BPL Presents

BPL Presents is BPL’s curated cultural program, with arts and culture offerings including author talks, live performances, music, film and visual art exhibitions that explore the critical issues of our time in Brooklyn and beyond. 

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Brasil Summerfest: Hugo Sanbone

Wed, Jul 24 7:00pm
Central Library, Plaza

BPL Presents live music plaza performances

Maestro Hugo Sanbone is a composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist, and musical director with a charismatic and innovative style. A virtuoso in the trombone and accordion, Maestro Sanbone comes out of the top crop of the exciting music scene of Bahia, Brazil. The band will be joined by a…

CBH Talk | “We Refuse: A Forceful History of Black Resistance” with Kellie Carter Jackson and Lauren Williams

Tue, Jul 30 6:30pm
Center for Brooklyn History

author talks book discussion BPL Presents

In We Refuse: A Forceful History of Black Resistance, historian Kellie Carter Jackson presents a radical reframing of Black resistance, exploring the many forms of activism employed against white supremacy over centuries, and offering a fundamental corrective to the historical record.

Plaza Concert: Swingtime Big Band

Wed, Aug 7 7:00pm
Central Library, Plaza

BPL Presents live music plaza performances

Dedicated to the performance of America's greatest popular standards, SWINGTIME BIG BAND is a 20-piece authentic swing band comprised of master interpreters of music from the Swing Era (mid-1930's through early 1950's).  Hailed by The New York Times as “Musicians who make the sounds of the…

Collage with our Collection!

Fri, Aug 9 5:30pm
Center for Brooklyn History

arts and crafts BPL Presents Center for Brooklyn History

We supply images of historic Brooklyn maps. You bring your creative touch!  Join us for an evening of conversation and collage-making inspired by the Center for Brooklyn History’s incomparable Brooklyn map collection. We’ll have copies of some of our favorite Brooklyn maps dating as…

Create Your Own Character Artmaking Workshop

Thu, Aug 22 3:30pm
Central Library, Youth Wing

BPL Presents Events for Youth and Family

Join author illustrator Isabel Roxas for a hands-on artmaking workshop making your own character. You will get a zine to fill in to develop the creature, human, robot or vegetable you will create. 

 

Plaza Performance: DJ Max Glazer

Thu, Aug 22 6:00pm
Central Library, Plaza

BPL Presents live music plaza performances

Max Glazer has represented New York City touring the world DJing parties for superstars like Naomi Campbell, Puff Daddy, Missy Elliott, 50 Cent, Branford Marsalis, and Jay-Z, to name just a few. Separate from the glamorous celebrity parties he was known for, Max was always cultivating…

CBH Talk | The Embattled University

Wed, Sep 4 6:30pm
Center for Brooklyn History

BPL Presents Center for Brooklyn History conversations

As the new academic year starts, join three former and current higher education leaders for a conversation about the crises and controversies on campuses across the country. 

Nicholas B. Dirks, veteran university administrator at both the University of California Berkeley and…

Claudia Rankine & Jess Row Discuss Don’t Let Me Be Lonely & The New Earth

Thu, Sep 5 7:00pm
Central Library, Dweck Center

author talks BPL Presents

Co-Presented with Books Are Magic, BPL Presents welcomes Claudia Rankine and Jess Row. A brilliant and unsparing examination of America in the early twenty-first century, Claudia Rankine’s Don’t Let Me Be Lonely invents a new genre to confront the particular loneliness and rapacious…

Rachel Kushner Discusses Creation Lake with Emma Straub

Mon, Sep 9 7:00pm
Central Library, Dweck Center

author talks BPL Presents

Co-Presented with Books Are Magic, BPL Presents welcomes Rachel Kushner—a Booker Prize finalist, two-time National Book Award finalist, and “one of the most gifted authors of her generation” (The New York Times Book Review)—discusses Creation Lake, a new novel about a seductive and cunning…

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