Clarke calls for U.S. to welcome more Syrian refugees

In response to an announcement by the Obama Administration that the U.S. will increase the number of refugees allowed to resettle here in America, U.S. Rep. Yvette D. Clarke said the nation should also step up and accept more people who are fleeing the violence in Syria.

The Obama Administration recently announced that the number of refugees from all nations that the U.S. will accept will rise from 70,000 a year to 100,000 a year.


Brooklyn Philharmonia Chorus holds open auditions for 60th year

The Brooklyn Philharmonia Chorus, the borough’s oldest community chorus, is looking for new singers. The chorus is holding open auditions for its 60th year on Oct. 6 and Oct. 13 at First Presbyterian Church, 124 Henry St. in Brooklyn Heights.

“We welcome anyone who has an interest in singing the Great Composers, and more, in joining us,” said Choral Director Doug March.

The chorus rehearses on Tuesdays from 7:30 to 10 p.m. (with a 15-minute refreshment break).


Thousands walk for St. Jude kids in Brooklyn

Roughly 3,000 people from across the tri-state area gathered in Cadman Plaza Park in Downtown Brooklyn on Saturday to kick off the inaugural St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer.

The event, which featured a 5K walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, music and games in the park, raised funds to help St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital find cures for children battling cancer. St. Jude never charges families for treatment, and the majority of funding for the hospital comes from contributors.


Autumn Moon Festival brings Chinese arts, culture to Brooklyn Bridge Park

Lion dances, moon cakes, a children’s lantern parade and tabletop diplomacy were some of the highlights of the Autumn Moon Festival at Brooklyn Bridge Park on Saturday, hosted by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and attended by numerous Chinese dignitaries.

The Better Chinatown USA, which organized the event, called the celebration “the largest pan-Asian event on the East Coast.” Adams said that Brooklyn is home to the biggest Chinese population in New York City.


Sophocles in Brooklyn: An interview with Juliette Binoche

Through Oct. 4, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) is presenting the Barbican production of poet Anne Carson’s new, colloquial translation of Sophocles' “Antigone,” starring Oscar Award-winning actress Juliette Binoche and directed by Ivo van Hove (who is also directing two major Broadway revivals this season, “A View from the Bridge” and “The Crucible.”) The play is presented in association with the Toneelgroep Amsterdam and co-produced by Theatre de la Ville, Paris, Reclinghausen, Germany and the Edinburgh International Festival.


'Serial' creators: 'Truthful reporting can look like art'

When Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder, co-creators of the hit podcast “Serial,” embarked on their project, they had modest expectations. At the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) this past Friday night, they revealed to a packed house that originally they had hoped to attract 300,000 listeners. 


12-year-old filmmaker to screen latest work at WILLiFEST film festival

She’s only 12, but Emma Penaz Eisner has already created three critically-acclaimed short films that have screened at more than 60 international film festivals and won 25 awards.

Emma, who hails from San Francisco, will be presenting her latest, the surrealistic short thriller “Will I Scatter Away?” at the WILLiFEST film festival in Williamsburg this weekend.


Only the Dead Know the Brooklyn Americans

As the New York Islanders get set to open their first season on Atlantic Avenue, the Brooklyn Historical Society is presenting a new exhibit that tells the story of the first NHL franchise that tried to conquer the borough — the Brooklyn Americans.


‘Dr. Mütter’s Marvels’ author returns to Brooklyn for book talk

In celebration of the paperback release of The New York Times bestselling nonfiction book “Dr. Mütter’s Marvels,” author Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz will return to the Morbid Anatomy Museum on Sept. 28 for a conversation about life, death and writing with writer/director/actress Amber Tamblyn, author of the recently released “Dark Sparkler.”

The event will take place from 8 to 10 p.m. (424 Third Ave.)


Learn the ins and ‘outs’ of early baseball with talk, trolley tour at Green-Wood

Baseball historian and author Thomas W. Gilbert will visit Green-Wood Cemetery’s Historic Chapel on Sept. 26 to celebrate his newly published book “Playing First: Early Baseball Lives at Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery.”



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