FEBRUARY 2006 PROGRAMS AND EXHIBITIONS AT BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY

January 5, 2006

As February 2006 marks the Year of the Dog, BPL also hosts entertaining Chinese New Year celebrations that the whole family can enjoy. In honor of Black History Month, Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) invites library users of all ages to engage in a great variety of intellectually stimulating and exiting programs – author talks, concerts, theatrical performances and exhibitions – celebrating the past, present and future of black culture.

All events are free and open to the public.

CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENTS

MUSIC FROM CHINA
Thursday, February 2, 2006 4 PM

McKinley Park Library, 6802 Fort Hamilton Parkway, near 68th Street, 718.748.8001

Internationally renowned Music From China will welcome in the Year of the Dog with sounds of the erhu (2-string fiddle) and the yanggin (hammered dulcimer).

BEIJING OPERA
Thursday, February 2, 2006, 3:15 PM

Dyker Library, 8202 13thAvenue, near 82nd Street, 718.748.6261

Professional Beijing actors will perform Lingchong Sought Shelter from Blizzard at the Mountain God Temple, a famous Chinese folktale. The performance will be followed by face-painting for children, singing, and a Chinese Martial Art demonstration.

Chinese New Year Festival WITH Ba Ban Chinese Music Society

Sunday, February 5, 2 PM

Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Founded in 1999, the Ba Ban Chinese Music Society is dedicated to the preservation, creation and presentation of classical and contemporary Chinese music. The Ba Ban Chinese Music Society will perform with classical silk and bamboo instruments, including various dizi (bamboo flutes), pipa (lute), guzheng (zither) and yangqin (hammered dulcimer). This special musical performance will feature acrobats and a magician. No registration is required, but library users are encouraged to call 718.230.2417 to reserve a seat.

AUTHOR TALKS
Unless otherwise stated, all Author Talks will be held in BPL’s Central Library’s 2nd Floor Meeting Room.

NOLIWE M. ROOKS: WHITE MONEY/BLACK POWER
Saturday, February 4, 2 PM

Join Professor Rooks as she points out the ways in which African-American Studies courses are often results of white philanthropy and argues for a retelling of African-American history.

ERIC FONER: FOREVER FREE: THE STORY OF EMANICIPATION AND RECONSTRUCTION
Saturday, February 4, 4 PM

Join distinguished historian Eric Foner as he reads from and discusses Forever Free, his examination of the years of Emancipation and Reconstruction during and immediately following the Civil War.

SHARAI ERIMA: PASSING SOLIDARITY: ONE MAN’S SEARCH FOR IDENTITY IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT
Thursday, February 9, 7 PM
Historian Sharai Erima invites Brooklynites to contemplate his book Passing Solidarity, an edgy exploration of uncomfortable tensions that exist between African-Americans and continental Africans.

BROOKLYN WRITERS FOR BROOKLYN READERS: JOHN HASKELL
Hosted by WNYC’s Leonard Lopate
Saturday, February 11, 2 PM
John Haskell will read from American Purgatorio, his mesmerizing first novel about a happily married man who discovers, as he walks out of a convenience store, that his wife has suddenly vanished. Written as a detective story, American Purgatorio tells a story that is both tragic and comic.

KYRA GAUNT: THE GAMES BLACK GIRLS PLAY
Sunday, February 12, 2 PM
Explore the link between African-American popular music and the games black girls play including handclapping songs, cheers and double-dutch jump with Kyra Gaunt, author of The Games Black Girls Play. According to Gaunt, black girls embody and pass on oral-kinetic formulas that African-Americans use to encode, reproduce and perform black musical skills.

ANNE BAILEY: AFRICAN VOICES OF THE ATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE:
BEYOND THE SILENCE AND THE SHAME
Saturday, February 18, 2 PM
Anne Bailey revisits the story of the Atlantic slave trade through the memories African chiefs and elders from an area of southeastern Ghana once famously called “the Old Slave Coast.”

THULANI DAVIS: MY CONFEDERATE KINFOLK
Saturday, February 18, 4 PM
Join black novelist and playwright Thulani Davis as she chronicles her search for her white roots in My Confederate Kinfolk, her ancestral history that uncovers unlikely lovers and a worldwide journey from Mississippi to Sierra Leone.

FRED JEROME: EINSTEIN ON RACE AND RACISM
Thursday, February 2, 7 PM
Discover Albert Einstein the civil rights activist in Einstein on Race & Racism, Fred Jerome’s dramatic, surprise-filled story that takes a look into a little-known dimension of a historic genius. Learn how Einstein’s fight for equality created friendships with civil rights pioneers such as W.E.B. DuBois and Paul Robeson.

JIMMIE BRIGGS: INNOCENTS LOST: WHEN CHILD SOLDIERS GO TO WAR
Thursday, February 16, 7 PM
Join Jimmie Briggs as he brings six years of investigative journalism to life. His account Innocents Lost chronicles the lives of child soldiers who participated in conflicts within Afghanistan, Uganda, Rwanda, Columbia and Sri Lanka. Briggs’ discussion will be accompanied by Brooklyn photographer Damaso Reyes’ slide show presentation of portraits of child soldiers.

FELA KUTI: FROM WEST AFRICA TO WEST BROADWAY
Thursday, February 23, 7 PM
Join historian Trevor Schoonmaker as he explores the life of musical icon Fela Kuti, who created a unique blend of socio-politically aware music that railed against a corrupt Nigerian government. Through reading a collection of gripping essays, Schoonmaker pays tribute to Kuti’s life and legacy.

DONNA WALKER-KUHNE: INVITATION TO THE PARTY
Sunday, February 26, 4 PM
Join author Donna Walker-Kuhne as she discusses her strategies and methods to unit diverse communities in America’s cultural and artistic domains.

THEATRE

MADAME C. WALKER
Thursday, February 2, 4 PM
Coney Island Library, 1901 Mermaid Avenue at West 19th St., 718.265.3220
Thursday, February 9, 4 PM
Mill Basin Library, 2385 Ralph Avenue at Avenue N, 718.241.3973
In this one-woman theatrical performance, actor Jo Tanner portrays the life of Madame C. J. Walker, the inventor and entrepreneur, who eventually became America’s first African-American, female millionaire.

ANITA BUSH: THE MOTHER OF NEGRO DRAMA
Monday, February 6, 4 PM
Bushwick Library, 340 Bushwick Avenue at Seigel Street, 718.602.1348
Set in Harlem in the midst of the 1960s riots, actor Jo Tanner’s solo performance evokes the life of Anita Bush, the acclaimed, turn-of-the-century, African-American actor, whose ground breaking contributions earned her the name “The Mother of Negro Drama.”

ONE NOBLE JOURNEY
Wednesday, February 15, 11 AM
Flatbush Library, 22 Linden Boulevard at Flatbush Avenue, 718.856.0813
One Noble Journey tells the true story of Henry “Box” Brown, played by Mike Wiley, who entombed himself in a small crate one muggy dawn in 1849 and secretly shipped himself to a new life in Philadelphia as a free man.

FREDERICK DOUGLASS FREE
February 14, 4 PM
Spring Creek Library, 12143 Flatlands Avenue, near New Jersey Avenue, 718.257.6571
Tuesday, February 21, 6 PM
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100
Actor Richard Haase leads this rendition of Frederick Douglass’ fiery speech at the A.M.E Zion Church in Harlem during which he grappled with the country's transition from slavery and with his own transition from illiterate servant to intellectual trailblazer.

FREE FILMS

Unless otherwise noted, all of BPL’s screenings will be held in BPL’s Central Library’s 2nd Floor Meeting Room.

FRIDAY NIGHT @ THE MOVIES: AFRICANS IN AMERICA

In honor of Black History Month, BPL presents the four-part Africans in America, a PBS series exploring the impact of slavery on white and black Americans.

PART ONE: THE TERRIBLE TRANSFORMATION (1607-1750)
Friday, February 3, 6 PM
Part One of PBS’ Africans in America series introduces the reasons and fundamentals behind the system of race-based slavery in America.

PART TWO: REVOLUTION (1750-1805)
Friday, February 10, 6 PM
The series continues with the story of a dual revolution: America’s fight for independence from Great Britain and the struggle of enslaved Africans for freedom.

PART THREE: BROTHERLY LOVE (1781-1834)
Friday, February 17, 6 PM
As free blacks and fugitive slaves seek full participation in American democracy, a new African American leadership for freedom and rebellion emerges inspired by the successful slave revolution in Haiti.

PART FOUR: JUDGMENT DAY (1831-1865)
Friday, February 24, 6 PM
Africans in America concludes as slavery expands to the West despite heavy challenges from black and white abolitionists. Tensions mount as a divided nations moves toward civil war.

DOCUMENTING BROOKLYN: DOCUMENTARY FILM SERIES
Examine Brooklyn through a camera lens and see what informed observation can reveal as filmmakers present and discuss their works with scholars and a live audience.

ON THE ROPES
Produced and directed by Nanette Burstein and Brett Morgan
Tuesday, February 7, 7 PM
On the Ropes follows three aspiring trainees as they face critical turning points in their young lives and careers. Aspiring boxers, Tyrene Manson, Noel Santiago and George Walton follow their dreams and face many struggles as they train at the Bedford-Stuyvesant gym that paved the way for several boxing superstars from Brooklyn.
This screening will be introduced by co-director Nanette Burstein.

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WATER:
The Journey of a Haitian Rara Band
Directed by Jeremy Robins and Magali Damas
Tuesday, February 21, 7 PM
The Other Side of the Water explores what happens when a group of young immigrants take an ancient music called “rara” – an all-night dancing parade which slowly move through villages – from the hills of Haiti and reinvent it on the streets of Brooklyn. This screening will be introduced by co-director Jeremy Robins.

WOMEN IN JAZZ
Tuesday, February 7, 6:30 PM
Macon Library, 361 Lewis Avenue, at Macon Street, 718.573.5606
Film historian, Walter Taylor presents Women in Jazz, a documentary celebrating the talents and contributions of some of America’s legendary female jazz musicians.

THE ROAD TO BROWN
Tuesday, February 7, 6:30 PM
East Flatbush Library, 9612 Church Avenue, at Rockaway Parkway, 718.922.0927
The Road to Brown chronicles the story of Brown v. Board of Education, a ruling that launched the beginning of the Civil Rights movement.

CONCERTS

GIFTS FROM MY ANCESTORS
Tuesday, February 7, 1 PM
Brower Park Library, 725 St. Marks Avenue at Nostrand Avenue, 718.773.7208
Sunday, February 26, 2 PM
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, Second Floor Meeting Room, 718.230.2100
Through his concert/lecture, “Gifts From My Ancestors,” historian and musician Calvin Earl reveals how slaves in America created an original music that enabled them to secretly communicate with each other, teach their young, record their history and heal their pain.

DIAMOND REDD’S LEGENDS OF HARLEM
Saturday, February 18, 12 PM
Brooklyn Heights Library, 280 Cadman Plaza West at Tillary Street, 718.623.7100
Come celebrate the life and work of legendary actor and jazz artist Cab Calloway. During this live performance actor Diamond Redd, portraying Calloway, entertains with songs and monologues.

BROADWAY JAZZ, PLUS!
Tuesday, February 7, 1:30 PM
Midwood Library, 975 East 16th Street at Avenue J, 718.252.0967
Thursday, February 23, 3:30 PM
New Utrecht Library, 86th Street at Bay 17th Street, 718.236.4086
Monday, February 27, 6:30 PM
Sunset Park Library, 4th Avenue at 51st Street, 718.567.2806
A piano prodigy at the age of three, singer and composer Emme Kemp comes to BPL for a musical showcase featuring a variety of styles from ragtime to jazz.

BROOKLYN PHILHARMONIC: A SEASON FOR LOVE
Saturday, February 11, 1:30 PM
Brooklyn Heights Library, 280 Cadman Plaza West at Tillary Street, 718.623.7100

Saturday, February 11, 4 PM
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, Second Floor Meeting Room, 718.230.2100
Members and guests of the Brooklyn Philharmonic perform music of courtly love with excerpts from Carol Orff’s 1937 cantana Carmina Burana.

BROOKLYN COLLEGE JAZZ ENSEMBLE
Saturday, February 18, 12 PM
Kings Bay Library, 3650 Nostrand Avenue, near Avenue W, 718.368.1709
Tuesday, February 21, 6 PM
Brownsville Library, 61 Glenmore Avenue, at Watkins Street, 718.498.9721
The Brooklyn College Jazz Ensemble presents a special concert in honor of Black History Month, featuring compositions by major African-American jazz musicians such as Count Basie, Theolonius Monk, and others.

I REMEMBER: CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVISM IN BROOKLYN 1960-65
Sunday, February 19, 4 PM
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, Second Floor Meeting Room, 718.230.2100
Learn or reminisce about the exciting local activism in Brooklyn during the 1960s as Gospel singer Sandi Blair performs a remembrance with protest songs from the period.

SPECIAL EVENTS & PROGRAMS

A MOVEMENT GROWS IN BROOKLYN
presented by Dr. Brian Purnell
Wednesday, February 8, 6:30 PM
Bedford Library, 496 Franklin Avenue, 718.623.0012
Learn about the history and success of the Brooklyn chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), which was one of the most dynamic civil rights organizations in New York City during the 1960s.

CREDIT BASICS
Wednesday, February 8, 5:30 PM
Canarsie Library, 1580 Rockaway Parkway at Avenue J, 718.257.6547
Learn the fundamentals of personal credit and how to build and maintain good credit for you and your small business. Presented by Boricua College Small Business Development Center and Accion New York.

THE DOUBLE DUTCH DIVAS
Sunday, February 12, 4 PM
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, Second Floor Meeting Room, 718.230.2100
Visit BPL for an exciting performance of the classic street game double dutch, presented by The Double Dutch Divas, an artistic group of women in their 40's, and 50's. Rhythmically speaking, they dance within the ropes, twirling, turning, twisting, and doing fancy footwork to a variety of music as well as original songs composed by them.

I REMEMBER: CIVILL RIGHTS ACTIVISM IN BROOKLYN, 1960-65
Sunday, February 19, 4 PM
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, Second Floor Meeting Room, 718.230.2100
Join Brooklynites who lived through the civil rights movement of the 1960s in Brooklyn as they share memories of local activism. Brooklyn-based Gospel singer Sandi Blair will intersperse the remembrances with protest songs from the period.

MALCOLM X, MARTIN LUTHER KING & THE CARIBBEAN CONNECTION
Thursday, February 23, 7 PM
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, Trustees’ Room, 718.230.2100
Join local scholars in a compelling panel discussion about Brooklyn’s Caribbean community.

UNDERSTANDING POLITICAL VIOLENCE IN AFRICA
Tuesday, February 28, 7 PM
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, Second Floor Meeting Room, 718.230.2100 During this dynamic lecture, historian Mahmood Mamdani discusses the politics and violence in Africa, offering an intellectual perspective on a complex phenomenon.

EXHIBITIONS, ARTISTS TALKS AND WORKSHOPS

LEGACY: A JOURNEY THROUGH SPIRIT, LIFE & ART:
Warren L. Harris, Sr. (1917-1988)
February 1 through March 26
Central Library, Grand Lobby, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100
Drawing since age six, Warren L. Harris Sr. has created numerous watercolors of Brooklyn’s landscapes. He became a member of the Graphic Sketch Club in Philadelphia and later took courses at Cooper Union in New York City. From 1937 to 1940, he was trained as a draftsman in the Works Progress Administration and interacted with other WPA artists, including Richmond Barthe, Charles White and Romare Bearden. This retrospective Harris’ work will feature oil paintings, water colors, collages and drawings.

WHEN WOMEN PURSUE JUSTICE
February 1 through March 26
Central Library, Youth Wing, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100
Created and organized by Artmakers Inc., Community Muralists, this mixed media exhibition features books and photographs that document the creation of the public art mural, “When Women Pursue Justice.” Located in Bedford Stuyvesant, this mural highlights 90 women who have committed their lives to social change. A select group of books about some of the women represented in the mural will complement the photographs.

WHEN WOMEN PURSUE JUSTICE
Wednesday, February 15, 6 PM
Bedford Learning Center, 496 Franklin Avenue, 718.623.2134
Celebrate the courage and legacy of 90 women who have worked for social change in the United States with Janet Braun-Reinitz and Jane Weissman, designers of the 3,000 square foot mural entitled “When Women Pursue Justice.” Weissman and Braun-Reinitz will present a slide show and lead a discussion about the creation of the mural and the accomplishments of some of the women who are portrayed in the mural.

WHEN WOMEN PURSUE JUSTICE: Family Art Workshop
Saturday, February 25, 1 PM
Central Library, Youth Wing, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100c
Following an illustrated explanation of the public art mural “When Women Pursue Justice,” which portrays 90 women who have worked for social change, muralist Janet Braun-Reinitz conducts a free lesson on how to draw a human face. Kids and parents may keep the portraits that they create with art supplies provided by BPL.

Directions to Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Central Library is located at Grand Army Plaza, between Flatbush Avenue and Eastern Parkway.

Phone: 718.230.2100

By Subway: 2 or 3 Train to Grand Army Plaza station; Q Train to 7th Avenue Station (Ftbush Avenue); B-41 or B-71 Bus along Flatbush Avenue to Grand Army Plaza

By Car: From Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges: Take Flatbush Avenue to Grand Army Plaza; From BQE: Take BQE to Tillary St. exit, left on Flatbush Avenue to Grand Army Plaza

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