SPECIAL EVENTS, LITERARY PROGRAMS AND EXHIBITIONS September and October 2005

August 29, 2005

SPECIAL EVENTS, LITERARY PROGRAMS AND EXHIBITIONS
AT BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY

September and October 2005

This September and October, Brooklyn Public Library is offering a powerful lineup of free programs inviting people of all ages to use the Library in more ways than ever before. All visitors are invited to participate in book discussions, visit BPL's jazz cabaret, watch free movies, hear local authors speak and view exhibitions that capture the borough’s essence.

All programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call 718.230.2100 or visit www.bklynlibrary.org

SEPTEMBER 2005

LITERARY EVENTS AND PANEL DISCUSSIONS

LOSS AND MEMORY 9/11
Sunday, September 11, 2 pm

Personal reflections on loss and memory by essayist André Aciman, historian Casey Blake and poet Dennis Nurkse on the fourth anniversary of 9/11.
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, 718.230.2100

NEW PERSPECTIVES ON WOMEN IN ISLAM
Saturday, September 17, 4 pm

Saleemah Abdul-Ghafur, editor of the anthology Living Islam Out Loud, explores the lives of the first true generation of American Muslim women who have always identified themselves as both American and Muslim.
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, 3rd Floor Trustees Room, 718.230.2100

BROOKLYN NOIR 2: THE CLASSICS
Tuesday, September 20, 7 pm

Join Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and Brooklyn Noir anthology Editor Tim McLoughlin for a reading of Brooklyn Noir 2, a chilling collection of stories about distinct Brooklyn neighborhoods.
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, 718.230.2100

CARIBBEAN AUTHORS SERIES
Learn about Caribbean culture through the works of prominent scholars and literary luminaries.

MYRIAM J. A. CHANCY: THE SCORPION'S CLAW
Saturday, September 24, 4 pm

Join Haitian writer and scholar Myriam J. A. Chancy as she reads from and discusses The Scorpion's Claw, a challenging, multi-layered story that is told through a network of narrative voices encompassing two generations of Haitians, tied together both by blood relations and bloodshed.
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, 718.230.2100

MUSIC

BROOKLYN GOSPEL EXTRAVAGANZA SERIES
Pastor Frank Haye of Emmanuel Baptist Church has curated the Brooklyn Gospel Extravaganza. This showcase of the vitality of Brooklyn's gospel scene explores four different contemporary approaches to this core musical tradition.

SANDI BLAIR & ENSEMBLE
Saturday, September 17, 2 pm

Performing since the age of four at the Bethel Baptist Church in Brooklyn, New York, vocalist Sandi Blair delivers gospel jazz.
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, 718.230.2100

BROOKLYN SINGS, BROOKLYN SWINGS
Leading jazz vocalists transform the Central Library's 2nd Floor Meeting Room into a swinging cabaret.

SINGER NICOLE HENRY
Thursday, September 22, 7 pm

New jazz vocalist Nicole Henry has been praised by Billboard as, "A potent voice poised on the cusp of bigger things…."
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, 718.230.2100

CONCERT ARTISTS GUILD VIOLIN SERIES
BPL's lineup of young award-winning musicians promises outstanding musical afternoons.

VIOLINIST JOSEPH LIN
Sunday, September 25, 2 pm

Hailed as "master of the violin" by the Boston Globe, violinist Joseph Lin's repertoire includes several works by contemporary composers.
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, 718.230.2100

FILM SERIES

DOCUMENTING BROOKLYN
Taking the borough — with its long history and 2.5 million residents — as its canvas, "Documenting Brooklyn" examines Brooklyn through a camera lens to explore the truths that patient, informed observation can reveal. It also considers the nature, the possibilities and the limits of the documentary form itself. Richard Pena, program director of the Film Society at Lincoln Center, and Kenneth Jackson, professor of history and editor of the Encyclopedia of New York City, host the series.

METROPOLITAN AVENUE BY CHRISTINE NOSCHESE
Tuesday, September 27, 7 pm

Metropolitan Avenue focuses on a working class section of Brooklyn which, like many neighborhoods across the country, faced problems caused by racial tensions and cutbacks in municipal services. Christine Noschese's documentary looks at the impact of these problems through the eyes of several "traditional" homemakers from varied ethnic backgrounds who became leaders in the effort to save their community.
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, 718.230.2100

BPL HONORS HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH

DON QUIXOTE:
400TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF CERVANTES' CLASSIC
Saturday, September 24, 10 am – 3:30 pm

10 am
Enjoy director Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón's film El Quijote
(1991). In Spanish with English subtitles

12:30 pm
A group of scholars, including William Childers of CUNY and Mario Valero of Columbia University, lead a panel discussion about why Don Quixote is a book for all time, to be read by young and old alike.

1:30 pm
Puppet Tears presents "Quixote's Journey," a delightful, bilingual puppet performance that brings to children and adults one of the most passionate and thrilling works of world literature. The fantastic adventures of this particular knight and his humble page are told with fresh insight, humor and wit. The production brings to life the characters through a magical mixture of puppets, music, shadows, and when you least expect it, public participation!

2:30 pm
Puppet Making by Puppet Tears (Youth Wing Program Room)
Come participate in a wonderful puppet making time with the creators of the fantastic puppets used by Puppet Tears in their presentations!

2:30pm
Public Reading of Don Quixote. A copy of the Don Quixote book will be given to participants, graciously donated by Instituto Cervantes of New York. (Space is limited for the Public Reading of Don Quixote. Registration required. Please call BPL's Multilingual Center Reference desk to register at 718.230.2417 to be eligible for the free book.)

A collection of books about Don Quixote will also be on display in the Multilingual Center Area!
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, 718.230.2100

BORICUA CULTURAL CELEBRATION:
A TRIBUTE TO PUERTO RICAN HERITAGE
Thursday, September 29, 6 pm

This bilingual event (in Spanish and English) includes an author reading with Lourdes Vázquez, a magic show with puppeteer George Crespo and an open mic hosted by award-winning Nuyorican poet Mariposa (a.k.a. María Teresa Fernández).
To participate in the open mic, please sign up at 5:30 pm
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, 718.230.2100

OCTOBER 2005

SPECIAL EVENTS

BROOKLYN DODGERS: 50TH ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND

NY TIMESTALK: COVERING THE DODGERS
Saturday, October 1, 2 pm

Dave Anderson, sports columnist for The New York Times, will discuss growing up in Brooklyn and his years covering the Brooklyn Dodgers for the Brooklyn Eagle.
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, 718.230.2100

BEHIND THE BOYS OF SUMMER: THE MAKING OF A LITERARY ICON WITH SPORTSWRITER ROGER KAHN
Sunday, October 2, 2 pm

Sportswriter Roger Kahn will discuss how his book, The Boys of Summer, one of the most famous baseball books of all time, came to be. Mr. Kahn traveled the country finding old Dodgers: Pee Wee Reese, Jackie Robinson and Duke Snider. He presents humorous and poignant stories about these old Dodger heroes, whose help was essential to the author's work.
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, 718.230.2100

BROOKLYN DODGER FILM SERIES
Learn about the exciting history of America's original baseball team through rare documentary films on the Golden Age of baseball.
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, 718.230.2100

THE DODGERS SYM-PHONY, 1998, 28min
Saturday, October 1, 4 pm

The Dodgers Sym-phony presents the history of the legendary Brooklyn Dodgers Sym-phony Band. Taking an un-traditional approach to the subject of sports in documentaries, it features an in-depth look at these famous "fans," and their incredible devotion to one of baseball's most mythic of teams: The Brooklyn Dodgers.
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, 718.230.2100

THE JACKIE ROBINSON STORY, 1950, 80min
Saturday, October 1, 4pm

This interesting commentary on race relations during the 1950s stars Jackie Robinson as himself. By today's standards, the movie has several sections that are insulting and gratuitous, especially since this was considered a "feel good movie." Some of the historic footage of Ebbets Field and baseball are classic re-creations, made in the same period.
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, 718.230.2100

THE DODGERS AND THE HEART OF BROOKLYN
Sunday, October 2, 3:30 pm

Join sports authors Neil Sullivan, Bob McGee and Andy Mele for a panel discussion on the politics and personalities behind the Brooklyn Dodgers, and nostalgic moments in the history of the Dodgers. Neil J. Sullivan, a Professor in the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College, is the author of The Dodgers Move West and The Minors. Bob McGee wrote The Greatest Ballpark Ever: Ebbets Field and the Story of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Andy Mele is the editor of the recent anthology, A Brooklyn Dodgers Reader.
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, 718.230.2100

BROOKLYN COOKIN'
A series of culinary tales, tips and tastings hosted by Jane Brody Personal Health Columnist for The New York Times.

FORGET PESCAPHOBIA (FEAR OF FISH):
CHOOSING, PREPARING AND ENJOYING FISH AND SUSHI
Thursday, October 6, 7 pm

Jane Brody will share samples of her own sushi and fish recipes.
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, 718.230.2100

AUTHOR TALKS

CARYL PHILLIPS: DANCING IN THE DARK
Saturday, October 29, 4 pm

Author Caryl Phillips was born in the West Indies, raised in England and currently lives in New York City. The author of nonfiction books and novels, Phillips has also written for television, radio, theater and film. Join him at BPL as he discusses his latest book, Dancing in the Dark, which traces the little-known life of Bert Williams, the first black entertainer in the United States to reach the highest levels of fame and fortune.
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, 718.230.2100

MYLA GOLDBERG: WICKETT'S REMEDY
Sunday, October 30, 2 pm

Myla Goldberg is the author of the bestselling Bee Season, which was named a New York Times Notable Book in 2000 and was made into a film. She is also author of the more recent, Time's Magpie, a book of essays about Prague. Her short stories have appeared in Harper's, McSweeneys.net and failbetter.com. She lives in Brooklyn. Join her at BPL as she discusses her latest novel, Wickett's Remedy.
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, 718.230.2100

CARIBBEAN AUTHORS SERIES
Learn about Caribbean culture through the works of prominent scholars and literary luminaries.

EDGARDO VEGA YUNQUÉ: BLOOD FUGUES
Saturday, October 15, 4 pm

Edgardo Vega Yunqué, author of No Matter How Much You Promise…, The Comeback, Mendoza's Dreams and Casualty Report, was born in Puerto Rico and currently lives in Brooklyn. His stories have been adapted for the stage and anthologized internationally. Join him as he reads from and discusses Blood Fugues, his novel about a promising high school athlete, who journeys from New York City to his summer job at a dairy farm in upstate New York.
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, 718.230.2100

BROOKLYN WRITERS FOR BROOKLYN READERS
WNYC's Leonard Lopate hosts readings by local literary luminaries.

JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
Saturday, October 8, 2 pm

Join WNYC host Leonard Lopate and author Jonathan Safran Foer as they discuss Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Foer's novel about a boy who is on a secret search through the five boroughs of New York City to find the lock that fits a mysterious key belonging to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11.
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, 718.230.2100

MUSIC

GOSPEL HIP HOP
Saturday, October 15, 2 pm

Bryant Smith and NuPrayze showcase a different contemporary approach to gospel's historic music tradition.
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, 718.230.2100

BROOKLYN SINGS, BROOKLYN SWINGS
Leading jazz vocalists transform the Central Library's 2nd Floor Meeting Room into a swinging cabaret.

KERRY LINDER
Thursday, October 20, 7 pm

Raised on the island of Curaçao in the Netherlands Antilles, Blue Toucan artist Kerry Linder’s musicality is rooted in the rhythms and pulse of her homeland, which blends European and African traditions. Today, Kerry is noted for her smooth and crystalline vocal style, which shifts effortlessly between languages.
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, 718.230.2100

CONCERT ARTISTS GUILD VIOLIN SERIES
BPL's lineup of young award-winning musicians promises outstanding musical afternoons.

JESSICA LEE
Sunday, October 16, 2 pm

An active and passionate chamber musician, violinist Jessica Lee has been a participant at the Steans Institute for Young Artists at the Ravinia Festival as well as at the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont. She has been heard on the stages of Alice Tully Hall, the Spoleto Festival, the 92nd St. Y Tisch Concert Hall, as well as at venues in the Netherlands and Korea.
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, 718.230.2100

FILM SERIES

DOCUMENTING BROOKLYN
Taking the borough — with its long history and 2.5 million residents — as its canvas, "Documenting Brooklyn" examines Brooklyn through a camera lens to explore the truths that patient, informed observation can reveal. It also considers the nature, the possibilities and the limits of the documentary form itself. Richard Pena, program director of the Film Society at Lincoln Center, and Kenneth Jackson, professor of history and editor of the Encyclopedia of New York City, host the series.

CONEY ISLAND: THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE BY RIC BURNS
Tuesday, October 11, 7 pm

Before there was Disneyland, there was Coney Island. By the turn of the century, this tiny piece of New York real estate was internationally famous. On summer Sundays, three great pleasure domes — Steeplechase, Luna Park and Dreamland — competed for the patronage of a half-million people. By day, it was the world's most amazing amusement park, by night, an electric Eden. Best know for his epic PBS series, New York: A Documentary Film, acclaimed filmmaker Ric Burns’ will introduce the film.
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, 718.230.2100

MY AMERICAN GIRLS: A DOMINICAN STORY AND TADDO
BY AARON MATTHEWS
Tuesday, October 25, 7 pm

In vivid verité detail, My American Girls captures the joys and struggles in a year of the lives of the Ortiz family, first-generation immigrants from the Dominican Republic. This funny and touching film captures the rewards and costs of pursuing the American dream. With Taddo, a short film about "the oldest barber in Brooklyn." Director Aaron Matthews will introduce the films.
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, 718.230.2100

SILENT CINE-MYTHOLOGY:
SCREENING SILENT COMEDY ICONS

With live piano accompaniment by Stuart Oderman. Hosted and curated by Ken Gordon.

CLARA BOW: THE “IT” GIRL
Sunday, October 9, 2 pm

This all-Brooklyn show celebrates the Brooklyn-born Bow—at the 100th anniversary of her birth. Bow had "it" appeal (sex appeal) and was the first modern movie sex symbol. A screening of It (1927) is followed by a short, Coney Island (1917), with Roscoe (a.k.a. Fatty) Arbuckle and Buster Keaton.
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, 718.230.2100

EXHIBITIONS
With three dedicated gallery spaces, the Central Library is a great place to view art. This fall see great photography, oil paintings, sculpture, book arts and more, all by local artists!

PERSONAL CITIES
Through October 2

Béatrice Coron creates a multiplicity of possible narratives using paper-cuttings and artist books. Each paper-cut image is an imagined city that contains the essential elements of a person’s life. By portraying these spaces, Coron explores the connections between ideas, drawings and cutting, where concepts of home are rendered in space.
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, 2nd Floor Balcony Cases, 718.230.2100

PASTORAL BROOKLYN: PHOTOGRAPHS OF BROOKLYN PARKS
Through October 2

Brooklyn photographers James Ferguson, Lila Garnett, Nehru Kelevh and Kervin Maule document Brooklyn’s rare spots of greenery: its beautiful parks. While focusing largely upon the same locales — Prospect Park and Brooklyn Botanic Garden — the photographers approach these settings with their own sensibilities, depicting very different places.
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, Grand Lobby, 718.230.2100

CONSTELLATIONS
Through October 2
Artist Talk: Tuesday, August 23, 6 PM

Brooklyn artist Miranda Maher presents sidewalk drawings and photographs interpreted into well-known constellations. By charting stellar forms on the sidewalks of New York City, she constructs an epistemology of the child—intensely optimistic and playful, indifferent to the hierarchies of adulthood, while maintaining an inner logic and clarity.
Lobby Gallery exhibitions are supported by a grant from The Greenwall Foundation.
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, Lobby Gallery, 718.230.2100

THE STORY OF MY LIFE
October 4 – November 27

Site-specific installation by Ellie Murphy using books from Brooklyn Public Library's collection.
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, Lobby Gallery, 718.230.2100

OBJECT OF LITERATURE
October 4 – November 27

Miniature sculptures of historic public libraries by Micki Watanabe.
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, Balcony Cases, 718.230.2100

For a complete listing of BPL literary and cultural programs, please visit http://www.bklynlibrary.org/events/culture-arts/

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