Events Calendar: April 25-May 2

April 26, 2012 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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ART 101: 101 Grand St., Williamsburg. (718) 302-2242 or

New Paintings: Yolanda Shashaty. April 27–May 27. While Shashaty’s paintings are not based on landscape as we know it, the work is informed by her understanding of the colors and configurations in the natural world. 


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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.


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

BGI Gallery Opening: Ceramics by Kathryn Robinson-Millen. Through June 25. This gallery will host 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 

Raw/Cooked: Heather Hart. Through June 24. The fourth exhibition in the Raw/Cooked series presents the work of Bedford-Stuyvesant-based artist Hart, who built a large-scale structure titled “The Eastern Oracle: We Will Tear the Roof Off the Mother” for display in the museum’s fifth-floor rotunda.

“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. 

“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 that features dialogue among 150 black men recruited from 11 American cities and towns.


BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY: 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn. (718) 230-2198 or exhibition of new paintings by Yolanda Shashaty, inspired by the colors and configurations in the natural world, opens on April 27 at Art 101. See listing under Art.

“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. 


CORRIDOR GALLERY: 334 Grand Ave., Clinton Hill. (718) 230-5002 or

Christina Massey: “Business & Pleasure.” Through May 19. Massey’s bold compositions are painterly and sculptural creations of recycled work clothes, older paintings and new visceral paint elements. 



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.


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

“The Original Zombie.” Through 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 

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

Chin Chih Yang: Commissioned Installation. May 5–June 6. This project will be primarily made of cans and other recyclable materials. 


HADAS GALLERY: 541 Myrtle Ave., Clinton Hill. (215) 704-2205 or 

“Super Jew Comics.” Through June 17. An exhibition of original production artwork by Al Wiesner and Joshua H. Stulman for the Jewish comic book series Shaloman and Israeli Defense Comics. The exhibition celebrates Jewish identity in the graphic medium. Several events are planned to coincide with the exhibition, including a presentation by Up, Up and Oy Vey author Rabbi Simcha Weinstein.


KENTLER INTERNATIONAL DRAWING SPACE: 353 Van Brunt St., Red Hook. (718) 875-2098 or 

10th Annual Works on Paper Benefit Exhibition. Through May 13. Over 100 artists have generously donated drawings and works on paper to help support Kentler’s 2012 exhibitions and public programs. In celebration of the artists and their work, the exhibition will be on view for three weeks before a May 19 benefit event. 


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. 


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

“Detritus Splendors.” April 27–June 3. Featuring the artwork of Matthew Conradt and Jennifer Williams.


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

“Brooklyn Utopias: Park Space Play Space.” Through 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.


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.

Andrew Frost’s photos of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont are the subject of his exhibition opening on April 28 at United Photo Industries HQ in DUMBO.


Andrew Frost: “The Northeast Kingdom.” April 28–May 20. 




BAX/BROOKLYN ARTS EXCHANGE: 421 Fifth Ave., Park Slope. (718) 832-0018 or

Jillian Peña: “The Guiding Light.” April 27–29, at 6 p.m. Part of BAX’s Artist-In-Residence program. This piece explores religiosity in the balletic body, the desire to believe in something, and the complex relationship of the individual within the group. This work was created alongside the dancers: Cassie Mey, Lea Fulton, Alexandra Albrecht, Evvie Allison and Andrew Champlin.



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

Family Shabbat Potluck Dinner. May 4, at 6 p.m. Services, songs and stories for children and adults. Please bring a dairy dish for 10 people (no peanuts). 


BROOKLYN MUSIC SCHOOL: 126 Saint Felix St., Fort Greene. (718) 638-5660 or

Afro-Caribbean Dance Workshops. Thursdays, through June 14, from 6-7:30 p.m. Free dance workshops for children and adults in the folkloric tradition of Bomba, a fascinating dance and music that emerged in Puerto Rico during the 17th century and that incorporates live drumming, singing and dancing. 


P.S. 3: The Bedford Village School, 50 Jefferson Ave., Clinton Hill.

Shadow Box Theatre: “Once Upon a Story.” May 5, at 11 a.m.; April 26–27 and 30, May 1–4, 8–9, at 10:30 a.m. This medley of tales and legends set to music and shadow puppetry includes the stories of Johnny Appleseed and Big Annie, the Native American tale “The Growing Rock,” and a spirited American songfest in praise of our country’s diverse cultures. 



BROOKLYN BOTANIC GARDEN: 1000 Washington Ave., Crown Heights. (718) 623-7200 or

31st Annual Sakura Matsuri: Cherry Blossom Festival. April 28–29. A dynamic weekend of traditional and contemporary Japanese culture inspired by BBG’s famous collection of flowering cherry trees. Visitors will experience a program of over 60 events and performances, including dance, martial arts, manga, costume play (“cosplay”), workshops, demonstrations, and guided tours of the garden’s Japanese plant collections. 


EIGHTH ANNUAL BROOKLYN PEACE FAIR: April 28, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Brooklyn College Student Center, East 27th Street and Campus Road, Midwood. The theme is “Ending War, Promoting Peace.” There will be featured speakers, performances, workshops, discussions, music, arts, spoken word, poetry, informational tables, button making, storytelling and activities for children. For more information, call (718) 624-5921 or email [email protected] 




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

Bresson. Through May 6. Robert Bresson (1901–1999) searched for the soul in the modern world, revealing the divine in the unlikeliest places and exploring states of both spiritual rapture and lament. 

Brooklyn Close-Up: “Little Fugitive” (1953). April 30, at 7:30 p.m. Seven-year-old Joey goes on the lam when his older brother fools him into thinking he’s shot and killed him, escaping to Coney Island and losing himself in a kaleidoscopic world of carousels, clowns, batting cages, hot dogs and beaches. Flooded with vibrating Coney Island soundscapes, this beautifully shot gem captures Brooklyn’s amusement paradise at the height of its splendor.


 Literary Events


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

PEN World Voices Festival: A Reporter’s Perspective on War. May 2, at 7 p.m.  Polish journalist Wojciech Jagielski chronicles the tolls of long-term conflicts by detailing the lives and perspectives of men and women who find themselves mired in seemingly irresolvable wars. In addition to his reporting for Poland’s first and biggest independent daily, he is the author of numerous non-fiction books about the Soviet Union’s collapse and the emergence of new independent states, Afghan regimes, Ugandan children preyed upon by the Lord’s Resistance Army, and Chechnya. 





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


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

Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band. April 27, at 7 p.m. An evening in support of Specialist Bryan Dilberian, U.S. Army, 10th Mountain Division. Since 2004, Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning star of “CSI: NY” Gary Sinise has traveled the world with his Lt. Dan Band to perform for those serving our country, supporting the USO and other military charities. 

Roslyn Kind. April 28, at 8 p.m. With a successful career spanning all facets of entertainment, from critically acclaimed recordings to sold-out performances on Broadway and in top concert venues and nightclubs the world over, this Brooklyn-born songstress returns home to perform an evening of popular song.

Jazz Knights. April 29, at 2 p.m. Official ambassadors of the United States Military Academy, West Point Band’s Jazz Knights, present the best in big-band favorites, popular music, and original compositions and arrangements for jazz ensemble.


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

The OMNI Ensemble. April 28, at 8 p.m. On the program are: J.S. Bach (1685–1750) Trio Sonata in G major; Elliott Carter (born 1908) Tre Duetti for violin and cello and Four Lauds for violin solo; Archangelo Corelli (1653–1713) Trio Sonata No. 10 in G minor; Ladislas Rohozinksi (1886–1938) Quatre Piéces for flute and violin; Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928–2007) Tierkreis for keyboard and flutes; and David Wechsler Variations on a Neanderthal Theme for flutes, cello and piano (world premiere). For more information, call (718) 859-8649 or visit 


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

Half the Sky: Women’s Traditional Performance Festival. April 28, at 4 p.m. Singers from different traditions, including Yemeni, Somali, Indo-Caribbean and African-American, perform songs from their cultures that are specific to women. Presented by Brooklyn Arts Council.


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

Brooklyn Philharmonic Outside-In Annual Concert. May 2, at 8 p.m. Charlie Looker, Tim Fite and Natalie Elizabeth Weiss are the 2011–12 Outside-In Composer Fellows. This fellowship pairs non-orchestral composers from diverse musical backgrounds, including hip hop, electronica, world music, jazz and indie rock, with resident composer-mentor, Randall Woolf, and the Brooklyn Phil’s own artistic director, Alan Pierson. 


ISSUE PROJECT ROOM: 110 Livingston St., Downtown Brooklyn. (718) 330-0313 or 

Sister Spit Brooklyn. April 30, at 8 p.m. Presented by RADAR Productions. With Michelle Tea and Justin Bond. Founded in 2003 by Tea, RADAR Productions nurtures gay and lesbian artists and audiences by organizing literary arts programs that authentically reflect the communities’ experiences, gives voice to innovative writers and artists, and explores the community-building role played by literature and the arts. 



Brooklyn Friends of Chamber Music Presents Linden String Quartet. April 29, at 3 p.m. With pianist Matei Varga. On the program are works by Beethoven, Janacek, Murphy and Dvorak. For more information, call (718) 855-3053 or visit www.brooklyn



3 Lafayette Ave., Fort Greene. 

(718) 624-8400 or

Live & Outspoken: Singer/Songwriter Toshi Reagon and June Millington. April 26, at 7 p.m. The series features artists who have made indelible marks in the performing-arts world today in one-of-a-kind interviews. Reagon and her mentor, music pioneer June Millington, come together to perform selections of their critically acclaimed work and to talk about artist activism and why they make music. For more information, call (718) 636-4181 or visit


ST. FRANCIS COLLEGE: 180 Remsen St., Brooklyn Heights.

2012 Battle of the Drumlines. April 29, 3–7 p.m. Presented by The Brooklyn Steppers Marching Band. This year’s battle will feature local high school and community drumlines battling it out for top honors. The event will also include a special performance by North Carolina A&T State University Cold Steel. All proceeds from the event will benefit The Brooklyn Steppers Marching Band.


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

“Three Sisters.” Through April 28. Maly Drama Theatre returns to BAM with Chekhov’s tragicomic story of women contending with disillusioned life in a small Russian town. Lev Dodin directs with rich insight into Chekhov’s eloquent understanding of resignation, longing and love.


BROOKLYN PLAYERS COMMUNITY MUSICAL THEATER: Gowanus Arts Building, 295 Douglass St., Park Slope. 

“Into the Woods.” April 27–29. Brooklyn Players Community Musical Theater was started in the fall of 2010 by longtime Brooklyn children’s theater producer and director Corinne Goodman. Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s “Into the Woods” intertwines the plots of several well-known Grimm fairy tales into a more original story involving a baker and his wife in a quest to have a child. The main characters are also taken from the stories of Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel and Cinderella. For more tickets or more information, visit

GALLERY PLAYERS: 199 14th St., Park Slope. (212) 352-3101 or

“Wonderful Town.” April 28–May 20. This delightful staple of the musical theater canon is about the adventures and misadventures of two sisters who move from small-town Ohio to the bohemia of 1935 Greenwich Village. With a glorious score of swinging tunes by Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, “Wonderful Town” is the quintessential New York musical comedy about tackling your dreams and finding love in the most unexpected places. 


TRISKELION ARTS: 118 N. 11th St., third floor, Williamsburg. (718)599-3577 or

“Birth of Beats: Murder and the Beat Generation.” April 27 and 28, at 7 p.m. This play tells the story of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs, who follow Lucien Carr to the edge of sanity. 


— Compiled by Rose Desilets

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