Events Calendar: May 23 – May 30

May 23, 2012 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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ART 101: 101 Grand St., Williamsburg. (718) 302-2242 or “New Paintings: Yolanda Shashaty.” Through 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.    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.   BERKELEY COLLEGE GALLERY: 255 Duffield St., Downtown Brooklyn. (212) 252-2065 or bc/1946.

Four Brooklyn Painters: Group exhibition. Through June 28. Featuring the work of Rudy (Kofi) Cain, Mary Chang, Leon Nicholas Kalas and Norma Lithgow. 

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Now on view at BRIC Rotunda Gallery, the exhibition ‘I Am You/You Are Me’ features artwork in a wide variety of media by students from 10 public schools across Brooklyn as well as in Queens and the Bronx.


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

“I Am You/You Are Me.” Through June 9. Curated by Hawley Hussey, BRIC’s Director of Contemporary Art Education, the exhibition presents artwork in a wide variety of media by students from 10 public schools across Brooklyn as well as in Queens and the Bronx.


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

“Aesthetic Ambitions: Edward Lycett and Brooklyn’s Faience Manufacturing Company.” Through June 16. This exhibition highlights the nearly 50-year career of ceramicist Edward Lycett (American, 1833–1910), creative director of the Faience Manufacturing Company from 1884–1890.

“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” 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 www.brooklynpublic

“Drawn from My Father’s Adventures.” Through Aug. 24. Brooklyn-based illustrator and artist Sophie Blackall created these original drawings based on the stories her father told her as a child.

“Sophie Blackall: Stories-Pictures-Books.” Through Aug. 24. Original illustrations and sketches from favorite published stories illustrated by Blackall.

“The 26th Annual Ezra Jack Keats / NYC Department of Education Bookmaking Competition Exhibition.” Through Aug. 24. Over the past 25 years, New York City public schoolchildren have written and illustrated enough books to fill a small library. These hand-made books are entered into the Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition. On display are all of the school-wide, borough-wide and city-wide winners. 


BROOKLYN WATERFRONT ARTISTS COALITION: Beard Street Warehouse, 499 Van Brunt St., Red Hook. 

“Celebrate.” Through June 17. BWAC’s 20th Annual Spring Pier Show. More than 200 artists will be exhibiting 1000 works in every medium, from the traditional to the cutting edge. 


KUNSTHALLE GALAPAGOS: 16 Main St., DUMBO. (718) 222-8500 or www.kuns

“How to Bury Your Own Dead Body.” Opens June 7. A solo show by Artist in Residence Erik Hougen.


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. 


M.S. 571, BERGEN UPPER SCHOOL: 80 Underhill Ave., Prospect Heights. 

“Advocate.” Opens May 30, from 6–8 p.m. New York based photographer, Tiffany Bloomfield, focuses on the children of closing public schools in her debut photography exhibition. For more information email [email protected].


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

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


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.


UNITED PHOTO INDUSTRIES HQ: 111 Front St., Suite 204, DUMBO. www.unitedphoto

The FotoVisura Grant Exhibition. May 30–June 17. Presented by the FotoVisura Pavilion; sponsored by the Vizo Lizardi Family. The FotoVisura Grant for Outstanding Personal Photography Project is focused on p

roviding economical support and creative guidance to professionaland student photographers seeking to continue developing their personal work. 

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

“Energy Erupting.” Through June 17. Sculptures by Charles Hecht.




FUTURE BROOKLYN WATERFRONT GREENWAY BIKE TOUR: May 26, at 10 a.m. Each spring, Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI) hosts the Future Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway Bike Tour, highlighting recent progress and upcoming segments for implementation along the route. This year’s tour over the northern 10 miles of the route. To pre-register, (required), e-mail [email protected]. For more information, call the BGI at (718) 522-0193 or visit www.brooklyn




SEBAGO CANOE CLUB: 1400 Paerdegat Ave North, Canarsie. (718) 241-3683 or www.sebagocanoeclub.

Annual Open House. May 26, from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Free kayaking, sailing, rowing, and picnicking.




Created in 1977 by Chuck Davis, DanceAfrica is the nation’s first festival devoted to African dance and has become one of the largest celebrations of its kind, uniting dancers the world over to celebrate the cultural vitality of Africa and its diaspora. This year’s performances, scheduled for May 25–27, will feature the BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble together with an expanded lineup of dance companies with a different roster each night.  Photo by Keita Hanyuda

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

DanceAfrica 2012: Memorial Day Weekend Performances: “One Africa/Many Rhythms.” May 25–27. Created in 1977 by Chuck Davis, DanceAfrica is the nation’s first festival devoted to African dance and has become one of the largest celebrations of its kind, uniting dancers the world over to celebrate the cultural vitality of Africa and its diaspora. 




BETH EMETH V’OHR: 83 Marlborough Road, Flatbush. (718) 282-1596 or

Storytelling at Sinai: A Shavuot Tikkun of Tales. May 26, at 8 p.m. Spiritual stories and discussion with Maggid Yitzhak Buxbaum and storyteller Carole Forman. There will also be music and refreshment for attendees.


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

“The Jungle Book.” Through Aug. 19, at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. A marionette presentation of Rudyard Kipling’s 1893–94 Fables of India. 




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

The Color Wheel US Theatrical Premiere. Through May 24. A popular hit at BAMcinemaFest 2011, Alex Ross Perry’s “The Color Wheel” makes its US theatrical premiere, accompanied by two of the director’s favorite films: “The Family Jewels” and “Boy Meets Girl.”

FilmAfrica. May 25–27. BAM’s cinematic companion to its annual DanceAfrica celebration features films from Algeria, Nigeria, South Africa, Ethiopia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Three Black Tales by Roy William Neill. May 30–31. Most famous for bringing Sherlock Holmes to the screen 11 times in a series of Universal Studios pictures starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, Roy William Neill directed 107 films and was one of the first to craft the shadow-dappled crime films that would later be called film noir. 

The Apple Pushers. May 29. This documentary follows the inspiring stories of immigrant New York City Green Cart vendors who sell fresh fruits and vegetables in neighborhoods where finding a fresh, ripe red apple can be a serious challenge. 


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

Global Lens 2012: “Qarantina.” May 29, at 6:30 p.m. A sullen assassin, living above a dysfunctional family in Baghdad, captures the attention of the household’s unhappy mother, setting a dangerous stage for confrontation with the family’s lecherous father. Directed by Oday Rasheed, Iraq, 2010. 




BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK: Pier 1, Fulton Ferry Landing. www.brooklyn

Celebrate Brooklyn! Zydeco/Cajun Dance Party. May 24, at 7 p.m. It will be Mardi Gras set in the New York Harbor when Grammy Award-winner Terrance Simien takes the stage. Jesse Lége and Bayou Brew will start this Fais do-do with their traditional Cajun dance hall music. The Jalopy Theatreand School of Music will provide free dance lessons.


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

Trio Tritticali CD Release Party. May 30, at 7:30 p.m. Featuring Helen Yee, violin; Leanne Darling, viola; and Loren Dempster, cello. Trio Tritticali, an eclectic string trio which draws upon its members training in jazz, classical, Arabic, Chinese, avant-garde and improvisational traditions to produce inventive music of variety and range, celebrates the official release of their debut CD, Issue #1.


BROOKLYN WORKSHOP GALLERY: 393 Hoyt St., Carroll Gardens. (718) 797-9427 or www.workshop May 30, there will be a CD release party for Trio Tritticali, an eclectic string trio which draws upon its members’ training in jazz, classical, Arabic, Chinese, avant-garde and improvisational traditions to produce inventive music of variety and range.

Music in May: Mino Cinelu’s “No Frills Set.” May 26, at 9 a.m. Percussion dominates his sound, but Cinelu also plays guitar and sings. 

Music in May: Graham Haynes “This and That.” May 27, at 2:30 p.m. Hyanes, regarded as an innovator on cornet and flugel horn, an extraordinary composer, and an emerging force in contemporary electronic music and world music, will perform with Michael Irwin and surprise guests. Irwin is known for playing a spectrum of styles ranging from the bluesy folk improvisational jazz. 


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

Memorial Day Concert and Tour. May 28, at 2:30 p.m. Featuring the ISO Symphonic Band – a wind, brass and percussion ensemble comprising some of the most talented student musicians in the New York metro area. The concert will be followed by a trolley mini-tour, led by Green-Wood’shistorian Jeff Richman, featuring some fascinating cemetery sites.


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

Deviant Septet premieres “Histories” by Sleeping Giant composer collective. May 24, at 8 p.m. Histories is a new collaborative evening-length work by Sleeping Giant, a companion piece to L’histoire du Soldat that examines and contrasts our personal histories with Stravinsky’s seminal 1924 work. Sleeping Giant is a collective of six Brooklyn-based composers: Andrew Norman, Robert Honstein, Ted Hearne, Jacob Cooper, Christopher Cerrone, Timo Andres joined by friendship and respect for each other’s distinct creative voices. The mission of Deviant Septet is to fulfill the vision Igor Stravinsky had for “L’histoire du Soldat,” which was scored for the unusual combination of just seven instruments: Clarinet, bassoon, cornet, trombone, violin, double bass and percussion. 


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

Lenny Pickett Autodidact. May 24, at 8 p.m. Pickett began his career playing saxophone and clarinet in bars and on the street, has worked as a saxophonist and an arranger for David Bowie, The Talking Heads and Laurie Anderson, and is currently musical director for NBC’s Saturday Night Live. He will perform with Michael Wolff (piano), James Genus (bass) and John Hadfield (percussion).


ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH: 139 St. John’s Place, Park Slope. (718) 398-8838 or saintjohns

Concerts on the Slope: Sandbox Percussion Quartet. May 27, at 3 p.m. An afternoon of music for percussion with Garrett Arney, Victor Caccese, Ian Rosenbaum, and Adam Rosenblatt playing the marimba, vibraphone, bongos, wooden slats, metal pipes, bass drum, crotales, and more. 




Cast members John Hailey as Henry Higgins, Ashley Harris as Eliza Doolittle, and Cliff Hesse as Colonel Pickering in a performance of ‘By George, I think she’s got it!’ in Narrows Community Theater’s production of ‘My Fair Lady.’


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

“The Caretaker.” Through June 17. A pair of working-class brothers allows a homeless man to stay in their decrepit London flat, an act of compassion that sparks a cycle of cruelties, delusions, and shifting loyalties in a desperate struggle over territory. Written by Harold Pinter; performed by Theatre Royal Bath Productions/ Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse; and directed by Christopher Morahan.


GALLERY PLAYERS: 199 14th St., Park Slope. (212) 352-3101 or Blank created a solo performance exploring gentrification, ownership, freedom and survival through the voices of five distinct women. The show opens at Mark Morris Dance Center on May 25.

The Black Box New Play Festival. May 31–June 24. The 15th Annual Black Box New Play Festival features an exciting line-up of world premiere work. 


NARROWS COMMUNITY THEATER: St. Patrick’s Auditorium, 97th St., Bay Ridge. (718) 482.3173 or

“My Fair Lady.” Through May 27. Book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner; music by Frederick Loewe. This classic musical, resplendent with familiar show tunes, has been delighting audiences since it first opened in 1956. 


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

“Finian’s Rainbow.” Through June 3. Written by E.Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy, lyrics by Harburg and music by Burton Lane; directed by Thomas N. Tyler. The delightful magical fantasy about an Irishman and his daughter who come to the mythical state of Missitucky to seek their fortune.


IRONDALE BROOKLYN: 85 South Oxford St., Fort Greene. (718) 488-9233 or

“Color In Between The Lines.” Through May 24, at 8 p.m. A new play about Brooklyn’s antislavery and Abolitionist movement. 


MARK MORRIS DANCE CENTER: 3 Lafayette Ave., Fort Greene. (718) 624-8400 or

HappyFlowerNail. May 25, at 7 p.m. This show marks Radha Blank’s return to the solo performance platform with a funny and touching story that explores gentrification, ownership, freedom and survival through five distinct women searching for “home” in a Korean-owned nail salon in Bed-Stuy. Directed by Colman Domingo.


— Compiled by Rose Desilets

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