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Acknowledgments

Brooklyn Public Library gratefully acknowledges the many donors who have provided generous support for public programs at the Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture, including:

David Geffen Foundation, Fund for the Humanities, Cheryl and George Haywood Endowment for Cultural Diversity, The Kahn Endowment for Humanities Programs, The Miriam Katowitz and Arthur Radin Fund, Los Blancos, Mapleton Endowment, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, James J. O’Toole, the Estate of Pearl S. Reuillard in memory of her parents Yetta and Louis Schwartz, Sandra and Peter Schubert Endowment Fund, The Shen Family Foundation, and numerous individuals.

  • Film screening: Doin’ It In The Park
    Thursday, April 24, 2014 7:00PM
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    In New York City, pick-up basketball is not just a sport: it is a way of life. There are over 700 outdoor courts and an estimated 500,000 players. This documentary features playground legends, NBA athletes, and the ballplayers calling “next” game at their local schoolyard. Director Bobbito García will introduce the film. (2012: 82 min)

  • Events for Youth & Families: A Year with Frog and Toad
    Saturday, April 26, 2014 1:00PM
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Arnold Lobel’s well-loved characters hop from the page to the stage in Robert and Willie Reale’s musical A Year With Frog and Toad. Conceived by Mr. Lobel’s daughter, Adrianne Lobel, A Year With Frog and Toad remains true to the spirit of the original stories as it follows two great friends, the cheerful and popular Frog and rather grumpy Toad through four fun-filled seasons. Waking from hibernation in the spring, they proceed to plant gardens, swim, rake leaves and go sledding, learning life lessons along the way, including a most important one about friendship and rejoicing in the attributes that make each of us different and special. A score that bubbles with melody and wit, its jazzy upbeat sound is a perfect match for the hopping, crawling and flying denizens that inhabit Frog and Toad’s world. Presented by Plaza Theatrical Productions, Inc.

    Events for Youth & Families are made possible through generous support from the Estate of Pearl S. Reuillard in memory of her parents Yetta and Louis Schwartz.

  • Brooklyn’s Sweetest Songs: A Traditional Song Sampler
    Saturday, April 26, 2014 4:00PM
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    This concert opens Brooklyn Arts Council’s The Sweetest Song Festival. You’ll hear a sampler of songs heard in Brooklyn’s diverse communities including Puerto Rican bombas sung by Jose Ortiz and Melinda Gonzalez, Balkan ballads performed by Eva Salina, Sudanese women’s songs sung by Alsarah, Chinese folk opera love laments given by Hou Hong Tang, Native American chant song with Wayahsti Richardson, Crimean Tatar folk songs with Akhtem Esatov, and Bengali Bangla Tagore sung by Nilofar Jahan.

  • Holocaust Remembrance Film Screening: Refuge: Stories of the SelfHelp Home
    Sunday, April 27, 2014 1:00PM
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    This documentary explores the lives of six Holocaust survivors and the resourceful community that came together to create a singular place that those fleeing persecution could call home, Chicago’s Selfhelp Home. For almost 80 years, the SelfHelp organization served refugees Holocaust survivors. Dir. Ethan Bensinger (2012; 60 min)

  • Classical Interludes: Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert Series: JACK Quartet
    Sunday, April 27, 2014 4:00PM
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    JACK Quartet shatters the stereotype of the traditional string quartet by revealing hidden subtleties in familiar 20th-century classics and by premiering a 21st-century work. They will perform string quartets by Hans Abrahamsen, Morton Feldman, Witold Lutosławski and John Zorn. Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concerts is a program of the Weill Music Institute. Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concerts are sponsored by Target. Lead funding for Vienna: City of Dreams is provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concerts is a program of the Weill Music Institute. Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concerts are sponsored by Target. Lead funding for Vienna: City of Dreams is provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Children under 6 years old will not be admitted

    Classical Interludes is made possible in part by a generous gift from James J. O’Toole and is supported in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

  • Stomp, Clap and Sing with Fati & Charles
    Tuesday, April 29, 2014 11:00AM
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    If you have never heard a salsa song about a rag doll, or a cumbia about getting ready to go to bed, come see Fati & Charles! Fati & Charles are Brooklyn parents who were inspired by their children's love of music and dance to start a sing-along in Spanish that has grown into a CD called, El Baile del Sombrero. The dances, hats, puppets and sponges in the show will get families moving and laughing together! Come join the fun!

    Events for Youth & Families are made possible through generous support from the Estate of Pearl S. Reuillard in memory of her parents Yetta and Louis Schwartz.

  • Brooklyn Independents Poetry Series: Meghan O'Rourke, Michael Lally, Terence Winch
    Tuesday, April 29, 2014 7:00PM
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Founded in 1966, Brooklyn-based Hanging Loose Press is one of the oldest independent presses in the US. This reading will showcase the latest work from three of their award-winning authors: Meghan O'Rourke, Michael Lally, Terence Winch.

    This series is made possible in part with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

  • Contemporary Brooklyn Fiction: Edwidge Danticat’s Breath, Eyes, Memory
    Wednesday, April 30, 2014 2:00PM
    Central Library, Trustees' Room

    Author Tom LeClair leads a discussion of recent novels about contemporary Brooklyn. This session is a discussion of Breath, Eyes, Memory, a novel that follows young Sophie Caco who is sent from her impoverished village of Croix-des-Rosets, Haiti to Brooklyn, to be reunited with a mother she barely remembers.

    This series is made possible through Brooklyn Public Library’s Fund for the Humanities, established through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional funding was provided by The Hearst Foundation, Inc.; the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; The Starr Foundation; the Leon and Muriel Gilbert Charitable Trust; the Henry and Lucy Moses Fund, Inc., and a gift in memory of Samuel and Pauline Wine.

  • Brooklyn in Film: Quiet City
    Wednesday, April 30, 2014 6:30PM
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    In this idiosyncratic drama, a young woman, Jamie, travels from her Atlanta home to Brooklyn, to visit a friend. The friend never shows up but Jamie luckily runs into a stranger, Charlie, with whom she strikes up an instant friendship. They spend the rest of the day and night together - eating coleslaw, attending art exhibitions and experiencing Manhattan nightlife. Curated and hosted by Glenn Kenny. Dir. Aaron Katz (2007; 78 min)

    This series is made possible through Brooklyn Public Library’s Fund for the Humanities, established through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional funding was provided by The Hearst Foundation, Inc.; the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; The Starr Foundation; the Leon and Muriel Gilbert Charitable Trust; the Henry and Lucy Moses Fund, Inc., and a gift in memory of Samuel and Pauline Wine.

  • dweck-lec'-tic: Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi present Jews, Jazz & Pastrami
    Thursday, May 1, 2014 7:00PM
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Join us to celebrate the sounds of the 1920s to 50s, when jazz and klezmer happily intermarried. Jewish musicians learned to speak "jive", while African American musicians dug the music as much as they dug the Jewish deli cuisine after their gigs! Tunes and songs from Cab Calloway to Dave Tarras will be presented with a tasty dose of improvisation on the side. Hot Pstromi includes the world renowned artists David Licht (percussion), Norbert Stachel (reeds), Peter Stan (accordion), Sprocket (bass), Elizabeth Schwartz (vocals) and Yale Strom (violin).

    This program is supported in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

  • Events for Youth & Families: Miss Nina and The Jumping Jacks
    Saturday, May 3, 2014 1:00PM
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Join Miss Nina and her band the Jumping Jacks for sing-along, move-along and read-along fun! Ms. Nina’s passions are providing Children and their families the space and opportunity to enjoy music and movement together, and fostering a love of books and reading in children through music.

    Events for Youth & Families are made possible through generous support from the Estate of Pearl S. Reuillard in memory of her parents Yetta and Louis Schwartz.

  • Silent Film Series: City Lights
    Sunday, May 4, 2014 1:00PM
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    We celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth, in 1914, of Charlie Chaplin's iconic Tramp character, with his most perfect blending of comedy and pathos. The homeless Tramp falls in love with a blind flower-girl, who mistakenly believes that he is a rich man. Directed by Charles Chaplin, with a musical score, on the soundtrack, composed by Chaplin. Curated and hosted by Ken Gordon. (1931; 87 min)

    The Silent Film Series is made possible in part by Los Blancos.

  • Brooklyn Open
    Monday, May 5, 2014 5:00PM
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    The Brooklyn Open is a monthly open mic series for teens. It is a safe space for poets, spoken work artists, emcees, scholars and activists to share their powerful and important voices. These events are run by youth for youth, with youth DJs, youth hosts and a monthly featured poet.

    Presented in partnership with Urban Word NYC.

  • Contemporary Brooklyn Fiction: Adelle Waldman’s The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.
    Wednesday, May 7, 2014 2:00PM
    Central Library, Information Commons Lab

    Author Tom LeClair leads a discussion of recent novels about contemporary Brooklyn. This session is a discussion of The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. Writer Nate Piven’s star is rising. After several lean and striving years, he has his pick of both magazine assignments and women. When one relationship grows more serious, Nate is forced to consider what it is he really wants. In Nate’s 21st-century literary world, wit and conversation are not at all dead. Is romance?

    This series is made possible through Brooklyn Public Library’s Fund for the Humanities, established through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional funding was provided by The Hearst Foundation, Inc.; the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; The Starr Foundation; the Leon and Muriel Gilbert Charitable Trust; the Henry and Lucy Moses Fund, Inc., and a gift in memory of Samuel and Pauline Wine.

  • Brooklyn in Film: Two Lovers
    Wednesday, May 7, 2014 6:30PM
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Joaquin Phoenix stars as Leonard, a depressed young man moves back to his parents’ Brighton Beach apartment. His parents set him up with the daughter of a family friend but his affections are torn between the beautiful and safe Sandra and the exciting but self-destructive neighbor, Michelle (Gwenyth Paltrow) whose passion helps to reignite his lust for life. Curated and hosted by Glenn Kenny. Dir. James Grey (2007; 110 min)

    This series is made possible through Brooklyn Public Library’s Fund for the Humanities, established through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional funding was provided by The Hearst Foundation, Inc.; the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; The Starr Foundation; the Leon and Muriel Gilbert Charitable Trust; the Henry and Lucy Moses Fund, Inc., and a gift in memory of Samuel and Pauline Wine.

  • Pushkin Hills in Prospect Heights
    Thursday, May 8, 2014 7:00PM
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Sergei Dovlatov's novel "Pushkin Hills" has been retranslated by his daughter Katherine Dovlatov who "captures the wit and bittersweet irony of her father's Russian rural comedy" (The Guardian). Katherine is presenting the book with the help of her friends, Masha Gessen, Anya Ulinich and Alex Halberstadt all of whom are long-time admirers of Dovlatov's writing. The program is in English.

  • Events for Youth & Families: Jungle Jam - A Zany Musical Adventure
    Saturday, May 10, 2014 1:00PM
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    “Jungle Jam” is no ordinary animal adventure... Join in the fun with this hilarious cast of characters. Hear the beats, sing the songs and have your feet dance along! This exciting musical comedy explores animals from around the world...including a trip back in time to the days of dinosaurs!

    Events for Youth & Families are made possible through generous support from the Estate of Pearl S. Reuillard in memory of her parents Yetta and Louis Schwartz.

  • Gotham: Writers in the City Rachel Kushner
    Saturday, May 10, 2014 4:00PM
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Rachel Kushner discusses The Flamethrowers, the riveting story of a young artist and the worlds she encounters in New York and Rome in the mid-1970s.The novel was a finalist for the National Book Award, a Top Ten Book of 2013 by the New York Times Book Review and one of Time magazine’s top ten fiction books. Kushner’s first novel, Telex from Cuba, was also a finalist for a National Book Award. Curated and hosted by Rob Spillman.

    This series is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature

  • Classical Interludes: The Horszowski Trio
    Sunday, May 11, 2014 4:00PM
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Hailed by The New Yorker as “destined for great things,” when they played together for the first time, violinist Jesse Mills, cellist Raman Ramakrishnan, and pianist Rieko Aizawa immediately felt the spark of a unique connection. The trio will perform Beethoven’s Archduke Trio, Op. 97, and Schubert's E-flat trio, Op. 100. Children under 6 years old will not be admitted

    Classical Interludes is made possible in part by a generous gift from James J. O’Toole and is supported in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

  • Stomp, Clap and Sing with Jeremy Zmuda
    Tuesday, May 13, 2014 11:00AM
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Grab your kids for a sing-along dance party with the awesomely educational band Jeremy Plays Guitar! Rock out to award-winning music and find out what the critics are raving about - it's the most fun your kids have while (shhh) learning!

    Events for Youth & Families are made possible through generous support from the Estate of Pearl S. Reuillard in memory of her parents Yetta and Louis Schwartz.

  • Brooklyn Masters of Traditional Song
    Saturday, May 17, 2014 4:00PM
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    The closing concert for Brooklyn Arts Council’s The Sweetest Song Festival features some of Brooklyn’s finest traditional singers, whose highly regarded singing styles and knowledge of traditional repertoire sets them apart as masters of traditional song. Including Irka Mateo (Dominican salve), Winston “Jeggae” Hoppie (Guyanese wedding kweh kweh), Shoshana Tubi (Yemen Jewish wedding songs), and others singing in styles such as South Indian Carnatic, Turkish mevlid and English ballads.

  • Eating Wildly: Foraging for Life, Love and the Perfect Meal
    Sunday, May 18, 2014 1:30PM
    Central Library, Information Commons Lab

    Ava Chin, aka the “Urban Forager,” discovers rare and delicious plants in places like Prospect and Central Parks. She will discuss a variety of edible/medicinal plants, with recipes and culinary information, and also share how finding her own food uncovered a path toward self-discovery.

  • Russian Film Series: The Children of Leningradsky
    Thursday, May 22, 2014 7:00PM
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    A 2005 Polish short documentary about a community of homeless children living in the Leningradsky railway station in Moscow. Directed by Andrzej Celinski and Hanna Polak, it was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short. This film is in Russian. To register, please visit www.brownpapertickets.com and enter the keyword Brooklyn Public Library. Limit 4 tickets per person.

  • Stomp, Clap and Sing with Jonathan Samson
    Tuesday, May 27, 2014 11:00AM
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Join award winning artist and music therapist, Jon Samson, as he shares songs off his latest CD, "A New Kids Album". You and your child will be stomping, clapping, tapping, snapping, singing and laughing!

    Events for Youth & Families are made possible through generous support from the Estate of Pearl S. Reuillard in memory of her parents Yetta and Louis Schwartz.

  • Dialogues in the Visual Arts - Life Cycles: Women Abstractionists Working in the Arts - Susan Newmark Fleminger, Program Curator
    Wednesday, May 28, 2014 6:30PM
    Central Library, Information Commons Lab

    Join us for a series of conversations moderated by arts professionals with contemporary Brooklyn visual artists, featuring the exciting, varied work being created in Brooklyn today. Chicago State University professor and art historian, Camille Brewer, moderates a cross-generational discussion with artists Sonia Gechtoff, Jasmine Murrell and Rebecca Norton.

  • International Crime Month: Global Noir
    Wednesday, May 28, 2014 7:00PM
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Marco Malvaldi, author of "Game for Five", Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, editor of "Singapore Noir" read from their latest works discuss global Noir literature with Dennis Johnson, whose Melville House press publishes an International Crime Series discuss Moderated by Michael Reynolds, Editor-in-Chief of Europa Editions.

  • Brooklyn Open
    Monday, June 2, 2014 5:00PM
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    The Brooklyn Open is a monthly open mic series for teens. It is a safe space for poets, spoken work artists, emcees, scholars and activists to share their powerful and important voices. These events are run by youth for youth, with youth DJs, youth hosts and a monthly featured poet.

    Presented in partnership with Urban Word NYC.

  • Russian Literary Series: Yuri Rost
    Saturday, June 7, 2014 1:00PM
    Central Library, Dweck Center

    Five years ago, renowned journalist and photographer Yuri Rost celebrated his 70th birthday by traveling from London to Tbilisi, Georgia, by motorcycle. Five years later, Rost marked his 75th birthday by publishing a book, "The Group Portrait against the Backdrop of the World" which highlights his two main passions: travel and photography. This event is in Russian. To register, please visit www.brownpapertickets.com and enter the keyword Brooklyn Public Library. Limit 3 tickets per person

    This series is/are made possible in part with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

  • 2014 Plaza Swing Series: Tara O'Grady
    Wednesday, June 11, 2014 6:30PM
    Central Library, Plaza

    Her voice has been compared to the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Patsy Cline. Her look is reminiscent of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Chanteuse Tara O'Grady mixes Celtic sounds with blues, folk, swing and jazz into her unique style, delivers sweet sounds for swing dancing. Dance lessons are at 6:30, band starts at 7 pm. In case of rain, the event will be held on Thursday, June 12, at 6:30.

    The Plaza Swing Series is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

  • 2014 Plaza Swing Series: Ebony Hillbillies
    Wednesday, June 18, 2014 6:30PM
    Central Library, Plaza

    As one of the last black string bands in the U.S., the Ebony Hillbillies keeps an important legacy alive with a rootsy, homegrown style that many forget was a key element in the genesis of all the music we cherish as uniquely American: jazz, blues, bluegrass, rock and country. Come learn to dance the Virginia Reel and the Broke-Leg chicken. Dance lessons are at 6:30, band starts at 7 pm. In case of rain, the event will be held on Thursday, June 19, at 6:30.

    The Plaza Swing Series is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

  • Created in Brooklyn: A Series of Conversations: Fantastic Food
    Wednesday, June 18, 2014 6:30PM
    Central Library, Information Commons Lab

    Photographer Randy Duchaine will chat with individuals featured in his photographic series, "Created in Brooklyn.” Learn about their businesses; the challenges they’ve faced and the success they’ve found. Scheduled guests include Gia Giasullo of Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain and Viraj Puri of Gotham Greens.

  • Make Music New York: World Premier of Red Baraat’s 100+ RPM
    Saturday, June 21, 2014 5:00PM
    Central Library, Plaza

    Red Baraat premieres "100+ BPM," an interactive composition commissioned by NPR Music and created for the occasion by Red Baraat founder and Clinton Hill resident Sunny Jain. Amateur and seasoned musicians are invited to join in the world premiere and the score will be made available before the premiere on npr.org/music, makemusicny.org and redbaraat.com for interested performers. The world premiere will be videotaped and recorded by NPR Music.