Calendar: April 4 – April 11

April 4, 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.

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BAC GALLERY: 111 Front St., DUMBO.

“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 St., Red Hook. (718) 522-0193 or‘Self-Portrait with Glasses Painted by Kenny Scharf’ is a Polaroid photograph on exhibit as part of ‘Keith Haring: 1978–1982’ at the Brooklyn Museum, the first large-scale exhibition to explore the early career of one of the best-known American artists of the 20th century. Collection Keith Haring Foundation.  © Keith Haring Foundation

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.

Quilt (excerpt) by Ruby Horansky.

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.

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 longtime 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.

EIGHT OF SWORDS: 115 Grand St., Williamsburg. (718) 387-9673 or

“The Original Zombie.” April 5–May 11. Group art show. Original works by several local and national tattoo artists, photographers, graphic artists and fine artists.

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

“In No Strange Land.” Through April 22. In 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.

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

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 St., Bushwick. (718) 218-8058 or

2012 Benefit Preview Show. April 6–25. Momenta’s 2012 benefit will present work by both emerging and well-known artists. Raffle tickets may be purchased until all tickets are sold. The work will be on view at Momenta for three weeks before the benefit and raffle-drawing party. The raffle will begin at 7 p.m. and continue until all works have been offered, with the first randomly drawn ticket giving its holder first choice of any one work displayed.

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.

THE OLD STONE HOUSE: 336 Third St., Park Slope. (718) 768-3195 or

“Brooklyn Utopias: Park Space Play Space.” April 5–June 24. This exhibition brings together 19 artists and arts groups to address the ideal design, planning and use of public parks and coincides with the unveiling of the newly renovated Washington Park/J.J. Byrne Playground.

The short films of Stephen Dirkes are composed of thousands of still images to create an animated visual narrative. Dirkes works with still photographers, visual artists and designers to combine platforms of multiple art forms. Beginning his creative life as a classical composer, Dirkes often simultaneously composes the score as he edits his films.

RABBITHOLE: 33 Washington St., DUMBO. (718) 852-1500 or

“Obscure Object Films: Photoplays by Stephen Dirkes.” April 5–12. An exhibition of film, photography, sets, props and painting from Dirkes’ short films.

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

Two Solo Exhibitions: Yoko Inoue and Jeanne Quinn. Through April 22. Inoue’s latest multi-media 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 17-century Italian lace.

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

“Home in Brooklyn.” Through 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.


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

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.


PUPPETWORKS: 338 Sixth Ave., Park Slope. (718) 965-3391 or

“Puss in Boots.” Through April 7, at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Charles Perrault’s 1697 French tale of a remarkable cat, adapted for the marionette stage by artistic director Nicolas Coppola.


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

New Orleans on Film. Through April 8. Taking as its subject 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. Through April 8. Lena Dunham, director of the upcoming TV series “Girls,” a comedy about the experiences of a group of girls in their early 20s, curates this series of films about female friendships and relationships.

French Independents from the Ghett’Out Film Festival. April 10–12. This series highlights the work of filmmakers on the fringes of the French film industry.

 Literary Events

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

Brooklyn Independents: Ugly Duckling Presse. April 11, at 7 p.m. Catherine Taylor, Damon Krukowski and Jill Magi read from their recent works on Ugly Duckling Presse. Taylor is the author of the forthcoming volume “Apart,” a hybrid-genre book of memoir and South African political history. Krukowski is the author of “Afterimage,” which combines memoir and lyric. Magi’s book “SLOT” is a meditation on sites of public memory.

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

Reading and Discussion: Martha Braniff. April 9, at 7 p.m. Writer and child advocate Braniff reads from and discusses “Step Over Rio,” her mystery novel about child trafficking.



“Elephant Room.” Through April 8. Illusionists Dennis Diamond, Louie Magic and Daryl Hannah invite you to a place of secrets and mystery.


13TH ANNUARL CENTRAL BROOKLYN JAZZ FESTIVAL Through April 30. More than 500 artists will perform at venues from Coney Island to Williamsburg in New York City’s longest continually running grass-roots festival dedicated to jazz. For more information, including a full schedule of performances, visit

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

BAMcafé Live All-Stars: Cornelius Dufallo & Patrick Derivaz. April 6, at 10 p.m.

The Heritage Ensemble. April 7, at 10 p.m. The Heritage Ensemble’s music reflects the mixing of cultures. This imaginative and tight quintet churns out an intoxicating brew of in-the-pocket grooves and reverent, soulful performances of original compositions and arrangements of Judaic melodies in various jazz, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and neo-classical styles. With bandleader/keyboard Eugene Marlow, multi-Grammy-nominated drummer Bobby Sanabria, saxophonist Michael Hashim, percussionist Oba Allende, bassist Frank Wagner and special guest, vocalist Rachel Kara Perez.

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

Dr. John: Insides Out: Locked Down. April 5-7, at 8 p.m. For over 40 years, Dr. John has taken the exuberant and raucous sound of New Orleans under his wing, preserving its lore and channeling it through his own style of rhythm and blues. In “Locked Down,” he is joined by The Black Keys guitarist and singer Dan Auerbach to premiere hard-hitting tracks from their upcoming album.

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

Here and Now Series. April 6, at 8 p.m. On the program are Sofia Gubaidulina, “The Garden of Joy and Sorrow;” Sean Hickey, “Pied-A-Terre;” Jan Bach, “Eisteddfod;” and Carlos Salzedo/Ravel, “Sonatine en Trio.” With Brandon George, flute; Dave Moss, viola; and Meredith Clark, harp.

Masterworks Series. April 7, at 8 p.m., and April 8, at 3 p.m. On the program are: Piazzolla, “La Muerte del Angel,” arr. Peyber Medina; Mozart, “Divertimento for strings and 2 horns in D Major, K. 334;” and Schoenberg, “Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night), Op. 4.” With Cali Camerata Chamber Orchestra and Mark Peskanov, violin.

ISSUE PROJECT ROOM: (718) 330-0313 or

The New Monuments / Marcia Bassett & Samara Lubelski Duo / Lasse Marhaug. April 5, at 8 p.m. Release party for Marcia Bassett & Samara Lubelski’s album “Sunday Night, Sunday Afternoon.” Improv trio The New Monuments (C. Spencer Yeh, Ben Hall, and Don Dietrich) and Oslo-based noise artist Lasse Marhaug will both perform.

ROULETTE: 509 Atlantic Ave., Boerum Hill. (917) 267-0363 or

Robert Een. April 11, at 8 p.m. Known for his use of extended vocal/cello techniques and genre-bending music, Een has worked extensively with Meredith Monk and received a number of awards, including an Obie Award and two New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Awards. On April 11th, Een comes to Roulette with a chamber version of his opera “The Escape Artist” as well as “Subtle Electric Fire,” a song cycle of Walt Whitman poems, and the “Tansen Suite” inspired by the Hindu poet of the 14th century.


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

“Being Shakespeare.” Through April 14. In this new play, veteran actor Simon Callow illuminates the man behind the roles in this one-man play by Shakespeare biographer Jonathan Bate.

KUMBLE THEATER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS: Flatbush Avenue, Downtown Brooklyn. (718) 488-1624 or

Twenty Years of African Voices. April 6, at 6:30 p.m. An exciting retrospective celebrating the organization’s influence in art, literature, film, theater and dance. Launched as a literary arts magazine, African Voices is most noted for publishing poetry, fiction and art by emerging artists. The celebration will include performances by poets Ekere Tallie and Derick Cross; “Voice Lessons,” a one-act play written by acclaimed playwright Cesi Davidson and directed by Mary Hodges; and a preview from dance choreographer Germaul Barnes’ “Black Buddha.”


BROOKLYN BRIDGE AND BROOKLYN HEIGHTS: April 8, 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. Meet at the southeast corner of Broadway and Chambers Street, at City Hall Park Manhattan. Call Big Onion Walking Tours for more information (888) 606-WALK (9255), or visit

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

BHS Building Tour. April 7, at 2 p.m. Designed by architect George Post and built in 1881, BHS’s landmark building was ahead of its time. Those on this guided tour will not only learn about the building as an architectural gem, but also find out the “more than meets the eye” history of one of Brooklyn’s premier cultural institutions.


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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