Brooklyn Today: April 16, 2012

Good morning. Today is the 107th day of the year. It is the birth anniversary (1889) of famed British film comedian and director Charlie Chaplin, most famous for his character “The Little Tramp.” Chaplin came to the U.S. with a British vaudeville troupe that also included comedian Stan Laurel, and decided to stay in Hollywood. He achieved fame as a star in comedy shorts in the 1910s. In the 1920s, he branched out into full-length movies such as The Kid and The Gold Rush.
Chaplin resisted the coming of sound for many years and didn’t make an all-talking picture until The Great Dictator in 1940, although City Lights and Modern Times from the 1930s had musical soundtracks and sound effects.

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St. Francis College’s series of lunchtime concerts concludes at 12:30 p.m. today with a spotlight on tangos, performed by Octavia Brunetti on piano with Elmira Darvarova on violin. The concert will include nine tangos originally composted by Astor Piazzolla. ... Christoph Nieman will read from his new book, Abstract City, tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. at powerHouse Arena, 37 Main St., DUMBO. Nieman, a well-known graphic designer, is the author and artist of the Abstract City blog, and the book consists of 16 original essays from the blog. ... The Shorefront YM-YWHA in Brighton Beach will hold an unusual Language and Cultural Exchange pairing Russian-speaking community members with West Point cadets who are studying Russian. The event will take place this morning at 9:30 a.m.
April 16, 2012 - 9:43am



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