Calendar: February 15 – February 22


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

Nicola Ginzel & Chester Nielsen. Feb. 17–March 18. This show features artists whose process is both visible and coherent.

BAC Gallery: 111 Front St., DUMBO.

“Funny Ha Ha.” March 1–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

“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, open to the public in the lobby of the BAM Peter Jay Sharp Building.

BRIC Rotunda Gallery: 33 Clinton St., Brooklyn Heights. (718) 683-5604 or

“The Bricoleurs”: Fourth Annual Artists from the Registry Exhibition. Through March 3. Curated by Christian Fuller and Risa Shoup.

BROOKLYN MUSEUM: 200 Eastern Parkway. (718) 638-5000 or‘Playing House’ is the first in a series of installations that aim to engage visitors with the Brooklyn Museum’s period rooms.

“Playing House.” Feb. 24–Aug. 26. “Playing House” is the first in a series of installations that aim to engage visitors with the Brooklyn Museum’s period rooms. Artists Betty Woodman, Anne Chu, Ann Agee, and Mary Lucier have been invited to place site-specific artwork in eight of the museum’s historic rooms, which have been interpreted by curators over the years to illustrate how Americans of various times, economic levels, and locations lived. The artists were asked to consider these factors when developing their ideas.

“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 Rachel Kneebone and shown alongside eight of her own large-scale porcelain sculptures.

“Raw/Cooked”: Shura Chernozatonskaya. Through April 8. The third exhibition in the “Raw/Cooked” features the work of Red Hook-based artist Shura Chernozatonskaya. For her Brooklyn Museum presentation, she has created two site-specific painting installations. The first consists of 33 canvases combined to create one large-scale work. Each canvas features a composition of circles, evoking traffic lights, dominoes and the rhythms of Latin music. The second installation draws inspiration from the nearby European paintings collection.

“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

Bob Rothstein: “The Other Bushwick.” Through Feb. 18.

Isabel Hill: “Building Stories.” Through Feb. 18.

Leslie Sutcliffe: “Reading Images.” Through Feb. 18.

Giuseppe Luciani: “Brooklyn Views.” Through Feb. 18.

Causey Contemporary: 92 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg. (718) 218-8939 or

“Volumes.” Through Feb. 26. Group show featuring limited-edition photographs, etchings, lithographs and screen prints.

Concrete Utopia: 39 Hampton Place, Crown Heights. (347) 559-6155 or

“Dona Nobis.” Through March 3. Group show featuring paintings, sculpture, electronic installation and photography.

DUMBO ARTS CENTER: 30 Washington St., DUMBO. (718) 694-0831 or

New Pyramids for the Capitalist System. Through April 8. This exhibition by Robby Herbst explores acrobatics, class, bodies and interpersonal dynamics through a series of large-scale drawings, installations, and a performance of human pyramids completed at Occupy L.A.

FIVEMYLES: 558 St. John’s Place, Prospect Heights. (718) 783-4438 or

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

Fort Useless: 36 Ditmars St., Bushwick.

“120dB.” Through March 24. A group exhibit showcasing the work of thirteen female concert photographers prominently featured in Stereogum, Brooklyn Vegan, Prefix, Impose, Village Voice, NPR, House List and many other sites and publications.

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

The Influential Female: Drawings Inspired by Women in History. Through March 25. The artists in this exhibition draw their inspiration from historic or specific female subjects to create fresh and challenging gender-related artwork.

MICRO MUSEUM: 123 Smith St., Boerum Hill. (718) 797-3116 or

“Lovey + Dovey = Forever.” Through Sept. 14. As a tribute to Valentine’s Day, Micro Museum’s founding artists Kathleen and William Laziza are adding new works of art to their cumulative art exhibit “Above and Beyond” (2010-2013).

MoCADA: 80 Hanson Place, Fort Greene. (718) 230-0492 or

“Feed Your Head: The African Origins of the Scientific Aesthetic.” Through Feb. 25. “Feed Your Head” joins together two visual artists with a physicist and ethno-mathematician to explore the aesthetic convergence of science and art.

NURTUREART GALLERY: 56 Bogart St., Bushwick. (718) 569-2086 or

“Systemic Risk.” Feb. 17–March 16. Group exhibition curated by Jonathan Durham. In financial terms, systemic risk refers to a domino effect of cascading failures, leading to the total, irreversible collapse of an entire system or market. The artists in this exhibition work to reorganize specific parameters of a given system in order to point to phenomenological behavior, inequality, misperception, and in some cases, complete lack of understanding.

Sculptors Guild: 55 Washington St., DUMBO. (718) 422-0555 or

Martha Walker: “From Demons to Daybreak.” Through Feb. 25. Walker is a local artist living in Park Slope who creates metal sculptures from dripped molten steel.

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

Tamara Gayer: “The Final Contraction,” Stephen Sollins: “Piecework,” and Heeseop Yoon: “Still Life #11.” Through March 4. Three solo exhibitions featuring new work and site-specific projects by Brooklyn-based artists.

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

For upcoming exhibitions, check the gallery’s web site.

The Old Stone House: 336 Third St., Park Slope. (718) 768-3195 or

Brooklyn Reading Works: New Plays by Brooklyn Playwrights. Feb. 16, at 8 p.m. This evening of readings, curated by Rosemary Moore, brings together five accomplished playwrights — Trish Harnetiaux, Marian Fontana & Leah Gray Mitchell, Karen Hartman, and Joseph Goodrich — presenting their latest works-in-progress.

United Photo Industries HQ: 111 Front St., Suite 204, DUMBO.

“It’s a Thin Line Between Love and Hate — Part 1: Love.” Feb. 16–28. This group exhibition is the first in a two-part photo invitational exploring the twinned themes of love and hate.


ANNUAL NEW YORK SWORD DANCE FESTIVAL: Feb. 18–19. The event will feature 12 teams, as the performing groups are known, in an exciting weekend of performances in public spaces around the city. The festival, which was first organized in 1985, was the first such event in North America to focus on English-style sword dancing, a winter celebration practiced in the farming and coal-mining regions of northern England. The festival will open with a performance at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in Manhattan on Saturday the 18th, and conclude with a grand finale in the auditorium at the Brooklyn Museum of Art on Sunday the 19th. Additional performances will be held in numerous libraries, museums, churches and other public spaces. For more information or a schedule of the performances, visit


KUMBLE THEATER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS: Flatbush Avenue, between DeKalb Avenue and Willoughby Street, Downtown Brooklyn. (718) 488-1624 or

Caribbean Dance Festival. Feb. 16, at 10:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. In honor of Black History Month, Brooklyn’s own Something Positive traces the ancestral origins of African-American musical, oral and dance traditions from the mother land of Africa to Caribbean beaches and onward to North America. This inspirational and highly interactive performance incorporates dance, music, song, storytelling and poetry. This performance is recommended for all ages.

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

“The African Drum.” Through March 8. The Shadow Box Theater presents this celebration of multicultural sharing for African-American History Month. Kids listen to the African Drum as it reveals “How the Turtle Got its Shell” and two more African folk tales — woven into the shadow puppet adventures of the little girl Kijana and her animal friends. For reservations or more information, call (212) 724-0677 or visit www.theshadow

The Old Stone House: 336 Third St., Park Slope. (718) 768-3195 or

Hugh Crawford: “Sections.” Through March 18. An exhibition of new photographic works.


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

New Voices in Black Cinema. Through Feb. 20. This four-day festival celebrating up-and-coming black filmmakers returns for its second year with new narrative features, documentaries, and shorts that redefine the black experience in America and around the world. America’s Film Legacy, Take 2. Feb 21. Honoring recent inductees to the National Film Registry, this program features the B-movie masterpiece “The Incredible Shrinking Man” and a selection of rare short films now preserved in the registry.

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

Testament to History Film Series: “Freedom Riders.” Feb. 16, at 6:30 p.m. In 1961, segregation seemed to have an overwhelming grip on American society. That is, until an integrated band of students decided, en masse, to risk everything and buy a ticket on a Greyhound bus bound for the deep South. They called themselves the Freedom Riders, and they managed to bring the president and the entire American public face to face with the challenge of correcting civil-rights inequities that plagued the nation. This film documents their personal conviction and their courage to organize against all odds.

KUMBLE THEATER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS: Flatbush Avenue, between DeKalb Avenue and Willoughby Street, Downtown Brooklyn. (718) 488-1624 or

The Brooklyn premiere of the film “More Than a Month.” Feb. 16, at 6 p.m. Shukree Hassan Tilghman, a 29-year-old African- American filmmaker, is on a cross-country campaign to end Black History Month. Through this tongue-in-cheek journey, “More Than a Month” investigates what the treatment of history tells us about race and equality in a “post-racial” America. For additional information email


Brooklyn Historical Society: 128 Pierrepont St., Brooklyn Heights. (718) 222-4111 or

“Context/Contrast: New Architecture in Historic Districts 1967 to Present.” Through April 29.

“Inventing Brooklyn: People, Places, Progress.” Through June 3. From Native American roots and Dutch-colonial influences to icons such as the Brooklyn Bridge and the Dodgers, this exhibition examines how various people, places and historical events have shaped the development of the borough.


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

In Conversation: Michaela Angela Davis and Melissa Harris-Perry. Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. Davis, writer and image activist, will be speaking with Harris-Perry, professor, MSNBC political commentator and author of the new book Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America. The two will discuss the persistent and detrimental stereotypes that afflict black women in the political arena and contribute to policies allowing their unfair treatment. A Q&A and book signing will follow.

Voorhees Theatre: NYC College of Technology, 186 Jay St., Downtown Brooklyn. (718) 260-5588.

“Backstage Careers in the Theatre.” Feb. 16, at 1 p.m. Crew members from the Broadway hit “Wicked” will discuss their careers, including the stage manager, head carpenter, sound engineer and electrician.

 Literary Events

POWERHOUSE ARENA: 37 Main St., DUMBO. (718) 666-3049 or

Milton Glaser: In Search of the Miraculous. Feb. 16, at 6 p.m. Glaser will discuss and sign his new book.


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

William Hooker: “The Gift.” Feb 17, at 9 p.m. Hooker began his career playing drums with the Isley Brothers and Dionne Warwick before taking a sharp turn towards the experimental in the 1970s with New York’s “loft” jazz scene.

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

Masterworks Series: Works for String Quartet by Meltzer, Beethoven and Brahms. Avalon. Feb. 16, at 8 p.m.

Here and Now Series: John Corigliano, David Lang, Morton Feldman, David Winkler, Conlon Nancarrow and George Crumb. Feb. 17, at 8 p.m. With David Kalhous and Olga Vinokur, both on piano.

Masterworks Series: Tchaikovsky, Wild and Gershwin. Feb. 18, at 8 p.m. With Olga Vinokur, piano.

Masterworks Series: Ravel and Beethoven.

Feb. 19, at 3 p.m. With Avalon String Quartet.

BROOKLYN CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC: 58 Seventh Ave., Park Slope. (718) 622-3300 or chamber-music group OMNI Ensemble is scheduled to perform at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music on Feb. 18, at 8 p.m. See listing under Music.

OMNI Ensemble. Feb. 18, at 8 p.m. Featuring David Wechsler, flute; James Johnston, piano; Karen Lindquist, harp; and Ah Ling Neu, viola. On the program are Claude Debussy: “Childrens Corner for Solo Piano” and “Sonata for flute, viola and harp;” Maurice Ravel: “Sonatine. arranged for flute, viola and harp;” Ladislas Rohozinski: “Trio for flute, viola and harp” (New York Premiere); Richard Franko “Goldman: “Divertimento for flute and piano.”

First Unitarian Church: 48 Monroe Place, Brooklyn Heights.

Brooklyn Chamber Music Society Concert. Feb. 17, at 8 p.m. On the program are Rebecca Clarke: “Dumka for violin, viola and piano;” Amy Beach: “Quintet for piano and strings;” and selected songs by Beach, Alma Mahler and Fanny Mendelssohn. For reservations, call (718) 858-0718 or visit

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

Ensemble Pamplemousse: “Birds of a Feather.” Feb. 17, at 8 p.m. “Birds of a Feather” is a presentation of composers discovered through the ensemble’s 2011 “Call for Scores Campaign/Curation/Commission Project.”

Littlefield: 622 Degraw St., Gowanus. (718) 855-3388 or

A Winter Romp in Gowanus. Feb. 17, at 9 p.m. Featured performers include DJs Treetop & Shinobi, Raya Brass Band and DJ Rekha.

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

Experimental Love Festival. Through Feb. 18. Performing artists include (Feb. 16) Loren Mazzacane Connors, Jim Staley & Zeena Parkins, Sam Mickens’ String Quartet, (Feb. 17) Greg Fox (of Guardian Alien and Liturgy), Hubble, and Metal Tongue.


BAM Howard Gilman Opera House: 30 Lafayette Ave., Fort Greene. (718) 636-4100 or

“La Traviata.” Through Feb. 18. New York City Opera comes to BAM with Verdi’s masterpiece in a new production by acclaimed director Jonathan Miller. Miller’s take on this tragic tale of love and life — both lost and found — focuses on the psychological drama between the characters.

“Prima Donna.” Feb. 19–25. Rufus Wainwright makes his first foray into opera with this meditation on the fine line between fame and failure, presented by the New York City Opera.


Brooklyn Women’s Exchange: 55 Pierrepont St., Brooklyn Heights. (718) 624-3435 or

Henrik Krogius: The Brooklyn Heights Promenade. March 1, at 6 p.m. Longtime Brooklyn Heights Press editor Henrik Krogius will read from his book about this history of the promenade. The event will include a presentation of a video inspired by the book and produced by local preservationists Martin L. Schneider and Karl Junkersfeld. The video features Krogius and numerous images that tell the complex story of one of the Heights’ prize treasures.


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

“Richard III.” Through March 4. Academy Award-winner Kevin Spacey is Shakespeare’s outrageous villain Richard III, who intends to seize the crown from his brother. Navigating an imposing assemblage of some of Shakespeare’s greatest female characters, Richard lusts for power, assuring his own bloody rise and fall. Sam Mendes directs the transatlantic cast in the final production of The Bridge Project, a three-year partnership uniting BAM, The Old Vic, and Neal Street.

BRICK THEATER: 575 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg. (718) 907-6189 or

“All the Indifferent Children of the Earth.” Feb. 16–March 3. The piece finds three women and one man compulsively dissecting the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, human rights, and the gender identification rules of Vermont.

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

“The Foreigner.” Through Feb. 19. Written by Larry Shue; directed by Noel MacDuffie.

GALLERY PLAYERS: 199 14th St., Park Slope. (718) 595-0547 or

“A Man of No Importance.” Through Feb. 19. Music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, book by Terrence McNally.


Early Plays. Through March 4. The Wooster Group has invited Richard Maxwell of New York City Players to direct Eugene O’Neill’s early “Glencairn” plays — “Bound East for Cardiff” (1914), “In the Zone” (1917), “The Long Voyage Home” (1917) and “The Moon of the Caribbees” (1918).


Brooklyn Navy Yard Tours: Feb. 18, 19, 25 and 26, at 12:30 and 3 p.m. Urban Oyster offers two Navy Yard Tour options: a two-hour comprehensive tour for $30 and a one-hour highlights tour for $18. These tours explore the Navy Yard’s transition from one of the nation’s foremost naval shipbuilding facilities to a national leader in sustainable urban industrial parks. Tours will begin and end at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92. For more information, call (347) 618.8687 or visit


Bay Ridge Jewish Center: 405 81st St., Bay Ridge. (718) 836-3103 or

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

February 15, 2012 - 12:57pm


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