Calendar: March 28 – April 4

March 28, 2012 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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ART 101: 101 Grand St., Williamsburg. (718) 302-2242 or

Manuela Filiaci: “Poems that I Cannot Write and Wish I Could.” Through April 22. Filiaci is an Italian-born, New York-based painter whose works can be described as diagrammatic and romantic.

 Ernest Concepcion is one of the artists whose work is on exhibition as part of ‘Funny Ha Ha,’ at BAC Gallery. Each artist in the exhibition explores a different approach to using humor in art.

BAC GALLERY: 111 Front St., DUMBO.

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“Funny Ha Ha.” Through July 27. This group show will explore different approaches to using humor in art. Artists include: Ernest Concepcion, Katy Higgins, Beth Krebs and Iviva Olenick. Curated by Courtney J. Wendroff, BAC’s Visual Arts Director.

BAMART: 30 Lafayette Ave., Fort Greene. (718) 636-4100 or

“From Caruso to Cunningham.” Through August. A special archival exhibition delving into BAM’s rich history, a century and a half in the making. Original documents, archival video, photographs, and more illuminate the moments, memories and cultural happenings that have transpired both on and off its stages. Curator David Harper and archivist Sharon Lehner co-curate this free exhibition.

BRIC ROTUNDA GALLERY: 33 Clinton St., Brooklyn Heights. (718) 683-5604 or

Mystics: A blessed rage for order. Through April 28. Curated by Elizabeth Ferrer, director of Contemporary Art.

Lori Ledis Emerging Curator Exhibition. Through April 28. Curated by Emily Zimmerman.

BROOKLYN COLLEGE ART GALLERY (BCAG): 2705 Campus Road, sixth floor, Midwood. (718) 951-5181.

African Diaspora in Brooklyn 2012. Through June 1. Show of MFA students’ work.

BROOKLYN GREENWAY INITIATIVE GALLERY: 153 Columbia Street, Red Hook. (718) 522-0193 or

BGI Gallery Opening: Ceramics by Kathryn Robinson-Millen. Through June 25. This gallery will feature a quarterly series of art openings and shows featuring artists that live or work in neighborhoods along the route of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway. Robinson-Millen’s inspiration comes from observing and drawing natural and man-made forms such as rocks, pebbles, plants, earthworks and stone monoliths.

BROOKLYN MUSEUM: 200 Eastern Parkway. (718) 638-5000 or

Keith Haring: 1978–1982. Through July 8. This is the first large-scale exhibition to explore the early career of one of the best-known American artists of the 20th century.

“Playing House.” Through Aug. 26. “Playing House” is the first in a series of installations that aim to engage visitors with the Brooklyn Museum’s period rooms.

“Rachel Kneebone: Regarding Rodin.” Through Aug. 12. This exhibition features 15 iconic works by 19th-century French master Auguste Rodin, selected from the museum’s collection by British artist Kneebone and shown alongside eight of her own large-scale porcelain sculptures.

“Raw/Cooked”: Shura Chernozatonskaya. Through April 8. Chernozatonskaya created two site-specific painting installations. The first consists of 33 canvases combined to create one large-scale work. Each canvas features a composition of circles, evoking traffic lights, dominoes and the rhythms of Latin music. The second installation draws inspiration from the nearby European paintings collection.

“Newspaper Fiction: The New York Journalism of Djuna Barnes, 1913–1919.” Through Aug. 19. An exploration of the early journalistic career of Barnes (1892–1982), an American writer and women’s rights advocate.

“Question Bridge: Black Male.” Through June 3. An innovative video installation created by artists Hank Willis Thomas and Chris Johnson in collaboration with Bayeté Ross Smith and Kamal Sinclair will feature dialogue among 150 black men recruited from 11 American cities and towns.

BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY: 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn. (718) 230-2198 or

Released with Conviction by the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO). Through April 28. This multi-media project follows nine former inmates after their release from incarceration. Photography by Jeyhoun Allebaugh, Michael Scott Berman, and Bryan Tarnowski.

Botanical Inspirations by the Quilters’ Guild of Brooklyn. Through April 28.

Crossing Continents: A Journey through Asia and Africa in Quilts by Susan Sato & Myrah Brown Green. Through April 28.

“Hans My Hedgehog” and Other Illustrated Tales by John Nickle. Through April 28.

CAUSEY CONTEMPORARY: 92 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg. (718) 218-8939 or

Kathy Goodell: “Mesmer Eyes.” Through April 16. Goodell is a contemporary artist who works in sculptural objects, installation and drawing.

DIANA H. JONES SENIOR CENTER: 9 Noll St., Bushwick. (718) 782-3601

“Pioneers of Bushwick: We Call It Home.” Through April 27. An exhibit featuring photographic portraits of long-time Bushwick residents by Daryl-Ann Saunders, presented by the Bushwick Senior Citizens Council.

DUMBO ARTS CENTER: 30 Washington St., DUMBO. (718) 694-0831 or

New Pyramids for the Capitalist System. Through April 8. This exhibition by Robby Herbst explores acrobatics, class, bodies and interpersonal dynamics through a series of large-scale drawings, installations, and a performance of human pyramids completed at Occupy L.A.

FIVEMYLES: 558 St. John’s Place, Prospect Heights. (718) 783-4438 or

“In No Strange Land.” Through April 22. This multi-media installation Edouard Steinhauer pays homage to James Hampton’s extraordinary shrine “The throne of the third heaven of the nations’ Millennium General Assembly” at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington.

“Ballons and Barbed Wire.” Through May 10. Sculpture by Musa Hixson.

MICRO MUSEUM: 123 Smith St., Boerum Hill. (718) 797-3116 or

“Lovey + Dovey = Forever.” Through Sept. 14. As a tribute to Valentine’s Day, Micro Museum’s founding artists Kathleen and William Laziza are adding new works of art to their cumulative art exhibit “Above and Beyond” (2010–2013).

MOCADA: 80 Hanson Place, Fort Greene. (718) 230-0492 or

“The Box That Rocks: 30 Years of Video Music Box and the Rise of Hip Hop Music & Culture.” Through May 28. In 1983, Ralph McDaniels launched Video Music Box, a groundbreaking television program that ushered in the popularity and innovation of music videos. This exhibition of contemporary art celebrates the global influence of Video Music Box, and the show’s historic contribution to urban music and culture.

MOMENTA ART: 56 Bogart Street, Bushwick. (718) 218-8058 or

Video 2012. Through April 1. The final exhibition in Momenta’s Winter Video Series will be a group show featuring works by Janet Biggs, Jayson Musson, Amber Hawk Swanson, and Leslie Thornton.

MURIEL GUEPIN GALLERY: 47 Bergen St., Boerum Hill. (718) 858-4535 or

“Cut and Paste.” Through April 15. This new exhibition examines many of the ways in which artists use collages as the dominant element in creating abstract imagery.

SMACK MELLON: 92 Plymouth St., DUMBO. (718) 834-8761 or

Two Solo Exhibitions: Yoko Inoue and Jeanne Quinn. Through April 22. Inoue’s latest multimedia installation “Mandala Flea Market Mutants: Pop Protocol and the Seven Transformations of Good-luck National Defense Cats” transforms the front gallery into a maze of vending booths derived from traditional Japanese temple fairs. Quinn’s site-specific wall installation, “LaceMath,” is based on a piece of seventeenth-century Italian lace.

STEEPLECHASE COFFEE SHOP: 3013 Fort Hamilton Parkway, Windsor Terrace. (347) 799-2640 or

“Home in Brooklyn.” March 29–April 25. An exhibit of recent work by Brooklyn painters John Lloyd and Jane Talcott. For more information, visit

TABLA RASA GALLERY: 224 48th St., Sunset Park. (718) 833-9100 or

Works from the Tabla Rasa Collection: To view, call for appointment and scheduled hours.

UNITED PHOTO INDUSTRIES HQ: 111 Front St., Suite 204, DUMBO. United Photo Industries’ upcoming exhibition ‘Other Animals,’ photographer Elliot Ross contemplates how human beings share the quality called life with other animals.

Elliot Ross: “Other Animals.” April 5–20. Ross’ photographs of animals contemplate how human beings share the quality called life with other animals that are different from us.

YES GALLERY: 147 India St., Greenpoint. (917) 593-9237 or

“Lucid Intervals.” Through April 22. An exhibition featuring works by Charles Comer curated by Lesley Doukhowetzky. Comer uses acrylics and collage creating grotesque images depicting human like deformed creatures combined with abstract landscapes.


BROOKLYN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS: Walt Whitman Theatre, Brooklyn College, 2900 Campus Road, Midwood. (718) 951-4500 or

Red Star/Red Army Chorus and Dance Ensemble. March 31, at 8 p.m. Returning to Brooklyn for the first time since 1998, this spectacular company of 70 singers, dancers and musicians has thrilled audiences worldwide for decades with its dazzlingly athletic folk dances and traditional Russian anthems, showcasing the culture and pride of its homeland.

THE ACTORS FUND ARTS CENTER: 160 Schermerhorn St., Downtown.

Brooklyn Ballet 2012 Season: Revolutionaries and Romantics. March 29–April 1. The program will include a re-creation by founder Lynn Parkerson, contrasting Michel Fokine’s “Les Sylphides” and Isadora Duncan’s “Chopin Dances” called “Forest Fairies and Peasant Revolt.” For tickets or more information, call (718) 246-0146 or visit


BOOKMARK SHOPPE: 8415 Third Ave., Bay Ridge. (718) 833-5115 or

Children’s book reading and signing: Artie Bennett. March 30, at 5 p.m. Bennett is celebrating the release of his new book, “Poopendous!”

BROOKYN BRIDGE PARK: Empire Fulton Ferry Section, entrances on Water and Main streets, DUMBO.

Spring Fling. March 31, from 10:30 a.m. This family celebration will feature musical performances by AudraRox and The Wiyos, storytelling, face painting, and yoga with Karma Kids Yoga. The Brooklyn Bridge Park Bunny will make an appearance, and kids will be encouraged to take part in egg decorating and games.


BAMCINÉMATEK: 30 Lafayette Ave., Fort Greene. (718) 636-4100 or

New Orleans on Film. Through April 8. One of the most unique cultural capitals in the country, and one of the most mythologized, this series explores New Orleans as both a timeless fantasyland and a modern American metropolis.

Hey, Girlfriend! Lena Dunham Selects. April 2-8. Director Lena Dunham, director of the upcoming TV series “Girls,” a comedy about the experiences of a group of girls in their early 20’s, curates this series of films about female friendships and relationships.

LAUNCHPAD: 721 Franklin Ave., Crown Heights. (718) 928-7112

Brooklyn Girl Film Festival. March 29–31. The inaugural annual festival will feature three full-length films as well as many short films by NYC based filmmakers as well as filmmakers from around the globe. The festival program will also include a social media marketing workshop. For more information, contact [email protected].


POWERHOUSE ARENA: 37 Main St., DUMBO. (718) 666-3049 or

“The Social Media Reader.” April 2, at 7 p.m. A collection of essays exploring the rise of a participatory culture that blurs the boundaries between creators and audiences. The book features key essays from the major authors in the field. Editor Michael Mandiberg will be joined by Ceci Moss and David Horvitz to discuss social media and its relationship to art on and off the web.

 Literary Events

BROOKLYN HISTORICAL SOCIETY: 128 Pierrepont St., Brooklyn Heights. (718) 222-4111 or

Talking Fiction, Talking Fact: Colm Tóibín and Mick Moloney on Brooklyn. April 1, at 2 p.m. BHS partners with The New York Review of Books for Talking Fiction, Talking Fact, and a programming series that pairs notable fiction writers with scholars who have written on similar topics for engaging and thought-provoking dialogue. This month features Colm Tóibín, author of “Brooklyn,” whose protagonist Eilis Lacey travels from Ireland to Brooklyn in the early 1950s, and Mick Moloney, Irish folklorist and musician. Free with museum admission.

Bridging the Gap: Poetry Showcase with Tara Betts, Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai, Adrienne Lyric (A. Lyric), and Nichole Acosta. April 4, at 7 p.m. Featuring four award-winning poets who have graced the stage at HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, Nuyorican Poets Café, and poetry slams around the country: poet Tara Betts (Arc and Hue), Chinese Taiwanese American spoken word artist Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai (, writer and singer Adrienne Lyric (Love In All Its Shades), and diabetic foodie spoken word poet, Nichole Acosta.

BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY: 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn. (718) 230-2198 or

Eleventh National Black Writers Conference Poetry Café. March 29, at 6:30 p.m. Tai Allen hosts an evening of readings, featuring poets Aracelis Girmay (Teeth; Changing, Changing: Story and Collages); R. Dwayne Betts (Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival and Coming of Age in Prison); Patricia Smith (Blood Dazzler, Teahouse of the Almighty) and emerging and established poets. For more information, visit

Brooklyn Open. April 2, at 5 p.m. Co-hosted by Urban Word, Brooklyn Open is a monthly open mic series for teen poets, spoken word artists, emcees, scholars and activists to share their powerful and important voices. These events are run by teens for teens, with youth DJs, youth hosts and a monthly featured poet.


13TH ANNUARL CENTRAL BROOKLYN JAZZ FESTIVAL: Jazz, a Music of the Spirit. March 30–April 30. This music event is NYC’s longest continually running grass roots festival dedicated to jazz. More than 500 artists will perform at venues from Coney Island to Williamsburg. Performers will include Bilal Sunni Ali, Kenyatta Beasley, Gloria Cooper, Steve Cromity, Bob Cunningham, Lou Donaldson, Eric Frazier, Winard Harper, Eric Lemon, Sam Newsome, Houston Person, Beareather Reddy, Elijah Shiffer, James Spaulding, the Last Poets, Salim Washington, Rudi Wongozi, Eric Wyatt and others. For more information, including a full schedule of performances, visit

BAM HOWARD GILMAN OPERA HOUSE: 30 Lafayette Ave., Fort Greene. (718) 636-4100 or

Dr. John: Insides Out: A Louis Armstrong Tribute. March 29–31, at 8 p.m.

BARGEMUSIC: Fulton Ferry Landing, Brooklyn. (718) 624-2083 or

Here and Now Series: Morton Feldman “For Bunita Marcus” (1985). March 29, at 8 p.m. With David Kalhous, piano.

Masterworks Series: Mendelssohn, Schumann, de Falla, Francisco Mignone and Brahms. March 30, at 8 p.m. With Barbara Westphal, violist and Jeffrey Swann, piano.

Masterworks Series: Mozart and Beethoven. March 31, at 8 p.m. and April 1, at 3 p.m. With Johnny Gandelsman, violin; Yuri Gandelsman, viola; and Julia Maclaine, cello.

“Celebrating Olga Bloom”: Works by Bach, Haydn, Beethoven. April 2, at 8 p.m. Free admission.

BROOKLYN CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC: 58 Seventh Ave., Park Slope. (718) 622-3300 or

Pete Robbins Reactance Quartet. March 24, at 8 p.m. With Pete Robbins, alto saxophone; Carlos Homs, piano; Aryeh Kobrinsky, bass; and Tyshawn Sorey, drums.


BROOKLYN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS: Walt Whitman Theatre, Brooklyn College, 2900 Campus Road, Midwood. (718) 951-4500 or

“Thaïs.” March 29 at 8 p.m. A classic clash of lustful obsession with religious piety, presented by the Brooklyn College Opera Theatre, with conductor Richard Milton Barrett.


BAM HARVEY THEATER: 651 Fulton St., Fort Greene. (718) 636-4100 or

“‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore.” Through March 31. Written by John Ford; performed by Cheek by Jowl; and directed by Declan Donnellan. In this controversial piece, siblings Giovanni and Annabella are of noble birth and madly in love. Religion, morality, and madness collide as the brother and sister’s terrible secret is revealed.

“Being Shakespeare.” April 4–14. In this new play, veteran actor Simon Callow assumes the challenge of illuminating the man behind the roles in this one-man play by preeminent Shakespeare biographer Jonathan Bate, directed and designed by Tom Cairns.

BRICK THEATER: 575 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg. (718) 907-6189 or

“Monkeys.” Through March 31. Three friends who can’t stand each other yet can’t function without each other spend all night — just as they do every night — in a 24-hour coffee shop that serves as both a haven and a prison. Nosedive Productions and The Impetuous Theater Group stage the debut absurdist comedy.

BROOKLYN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS: Walt Whitman Theatre, Brooklyn College, 2900 Campus Road, Midwood. (718) 951-4500 or

“My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, and I’m in Therapy.” April 1, at 2 p.m. Funnyman Steve Solomon brings to life a cast of more than 30 characters, inspired by his multiethnic upbringing in Sheepshead Bay.

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS PLAYERS: 26 Willow Place, Brooklyn Heights. (718) 237-2752 or

“Sunrise at Campobello.” April 13–29. Written by Dore Schary; directed by Ed Healy.

BROOKLYN MUSEUM: 200 Eastern Parkway. (718) 638-5000 or

Guerrilla Girls. March 29, at 7 p.m. Iconic feminist group the Guerrilla Girls presents an interactive, multimedia performance that illustrates their history of using art and action to expose and critique discrimination, using examples from the newly released edition of their Art Museum Activity Book.

GALAPAGOS ART SPACE: 16 Main St., DUMBO. (718) 222-8500 or

The Waterfront Follies. March 30, at 10 p.m. Vintage vaudeville.

GALLERY PLAYERS: 199 14th St., Park Slope. (718) 595-0547 or

“A Raisin in the Sun.” Through April 1. Written by Lorraine Hansberry, this groundbreaking play set on Chicago’s South Side revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family.

KUMBLE THEATER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS: Flatbush Avenue, between DeKalb Avenue and Willoughby Street, Downtown Brooklyn. (718) 488–1624 or

“Fires in the Mirror.” Through March 31. This play by Anna Deavere Smith chronicles the response to the Crown Heights tragedy of 1991, when a car containing a Jewish religious leader accidentally struck and killed a 7 year-old black boy. Racial tensions exploded between the two groups, leading to a string of violence and a civil law suit.

THE WALLABOUT OYSTER THEATRE: 475 Kent Ave. 903, Williamsburg, 903. (718) 302-3482

“Hughie.” March 29–31, at 8 p.m. This short two-character play by Eugene O’Neill is set in the lobby of a small hotel on a West Side street in midtown New York during the summer of 1928. Performance takes place in a loft in South Williamsburg. RSVP required. Email [email protected] with your name, the number of seats requested, and date of performance.


BROOKLYN BRIDGE AND BROOKLYN HEIGHTS: March 3, at 11 a.m. A walking tour across the Brooklyn Bridge and through the city’s first suburb focusing on the history, architecture, and people of this unique area. Stops include Plymouth Church, the A. A. Low Mansion, and sites associated with Arthur Miller, Victoria Woodhull, Robert Moses and Norman Mailer. Starts 11:00 a.m.; $18 adults, $15 seniors/students. Meet at the southeast corner of Broadway and Chambers streets, at City Hall Park. For more information, call Big Onion Walking Tours at (888) 606-WALK or visit

BROOKLYN NAVY YARD TOURS: April 1, at 1 and 2:30 p.m. As part of Brooklyn Historical Society’s Brooklyn Walks and Talks, join Urban Oyster, in collaboration with the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, for public bus tours of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Urban Oyster offers two Navy Yard Tour options: A two-hour comprehensive tour and a one-hour highlights tour. These tours explore the Yard’s transition from one of the nation’s foremost naval shipbuilding facilities to a national leader in sustainable urban industrial parks. Tours will begin and end at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92. For more information, call (347) 618-8687 or visit

GREEN-WOOD CEMETERY: 25th Street at Fifth Avenue, Sunset Park. (718) 210-3080 or

Eternal Beauty: Green-Wood. Through the Lens Talk & Tour. March 31, at 1 p.m. This book talk and presentation with photographer John Thomas Grant in the historic Green-Wood chapel will end with a book signing, followed by a guided trolley tour. Grant will visit his favorite spots in Green-Wood and give hands-on tips and advice on photographing at Green-Wood. Complementing the presentation, Lisa Lewis will speak briefly on Victorian-era mourning rituals.


BAY RIDGE JEWISH CENTER: 405 81st St., Bay Ridge. (718) 836-3103 or

Yoga with Patti. Mondays at 6:15 p.m. All levels welcome. Nine sessions $110, drop-ins $15.

Senior Tai Chi. Thursdays at 10 a.m. Cost $10/75 minutes of gentle rhythmic exercise done with or without chairs. Reservations recommended.

Tai Chi Quan Forms. Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.

— Compiled by Rose Desilets

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