MARCH 2006 PROGRAMS & EXHIBITIONS AT BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY

February 1, 2006

The following programs are free and open to the public.

AUTHOR TALKS & BOOK DISCUSSIONS
Unless otherwise stated, all Author Talks and Book Discussions will be held in the 2nd Floor Meeting Room of Central Library at Grand Army Plaza.

MICHAEL DRINKARD: REBELS, TURN OUT YOUR DEAD
Saturday, March 4, 1 PM
Pacific Library, 25 Fourth Ave. at Pacific St., 718.638.1531
Sunday, March 26, 2 PM
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room in the 2nd floor meeting room.

Based on real events that happened in New York City during the Revolutionary War, Drinkard's historical novel narrates the adventures of a colonial Long Island hemp farmer addicted to smoking his own crop.

BROOKLYN WRITERS FOR BROOKLYN READERS:
EMILY RABOTEAU: THE PROFESSOR’S DAUGHTER
HOSTED BY WNYC’S LEONARD LOPATE
Saturday, March 11, 2 PM

"My father is black and my mother is white and my brother is a vegetable." These words, from The Professor's Daughter are a humorous lead-in to Raboteau's critically acclaimed debut novel, called a wise and graceful mediation on race and family history. Join Raboteau as she reads from her book and discusses the inspiration behind it with radio talk show host Leonard Lopate.

BIOLOGY AND SOCIETY SERIES:
DR. ELIZABETH LLOYD: THE CASE OF THE FEMALE ORGASM
Sunday, March 12, 2 PM

Why women evolved to have orgasms when most of their primate relatives don't is a persistent mystery among evolutionary biologists. Dr. Elisabeth Lloyd, an Indiana University professor of biology, will examine evolutionary accounts of the trait of human female orgasm.

MYTH & MODERNITY BOOK DISCUSSION: THE ANTELOPE WIFE
Wednesday, March 15, 7 PM
Central Library, 3rd Floor Trustees Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Join Brooklyn writer Victoria Ludwin as she discusses Louise Erdrich's novel The Antelope Wife. Rooted in myth and set in contemporary Minneapolis, this poetic story spans a century, at the center of which is a mysterious woman known as the Antelope Wife. To check out a copy of the The Antelope Wife in advance, please call Central Library's Language and Literature Department: 718.230.2133.

CRISTINA PAGE: HOW THE PRO CHOICE MOVEMENT SAVED AMERICA
Saturday, March 18, 2 PM

Women and men, churchgoers and nonbelievers… few Americans would live without the basic freedoms gained by birth control advocates and pro choice activists, according to Cristina Page, a writer and activist whose policy proposals have been accepted by state and local government. Join Page as she reads from and discusses her thought-provoking book How the Pro Choice Movement Saved America.

MARTHA SOUTHGATE: THIRD GIRL FROM THE LEFT
Sunday, March 19, 4 PM

In her novel, Martha Southgate explores how one generation's liberation can become another's burden. Set in 1970s Tulsa, Oklahoma, the story follows three generations of black women, struggling against all odds to express what lies deepest in their hearts.

THEATRE

VAUDEVILLE: THE BROOKLYN ANGLE: AUTHOR TALK
TRAV S.D.: NO APPLAUSE, JUST THROW THE MONEY
Saturday, March 4, 4 PM
Central Library, 3rd Floor Trustees Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Go back in time to one of the most important periods in show biz history: the roots of American vaudeville. Performer and author Trav S.D. expounds on vaudeville's historic heyday in the Borough of Kings, with the assistance of Baraka the belly dancer, the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus and more!

VAUDEVILLE: THE BROOKLYN ANGLE: PERFORMANCE
DON'T MISS THIS VAUDEVILLE SHOW A WEEK LATER!
Saturday, March 11, 4 PM
Central Library, 3rd Floor Trustees Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Trav S.D., along with NYC variety artists Jennifer Miller of Circus Amok and hula hoop extraordinaire Miss Saturn will give you a taste of the present-day vaudeville scene in Brooklyn with a dazzling performance!

COMFORT WOMEN: A ONE PERSON PLAY
Monday March 27, 6 PM
Bedford Learning Center, 496 Franklin Ave., 718.623.2134

Tuesday, March 28, 2 PM
Coney Island Learning Center, 1901 Mermaid Ave. (Near W. 19th St.), 718.265.3220

Sunday, March 26, 4 PM
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Between 1937 and 1945, the Japanese Imperial Forces abducted about 200,000 women from Asian countries to serve as sex slaves, known euphemistically as "Comfort Women." Written by the Korean-born playwright Chungmi Kim, this powerful play depicts the collision of past and present when in 1994 a Korean American college student meets two former "Comfort Women" and hears their moving stories. Presented by Urban Stages.

FREE FILMS AT BPL
Unless otherwise noted, all of BPL's screenings will be held in the 2nd Floor Meeting Room of Central Library at Grand Army Plaza.

BPL'S FOURTH ANNUAL WOMEN OF THE WORLD FILM SERIES
In honor of Women's History Month, Brooklyn Public Library is hosting a film series that examines women's lives across the globe, with films by some of the most creative and influential international filmmakers at work today.

MOOLAADE
Thursday, March 2, 7 PM

Senegalese writer and director Ousmane Sembene focuses on the human cost of the traditional practice of salinde, or female circumcision, in this moving portrait of a West African society in transition. In Bambara with English subtitles.

THE CIRCLE
Thursday, March 9, 7 PM

A daring film for an Iranian director, Jafar Panahi offers an astonishing yet grim portrait of the oppression of women in fundamentalist Iran. In Farsi with English subtitles.

TOKYO STORY
Thursday, March 16, 7 PM

Considered director Yasujiro Ozu's most famous work, this profound drama about modern Japanese culture tells the story of an elderly couple in rural Japan who visit their married children in Tokyo and receive a cold welcome. In Japanese with English subtitles.

THE MAGDALENE SISTERS
Thursday, March 30, 7 PM

This unflinching drama set in Ireland during the 1960s charts several years in the young lives of four women who were rejected by their families for committing "moral crimes," such as becoming pregnant or acting flirtatious. With their fathers’ consent, these "sinners" were forced into slave labor in asylums operated by the Catholic Church.

FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES: LEADING LADIES
This March, Brooklyn Public Library celebrates Hollywood's heroines in unforgettable cinema masterpieces. Please note that as Central Library's public entrance closes at 6 PM on Fridays, library users are advised to arrive 15 minutes before the screening to be admitted into the 2nd Floor Meeting Room.

GLORIA SWANSON IN SUNSET BOULEVARD (110 minutes)
Friday, March 3, 6 PM

This classic drama starring Gloria Swanson, William Holden and Erich von Stroheim reveals a love affair between a reclusive former silent movie queen and a younger writer. Billy Wilder directed this fascinating tale, filled with crackerjack dialogue, seediness and a “film noir” feel.

JOAN CRAWFORD IN MILDRED PIERCE (111 minutes)
Friday, March 10, 6 PM

Directed by Michael Curtiz, this timeless tearjerker stars Joan Crawford in her Oscar-winning role as Mildred Pierce, a waitress-turned-business woman. As Mildred struggles to provide a good life for her children, she discovers that her spoiled daughter is having an affair with an older man – Mildred's husband!

BETTE DAVIS IN ALL ABOUT EVE (138 minutes)
Friday, March 17, 6 PM

In this sardonic look at show business glamour and the empty lives behind it, Bette Davis is veteran actress Margo Channing, while Anne Baxter plays Eve, her understudy desperate for stardom.

CLAUDETTE COLBERT IN IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (105 minutes)
Friday, March 24, 6 PM

This classic screwball comedy stars Clark Gable as a news-hungry reporter chasing runaway rich girl Claudette Colbert from Miami to New York, falling in love in between their hilarious bickering.

AUDREY HEPBURN IN ROMAN HOLIDAY (118 minutes)
Friday, March 31, 6 PM

Directed by William Wyler, this captivating romance shot entirely on location in Rome, stars Audrey Hepburn as a beautiful princess traveling incognito. A hard-bitten American reporter, played by Gregory Peck, plans to get a story out of her, but winds up falling in love with her.

SATURDAY FAMILY MOVIES
This popular weekly series offers free movie screenings the whole family can enjoy.

OLIVER & COMPANY (1988)
Saturday, March 4, 11 AM

Disney does Dickens in this animated version of Oliver Twist in which an adorable, orphaned kitten, struggles to survive in New York City.

HEIDI (1937)
Saturday, March 11, 11 AM

Shirley Temple plays the spirited young heroine of the classic novel, Heidi, which narrates the life of an orphan, who is forced to live in the Swiss Alps with her grouchy grandfather, who comes to adore her.

CINDERELLA (1950)
Saturday, March 18, 11 AM

Disney's adaptation of the beloved fairy tale reveals the life of a gentle-hearted girl, Cinderella, who is forced to be a slave in her own home. With the help of her benevolent fairy godmother, Cinderella attends the palace ball and meets a charming prince.

RACING STRIPES (2005)
Saturday, March 25, 11 AM

In this animated tale, a good-hearted zebra named Stripes, who's grown up on a Kentucky farm thinking he's a debonair thoroughbred. Once Stripes learns that his stark stripes mark him as different from the horses, he decides to race anyway. And not only will he compete, but with help from the young girl who raised him, Stripes may just end up in the winner's circle!

DOCUMENTING BROOKLYN:
INDEPENDENT FILM AND DISCUSSION SERIES

Local historians and independent filmmakers explore Brooklyn's rich history through a camera lens.

ISABEL HILL PRESENTS MADE IN BROOKLYN
Tuesday, March 7, 7 PM

Director Isabel Hill’s candid interviews with Brooklyn's manufacturing workers reveal how their jobs give them a strong sense of pride for producing American products in the United States, at a time when many companies are moving their manufacturing plants overseas.

THREE SHORT FILMS BY KAREN KRAMER
Tuesday, March 21, 7 PM

With colorful customs and calypso music, Kramer's Celebration! captures the joy and extravagant beauty of Brooklyn's dynamic Caribbean Carnival. Filmed in Nigeria, the Virgin Islands and New York City, Moko Jumbie presents the history of the masked stilt dancer, a traditional folk character that was originally brought from West Africa and now appears during Caribbean street festivals. Filmed during the late eighties, Kramer's Coney Island Mermaid offers a fascinating peek at Brooklyn's most original celebration – its annual Mermaid Parade in which participants dress in homemade costumes as Mermaids and sea creatures.

SILENT CINE-MYTHOLOGY 2:
ROLE-PLAYING & SILENT HOLLYWOOD COMEDY (1912-1928)
DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS:
THE SWASHBUCKLER IN THE MARK OF ZORRO (1920) 89 minutes
Sunday, March 19, 2 PM

The original film version of Zorro, set in 1820s Los Angeles, inspired later action heroes, like Batman. With this role, Fairbanks changed his image from the comedic all-American boy to swashbuckling hero, giving life to a character still portrayed in films today. Preceded by the short, Character Studies (1925) 6 minutes, in which Carter DeHaven performs celebrity impersonations. Hosted by Ken Gordon with live piano accompaniment by Stuart Oderman.

MUSIC AND DANCE

AFRICAN DANCE WORKSHOP
Wednesday, March 1, 6:30 PM
Bedford Library, 496 Franklin Ave., 718.623.0012
Tuesday, March 7, 4:30 PM
Macon Library, 361 Lewis Ave. at Macon St., 718.573.5606

A dancer and drummer from New York City's Kotchegna Dance Company will bring to life the stories and legends of Africa's Ivory Coast. Come prepared to participate in this interactive dance workshop!

SONGS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Borough Park Library, 1265 43rd St. at 13th Ave., 718.437.4085
Tuesday, March 2, 2 PM

Soprano Olga Smolenskaya entertains with popular "Songs from around the world," including favorites such as "A Yiddishe Mama," "Shtetele Beltz," "Tum Balalayka," "Sole Mio" and "I Could Have Danced All Night."

FOLK FEET DANCE WORKSHOP
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100
Sunday, March 5, 2006, 1 PM

This afternoon of dance workshops showcases traditional performances and invites Brooklynites of all ages to participate in lively demonstrations.

1 PM: PUERTO RICAN BOMBA WITH LOS BOMBEROS DE BROOKLYN
Los Bomberos de Brooklyn, an Afro-Latin drum-dance ensemble, introduce the music and dance traditions of bomba – a uniquely Puerto Rican musical genre for dance in which the drummers appear to be challenging dancers to a rhythmic duel.

2 PM: AMERICAN SQUARE DANCE WITH DON AND DOT COY
During this workshop, husband and wife team Dot and Don Coy invite the audience to practice basic square dance technique, including moves such as do-si-do and star promenade.

3 PM: WEST AFRICAN IVORY COAST DANCE WITH YAHAYA KAMATE
Yahaya Kamate, brings the ancestral dances of his native Ivory Coast to Brooklyn, where he currently teaches at the Mark Morris School of Dance at Brooklyn Academy of Music. A master of traditional Ivorian healing and funeral dances, Yahaya invites both children and adults to experience the expressive movements of West African Dance.

4 PM: POLISH FOLK DANCE WITH DANIEL DZIADURA
Polish dance instructor Daniel Dziadura invites his audience to engage in the many styles of Polish dance, including the krakowiak and the mazur, two of the five national dances of Poland, and the well-known polka.
Presented by the Brooklyn Arts Council.

MUSIC OFF THE SHELVES: MOZART'S LATEST SHOW
Saturday, March 18, 1:30 PM
Flatbush Library, 22 Linden Blvd. at Flatbush Ave., 718.856.0813

Saturday, March 18, 4 PM
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.221

Members of the Brooklyn Philharmonic team up with guest actors in a bold experiment – interpreting a Mozart string quartet as incidental music to a contemporary play read by actors.

BROOKLYN SINGS, BROOKLYN SWINGS: MARY PEARSON
Thursday, March 23, 7 PM
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Local leading jazz vocalists transform Central Library's 2nd Floor Meeting Room into a swinging cabaret. This month, Mary Pearson will entertain with an engaging repertoire that is familiar, yet fresh, and surging with joy.

SEMINARS

HOW TO WRITE AND PUBLISH YOUR OWN BOOK
Monday, March 6, 6:30 PM
Marcy Library, 617 DeKalb Ave. at Nostrand Ave., 718.935.0032

This workshop provides aspiring authors with information on how the publishing industry works and how to overcome obstacles that they may encounter as they aim to get their first books published.

LATINA WOMEN IN BUSINESS
Saturday, March 11, 2006, 1 PM
Central Library, Youth Wing Programming Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100; To register, please call 718.230.2417.

During this seminar, geared to Spanish-speaking women who aim to build their own businesses, corporate trainer Graciela Bareiro and small business owner Nader Serafy will share information on writing effective marketing and business plans. Translations of written business proposals into English will also be provided. In English and Spanish

LECTURES AND PANEL DISCUSSIONS

MOTHERHOOD IN BONDAGE/ MOTHERHOOD IN FREEDOM:
THE CHOICE IS YOURS
Saturday, March 4, 2 PM
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Learn about the historic struggle for women's reproductive rights with Gloria Feldt, past president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Feldt, an author, activist, commentator and former teen mom, will also address current challenges to Roe v. Wade.

CARIBBEAN DIALOGUE: TELLING MY SISTER'S STORY:
EXAMINING THE UNDERBELLY OF THE CARIBBEAN WOMAN’S REALITY
Central Library, 3rd Floor Trustees Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100
Thursday, March 30, 7-9 PM

Join WBAI FM 99.5 radio talk show host Ian Forrest, Professor Joyce Toney of Hunter College, and members of Brooklyn's diverse Caribbean Community to discuss the realities of Caribbean-born women who relocate to the United States.

LEARNING IN LIBRARIES:
FREE, AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN & TEENS


NINA CREWS: THE NEIGHBORHOOD MOTHER GOOSE
Ages: 6-12
Tuesday, March 7, 4:00-5:00 PM
Canarsie Library, 1580 Rockaway Pkwy. at Ave. J, 718.257.6547

Acclaimed writer and illustrator, Nina Crews will read from her latest children's book The Neighborhood Mother Goose, a collection of Mother Goose rhymes, as well as from her earlier books.

MAD SCIENCE OF BROOKLYN
Ages: 6-12
Wednesday, March 8, 3:30-4:30 PM
Leonard Library, 81 Devoe St. at Leonard St., 718.486.3365

Wednesday, March 15, 3:30-4:30 PM
Bushwick Library, 340 Bushwick Ave. at Seigel St., 718.602.1348

Tuesday, March 21, 3:30-4:30 PM
Thursday, March 23, 3:30-4:30 PM
Ulmer Park Library, 2602 Bath Ave at 26th Ave, 718.265.3443

Mondays, March 6, 13, 20, 27, 4:00-5:00 PM
Rugby Library, 1000 Utica Ave., 718.566.0054

Thursdays, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 3:15-4:15 PM
Dyker Library, 8202 13th Ave. at 82nd St., 718.748.6261

Designed to spark kids’ imaginations, Mad Science of Brooklyn educators entertain children with hands-on experiments that illustrate the science is really about.

COMIC BOOK ILLUSTRATION WORSHOP
Ages: 9-18
Thursday, March 9, 4:00-5:00 PM
Sunset Park Library, 4th Ave. at 51st St., 718.567.2806

Tuesday, March 21, 4:00-5:00 PM
Red Hook Library, 7 Wolcott St. at Dwight St., 718.935.0203

Mark Ziemann, creator of the comic strip Motorhead, teaches kids how to give life and motion to ideas and characters.

NEW YORK AQUARIUM
Ages: 6-12
Tuesday, March 14, 10:30-11:30 AM
Washington Irving Library, 360 Irving Ave. at Woodbine St.718.628.8378

Tuesday, March 14, 4:00-5:00 PM
Pacific Library, 25 Fourth Ave. at Pacific St., 718.638.1531

Wednesday, March 15, 4:00-5:00 PM
Bay Ridge Library, 7223 Ridge Blvd. at 73rd St., 718.748.5709

Wednesday, March 22, 4:00-5:00 PM
Flatlands Library, 2065 Flatbush Ave. at Ave. P, 718.2534409

Friday, March 24, 10:15-11:15 AM
Sara toga Library, Thomas S. Boyland St., 718.573.5224

Children are invited to learn fascinating facts about animals who live in the ocean in this engaging, hands-on program.

NED VIZZINI: BE MORE CHILL
Ages: 13-18
Wednesday, March 15, 4:00-5:00 PM
Park Slope Library, 6th Ave. at 9th St., 718.832.1853

Brooklyn writer Ned Vizzini discusses his book about teenage angst and romance.

MODERN DANCE WITH A LATIN TOUCH
Ages: 9-18
Wednesday, March 15, 4:00-5:00 PM
Brighton Beach Library, 16 Brighton First Rd. at Brighton Beach Ave., 718.946.2917

Modern Dance Company The Annabella Gonzalez Dance Theater presents an eclectic repertoire of Hispanic music and themes, and dance raging from comical and whimsical to abstract and dramatic.

EXHIBITIONS

LEGACY: A JOURNEY THROUGH SPIRIT, LIFE & ART:
WARREN L. HARRIS (1917-1988)
Through March 26, 2006
Central Library, Grand Lobby, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Drawing since age six, Warren L. Harris 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
Through March 26, 2006
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.

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