APRIL 2005 PROGRAMS AND EXHIBITIONS AT BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY

March 14, 2005

APRIL 2005 PROGRAMS AND EXHIBITIONS AT
BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY

All programs are free and open to the public.
For more information call 718.230.2100 or visit www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org


EXHIBITIONS AT CENTRAL LIBRARY

BROOKLYN LANDSCAPES
March 22 - May 15, 2005

Paintings by Catharine Balco and Albert Fayngold.
Central Library, 1st Floor Grand Lobby, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

NOVEL LIFT
March 22 – May 15, 2005

Artists Anita Cheng and Ronaldo Kiel create a video installation which explores perceptual connections between object, image and viewer. The exhibit features a virtual elevator with a video projection of representative Brooklyn residents entering and exiting. Mixed in with the residents will be characters in costume of famous literary protagonists.
Central Library, 1st Floor Grand Lobby, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Lobby Gallery exhibitions are supported by a grant from The Greenwall Foundation.

BOOKWORKS BY SUSAN NEWMARK
March 22 – May 15, 2005

Artist books by Susan Newmark in which books that recall memory and nature are paralleled with the poetry of Mary Oliver.
Central Library, 2nd Floor Balcony Cases, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

NATIONAL POETRY MONTH AT BPL

BPL celebrates poetry and its vital place in American culture with special readings, a Walt Whitman tribute, an open mic and more.

OPEN MIC POETRY READING
Sunday, April 3, 4 pm

Join us as poets of all ages and all levels of experience express themselves freely at BPL's open mic poetry reading.
Central Library, 3rd Floor Trustees Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

POETS COFFEEHOUSE SERIES 2005
Thursdays, April 7, 14, 21, 28, 7pm

BPL presents some of the most exciting poetry of our time at the annual Poets Coffeehouse hosted by Brooklyn poet Robert Hershon. The star-studded lineup includes Hettie Jones, Paul Violi, Marie Howe, Martín Espada, Todd Colby and others, who will read from their renowned collections.
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100



POETS THOMAS SAYERS ELLIS AND WANDA PHIPPS

Thomas Sayers Ellis reads from The Maverick Room, a series of poems that introduces this brave new voice to American poetry. Wanda Phipps' Wake-Up Calls: 66 Morning Poems explores sensation and the visceral nature of language.

Thursday, April 7, 3:30 pm
DeKalb Library, 790 Bushwick Avenue, 718.455.3898

POETS KYLE DARGAN AND THOMAS SAYERS ELLIS

Kyle Dargan reads from his debut, The Listening, winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Thomas Sayers Ellis shares work from his acclaimed debut, The Maverick Room called "fascinating" by Amiri Baraka.

Saturday, April 2, 2 pm
East Flatbush Library, 9612 Church Avenue, 718.922.0927

Monday, April 4, 6 pm
Clinton Hill Library, 380 Washington Avenue, 718.398.8713

Tuesday, April 5, 7 pm
Central Library, Youth Wing Program Room, 718.230.2100

MARIE HOWE, PAUL VIOLI AND TERENCE WINCH
Thursday, April 7, 7 pm

Marie Howe is the author of What the Living Do and The Good Thief. Winner of the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award, Paul Violi's latest collection is Breakers. Terence Winch's most recent poetry book is The Drift of Things. Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

MARIE HARRIS, WAYNE KOESTENBAUM AND CYNTHIA NELSON
Thursday, April 14, 7 pm

Marie Harris, former Poet Laureate of New Hampshire, is the author of the prose poem memoir, Your Sun, Manny. Wayne Koestenbaum's fourth book of poems is called Model Homes. Independent rock poet Cynthia Nelson is the author of The Kentucky Rules.
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

MARK DOTY, MARTÍN ESPADA AND HETTIE JONES
Thursday, April 21, 7 pm

Mark Doty's just published collection is School of Days. Winner of the Robert Creeley Award, Martín Espada shares work from Alabanza: New and Selected Poems 1982-2002. Celebrated memoirist Hettie Jones is the author of the poetry collection, All Told.
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

TODD COLBY, MARK PAWLAK AND VIJAY SESHADRI
Thursday, April 28, 7 pm

Active in Brooklyn's thriving poetry and music scene, Todd Colby is the author of Tremble & Shine. Mark Pawlak's work includes Special Handling: Newspaper Poems New and Selected. Vijay Seshadri's acclaimed collections include The Long Meadow and Wild Kingdom.
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

DENNIS NURKSE
Saturday, April 30, 2 pm

Former Poet Laureate of Brooklyn Dennis Nurkse explores tragedy both grand and intimate, in our own moment and across geological time, in his latest collection, Burnt Island.
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Poets Coffeehouse programs are made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. All National Poetry Month events are supported in part by a grant from the Axe-Houghton Foundation.

BPL CELEBRATES WALT WHITMAN AND 150 YEARS OF LEAVES OF GRASS
What do Galway Kinnell, the Brooklyn Philharmonic and The Walt Whitman Project have in common? They're joining BPL in celebrating the 150th anniversary of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass.

POET GALWAY KINNNELL: A TRIBUTE TO WALT WHITMAN
Sunday, April 10, 2 pm

BPL salutes Brooklyn's beloved poet Walt Whitman with a presentation by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Galway Kinnell. Kinnell will read his own poems in tribute to Walt Whitman, and talk about how Whitman’s work has influenced his own writing.
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

WALT WHITMAN: BROOKLYN POET, BROOKLYN JOURNALIST
Sunday, April 17, 2 pm

The Walt Whitman Project presents readings from the first edition of Whitman's poetic masterpiece, Leaves of Grass, and newspaper articles and editorials Whitman wrote for local publications, including The Brooklyn Daily Eagle and The Standard. Will feature live performances of music from Whitman's day and specially commissioned new works.
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

BROOKLYN PHILHARMONIC – MUSIC OFF THE SHELVES: LEAVES OF GRASS AT 150

Walt Whitman's masterpiece Leaves of Grass was first published 150 years ago. Mark the anniversary with music and readings inspired by Whitman and his poetry.

Saturday, April 9, 1:30 pm
New Utrecht Library, 1743 86th Street, 718.236.4086

Saturday, April 9, 4 pm
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

LECTURES, READINGS, AUTHOR TALKS

BROOKLYN WRITERS FOR BROOKLYN READERS

Leonard Lopate of WNYC hosts this popular series of readings and discussions by local authors.

KATE CHRISTENSEN
Saturday, April 9, 2 pm

In her mordantly comic new novel, The Epicure's Lament, Kate Christensen creates a rakish literary antihero and incorrigible gourmand, Hugo Whittier.
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

This program is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art. Additional support is provided by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

AUTHOR TALK: DR. BARBARA PAUL-EMILE
Thursday, April 28, 6:30 pm

What if you could change time and re-chart your life? What different choices would you make? Dr. Barbara Paul-Emile tackles these tantalizing questions in her novel, Seer, a tale of redemption set against the lush landscapes and spicy aromas of her native Jamaica. Seer tells the story of Becka, a wise shaman and psychic healer, and her spirited attempt to save the life of Jo-Jo, a young village boy in a near-death coma.
Flatbush Library, 22 Linden Boulevard, 718.856.0813

RUSSIAN AUTHOR SERIES

MAYAKOVSKY IN MANHATTAN
Sunday, April 17, 4 pm

Patricia J. Thompson (a.k.a. Yelena V. Mayakovsky), the daughter of Russian poet Vladimir Mayakovsky, discusses her book, Mayakovsky in Manhattan, which is based on the previously unpublished memoirs of her mother, Elly Jones, who was a teacher and independent scholar. Program in English, with Russian translation.
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

This Russian Author program is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

BOOK CLUBS

BOOKER PRIZE WINNERS
Wednesday, April 6, 7 pm

Read and discuss winners of England's Man Booker Prize. Hosted by Victoria Ludwin.
This meeting will center on The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood.
Central Library, 3rd Floor Trustees Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

BOOK DISCUSSION

THE HUMAN STAIN BY PHILIP ROTH
Thursday, April 14, 2 pm

A discussion of Roth's 2001 work that was adapted for the screen in 2004.
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

MUSIC AND DANCE

BPL'S STAR SEARCH WINNERS SERIES

In September 2004, 10 musicians were selected from numerous applicants to audition in front of a live audience and four professional judges. Join us as the three winners make their BPL debuts.

CHANDA RULE
Chanda Rule is an R&B singer and songwriter whose musical journey has taken her from small towns in the Midwest, to international venues in Amsterdam, Berlin and beyond. Look for her first album, a collaborative recording of experimental and spiritual music.

Saturday, April 23, 4 pm
Central Library's, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Tuesday, April 26, 6:30 pm
Red Hook Library, 7 Wolcott Street, 718.935.0203

BROOKLYN BRIDGE TRIO

This classical trio includes Judith Spokes on violin, Kang Xia on cello and John Russo on piano. From Bach to Broadway, jazz to swing, waltzes to tango, the Brooklyn Bridge Trio performs it beautifully.

Friday, April 15, 2 pm
Ulmer Park Library, 2602 Bath Avenue, 718.265.3443

Saturday, April 30, 4 pm
Central Library's, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

TRADITIONAL INDIAN INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC

Musicians from the Kalavant Center for Music and Dance will present the sounds of the traditional instruments of India: the sitar, sarangi and the tabla.

Thursday, April 7, 3:30 pm
New Utrecht Library, 1743 86th Street, 718.236.4086

Thurday, April 14, 3:15 pm
Dyker Library, 8202 13th Avenue, 718.748.6261

CLASSICAL VIOLINIST YI BIN LI
Saturday, April 9, 2 pm

Yi Bin Li's repertoire includes classical Chinese compositions as well as the work of contemporary Western composers. Her music also combines classical music with jazz, pop and rock and roll.
Brooklyn Heights Library, 280 Cadman Plaza West, 718.623.7100

POST-ROMANTIC ERA MUSIC
Sunday, April 10, 4 pm

Classical Recitals with Brooklyn College's Conservatory of Music Brooklyn College's Conservatory of Music is one of the city's leading institutions in the training of professional musicians. Join students for performances of works by Prokofiev, Barber, Rachmaninov, Sarasate, Tchaikovsky and Bozza.
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, 718.230.2100

THE ORFEO DUO
Thursday, April 14, 3:30 pm

The Orfeo Duo, brother and sister Ishmael and Vita Wallace will celebrate Russian music in a program which includes Prokofiev's haunting Sonata in F Minor, Medtner's evocative Night Songs and Tchaikovsky's None but the Lonely Heart.
New Utrecht Library, 1743 86th Street, 718.236.4086

JAZZ AND THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK: THE MARK DOYLE TRIO
Tuesday, April 5, 1:30 pm

Audiences will enjoy this Jazz trio's interpretations of the classic American songbook, including favorites by Richard Rodgers, Cole Porter and George Gershwin.
Dyker Library, 8202 13th Avenue, 718.748.6261

AN AFTERNOON OF SONG: TENOR ABRAM SANDLER
Tuesday, April 5, 3 pm

Russian tenor Abram Sandler performs stirring arias and romantic ballads from a wide repertoire of songs in English, Russian, Yiddish, Italian and Spanish.
Kensington Library, 410 Ditmas Avenue, 718.435.9431

FIIDLA'S TRAVELS: FROM BLUES TO HIP HOP
Thursday, April 14, 4 pm

Join Owen "Fiidla" Brown as he performs "Fiidla's Travels." Using his voice and violin, Fiidla will take the audience on a musical journey that starts in Africa and lands in the new world of hip hop and rock. Audience participation is encouraged.
Clarendon Library, 2035 Nostrand Avenue, 718.421.1159

MY EMERALD WORLD: POETRY AND MUISC (IN RUSSIAN)
Saturday, April 16, 2:30 pm

In this poetry and music program, poet Olga Zbarskaya will read poems from her latest book, My Emerald World. Musical accompaniment by composer Igor Morozov. This program will be in Russian.
Brighton Beach Library, 16 Brighton 1st Road, 718.946.2917

LORRAINE LOFASO
Wednesday, April 20, 6:30 pm

Lorraine Lofaso performs songs made popular by women in Jazz.
DeKalb Library, 790 Bushwick Avenue, 718.455.3898

SONGS FROM AROUND THE WORLD: OLGA SMOLENSKAYA
Tuesday, April 12, 3 pm

Olga Smolenskaya delights with popular songs from around the world, inclouding favorites such as "A Yiddish Mama," "Shtetele Beltz" and "I Could Have Danced All Night."
Kensington Library, 410 Ditmas Avenue, 718.435.9431

HARMONICA VIRTUOSO: JIA-YI HE
Saturday, April 16, 2 pm

Jia-Yi He will thrill audiences with dazzling renditions of classical pieces on the harmonica. A winner of numerous international competitions, Mr. He plays with remarkable speed and agility.
Brooklyn Heights Library, 280 Cadman Plaza West, 718. 623.7100

TRADITIONAL IRISH DANCE
Thursday, April 21, 6:30 pm

Traditional Irish dance with the O'Malley Irish Dance Academy, with popular step dance rooted in the Celtic culture of Ireland.
Dyker Library, 8202 13th Avenue, 718.748.6261

FILM

Free screenings of classic and contemporary films.

DANCE ON CAMERA FILM SERIES
This program explores the art of storytelling through dance. Co-sponsored by Dance Films Association and curated by its executive director, Deirdre Towers, each program features a film about dance and a free dance workshop.

CHOREOGRAPHY AND FILM EDITING
Tuesday, April 19, 7 pm

Film historian Vinnie LoBrutto discusses the relationship between choreography and film editing through excerpts from dance films such as, All That Jazz, Blood Wedding and Moulin Rouge.
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

SILENT FILM SERIES: LOVE, SILENT SLAPSTICK-STYLE

Love and laughter are in the air this spring as BPL celebrates love in silent film comedy (1914-1928). Curated and hosted by Ken Gordon, with live piano accompaniment by Stuart Oderman.

Sunday, April 3, 2 pm
Four shorts will be shown:
Mabel's Married Life (1914), with Charlie Chaplin & Mabel Normand
Saturday Afternoon (1926), with Harry Langdon
Their Purple Moment (1928), with Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy
Limousine Love (1928), with Charlie Chase
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES – KNOCKOUT BOXING FILMS IN APRIL

Friday, April 1, 6 pm
When We Were Kings (1996)

Ali vs. Foreman in 1974's "Rumble in the Jungle."
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Friday, April 8, 6 pm
Girlfight (2000)

Without her father knowing it, Diana trains as a boxer and achieves impressive success.
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Friday, April 15, 6 pm
Rocky (1976)

Sylvester Stallone is the Philadelphia pug boxer who gets a dream shot at fighting the heavyweight champ.
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Friday, April 22, 6 pm
Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962)

Anthony Quinn stars as faded and betrayed boxer Mountain Rivera in Rod Serling's moving drama.
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Friday, April 29, 6 pm
Raging Bull (1980)

Robert De Niro's Oscar-winning role as Jake LaMotta, a man as furious outside the ring as he is inside.
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

*Please note: the Central Library closes at 6 pm; all attendees must be in the building before 6 pm to be admitted.

SATURDAY FAMILY MOVIES

Enjoy family-friendly films on Saturday mornings. All films are rated "G."

Saturday, April 2, 11 am
Jonah: A Veggie Tales Movie (2002)
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100


Saturday, April 9, 11 am
Monsters, Inc. (2001)
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

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