula, African—into a unique blend of movement.
Tuesday, Oct 14, 4 PM
Juan El Coqui
Hear the story of Juan El Coqui, an artist from Puerto Rico who travels to the big city to share his art with the world. But, will he forget where he comes from?
Saturday, Oct 18, 1 PM

For Adults
Brooklyn Sings, Brooklyn Swings: The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn
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This group performs witty songs from the 1920s and 30s as well as original tunes in four-part harmony on resonator guitar, upright bass, horns and a homemade washboard.
Thursday, Oct 2, 7 PM
Cosmopolis: Immigrant Writers in New York: Dalia Sofer
WNYC’s Leonard Lopate interviews Iranian-born Sofer, who reads from The Septembers of Shiraz, her novel about a Jewish gem dealer in Tehran who finds himself wrongly accused of anti-government activity.
Saturday, Oct 4, 4 PM
Silent Film Series: Working-Class Clown
Charlie Chaplin’s tramp character confronts class barriers and social inequality in the short films The Count, Police and The Pawnshop.
Sunday, Oct 5, 1:30 PM
Classical Interludes: Piano Conversations with Julian Gargiulo
Gargiulo gives a riveting piano performance that is enriched by his informal and humorous interactions with the audience, illuminating the lives of the great composers.
Sunday, Oct 5, 4 PM
Conversations in Jazz: Lorraine Gordon
Village Vanguard owner Lorraine Gordon and Josh Jackson of WBGO 88.3 FM discuss Gordon’s book Alive at the Village Vanguard, which chronicles her involvement as a key figure in the business history of jazz.
Saturday, Oct 11, 4 PM
Russian Literary Series: Dmitry Bykov
Meet Bykov, a writer, poet, literary critic and journalist who writes a weekly column in Ogonek magazine and authored an award-winning biography of Boris Pasternak. This event is in Russian. Please pick up a free ticket at the Eastern Parkway entrance to the Dweck Center on the day of the program.
Sunday, Oct 12, 1:30 PM
Classical Interludes: Soprano Valentina Fleer
Fleer performs beloved arias from operas by Puccini, Mozart and Verdi, as well songs by Rachmaninoff, Cole Porter and George Gershwin.
Sunday, Oct 12, 4 PM
Black Independents Series: Faubourg Treme: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans
A documentary film of heartbreak and hope set in the oldest black neighborhood in America, a center of economic independence and political activism from slavery to the 1960s.
Wednesday, Oct 15, 7 PM
Brooklyn Sings, Brooklyn Swings: Luiz Simas
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Simas—a composer, singer and pianist—performs Ernesto Nazareth and Tom Jobim music, American standards with a Brazilian flavor, and original compositions that mix European, Romantic and salon music with lively African rhythms.
Thursday, Oct 16, 7 PM
The Black Loom
Broadway vocalist Capathia Jenkins and award-winning composer Louis Rosen offer selections from this trilogy of song cycles based on the works of Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou and Nikki Giovanni.
Saturday, Oct 18, 4 PM
The American Presidency Series: Presidential Rhetoric
Mark Crispin Miller, author of The Bush Dyslexicon: Observations on a National Disorder, analyzes the politics of presidential speech.
Sunday, Oct 19, 1:30 PM
Classical Interludes: New York Empire Trio
Trio members Hristo Popov, Kalin Ivanov and Joshua Pierce perform works from the classical composers Franz Joseph Haydn, Antonín Dvorák and Bulgarian composer Roumi Petrova.
Sunday, Oct 19, 4 PM
Brooklyn Independents Series: An Evening with Edward Hirsch and Peter Cole
Hirsch interviews Cole, author of three books, including the recent Things on Which I’ve Stumbled, and noted translator of medieval Hebrew poetry. Hirsch has authored more than 10 books, including How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love
with Poetry.
Wednesday, Oct 22, 7 PM
Brooklyn Sings, Brooklyn Swings: Jody Sandhaus
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Jazz vocalist Sandhaus, noted for her vocal clarity and subtle delivery, enlivens standards by Ellington and Porter with her ability to swing, scat and soar into a beautiful soprano.
Thursday, Oct 23, 7 PM
Cendrillon (Cinderella)
The Harbor Opera Company presents highlights from Jules Massenet’s opera, which is based on the Cinderella fairy tale, directed by Heidi Lauren Duke.
Saturday, Oct 25, 4 PM
My Sacred Trade
Twentieth-century Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva is the subject of this one-
woman play performed by Zhanna Vladimirskaya and directed by Alexey Kovalev. This event is in Russian.
Saturday, Oct 25, 7 PM
The American Presidency Series: The President and the Cities
Historian Kenneth Jackson presents this lecture. He directs the Herbert H. Lehman Center for the Study of American History and is the Jacques Barzun Professor of History and the Social Sciences at Columbia University.
Sunday, Oct 26, 1:30 PM
Classical Interludes: BPL Chamber Players: Imani Winds
This group presents a program that expands the wind quintet repertoire to include European, American, African and Latin influences.
Sunday, Oct 26, 4 PM
For Youth & Families
Witch Bungle
This unique show about fears and friendship combines storytelling, shadow puppets and cranky, which is a form of puppetry that has its origins in China.
Saturday, Nov 1, 1 PM
A Pirate’s Treasure of Trumpets
An engaging and interactive show by Chocolate Chip Chamber Music brings emcee and mascot Baker Bobbie and a quartet of musical pirates aboard a ship for a memorable sea adventure!
Saturday, Nov 15, 1 PM
The Encounter of Juan Bobo and Pedro Animal!
Hysterical events revolve around incredibly charming, but not too bright, characters who do everything backwards and turn to the audience for help.
Saturday, Nov 22, 1 PM

For Adults
Cosmopolis: Immigrant Writers in New York: Junot Díaz
WNYC’s Leonard Lopate interviews
Díaz, the Pulitzer-prize winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, a novel spanning three generations of the Dominican American experience.
Saturday, Nov 1, 4 PM
Silent Film Series: Laurel & Hardy
Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy evolve into their famous comedy duo in the films Do Detectives Think? Putting Pants On Philip, We Faw Down and Big Business.
Sunday, Nov 2, 1:30 PM
Classical Interludes: Janaki String Trio
Winner of the 2006 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, the Janaki Trio incorporates standard and rarely-heard works such as Penderecki’s String Trio
and new pieces by composers like
Andrew Norman.
Sunday, Nov 2, 4 PM
Russian Film Series: RUSSIA!
A documentary on the history of Russian art based on the wildly popular Russian art retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum of Art in 2005-06. Director Nina Zaretskaya introduces the film. This event is in Russian.
Wednesday, Nov 5, 7 PM
Con Edison Power Breakfast: Keys to the Community: Unlocking the Commercial Vitality of Brooklyn’s Neighborhoods
A panel of experts discusses the planning and design of successful commercial strips and their role in revitalizing the borough.
Thursday, Nov 6, 8:30 AM
Brooklyn Sings, Brooklyn Swings: Somi
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Somi weaves jazz, funk, soul and gospel with Rwandan and Ugandan music into a style she calls holistic new African soul.
Thursday, Nov 6, 7 PM
Russian Literary Series: Tatiana Shcherbina
A poet, essayist and translator, Shcherbina is one of the most prominent voices in literary Moscow. Her works first appeared in samizdat and she once worked at Radio Liberty (Svoboda). This event is in Russian. Please pick up a free ticket at the Eastern Parkway entrance to the Dweck Center on the day of the program.
Sunday, Nov 9, 1:30 PM
Classical Interludes: Soo Bae
One of the premiere cellists of her generation, Soo Bae was a featured soloist with the Asian Youth Orchestra. Her repertoire includes works by Haydn, Schumann and Elgar.
Sunday, Nov 9, 4 PM
Brooklyn Independents Series: Baseball and Literature
Brooklyn authors including Michael Thomas, Nicholas Dawidoff and Kevin Baker add their legends to
baseball literature.
Wednesday, Nov 12, 7 PM
Funny Men: Rees vs. Taibbi: How Doomed is America?
Comic artist David Rees (Get Your War On) and journalist Matt Taibbi (Spanking the Donkey) discuss politics and journalism, placing America’s future on a scale of one to doomed.
Saturday, Nov 15, 4 PM
Julia Child’s French Thanksgiving with Alex Prud’homme
Journalist and author Prud’homme discusses his role in helping his great aunt Julia Child, the widely-beloved American chef, craft My Life in France, a memoir about her and her husband’s years in postwar France.
Sunday, Nov 16, 1:30 PM

Classical Interludes: Tango and the Music of Latin America
Guitarist Yuri Liberzon performs compositions by Antonio Lauro, Carlos Farinas and Augustin Barrios Mangore. Pianist Cesar Vuksic offers a program featuring Pedro Belisario Pérez, Astor Piazzolla and Horacio Salgán,
among others.
Sunday, Nov 16, 4 PM
Black Independents Series: Music is My Life, Politics My Mistress: The Story of Oscar Brown, Jr.
This documentary by donnie l. betts captures Brown’s strength as a performer, songwriter and social activist Betts introduces the film.
Wednesday, Nov 19, 7 PM
Brooklyn Sings, Brooklyn Swings: BR & Timebomb
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Hip-hop artist BR (Beyond Recognition) lays his lyrical versatility over the grooves of Timebomb, a seven-piece band that blends soul, R&B, jazz and classical music into a new sonic dimension of hip-hop.
Thursday, Nov 20, 7 PM
Aquila Theatre Company: Catch 22
A staged reading of Joseph Heller’s classic novel, adapted by the author himself, in which a bombardier on a B25 questions the futile and ridiculous administration of his air base in 1944.
Saturday, Nov 22, 4 PM
The Pleasures of Food: Holiday Baking
Melissa Murphy, chef and co-owner of Brooklyn’s Sweet Melissa Patisserie, discusses holiday baking.
Sunday, Nov 23, 1:30 PM
Classical Interludes: BPL Chamber Players: Trio Solisti
Award-winning artists Maria Bachmann, Jon Klibonoff and Alan Kay offer a spectrum of styles, highlighting the interplay of violin and clarinet.
Sunday, Nov 23, 4 PM

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