December 2007 Programs at Brooklyn Public Library (BPL)

November 2, 2007

With the holidays come fantastic programs at Brooklyn Public Library (BPL). While children and teens can engage in fun recreational and educational activities, adults may participate in fantastic literary events in Central Library’s Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture. Brooklynites of all ages can enjoy a variety of musical performances for all ages. Read on for more information.

Author Talks
The following programs will be held in Central Library’s Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture at Grand Army Plaza. For directions please call 718.230.2100 or visit www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org.


Author Talk: Eugene Drucker
This world-renowned violinist discusses his debut novel, The Savior, a story of a non-Jewish violinist forced to play for the inmates of a Nazi concentration camp.
Saturday, December 1, 4 PM

Brooklyn Writers for Brooklyn Readers: Dave King
WNYC Radio personality Leonard Lopate interviews author King on The Ha-Ha, King’s novel about a wounded army veteran and his difficult path to a new life.
Saturday, December 8, 2 PM

The Food Maven's Holiday Table
Arthur Schwartz, author of Arthur Schwartz's New York City Food, highlights the food traditions of Chanukah and those of southern Italian Christmas and New Year's.
Saturday, December 8, 4 PM

Martin Duberman: The Worlds of Lincoln Kirstein
Duberman reads from his biography of Kirstein, a driving force behind George Balanchine's revolutionary New York City Ballet.
Sunday, December 9, 1:30 PM

Modernist Love: Katie Roiphe on Literary Love
Roiphe discusses the marriages of H.G. Wells, Katherine Mansfield and other writers profiled in her book Uncommon Arrangements: Seven Portraits of Married Life in London Literary Circles 1910-1939.
Sunday, December 9, 4 PM

Off the Rail: Mary Ann Caws and Nancy Kline
Translators Caws and Kline present their translations of modernist French poet Rene Char.
Thursday, December 13, 7 PM

Russian Literary Series: Vladimir Gandelsman
In Russian

Meet this native of St. Petersburg, author of nine books of poetry and translator of volumes by Wallace Stevens, James Merrill and Dr. Seuss, among others. Please register at Central Library’s Information Desk.
Sunday, December 16, 1:30 PM

Panel Discussion

New York Times Series: Living in a Global World

New York Times Film critic A.O. Scott and Richard Peña, Program Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Director of the New York Film Festival, discuss the impact of globalization on the film industry.
Sunday, December 16, 4 PM
Central Library, Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Theater

Comedies & Tragedies: Christmas: Friend or Foe?* (for Adults)

Master storyteller Mike Daisey discusses the collision of mania, decadence and celebration that marks the end of every year.
Saturday, December 15, 7 PM
Central Library, Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Exhibition

Enshrined Memories: Brooklyn and the Civil War

Curated by BPL and the Green-Wood Cemetery, this exhibition explores Brooklyn’s role in the American Civil War. The nearly 200 historic objects on display include uniforms, letters sent home from battlefields, battle flags and photographs. Together, these relics offer a personalized view of the traumatic war between the Union and the Confederacy.
Through January 5, 2008
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Music

Molly Kiser: The History of Piano*

Kiser play works by Debussy, Ravel, Rachmaninoff, Sciabin and Ginastera.
Sunday, December 2, 1:30 PM
Central Library, Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Brooklyn Sings, Brooklyn Swings: Elisabeth Lohninger
Nervy and fresh, Lohninger’s music draws on stylistic influences as diverse as jazz, pop and drum and bass.
Sunday, December 2, 4 PM
Central Library, Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Regina Opera Company
Enjoy a musical performance by a professional opera company that specializes in standard Italian repertoire.
Saturday, December 8, 11:30 AM
Sheepshead Bay Library, 2636 East 14th Street, 718.368.1815

The Woes*
Osei Essed’s gruff voice shambles through bluegrass and New Orleans marching band music, dished out by banjo, harmonica, accordion, French Horn and organ.
Saturday, December 8, 7 PM
Central Library, Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Theresa Mazzilli
Mazzilli sings holiday songs.
Tuesday, December 18, 1:30 PM
New Utrecht Library, 1743 86th Street, 718.236.4086

Films
The following programs will be held in Central Library’s Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture.

Slapstick's Golden Age: Harold Lloyd
Considered Lloyd’s masterpiece, The Kid Brother, features Harold, a timid young man who must prove himself within a family of he-men. Features live piano accompaniment by Stuart Oderman.
Saturday, December 1, 1 PM

Friday Night at the Movies: The Searchers
An embittered Confederate veteran returns home after years of wandering as a loner. Friday, December 7, 6 PM

Friday Night at the Movies: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Set against the backdrop of the Civil War, three lone guns must team up to hunt for hidden Confederate gold.
Friday, December 14, 6 PM

Killer of Sheep
This 1977 feature film examines the black Los Angeles ghetto of Watts in the mid-1970s.
Saturday, December 15, 4 PM

Teens’ Programs

Science Fiction Book Club

Exchange ideas about the future world, meet new friends and read interesting books! Saturday, December 1, 1 PM
Central Library, Room 214, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

African Jewelry Making
Create jewelry inspired by African designs.
Thursday, December 6, 4 PM
Clinton Hill Library, 380 Washington Avenue, 718.398.8713

Jewelry Workshop
Create your own jewelry with beads and wire.
Thursday, December 6, 4 PM
McKinley Park Library, 6802 Fort Hamilton Parkway, 718.748.8001

How to Find Free Money for College
Learn about great websites for scholarships, grants and more!
Thursday, December 13, 3:30 PM
Flatlands Library, 2065 Flatbush Avenue, 718.253.4409

Performance: Two for the Show
Join this two-person comedy revue for a variety of hilarious skits.
Friday, December 14, 10:30 AM
Cypress Hills Library, 1197 Sutter Avenue, 718.277.6004

Salsa Dance Workshop for Teens
Learn the basics and look great on the dance floor.
Thursday, December 27, 2 PM
Redhook Library, 7 Wolcott Street, 718.935.0203

Kids’ Programs

Irina, Queen of Magic

Join Irina for an afternoon of illusions and comedy.
Tuesday, December 4, 3 PM
Gerritsen Beach Library, 2808 Gerritsen Avenue, 718.368.1435

Caribbean Music and Dance
Experience rhythmic reggae, melodic calypso and other styles of Afro-Caribbean music.
Tuesday, December 4, 4 PM
Spring Creek Library, 12143 Flatlands Avenue, 718.257.6571

Make a Holiday Greeting Card (for Tweens & Teens)
Create a great, original holiday card.
Friday, December 14, 2 PM
Gerritsen Beach Library, 2808 Gerritsen Avenue, 718.368.1435
Tuesday, December 18, 4 PM
Homecrest Library, 2525 Coney Island Avenue, 718.382.5924

The Magic of the Holidays (for Kids)
The Golden Rooster, a Russian children's folk group, presents Father Frost, based on a Russian fairy tale.
Saturday, December 15, 1 PM
Central Library, Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Holiday Arts & Crafts
Get creative with holiday-themed arts and crafts!
Thursday, December 20, 3:15 PM
Dyker Library, 8202 13th Avenue, 718.748.6261
Thursday, December 27, 3 PM
Central Library, Second Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Brooklyn Children's Museum On-The-Go at Brooklyn Public Library:
Festival of Lights

Thursday, December 27, 12PM - 5 PM
Enjoy a celebration of light and culture! Come explore the many winter festivals of light celebrated around the world and in your community. Design your own Diwali lamp, create a unity cup for Kwanzaa, and sculpt a beeswax candle as you discover the traditions of Chanukah. Then, let your light shine at lively performances in the new Dweck Auditorium at Brooklyn Public Library's Main Branch in Grand Army Plaza.

New Year’s Arts & Crafts
Create your own party hat for New Year’s Eve!
Thursday, December 27, 4 PM
Mill Basin Library, 2385 Ralph Avenue, 718.241.3973

Kwanzaa Festivities
Learn about the seven principles and symbols of Kwanzaa, make art and enjoy music.
Friday, December 28, 2 PM
Central Library, Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

* Indicates a paid event. Please call 212.868.4444 or visit www.smarttix.com to purchase tickets; Adults: $10.00, Seniors & Students: $7.00.










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