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FEB
20

LitFilm Keynote: Rebecca Miller; and Opening Reception

Tue, Feb 20   7:00 pm to 8:30 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Arts and Culture BPL Presents film LitFilm

Director Rebecca Miller delivers the keynote for the first LitFilm: A BPL Film Festival About Writers. She discusses her personal portrait of her father — master playwright Arthur Miller. The talk is followed by a Q&A and a reception in...

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LitFilm Keynote: Rebecca Miller; and Opening Reception

FEB
21

Arthur Miller: Writer

Wed, Feb 21   7:30 pm to 9:15 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Arts and Culture BPL Presents film LitFilm

Documentary, dir. by Rebecca Miller
US, 2017, 98 min.

Director Rebecca Miller creates a personal portrait of her father — master playwright Arthur Miller — built around impromptu interviews shot over many years in the family home....

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Arthur Miller: Writer

FEB
22

The Woman with the Five Elephants

Thu, Feb 22   4:00 pm to 5:30 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Arts and Culture BPL Presents film LitFilm

Documentary, dir. by
Vadim Jendreyko
Germany, 2009, 93 min.
German and Russian with English subtitles

Winner of the Sterling Award for Best World Feature Documentary at Silverdocs, the documentary unravels the mystery...

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The Woman with the Five Elephants

James Baldwin: Price of the Ticket

Thu, Feb 22   7:00 pm to 8:30 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Arts and Culture BPL Presents film LitFilm

**This event has reached capacity and RSVPs are no longer being accepted.**

Documentary, dir. By Karen Thorsen and co-produced by Douglas K. Dempsey
US, 1989 (Original), 87 min.,
2K Restoration

An emotional portrait, a...

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James Baldwin: Price of the Ticket

FEB
23

Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth

Fri, Feb 23   6:00 pm to 7:30 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Arts and Culture BPL Presents film LitFilm

Documentary, dir. by
Pratibha Parmar
US, 2013, 90 min.

Writer, self-confessed renegade and human rights activist, Alice Walker made history as the first black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction with her groundbreaking...

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Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth

Gabo: The Creation of Gabriel García Márquez

Fri, Feb 23   8:00 pm to 9:30 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Arts and Culture BPL Presents film LitFilm

Documentary, dir. by Justin Webster
US, 2015, 89 min., Spanish with English subtitles

How did a boy growing up in the poverty and violence of northern Colombia become a writer who won the hearts of millions? How did he change our...

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Gabo: The Creation of Gabriel García Márquez

FEB
24

Write Down, I am an Arab

Sat, Feb 24   5:00 pm to 6:15 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Arts and Culture BPL Presents film LitFilm

Documentary, dir. by Ibtisam Mara’ana
Israel/Palestine, 2014, 73 min., Arabic with English subtitles

A fascinating look at the life and work of Palestinian national poet and one of the most influential writers of the Arab world,...

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Write Down, I am an Arab

Burroughs, the Movie

Sat, Feb 24   7:00 pm to 8:30 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Arts and Culture BPL Presents film LitFilm

Documentary, dir. by Howard Brookner
US, 1983, 90 min.

Made up of footage filmed over the course of 5 years, the documentary charts the development of William S. Burroughs’ unique literary style and wildly unconventional life,...

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Burroughs, the Movie

Citizen Havel

Sat, Feb 24   9:00 pm to 11:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Arts and Culture BPL Presents film LitFilm

Documentary, dir. by Pavel
Koutecký and Miroslav Janek
Czech Republic, 2017, 120 min., Czech with English subtitles

An absorbing cinéma-vérité portrait of dissident playwright-turned-statesman Václav Havel through his private...

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Citizen Havel

FEB
25

Two Shorts: Bartleby & The Poetry Deal: A Film with Diane di Prima

Sun, Feb 25   1:00 pm to 1:45 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Arts and Culture BPL Presents films LitFilm

1:00 PM
Bartleby
Short/Animation, dir. by
Kristen Kee and Laura Naylor
US, 2017, 11 min.

A stop-motion reimagining of Herman Melville’s classic novella of the same name, in which a Wall Street lawyer finds...

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Two Shorts: Bartleby & The Poetry Deal: A Film with Diane di Prima

Regarding Susan Sontag

Sun, Feb 25   2:00 pm to 3:45 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Arts and Culture BPL Presents film LitFilm

Documentary, dir. by
Nancy D. Kates
US, 2014, 100 min.

The award-winning documentary explores the life of the passionate and gracefully outspoken writer, Susan Sontag, through experimental images, archival materials, accounts...

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Regarding Susan Sontag

Patriotism (Short by Mishima) and Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

Sun, Feb 25   4:00 pm to 6:30 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Arts and Culture BPL Presents film LitFilm

4:00 PM
Patriotism (Yu-koku)
Short, dir. by Yukio Mishima
Japan, 1966, 28 min., Japanese with English subtitles

Yukio Mishima foreshadowed his own suicide with this ravishing short, his only foray into filmmaking....

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Patriotism (Short by Mishima) and Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold

Sun, Feb 25   7:00 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Arts and Culture BPL Presents film LitFilm

Documentary, dir. by Griffin Dunne
US, 2017, 94 min.

Literary icon Joan Didion reflects on her remarkable career and personal struggles in this intimate documentary directed by her nephew. Griffin Dunne unearths a treasure...

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Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold

FEB
28

David Mamet Presents Chicago: A Novel

Wed, Feb 28   7:30 pm to 9:30 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

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​A big-shouldered, big-trouble thriller set in mobbed-up 1920s Chicago—a city where some people knew too much, and where everyone should have known better—by the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of The Untouchables and Pulitzer Prize–winning...

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David Mamet Presents Chicago: A Novel

MAR
4

Classical Interludes: Steven Masi

Sun, Mar 4   4:00 pm to 6:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Arts and Culture BPL Presents Classical Interludes music

Masi concludes an eight-part concert cycle of Beethoven’s piano sonatas.

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Classical Interludes: Steven Masi

MAR
5

The Review Panel, with moderator David Cohen

Mon, Mar 5   7:00 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Adults Arts and Culture Author Talks BPL Presents

Leading art critics join in lively debate about current exhibitions around the five boroughs. Presented in association with Artcritical.

This month, Jennifer Coates, Karen E. Jones, and Thomas Micchelli join moderator David Cohen to...

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The Review Panel, with moderator David Cohen

MAR
11

Yoga & Poetry

Sun, Mar 11   9:30 am to 10:30 am   Central Library, Lobby Gallery

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Imagine starting your yoga class with the wise words of your instructor, who calls out a pose or two, and the pose is followed by a poem read live by its author.

Joelle Hann began her yoga practice in 1997 and completed her teacher...

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Yoga & Poetry

MAR
15

Edible Landscaping with Hortus Conclusus

Thu, Mar 15   6:30 pm to 7:30 pm   Leonard Library

Arts and Culture BPL Presents green series

With spring just around the corner, this edition of the Green Series features members from Hortus Conclusus, a Level II Arboretum, who teach us how to landscape our backyard garden using a rich diversity of edible fruiting plants from around the...

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Edible Landscaping with Hortus Conclusus

MAR
21

Pete Hamill with Sam Roberts

Wed, Mar 21   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

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Launch of the fiftieth anniversary–edition of A Killing for Christ, where he will be joined in conversation by The New York Times’ Sam Roberts.

Pete Hamill is a veteran New York journalist and novelist. He’s the author of 23 books,...

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Pete Hamill with Sam Roberts

MAR
25

Classical Interludes: Carnegie Hall's Neighborhood Concert Series: Friction Quartet

Sun, Mar 25   4:00 pm to 6:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Arts and Culture BPL Presents Classical Interludes music

The Friction Quartet works outside the traditional string quartet model by performing arrangements of pop music, making use of digital sound processing, and combining music with other media.

Part of Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concert...

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Classical Interludes: Carnegie Hall's Neighborhood Concert Series: Friction Quartet

APR
8

Yoga & Poetry

Sun, Apr 8   9:30 am to 10:30 am   Central Library, Lobby Gallery

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Imagine starting your yoga class with the wise words of your instructor, who calls out a pose or two, and the pose is followed by a poem read live by its author.

Joelle Hann began her yoga practice in 1997 and completed her teacher...

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Yoga & Poetry

Classical Interludes: Clarosa Quartet

Sun, Apr 8   4:00 pm to 6:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Arts and Culture BPL Presents Classical Interludes music

With Natalie Zhu on piano, Juliette Kang on violin, Che-Hung Chen on viola, Clancy Newman on cello, and Peter Weitzner, Bass.

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Classical Interludes: Clarosa Quartet

APR
9

The Review Panel, with moderator David Cohen

Mon, Apr 9   7:00 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Adults Arts and Culture Author Talks BPL Presents

Leading art critics Jessica Bell Brown, Jarrett Earnest, and David Salle join David Cohen in lively debate about current exhibitions around the five boroughs. Presented in association with Artcritical.

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The Review Panel, with moderator David Cohen

APR
10

And/With: Abdellah Taïa

Tue, Apr 10   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

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In 1973, Abdellah Taïa was born in the public library of Rabat in Morocco, where his father was the janitor and where his family lived until he was two years old. He is the author of six novels, including Salvation Army and An Arab Melancholia,...

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And/With: Abdellah Taïa

APR
15

Classical Interludes: Brooklyn Art Song Society

Sun, Apr 15   4:00 pm to 6:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Arts and Culture BPL Presents Classical Interludes music

The Dichter Project: Heinrich Heine

In the second installment of its newest series, BASS explores the poetry of Heinrich Heine. As compact as they are heartbreaking, Heine’s verses inspired some of greatest lieder of all time. ...

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Classical Interludes: Brooklyn Art Song Society

MAY
2

Arundhati Roy presents The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

Wed, May 2   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library

Arts and Culture Author Talks BPL Premier BPL Presents

BPL Presents is proud to partner with Greenlight Books to host Arundhati Roy for the paperback launch of her bestselling and award-winning novel The Ministry of Utmost Happiness. 

A dazzling, richly moving new novel by the...

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Arundhati Roy presents The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

MAY
6

Classical Interludes: The Claremont Trio

Sun, May 6   4:00 pm to 6:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Arts and Culture BPL Presents Classical Interludes music

With Andrea Lam on piano, Emily Bruskin-Yarbrough on violin, and Julia Bruskin-Wunsch on cello.

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Classical Interludes: The Claremont Trio

MAY
8

James and Deborah Fallows present "Our Towns" with David Brooks

Tue, May 8   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

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A unique, revelatory portrait of the civic and economic renewal already taking place across America, town by town and generally out of view of the national media. A surprisingly hopeful view of the country between its coasts.

For the...

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James and Deborah Fallows present "Our Towns" with David Brooks

MAY
13

Yoga & Poetry

Sun, May 13   9:30 am to 10:30 am   Central Library, Lobby Gallery

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Imagine starting your yoga class with the wise words of your instructor, who calls out a pose or two, and the pose is followed by a poem read live by its author.

Joelle Hann began her yoga practice in 1997 and completed her teacher...

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Yoga & Poetry

MAY
15

Molly Crabapple and Marwan Hisham present "Brothers of the Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War"

Tue, May 15   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

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A bracingly immediate memoir of the Syrian war from its inception to the present by a young man coming of age and finding his voice as a journalist, whose friends traveled divergent paths through the carnage. An intimate lens into the century's...

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Molly Crabapple and Marwan Hisham present "Brothers of the Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War"

JUN
10

Yoga & Poetry

Sun, Jun 10   9:30 am to 10:30 am   Central Library, Lobby Gallery

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Imagine starting your yoga class with the wise words of your instructor, who calls out a pose or two, and the pose is followed by a poem read live by its author.

Joelle Hann began her yoga practice in 1997 and completed her teacher...

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Yoga & Poetry

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