Downtown
Brooklyn
Arts Festival

September 22–25
2021

Discover the epicenter of Brooklyn’s arts and culture.

The Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival (DBAF) is an annual celebration of Downtown Brooklyn’s cultural community and the artists, writers, and performers who inspire the borough’s creative spirit.

The 2021 Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival will take place from Wednesday, September 22 to Saturday, September 25. Acclaimed arts organizations across the Brooklyn Cultural District will share both virtual and in-person programming with exciting performances, workshops, classes, talks, films, family programming, and exhibitions. Every evening during the festival, The Plaza at 300 Ashland will have exciting activations, ranging from performances to dance parties.

Read full recaps of DBAF 2020, DBAF 2019, and DBAF 2018.

2021 DBAF on the Plaza

Wednesday 9/22

5:00pm

Downtown Brooklyn Salsa Dance Party and Festival Kickoff

Presented by Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and Mark Morris Dance Center

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

On Wednesday night, we kick off the Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival with a salsa dance party with live music by Brooklyn-based singer and her band Maria Raquel Quintet, DJ John John Acevedo providing the classics, and a class led by Mark Morris Dance Center. Organizations from the Brooklyn Cultural District will be on site to engage the crowd, including Brooklyn Music School, Girl Be Heard, Irondale Arts Center, Reelworks, and UrbanGlass.

Thursday 9/23

6:00pm

CANCELED: Downtown Brooklyn Rehearsal Residency Initiative + Cultural District Performances

Presented by Downtown Brooklyn Partnership

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

This event has been canceled.

DBP created the Downtown Brooklyn Rehearsal Residency Initiative to provide free outdoor rehearsal space to artists and arts organizations during the COVID-19 lockdown. On Thursday, select residents will showcase the pieces they created and rehearsed on the Plaza, including the work of Senegalese dancer Babacar Top, the original circus and comedy production Allez-OOPS! by Rob & Miss Jane, and the 18-piece big band, NYC Ska Orchestra. After several years in residence at BRIC, musicians from The Knights, led by Artistic Director Colin Jacobsen, will perform their first concert in the neighborhood since the start of the pandemic.

The Knights are a collective of adventurous musicians dedicated to transforming the orchestral experience and eliminating barriers between audiences and music. Driven by an open-minded spirit of camaraderie and exploration, they inspire listeners with vibrant programs that encompass their roots in the classical tradition and passion for artistic discovery. The orchestra has toured and recorded with renowned soloists including Yo-Yo Ma, Dawn Upshaw, Béla Fleck, and Gil Shaham, and has appeared across the world’s most prestigious stages, including those at Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood, Ravinia, The Kennedy Center, and the Vienna Musikverein. As part of The Knights’ set, dancer Lindsey Jones will appear courtesy of Dance Heginbotham. Choreography by John Heginbotham and Lindsey Jones.

Rob & Miss Jane: Allez-OOPS! brings back classic vaudeville acts with a comic twist. Rob & Miss Jane waltz on wine bottles, skip on sky-high stilts and even tame the terrifying TIGER BABY! Blending circus thrills, deft pacing and spontaneous comedy, this family friendly slapstick spectacle will engage audiences and be a guaranteed crowd favorite with its comic sight gags and visual humor.

Babacar Top is a Senegalese artist who began his dancing at a young age with Sabar in traditional ceremonies. His interest in storytelling through the body lead him to deepen his learning and seek out more African contemporary dance forms. Top spent four years as a company member with Compagnie Jant-Bi. He has worked with Regine Chopinot, Robyn Orlin, Mark Tompkins, Kristie Simon, Rosangela Slivestre, Rachel Erdos and Ido Tadmor and in collaboration with the Association Kaay Fecc in Dakar to develop programming that trains young dancers in a variety of dance forms. He has taught and performed throughout Africa, Europe and the USA.

NYC Ska Orchestra is an 18-piece big band consisting of a “who’s-who” of top New York musicians, playing original compositions and arrangements of popular songs across reggae, ska, rock steady, and jazz.

Friday 9/24

6:00pm

Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

Presented by Downtown Brooklyn Partnership

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

Arturo O’Farrill and the 18-piece Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, who had their first post-lockdown in person rehearsals on The Plaza at 300 Ashland, returns for a full-scale performance with a special repertoire celebrating Hispanic Heritage month and Mexican Independence Day. This performance is a co-presentation with the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance.

Saturday 9/25

10:30am-4:00pm

BAMkids Family Day

Presented by Brooklyn Academy of Music

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

Saturday is BAMkids Family Day, with performances, interactive workshops, and local talent, including Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats!, Feet of Rhythm Kids, Brooklyn United, and Brown Rice Family. Festivities are emceed by BAM teaching artists Kimani Fowlin and Farai Malianga.

5:00pm-8:00pm

Soul Summit Dance Party

Presented by Downtown Brooklyn Partnership

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

Saturday evening marks the end of DBAF with festival and Downtown Brooklyn favorites, Soul Summit, spinning old-school house music on The Plaza.

2021 Discover the Brooklyn Cultural District

Explore virtual programming (and a handful of live events!) from organizations in the Brooklyn Cultural District

Day 1

Day 1 Wednesday 9/22

10:00am-11:00am

*In Person* Beginner Afro-Haitian Dance Class

Presented by Mark Morris Dance Center

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Location: Mark Morris Dance Center - 3 Lafayette Ave

Taught by Sheila Anozier. Class is in person but also available virtually.

$12 Register

12:00pm-3:00pm

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

Beatriz Castro is a Brooklyn-based dancer expanding her work, “Cuidado, Piso Mojado (Slippery When Wet)”, which explores the possibilities of the body as both content and container.

free

3:00pm-4:00pm

K-Pop Party

Presented by Brooklyn Public Library

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Location: online

Has your favorite K-Pop group recently had a comeback? Are you dying to introduce new people to your favorite songs? Join the Pacific library for a K-Pop streaming party! We have a great playlist set up, but requests are always welcome!

Free RSVP

3:00pm-6:00pm

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Location: Albee Square (Fulton St. + DeKalb Ave)

Project KB will share its creative process that focuses on sustainability. Audiences will be invited to watch and be on set when creating a short film that will be used to share the process with a larger audience. The movement and narrative will highlight how to reduce consumption and waste.

free

6:30pm-7:00pm

LitFilm Festival: Hysterical Girl

Presented by Brooklyn Public Library

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Location: online

Short/Documentary, dir. Kate Novack U.S., 2020, 13 min

BPL’s popular film festival about writers, now in its fourth year – returns this fall with an exciting lineup of documentaries and films, highlighting some of the most influential and iconoclastic literary minds, jostling for their places in the ever-shifting canon.

Written and directed by Novack, the short depicts Sigmund Freud’s sole case study of a female patient re-examined from a modern feminist perspective. Dora: An Analysis of a Case of Hysteria profiled a 17-year-old whose parents sent her to Freud when she accused a family friend of sexual assault. Hysterical Girl also features a reimagined version of Dora — played by Tommy Vines — who shares her story as the film is intercut with Freud’s findings. To see the full roster of films, please go here.

*Registered audience members will receive a streaming link and additional instructions prior to the screening date.

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7:00pm-9:00pm

LitFilm Festival: Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt

Presented by Brooklyn Public Library

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Location: online

Documentary, dir. by Ada Ushpiz Israel/Canada, 2015, 132 min In German, English, Hebrew

BPL’s popular film festival about writers, now in its fourth year – returns this fall with an exciting lineup of documentaries and films, highlighting some of the most influential and iconoclastic literary minds, jostling for their places in the ever-shifting canon.

German-Jewish philosopher Hannah Arendt caused an uproar in the 1960s by coining the concept of the “banality of evil” when referring to the trial of Adolph Eichmann, which she covered for The New Yorker. Her private life was no less controversial thanks to her early love affair with Nazi supporter Martin Heidegger. Winner for Best Documentary at the Santa Barbara Film Festival, this thought-provoking film captures the spirit of an intellectual determined to use the tools of rationality to comprehend historical events that seem to defy all reason.

*Registered audience members will receive a streaming link and additional instructions prior to the screening date.

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7:00pm

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Location: online

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers (The Age of Phillis), the award-winning poet and essayist, discusses the launch of her much-anticipated fiction debut The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois. Her book follows Ailey as she delineates the story of her various ancestors—Black, Indigenous, and white—and pieces together the numerous tales of oppression and resistance within her family’s past. Jeffers will be joined in conversation by poet A. Van Jordan.

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7:30pm

*In Person* Adult Neo Classical Ballet

Presented by Brooklyn Ballet

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Location: Brooklyn Ballet – 160 Schermerhorn Street

Taught by Eric Holzworth, this class is for Intermediate/Advanced levels and dance experience is required. A limited number of single class/drop-in spots may be available in-person, first come, first served.

$20 Register

8:00pm

NOMADIC SIGNALS: MIRAGES / FRKTL & TARKAMT

Presented by ISSUE Project Room

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Location: online

Leyya Tawil presents “Mirages/ FRKTL & Tarkamt,” her fourth program in the NOMADIC SIGNALS series. Mirages is a program of sonic and visual illusory spaces composed and performed by FRKTL. British-Egyptian artist Sarah Badr, and Tarkamt, Egyptian Cherif El Masri. FRKTL’s biomorphic hypervisual digital spaces are part of her immersive compositions built with voice, samples and generative rhythms. The double premiere will be followed by an artist talk hosted by Tawil.

Free Livestream

8:00pm

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Location: Roulette - 509 Atlantic Avenue and online

Combining sculptural installation, video, music, and movement, Boy mother / faceless bloom tells the story of a young boy who learns he will be a mother. Drawing upon the combined, personal mythologies of collaborating artists Eddy Kwon, Senga Nengudi, and Degenerate Art Ensemble’s Haruko Crow Nishimura and Joshua Kohl, Boy mother explores transformation & transgression, cultural & epigenetic inheritance, parenthood & ancestral lineage in a time of planetary crisis.

$20 ONLINE $25 DOORS Tickets

9:00am-3:00pm

A Skate Play

Presented by Eyes Up Here Productions

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Location: Golconda Skate Park - Nassau St. & Gold St.

A Skate Play, helmed by Noelle Ghoussaini (Creator/Director), Nilou Safinya (Producer) and Esther Chang (Associate Producer), brings storytelling and skateboarding together in an unprecedented theatrical experience that socially engages youth in public skateparks worldwide. Presented by Eyes Up Here Productions, the project showcases an original skate-theatre production and provides a playful, innovative platform for community-based creative exploration. First performed in McCarren Skatepark in 2013, A Skate Play was translated into Arabic for Skateqilya Skatepark in Jayyous, Palestine in 2018. In the multidisciplinary production, skaters represent the flight of birds performing in tandem with actors, integrating skate choreography with theatrical dialogue and storytelling. In addition to the live production in Golconda Skate Park, the team provides community outreach programs for youth in the form of theatre workshops to explore storytelling and creative engagement in public space, and by offering the opportunity to freestyle with and learn from the team’s skate pros.

This iteration is made possible with the support of Downtown Brooklyn + DUMBO Art Fund and a partnership with The Theatre Development Fund, who will be creating an accompanying curriculum for five local public high schools.

Eyes Up Here Productions invites the public to attend rehearsals of A Skate Play at the following times:

Sept 21-23 (Tu-Th): Full Team Rehearsal in park (9am-3pm)

Free

Day 2

Day 2 Thursday 9/23

10:00am-11:30am

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Latin Social Dance and Exercise: will cover the most popular Latin social dances, namely Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Cha cha cha and Cumbia to promote health, social interaction and reduce stress. The workshop will include a brief cultural history, social rituals and musical styles of the Latin dances, warmup exercises, basic footwork, and partnering skills.

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12:00pm-3:00pm

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland (at Flatbush + Lafayette)

Hivewild rehearses a sigh of origin, directed and choreographed by Katherine Maxwell, which invites viewers to consider how identity and perspective play into the role of the psyche. Defined by pivotal moments throughout a lifetime or perhaps an isolated year, dancers beg for the questions to be answered via movement - Who was I? Who am I now? It was presented as a work-in-progress at The Breslin restaurant at the Ace Hotel New York in November 2020 and will be developed into a 30-minute dance film.

Free

2:00pm-3:30pm

*In Person* Beginner West African Dance Class

Presented by Mark Morris Dance Center

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Location: Mark Morris Dance Center – 3 Lafayette Avenue

Taught by Abdoulaye Koita. Virtual + In-Person.

Sliding Scale In-Person, $12 Virtual Register

6:30pm-8:00pm

*In Person* Beginner Tap

Presented by Mark Morris Dance Center

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Location: Mark Morris Dance Center – 3 Lafayette Avenue

Taught by Ashley Tuttle. Virtual + In-Person.

Sliding Scale In-Person, $12 Virtual Register

7:00pm-9:00pm

LitFilm Festival: Flannery

Presented by Brooklyn Public Library

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Location: online

Documentary, dir. by Elizabeth Coffman, Mark Bosco U.S., 2019, 97 min

BPL’s popular film festival about writers, now in its fourth year – returns this fall with an exciting lineup of documentaries and films, highlighting some of the most influential and iconoclastic literary minds, jostling for their places in the ever-shifting canon.

Winner of the first-ever Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film, Flannery explores the life and legacy of American literary icon Flannery O’Connor, whose distinctive Southern Gothic fiction influenced a generation of artists and activists. Set against the backdrop of the Georgia farm where she grew up and later wrote her best-known work, the film employs never-before-seen archival footage, newly discovered personal letters, the author’s work (read by Mary Steenburgen), and interviews with Mary Karr, Tommy Lee Jones, Hilton Als, and more.

*Registered audience members will receive a streaming link and additional instructions prior to the screening date.

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7:00pm

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Location: online

Sandra Cisneros, the bestselling author of The House on Mango Street, returns to the literary scene with a new release, Martita, I Remember You / Martita, Te Recuerdo. A tribute to the life-changing power of youthful friendships, the story follows Corina, a hopeful writer, and her intense and distant relationships with fellow artists Martita and Paola. Translator of the novel, Liliana Valenzuela, and Mexican-American author Rigoberto González (Butterfly Boy) join Cisneros in conversation. This will be a dual language event for a dual language novel.

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7:30pm

*In Person* Adult Ballet

Presented by Brooklyn Ballet

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Location: Brooklyn Ballet - 160 Schermerhorn Street

Taught by Alison Mixon, this class is for Beginner/Intermediate levels and some ballet experience is suggested. A limited number of single class/drop-in spots may be available in-person, first come, first served.

$20 Register

8:00pm

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Location: Roulette - 509 Atlantic Avenue and online

Anna Webber celebrates the release of her double album Idiom with a concert featuring both her long-standing Simple Trio and a new large ensemble. The album is the follow-up to her critically acclaimed release Clockwise, which the Wall Street Journal called “visionary and captivating”, and which was voted #6 Best Album of 2019 in the NPR Jazz Critics Poll.

$20 ONLINE $25 DOORS Tickets

Day 3

Day 3 Friday 9/24

10:00am-11:30am

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Participants will learn about the fundamental concepts and techniques of Chinese brush painting. Participants will explore their symbolic meanings and practice the unique brushstrokes for painting these subjects. Bilingual: English/Chinese (Cantonese.) Registration is required.

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12:00pm-1:30pm

*In Person* Beginner/Intermediate Broadway Jazz

Presented by Mark Morris Dance Center

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Location: Mark Morris Dance Center - 3 Lafayette Avenue

Taught by Chris Heller Virtual + In-Person.

Sliding Scale In-Person, $12 Virtual Register

2:00pm-2:30pm

Virtual Kids Create : Draw an Ice Cream Cone

Presented by Brooklyn Public Library

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Location: online

Learn how to draw an Ice Cream Cone by following instructions on our facebook page.

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2:00pm-3:00pm

Six-Word Story Workshop: The Library and Me

Presented by Brooklyn Public Library

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Location: online

This is the fifth workshop in the Six-Word Story series*, focusing specifically on writing stories related to libraries and personal experiences with libraries, in celebration of Library Card Sign-Up month. Brainstorm, write, share, and receive feedback from your peers! Registration required. *Attendance at previous workshops not a pre-requisite.

Free RSVP

3:30pm-4:30pm

Teen Book Club Book Art Expression and Crafts on Discord

Presented by Brooklyn Public Library

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Location: online

Show us any art you’ve made pertaining to the current book. You can draw, paint, cosplay, digital art, etc. You can also do arts and crafts! This art does not have to pertain to the book. Express yourself and show us during this time. We also do crafts at this time if that is something you want to do. Ask for advice if you’d like some from your fellow teens or from the librarian. Any art is welcome! If you are already on the server you do not need to register! You will need discord downloaded to your device and an account created. It is free! This server is for grades 6-12.

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5:00pm-6:00pm

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Location: online

Drama, dir. by Rodrigo Bazaes Chile, 2021, 56 min Spanish with English subtitles

BPL’s popular film festival about writers, now in its fourth year – returns this fall with an exciting lineup of documentaries and films, highlighting some of the most influential and iconoclastic literary minds, jostling for their places in the ever-shifting canon.

In the late 1960s, Isabel Allende was a young journalist who scandalized conservative Chilean society with her daring feminist reports in Paula Magazine. However, the uprising in Chile curtailed her rising career and forced her into exile, distancing her from her husband and two children. “The Cost of Liberty” is the first episode from the HBO mini-series Isabel: The Intimate Story of Isabel Allende, which explores the career and life of the most widely read Spanish-speaking writer on the planet.

*Registered audience members will receive a streaming link and additional instructions prior to the screening date.

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6:00pm-8:00pm

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Documentary, dir. Morgan Neville U.S., 2021, 119 min

BPL’s popular film festival about writers, now in its fourth year – returns this fall with an exciting lineup of documentaries and films, highlighting some of the most influential and iconoclastic literary minds, jostling for their places in the ever-shifting canon.

Chef, writer, adventurer, provocateur: Anthony Bourdain lived his life unabashedly. Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville gives an intimate, behind-the-scene look at how an anonymous chef became a world-renowned cultural icon, before dying by suicide in 2018, while on location in France for his CNN show “Parts Unknown.” This unflinching look at Bourdain reverberates with his presence, in his own voice and in the way he indelibly impacted the world around him.

*Registered audience members will receive a streaming link and additional instructions prior to the screening date.

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6:00pm-8:00pm

Make a Digital Story

Presented by BRIC

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Location: online

Learn simple steps to turn your still images and sound clips into a compelling digital video story. You will learn about various types of digital story types, storytelling techniques, narrative tips, interviewing techniques, and free and inexpensive apps to assemble your story. Students must provide their own headphones for this class. To successfully complete this course, students must be comfortable using a computer.

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6:00pm-8:00pm

Produce Remotely

Presented by BRIC

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Location: online

Learn techniques for maximizing production value for your remote shows and meetings. This course covers the various platforms that you can use (Zoom, Google Hangouts, etc.), equipment considerations (lighting, microphones, webcams) as well as valuable tips on how to make your online meetings or productions look and sound professional.

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6:45pm-8:15pm

*In Person* Open West African Dance Class

Presented by Mark Morris Dance Center

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Location: Mark Morris Dance Center - 3 Lafayette Avenue

Taught by Ismael Kouyate Virtual + In-Person.

Sliding Scale In-Person, $12 Virtual Register

7:00pm-8:30pm

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Location: Brooklyn Music School - 126 Saint Felix Street

New Ground breaking work by Pianist/Composer Alon Nechushtan explores the hidden connections between Native American melodies, our region as tribal land of the Lenni-Lenape, and the broad jubilation of rhythm, pulse and dance as global syntax. Mestizo is an expression of connectedness to land, people, traditions and language, premiering on the national Native-American day, Fourth Friday of September -September 24th, scored for the award winning Tesla String Quartet with the Grammy winning percussionist Samuel Torres. The performance will take place in the BMS theater!

Free

7:30pm

*In Person* Adult Ballet Fundamental

Presented by Brooklyn Ballet

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Location: Brooklyn Ballet - 160 Schermerhorn Street

Taught by Alicia Holloway, this class is for absolute beginners. A limited number of single class/drop-in spots may be available in-person, first come, first served.

$20 Register

8:00pm-10:00pm

LitFilm Festival: Marighella

Presented by Brooklyn Public Library

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Location: online

Action drama, dir. by Wagner Moura Brazil, 2019, 155 min In Portuguese with English subtitles

BPL’s popular film festival about writers, now in its fourth year – returns this fall with an exciting lineup of documentaries and films, highlighting some of the most influential and iconoclastic literary minds, jostling for their places in the ever-shifting canon.

Wagner Moura’s directing debut is a searing and energized portrait of one of Brazil’s most divisive historical figures, Afro-Brazilian poet and politician Carlos Marighella (Seu Jorge). Following the CIA-backed military coup of 1964 and the brutal right-wing dictatorship that followed, the revolutionary leaves behind wife and son to fight the erosion of civil and human rights, authoring the highly influential Minimanual of the Urban Guerilla. An urgent call to action in an unsteady time, Marighella is not to be missed.

*Registered audience members will receive a streaming link and additional instructions prior to the screening date.

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Day 4

Day 4 Saturday 9/25

10:00am-11:30am

*In Person* Beginner Ballet

Presented by Mark Morris Dance Center

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Location: Mark Morris Dance Center - 3 Lafayette Avenue

Taught by Cara Surico Virtual + In-Person.

Sliding Scale In-Person, $12 Virtual Register

11:00am-1:00pm

Shoot Amazing B-ROLL

Presented by BRIC

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Location: online

Expand your filmmaking toolkit by learning easy and effective tips on capturing beautiful B-ROLL footage for your documentary project or narrative film.

$5 Register

12:00pm-4:00pm

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Location: Albee Square (Fulton St. + DeKalb Ave)

Jamel Gaines Creative Outlet is developing a new work entitled Never Break, a multi-disciplinary dance that is a reflection of the year 2020. This work will take a look back at the Black Lives Matter Movement and also pay tribute to essential workers who are tirelessly on the front lines of the pandemic.

Free

2:00pm-3:00pm

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Documentary, dir. by Gonzague Pichelin, Benjamin Sutherland U.S., 2003, 52 min

BPL’s popular film festival about writers, now in its fourth year – returns this fall with an exciting lineup of documentaries and films, highlighting some of the most influential and iconoclastic literary minds, jostling for their places in the ever-shifting canon.

In 1951, George Whitman opened a bookshop-commune in Paris. George, 92, still runs his “den of anarchists disguised as a bookstore,” offering free, dirty beds to poor literati, cutting his hair with a candle and gluing the carpet with pancake batter. More than 40,000 poets, travelers and political activists have stayed at Shakespeare and Company, writing or stealing books, throwing parties and making soup or love while living with George’s generosity and fits of anger. Illustrious guests include Henry Miller, Anaïs Nin, Jacques Prévert, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, Gregory Corso, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, James Baldwin and Richard Wright. Welcome to the makeshift utopia of the last member of the Beat Generation. The film will be followed by a talkback with author Molly Crabapple.

*Registered audience members will receive a streaming link and additional instructions prior to the screening date.

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2:00pm-3:00pm

Music for Autism Presents: Bringing You Broadway!

Presented by Brooklyn Public Library

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Location: online

Bringing You Broadway develops live interactive performances to enrich the lives of children with autism and others with special needs. With an interactive format, company members have opportunities to educate, entertain, and inspire, while also promoting social interaction and boosting self-esteem. Performances are meant to be inclusive of all abilities. Registrants will receive a link to the private live stream two hours prior to the concert. You must RSVP to receive the link.

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2:00pm-10:00pm

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Location: The Space at Irondale - 85 South Oxford Street

The Irondale Ensemble Project invites the neighborhood to celebrate with them in a day full of events. From 2-4PM, come to the Education Open House, an event for the entire family, with theatre and improv games during the day and registration to our free youth programs (for middle & high school students. At 4PM, experience a special performance by The Walter Thompson Orchestra. You can also buy discounted tickets for Irondale’s upcoming season and buy raffle tickets for amazing prizes. From 7-10PM, catch a sneak peek of the artists and performances coming up in Irondale’s 2021/22 Season’s Preview.

Free RSVP

2:00pm-5:00pm

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Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park: Pier 1 - Harbor View Lawn

Join the Mark Morris Dance Group with a day of free activities, including performances by the Dance Group at 2pm, a Dance with MMDG Class at 3pm, followed by another Dance Group performance at 4pm.

Free

3:15pm-4:45pm

*In Person* Afro-Caribbean Dance & Movement

Presented by Mark Morris Dance Center

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Location: Mark Morris Dance Center - 3 Lafayette Avenue

Taught by Patricia Hall Virtual + In-Person.

Sliding Scale In-Person, $12 Virtual Register

3:30pm-5:30pm

LitFilm Festival: The Booksellers

Presented by Brooklyn Public Library

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Location: online

Documentary, dir. by D.W. Young U.S., 2020, 99 min

BPL’s popular film festival about writers, now in its fourth year – returns this fall with an exciting lineup of documentaries and films, highlighting some of the most influential and iconoclastic literary minds, jostling for their places in the ever-shifting canon.

The Booksellers takes viewers inside the fascinating world of Antiquarian booksellers, populated by an assortment of obsessives, intellects, eccentrics and dreamers. Both a loving celebration of book culture and a serious exploration of the future of books, the film also examines technology’s impact on the trade, the importance of books as physical objects, the decline of used and rare bookstores, and the relentless hunt for the next great find. Narrated by Parker Posey, the film features interviews with Fran Lebowitz, Susan Orlean, Kevin Young and more.

*Registered audience members will receive a streaming link and additional instructions prior to the screening date.

Free RSVP

4:00pm

*In Person* Adult Ballet Fundamental

Presented by Brooklyn Ballet

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Location: Brooklyn Ballet - 160 Schermerhorn Street

Taught by Yana Volkova, this class is for absolute beginners. A limited number of single class/drop-in spots may be available in-person, first come, first served.

$10 (50% discount – DBAF special!) Register

5:00pm-8:00pm

*In Person* NYC Ska Orchestra

Presented by Downtown Brooklyn Partnership

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Location: Albee Square (Fulton St. + DeKalb Ave)

NYC Ska Orchestra is an 18-piece big band consisting of a “who’s-who” of top New York musicians, playing original compositions and arrangements of popular songs across reggae, ska, rock steady, and jazz.

Free

5:30pm-7:30pm

LitFilm Festival: Between the World & Me

Presented by Brooklyn Public Library

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Location: online

Documentary, dir. by Kamilah Forbes U.S., 2020, 80 min

BPL’s popular film festival about writers, now in its fourth year – returns this fall with an exciting lineup of documentaries and films, highlighting some of the most influential and iconoclastic literary minds, jostling for their places in the ever-shifting canon.

Ta-Nehisi Coates’ 2015 bestselling book Between the World and Me was written as a letter to his teenage son and recounts the author’s experience growing up in Baltimore’s inner city and his increasing fear of daily violence against the Black community. Through his narrative, Coates explores the bold notion that American society structurally supports white supremacy. Based on the 2018 adaptation and staging of the book at the Apollo Theater, the screen adaptation combines elements of the theatrical production, including powerful readings from the book, with documentary footage from the actors’ home life, archival footage and animation.

*Registered audience members will receive a streaming link and additional instructions prior to the screening date.

Free RSVP

8:00pm-10:00pm

LitFilm Festival: Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir

Presented by Brooklyn Public Library

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Location: online

Documentary, dir. by James Redford U.S., 2021, 101 min

BPL’s popular film festival about writers, now in its fourth year – returns this fall with an exciting lineup of documentaries and films, highlighting some of the most influential and iconoclastic literary minds, jostling for their places in the ever-shifting canon.

The debut novel The Joy Luck Club (1989) catapulted Amy Tan to commercial and critical success, spending over 40 weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list. In this last film completed by James Redford (1962-2020), Tan opens up with remarkable frankness about the traumas she’s faced and how her writing has helped her heal. Home movies and personal photographs are interwoven with animations and interviews to offer an inside look at a brave artist whose humanity infuses all of her work.

*Registered audience members will receive a streaming link and additional instructions prior to the screening date.

Free RSVP

Exhibitions

In Person

11:00am-6:00pm

Karen Miranda-Rivadeneira: The mountain I am, Urku ñuka kani

Presented by BRIC

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Location: online

Miranda-Rivadeneira’s composite video and musical instrument capture the artist enacting alli kawsay, a Kichwa word for balanced living with the earth.

11:00am-4:00pm

Ticket to Ride

Presented by New York Transit Museum

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Location: New York Transit Museum - 99 Schermerhorn Street

Through archival photographs, ephemera, and objects from the Transit Museum’s extensive collection, Ticket to Ride shows the evolution of fare collection across all of New York’s modes of transportation. Visitors will see and touch different types of collection equipment such as turnstiles and fare boxes, get a sense of the colossal process of fare collection, and see some of the people who make sure the money goes where it’s supposed to go.

On view: Friday-Sunday 11:00AM to 4:00PM

11:00am-4:00pm

Reign of the Redbirds

Presented by New York Transit Museum

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Location: New York Transit Museum - 99 Schermerhorn Street

2019 marks the 60th anniversary of the introduction of the R-26, the first of nine types of similar-looking subway cars that ultimately came to be known as “Redbirds.” If you rode the subway between 1959 and 2003, chances are it was on one of these cars. Introduced at varying times and in various colors, they collectively came to be known as “Redbirds” because of the color they were painted from 1984 until the fleet’s retirement in 2003. Boxy and industrial-looking, the cars that became the Redbirds arrived in New York City at a time of great transition. In service for more than four decades, they captured the imaginations of millions, became as iconic as the subway token, and still evoke expressions of admiration to this day.

On view: Friday-Sunday 11:00AM to 4:00PM

11:00am-4:00pm

Streetscapes & Subways: Photographs by Pierre P. and Granville W. Pullis

Presented by New York Transit Museum

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Location: New York Transit Museum - 99 Schermerhorn Street

As New York’s subway system was being planned at the turn of the 20th century, transit officials did what any large construction company would do today: hired an official photographer to take survey photographs and provide precise documentation of an area prior to—and during—construction. This exhibition provides a rare view of the last days of “old New York” through the lenses of two of the earliest photographers of subway construction. The photographs transcend their original purpose, showing New York changing daily as a result of the subway and revealing architectural and cultural details of a city that would otherwise be long forgotten.

On view: Friday-Sunday 11:00AM to 4:00PM

WOMEN CREATING NOUNS, NOT ADJECTIVES: VOTES FOR WOMEN

Presented by PHOTOVILLE

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Location: 370 Jay Street - 1st floor windows

The exhibition Women in the Face of History helps us to think about the complicated history of women’s suffrage in America—to engage with the complexities of historical narratives, enduring inequalities, and the contested meanings of citizenship and rights.

The exhibition is part of the PHOTOVILLE Festival, this year in its 10th edition, with more than 70 exhibitions across parks and public spaces throughout New York City.

Women in the Face of History is presented by PHOTOVILLE on Pier 2, Brooklyn Bridge Park and is exhibited by NYU’s Department of Photography & Imaging in its gallery at 721 Broadway and by NYU’s 370 Jay Project at 370 Jay Street in Brooklyn.

The exhibition originated in a collaboration with the Park Avenue Armory entitled 100 Years/100 Women that brought together 100 commissioned artists and cultural creators to respond to and interrogate women’s suffrage.

By centering women as the subjects of history, this exhibition leads us to consider what is at stake in the exercise of suffrage. Why did women fight for suffrage if not to participate in power, to lead, and to hold those in power accountable? Why did they struggle if not for the right to imagine and achieve change on their own terms? These artists take the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, granting some women the right to vote, as their point of departure—and bring us to reflect on what is worth our struggle.

Exhibiting Artists Sama Alshaibi, Zalika Azim, Zoe Buckman, Michi Jigarjian, Renee Cox, Jennifer Ling Datchuk, Rose DeSiano, Nekisha Durrett, Adama Delphine Fawundu, Karen Finley, Tsedaye Makonnen, Lorie Novak, Yelaine Rodriguez, Deborah Willis, Ph.D.

On view: Sept. 24 through Dec. 20, 2021 Friday-Monday 9:00am-5:00pm

Seeing Into Tomorrow

Presented by The Poetry Society of America

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Location: Various locations

The Poetry Society of America’s Seeing Into Tomorrow features short poems by Richard Wright transformed into large-scale murals, turning Brooklyn streetscapes into sites of inspired language, sparkling wonder, and new connections. Best known for his searing depictions of racial discrimination and violence in books such as Native Son and Black Boy, Wright spent the final 18 months of his life creating his own distinctive versions of haiku, the traditional Japanese verse form. This multi-site installation, designed by artist/designer Stephen Doyle and Doyle Partners, invites residents and visitors to travel through the neighborhoods in and around Downtown Brooklyn, crossing boundaries, making discoveries, and learning to “read” the city in new ways.

Rooted in his experience of suffering and injustice, Wright’s haiku are a defiant act of hope, a crossing into a different cultural tradition, and a vision for a different “tomorrow.” Seeing Into Tomorrow commemorates the achievements of a major Black writer (who lived on Carlton and Myrtle in the 1930s), while also inspiring new ways of seeing and experiencing the district.

MURAL LOCATIONS:

• Willoughby Plaza, Brooklyn (Shake Shack wall) • Jay Street-MetroTech subway entrance, 395 Jay Street, Brooklyn • 1 DeKalb Avenue (Fleet Street side of City Point), Brooklyn • Mark Morris Dance Group (Rockwell Place wall), 3 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn • BRIC Arts Media (Rockwell Place wall), 647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn • NYCHA Whitman Houses (Four Star Candy Deli) 327 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn • NYCHA Whitman Houses (Ten Star Deli) 299 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn

11:30am-7:00pm

H Schenck: New Introductions

Presented by UrbanGlass

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Location: UrbanGlass - 647 Fulton St

Schenck’s sculptures, composed of materials collected from various regions within the United States, embody the bridged experiences of an agricultural history and city roots. The newly formed objects present various narratives, ranging from community-building relationships, representations of positive masculinity, and material exploration. This re-contextual adaptation parallels Schenck’s navigation of society as a trans man, asserting a constructed male representation, informed by a feminine conditioning within a male-dominated culture. He uses his work as a gateway, or a bridge, encouraging the audience to approach the proverbial curtain and look behind it, to question our preconceptions of value, worth, and place.

On view: Wed-Sat 11:30AM - 7:00PM.

11:30am-7:00pm

Carly Mandel: Premium

Presented by UrbanGlass

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Location: UrbanGlass - 647 Fulton St

Carly Mandel presents a body of work that reclaims traumas induced by privatized healthcare and the consumer wellness industry. In our deeply entrenched and enculturated life with neoliberal capitalism, it is reinforced that individuals are responsible for themselves and their well-being, even though all our bodies will inevitably fail us.

On view: Wed-Sat 11:30AM - 7:00PM.

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Introduction | A Moment Materialized

Presented by Brooklyn Navy Yard

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Location: online

A Moment Materialized is an ongoing exhibition designed to provide a glimpse into this unique moment, a moment shaped by a global health pandemic, a national call for greater racial, social, and economic justice, and a very local and personalized response to living and working through COVID-19.

​Organized by Carli Beseau, Executive Director, Exhibits & Programs at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, on behalf of the organization’s continued efforts to support its creative community during COVID-19.

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Artists in Schools | I AM

Presented by The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA)

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Location: online

” I AM,” is a youth virtual exhibition featuring works made by students from PS 375 Jackie Robinson School and PS 316 Elijah Stroud School of Excellence as part of the 2021 season of MoCADA’s Artists in Schools program. Led by teaching artists Kimberly Becoat (collaging and painting) and Olaronke Akinmowo (Creative Writing), students explored arts and culture through the lens of the African diaspora over a 20-week period. This year’s theme was inspired by Afrofuturism, our dreams for the future of our cities and how we preserve and share our stories.

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
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By Bus

B25, B26, B41, B45, B52, B63, B67 all stop within three blocks of the plaza.
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By Train

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