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Calendar: January 18 - January 24

Art

 

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

“Expanding the Landscape.” Through Feb. 12. An exhibition of figurative drawings and sculpture by Alexandra Limpert and Patrick Whalen. 

 

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

“Chain Reaction.” Extended through Feb. 10. A 250-foot-long, site-specific wall installation in which a seemingly mundane object, a potted plant, initiates a series of chain reactions that travel down the length of the gallery wall. 

 

BRIC Rotunda Gallery: 33 Clinton St., Brooklyn Heights. (718) 683-5604 or bricartsmedia.org/contemporary-art.

“The Bricoleurs”: Fourth Annual Artists from the Registry Exhibition. Jan. 26–March 3. Curated by Christian Fuller and Risa Shoup. 



 “I can operate in the dark—bodies are phosphorescent. I (See a condition of a poeta. Astreal light—condition of round & above a lovely spiritual message dearie.”) Courtesy Djuna Barnes Papers, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries

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

“Newspaper Fiction: The New York Journalism of Djuna Barnes, 1913–1919.” Jan. 20–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.

“Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture.” Through Feb. 12. This exhibition, organized by the National Portrait Gallery, explores how gender and sexual identity have shaped the creation of American portraiture.

“Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties.” Through Jan. 29. This exhibition brings together for the first time the work of 68 painters, sculptors and photographers who explored a new mode of modern realism in the years bounded by the aftermath of the Great War and the onset of the Great Depression. 

Lee Mingwei: “The Moving Garden.” Through Jan. 22. This installation comprises a 45-foot-long granite table with 100 freshly cut flowers that appear to grow out of a channel running down its middle. Created by New York-based artist Lee Mingwei, the interactive installation also includes single blossoms arranged around the channel, which visitors are invited to take when they leave the museum, on the condition that they make a detour on the way to their next destination and give the flower to a stranger as a gift. 

 

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

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. 

“(Un)Still Life.” Through Jan. 31. 

 

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

Zane York: “Stewards.” Through Jan. 22. York’s mysterious oil paintings depict an eclectic variety of subjects: taxidermy, insects, mundane artifacts, cats and enigmatic scenarios. 

Gerald Mocarsky: “War Paint.” Through Jan. 22. A series of photographic portraits that offer a rare perspective on the intimate ritual of women applying their makeup. 

 

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

“Material Dreams from China.” Robert Toyokazu Troxell. Jan. 19–23. Clay reveries and material dreams from China: etchings and ceramic impressions from the artist’s recent residency at the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, China.

 

Gallery 364: 364 72nd St., Bay Ridge. (917) 767-3848 or www.gallery364.com.

“Eclectic.” Jan. 26–Feb. 9. The gallery invited artists to submit entries based on the word “eclectic.”

 

Momenta Art: 56 Bogart St., Bushwick. www.momentaart.org.

“Broken Homes.” Through Jan. 22. Group show exploring physical and metaphorical ruptures in domestic spaces. 

 

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

“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 www.nurtureart.org

Svetlana Mircheva: “Possible Exhibitions.” Through Feb. 10. A solo exhibition by Bulgarian artist Svetlana Mircheva. In her new body of work, Mircheva presents an infinity of possible scenarios, suspended between past, present and future. 

 

Park Slope Gallery: (718) 768-4883 or www.parkslopegallery.com.

Leon Bibel: Master WPA Printer/’60s Modernist & Beyond. Through Jan. 31. A selection of prints, drawings, watercolors and paintings as an analog to a current one-person show in Philadelphia. By appointment. (Call or email parkslopegallery@mindspring.com.)

 

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

New York photo Festival: “Feast your Eyes.” Through Jan. 27. Artists selected for this exhibition were challenged to send in their best photos of food, from raw to cooked, preparation to presentation, and everything in between. 

 

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

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.” Jan. 21–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 www.tablarasagallery.com

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

 

Windsor Terrace Library: 160 East Fifth St., Windsor Terrace. (718) 686-9707 or www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org

“Botanical Inspirations.” Through Feb. 7. Botanic art quilt show featuring 22 20”x20” quilts offering a wide array of interpretations and color.

 

 Comedy

 

Magic Futurebox: 55 33rd St., fourth floor, Sunset Park. (646) 470-6321 or www.magicfuturebox.com

Comedians of New York for Afghan Women Writers. Jan. 21 and 22, from 7–10 p.m. The final event of a three-performance event series, featuring an appearance by actress and comedian Rachel Dratch (“Saturday Night Live”). New York’s premier female improv comedians perform pieces written by Kabul-based participants in the Afghan Women’s Writing Project. Performers will surround the audience in an immersive storytelling circle. Brief Q&A and reception will follow, along with silent auction of photos and Afghan crafts for sale. Space very limited. 100% of proceeds benefit the Afghan Women’s Writing Project. 

 

 Dance
‘Lectures on Weather’ is a performance work choreographed and performed by Athena Kokoronis in collaboration with dancers Carolyn Hall, Julia Handschuh, Hazuki Homma, Â HanaKyle Moranz, Katie Schetlick, and Meredith Ramirez Talusan. The piece utilizes a 1975 John Cage score called ‘Lecture on the Weather’ and incorporates ideas about mushrooms, appetite, protest, and a barter economy to create a work that explores not only an individual body’s relation to society as a whole, but also society’s relation to the individual body. Performances take place at DUMBO Arts Center on Jan. 20 and 21.

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

The Martha Graham Dance Company: Two Open Rehearsals. Jan. 24, at 2 p.m. and Jan. 25, at 10:30 a.m. The Martha Graham Dance Company, which will be practicing for its next tour at Brooklyn Center’s Walt Whitman Theatre during the week of Jan. 23, has agreed to open its rehearsals to the general public.

 

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

“Lectures on Weather”: Dance Performance choreographed by Athena Kokoronis. Jan. 19, at 7 p.m., Jan. 20, at 7 p.m. and Jan. 21, at 4 p.m. 

 

 Family/Kids

 

BROOKLYN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS: Walt Whitman Theater, Brooklyn College, one block from the corner of Nostrand Avene and Avenue H. (718) 951-4500 or www.brooklyncenteronline.org

Hot Peas ‘N Butter. Jan. 29, at 2 p.m. This children’s musical group combines an interactive, invigorating approach to performance with multicultural music, blending jazz, R&B, folk, rock and Afro-Caribbean tunes that will have your kids dancing in the aisles.

 

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

Informal Torah study. Wednesdays 7–8 p.m. Spirited and often controversial discussions. No previous knowledge is necessary. Class is open to all members of the community at no charge. Lead by Rabbi Rosenberg.

 

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

“The African Drum.” Jan. 26–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.theshadowboxtheatre.org.

 

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

Spellbound Theatre Performs “Wink.” Jan. 21–22, 10:30 a.m. Loosely based on the classic, “Wynken, Blynken, and Nod,” this captivating performance blends shadow puppetry, projection, and physical theatre for very young audiences (ages 1-5) and adults alike.

 

 Film 

 

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

Sundance Film Festival USA: “Robot and Frank.” Jan. 26, at 7:30 p.m. Expanding the beloved Park City fest beyond its snow-capped Utah borders, Sundance Film Festival USA travels to nine other American cities, with filmmakers participating in Q&As all on one night. This year’s edition features this offbeat buddy movie set in the near future about a curmudgeonly dad and ex-jewel thief (Langella) whose grown kids install a robot as his caretaker.

 

 History

 

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

BHS Building Tour. Jan. 21, at 2 p.m. Explore the society’s beautiful landmark building, designed by architect George Post and built in 1881.

 

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

“Unearth.” Jan. 20–21, at 8 p.m. Sacred Space Dance is a modern dance company that bounds gracefully between the guts and whispers of movement. Choreographer Rainy Demerson sources Brazilian, and Cuban dance in her unique approach to dance making. 

 

 Literary 

 

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

Brooklyn Reading Works: “Truth and the Ghost — Giving Voice.” Jan. 19, 8 p.m. A panel discussion about ghost writing with authors James Braly, Alison Bowman and Keith Eliot Greenberg. John Guidry, curator, writes the blog “Truth and Rocket Science.” 

 

 Music 

On Jan. 20, Issue Project Room is holding a farewell to the Old American Can Factory before it moves permanently to its new space at 110 Livingston in Downtown Brooklyn. Jonathan Kane’s ‘February, Talibam!’ and MV Carbon & Tony Conrad are performing guests.

 

303 Bond Street Theatre: 303 Bond St., Carroll Gardens.

French baroque motets and cantatas by François Couperin and Nicolas Bernier. Jan. 22, at 2 p.m. Early music soprano, Sally Sanford, and soprano Brooke Bryant team up with Rosamond Morley, viola da gamba, and Alexandra Snyder Dunbar, harpsichord in this  program.

 

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

Jeff Mangum. Jan. 19–21, at 8 p.m. Singer-songwriter and guitarist Jeff Mangum, elusive frontman of ’90s indie rock band Neutral Milk Hotel.

 

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

Here and Now Series: Errollyn Wallen, Paul Moravec, John Corigliano, John Musto, Sean Hickey and Essa-Pekka Salonen. Jan. 20, at 8 p.m. With Philip Edward Fisher, piano.

Masterworks Series: Mozart, Dvorák and Brahms. Jan. 21, at 8 p.m. and Jan. 22, at 3 p.m. With St. Petersburg String Quartet. 

 

First Unitarian Church: 48 Monroe Place, Brooklyn Heights. 

Brooklyn Chamber Music Society. Jan. 20, at 8 p.m. Gil Kalish, piano; Carmit Zori, violin; and Timothy Eddy, cello will perform works by Mozart, Beethoven and Dvorák. For more information, call (718) 858-0718 or visit www.brooklynchambermusicsociety.org.

 

Grace & Spiritus Chorale of Brooklyn 35th anniversary celebration. Jan. 20–22. This concert features the Baroque composer Giacomo Carissimi’s “Jephte,” regarded as the first masterpiece of the oratorio genre, and composer Arvo Part’s “The Beatitudes.” The concert will conclude with three African-American Spirituals and the “Chichester Psalms,” by Leonard Bernstein. Performances take place on three separate nights at three different locations:

Jan. 20, at 7 p.m.: Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, 85 South Oxford St., Fort Greene.

Jan. 21, at 7 p.m.: Plymouth Church, 57 Orange St., Brooklyn Heights.

Jan. 22, at 4 p.m.: All Saint’s Episcopal Church, 286-88 Seventh Ave., Park Slope.

For more information, call (718) 707-1411 or visit www.graceandspiritus.org

 

ISSUE PROJECT ROOM: 232 Third St., Gowanus. (718) 330-0313 or www.issueprojectroom.org.

Farewell Party for the Old American Can Factory, with Jonathan Kane’s February, Talibam! and MV Carbon & Tony Conrad. Jan. 20, at 8 p.m. 

 

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

“Des Canyons aux étoiles.” Jan. 23, at 8 p.m. The Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, with Chief Conductor Jeffrey Tate, will perform a new multimedia concert of Olivier Messiaen’s modern orchestral masterpiece “Des canyons aux étoiles.” 

 

Sistas’ Place: 456 Nostrand Ave., Bedford Stuyvesant. (718) 398.1766 or www.sistasplace.org

Saturday Night Jazz Concert. Jan. 21, at 9 and 10:30 p.m. Trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah leads his Diaspora ensemble: Alex Harding (baritone), D.D. Jackson (piano), Radu (bass), Reggie Nicholson (drums), along with vocalists Miles Griffith, Monique Ngozi Nri, and poet Louis Reyes Rivera. Reservations are recommended.

 

Sweet Adelines Women’s Chorus Open rehearsals: Jan. 23, and 30. Rehearsals will be held in the Dyker Heights area. Call for exact location. Openings in all voice parts. For more information, call, Elizabeth at (917) 656-6782 or Lucille at (718) 833-3399. 

 

 Theater

 

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

“Richard III.” Through March 4. Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey is Shakespeare’s outrageous villain Richard III, who intends to sieze 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.

 

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

“Enchanted April.” Through Jan. 22. Written by Matthew Barber; directed by Susan Montez.

 

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

“A Man of No Importance.” Jan. 28–Feb. 19. Music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, book by Terrence McNally.

 

ST. ANN’S WAREHOUSE: 38 Water St., DUMBO.www.stannswarehouse.org

“It’s Always Right Now, Until It’s 

Later.” Through Jan. 29. Daniel Kitson’s oneman show about the past, the future and those of us who are trapped in the tiny eternal moment between the two (that is, all of us). 

 

 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

January 18, 2012 - 1:49pm


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