Downtown
Brooklyn
Arts Festival

Weekend of
Oct 4th, 2019

#DBAF19

Discover the epicenter of Brooklyn’s arts and culture.

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

The 2019 Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival will take place from Friday, October 4 – Sunday, October 6. Throughout the weekend, acclaimed arts organizations across the Brooklyn Cultural District open their doors with exciting performances, talks, and tours, and present a host of free programming at The Plaza at 300 Ashland, including theater, poetry, dance, music, and other performances.

Read a full recap of the 2018 festival here. Scroll down for the full calendar of festival events.

DBAF on the Plaza

Day 1

Day 1 Friday

5:00PM

Music | Soul Tigers

Presented by Downtown Brooklyn Partnership

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

Brooklyn’s own Soul Tigers Marching Band launches the Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival! “Building minds through music & arts education,” this Brooklyn-based music education and youth development organization the only requirement for participation is that children come seeking to learn and willing to broaden their horizons.

5:30PM

Music | Soul Summit

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. Join us for a huge dance party on the Plaza at 300 Ashland!

Day 2

Day 2 Saturday

Community Day

Main Stage

11:00AM

Music | African Drum Circle with Mr. Fitz

In collaboration with Brooklyn Music School

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

Feel the beat with instructor Mr. Fitz for a family-friendly, participatory drum circle exploring rhythms from the Congo and West Africa. Beats will surely move parents and little ones alike.

11:45AM

Music | The Discount ‘90’s Rock Ensemble

In collaboration with Brooklyn Music School

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

Budding rock artists lay down a heavy sound that will draw everyone in.

12:15pm

Storytime with George O'Connor

In collaboration with The Center for Fiction

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

Enjoy storytime with local author superstar, George O’Connor! George is an author, illustrator and cartoonist. Above all, George is a Greek mythology buff and a classic superhero comics fan, and he’s out to remind us how much our pantheon of superheroes (Superman, Batman, the X-Men, etc) owes to mankind’s original superheroes: the Greek pantheon. Now he has brought his attention to OLYMPIANS, an ongoing series retelling the classic Greek myths in comics form.

George lives in Brooklyn, NY with two terrible cats and one good one.

1:00PM

Music | Soundpainting Downtown Brooklyn

In collaboration with The Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble & the Tours Soundpainting Orchestra (France)

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

Two of the top Soundpainting ensembles in the world will create a live-composition using a sign language called Soundpainting to sculpt the performance. The gestural language allows the conductors to shape the multi-media mash-up in real-time using hand signals to guide the team of improvising musicians, dancers and actors. The team has been interviewing local residents as part of their POP UP project and will create a unique love letter to the neighborhood.

1:30PM

Music | Song About Ourselves

In collaboration with The EPIC Players

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

Join the neuro-diverse company of The EPIC Players as they perform songs about themselves, ambition, hope and strength. Featuring medleys from a 1- night only performance at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theatre this past September. EPIC is guaranteed to move your body, heart, and soul.

1:45pm

Dance | WOW

In collaboration with Dancewave

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

In this piece choreographed by Kenny Smith, experience Dancewave’s Community Programs Hip Hop Company which encourages individuality and whole-person development through dance.

2:00PM

Dance | Pas de Deux

In collaboration with Brooklyn Ballet

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

A mixed-movement duet performed by a ballerina and a gliding hip-hop dancer, the piece explores intimate connections between the two bodies, two disciplines, and two dynamics of movement. The music is Jean-Phillippe Rameau’s Gavotte et Six Doubles.

2:10pm

Talk | Downtown Brooklyn Arts Leaders in Conversation

In collaboration with Downtown Brooklyn Arts Alliance

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

The founder and host of BRIC TV’s “Going in with Brian Vines” talks with members of the Downtown Brooklyn Arts Alliance, a coalition of 50 arts organizations in Downtown Brooklyn, about their current programming.

2:15PM

Music | Rhys Chatham

In collaboration with ISSUE Project Room

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

Rhys Chatham will perform the North American premiere of his 20-minute solo work Le Possédé for bass flute. The piece continues Chatham’s explorations of the possibilities offered by the early minimalist period of downtown Manhattan. During the early 1970s, Chatham played in La Monte Young’s Theater of Eternal Music, with Tony Conrad in an early version of The Dream Syndicate, and in trio formation with Charlemagne Palestine and Tony Conrad. Chatham draws on these experiences to arrive at a musical vocabulary which is reminiscent of this exciting period in New York, transforming the sound in a way that could only happen in the present decade.

2:30pm

Talk | Downtown Brooklyn Arts Leaders in Conversation

In collaboration with Downtown Brooklyn Arts Alliance

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

The founder and host of BRIC TV’s “Going in with Brian Vines” talks with members of the Downtown Brooklyn Arts Alliance, a coalition of 50 arts organizations in Downtown Brooklyn, about their current programming.

3:00PM

Class | Dance with MMDG Family Class

In collaboration with Mark Morris Dance Group

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

Fun for the whole family, this free class is taught by Mark Morris Dance Group company members and accompanied by live music. Learn excerpts from Mark Morris’ “energetic, inventive, and delightful” Eleven, which will be performed at New York City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival October 3-4. All ages and levels, with and without disabilities are welcome.

4:00PM

Dance | Spirit

In collaboration with DreamStreet Theatre Company

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

Born out of an exploration of classical movement and iconic choreographers, DreamStreet Theatre Company performers have created an organic collaboration of dance and song fit to smash the stereotypes surrounding their triumphant community members living with developmental disabilities.

4:30PM

Music | Mark Stewart's Orchestra of Original Instruments and Asphalt Orchestra

In collaboration with Bang on a Can

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

Join Brooklyn-based music collective Bang on a Can for a bombastic and bizarre double-header! First up is Mark Stewart’s Orchestra of Original Instruments, open to all who wish to join in. Mark Stewart, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist of Bang on a Can and Paul Simon, leads an open workshop from 3-4:30pm in creating instruments/sound-makers from ordinary materials that will lead into a group fanfare performance. Next up is Asphalt Orchestra, Bang on a Can’s radical street band that brings ambitious processional music to the mobile masses! “Part parade spectacle, part halftime show and part cutting-edge contemporary music concert” (New York Times), Asphalt Orchestra performs their singular takes on music by the Pixies, Thomas Mapfumo, Charles Mingus, Frank Zappa, and more!

6:30PM

Film | You Move Me

In collaboration with StoryCorps

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

This love story started with a song. It was Brooklyn in the late 1950s. Jay McKnight and his friends spent summer evenings outside, singing a cappella. One night, Jay caught the ear of a girl named Andrea. The couple came to StoryCorps to share their childhood romance, growing up, and growing old together. This animated short film tells their story.

6:35pm

Film | Brooklyn Made: John Tebeau's Illustrated Pub Crawl

In collaboration with BRIC

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

BRIC’s Brooklyn Made is a cinematic spotlight of the makers, builders, designers and artists who make Brooklyn one of the most creative places in the world. In this documentary, Brooklyn-based author and illustrator John Tebeau demonstrates his craft while exploring the legendary bars and storied taverns of the borough.

6:40PM

Film | Betty Carter: New All the Time

Presented by Downtown Brooklyn Partnership

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

To celebrate Betty Carter Park, the newest green space in Downtown Brooklyn, glimpse into Betty Carter’s importance in the New York jazz scene and as a mentor of young musical talent. This short film is primarily set in the Fort Greene neighborhood and in her home. (Directed by Dick Fontaine, 1994)

6:55pm

Film | Crooklyn

Presented by Downtown Brooklyn Partnership

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

Spike Lee’s semi-autobiographical, 1994 film is about a family in the ’70s, in the Brooklyn neighborhood they’ve affectionately nicknamed “Crooklyn.” Academy Award nominee Alfre Woodard starts as Carolyn, a loving, but fiercely independent mother who along with her musician husband (Delroy Lindo) struggles to raise her family in difficult, but often wonderful circumstances. Complemented by an energizing, vintage R&B soundtrack, the film is a fitting tribute to Brooklyn and Lee’s “most affectionate work.” (People Magazine)

Activities

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

11:00AM-5:00PM

UrbanGlass

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

Participants will have the chance to convert colorful waste glass from the UrbanGlass studios and contribute their vision into a community mosaic to be featured on the Sunday of the Festival!

11:00AM-5:00PM

MoCADA

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

Arts and crafts, facepainting, and learn more about MoCADA progamming in Brooklyn (and beyond), including workshops and intensives for those who want to delve deeper into an artistic practice.

11:00AM-5:00PM

Mark Morris Dance Group

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

Visit Mark Morris Dance Group’s table to learn more about the preeminent modern dance organization that provides educational opportunities in dance to all ages and abilities while on tour internationally and at home at the Mark Morris Dance Center.

11:00AM-4:00PM

Irondale Arts Center

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

Design your own theater production! Use costume and stage design templates to design and color your dream play. Irondale’s theater artists will be on hand with tips and famous quotations for inspiration.

11:00AM-5:00PM

Found Sound Nation

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

Small mobile recording studios have magically appeared on sidewalks in cities across the U.S. and the world. Join organizers Found Sound Nation in their hometown of Brooklyn, as their world-class DJs and producers invite passersby to join in a completely improvised music creation session.

11:00AM-5:00PM

The EPIC Players

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

Play with EPIC is the EPIC community building class where performers get to be silly, be themselves, have fun through arts skills and simultaneously explore and devise original content while building a strong community. Today we focus on improv and dance. All are welcome!

11:00AM-5:00PM

BRIC

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

Stop by BRIC’s table to learn about one of the leading presenters of free cultural programming and major incubator of work by artists and media-makers who reflect the diversity that surrounds Brooklyn.

11:00AM-5:00PM

BOMB Magazine

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

Learn about BOMB Magazine, which has been publishing conversations between artists of all disciplines since 1981. They publish quarterly in print and every day online!

11:00am-5:00pm

Brooklyn Music School

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

Talk to the Brooklyn Music School team and learn about their center for music, dance, and the performing arts for students of all ages!

11:00am-3:00pm

Brooklyn Ballet

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

Check out Brooklyn Ballet, a community dance institution dedicated to artistic excellence that challenges conventions and educational programs that serve Brookyn’s diverse communities.

11:00am-5:00pm

The Center for Fiction

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

Come visit The Center for Fiction and get acquainted with their upcoming events, workshops, and exciting book recommendations!

11:00am-4:00pm

Brooklyn Public Library

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

Did you know the Brooklyn Public Library is the fifth largest public library system in the United States? Make sure to sign up for a Library Card and learn about all of their upcoming events and classes!

12:00PM-5:00PM

Theatre for a New Audience

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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 Timon of Athens. And if you have the guts, join in on a Shakespearean Insult Battle to find out if you have what it takes to insult and impress your friends at the same time!

1:00PM-4:00PM

The Future Historical Society Mobile Storytelling Lab

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

The Future Historical Society is a community storytelling project created by a multi-generational collective of Fort Greene neighbors. At businesses, churches, and parks throughout Fort Greene, personal histories of this community come to life through podcasts and visual installations created by FHS members. The stories illuminate untold histories of the neighborhood, while envisioning a more connected, interdependent future. At the Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival, join Future Historical Society members at the FHS Mobile Storytelling Lab to listen to community-created podcasts about Fort Greene, and think creatively about the future of our changing neighborhood.The Future Historical Society is commissioned by BRIC, and led by artist Yazmany Arboleda. To learn more, please visit bricartsmedia.org/fhs.

3:00PM-4:30PM

Open Workshop with Mark Stewart for the Orchestra of Original Instruments

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

Mark Stewart, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist of Bang on a Can and Paul Simon, leads an open workshop in creating instruments/sound-makers from ordinary materials that will lead into a group fanfare performance. In collaboration with Bang on a Can.

Day 3

Day 3 Sunday

12:00pm

Dance | Tribal Truth

In collaboration with Jamel Gaines Creative Outlet

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

Celebrating the influence and culture of African dance fused with social dance in America, Tribal Truth tells a story of folklore, hip hop, ballet, and jazz to commemorate the movements that have been passed down from generation to generation.

12:30PM

Dance | Urban Bush Women: Performance Excerpt from Hair and Other Stories

In collaboration with Urban Bush Women

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

Crafted from personal narratives from our communities, kitchens and living rooms, social media and YouTube, Hair & Other Stories debates the center of American “values” and celebrates the persevering narrative of the African Diaspora. This urgent dialogue of the 21st Century, explores disquieting perceptions of body image, race, gender identity, economic inequities and what constitutes freedom, liberation, and release in our everyday struggles to rise to our Extra-ordinary Selves in extraordinary times.

1:00PM

Music | ODDISEE

In collaboration with BRIC and the Brooklyn Historical Society

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

The Sudanese American MC ODDISEE’s old school East Coast influences (think Eric B. & Rakim and A Tribe Called Quest) come through in “a light touch of jazz spread over a soul-injected, golden-era hip-hop inflected foundation.” (NPR Music) Born Amir Mohamed, he spent hot summers in Khartoum learning Arabic and swimming in the Nile, and grew up amidst the sounds of his older cousins’ New York hip hop records, his father playing Oud, DC Go-Go, and gospel. He released his first mixtape when just out of his teens and has established himself as one of the most positive voices in rap. His latest full length is The Iceberg, released on Mello Music Group. This live performance is in tandem with BRIC’s Fall Exhibition, Beyond Geographies: Contemporary Art and Muslim Experience; and Brooklyn Historical Society’s exhibition, An Opening, a sound and art installation by Kameelah Rasheed. Both exhibitions highlight the works of New York-based artists whose work explores the multiple dimensions of the contemporary Muslim experience.

In collaboration with BRIC and Brooklyn Historical Society.

2:00PM-5:00PM

Music | Talib Kweli (DJ Set) and Nkiru Books Pop-Up

Presented by Downtown Brooklyn Partnership

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Location: The Plaza at 300 Ashland

Brooklyn’s own Talib Kweli sets the backdrop for the Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival Finale along with a pop-up of Nkiru Books, Brooklyn’s oldest African-American bookstore.

Discover the District

Explore arts programming around the Brooklyn Cultural District

Day 1

Day 1 Friday

6:00pm-7:30pm

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Location: 3 Lafayette Avenue

Learn a Spanish art form in a beginner-level class that emphasizes the relationship between dance and music. Students will explore the many possibilities for self-expression in this vibrant art form. Enjoy, work, think, and increase your self-confidence while learning to use your body to express characters and emotions. Taught by Sophia Mintz.

$17 Tickets Available Here.

6:00pm-9:00pm

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Location: 647 Fulton Street

In this free demonstration night explores the multitude of ways a two part plaster mold can be used for both ceramics and glass kiln casting. Demonstrations will include the use of ceramic slip and casting wax for the lost wax technique. Discussion will also include the various materials and supplies needed for these techniques.

Free Tickets Available Here.

6:30pm-7:30pm

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Location: 182 Fourth Avenue

Increase flexibility and strengthen, lengthen, and tone muscles while combining movements that incorporate a range of dance styles to form a routine. Taught by Audrey Madison.

$13 Register here.

6:45pm

Film | Selena

Presented by BAM

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Location: 30 Lafayette Avenue

Jennifer Lopez gives a luminous breakout performance as Tejano singing sensation Selena, whose music made her an icon in the Chicano community and whose tragic death made her a legend. More than just a star-is-born showbiz saga, Selena becomes, in the hands of El Norte director Gregory Nava, something almost never seen in a major studio movie: a warm, wonderfully observed portrait of Tejano family and culture.

$16 Tickets available here.

7:00 PM-8:45 PM

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Location: Starting location is secret and registered participants will be notified the day before the show.

Starting location is secret and registered participants will be notified the day before the show.

POP UP is an immersive outdoor artistic treasure hunt where you follow clues on a hand-painted map to discover mini performances that pop up throughout Fort Greene and Downtown Brooklyn, inspired by interviews with local residents. Developed by the Tours Soundpainting Orchestra (France) and the Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble (USA), POP UP is performed by a collective of multidisciplinary performers in public spaces scattered around the neighborhood of inspiration. By injecting a series of alternately playful, poetic or poignant performances in everyday spaces, the project is designed to inspire wonder, joy and whimsy. The performances are sculpted through a live-composing sign language called Soundpainting. Strike Anywhere (SA) and the Tours Soundpainting Orchestra (TSO) are two of the top Soundpainting ensembles in the world. There will be three separate treasure hunts each with different performances. Audience members are advised to wear comfortable walking shoes.

Free with registration. Tickets available here.

7:00pm-8:30pm

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Location: 3 Lafayette Ave

A mixed level class, Beg/Int 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, Drop-in class

7:00pm

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Location: 15 Lafayette Ave

This fall, Center for Fiction joins several NYC cultural institutions in a citywide recognition of Peter Brook’s work and his collaborations with Marie-Hélène Estienne for Peter Brook/NY. Paul Auster and other to-be-named writers and artists will consider Peter Brook as one of the century’s greatest and most innovative storytellers and speak about their experience of his work on stage, on screen, or on the page. Peter Brook will then join them in discussion.

$10 admission and $10 off at the Center for Fiction Bookstore Tickets available here.

7:30PM-9:00PM

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Location: 3 Lafayette Avenue

A high energy African Dance class led by Broadway performer (and Beyoncé collaborator) Ismael Kouyate, accompanied by a live percussion ensemble. Open-level.

$17 Tickets available here

7:30pm

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Location: Polonsky Shakespeare Center: 262 Ashland Place

Why theatre? What is it for? What is it about? Why? takes these questions, and many others, on a journey that is both dramatic and joyful. The piece allows us to discover that we are not alone in asking these questions and that many great theatre practitioners have been inspired by the exploration of these questions. “Theatre is a very dangerous weapon.” These words were written in the 1920s by one of the most creative and innovative directors the theatre has known – Vsevolod Meyerhold. Meyerhold saw the menacing dangers that the theatre, and art in general, were facing in 1930s Russia and saw “the writing on the wall.” This did not deter him in his work as he held onto the hope that the revolution could win.

Full-price tickets $90–$115; $20 New Deal tickets available to those 30 and under, or full-time students of any age. Tickets available here.

8:00pm

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Location: 22 Boerum Place

ISSUE is pleased to present the world premiere of The Sun Too Close to the Earth, an expansive new work by iconoclast composer and multi-instrumentalist Rhys Chatham. Commissioned by ISSUE and presented as a part of the French Institute Alliance Française’s (FIAF) thirteenth annual Crossing the Line Festival, the piece spans Chatham’s aesthetic concerns across thirty years of composing for electric guitar ensembles, as well as the minimalist and free jazz traditions that grew out of NYC’s downtown music scene. The Sun Too Close to the Earth is a fully notated composition, combined with improvisational elements, written for a nine-person ensemble with electric guitars in special tunings, horns, keyboard, and percussion. The ensemble features many ISSUE friends and luminaries within the Downtown NYC experimental music scene, including Jonathan Kane, Anthony Coleman, Ernie Brooks, and Karen Haglof, as well as Jaimie Branch, Anna Roberts-Gevalt, Sarah Register, Reut Regev, and Jen Baker.

$25 Tickets available here.

9:30pm

Film | Selena

Presented by BAM

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Location: 30 Lafayette Avenue

Jennifer Lopez gives a luminous breakout performance as Tejano singing sensation Selena, whose music made her an icon in the Chicano community and whose tragic death made her a legend. More than just a star-is-born showbiz saga, Selena becomes, in the hands of El Norte director Gregory Nava, something almost never seen in a major studio movie: a warm, wonderfully observed portrait of Tejano family and culture.

$16 Tickets available here.

Day 2

Day 2 Saturday

10:00am-5:00pm

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Location: 647 Fulton Street

In this two-day workshop, learn the fundamentals of stained glass design, glass cutting, and the copper foil construction method to get a full introduction to this exciting medium. You will design, cut, and solder to complete your own unique stained glass panel in this fun beginner class.

$500 Tickets available here.

10:00am-6:00pm

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Location: 647 Fulton Street

Make your very own neon light! In this private introductory lesson, students will learn all of the steps to transform hollow glass tubes into stunning illuminated neon, starting with the basics of glass tube bending using the heat of a torch, and learning how to create and follow patterns. Students will observe as their piece is pumped – or filled with noble gas – and illuminated. Each lesson will conclude with a tutorial on how to wire, mount (indoors), and care for your new artwork before taking your masterpiece home. Note: Students will have one piece pumped and completed as part of this class.\

$325 Tickets available here.

10:00am-6:00pm

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Location: 647 Fulton Street

Designed as an introductory experience to the material, up to two participants can sign up for a two-hour private lesson with one of our expert instructors who will walk you through the basics of glass sculpting and blowing and whet your appetite for future glass adventures! Ages 11 and up.

$250 Tickets available here.

11:00am-1:00pm

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Location: Tour begins at The Plaza at 300 Ashland

Explore the past, present, and future of the district on this free 2-hr guided walking tour on and learn how this concentration of venues and people is shifting the cultural landscape of the borough and the city. Over the course of 120 minutes, you will stroll through the timeless tree-lined streets of Fort Greene, past plazas and lively retail areas to view street art, new venues and where more than a dozen organizations have already made the Brooklyn Cultural District a venerable arts destination for performances of every type, large and small. Adding to the historical aspect, “pop-up” performances by artists from co-presenter American Opera Projects accompany the tour. Led by Dr. Ron Janoff, a long-time Fort Greene resident.

Free, but advanced registration is requested. Register here.

11:30am-12:30pm

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Location: Corner of Boerum Place & Schermerhorn Street

Stop by the Education Center to explore transit-themed puzzles, books, toys, and hands-on materials.

Free with museum admission.

11:30am-12:30pm

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Location: Corner of Boerum Place & Schermerhorn Street

Drop by the NYTM Computer Lab to take control of a NYC Subway car and operate it over virtual miles of track, using some incredibly realistic software. Limited Capacity. Ages 10+.

Free with museum admission Register here.

11:30am-1:30pm

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Location: 3 Lafayette Avenue

This class provides an opportunity for dancers to assimilate all of the technical challenges they have been working with over the course of the week, and is geared tailored for both classical and contemporary dancers. Taught by Ashley Tuttle.

$17 Tickets available here.

12:00pm-1:15pm

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Location: Corner of Boerum Place & Schermerhorn Street

Join for a tour to explore the story of the building of New York’s subway system, the evolution of the City’s surface transportation, and our priceless collection of vintage subway and elevated cars dating back to 1904.\

Free with museum admission. Register here.

12:00pm-5:00pm

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Location: 647 Fulton Street

Join us for S.T.E.A.M Punk, where science fiction, art, and S.T.E.M. collide. Dig into S.T.E.M. and sci-fi inspired activities, explore contemporary art in the Gallery, and try your hand at media experiences. Come in your best steampunk attire, and dance the afternoon away during our family-dance party hosted by Party Like Brooklyn, Baby.

Free with RSVP Register here.

1:30pm-2:30pm

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Location: Corner of Boerum Place & Schermerhorn Street

Discover the wonderful world of public transportation and NYC history through fun, family workshops. Ages 5+ and accompanying adults.

Free with museum admission.

2:00pm-3:00pm

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Location: 3 Lafayette Avenue

A great opportunity to continue to hone and refine the skills developed in Intro to Tap. Students will continue the development of tap techniques while incorporating more challenging rhythmic structures, including syncopation. Students should be comfortable with basic tap vocabulary including straight and swang. Taught by Yuka Kameda.

$17 Tickets available here.

2:00pm

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Location: The Brooklyn Navy Yard

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

$15-30 Tickets available here.

2:00pm

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Location: Polonsky Shakespeare Center: 262 Ashland Place

Why theatre? What is it for? What is it about? Why? takes these questions, and many others, on a journey that is both dramatic and joyful. The piece allows us to discover that we are not alone in asking these questions and that many great theatre practitioners have been inspired by the exploration of these questions. “Theatre is a very dangerous weapon.” These words were written in the 1920s by one of the most creative and innovative directors the theatre has known – Vsevolod Meyerhold. Meyerhold saw the menacing dangers that the theatre, and art in general, were facing in 1930s Russia and saw “the writing on the wall.” This did not deter him in his work as he held onto the hope that the revolution could win

Full-price tickets $90–$115; $20 New Deal tickets available to those 30 and under, or full-time students of any age. Tickets available here.

2:15pm-3:00pm

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Location: 85 South Oxford Street

Soundpainting is the live composing sign language created in 1974 by New York composer Walter Thompson for musicians, dancers, actors, poets, and visual artists and is also at the heart of many of Irondale’s core projects. Stop by for an introductory class led by Irondale Ensemble Member Michael-David Gordon featuring Irondale’s Young Company to learn symbols, explore the art form, and co-create a one off performance piece.

Free Register here.

2:45pm-3:45pm

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Location: 647 Fulton Street

Brooklyn’s best family house parties continue with fun and interactive activities that encourage creativity and discovery. Hands on art-making, gaming and technology exploration, storytelling and live performances all culminate in a raucous dance party for all ages.

Free More information available here.

3:00pm-4:15pm

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Location: Corner of Boerum Place & Schermerhorn Street

Join for a tour to explore the story of the building of New York’s subway system, the evolution of the City’s surface transportation, and our priceless collection of vintage subway and elevated cars dating back to 1904.

Free with museum admission. More information available here.

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”, New York Confidential, and was also written up in New York Woman’s “Time Out”. Open to all experience levels.Suggested attire: comfortable clothing. Lapa or wrap skirt optional. Class is taken barefoot. Taught by Patricia Hall.

$17 Tickets available here.

3:25pm

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Location: Polonsky Shakespeare Center: 262 Ashland Place

Legendary director Peter Brook and his long-time collaborator Marie-Hélène Estienne in conversation with TFANA Founding Artistic Director Jeffrey Horowitz about their new play Why?

Free and open to the public. No reservation required. Register here.

3:30pm-5:30pm

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Location: 3 Lafayette Avenue

Take a trip back in time with the 18th century baroque class. This class focuses on the classical baroque suites of the late 17th and 18th centuries. Learn the poise, elegance, and grace associated with this time period while accompanied by classical music. A fun class for all levels, including actors looking to develop their knowledge and expand their movement vocabulary for a set time period. Taught by Catherine Turocy.

$17 Tickets available here.

3:30pm-4:30pm

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Location: Corner of Boerum Place & Schermerhorn Street

Drop by the NYTM Computer Lab to take control of a NYC Subway car and operate it over virtual miles of track, using some incredibly realistic software. Limited Capacity. Ages 10+

Free with museum admission. More information available here.

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. Suggested Attire: comfortable clothing in which you can easily move. Jazz shoes, jazz sneakers, indoor sneakers, or thin socks. No street shoes. Taught by ELLE *NYTT.\

$17 Tickets available here.

3:30pm-4:30pm

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Location: Corner of Boerum Place & Schermerhorn Street

Discover the wonderful world of public transportation and NYC history through fun, family workshops. Ages 5+ and accompanying adults.

Free with museum admission More information available here.

4:00PM

Film | Selena

Presented by BAM

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Location: 30 Lafayette Avenue

Jennifer Lopez gives a luminous breakout performance as Tejano singing sensation Selena, whose music made her an icon in the Chicano community and whose tragic death made her a legend. More than just a star-is-born showbiz saga, Selena becomes, in the hands of El Norte director Gregory Nava, something almost never seen in a major studio movie: a warm, wonderfully observed portrait of Tejano family and culture.

$16 Tickets available here.

5:15pm-6:30pm

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Location: 160 Schermerhorn Street

For beginners; some Ballet experience recommended. **Adult ballet classes teach flexibility, strength and endurance and accommodates a wide range of ages and physical abilities. There is no dress code for adult students. Some adult students wear a leotard and tights, but it is not required. Wear something comfortable that you can move in easily. Ballet shoes are recommended. **.

$15 Tickets available here.

6:30pm-7:30pm

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Location: 160 Schermerhorn Street

**Beginner, no experience needed. **Adult ballet classes teach flexibility, strength and endurance and accommodates a wide range of ages and physical abilities.

$15 Tickets available here.

6:45pm

Film | Selena

Presented by BAM

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Location: 30 Lafayette Avenue

Jennifer Lopez gives a luminous breakout performance as Tejano singing sensation Selena, whose music made her an icon in the Chicano community and whose tragic death made her a legend. More than just a star-is-born showbiz saga, Selena becomes, in the hands of El Norte director Gregory Nava, something almost never seen in a major studio movie: a warm, wonderfully observed portrait of Tejano family and culture.

$16 Tickets available here.

7:00PM-8:45PM

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Location: Starting location is secret and registered participants will be notified the day before the show.

POP UP is an immersive outdoor artistic treasure hunt where you follow clues on a hand-painted map to discover mini performances that pop up throughout Fort Greene and Downtown Brooklyn, inspired by interviews with local residents. Developed by the Tours Soundpainting Orchestra (France) and the Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble (USA), POP UP is performed by a collective of multidisciplinary performers in public spaces scattered around the neighborhood of inspiration. By injecting a series of alternately playful, poetic or poignant performances in everyday spaces, the project is designed to inspire wonder, joy and whimsy. The performances are sculpted through a live-composing sign language called Soundpainting. Strike Anywhere (SA) and the Tours Soundpainting Orchestra (TSO) are two of the top Soundpainting ensembles in the world. There will be three separate treasure hunts each with different performances. Audience members are advised to wear comfortable walking shoes.

Free with registration Tickets available here

7:30PM

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Location: Polonsky Shakespeare Center: 262 Ashland Place

Why theatre? What is it for? What is it about? Why? takes these questions, and many others, on a journey that is both dramatic and joyful. The piece allows us to discover that we are not alone in asking these questions and that many great theatre practitioners have been inspired by the exploration of these questions. “Theatre is a very dangerous weapon.” These words were written in the 1920s by one of the most creative and innovative directors the theatre has known – Vsevolod Meyerhold. Meyerhold saw the menacing dangers that the theatre, and art in general, were facing in 1930s Russia and saw “the writing on the wall.” This did not deter him in his work as he held onto the hope that the revolution could win.

Full-price tickets $90–$115; $20 New Deal tickets available to those 30 and under, or full-time students of any age. Restrictions apply. Tickets available here

8:00PM

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Location: ISSUE Project Room, 22 Boerum Place

ISSUE is pleased to present the world premiere of The Sun Too Close to the Earth, an expansive new work by iconoclast composer and multi-instrumentalist Rhys Chatham. Commissioned by ISSUE and presented as a part of the French Institute Alliance Française’s (FIAF) thirteenth annual Crossing the Line Festival, the piece spans Chatham’s aesthetic concerns across thirty years of composing for electric guitar ensembles, as well as the minimalist and free jazz traditions that grew out of NYC’s downtown music scene. The Sun Too Close to the Earth is a fully notated composition, combined with improvisational elements, written for a nine-person ensemble with electric guitars in special tunings, horns, keyboard, and percussion. The ensemble features many ISSUE friends and luminaries within the Downtown NYC experimental music scene, including Jonathan Kane, Anthony Coleman, Ernie Brooks, and Karen Haglof, as well as Jaimie Branch, Anna Roberts-Gevalt, Sarah Register, Reut Regev, and Jen Baker.

$25 Tickets available here

9:00AM-10:30AM

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A great opportunity for the recreational dancer to hone one’s skills or for the professional dancer to re-examine the basics. Beginning Ballet assumes knowledge of basic ballet vocabulary and provides an opportunity to expand practice and sense of artistry. Taught by Alison Mixon.

$17 Tickets available here.

9:00am-10:30am

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Location: 3 Lafayette Ave

Wake up your body with an open level 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 Purchase tickets here

9:30pm

Film | Selena

Presented by BAM

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Location: 30 Lafayette Avenue

Jennifer Lopez gives a luminous breakout performance as Tejano singing sensation Selena, whose music made her an icon in the Chicano community and whose tragic death made her a legend. More than just a star-is-born showbiz saga, Selena becomes, in the hands of El Norte director Gregory Nava, something almost never seen in a major studio movie: a warm, wonderfully observed portrait of Tejano family and culture.

$16 Tickets available here.

Day 3

Day 3 Sunday

10:00AM-12:00PM

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Location: New York Transit Museum, Corner of Boerum Place & Schermerhorn Street

Children with disabilities and their families are invited to join for a morning of free family fun. Discover the Museum one hour before we open to the public and participate in special transit-themed activities led by Museum Educators and Extreme Kids & Crew. For this Special Day for Special Kids our theme is Build & Construct! Activities include art-making, music, and hands-on experiences. Light snacks will be offered, and a chill-out room will be available for anyone who’d like a break.

Free with museum admission

11:00AM-3:00PM

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Location: City Point, 445 Albee Square West

A day of family fun for moms, dads, and kids 1-10 with arts and crafts activities, bookmaking, lego building, and more, in partnership with Brooklyn Bridge Parents.The day will kick off with a Brooklyn Fashion Week kids fashion show on Prince Street featuring kids in the back to school looks from Brooklyn designers.

Free

11:00AM-12:00PM

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Location: Dancewave, 182 Fourth Ave

Drop-in Zumba classes feature Latin rhythms set to high-energy international beats.Taught by Kuni Quimby.

$13 Drop-in class

11:30AM-12:30PM

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Location: New York Transit Museum, Corner of Boerum Place & Schermerhorn Street

Drop by the NYTM Computer Lab to take control of a NYC Subway car and operate it over virtual miles of track, using some incredibly realistic software. Limited Capacity. Ages 10+

Free with museum admission

12:00PM-1:30PM

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Location: Dancewave, 182 Fourth Ave

A highly imaginative and highly physical investigation of ourselves as movers, grounded in improvisation and set material. Taught by Marion Spencer.

$16 Drop-in class

12:00PM-1:45PM

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Location: Starting location is secret and registered participants will be notified the day before the show.

POP UP is an immersive outdoor artistic treasure hunt where you follow clues on a hand-painted map to discover mini performances that pop up throughout Fort Greene and Downtown Brooklyn, inspired by interviews with local residents. Developed by the Tours Soundpainting Orchestra (France) and the Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble (USA), POP UP is performed by a collective of multidisciplinary performers in public spaces scattered around the neighborhood of inspiration. By injecting a series of alternately playful, poetic or poignant performances in everyday spaces, the project is designed to inspire wonder, joy and whimsy. The performances are sculpted through a live-composing sign language called Soundpainting. Strike Anywhere (SA) and the Tours Soundpainting Orchestra (TSO) are two of the top Soundpainting ensembles in the world. There will be three separate treasure hunts each with different performances. Audience members are advised to wear comfortable walking shoes.

Free with registration Tickets available here.

12:00PM-1:15PM

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Location: New York Transit Museum, Corner of Boerum Place & Schermerhorn Street

Join for tours every Saturday and Sunday at 12pm and 3pm to explore the story of the building of New York’s subway system, the evolution of the City’s surface transportation, and our priceless collection of vintage subway and elevated cars dating back to 1904.

Free with museum admission

2:00PM

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Location: Polonsky Shakespeare Center, 262 Ashland Place

Why theatre? What is it for? What is it about? Why? takes these questions, and many others, on a journey that is both dramatic and joyful. The piece allows us to discover that we are not alone in asking these questions and that many great theatre practitioners have been inspired by the exploration of these questions. “Theatre is a very dangerous weapon.” These words were written in the 1920s by one of the most creative and innovative directors the theatre has known – Vsevolod Meyerhold. Meyerhold saw the menacing dangers that the theatre, and art in general, were facing in 1930s Russia and saw “the writing on the wall.” This did not deter him in his work as he held onto the hope that the revolution could win.

Full-price tickets $90–$115; $20 New Deal tickets available to those 30 and under, or full-time students of any age. Tickets available here.

2:00PM

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Location: Brooklyn Navy Yard

This tour examines the role of the New York City waterfront in the war effort, explores connections between the Yard and famous battles of World War II, and visits sites of significance that remain from this era, including former ship assembly shops and the historic Dry Dock 1.

$15-30 Tickets available here.

3:00PM-4:15PM

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Location: New York Transit Museum, Corner of Boerum Place & Schermerhorn Street

Join for tours every Saturday and Sunday at 12pm and 3pm to explore the story of the building of New York’s subway system, the evolution of the City’s surface transportation, and our priceless collection of vintage subway and elevated cars dating back to 1904.

Free with museum admission

3:30PM-4:30PM

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Location: New York Transit Museum, Corner of Boerum Place & Schermerhorn Street

Stop by the Education Center to explore transit-themed puzzles, books, toys, and hands-on materials.

Free with museum admission

3:30PM-4:30PM

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Location: New York Transit Museum, Corner of Boerum Place & Schermerhorn Street

Drop by the NYTM Computer Lab to take control of a NYC Subway car and operate it over virtual miles of track, using some incredibly realistic software. Limited Capacity. Ages 10+

Free with museum admission More information available here.

4:00PM

Film | Selena

Presented by BAM

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Location: BAM Rose Cinema, 30 Lafayette Avenue

Jennifer Lopez gives a luminous breakout performance as Tejano singing sensation Selena, whose music made her an icon in the Chicano community and whose tragic death made her a legend. More than just a star-is-born showbiz saga, Selena becomes, in the hands of El Norte director Gregory Nava, something almost never seen in a major studio movie: a warm, wonderfully observed portrait of Tejano family and culture.

$16 Tickets available here.

5:00PM-6:45PM

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Location: Starting location is secret and registered participants will be notified the day before the show.

POP UP is an immersive outdoor artistic treasure hunt where you follow clues on a hand-painted map to discover mini performances that pop up throughout Fort Greene and Downtown Brooklyn, inspired by interviews with local residents. Developed by the Tours Soundpainting Orchestra (France) and the Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble (USA), POP UP is performed by a collective of multidisciplinary performers in public spaces scattered around the neighborhood of inspiration. By injecting a series of alternately playful, poetic or poignant performances in everyday spaces, the project is designed to inspire wonder, joy and whimsy. The performances are sculpted through a live-composing sign language called Soundpainting. Strike Anywhere (SA) and the Tours Soundpainting Orchestra (TSO) are two of the top Soundpainting ensembles in the world. There will be three separate treasure hunts each with different performances. Audience members are advised to wear comfortable walking shoes.

Free with registration Tickets available here.

6:45PM

Film | Selena

Presented by BAM

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Location: BAM Rose Cinema, 30 Lafayette Avenue

Jennifer Lopez gives a luminous breakout performance as Tejano singing sensation Selena, whose music made her an icon in the Chicano community and whose tragic death made her a legend. More than just a star-is-born showbiz saga, Selena becomes, in the hands of El Norte director Gregory Nava, something almost never seen in a major studio movie: a warm, wonderfully observed portrait of Tejano family and culture.

$16 Tickets available here.

7:00PM

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Location: The Center for Fiction, 15 Lafayette Avenue

From graphic novels to short stories, Joe Hill’s brand of horror takes many forms. He’ll discuss his upcoming Locke & Key television series, produced by Netflix, and his latest story collection, Full Throttle.

$32.50 admission and a copy of Full Throttle Tickets available here.

9:30PM

Film | Selena

Presented by BAM

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Location: BAM Rose Cinema, 30 Lafayette Avenue

Jennifer Lopez gives a luminous breakout performance as Tejano singing sensation Selena, whose music made her an icon in the Chicano community and whose tragic death made her a legend. More than just a star-is-born showbiz saga, Selena becomes, in the hands of El Norte director Gregory Nava, something almost never seen in a major studio movie: a warm, wonderfully observed portrait of Tejano family and culture.

$16 Tickets available here.

Exhibitions

All Weekend

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Location: BRIC, 647 Fulton Street (Enter on Rockwell Place)

Artist David Rios Ferreira makes references to monster movies from his childhood like Godzilla, representing disturbances in the urban landscape in this mural for the BRIC Café. Combined with cartoonish characters and hints of historical structures, the hybridity of this imagery becomes a metaphor for the process of cultural appropriation and reconstitution crucial to identity-making in our postcolonial society. Dandelions and tropical leaves, photographic and illustrated, explode with a child-like playfulness, and locate the cityscape somewhere between the real bodies and fantasies of those who inhabit it. The artist’s manner of repeating, multiplying, and accumulating constitutes a strategy to visualize diasporic experiences that have been denied expression in words. As a queer Latinx artist, Rios Ferreira sees such hybridization as both necessary and problematic. On the one hand, this creative process can be traced back to Carribean culture, a space that fundamentally embodies an amalgamation of multiple ethnic heritages. It may, however, also suppress original traditions as seen in the deculturalization strategies of the U.S government in the 1950s towards Puerto Rican schoolchildren, which the artist’s own parents experienced. In this sense, the potentially chaotic process of making meaning out of this work draws attention to the question of how we are to make sense of our own position in a history of displacement, a theme of urgency to the citizens of Brooklyn.

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Location: BRIC, 647 Fulton Street (Enter on Rockwell Place)

In Playground, Celeste Wilson covers BRIC’s planters with an assortment of vibrant colored shapes whose sense of fluid movement bridges two and three dimensional spaces. Each shape is in fact created from an inflatable plastic ball, cut, flattened, and glued to the planters. Through such spontaneous gestures, Wilson transforms mundane, mass-manufactured objects into singular existences, finding creative potential in the unique malleability of plastic.

Free

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Location: BRIC, 647 Fulton Street (Enter on Rockwell Place)

Gail Biederman has created The Feel of a Place from materials ranging from yarn and felt to nails, each tailored and arranged to evoke different elements of Brooklyn’s waterfront. Industrial felt represents the historically industrial landscape around piers, for example, while intersecting lines of felt mimic subway lines and other travel routes. Viewers may also notice the contrast between topographies of North and South Brooklyn in the density of infrastructure and transportation grids. The tactility of Biederman’s materials, juxtaposed with the abstracted forms they take, highlight the coexistence of our embodied experience of the city with a more schematic conception in the act of mapping. Gail Biederman is a 2018-19 recipient of the ArtFP, an open call for Brooklyn-based visual artists to exhibit at BRIC House.

Free

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Location: BRIC, 647 Fulton Street (Enter on Rockwell Place)

Beyond Geographies: Contemporary Art and Muslim Experience presents the work of eight New York-based artists who employ a range of visual strategies to manifest multiple dimensions of the contemporary Muslim experience. Of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African-American descent, these artists grapple with complex, hybrid identities. While drawing upon such areas of inquiry as mythology, spiritual philosophy and ritual, science, and social and political history, these artists are largely unburdened by the themes and forms that have come to symbolize recent art concerned with Muslim culture - the veil, calligraphy, or the events of 9/11, for example. Rather, they draw broadly on their identities as members of disparate diasporic communities, as immigrants, and as participants in the contemporary art discourse, to navigate and express identities that are fluid, layered, and engaged in a rigorous questioning of both tradition and contemporaneity. In their explorations of the specificities of cultures and communities they claim as their own, these artists bring new frames of reference toward a broader and more nuanced understanding of a world whose boundaries are increasingly porous.

The exhibition features installations, photography, sculpture, video, performance, painting, and drawing by Morehshin Allahyari, Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, Mona Saeed Kamal, Baseera Khan, Asif Mian, Umber Majeed, Nsenga Knight, and Nooshin Rostami; and is presented in conjunction with Kameelah Janan Rasheed’s exhibition, An Opening, at Brooklyn Historical Society.

Beyond Geographies is a component of Muslims in Brooklyn, a major public art and history project of Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS). Through this exhibition, public programs, oral histories, educational curriculum, and other initiatives, Muslims in Brooklyn aims to preserve and amplify the histories and experiences of Muslims in our borough.

Free

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Location: Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St

Brooklyn Historical Society explores how centuries of Brooklynites have understood sickness and health. Through the experiences of everyday Brooklynites giving, receiving, demanding, and being denied health care, Taking Care of Brooklyn shows us that sickness is as much a social experience as a biological one. Taking Care of Brooklyn tells stories about changing beliefs, stereotypes and practices; about families and caregivers, activists and experts; about the building of city infrastructure; and about the complicated role of government in people’s private lives. It is a project about public health and understandings of disease, and so much more. Visitors will leave BHS with an expanded understanding of the meaning of “sickness” and “health,” both in the past and in their lives today.

$6-10 suggested

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Location: Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the student interns that make up BHS’s Teen Council focus on the LGBTQ history of Brooklyn. The stories chosen stretch back to the time of Walt Whitman, who published his first edition of Leaves of Grass in 1855 in the Rome Brothers’ print shop in Brooklyn Heights, through the early 2000s, when a collective called DUMBA gave LGBTQ artists and activists a home in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood. Each of the five stories featured in the exhibition explores themes of race, class, activism, health, and community. Teen Council interns conducted extensive research in BHS’s library and archives, using primary sources like the AIDS/Brooklyn Oral History Project collection. They also conducted their own interviews with the founders of Circle of Voices, a non-profit organization of Womyn of African Descent and Womyn of Color, and with Debbie Griffin-Daza, the anti-violence activist and former co-owner of the Starlite Lounge.

$6-10 suggested

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Location: Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St

A sound and art installation drawn from the Muslims in Brooklyn oral histories collection. For well over a century, Muslims have lived, worked, and prayed in Brooklyn, making it a major center of Muslim life for NYC and the nation. The lives and work of Muslims in Brooklyn span many ethnicities, cultures, and nationalities; as such, these diverse Brooklynites have both shaped and been shaped by life in Brooklyn. An Opening, an installation of audio and visual artworks by Brooklyn-based artist Kameelah Janan Rasheed, engages with a multiplicity of Muslim experiences in Brooklyn. Eleven large-scale prints by Rasheed are placed in conversation with audio narratives from oral histories drawn from BHS’s recent Muslims in Brooklyn project. The result is an immersive encounter with art and sound that challenges narrow conceptions of Muslim identity and history. Muslims in Brooklyn is a history and public arts project which amplifies the stories of Brooklyn’s diverse Muslim communities. For well over a century, Muslims have lived, worked, and prayed in Brooklyn, making it a major center of Muslim life for New York City and the nation. As such, the histories and experiences of Brooklyn’s Muslim communities hold great resonance for national conversations on religious diversity and pluralism.

$6-10 suggested

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Location: BLDG 92, 63 Flushing Avenue (at Carlton Avenue)

“Brooklyn Navy Yard: Past, Present and Future” tells for the first time 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 nation’s first five naval shipyards, over 165 years the Yard developed into the nation’s premiere naval industrial facility.

Today, it is home to the greatest concentration of manufacturing and green businesses in New York City. This exhibition explores contributions made at the Yard to American industry, technology, innovation and manufacturing. Visitors will learn about the Yard’s impact on labor, politics, education, and urban and environmental planning as well as discover some of the over 400 businesses that call the Yard home today.

Displayed over three floors in historic BLDG 92- built in 1858 for the Marine Commandant’s residence, this exhibition introduces to contemporary audiences the generations of people who worked, transformed, lived, and shaped the Yard over time and who continue to build upon the storied history of the Brooklyn Navy Yard into the future.

Free

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Location: BLDG 92, 63 Flushing Avenue (at Carlton Avenue)

The Yard is a diverse ecosystem that supports over 450 businesses, many of which are artists, designers, craftspeople, and artisanal manufacturers. Kindred Constructs gives a glimpse into this community of creators and showcases the vibrancy of art and innovation not only unfolding at the Yard today, but also embedded in the sites 200+ year history. From paintings on paper and canvas to materials as diverse as wax, wash clothes, and bronze, this exhibition gives visitors an amazing introduction to the Yard of 2019. The exhibition is co-curated by Yard-based artist Millie Benson together with 2018 BNY Visiting Artist and multi-disciplinary artist and educator Amy Lemaire.

Free

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Location: MoCADA, 80 Hanson Place

Uzumaki Cepeda: Safe Space features a tableau of plush everyday objects and furred household goods in a living room interior and garden landscape. Complicating reality and the imaginary, Uzumaki constructs a disorienting fur environment grounded in ordinary household goods, furniture, and references from popular culture, in her own interpretation of a safe space where Black and brown are welcome to exist as they are. Soft corners and plush grounds invite touch, tenderness, and play, while overwhelmingly bright and bold colors are mismatched together. Her soft, brightly-colored faux fur transforms ordinary spaces and discarded objects into kaleidoscopic environments that offer us another possible world—vibrant, inclusive, and safe for everyone.

General admission $8, $4 for students/seniors More information available here.

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Location: New York Transit Museum, Corner of Boerum Place & Schermerhorn Street

Collections are the backbone of museums. Historical objects help us learn about the past, and link us to the present and the future. The New York Transit Museum is committed to preserving and interpreting historical, industrial, and cultural items from the early 19th century to the present day. What’s Old is New Again: Recent Acquisitions highlights a selection of transit treasures, acquired over the last decade, that are now part of the Transit Museum’s collection of documents, photographs, ephemera, and artifacts.

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Location: New York Transit Museum, Corner of Boerum Place & Schermerhorn Street

New York’s transportation history happened in phases, from early ships, trains and passenger ferries to more modern subways, trains, buses and cars. Transportation maps highlight the story of New York’s growth through the increasingly connected transportation system. Indeed, mass transit helped make the greater New York region what it is today. Navigating New York draws on the New York Transit Museum’s collection, artistic renderings, historic maps, guidebooks and digital technology that refresh our view of the city and show how transportation has catalyzed its development.

$5-10

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Location: New York Transit Museum, Corner of Boerum Place & 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 the colossal process of fare collection, and see some of the people who make sure the money goes where it’s supposed to go.

$5-10

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Location: Recess, 46 Washington Avenue

Maryam Monalisa Gharavi’s Life of Mohammad constructs a fictional single life from the lives of seven real people named Mohammad. Conceived as a multi-channel video and installation, the work follows the unfolding of ordinary lives held together by the world’s most common—and least culturally understood—name. The project will take shape through a series of prismatic forms, in which separate refracted parts act as one whole. Life of Mohammad will include public programs, film/video, domestic physical objects, clothing, portraiture, oral history, publication, and a curated library and film archive. The public will be invited to engage through open casting sessions, an interactive installation, and a seven-channel video.

Life of Mohammad is foreshadowed by ongoing dystopian political trauma in the U.S., heightened since 2001. Under the banner of ‘less freedom for some, more security for all,’ men and boys with Muslim names were held subject to the degradation of civil and human rights, including unwarranted deportation, encroaching government surveillance, and negative mediated stereotypes. In the current moment, Executive Order 13769, titled Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States (or the “Muslim ban”) further encodes an Enemy-Other whose names, ethnic origins, and sartorial choices undergo unjust scrutiny. By re-conceptualizing the ordinary as extraordinary and uniting them by a single name, Gharavi illustrates the cost of flattening Othered subjects.

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Location: Agnes Varis Art Center, 647 Fulton Street

Grace Whiteside’s interdisciplinary installation, Stacy’s Store, investigates the modern ethics of a department store through queer theory and gender identity. This work stems from Whiteside’s performative exploration of gender politics within public, heteronormative and capitalist spaces. She will explore realms of public transparency while challenging alleged “inclusive” marketing campaigns for mainstream products that present the limitations of the binary.

In the mid-19th century, the department store acted as one of the first acceptable places for women to shop and safely exist unaccompanied by a man. These stores became a safe space for women to express tactile desire and act upon a form of self-expression within the public eye. That said, women were not entirely independent, as everything was on view including them. The department store acted as a form of public surveillance. Who’s buying what? Who do we want in our store? Pick your market. Who’s your girl? Now go get her.

Whiteside finds department stores in today’s society to be rather polarizing and stagnant in relation to modern gender politics. The binary remains strong as one is compartmentalized as a consumer. What if the department store, this entirely public platform, was used to create a place of liberation for people considered to be othered within mainstream society and depictions of gender? Whiteside aims to turn the platform of the store into a gender-bending investigation, exploring what it could be like if gender and sexuality existed under the spectrum of nothing. If we allow attractions to run free and intuition to dress us in the morning, is it actually possible to ignore the public magnifying glass and challenge the gender game of categories?

The design and layout of Stacy’s Store borrows the aesthetics of highbrow window displays and the functional showroom elements of a QVC stage set. It takes the acronym “Quality, Value, Convenience” to a more literal yet absurd place. There are four scheduled performances or “product reveals” that will accompany this installation. Throughout the duration of the exhibition, Stacy’s Store will be in a state of flux, constantly creating a new dialogue.

Free

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Location: Agnes Varis Art Center, 647 Fulton Street

In Einar and Jamex de la Torre previous exhibition at UrbanGlass titled, 11:58 PMAD, addressed the dystopian end of the millennium. It was 1998, ‘W’ seemed hell bent on dividing this wonderful experiment, called the United States of America.

This is HIGH NOON, 21 years and two presidents later. Past-Utopian is the order of the day with the executive branch waging war on patent Truth and Science perceived as the enemy. In this new climate it won’t be long before we sit and watch the chickens come home to roost.

Free

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.