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Calendar: April 11 - April 18


 Art


ART 101: 101 Grand St., Williamsburg. (718) 302-2242 or www.art101brooklyn.com.

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.

BAC GALLERY: 111 Front St., DUMBO. www.brooklynartscouncil.org.

“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 www.bam.org.

“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 bricartsmedia.org/contemporary-art.

“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 www.brooklyngreenway.org.

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 www.brooklynmuseum.org.

Raw/Cooked: Heather Hart. April 13–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 will feature 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.brooklynpubliclibrary.org.

“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.The painting 'Business & Pleasure 20,” oil on canvas with collared shirt & polo, 2012, is one of the works by Christina Massey on exhibition at Corridor Gallery. 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 www.corridorgallerybrooklyn.org.

Christina Massey: “Business & Pleasure.” April 13–May 19. Massey’s bold compositions are painterly and sculptural creations of recycled work clothes, older paintings, and new visceral paint elements.

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.

EIGHT OF SWORDS: 115 Grand St., Williamsburg. (718) 387-9673 or www.8ofswords.com.

“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 www.fivemyles.org.

“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.

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

“Super Jew Comics.” April 15–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 www.kentlergallery.org.

10th Annual Works on Paper Benefit Exhibition. April 13–May 13. Over 100 Artists have generously donated drawings and works on paper to help support Kentler’s 2012 Exhibitions and Public Programs; The Kentler Flatfiles; and K.I.D.S. Art Education Program. In celebration of the artists and their work, the exhibition will be on view for three weeks before a May 19th benefit event.

BARBES: 376 Ninth St., Park Slope. (718) 965-9177 or barbesbrooklyn.com.

Opera on Tap: Strange Characters and Bad Luck! April 13, at 8 p.m. In honor of Friday the 13th, New Brewer Kamala Sankaram curates an evening of song featuring strange characters with extremely bad luck.

MOCADA: 80 Hanson Place, Fort Greene. (718) 230-0492 or mocada.org.

“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 www.momentaart.org.

Benefit Exhibition. Through April 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 www.murielguepingallery.com.

“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 www.theoldstonehouse.org.

“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.

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

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

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

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 17th-century Italian lace.

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

“Home in Brooklyn.” Through April 25. An exhibit of recent work by Brooklyn painters John Lloyd and Jane Talcott. For more information, visit www.janejohnstudio.com.

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

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

THE 44TH ANNUAL BAY RIDGE ARTS FESTIVAL: April 12–15. Held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 7420 Fourth Ave., Bay Ridge. Enjoy live entertainment while supporting local artists and our scholarship fund. Saturday, April 14, will feature a craft fair and Sunday, April 15, will feature special activities for Children’s Day. For more information, visit www.bayridgeartsfestival.org.

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

Elliot Ross: “Other Animals.” Through April 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 yesgalleryyes.com.

“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.

   Comedy  


68 JAY STREET BAR: corner of Jay and Water streets, DUMBO. www.facebook.com/dumbocomedy

Comedy Show. April 12, at 8:30 p.m. This month’s lineup features Phil Hanley of the “Tonight Show,” Jon Fisch from Comedy Central and Mike Trainor from Trutv.

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

Comedy Night at BAMcafé Live. April 14, at 10 p.m. Curated by Ben Weber and Meg Griffiths, this edition includes stand-up artist and actress Naomi Ekperigin (The Huffington Post, UCB, Comix), Fort Greene’s own Bob Powers (“Last Comic Standing”), political commentator and host of “This Week in Blackness” Elon James White, and former Daily Show correspondent Tom Shillue.


  Dance  


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

Moscow Festival Ballet: “Giselle.” April 15, at 2 p.m. Haunted forests, quaint mountain villages, mystic legends of fairies and ghostly visitors, forces of nature, love overcoming death — these images and themes are interwoven into the two-act ballet “Giselle,” considered by many to be one of the greatest romantic ballets of all time.

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

Brooklyn Ballet @ Ten! April 13, at 8 p.m. Brooklyn Ballet celebrates a decade of dance by offering innovative works: “Forest Fairies and Peasant Revolt,” Isadora Duncan’s “Revolutionary Etude,” Lynn Parkerson’s “Dolls, Dolls, Dolls” — the pop-up, hip-hop Nutcracker — and the world premiere of a mixed movement piece to Stravinsky. The performance features live music by Gil Morgenstern/Reflection Series International and collaborators Mike “Supreme” Fields and crew, the fashions of YMX by Yellowman, and Bessie Award-nominated costume designer Patricia Forelle.


 Environment


EARTH CENTER TREE GIVEAWAY: April 14, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. The event takes place at PACC’s Affordable Housing Building- Magnolia Plaza, 686 Lafayette Ave., Bedford-Stuyvesant. Trees will be available to individuals, families and community groups for planting on private property and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis until supplies run out. Simple tree planting and care instructions come with your free tree. To reserve your Crape Myrtle, Magnolia or a Pear Tree in advance, visit www.nyrp.org/brooklyntrees.

SPERRY TOP-SIDER AND UNITED BY BLUE CANARSIE PIER BEACH CLEANUP: April 14, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. The cleanup will take place at Canarsie Pier, Gateway National Recreation Area, intersection of Rockaway Parkway and Shore Parkway, Canarsie. Volunteers should meet and park at the end of Canarsie Pier. The cleanups are a mix of hard work and play, ending in one-of-a-kind giveaways and prizes. Sperry Top-Sider and United By Blue will provide free breakfast and lunch, water, bug spray, sunscreen, bags and gloves for volunteers. To learn more, email cleanup@unitedbyblue.com.

  

     Expos  


LOCAL FOOD AND TRAVEL EXPO: April 14, 12 – 5 p.m. Hosted by EscapeMaker.com. Event takes place at Skylight One Hanson, Fort Greene. Over 50 getaway destinations within a day’s drive or train ride of NYC will be exhibiting. “Made in Brooklyn” marketplace in the bank vault downstairs features food and drink from around the borough. There will be prizes, educational workshops, food demonstrations and other activities throughout the day. For tickets or more information, visit www.escapemaker.com/travelexpo.

   Family/Kids  


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

“Little Red Riding Hood.” April 14 and 15, at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Perrault’s classic tale, set in Louisiana Bayou country, with a Zydeco musical score. Adapted for hand puppets by Michael Thomas.

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

Shadow Box Theatre: “Once Upon a Story.” April 12, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; April 21 and May 5, at 11 a.m.; April 17–20, 24–27 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.


   Film  


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

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

Bresson. April 13–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. BAMcinématek presents the first complete retrospective in over a decade of this most uncompromising and visionary of directors.

Unsound Festival New York: Animators. April 18. Unsound Festival New York is well established as an essential contributor to New York’s cultural landscape, embracing a range of genres from contemporary classical music to post-industrial sounds to black metal to new directions in bass. Co-presented by Polish Cultural Institute New York, this year’s entry features Warsaw-based underground supergroup Baaba performing a live score to an exquisite selection of classic Polish animated films, incorporating graphic arts, painting, puppetry and experimental theater.


   Food  


FORAGE AND DINE IN PROSPECT PARK AND AT THE FARM ON ADDERLEY: April 15. Leda Meredith will be leading a walking tour through the park where she will point out the edibles available there, such as dandelion greens, mugwort, Japanese knotweed, garlic mustard, field garlic, nettles, violet leaves and flowers, fiddlehead ferns, and bishop’s elder. Then, participants will meet back at the restaurant in the evening for a dinner showcasing these items. The tour begins at 1 p.m., and dinner begins at 8 p.m. The cost of $80 per person does not include tax and gratuity for dinner. To sign up, email farmonadderleyevents@gmail.com. The Farm on Adderley is located at 1108 Cortelyou Road, Ditmas Park. For more information, call (718) 287-3101 or visit thefarmonad derleyevents.com.


   Lectures/Discussions  


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

Arts Forum: Libraries as Culture Hubs. April 12, at 6:30 p.m. The Municipal Art Society brings together the presidents of New York City’s three library systems, Tom Galante, Queens Public Library; Linda Johnson, Brooklyn Public Library; and Tony Marx, New York Public Library, to discuss how public libraries promote the arts and culture.


   Literary Events  


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

Brooklyn Independents: BPL Presents. April 18, at 7 p.m. Poets from a trio of small, independent poetry presses read their work. R. Erica Doyle’s book, Proxy, is out on Belladonna. Amy King reads from I Want to Make You Safe from Litmus Press and Jon Leon will read from The Malady of the Century, published by Futurepoem.


   Music  


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 www.centralbrooklynjazzconsortium.org.

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

Grandfather. April 13, at 10 p.m.

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

Dr. John: Insides Out: Funky But It’s Nu Awlins. April 12–14, 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. This spring, the good doctor comes to BAM with an extraordinary entourage of musical guests for an artistic residency, offering three distinct perspectives on his formidable career.

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

Here and Now Series: David Loeb, Aleksandra Vrebalov, Peter Homans, Hannah Lash, Elizabeth Adams, Duke Ellington and John Coltrane. April 12, at 8 p.m. With Orfeo Duo: Vita Wallace, violin, Ishmael Wallace, piano, and guest Aaron Packard, violin.

Bargemix Series: Classical-Jazz Connections. April 13, at 8 p.m. Creating “marriages” between works plucked from the classical and jazz traditions, pianist Stuart Isacoff uses the art of improvisation to probe the threads that connect composers living centuries and continents apart. With Stuart Isacoff, piano.

Masterworks Series: Scarlatti, Mozart and Schubert. April 14, at 8 p.m. With Gerald Robbins, piano.

Masterworks Series: Haydn, Shostakovich, and Debussy. April 15, at 3 p.m. With Amphion Quartet.

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

Terrence McManus’ Trancetempo Quartet. April 18, at 8 p.m. Trancetempo combines various elements of modern classical composition, minimalism and electronica into shifting steady states with simultaneous intertwined improvised strains.

ISSUE PROJECT ROOM: (718) 330-0313 or www.issueprojectroom.org.

Liturgy (Artist-in-Residence: Hunter Hunt-Hendrix and Bernhard Gann). April 14, at 8 p.m. Hunt-Hendrix is the singer, guitarist and songwriter for the Brooklyn black metal band Liturgy.

Unsound Festival New York. April 18–22. The opening night concert, featuring performances by Julia Holter, Julia Kent and Jenny Hval, begins on the 18th at 9 p.m.

JALOPY THEATER: 315 Columbia St., Red Hook. (718) 395-3214 or www.jalopy.biz.

Ballads & Crankies. April 17, at 8:30 p.m. A night of traditional music, collected stories and new illustrations.

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

MATA Festival 2012 “Young Composers — Now!” April 17–20. The MATA Festival returns home to Brooklyn for its 14th annual iteration with a curious collection of motors, new ensembles, installations and new works from 19 young composers from around the globe.

  SOUTH OXFORD       SPA C E: 138 S. O xford St., Fort Greene.

American Candy: “It’s a Man’s World!” April 13 and 14, at 8 p.m. Sketch comedy performance with a ‘manly’ theme: stay-at-home dads, Tyler Perry films and Dude TV. For more information, call (646)-281-0652 or visit www.americancandytv.com.
 

  Theater



 BAY RIDGE JEWISH CENTER: 405 81s t St., Bay Ridge. (718) 836-3103 or ww w.bayridgejewishcenter.org.

“Mirror, Mirror … A Musical in Seven Times.” April 15 and 22, at 6 p.m. Ridge Repertory Company presents this play, directed by James Martinelli, with music by Steven Cornine and lyrics by Susan Bucci.

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

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

“Three Sisters.” April 18–28. 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.

 Workshops/Classes



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

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

calendar@brooklyneagle.net

April 11, 2012 - 3:45pm


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