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Free Things to Do in Brooklyn This Week - April 14-April 21

April 14, 2019 - by CG Directory Editor
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On a budget? Not to worry. City Guide's weekly roundup of free things to do in Brooklyn will keep your entertained without breaking the bank. From catching a free outdoor movie screening to exploring breathtaking Prospect Park, there's something in this weekly roundup for everyone wanting to travel without burning a hole in their wallet.

Luna Park in Coney Island Celebrates the Traditional Egg Cream Christening of the Cyclone - Luna Park in Coney Island
April 14, 2019 - Brooklyn

Luna Park in Coney Island is excited to welcome back thrill seekers of all ages to the Traditional Egg Cream Christening Ceremony the Cyclone this Sunday, April 14th to celebrate the 2019 season. In honor of the iconic coaster’s 92nd anniversary, Luna Park will invite the first 92 guests in the line to ride The Cyclone for free. There will be additional events happening throughout the morning, including an appearance from The Brooklyn Seltzer Boys who will be providing egg cream samples to guests, a special performance by barber shop quartet, The Apple Boys and a marching band parade to celebrate the 2019 season.

Frida Kahlo: Plant Inspiration Tour - Brooklyn Botanic Garden
April 14, 2019 - Brooklyn

See many of the plants that inspired Frida Kahlo's artwork and garden design on this conservatory tour. Free with Garden admission. No registration necessary.

Labor and Leadership - Pioneer Works
April 14, 2019 - Brooklyn

Members of Soft Surplus culminate a zine inspired by a conversation that developed in the #random channel of the collective's Slack. Through this publication, we hope to encourage consideration around "good leadership". Within the zine stores a link to a shared Google Doc where viewers are welcome to write in response. Writers have a platform to share their perspectives anonymously and/or privately and in conversation with others.

The Cryptofuturist And The New Tribal Labyrinth - Pioneer Works
April 14, 2019 - Brooklyn

Pioneer Works presents the largest-scale exhibition of work by Atelier Van Lieshout (AVL) in the United States. The centerpiece of The CryptoFuturist and The New Tribal Labyrinth is Blast Furnace (2013), a 40-foot-tall industrial structure resembling a steel maze of pipes, conveyor elevators, staircases and mezzanines. At the center of the work is a fictional narrative wherein a "New Tribe" of metal workers, inspired by a desire to the return to industry, take residence in the structure. This sets the stage for the synthesis of man and machine and refers to the replacement of heavy industry by an immaterial, information-led economy. In the shadow of Blast Furnace are sculptures from AVL's ongoing series, "Crypto-Futurism," which draws parallels between the Italian Futurists' nationalist glorification of new technologies, cities, and war during the 20th century, and emerging fascist tendencies today. The most prominent of these works, Pendulum Press (2019), an oversized mechanical clock powered by a swinging pendulum, crushes objects—in some instances, the artist's own work—at a pre-destined time daily. With these machines, AVL breaks with the past and ushers in a metaphorical new ... (read more)

Second Sundays: April 2019 - Pioneer Works
April 14, 2019 - Brooklyn

Second Sundays is a free event series that engages Pioneer Works disciplines through live music, food, artists' open studios, and interactive programs.

Museum Highlights - New York Transit Museum
April 14, 2019 - Brooklyn

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.

Family Workshop – Shadow Puppet Storytelling - New York Transit Museum
April 14, 2019 - Brooklyn

Design shadow puppets that animate your tale of travel, with a vintage subway car as our stage. Ages 5+ and accompanying adults

Nytm Train Operators Workshop - New York Transit Museum
April 14, 2019 - Brooklyn

Drop by our 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+

Discovery Room – Puppets on Parade - New York Transit Museum
April 14, 2019 - Brooklyn

Stop by the Education Center to explore our April theme of puppetry, with transit-themed puzzles, books, toys, building materials and a puppet stage! Build a bus or train puppet to tell your transportation tale. Ages 2-5 and accompanying adults

Helen Ellis: Southern Lady Code W/ Ann Napolitano and Hannah Tinti - Books are Magic
April 15, 2019 - Cobble Hill

Helen Ellis has a mantra: "If you don't have something nice to say, say something not-so-nice in a nice way." Say "weathered" instead of "she looks like a cake left out in the rain." Say "early-developed" instead of "brace face and B cups." And for the love of Coke Salad, always say "Sorry you saw something that offended you" instead of "Get that stick out of your butt, Miss Prissy Pants." In these twenty-three raucous essays Ellis transforms herself into a dominatrix Donna Reed to save her marriage, inadvertently steals a $795 Burberry trench coat, witnesses a man fake his own death at a party, avoids a neck lift, and finds a black-tie gown that gives her the confidence of a drag queen. While she may have left her home in Alabama, married a New Yorker, forgotten how to drive, and abandoned the puffy headbands of her youth, Helen Ellis is clinging to her Southern accent like mayonnaise to white bread, and offering readers a hilarious, completely singular view on womanhood for both sides of the Mason-Dixon. Helen Ellis is the acclaimed author of Eating the Cheshire Cat and the national bestseller AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE. She is a poker player who competes on the national tournament circ... (read more)

Secret Science Club - The Bell House
April 15, 2019 - Brooklyn

Underground . . . Shrouded in mystery . . . Chock-full of brainiacs . . . The Secret Science Club features: • mind-bending lectures • volatile experiments • chemical libations • star-gazing sounds

Email Basics - Brooklyn Public Library - Arlington Library
April 15, 2019 - Brooklyn

Do you have questions on how to create an email account, learn about the different email providers and to compose an email? Or maybe you have questions on how to attach a file to an email. Learn how to connect with the world through email by joining us every Monday for our email basics class and get answers to your questions.

Teen Time - Brooklyn Public Library - Arlington Library
April 15, 2019 - Brooklyn

Looking for some afternoon fun? Join us to play video games, board games, work on your art, or to just hang out!

Teen Tech Time - Brooklyn Public Library - Arlington Library
April 15, 2019 - Brooklyn

Looking for some afternoon fun? Join us for Playstation 4 or Wii U!

The Rumpus X Books Are Magic: National Poetry Month Celebration at Invisible Dog - Books are Magic
April 16, 2019 - Cobble Hill

The Rumpus and Books Are Magic are proud to present an evening of poetry in celebration of National Poetry Month! This reading will be held at the Invisible Dog Arts Center (51 Bergen St., Brooklyn, NY 11201). With readings from Andrés Cerpa, Hafizah Geter, Donika Kelly, Rachel McKibbens, Nicole Sealey, and Emily Skaja. Emceed by Cortney Lamar Charleston. This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase, and authors will be on hand to sign books following the reading.

Sally Rooney: Normal People with Emma Straub - First Unitarian Church
April 16, 2019 - Brooklyn

At school Connell and Marianne pretend not to know each other. He's popular and well-adjusted, star of the school football team, while she is lonely, proud and intensely private. But when Connell comes to pick his mother up from her job at Marianne's house, a strange and indelible connection grows between the two teenagers—one they are determined to conceal. A year later, they're both studying at Trinity College in Dublin. Marianne has found her feet in a new social world while Connell hangs at the sidelines, shy and uncertain. Throughout their years at university, Marianne and Connell circle one another, straying toward other people and possibilities but always magnetically, irresistibly drawn back together. And as she veers into self-destruction and he begins to search for meaning elsewhere, each must confront how far they are willing to go to save the other. Sally Rooney was born in the west of Ireland in 1991. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Granta and The London Review of Books. Winner of the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award in 2017, she is the author of Conversations with Friends and the editor of the Irish literary journal The Stingi... (read more)

HP's Open Mic Spectacular - Eastville Comedy Club
April 16, 2019 - Brooklyn

HP's Open Mic Spectacular

Urban Bush Women: Dance for Every Body - BRIC House
April 16, 2019 - Brooklyn

This movement jam/dance class embraces the idea that everyone has a unique and significant contribution to make, and that our bodies are powerful and capable. The goal is for "every body" to find their level of challenge and comfort and partake according to their abilities, and to appreciate the group's diversity as a benefit to their community. Participants explore Urban Bush Women's technique with close attention to the use of breath, weight, call and response, and polyrhythm. This is a movement class designed for the community, so no prior dance experience is needed.

Members Show and Tell Open Mic - New York Transit Museum
April 16, 2019 - Brooklyn

On April 16th, members take the mic at the Transit Museum! Check out your fellow members' transit-related stories, research, artwork, and talents.

Reading Celebrations with LINC - Brooklyn Public Library - Arlington Library
April 16, 2019 - Brooklyn

Join our early literacy partner LINC for a fun afterschool story and art program. No registration required.

Teen Tech Time - Brooklyn Public Library - Arlington Library
April 16, 2019 - Brooklyn

Looking for some afternoon fun? Join us for Playstation 4 or Wii U!

Myla Goldberg: Feast Your Eyes W/ Joshua Ferris - Books are Magic
April 17, 2019 - Cobble Hill

After discovering photography as a teenager through her high school's photo club, Lillian rejects her parents' expectations of college and marriage and moves to New York City in 1955. When a small gallery exhibits partially nude photographs of Lillian and her daughter Samantha, Lillian is arrested, thrust into the national spotlight, and targeted with an obscenity charge. Mother and daughter's sudden notoriety changes the course of both of their lives and especially Lillian's career as she continues her quest for artistic legitimacy and recognition. The story is inspired by well-known photographers Sally Mann and Diane Arbus. There are also aspects of Patti Smith's story here, in the making of a young woman artist in New York City. The perfect read for those who loved Rachel Kushner's The Flamethrowers or Alice McDermott's The Ninth Hour. Myla Goldberg is a bestselling novelist, winner of the Borders New Voices Prize, a finalist for the Hemingway Foundation/PEN award, the NYPL Young Lions award, and the Barnes & Noble Discover award, and recipient of a Sustainable Arts Foundation grant. She writes and teaches in Brooklyn, where she lives with her husband Jason Little and their tw... (read more)

Laurie Berg & Bessie Mcdonough-Thayer: Ez Pass - Roulette
April 17, 2019 - Boerum Hill

EZ Pass is the newest collaborative work of longtime dance partners and improvisers Laurie Berg and Bessie McDonough-Thayer. EZ Pass follows the path of least resistance, as the choreography cuts and loops around itself to reflect the added dimension of multiple pairings passing to and fro as Laurie, Bessie, and special guests perform increasingly complex displays of the choreography to comic effect. They move from object duets to human duets to object human duets, creating the space to opt in or out as relationships shift from said duets to quartets to solos to nothing at all. Your worst nightmare. Karl Scholz creates an original driving sound score, and Michael DiPietro adds beautifully crafted costumes and props. Laurie and Bessie began making work together in 2008. Their collaborative work has been shown as part of Charles Atlas Presents The Kitchen Follies, WeisAcres Sundays on Broadway, BAX Site Lines curated by Catherine Galasso, Mount Tremper Arts, Movement Research Fall Festival 2018, 303 Gallery, Dixon Place, CounterPulse San Francisco, WiM Festival, and Movement Research at the Judson Church.

Reading Is Fundamental - RIF - Brooklyn Public Library - Arlington Library
April 17, 2019 - Brooklyn

For babies and children with a Library Card Choose a FREE RIF book when you sign up Earn more FREE RIF books by borrowing and returning library books Ask your friendly neighborhood library staff for more information.

After School Homework Help - Brooklyn Public Library - Arlington Library
April 17, 2019 - Brooklyn

Do you need help with your homework? If you are in grades 1-8, stop by and meet with our homework helper!

Adult Book Discussion : Crucible by James Rollins - Brooklyn Public Library - Arlington Library
April 17, 2019 - Brooklyn

In the race to save one of their own, Sigma Force must wrestle with the deepest spiritual mysteries of mankind in this mind-expanding adventure from the #1 New York Times bestselling author, told with his trademark blend of cutting edge science, historical mystery, and pulse-pounding action.

LINDSAY PACKER: CALL AND RESPONSE: DEPTH OF FIELD WITH MELANIE MAAR - ISSUE Project Room
April 18, 2019 - Brooklyn

Thursday, April 18th, light and color improviser Lindsay Packer premieres DEPTH OF FIELD, her first commissioned work as a 2019 ISSUE Artist-In-Residence. Throughout 2019, Packer creates new improvisational work in support of a research and performance project entitled Call and Response. Each program in Call and Response involves a new collaborator and builds a new conversation between elements of color, light, ephemeral form, movement, sound and space. In Call and Response: DEPTH OF FIELD, Lindsay Packer collaborates with dancer and choreographer Melanie Maar. Sharing and, at times, exchanging the responsibilities of their own established practices in improvisation and making, the artists use light, color, repetition, movement and the sounds and reverberations that emanate from their movements to define and redefine the space around them. Light amplifies their smallest adjustments and decisions -- expanding beams of light and leading edges of shadow extend actions beyond the body. This work investigates the inter-relatedness of things in an unfolding conversation between the seen and unseen, between whispers and communication across distance.

How the Pentagon Robs our City - Brooklyn Friends Meeting House
April 18, 2019 - Brooklyn

Bill Hartung’s talk will focus on the war economy, specific ways it drains our city’s resources, and what the public can do to turn it around. Two campaigns are already underway! Christine Lewis will present the NYC campaign to Move the Money and Jan Weinstein will discuss CodePink’s Divest from War Machine. Later, working groups will form to plan follow up actions.

Sarah Blake: Naamah - Books are Magic
April 18, 2019 - Cobble Hill

With the coming of the Great Flood—the mother of all disasters—only one family was spared, drifting on an endless sea, waiting for the waters to subside. We know the story of Noah, moved by divine vision to launch their escape. Now, in a work of astounding invention, acclaimed writer Sarah Blake reclaims the story of his wife, Naamah, the matriarch who kept them alive. Here is the woman torn between faith and fury, lending her strength to her sons and their wives, caring for an unruly menagerie of restless creatures, silently mourning the lover she left behind. Here is the woman escaping into the unreceded waters, where a seductive angel tempts her to join a strange and haunted world. Here is the woman tormented by dreams and questions of her own—questions of service and self-determination, of history and memory, of the kindness or cruelty of fate. In fresh and modern language, Blake revisits the story of the Ark that rescued life on earth, and rediscovers the agonizing burdens endured by the woman at the heart of the story. Naamah is a parable for our time: a provocative fable of body, spirit, and resilience. Sarah Blake is the recipient of a Literature Fellowship from the Natio... (read more)

Penis C.K. and Friends: A Night of Mocking Sex Offenders for a Good Cause - Union Hall
April 18, 2019 - Brooklyn

Show Description: Join comedians Kelsey Caine (New York Times) and Rosa Escandón (Forbes) for a night of brutally mocking sex offenders. Each comedienne will be impersonating a famous sex offender outed by the #MeToo movement, hey, they were asking for it. We invite survivors to laugh in Penis C.K. and his sex offender friends faces, and hopefully get some closure from doing so. All the proceeds will go to RAINN (the nations largest anti-sex violence organization). Lineup: Clare O'Kane Abby Govindan Katie Jo Sarah Kennedy Hannah Widener Kaytlin Bailey Music by: Friends Who Folk Reformed Whores

Transit Tots – Puppets on Parade - New York Transit Museum
April 18, 2019 - Brooklyn

With some help from some wise and funny puppets, we will think about workers on tracks and in tunnels that help the subway run. Ages 2-5 and adult companions.

Jump Start Literacy Fair - Brooklyn Public Library - Arlington Library
April 18, 2019 - Brooklyn

Jumpstart Literacy Fair.

Introduction to Web Design: Design Your Homepage - Brooklyn Public Library - Arlington Library
April 18, 2019 - Brooklyn

Create Your Website with the Wix Editor Start with a template and make it your own, with easy drag and drop 1000s of design features. It's easy to create your own stunning website. Let's get your website online today!

Learning Resources: Flipster - Brooklyn Public Library - Arlington Library
April 18, 2019 - Brooklyn

Get access to major magazines and journals to read on your smartphone, tablet, or PC.

Karaoke Tremendous - Union Hall
April 19, 2019 - Brooklyn

Jay Miller (of Midevenings/Impractical Jokers) and Jeremy (Sir Jarlsberg) Gibson are out to spread love and kick down the walls of your private room karaoke! KARAOKE TREMENDOUS is like the karaoke you know, just turned up to 11. Put it this way, if your favorite dance party had a baby with a karaoke machine, that baby would be KARAOKE TREMENDOUS. You sing good? That's great! You don't? That's fine. Just bring the enthusiasm and we'll give you the fun!!

Music of Curiosities-Coney Island - Season Premiere - ConeyIslandUSA
April 19, 2019 - Brooklyn

APRIL 19, 2019 – The season premiere of Music of Curiosities, the innovative monthly music concert series showcasing the unique, the beautiful and the extraordinary in genre-defying music performance is on Friday, April 19th at 9PM, live on stage in Coney Island. Headlining the first show of the Music of Curiosities season is Brooklyn's Surreal Folk Rock Duo COOKIE TONGUE, with a Special opening set by the hauntingly beautiful CHARMING DISASTER, all on the legendary sideshow stage at ConeyIslandUSA on the corner of Surf Avenue and West 12th Street. Each month Music of Curiosities curates, produces, and presents live on stage in Coney Island diverse musical voices and sounds that share a common endeavor to expand the possibilities of music expression and performance. The Music of Curiosities monthly music concert series began in 2018, connecting an artful cast of inspired musicians with music enthusiasts through original live performance. The new 2019 Music of Curiosities season promises to once again showcase audacious and imaginative performers who break the conventions of their genre, captivating audiences eager to experience innovative musical compositions and styles. H... (read more)

Music of Curiosities-Coney Island - Season Premiere - ConeyIslandUSA
April 19, 2019 - Brooklyn

APRIL 19, 2019 – The season premiere of Music of Curiosities, the innovative monthly music concert series showcasing the unique, the beautiful and the extraordinary in genre-defying music performance is on Friday, April 19th at 9PM, live on stage in Coney Island. Headlining the first show of the Music of Curiosities season is Brooklyn's Surreal Folk Rock Duo COOKIE TONGUE, with a Special opening set by the hauntingly beautiful CHARMING DISASTER, all on the legendary sideshow stage at ConeyIslandUSA on the corner of Surf Avenue and West 12th Street. Each month Music of Curiosities curates, produces, and presents live on stage in Coney Island diverse musical voices and sounds that share a common endeavor to expand the possibilities of music expression and performance. The Music of Curiosities monthly music concert series began in 2018, connecting an artful cast of inspired musicians with music enthusiasts through original live performance. The new 2019 Music of Curiosities season promises to once again showcase audacious and imaginative performers who break the conventions of their genre, captivating audiences eager to experience innovative musical compositions and styles. H... (read more)

Red Ink Series: Authenticity - Books are Magic
April 19, 2019 - Cobble Hill

Red Ink is a quarterly series curated and hosted by Michele Filgate, and co-sponsored by Literary Hub. Red Ink makes one think of vitality, blood, the monthly cycle, correcting history, and making a mark on the world. This dynamic series focuses on women writers, past and present. The next discussion, "Authenticity," will feature Mira Jacob (Good Talk), Jennifer Pastiloff (On Being Human), Deborah Landau (Soft Targets), Grace Talusan (The Body Papers), and Hannah Tinti.

Living Room Comedy Show - Postmark Cafe
April 19, 2019 - Brooklyn

The longest running stand-up comedy show in Brooklyn presented by Aaron Kominos-Smith and Turner Sparks (now in it’s 12th year)! Every Friday night at 8pm come to this clean, all-ages show to see some of TV's funniest comedians and hear jokes they're working on for their next TV appearance on Comedy Central, Fallon, Conan, The Tonight Show, and more! Come as a couple or come alone. Bring a group friends or bring your family. No restrictions on audience, we ask comics to keep their acts clean and EVERYONE gets in FREE! The show is at The Postmark Cafe: 326 6th St in Brooklyn. While tickets are free, reservations regularly sell out. Get your reserved seats at www.LivingRoomShowNY.com Follow @LivingRoomShow on Twitter/ Facebook and email livingroomcomedy@gmail.com to get our monthly lineups direct to your inbox. facebook.com/livingroomshow

Afterschool Homework Help - Brooklyn Public Library - Arlington Library
April 19, 2019 - Brooklyn

Do you need help with your homework? If you are in grades, 1-8, come see our homework helper!

Laughing Buddha's Open Mic Frenzy - Eastville Comedy Club
Through April 19, 2019 - Brooklyn

Laughing Buddha's Open Mic Frenzy

A Quiet Comedy Special with Maurice Licorish - Halyards
April 20, 2019 - Brooklyn

In celebration of his 30th birthday Maurice Licorish with be recording a comedy special. He’ll be performing a 30-minute special on a show that celebrates 30 years of dopeness. Hosted by Lawson Leong, the show will also include performances from amazing comedians close to him including: Jim Search (NBC’s Stand Up For Diversity) Tyler Richardson (Keith and The Girl) Cathy Humes (Beast Village Comedy Festival) Glo Butler (Black Women in Comedy Festival) Sam Bourne (Pittsburgh Comedy Festival) After the show, everyone is welcome to hang out for a proper birthday party that includes drinking, singing, loudness and all elements of what Maurice is about.

Storytime W/ Adam Rubin & Daniel Salmieri: High Five - Books are Magic
April 20, 2019 - Cobble Hill

Discover the lost art of the high five and improve your slapping skills just in time for the annual high five contest! From hand-limbering stretches to lessons on five-ing with finesse, readers are guided through a series of interactive challenges, each goofier than the next. Acclaimed creative duo Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri have dreamed up another one-of-a-kind, laugh-out-loud book that kids will beg to read again and again. Adam Rubin is the New York Times best-selling author of a half dozen critically acclaimed picture books, including Dragons Love Tacos, Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel, Secret Pizza Party, and Robo-Sauce. He spent ten years working as a creative director in the advertising industry before leaving his day job to write full-time. Adam has a keen interest in improv comedy, camping, and magic tricks. Daniel Salmieri has illustrated many fantastic picture books, including Secret Pizza Party and the New York Times bestsellers Dragons Love Tacos, Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel, and Robo-Sauce. He grew up in Brooklyn, New York, constantly drawing and painting images of ninja turtles, dinosaurs, and fighter jets (not in the same scene...), and graduated from t... (read more)

Greenmarket at Grand Army Plaza - Prospect Park Alliance
April 20, 2019 - Brooklyn

At what other market can you do all your food shopping, sample local wine and explore Brooklyn's favorite park? Established in 1989, the Grand Army Plaza greenmarket is the flagship Brooklyn market. EBT/Food Stamps and WIC & Senior FMNP coupons accepted year-round. For a full calendar of events and a list of sellers, visit GrowNYC.

Labor and Leadership - Pioneer Works
April 20, 2019 - Brooklyn

Members of Soft Surplus culminate a zine inspired by a conversation that developed in the #random channel of the collective's Slack. Through this publication, we hope to encourage consideration around "good leadership". Within the zine stores a link to a shared Google Doc where viewers are welcome to write in response. Writers have a platform to share their perspectives anonymously and/or privately and in conversation with others

Art for Kids with NORTE MAAR - Brooklyn Public Library - Arlington Library
April 20, 2019 - Brooklyn

Local kids meet professional artists, dancers, craft makers, architects and more! Explore books and art with these special guest artists!

Tech Time: Gaming - Brooklyn Public Library - Arlington Library
April 20, 2019 - Brooklyn

Join your friends to play Wii U or Playstation! (Ages 10+)

Saturday Storytime - Brooklyn Public Library - Arlington Library
April 20, 2019 - Brooklyn

Join us for a fun Saturday family storytime! No registration required.

Nytm Train Operators Workshop - New York Transit Museum
April 20, 2019 - Brooklyn

Drop by our 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+

Museum Highlights - New York Transit Museum
April 20, 2019 - Brooklyn

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.

Family Workshop – Shadow Puppet Storytelling - New York Transit Museum
April 20, 2019 - Brooklyn

Design shadow puppets that animate your tale of travel, with a vintage subway car as our stage. Ages 5+ and accompanying adults

Shibori Dyeing Workshop - Distill Creative
Through April 20, 2019 - Brooklyn

Learn how to shibori dye with indigo and create a set of hand dye tea towels to take home. Shibori is a Japanese style of resist dyeing that involves twisting, tying, binding, folding and other manipulation of fabric. We will cover classic techniques and guide you to create your own unique designs. INSTRUCTOR Stephanie Echeveste started Distill Creative, originally called cocktails+craft, in 2015 as a way to practice creativity and make cocktails with friends. Now, Stephanie continues to practice fiber arts and develop custom hands-on workshops and creative experiences. She’s been teaching art and craft workshops since 2008 and can’t wait to create with you. Follower her on Instagram at @distillcreative or @sme.arte. INCLUDES Set of 2 tea towels Personalized instruction This event is BYOB for those over 21.

Fashion Fanatixx Kids Easter In The 80's Event - The Roulette Theater
April 21, 2019 - Brooklyn

Join Fashion Fanatixx Kids as they present “The Fashion Fanatixx Kid’s Easter In The 80's Event” Sunday April 21, 2019 (Easter) at the Roulette Theater 509 Atlantic Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11217. Just minutes away from the Barclays Center, and seconds away from all your public transportation needs and parking garages. This amazing ALL KIDS CAST makes the magic come alive by bringing artistic fashion creativity, and 80's entertainment to you and your family in one fabulous location. Enjoy amazing performances by the very popular sounds of Madonna, Janet Jackson & Stephanie Mills. Hip Hop Artist Run DMC, Queen Latifah, Salt-N-Pepa and so much more. . .

Fashion Fanatixx Kids Easter In The 80's Event - The Roulette Theater
April 21, 2019 - Brooklyn

Join Fashion Fanatixx Kids as they present “The Fashion Fanatixx Kid’s Easter In The 80's Event” Sunday April 21, 2019 (Easter) at the Roulette Theater 509 Atlantic Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11217. Just minutes away from the Barclays Center, and seconds away from all your public transportation needs and parking garages. This amazing ALL KIDS CAST makes the magic come alive by bringing artistic fashion creativity, and 80's entertainment to you and your family in one fabulous location. Enjoy amazing performances by the very popular sounds of Madonna, Janet Jackson & Stephanie Mills. Hip Hop Artist Run DMC, Queen Latifah, Salt-N-Pepa and so much more. . .

Refiguring Binaries - Pioneer Works
April 21, 2019 - Brooklyn

In recent years, the contours of a new contemporary art movement have begun to emerge, forged in reaction to the ideologies of Silicon Valley, the platforming and globalization of culture, and technologies of power like artificial intelligence, photorealistic computer-generated images, and virtual and augmented reality. These "Simulists" simultaneously embrace and subvert technology as their means of interrogation–expressing humanist, nonbinary, and decolonized futures. Curated by Kelani Nichole and featuring works by Morehshin Allahyari, LaTurbo Avedon, Meriem Bennani, Snow Yunxue Fu, Claudia Hart, Faith Holland, Lorna Mills, Eva Papamargariti, Tabita Rezaire, and Lu Yang, the exhibition explores identity, the body, and the politics of technology. Virtual space is inhabited with queer bodies and cultural identity is reclaimed through subversive uses of technology. The boundaries of technology and the body are blurred, as are the lines between author, image, and copy. Possible futures emerge as the layers of simulation that mediate contemporary culture are revealed.

Alejandro Piñeiro Bello, Jose Capaz, And Fabelohung - Pioneer Works
April 21, 2019 - Brooklyn

Tribuna Antimperialista was the site of a long-term propaganda battle in the late 1990s between the Cuban government and the United States Interests Section, Havana (USINT), which was situated in a building across the street from the square. In 2006, the United States installed a five-feet high ticker tape display across the top floor of the building which broadcast messages and quotes from Martin Luther King Jr. and other cultural figures such as the comedian George Burns, who once remarked: "How sad that all the people who would know how to run this country are driving taxis or cutting hair." The Cuban government responded by erecting the monument Monte de las Banderas, or Wall of Flags, out of one hundred fifty flags to commemorate "victims of US aggression" and to partially block the ticker. At Pioneer Works, En El Monte evokes this square with an installation of flagpoles, onto which virtual reality headsets are attached.

Computational Justice - Pioneer Works
April 21, 2019 - Brooklyn

Women in STEM regularly experience harmful immediate and long-term consequences of gender bias. How can we find optimal ways to confront this gender bias, e.g. with the help of allies? In this workshop led by computational neuroscientist Ida Momennejad, we will answer this question using agent based simulation, a method for implementing and testing long-term consequences of simple interaction rules, and Python to manipulate and test sexist interactions and their costs in an environment with a 20/80 gender ratio. We will then compare the long-term consequences of different strategies of bias confrontation. Ultimately, we will discuss how these simulations can be applied to institutional policies and future projects that make injustice visible and seek to offer balance.

Brooklyn Music School Announces First Friday Sound Baths - Brooklyn Music School
Through June 07, 2019 - Brooklyn

Brooklyn Music School Announces First Friday Sound Baths Fridays evenings: March 1, April 5, May 3, June 7, 2019 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Open to Ages 16 & up Suggested $20 donation Brooklyn Music School (BMS) announces First Friday Sound Baths on Fridays: March 1, April 5, May 3, and June 7, 2019 from 7 pm - 8:30 pm. Registration is on a sliding scale, with a $20 suggested donation. RSVP at: https://firstfridaysoundbaths.eventbrite.com As part of the Brooklyn Music School's expanding Music Therapy offerings, BMS will be offering a series of four Sound Baths on the first Friday of each month starting in March. Sound Baths offer an opportunity to unplug from the on-going demands of daily life. With the sounds of crystal and Himalayan singing bowls, hand pans, gong, and other instruments, participants enjoy deep states of relaxation and meditation. Facilitated by BMS' Music Therapy Department Chair, Katie Down, Sound Baths are sonic meditations incorporating all the senses, based on the premise that we listen with our etheric, emotional and mental body and that through Deep Listening, we can self-heal, connecting with ourselves and each other while creating new neural pathways f... (read more)

Roulette's Spring Open House - Roulette
Through April 02, 2109 - Boerum Hill

Calling all local residents, community organizers, vendors, and anyone who is interested in learning more about Roulette's Rental Program! You are invited to Roulette's free Spring Neighborhood Open House on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. From 6pm – 8pm, we will be opening our doors to the public and inviting the community to visit Roulette. Have a drink, jam to beats by DJ Natural State of Dance, learn about our programming, and see why Roulette has become one of the most in demand venues in Brooklyn for weddings, not-for-profit, and commercial organizations, private celebrations, conferences, galas, and more! Featuring complimentary food with the return of the legendary Pies'n'Thighs and Naturally Delicious, a chance to relive the culinary heaven of our 40th Gala with Night Kitchen Catering, and sweet dreams from our neighborhood chocolate supplier Nunu Chocolates; decor by the top-tier team of Big Dawg Party Rentals; and free photobooth mementos provided by MVS Studio/ Fobo. Whether you're passionate about Roulette's music programming or interested in renting our venue for your next event, come meet our friendly and knowledgeable staff and see the space in action!

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