2012 FLATBUSH ARTISTS’ STUDIO TOUR: May 19–20, from 12 noon–6 p.m. The 2012 Flatbush Artists’ Studio Tour will take place in Ditmas Park, one of New York City’s most architecturally interesting and historic neighborhoods. Established contemporary artists will welcome visitors into their homes and studios, most of which are located in century-old Victorian houses surrounded by gardens and an arboretum of leafy trees. This will be the group’s third studio tour, with previous tours having attracted hundreds of visitors at this free event. Tour maps are available online and at the shops and restaurants along Cortelyou Road and Newkirk Avenue. For more information, visit www.flatbushartists.org.
ART 101: 101 Grand St., Williamsburg. (718) 302-2242 or www.art101brooklyn.com.
“New Paintings: Yolanda Shashaty.” Through May 27. While Shashaty’s paintings are not based on landscape as we know it, the work is informed by her understanding of the colors and configurations in the natural world.
BAC GALLERY: 111 Front St., DUMBO.
“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.
BERKELEY COLLEGE GALLERY: 255 Duffield St., Downtown Brooklyn. (212) 252-2065 or berkeleycollege.edu/berkeley_ bc/1946.
Four Brooklyn Painters: Group exhibition. Through June 28. Featuring the work of Rudy (Kofi) Cain, Mary Chang, Leon Nicholas Kalas and Norma Lithgow.
BROOKLYN MUSEUM: 200 Eastern Parkway. (718) 638-5000 or
www.brooklynmuseum.org.“Aesthetic Ambitions: Edward Lycett and Brooklyn’s Faience Manufacturing Company.” Through June 16. This exhibition highlights the nearly 50-year career of ceramicist Edward Lycett (American, 1833–1910), creative director of the Faience Manufacturing Company from 1884–1890.
“Raw/Cooked: Heather Hart.” Through 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” 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 that features 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.brooklynpublic library.org.
“Drawn From My Father’s Adventures.” Through Aug. 24. Brooklyn-based illustrator and artist Sophie Blackall created these original drawings based on the stories her father told her as a child.
“Sophie Blackall: Stories-Pictures-Books.” Through Aug. 24. Original illustrations and sketches from favorite published stories illustrated by Blackall.
“The 26th Annual Ezra Jack Keats / NYC Department of Education Bookmaking Competition Exhibition.” Through Aug. 24. Over the past 25 years, New York City public schoolchildren have written and illustrated enough books to fill a small library. These hand-made books are entered into the Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition. On display are all of the school-wide, borough-wide and city-wide winners.
BROOKLYN WATERFRONT ARTISTS COALITION: Beard Street Warehouse, 499 Van Brunt St., Red Hook. bwac.org.
“Celebrate.” Through June 17. BWAC’s 20th Annual Spring Pier Show. More than 200 artists will be exhibiting 1000 works in every medium, from the traditional to the cutting edge. Opening weekend will feature music by Rob Crowe Situation and food by Caselnova.
CORRIDOR GALLERY: 334 Grand Ave., Clinton Hill. (718) 230-5002 or www.
“Christina Massey: Business & Pleasure.” Through May 19. Massey’s bold compositions are painterly and sculptural creations of recycled work clothes, older paintings and new visceral paint elements.
KUNSTHALLE GALAPAGOS: 16 Main St., DUMBO. (718) 222-8500 or www.kuns thallegalapagos.com.
“Bigger Than You.” Through May 20. A group show presenting 14 artists that push the confines of traditional printmaking. All the artists are currently graduate students at Pratt Institute.
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.
NEW YORK PHOTO FESTIVAL 2012: Through May 20. NYPH’12 will explore the matrix of art photography and social documentary through four curators creating sites and live events, exploring the origins and meeting points of art photography and documentary work. The festival will take place at various locations throughout DUMBO. Tickets are not required to view exhibitions, but will be required for presentations and receptions to be held at The Powerhouse Arena; 37 Main St. For more information, call (347) 853-7447 x123 or visit nyph.at.
TABLA RASA GALLERY: 224 48th St., Sunset Park. (718) 833-9100 or www.tablarasa gallery.com.
Works from the Tabla Rasa Collection: To view, call for appointment and scheduled hours.
THE OLD STONE HOUSE: 336 Third St., Park Slope. (718) 768-3195 or
“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.
UNITED PHOTO INDUSTRIES HQ: 111 Front St., Suite 204, DUMBO. www.unitedphoto industries.com.
“Andrew Frost: The Northeast Kingdom.” Through May 20.
YES GALLERY: 147 India St., Greenpoint. (917) 593-9237 or yesgalleryyes.com.
“Equality Now.” Through May 20. A benefit and exhibition featuring works by Lara Pacilio. Pacilio uses materials such as iron and covered wood to create images showing the pains and struggles of women.
KINGSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE: 2001 Oriental Boulevard, Sheepshead Bay. (718) 368-5596 or www.onstageatkings borough.org.
The Liar Show. May 19, at 8 p.m. On Saturday, May 19 at 8:00 p.m. An evening of great storytelling and fantastic comedic talent. The performers for the Liar Show that night include James Braly, Steve “The Cop” Osborne, Ophira Eisenberg, and Faye Lane.
IT’S MY PARK DAY: May 19. Throughout the city’s five boroughs, thousands of New Yorkers will come together to volunteer and celebrate their neighborhood parks and public spaces. From planting, painting, nature walks and arts and crafts suitable for all ages, this fun day of community involvement anchors parks as a vital part of every New York City neighborhood. Registration is not required — simply find a local park that is hosting an It’s My Park Day activity and show up on that day. For more information on how to get involved in your local park, visit www.itsmypark.org.
BAM HOWARD GILMAN OPERA HOUSE: 30 Lafayette Ave., Fort Greene. (718) 636-4100 or www.bam.org.
DanceAfrica 35th Anniversary Celebration. May 20, at 3 p.m. Founder and artistic director Chuck Davis hosts a special 35th anniversary celebration of DanceAfrica, kicking off a week of festivities and reuniting over three decades of past performers from this much-loved festival. Together with a commemoration of the original DanceAfrica performers, who will be in attendance, the evening will feature performances embodying the infectious spirit of this enduring and invaluable tribute to the culture of Africa and its diaspora.
BAX/BROOKLYN ARTS EXCHANGE: 421 Fifth Ave., Park Slope. (718) 832-0018 or www.bax.org.
“Living Proof.” May 18–19, at 7:30 p.m. This evening length performance features short works created by the advanced young dancers/choreographers of BAX’s Dance Performing Workshop (DPW) Level III.
SPOKE THE HUB: Gowanus Arts, 295 Douglass St., Gowanus. (718) 408-3234 or www.spokethehub.org.
Young Artist Spring Into Dance Concert. May 19 and 20, at 7:30 p.m. Art Lillard’s Heavenly Big Band joins Spoke the Hub’s Young Artists Spring Into Dance Concert this year! Besides providing original live music for one of the dance pieces by the young performers, the Heavenly Band will also deliver a lively concert for the audience to listen and/or dance to after the dance concert from 8:45–10:30pm.
THE WYCKOFF FARMHOUSE MUSEUM: 5816 Clarendon Road, Flatbush. (718) 629.5400 or www.wyckoffassociation.org
Boek Dag — Book Day at Brooklyn’s Oldest Historic House. May 19, from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Boekdag will feature authors for all ages, storytelling, book making craft projects, and the Brooklyn Kidzmobile. This year we will also have a book swap, where participants who bring a book can freely exchange it for another. Brooklyn based children’s author and illustrator, Melanie Hope Greenbergwill read her latest book “Mermaids on Parade.” Graphic novelist, artist and educator Laura Lee Gulledge will talk about her young adult graphic novel “Page by Paige” which follows her own journey as an artist and writer moving to New York City. We haven’t forgotten the grown ups; Eliot Glazer, blogger, comedian and author of “My Parents Were Awesome” and crime novelist Hilary Davidson will speak to the adult audience.
PUPPETWORKS: 338 Sixth Ave., Park Slope. (718) 965-3391 or www.puppetworks.org.
“The Jungle Book.” Through Aug. 19, at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. A marionette presentation of Rudyard Kipling’s 1893-94 Fables of India.
THE FOURTH ANNUAL BROOKLYN FOLK FESTIVAL: May 18–20. At 345 Jay St., Downtown Brooklyn. This year, the founders of the Brooklyn Folk Festival will transform 27,000-square feet of raw space in Downtown Brooklyn into a musical wonderland to showcase the talents of local and renowned national bands playing a variety of Appalachian string-band music, hot jazz, Americana, jug band music, blues, klezmer, and folk traditions from the Caribbean and Balkans. Featured performers include legendary singer and folklorist Alice Gerrard, formerly of Hazel and Alice (with Hazel Dickens); Eastern Kentucky ballad singer and banjo player Brett Ratliff; the accomplished bluegrass singer Michael Daves; and Bodoma debuts their traditional Afro-Caribbean Garifuna music from Honduras. The festival opens Friday night, May 18th with a special tribute to Brooklyn’s own Woody Guthrie, who would have turned 100 this year. For more information, call (718) 395-3214 or visit www.BrooklynFolkFest.com.
BAMCINÉMATEK: 30 Lafayette Ave., Fort Greene. (718) 636-4100 or www.bam.org.
Rare Films from the Baseball Hall of Fame. May 17, at 7 p.m. This program of cinematic treasures from the National Baseball Hall of Fame includes clips of such baseball greats as Leo Durocher, Roy Campanella, Willie Mays, Roger Maris, Mel Allen, Al Rosen, Yogi Berra, Harmon Killebrew, and many more.
The Color Wheel US Theatrical Premiere. May 18–24. A popular hit at BAMcinemaFest 2011, Alex Ross Perry’s “The Color Wheel” makes its US theatrical premiere, accompanied by two of the director’s favorite films: “The Family Jewels” and “Boy Meets Girl.”
BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY: 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn. (718) 230-2198 or www.brooklynpublic library.org.
Global Lens 2012: “The Prize” (El Premio). May 22, at 6:30 p.m. A political activist’s life-in-hiding on an isolated stretch of Argentina’s coastline is jeopardized after her seven-year-old daughter is selected to participate in a local school’s patriotic essay contest. Directed by Paula Markovitch, Argentina/Mexico, 2011. In Spanish; English subtitles Co-presented with the Global Film Initiative.
ROOFTOP FILMS: (718)-417-7362 or www.rooftopfilms.com.
Shorts: The Loner. May 17, at 9 p.m. Often, it’s the loners, losers and outsiders who are the most compelling characters. With this in mind, Rooftop Films is screening seven shorts about eccentrics and outsiders. Music begins at 8:30 p.m. At DeKalb Market, 138 Willoughby St., Fort Greene.
Documentary: “The Waiting Room.” May 19, at 9 p.m. Music begins at 8:30 p.m. This film explores the problems with the American health care system where they are most evident — in a low-income, urgent care waiting room. On the roof at The Old American Can Factory, 232 Third St., Gowanus.
BROOKLYN FREE SCHOOL FOURTH ANNUAL GALA FUNDRAISER: May 17, at 6 p.m. This year’s Gala will feature musical guest, the Eri Yamamoto Trio; a live and silent auction; and delicious hors d’oeuvres provided by 718 Collective, a Brooklyn-based band of chefs who create community meals with local, seasonal ingredients and responsibly sourced imports. Funds support the school’s tuition assistance program, which benefits 75 percent of its students. At Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, 53 Prospect Park West, Park Slope. For more information, visit www.brooklynfreeschool.org. To purchase tickets, visit bfs gala.eventbrite.com.
THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY’S FOURTH ANNUAL PINK & BLACK TIE GALA: May 17, at 6:30 p.m. This year’s gala celebrates celebrate honorees “Made in Brooklyn.” At Stage 6, Steiner Studios, 15 Washington Ave., Brooklyn Navy Yard. Funds support services to Brooklyn cancer patients and their families as well as the American Cancer Society’s national life-saving research. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://main.acsevents.org and input the event title.
BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK: Pier 1, Fulton Ferry Landing. www.brooklyn bridgepark.org.Celebrate Brooklyn! Brazilian Dance Party. May 17, at 7 p.m. Brooklyn’s own Nation Beat will rock the stage with their bold and colorful sounds. The evening will also feature drumming of Maracatu New York. DJ Greg Caz will spin Brazilian beats, and a Rio-inspired dance lesson will kick off the party.
Celebrate Brooklyn! Zydeco/Cajun Dance Party. May 24, at 7 p.m. It will be Mardi Gras set in the New York Harbor when Grammy Award-winner Terrance Simien takes the stage. Jesse Lége and Bayou Brew will start this Fais do-do with their traditional Cajun dance hall music. The Jalopy Theatre and School of Music will provide free dance lessons.
BROOKLYN CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC: 58 Seventh Ave., Park Slope. (718) 622-3300 or www.bqcm.org.
Brooklyn Jazz Wide Open. May 19, at 8 p.m. This concert will highlight new music composed and performed by world-class musicians with dialogues providing the audience the opportunity to interact with musical icons as they share their experience and musical processes. Performers include Dave Liebman on saxophone, Scott Colley on bass, Michel Gentile on flute, Daniel Kelly on piano, and Rob Garcia on drums.
BROOKLYN WORKSHOP GALLERY: 393 Hoyt St., Carroll Gardens. (718) 797-9427 or www.workshop galleryartists.com.
Music in May: Mino Cinelu’s “No Frills Set.” May 19 and 26, at 9 a.m. Percussion dominates his sound, but Cinelu also plays guitar and sings.
Music in May: Graham Haynes “This and That.” May 20 and 27, at 2:30 p.m. Hyanes, regarded as an innovator on cornet and flugel horn, an extraordinary composer, and an emerging force in contemporary electronic music and world music, will perform with Michael Irwin and surprise guests. Irwin is known for playing a spectrum of styles ranging from the bluesy folk improvisational jazz.
FIRST UNITARIAN CHURCH: 48 Monroe Place, Brooklyn Heights.
Brooklyn Chamber Music Society Concert. May 18, at 8 p.m. On the program are works by Robert Fuchs, Beethoven and Brahms. For reservations or more information, call (718) 858-0718 or visit www.brooklyncham
ISSUE PROJECT ROOM: 110 Livingston St., Downtown Brooklyn. (718) 330-0313 or www.issueprojectroom.org.
Deviant Septet premieres “Histories” by Sleeping Giant composer collective. May 24, at 8 p.m. Histories is a new collaborative evening-length work by Sleeping Giant, a companion piece to L’Histoire du Soldat that examines and contrasts our personal histories with Stravinsky’s seminal 1924 work. Sleeping Giant is a collective of six Brooklyn-based composers: Andrew Norman, Robert Honstein, Ted Hearne, Jacob Cooper, Christopher Cerrone, Timo Andres joined by friendship and respect for each other’s distinct creative voices. The mission of Deviant Septet is to fulfill the vision Igor Stravinsky had for “L’histoire du Soldat,” which was scored for the unusual combination of just seven instruments: Clarinet, bassoon, cornet, trombone, violin, double bass and percussion.
PROGRESSIVE TEMPLE BETH AHAVATH SHOLOM: 1515 46 St., Borough Park. (718) 436-5082 or www.ptbas.org.
“Basically Brooklyn.” May 19, at 8 p.m. Gala Concert highlighted by “The Brooklyn Baseball Cantata” by George Kleinsinger. Directed by Cantor Suzanne Bernstein.
ROULETTE: 509 Atlantic Ave., Boerum Hill. (917) 267-0363 or www.roulette.org.
Brooklyn Youth Chorus: Soundscapes. May 19, at 7:30 p.m. The BYC performs recent compositions by John King, Bryce Dessner, Shara Worden, Missy Mazzoli, Jonathan David, and Sarah Kirkland Snider, plus selections by Zoltán Kodály, Richard Smallwood, and folk and popular songs spanning several decades
ST. ANN’S AND THE HOLY TRINITY CHUCH AND ALL SAINTS CHURCH: Montague Street at Clinton Street, Brooklyn Heights, and 286-88 Seventh Ave., Park Slope.
Grace & Spiritus Chorale of Brooklyn 35th Anniversary Concert. Featuring selections from past and contemporary composers shaped by Brooklyn’s dynamic cultural forces including Gershwin, Britten and Copland. The will also premiere a new piece by composer Matthew Henning, titled “The Quinceañera.”
May 18, at 7 p.m.: St Ann’s and the Holy Trinity Church, Brooklyn Heights.
May 20, at 4 p.m.: All Saints Church, Park Slope
For more information, visit www.graceandspiritus.org.
ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH: 199 Carroll St., Carroll Gardens. (718) 625-4126 or stpaulscarrollst.org.
Hot Jazz in the Hood. May 19, at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. An evening of jazz with Willie Martinez and friends.
SUNSET PARK AND WINDSOR TERRACE LIBRARIES: 5108 Fourth Ave., Sunset Park and 160 E. Fifth St., Windsor Terrace. (718) 230-2198 or www.brooklynpublic library.org.
David Bindman Ensemble: Two Concerts in Brooklyn. May 18 and 19. Part of the celebration of National Chamber Music Month. Featuring Bindman, tenor and soprano saxophones/ composer, Wes Brown, bass, royal hartigan, drums, Art Hirahara, piano, Frank London, trumpet and flugelhorn, and Reut Regev, trombone, the ensemble performs songs and extended compositions by Bindman that explore rich layers of rhythmic and harmonic complexity, and highlight the improvisational voices of the group’s members. Part of the celebration of National Chamber Music Month.
May 18, 3:30 p.m.: Sunset Park Library
May 19, at 1:30 p.m.: Windsor Park Library.
For more information, visit www.davidbindman.com.
PLYMOUTH CHURCH: 75 Hicks St, Brooklyn Heights. (718) 624-4743 or www.plymouthchurch.org.
“Cavalleria Rusticana.” May 20, at 4 p.m. Written by Pietro Mascagni; presented by the Martha Cardona Theater. Fully staged and costumed, with English supertitles. For more information, call (347) 353-2607 or visit themarthacardona
17 FROST THEATER OF THE ARTS: 17 Frost St., Williamsburg. (646) 389-2017.
“Five Variations of Romeo And Juliet.” May 18–20. Phillstock has partnered with Sparrowtree Theater Company to produce this new play, which takes each act of Romeo and Juliet and reinvents it. For more information, visit
303 BOND STREET THEATRE: 303 Bond St., Carroll Gardens.
“Judge Me Paris.” May 17–20, at 8 p.m. Company XIV, in association with Morningside Opera and SIREN Baroque, presents this world premiere, directed and choreographed by Austin McCormick — a Baroque Burlesque Opera centering on the first ever beauty contest. For more information, visit www.CompanyXIV.com.
BAM HARVEY THEATER: 651 Fulton St., Fort Greene. (718) 636-4100 or www.bam.org.
“The Caretaker.” Through June 17. A pair of working-class brothers allows a homeless man to stay in their decrepit London flat, an act of compassion that sparks a cycle of cruelties, delusions, and shifting loyalties in a desperate struggle over territory. Written by Harold Pinter; performed by Theatre Royal Bath Productions/ Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse; and directed by Christopher Morahan.
BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK: Pier 1, Fulton Ferry Landing. www.brooklyn bridgepark.org.
“Twelfth Night.” May 19, and 20, at 7 p.m. Now in its second season, Random Access Theatre Company collaborates with theatre artists to develop culturally relevant work at the highest standards of artistic excellence. This spring, they present a play by William Shakespeare, directed by Laurence Lesher. For more information, visit www.randomaccesstheatre.com.
GALLERY PLAYERS: 199 14th St., Park Slope. (212) 352-3101 or www.gallery players.com.
“Wonderful Town.” Through May 20. This delightful staple of the musical theater canon is about the adventures and misadventures of two sisters who move from small-town Ohio to the bohemia of 1935 Greenwich Village. The score of swinging tunes was composed by Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden and Adolph Green.
NARROWS COMMUNITY THEATER: St. Patrick’s Auditorium, 97th St., Bay Ridge. (718) 482.3173 or www.NCTheaterNY.com.
“‘My Fair Lady.” May 18–27. Book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner; music by Frederick Loewe. This classic musical, resplendent with familiar show tunes, has been delighting audiences since it first opened in 1956.
PLYMOUTH CHURCH: 75 Hicks St, Brooklyn Heights. (718) 624-4743 or www.plymouthchurch.org.
“Sacred Sites” Open House. May 19, from noon – 4 p.m. Plymouth Church joins more than 140 landmark churches and synagogues from across the state for the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Open House Weekend. The doors of the historic Congregational will be open to the community for guided tours.
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. Flex your muscles and relax after a long work day.
Senior Tai Chi class. Thursdays at 10 a.m. Call to reserve your spot.
Torah Discussion with Rabbi Rosenberg. Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m. No previous knowledge required. Discussions can be spirited to
— Compiled by Rose Desilets