May 2008 Programs and Exhibitions at Brooklyn Public Library

April 24, 2008

Brooklyn, NY, April 2008– Spring is the growing season, and all through the month of May, BPL has programs to match! Get a fresh perspective with thought-provoking lectures and discussions, expand your cultural horizons with everything from contemporary drama to Klezmer music, or spark your business creativity at the PowerUp! Kick-off event. More information on these programs, plus many others, is below.


FOR ADULTS
Music, Dance & More

W.A.C. in Iraq: A Work in Progress
In this play, five women struggle to make sense of their lives during wartime.
Thursday, May 8, 4:30 PM
DeKalb Library, 790 Bushwick Avenue, 718.455.3898

Dweck By Night Cabaret: Mo Beasley and The Love Storm
Beasley blends poetry and live music in an award-winning performance that integrates drama, philosophy and creativity.
Saturday, May 10, 7 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100
Tickets are $10 ($7 students and seniors). Order online at www.Smarttix.com

The David Glukh Klezmer Ensemble
This ensemble performs traditional klezmer and fusions with Irish, Gypsy, Arabic, Chinese, funk and tango music.
Sunday, May 11, 1:30 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Brooklyn Sings, Brooklyn Swings: Amy London
London—like Sarah Vaughan, Nina Simone or Shirley Horn—is not only a great singer, but also an expert story teller, pianist and composer.
Sunday, May 11, 4 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Performance: Barynya
Russian musicians, singers and dancers perform in traditional costumes.
Monday, May 12, 6:30 PM
Windsor Terrace Library, 160 East 5th Street, 718.686.9707

Performance: Seasoned Citizens Theatre Company
Enjoy a cabaret revue.
Tuesday, May 13, 1:30 PM
New Utrecht Library, 1743 86th Street, 718.236.4086

Performance: Great Italian Arias
Soprano Jacqueline Buffone, who sang on Barbra Streisand’s farewell tour, sings arias from La Boheme and Le Nozzi di Figaro.
Saturday, May 17, 2 PM
Greenpoint Library, 107 Norman Ave 718.359.8504

BPL Chamber Players
Eugene Drucker (violin), Ah Ling Neu (viola), Roberta Cooper (cello), Peter Weitzner (bass) and Marija Stroke (piano) give a performance including Unaccompanied Bach, played by Drucker and Schubert's Trout Quintet.
Sunday, May 18, 4 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Performance: The Banjo Rascals
The Banjo Rascals play all your toe-tappin' favorites!
Thursday, May 22, 2 PM
Brighton Beach Library, 16 Brighton First Road, 718.946.2917


Readings & Discussions
Brooklyn Independents: Exiled in Brooklyn
Meet literati from Africa, Latin America, Israel and China, introduced by BOMB Magazine editor-in-chief Betsy Sussler.
Thursday, May 1, 7 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Shoes and Socks: On Holocaust and Memory
Marc Kaminsky presents stories by Holocaust survivors.
Sunday, May 4, 1:30 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Israel at 60
Dr. Ronald Zweig, director of the Taub Center for Israel Studies at New York University, considers the ideals of Israel’s founders, its promise as a nation and its present reality.
Sunday, May 4, 4 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Off the Rail: Terese Svoboda & Carl Watson
Svoboda’s recent books are the memoir Black Glasses Like Clark Kent and the novel Tin God. Watson’s books include The Hotel of Irrevocable Acts and Beneath the Empire of the Birds.
Thursday, May 8, 7 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Inheriting the City: Children of Immigrants Come of Age
Scholar Philip Kasinitz explores the “second generation” of New York—immigrants or children of immigrants—as they remake the social, cultural and political landscape.
Saturday, May 10, 4 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Russian Literary Series: Yuz Aleshkovsky
Linguist innovator Aleshkovsy has written screenplays and novels, but is perhaps best known for his anti-Stalinist songs, part of an urban folk tradition in the Soviet Union. He discusses his work in Russian.
Sunday, May 18, 1:30 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Russian Poetry Club
Russian American poets recite poetry.
Wednesday, May 21, 6 PM
Kings Bay Library, 3650 Nostrand Avenue, 718.368.1709


Classes & Workshops
Fifth Annual PowerUP! Business Plan Competition Kick-Off & Orientation
Calling all Brooklyn Entrepreneurs! Find out how you can win money to start your own business by entering the Business Library’s business plan competition.
Friday, May 2, 8:30 AM
Tuesday, May 6, 6 PM
Business Library, 280 Cadman Plaza West, 718.623.7000
Williamsburgh Library, 240 Division Avenue, 718.302.3485

Third Annual Children’s Mental Health Fair
Find resources and hear experts discuss mental health issues.
Saturday, May 10, 11 AM
Brooklyn Heights Library, 280 Cadman Plaza West, 718.623.7100

You Can Do It Too! Entrepreneur Series
Hear from other entrepreneurs as they share the trials they encountered and the tips they discovered on the road to success!
Tuesdays, May 13 & 27, 6 PM
Business Library, 280 Cadman Plaza West, 718.623.7000


Film Screenings
Independent Skateboard Film
Filmmaker Josh Stewart screens Static 3 and discusses his 15-year career filming skateboarders from Florida to India and Egypt.
Saturday, May 3, 4 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Film: From the Mountaintop to Your Tap
This documentary follows 12 students across New York State as they trace drinking water from its source in the Catskills to their own communities.
Saturday, May 17, 4 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100


FOR KIDS

Mad Science of Brooklyn Workshop
Learn about science in this hands-on workshop.
Thursday, May 1, 4 PM
Clinton Hill Library, 380 Washington Avenue, 718.398.8713

May Day Garden Festival
Enjoy food, music and arts and crafts while supporting your library.
Saturday, May 3, 11 AM
Leonard Library, 81 Devoe Street, 718.486.3365

Readers’ Theater
Act out your favorite stories.
Tuesdays, May 6 & 13, 4 PM
Flatbush Library, 22 Linden Boulevard, 718.856.0813

The Tortoise and the Hare
Based on Aesop's famous fable, Teatro IATI adds fun and magic to this old tale.
Saturday, May 3, 1 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Interactive Music
From Raffi to rock ‘n‘ roll, don't miss this interactive, engaging and fun music program.
Tuesday, May 6, 11 AM
Sheepshead Bay Library
Wednesday, May 7, 10:30 AM
Fort Hamilton Library, 9424 Fourth Avenue, 718.748.6919

At the Pole: The Story of Matthew Henson
Enjoy this one man show about the polar explorer.
Thursday, May 8, 4:30 PM
Williamsburgh Library, 240 Division Avenue, 718.302.3485

Catskill Puppet Theater
A puppet show with plenty of lively original music and audience participation.
Saturday, May 10, 1 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Bond Street Theatre Presents Giant Steps
Join our friend Jackie as she learns to walk, discovers fire and language and outsmarts a hungry giant!
Saturday, May 17, 1 PM
Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

Eric Carle Art Club
Hear stories by this popular author and make a craft to take home. Ages 3 to 5.
Monday, May 19, 4:30 PM
Central Library, Youth Wing
Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100


FOR TEENS

Open Mic Poetry
Wednesday, May 7, 3:30 PM
Marcy Library, 617 DeKalb Avenue, 718.935.0032

Knitting & Crocheting Workshop
Learn or perfect these skills.
Tuesdays, 3:30 PM
Flatbush Library, 22 Linden Boulevard, 718.856.0813

Spanish Language Class
Learn basic Spanish.
Tuesdays, 4 PM
Paerdegat Library, 850 E. 59th Street, 718.241.3994

UNO Tournament
Fridays, 4 PM
Marcy Library, 617 DeKalb Avenue, 718.935.0032

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