Culture Briefs: Russian lit, photography, a Rat Pack tribute and more

January 23, 2013 Editorial Staff
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He published a string of novels: Train, The Archives, Taxi ParkDepartment Store in the ‘80s, becoming a cab driver, a train conductor, an archivist and a salesperson to get into character and narrate the stories.

His name is Ilya Shtemler and he’s one of the veterans of contemporary Russian literature. Enjoy insights into his works on January 27 at 1:30 p.m. at the Central Library ( 10 Grand Army Plaza), part of the library’s Russian Literary Series. To register, visit and enter the keyword Brooklyn Public Library. Limit three per person.

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On Saturday, January 26, take advantage of Season Photography Tours at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center, which provide opportunities for the public to come out with their cameras and capture some of the most visually stimulating sites within the Yard.

Highlights include the frozen-in-time Navy Hospital Campus, the World War II-era pier with views of the Manhattan skyline and Wallabout Bay, and a functioning dry dock that is used for ship repair. Admission: $30 per person.

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At 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 31, Martin McQuade will perform a special show at Hunter’s Steak and Ale House, 9404 Fourth Avenue in Bay Ridge, honoring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. The accompanist is Pete Sokolow.

Call 718-238-8899 for dinner reservations and check out for information on the venue. There is no cover fee.


The Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, will host an exhibit of sculptor El Anatsui’s works, entitled “Grace and Gravity” on its fifth floor from February 8 to August 4.

More than 30 abstract works, in metal and wood reflect the sculptor’s childhood in Ghana, which informed his vision of the world.

Museum hours are Wednesday: 11 a.m.–6 p.m., Thursday: 11 a.m.–10 p.m., and Friday–Sunday: 11 a.m.–6 p.m. For further info, call 718-638-5000.

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