Downtown
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Thanks for a great inaugural year!

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Discover the epicenter of Brooklyn’s arts and culture.

Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival: Discover the District is an annual weekend celebration of Downtown Brooklyn’s cultural community—and the artists, writers and performers who inspire the borough’s creative spirit.

Last year’s Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival took place September 21 – 23, 2018.

Throughout the weekend, acclaimed local arts organizations across the Brooklyn Cultural District opened their doors with exciting performances, talks, and tours, and presented a host of free programming at The Plaza at 300 Ashland, including theater, poetry, dance, music, and other performances.

Stay tuned for the announcement of the second Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival.

2018 DBAF on the Plaza

Day 1

Day 1 Friday

5:00pm-5:30pm

Drum Circle

Presented by Brooklyn Music School

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

Feel the beat and join Brooklyn Music School instructor Mr. Fitz for a drum circle exploring rhythms from the Congo and West Africa.

5:30pm-8:00pm

Soul Summit Music

Presented by Downtown Brooklyn Partnership

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

A true neighborhood institution, Soul Summit Music is a DJ collective known for its long-running dance parties in Fort Greene Park. Emphasizing all things soulful, paying homage to the past, and embracing the future, Soul Summit brings people together for the love of house music and community.

Day 2

Day 2 Saturday

Community Day

Main Stage

12:15pm-12:45pm

New Work and Sneak Peek: The Brooklyn Nutcracker

Presented by Brooklyn Ballet

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

Artistic Director Lynn Parkerson’s collaborates with composer Malcolm Parson, for the new At the Intersection, followed by “The Mechanical Doll Dance” from the re-imagined holiday classic, The Brooklyn Nutcracker.

12:45pm-1:15pm

Soundpainting

Presented by Irondale Ensemble Project

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

Soundpainting is the live composing sign language created by composer Walter Thompson. Led by Ensemble member Michael-David Gordon and featuring the members of Young Company, the audience will learn a range of symbols before working together to create a collective Soundpainted piece around the theme of Brooklyn.

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Spotlight Reading

Presented by NY Writers Coalition

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

Join talented NYWC workshop leaders share their acclaimed work. After spending the entire year assisting varying communities in honing their craft, now these leaders get a chance to flex their own voice.

1:30pm-2:30pm

Dancewave: Company II performs Mike Esperanza’s Up.Side.Down + A Soca Dance class taught by Careitha Davis

Presented by Dancewave

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

A two-part performance and dance class!

First: Dancewave’s Company training program prepares young dancers for the versatility and technical challenges of today’s modern choreographers. Dancewave Company II performs Mike Esperanza’s Up.Side.Down.

Second: an upbeat Caribbean-based Soca dance class for all ages, taught by Careitha Davis.

2:45pm-3:15pm

The Knights

Presented by BRIC

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

As a Brooklyn-based orchestra committed to eliminating barriers between audiences and music, the Grammy-nominated ensemble performs on the Plaza for the first time with instrumental works by Sufjan Stevens, Bach, and others. As BRIC Artists in Residence and having toured nationally and internationally, The Knights are proud to be “one of Brooklyn’s sterling cultural products…known far beyond the borough for their relaxed virtuosity and expansive repertory” (The New Yorker).

Interlude

Spotlight Reading

Presented by NY Writers Coalition

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

Join talented NYWC workshop leaders share their acclaimed work. After spending the entire year assisting varying communities in honing their craft, now these leaders get a chance to flex their own voice.

3:30pm-3:45pm

Mark Morris Dance Group Performance: Excerpts from Words

Presented by Mark Morris Dance Group

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

The world-renowned Mark Morris Dance Group will perform an excerpt from Mark Morris’ 2014 work, Words. Set to Mendelssohn’s Songs without Words, “Words is another of Mr. Morris’ beguiling affairs, intriguingly expressing poetry beyond words.” (Wall Street Journal)

3:45pm-4:45pm

Dance with Mark Morris Dance Group

Presented by Mark Morris Dance Group

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

Dance with Mark Morris Dance Group company members Brandon Cournay and Nicole Sabellain in this fun class for the whole family featuring excerpts from Mark Morris’ “frisky and enigmatic” (Washington Post) work, Words. Class will be accompanied by Carson Moody on percussion. No experience is necessary. People of all ages, with and without disabilities, are encouraged to participate.

Interlude

Spotlight Reading

Presented by NY Writers Coalition

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

Join talented NYWC workshop leaders share their acclaimed work. After spending the entire year assisting varying communities in honing their craft, now these leaders get a chance to flex their own voice.

5:00pm-8:00pm

Salsa Dance Party featuring Los Hacheros with Pepito Gomez

Presented by Downtown Brooklyn Partnership

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

Close out the night with modern-day torchbearers of the Golden Age of Latin music and local favorites, Los Hacheros. Their critically acclaimed music will inspire old-school salseros and young music fans alike to dance. Kick off the party with a salsa dance class led by Mark Morris Dance Center instructors Andre Degas and Cindy Dowden. Cuba-born José “Pepito” Gómez was lead singer of Cuban mega-band Pupy y Los Que Son Son and toured with the late Compay Segundo of the Buena Vista Social Club. He is the lead singer of Orquesta Akokán, a big band collective of the finest musicians of Cuba, who extend the golden era of Cuban mambo to now.

Activities

Throughout the day, participate in programming by Brooklyn Cultural District institutions.

12:00pm-5:00pm

BRIC

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

Show off your Downtown Brooklyn pride by learning how to screen print onto a tote bag! Re-design, personalize and decorate your tote with fabric markers and other materials.

12:00pm-4:00pm

Brooklyn Historical Society

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

Color your own Brooklyn Bridge postcard while learning about the Brooklyn Bridge.

12:00pm-5:00pm

Brooklyn Public Library

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

Need a good reading recommendation? Through BookMatch Live, librarians are on site to help with on the spot book lists tailored to your specific interests. Also sign up for a library card and make a spoon puppet!

2:00pm-3:00pm

MoCADA

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

Join photographer Jendog Lonewolf for a family-friendly photography workshop inspired by MoCADA’s current exhibition, Where I seek, I Find Myself. Using both digital and disposable cameras, Lonewolf will lead festival-goers to explore how their own perspectives of self, home, and community influence the photographs they take. Participants are invited to submit their work to be featured in MoCADA’s social media and physical gallery.

12:00pm-5:00pm

Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA)

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

Words, words, words! Do you like to play with words? William Shakespeare sure did! “Play the scribe” and have some fun with the famous playwright who invented many of the “zany” words we still use today. Throughout the day, make your own buttons with words invented by Shakespeare, decorate your own quill, and participate in Shakespeare “Mad Libs” featuring Julius Caesar. Additional activities include:

Storytelling featuring Julius Caesar: Friends, Romans, Countrymen! Beware the Ides of March! Don’t know what we’re talking about? Then you’d better stop by to hear this tragic tale! (Every hour, on the hour)

Shakespearean Insult Battle: Do you have what it takes to insult and impress your friends at the same time? Join us to find out, thou puking, fat-kidneyed giglet! (Every hour, on the half hour)

12:00pm-5:00pm

UrbanGlass

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

Live beadmaking demonstrations, where UrbanGlass artists will melt glass rods to create colorful glass beads.

Day 3

Day 3 Sunday

2:00pm-4:30pm

Theater of War Productions: Martin Luther King’s The Drum Major Instinct

Presented by Brooklyn Public Library

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

Directed by Bryan Doerries (Public Artist in Residence of the City of New York and founder of Theater of War Productions), The Drum Major Instinct features actor Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s Tale, Orange Is the New Black) reading King’s powerful sermon, a cautionary speech about the impulse in all humans to be first. The performance has the goal of generating powerful dialogue about racism, inequality, and social justice, fostering compassion, understanding, and positive action. Featuring original and arranged music sung by The Phil Woodmore Singers, a choir made up of police officers and their spouses, teachers, activists, and members of the faith community from St. Louis, Missouri.

4:30pm-6:00pm

Community Dance Party with DJ Run P.

Presented by MoCADA

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

Brooklyn-based DJ Run P. closes out the Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival. The widely respected DJ, on-air personality, and producer is at the forefront of NYC’s future bass movement. Founder of QUENCH, a monthly dance party at the intersection of progressive soul and future bass, Run P. champions the electronic sounds and thorough basslines of house, R&B, hip-hop, funk, dancehall, afrobeat, disco, and more.

2018 Discover the District

Explore arts programming around the Brooklyn Cultural District

Day 1

Day 1 Friday

5:30pm-7:30pm

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Location: 7-Corners, Fulton Street and S. Oxford Street

Born in Puerto Rico, Rafael Rosa (guitar, bass, piano, percussion) has performed with Luba Mason’s Mixtura, several Off-Broadway musicals, the Afro-Peruvian group Karachacha, and the Rafael Rosa Group. Bring a chair.

Free

6:30pm-7:30pm

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Location: 3 Lafayette Avenue

Urban Rhythms Dance participants explore and create environments through Flex Dance animation by understanding how artists use emotion, attitude, lyricism, choreography, and freestyle vocabulary. Participants have the opportunity to explore these concepts collaboratively in class and community performances.Taught by Carl Belizaire.

$17

6:30pm-8:30pm

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Location: 3 Lafayette Avenue

Learn the basics of this popular and innovative dance genre including freestyle, popping, and locking in this fun and welcoming workshop. Taught by Keomi Tarver.

$17

6:30pm-7:45pm

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Location: 3 Lafayette Avenue

Gaga.dancers classes take participants to new, unfamiliar places by expanding on the Gaga movement techniques established in the Gaga.people classes. In Gaga.dancers classes, teachers offer evocative instructions that each dancer is invited to respond to and explore in their own way. This more advanced class will enhance each dancer’s awareness of physical sensation and expand their palette of movement techniques. Open to professional dancers or advanced dance students ages 16+.

$17

6:30pm-8:30pm

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Location: Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92, 63 Flushing Avenue (at Carlton Avenue)

Test your food knowledge during this trivia contest where you get to eat the clues. Inspired by TASTEMAKERS, currently on view at BLDG 92, this trivia focuses on one of the Yard’s newest food tenants, Russ & Daughters.

$10 / 25% off with festival code: DOWNTOWN. Tickets Available Here.

7:00pm

Intro to Voguing

Presented by BRIC

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Location: BRIC House Stoop, 647 Fulton Street (enter on Rockwell Place)

This participatory workshop led by Benji Hart and Michael Roberson of House Lives Matters introduces the street dance style to participants at all dance levels, grounding the form as a tool for resistance and queer liberation.

Free with RSVP RSVP here.

7:00pm

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Location: BAM Rose Cinemas, Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Avenue

How does one go on living following unthinkable trauma? In the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide, two women—a Tutsi refugee (Umuhire) and the Polish ornithologist (Budnik) who helped smuggle her out of the country—each embark on profound emotional journeys.

$15 / $7.50 for members. Tickets available here.

7:30pm

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Location: Polonsky Shakespeare Center, 262 Ashland Place

The Young Vic, HOME & Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg co-produced the world premiere of The Emperor, Colin Teevan’s theatrical adaptation of Ryszard Kapuściński’s celebrated and controversial 1978 book about the downfall of Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie.

$90-$115. Use code DBAF for $65 tickets (35% discount). The offer is valid through all performances, and there is no expiration date. Tickets Available Here.

7:30pm-8:30pm

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Location: 3 Lafayette Avenue

A mixed level class, Beginner/Intermediate Ballet allows for beginning dancers to challenge themselves and for advanced dancers to take a simpler class to strengthen fundamental technical principles. Taught by Ashley Tuttle.

$17

7:45pm-9:15pm

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Location: 3 Lafayette Avenue

Let go of the work week with a high energy African Dance class led by Broadway performer (and Beyoncé collaborator) Ismael Kouyate. Accompanied by a live percussion ensemble.

$17

8:00pm

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Location: 509 Atlantic Avenue

Oud (lute) master Mohamed Abozekry, still in his mid-20s, is the youngest oud professor in the Arab world. This is the US premiere of his new project Karkadé, evoking the eponymous French café at which it was born and the fragrant hibiscus tea found throughout Cairo.

$25. Tickets Available Here.

9:30pm

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Location: BAM Rose Cinemas, Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Avenue

Set amid the wintry steppes of Mongolia, this lyrical coming-of-age tale follows the journey of 11-year-old Sukhbat as he trains a wild stallion in preparation for a horse race that will—if he wins—save his family from financial ruin.

$15 / $7.50 for members. Tickets available here.

Day 2

Day 2 Saturday

11:00am-1:00pm

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Location: Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92, 63 Flushing Avenue (at Carlton Avenue)

In celebration of the 2018 Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival theme “Discover the District,” this tour will share the extraordinary history of the Brooklyn Navy Yard that includes stops at historic places across the Yard’s 300 acres.

$30 / 25% off with festival code: DOWNTOWN. Tickets Available Here.

11:00am-1:00pm

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Location: BRIC House Stoop, 647 Fulton Street (enter on Rockwell Place)

Where media dreamers become media makers. Orientation is the first step to taking BRIC’s free and low-cost, high-quality media education courses and getting your own TV or podcast show on the New York Emmy Award-winning Brooklyn Free Speech.

Free

11:30am-1:30pm

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Location: 3 Lafayette Avenue

A mixed level class, Beginner/Intermediate Ballet allows for beginning dancers to challenge themselves and for advanced dancers to take a simpler class to strengthen fundamental technical principles. Taught by Ashley Tuttle.

$17

1:00pm-5:00pm

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Location: Agnes Varis Art Center, 647 Fulton Street

Explore UrbanGlass’s 17,000 square foot facility, typically closed to the public—and watch artists work. UrbanGlass’s Open Studio will focus on concepts of ancient glass with hands-on activities for all ages, tours of the space, and demonstrations of glassblowing, flameworking, and neon tube bending.

Free. $25 - $65 for workshops. Reference DBAF and get 10% off one item at UrbanGlass|ware.

1:30pm-2:15pm

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Location: Corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street

In 1870, inventor Alfred Beach caused a sensation when he opened his experimental subway powered by air. Learn more about his unique design and use blasts of air to power your experimental vehicle. For ages 5+.

Free with $10 adult / $5 child museum admission

2:00pm-5:00pm

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Location: 370 Schermerhorn Street

Stop by Recess Assembly space to learn a little printmaking with Recess Assembly Peer Leaders, guided by Oscar Rene Cornejo, as well as see the beginning installation pieces of Oscar’s “States of Exception” exhibit. Assembly Peer Leaders are paid young people who work closely with our artists and then present their work in our public gallery. Our young people develop independent projects with our artists; work as art handlers and apprentices for Recess artists; and have the opportunity to shape future iterations of the Assembly program, taking ownership of the curriculum, leading parts of program sessions, and serving as mentors to their peers.

Free

2:00pm

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Location: Meet in front of 80 Flatbush Avenue (between Schermerhorn and State Streets)

Katie Merz’s mural at 80 Flatbush Avenue covers the building’s façade with her signature bold, black-and-white graphics representing Brooklyn’s past, present, and future. Who and what is depicted in the mural? Get a guided tour of the mural with the artist herself!

Free

2:00pm

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Location: Polonsky Shakespeare Center, 262 Ashland Place

The Young Vic, HOME & Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg co-produced the world premiere of The Emperor, Colin Teevan’s theatrical adaptation of Ryszard Kapuściński’s celebrated and controversial 1978 book about the downfall of Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie.

$90-$115. Use code DBAF for $65 tickets (35% discount). The offer is valid through all performances, and there is no expiration date. Tickets Available Here.

2:00pm-3:00pm

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Location: 3 Lafayette Avenue

Learn tap styles from different eras and basic technique in this drop-in class taught by Yuka Kameda.

$17

3:00pm-4:00pm

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Location: Agnes Varis Art Center, 647 Fulton Street

Join curator Elizabeth Essner and artist Shari Mendelson for a guided tour of the exhibition Glasslike.

Free

3:00pm-4:00pm

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Location: 3 Lafayette Avenue

A personal training approach in a group setting, Full Body Conditioning uses corrective exercise and movement instruction to bring holistic fitness to the entire body. With intervals of high and low impact exercises, students can expect to target each major muscle group of the body in each class session. Wear comfortable clothing in which you can easily move. No shoes preferred. Taught by Ana Costa.

$17

3:00pm-5:00pm

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Location: 3 Lafayette Avenue

This class unites dance, rhythm, and song. It creates an environment and dance community that nurtures, heals, renews, and inspires the body and spirit. The class was listed in New York Magazine’s “The Best of New York.” Open to all experience levels. Wear comfortable clothing in which you can easily move; lapa or wrap skirt optional. Class is taken barefoot. Taught by Patricia Hall.

$17

3:30pm-4:30pm

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Location: Corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street

Drop by the New York Transit Museum’s Computer Lab to take control of a NYC Subway car and operate it over virtual miles of track, using realistic software.

Free with $10 adult / $5 child museum admission

3:30pm-4:30pm

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Location: 3 Lafayette Avenue

A fun, jam-packed dance party workout, this Soca class is a great way to kick-off your Saturday afternoon. This class starts with an endurance building warm-up, followed by practice of traditional Soca movements (including wining and other body isolations), and ends with a short phrase of choreography. Dancers of all levels are encouraged to attend. Wear comfortable clothing in which you can easily move. Please wear jazz shoes, jazz sneakers, indoor sneakers, or thin socks.

$17

3:35pm

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Location: Polonsky Shakespeare Center, 262 Ashland Place

Immediately following the matinee performance of The Emperor, Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA) will open its doors to the public for a conversation with authors Richard McCoy (Faith in Shakespeare), Maaza Mengiste (Beneath the Lion’s Gaze) and Sean Gasper bye (translator of the History of a Disappearance.)

Free

5:15pm-6:30pm

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Location: 160 Schermerhorn Street

Adult Beginner Ballet classes teach flexibility, strength and endurance and accommodates a wide range of ages and physical abilities.

$15. Register Here.

7:00pm

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Location: BAM Rose Cinemas, Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Avenue

The Little Mermaid gets a fabulously freaky, feminist reworking in this kaleidoscopic, disco-punk horror musical. In 1980s Poland, two fish-tailed sirens of the sea make their way to land and find work as performers in a neon-soaked night club.

$15 / $7.50 for members. Tickets available here.

7:00pm

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Location: 22 Boerum Place

For their third presentation as Suzanne Fiol 2018 Curatorial Fellows, Queer Trash presents an auspicious meeting of bright, queer minds showcasing the myriad ways that queers make sound, make sound queer, or skim around terms that may attempt to contain queer life.

$15. Tickets Available Here.

7:00pm

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Location: BAM Rose Cinemas, Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Avenue

After becoming severely injured while helping to construct the world’s largest statue of Jesus, a heavy metal rebel undergoes a complete facial transplant—and a subsequent identity crisis—that leaves him shunned and alienated from his family and community.

$15 / $7.50 for members. Tickets available here.

9:00pm-10:30pm

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Location: 3 Lafayette Avenue

Wake up your body with a 45-minute open level morning yoga stretch class. With an emphasis on breath, this class is a relaxing way to rid yourself of any aches and pains and stretch the major muscle groups of your body. Taught by Nicole Restani.

$17

Day 3

Day 3 Sunday

9:00am-11:00am

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Location: 45 4th Avenue (at Dean Street)

Dancewave’s Absolute Beginner Ballet is for the novice dancer with little to no previous experience. Students will learn the basic positions, body alignment terminology, and short routines to jazz and contemporary music.

$16

10:30am-11:30am

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Location: Polonsky Shakespeare Center, 262 Ashland Place

Join Dorothy Ryan, Managing Director of Theatre for a New Audience, for a special behind-the-scenes tour of the Polonsky Shakespeare Center. Space is limited to 15 people. All registration is online, in advance. No walk-ups permitted.

Free with registration. RSVP Here.

11:00am-12:00pm

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Location: 45 4th Avenue (at Dean Street)

Dancewave’s drop-in Zumba classes feature Latin rhythms set to high-energy international beats.

$13

12:00pm-1:30pm

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Location: 45 4th Avenue (at Dean Street)

A highly imaginative and highly physical investigation of ourselves as movers, Beginner Modern Dance is grounded in improvisation and set material.

$16

1:00pm

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Location: BRIC House Stoop, 647 Fulton Street (enter on Rockwell Place)

In this fireside chat, BRIC’s new President, Kristina Newman Scott, will sit down with BRIC TV managing editor Brian Vines to introduce herself to the community and share her thoughts on leadership in arts and culture.

Free

2:00pm

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Location: Polonsky Shakespeare Center, 262 Ashland Place

The Young Vic, HOME & Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg co-produced the world premiere of The Emperor, Colin Teevan’s theatrical adaptation of Ryszard Kapuściński’s celebrated and controversial 1978 book about the downfall of Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie.

$90-$115. Use code DBAF for $65 tickets (35% discount). The offer is valid through all performances, and there is no expiration date. Tickets Available Here.

2:00pm

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Location: BAM Rose Cinemas, Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Avenue

This breathtakingly beautiful, Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, inspired by the Oscar Award-winning MGM film, tells the impassioned story of discovering love in the City of Lights. Broadcast from London’s West End to BAM Rose Cinemas.

$28 / $23 for members. Tickets Available Here

4:30pm

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Location: BAM Rose Cinemas, Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Avenue

During a bucolic summer in the Polish countryside, a woman’s life reaches a crisis point as she buckles—but refuses to break—under the pressures of motherhood, marriage, and an explosive secret that threatens to consume her.

$15 / $7.50 for members. Tickets available here.

4:30pm

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Location: BAM Rose Cinemas, Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Avenue

The highest grossing Polish film of 2017 tells the true life story of Michalina Wisłocka (Magdalena Boczarska), the crusading gynecologist who defied Communist authorities and the Catholic church to lead Poland’s sexual revolution in the 1970s.

$15 / $7.50 for members. Tickets available here.

2018 Ongoing Exhibitions

All Weekend

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Location: 80 Flatbush Avenue (between Schermerhorn and State Streets)

Katie Merz’s mural at 80 Flatbush Avenue covers the building’s façade with her signature bold, black-and-white graphics representing Brooklyn’s past, present, and future. Painted with a white oilstick, the mural was inspired by the building’s surroundings, as well as conversations Mertz had with passersby, neighbors, and the staff at the NYC Human Resources Administration office who currently occupy the building. In celebration of the mural’s one-year anniversary, Merz will spend the weekend drawing a block-long hieroglyphic strip replicating parts of its imagery. Two “butchers“ will be slicing and selling pieces by the yard to festival-goers and the general public.

Free; during the hours of DBAF, all weekend.

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Location: Gallery at BRIC House, 647 Fulton Street (enter on Rockwell Place)

The centerpiece of Mary Mattingly: What Happens After, a deconstructed and creatively transformed 19,000-pound light medium tactical vehicle (LMTV, a military cargo truck), is meant to be understood as a component of the ever-expanding global market for minerals and their complex supply chains (military and otherwise), as well as provoke a reimagining of public life, centering on the existence of objects with violent histories. The vehicle—used in the Gulf and Afghan wars and made in the US by Oshkosh Defense—was collaboratively re-designed by nine artists and activists into a platform for performance. Through this object, the artist poses a big question: What happens when an object that embodies both the systemic violence represented by war and climate change is manifested in a public space?

Free; check website for gallery hours.

All Weekend

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Location: 128 Pierrepont Street

In response to the Trump administration’s Muslim ban and subsequent restraining orders, the 2018 BHS Teen Council Members identified immigration as their curatorial theme, analyzed how concepts of “us” and “them” lead to stereotypes of immigrants, and considered how race and immigration have intersected differently across eras. Focusing on the stories of historical Brooklynites—Harriet Judson, John Roebling, Nathan Handwerker, Shirley Chisholm, and contemporary immigration activist Ravi Ragbir—Brooklyn: A New Home, a New Life shows how Brooklyn has been shaped by the many international ties within its vibrant and varied communities.

$10 recommended; check website for gallery hours.

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Location: 128 Pierrepont Street

In celebration with the 150th anniversary of Prospect Park, BHS has partnered with the Prospect Park Alliance to highlight the social history of Brooklyn’s backyard. Featuring over 100 artifacts and documents, this exhibition tells the story of the 585 acres of forest, field, and swamp that Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux transformed into an urban oasis and how the Park has sustained generations of Brooklynites throughout the borough’s many eras of change.

$10 recommended; check website for gallery hours.

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Location: 128 Pierrepont Street

In celebration of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce’s 100th anniversary, BHS presents The Business of Brooklyn, an exhibition exploring the past 100 years of business in the borough—booming factories, family shops, iconic innovation, and labor struggles. The exhibition showcases images and objects from companies that thrived in Brooklyn—Domino Sugar, Squibb Pharmaceuticals, and Schaefer Beer—and artifacts from the Brooklyn Chamber’s history.

$10 recommended; check website for gallery hours.

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Location: Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92, 63 Flushing Avenue (at Carlton Avenue)

TASTEMAKERS is a show about food, but don’t expect to recognize your favorite dish at first glance. Artist and designer Steph Mantis reframes the familiar, encouraging us to question our expectations and associations with food. For this exhibition, Mantis learned the stories of restaurants at the Yard—Brooklyn Roasting Company, Grandchamps, Jalapa Jar, Russ & Daughters, Rustik Tavern, and Transmitter Brewing—exploring their key ingredients through the microscope.

Free; check website for hours.

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Location: Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92, 63 Flushing Avenue (at Carlton Avenue)

Brooklyn Navy Yard: Past, Present and Future tells the story of the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard, the 300-acre site nestled on the world-famous Brooklyn waterfront. Established in 1801 as one of the US’s first five naval shipyards, the Yard developed into the nation’s premiere naval industrial facility. This exhibition explores the Yard’s contributions to American industry, technology, innovation, and manufacturing, as well as its impact on labor, politics, education, and urban and environmental planning, and showcases some of the 400+ businesses that call the Yard home today.

Free; check website for hours.

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Location: 80 Hanson Place

Where I Seek, I Find Myself explores the concept of home through the lenses of photographers Hélène Amouzou, Joana Choumali, Fanta Diop, Manyatsa Monyamane, Johanne Rahaman, Miora Rajaonary, and Nina Robinson. At once nowhere and everywhere, “home” is depicted in three parts: in the community, in the house, and in the body. Intentionally geographically disorienting, this exhibition challenges us to find the common threads throughout the African Diaspora. This exhibition was inspired by MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora, a commemorative publication committed to establishing and representing a collective voice of women photographers of African descent.

$8 / $5 for DBAF attendees; check website for gallery hours.

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Location: 80 Hanson Place

In the spirit of the Black Lives Matter movement, student artists from five Brooklyn schools created works of art grounded in their individual and collective BLACK experiences.

$8 / $5 for DBAF attendees; check website for gallery hours.

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Location: Agnes Varis Art Center, 647 Fulton Street

New York-based artist Shari Mendelson interprets ancient glass using the most modern of materials: throwaway plastic bottles. A result of Mendelson’s deep fascination and careful study, her vases, urns, amphoras, and animals hew close to their early antecedents. Made from repurposed Pom-Wonderful™, V8™, Sierra Mist™ bottles, the resulting objects are as mysterious as they are mesmerizing. Archeological in feel, “sell-by” dates and impressed logos reveal their contemporary origins. Curated by Elizabeth Essner.

Free; check website for gallery hours.

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Location: Agnes Varis Art Center, 647 Fulton Street

If only you were lonely, too is a vulnerable portrayal of modern romance where we descend into the emotional space somewhere between elation and despondency. A glass sculptor and mixed media installation artist, Morris works experimentally: using processes based off of traditional mold making and kiln casting techniques.

Free; check website for gallery hours.

Getting to the Plaza

The Plaza at 300 Ashland is located near 300 Ashland Place, at the corner of Lafayette and Flatbush Avenues.

By Subway

2 3 4 5 B Q N R D to Atlantic Avenue / Barclays Center
C to Lafayette Avenue
G to Fulton Street
MTA Subway Information

By Bus

B25, B26, B41, B45, B52, B63, B67 all stop within three blocks of the plaza.
MTA Bus Information

By Train

The Long Island Railroad stops at Atlantic Terminal, approximately one block away from the plaza.