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Live at BAM: ‘The Tallest Tree in the Forest’ recreates, celebrates Paul Robeson

Mary McLeod Bethune, the renowned early 20th century African-American educator and advocate, once called Paul Robeson "the tallest tree in our forest." You'll be forgiven if Robeson's name isn't immediately familiar; he's not a big name in contemporary music and theater. … Full Article

'The Weegee Guide to New York' shows mid-20th century city

A new book of photos by legendary photographer Weegee shows what industrialized, pre-gentrified New York looked like in the mid-20th century, before the city was crammed with towers and billboards. … Full Article

Review: Baumbach finds insight and laughs in aging, Stiller and Watts star

It's safe to say there aren't a lot of movies out there about reaching middle age gracefully and happily. … Full Article

Sarasota Opera presents a thrilling Tosca

The Sarasota Opera has been a sparkling jewel in Florida’s crown since its premiere 56 years ago at the Asolo Venetian mini-theater on the Ringling estate. Performances now take place, and have been for several decades, in the recently renovated charming William E. … Full Article

Piano virtuoso visits Bay Ridge for special performance

Maxim Anikushin, a piano virtuoso who has performed at Lincoln Center at other famous venues, will be bringing his talents to Bay Ridge on Friday. … Full Article

Philip Glass, Kurt Andersen to appear in conversation at BAM

Philip Glass, one of the most influential contemporary composers, will discuss his highly anticipated memoir, “Words Without Music,” on April 20 at 8 p.m. as part of Unbound: A Book Launch Series with BAM and Greenlight Bookstore. … Full Article

You don’t have to be Irish to love Bay Ridge St. Patrick Day Parade

Irish eyes were certainly smiling on Bay Ridge’s Third Avenue on Sunday, as the neighborhood celebrated the spirit of Saint Patrick and saluted the Emerald Isle in grand style. But Irish eyes weren’t the only ones smiling at the 22nd Annual Bay Ridge St. Patrick’s Day Parade. … Full Article

HeartSeat transforms water tank into sculptural plaza seating

HeartSeat, a bold sculptural seating element made from a re-purposed water tank, can now be seen (and sat on) at the Pearl Street Triangle in DUMBO through May 1.  … Full Article

Live at BAM: Author Lydia Davis on humor, writing process

When Lydia Davis was a young writer, she was told by her mother that it would be more distinguished to use her first, middle and last name when she published her works — like Louisa May Alcott. But Davis disagreed. … Full Article

BAM to present an evening with David Sedaris

David Sedaris, one of today’s most influential writers, is coming to Brooklyn to celebrate the paperback release of his latest collection, “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls.”  The NPR humorist and esteemed author of numerous No. … Full Article

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