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Free Things to Do in Brooklyn This Week - April 21-April 28

April 21, 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.

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.

Rachel Cline: The Question Authority W/ Lisa Miller - Books are Magic
April 22, 2019 - Cobble Hill

A middle-aged woman enters into a negotiation with her childhood best friend and confronts the damage done by their eighth grade teacher, who molested them both. Nora Buchbinder—formerly rich and now broke—would be the last woman in Brooklyn to claim #MeToo, but when a work assignment reunites her with her childhood best friend, Beth, she finds herself in a hall of mirrors. Was their eighth grade teacher Beth's lover or her rapist? Where were the grown-ups? What should justice look like, after so much time has passed? And what can Nora do, now? Nora's memories, and Beth's, and those of their classmates, their former teacher, and members of his family, bring to light some of the ways we absorb and manage unbearable behavior. From denial to reinvention, self-pity to self-righteousness, endless questioning to intransigent certainty, readers will recognize the ripples sent into the lives of others by one broken man. Rachel Cline, author of the novels What to Keep and My Liar, has written for the New York Times, New York, More, SELF, and Tin House magazines, and is a produced screen and television writer. For five years, she was a screenwriting instructor at the University of Souther... (read more)

EastVille Open Mic Marathon - Eastville Comedy Club
April 22, 2019 - Brooklyn

Brooklyn's only open mic at a real comedy club! Sign up in person 30 minutes before the mic. No drink minimum. Just a $5 cover to perform or watch as audeince member. Tickets can only be bought on the night of the

'Don't Call Me Sweetie' A Women's + LGBTQ Open Mic - Eastville Comedy Club
April 22, 2019 - Brooklyn

Brooklyn's best all female and LBGTQ open mic! Sign up in person 30 minutes before the mic. No drink minimum. Just a $5 cover to perform or watch as audeince member. Tickets can only be bought on the night of the mic.

Russian Storytime - Brighton Beach Library
April 22, 2019 - Brooklyn

Join us for stories and songs in Russian for children and their parents or caregivers. Multilingual First Five Years programs are made possible with support from the New York City Council City's First Readers Initiative, and the Pinkerton Foundation.

Computer Basics Multilingual - Brighton Beach Library
April 22, 2019 - Brooklyn

Computer Basics training is designed specifically for those who are completely new to computers or who feel they need to have more instruction before confidently using a computer. This lesson introduces new PC users to the hardware, applications and techniques used to navigate a computer.

ESOL Citizenship Exam Preparation - Brighton Beach Library
April 22, 2019 - Brooklyn

If you are interested in becoming a U.S.Citizen we can help! Join our free exam preparation groups!

Beginners Yoga - Brighton Beach Library
April 22, 2019 - Brooklyn

Relax and de-stress in this beginners yoga class. No prior yoga experience needed. Please bring your own mat and remember to arrive 5 minutes before class starts. Maximum of 12 participants—first come first serve.

Beginners Yoga - Brighton Beach Library
April 22, 2019 - Brooklyn

Relax and de-stress in this beginners yoga class. No prior yoga experience needed. Please bring your own mat and remember to arrive 5 minutes before class starts. Maximum of 12 participants—first come first serve.

Email Basics - Brooklyn Public Library - Arlington Library
April 22, 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 22, 2019 - Brooklyn

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

Big Words, Etc: Almost, Not Quite - 61 Local
April 22, 2019 - Brooklyn

Come celebrate our 7 year anniversary at 61 Local with April's theme: almost, not quite. We feel very lucky to know and work with each other and you. * $5 suggest donation *

Jennifer Epstein: Wunderland W/ Chris Bohjalian - Books are Magic
April 23, 2019 - Cobble Hill

Inspired by a true story, Jennifer Cody Epstein's Wunderland is an ambitious, multigenerational saga that crosses decades, borders, and warzones. Drawn together by shared idealism and mutual bookishness, Ilse Fischer and Renate Bauer form a passionate friendship that will be ripped apart by Germany's race laws--and a shocking betrayal. Three decades later, struggling East Village artist Ava Fisher receives her estranged mother Ilse's ashes in the mail—along with a trove of unsent letters to a woman named Renate Bauer. It's a discovery that will launch Ava onto the gritty streets of 1980's New York City—and on a collision course with a dark revelation about both her mother's hidden past that will shake her to her very core. Hailed as "a devastating tale bound for bestseller lists," "a vividly written and stark chronicle of Nazism and its legacies" and "an absorbing exploration of friendship, betrayal, and coming to terms with the past" in starred reviews by Publishers Weekly, Kirkus and Booklist, Wunderland draws readers into the lives of complex, flawed characters whose worlds intersect in ways both life-affirming and tragic, right up until the novel's stunning conclusion. The res... (read more)

Trivia Night for Cheaters - The Bell House
April 23, 2019 - Brooklyn

Get your teams together and be ready to pay to cheat your way to victory! Hosted by Wyatt Cenac, Trivia Night for Cheaters raises money to help young authors write their ways forward undefined by circumstance. An Xbox One X, iPhones XR, Apple Watches, and an iPad are all up for grabs, and much more, to the cleverest team! If you've gotta cheat it might as well be for under-resourced student writers and amazing prizes! Register today

HP's Open Mic Spectacular - Eastville Comedy Club
April 23, 2019 - Brooklyn

HP's Open Mic Spectacular

Ask a Tech - Brighton Beach Library
April 23, 2019 - Brooklyn

Do you have a specific question about how to use computers or find your way around the Internet? No time to attend a formal class? Join our drop-in computer lab for personalized assistance.

Book Discussion: 'Unsheltered' - Brighton Beach Library
April 23, 2019 - Brooklyn

The New York Times bestselling author of Flight Behavior, The Lacuna, and The Poisonwood Bible and recipient of numerous literary awards—including the National Humanities Medal, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and the Orange Prize—returns with a timely novel that interweaves past and present to explore the human capacity for resiliency and compassion in times of great upheaval.

Teen Time - Brighton Beach Library
April 23, 2019 - Brooklyn

Do you want to explore new and old games? No time to make new friends? Join our Teen Tech Time program were you can play various games in a friendly competitive environment. Ages 13 and up.

Microsoft Word Part I - Brooklyn Public Library - Arlington Library
April 23, 2019 - Brooklyn

Do you feel confused and lost when it comes to computers? Do you wish you had the time and money to take a real, live course on computers?

Computer Coding for Adults - Brooklyn Public Library - Arlington Library
April 23, 2019 - Brooklyn

Code is a language made specifically for computers that allows your computer to function the way they do. Coding is what makes it possible for us to create computer software, apps, and websites. Coding, in simplest of terms, is telling a computer what you want it to do which involves typing in step-by-step commands for the computer to follow.

Teen Tech Time - Brooklyn Public Library - Arlington Library
April 23, 2019 - Brooklyn

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

Adult Book Club/Discussion: Milkman - Brooklyn Public Library - Brooklyn Heights Branch
April 23, 2019 - Brooklyn

Join Kelly Brennan for some yoga fun! Toddlers will explore yoga poses and breathing in a playful way through adventures, stories, games, and songs. This class is designed for ages 2-4. We kindly ask that caregivers are attentive and quiet. Class size will be limited to 12 participants. Practice will take place on our rug, so yoga mats are not necessary. Online registration is required to attend this class. Registration opens 48 hours in advance. This program is generously funded by our Brooklyn Heights Friends Group.

Toddler Yoga - Brooklyn Public Library - Brooklyn Heights Branch
April 24, 2019 - Brooklyn

Join Kelly Brennan for some yoga fun! Toddlers will explore yoga poses and breathing in a playful way through adventures, stories, games, and songs. This class is designed for ages 2-4. We kindly ask that caregivers are attentive and quiet. Class size will be limited to 12 participants. Practice will take place on our rug, so yoga mats are not necessary. Online registration is required to attend this class. Registration opens 48 hours in advance. This program is generously funded by our Brooklyn Heights Friends Group.

Chess Club - Brooklyn Public Library - Brooklyn Heights Branch
April 24, 2019 - Brooklyn

Drop into our chess club and learn strategy from our Chessmaster William De Castillo. Play a game with other kids in the neighborhood and watch yourself become a master while having fun! Ages 5+ This program is generously funded by our Brooklyn Heights Friends Group.

Park Dope - Halyards
April 24, 2019 - Brooklyn

PARK DOPE is a free monthly comedy showcase at Halyard's bar in Brooklyn the 4th Wednesday of every month at 8:30pm. Each month features a different theme, making every show different from the last (past themes included Hometown Heroes, Silver Linings, and Moving On UP). This month they’re celebrating their official made-up holiday, the “International Day of Dope”! Your hosts Maurice Licorish and Cathy Humes will be sharing stories of dopeness, giving away prizes, and serving up standup from the hilarious: Kate Willett (Netflix’s “The Comedy Lineup”) Wilfred Padua (Bridgetown Comedy Festival) Christiana Jackson (Harlem Comedy Festival) Mike Abrusci (IFC) Brittany Carney (New York Comedy Festival)

41 Players - Hank's Brooklyn
April 24, 2019 - Brooklyn

The 41 Players is a group that was formed by John Deley in 2010 because of his love for the music and cultural heritage of New Orleans. He asked drummer Ethan Eubanks to join him in the band and over several years and many gigs, they became co-leaders of the musical collective that play the music of New Orleans from Louis Armstrong to Dr John, and everything else in between. The group got it's name from Pier 41 which is at the end of Dikeman Street in Red Hook, Brooklyn where John Deley lives, and where the 41 Players had their first Monday night residency at the now gone and beloved bar Bait and Tackle.

Leanne Shapton Presents Guestbook: Ghost Stories - Books are Magic
April 24, 2019 - Cobble Hill

What haunts us? What can't we let go of? A tennis prodigy collapses after his wins, crediting them to an invisible, not entirely benevolent presence. A series of ghosts appear at their former bedsides, some distraught, some fascinated, to witness their unfamiliar occupants. A woman returns from a visit to Alcatraz with an uncomfortable feeling. The spirit of a prisoner has attached himself to you, a friend tells her. He sensed the empathy you had for those men. In more than two dozen stories and vignettes accompanied by an evocative curiosity cabinet of artifacts and images—found photographs, original paintings, Instagram-style portraits—Guestbook beckons us through the glimmering, unsettling evidence that marks our paths through life. Leanne Shapton is an artist and author of several books, including Swimming Studies (winner of the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography), Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, and a coauthor of the New York Times-bestselling Women in Clothes. She is also the cofounder of J&L Books, a nonprofit publisher of art and photography books. She lives in New York City.

Macramé Plant Hanger Workshop - Distill Creative
April 24, 2019 - Brooklyn

We wish we could macramé all daaaaaay, but until then let’s macramé for an evening or an afternoon! In this workshop you will learn the basics of macrame and create your own gorgeous plant hanger. You will leave knowing how to do a selection of knots so you can make your own creations. 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 Cotton cord and all materials for one plant hanger Your choice of small plant from our curated selection A pot base so you can water your plant Use of all tools needed to complete craft Project guide Personalized instruction This event is BYOB for those over 21.

Little Scientists - Brighton Beach Library
April 24, 2019 - Brooklyn

STEM activity for toddlers and preschoolers.

Build with Duplo - Brighton Beach Library
April 24, 2019 - Brooklyn

Come get creative and build with DUPLO blocks while socializing with other toddlers and their caregivers. Ages 18 months to 5 years.

Build with Lego - Brighton Beach Library
April 24, 2019 - Brooklyn

Release your inner engineer, build amazing creations with LEGOs at the library!

Senior Socials - Brooklyn Academy of Music
April 24, 2019 - Brooklyn

Celebrate spring with BAM's popular Senior Socials. These free daytime gatherings offer a range of activities, from live music to an art workshop, paired with a light meal.

Reading Is Fundamental - RIF - Brooklyn Public Library - Arlington Library
April 24, 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.

Kids Tech Time - Brooklyn Public Library - Arlington Library
April 24, 2019 - Brooklyn

Do you want to explore new and old games? No time to make new friends? Join our Kids Tech Time program were you can play various games in a friendly competitive enviornment.

After School Homework Help - Brooklyn Public Library - Arlington Library
April 24, 2019 - Brooklyn

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

Teen Tech Time - Brooklyn Public Library - Arlington Library
April 24, 2019 - Brooklyn

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

Tyler Perry's Madea's Farewell Play Tour - Kings Theatre
April 25, 2019 - Brooklyn

All new stage play starring Cassie Davis, Tamela and David Mann and Tyler Perry. Tyler Perry's inspirational journey from the hard streets of New Orleans to the heights of Hollywood's A-list is the stuff of American legend. Born into poverty and raised in a household scarred by abuse, Perry fought from a young age to find the strength, faith and perseverance that would later form the foundations of his much-acclaimed plays, films, books and shows. It was a simple piece of advice from Oprah Winfrey that set Perry's career in motion. Encouraged to keep a diary of his daily thoughts and experiences, he began writing a series of soul-searching letters to himself. The letters, full of pain and in time, forgiveness, became a healing catharsis. His writing inspired a musical, I Know I've Been Changed, and in 1992, Perry gathered his life's savings in hopes of staging it for sold out crowds. He spent all the money but the people never came, and Perry once again came face to face with the poverty that had plagued his youth. He spent months sleeping in seedy motels and his car but his faith - in God and, in turn, himself - only got stronger. He forged a powerful relationship with the churc... (read more)

Bubble - Hank's Brooklyn
April 25, 2019 - Brooklyn

Jessie Kilguss, Sophie Buskin NYC pop band Bubble — formed in 1994 on NYC's Lower East Side, out of the legendary anti-folk movement that spawned everyone from Beck to the Moldy Peaches — are celebrating 25 years of making music. Founding members Dave Foster, Russ Alderson, Tommy DeVito and newer members Rembert Block, Charly Roth and Mike Fornatale, are finishing Bubble's latest album, recorded with Tony Maimone (Pere Ubu). They will also release a career spanning set of live tracks recorded in the studio at WFMU this year. 2019 is truly the Year of Bubble.

Taste Presents Priya Krishna: Indian-Ish - Books are Magic
April 25, 2019 - Cobble Hill

Indian food is everyday food! This colorful, lively book is food writer Priya Krishna's loving tribute to her mom's "Indian-ish" cooking—a trove of one-of-a-kind Indian-American hybrids that are easy to make, clever, practical, and packed with flavor. Think Roti Pizza, Tomato Rice with Crispy Cheddar, Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Green Pea Chutney, and Malaysian Ramen. Priya's mom, Ritu, taught herself to cook after moving to the U.S. while also working as a software programmer—her unique creations merging the Indian flavors of her childhood with her global travels and inspiration from cooking shows as well as her kids' requests for American favorites like spaghetti and PB&Js. The results are approachable and unfailingly delightful, like spiced, yogurt-filled sandwiches crusted with curry leaves, or "Indian Gatorade" (a thirst-quenching salty-sweet limeade)—including plenty of simple dinners you can whip up in minutes at the end of a long work day. Throughout, Priya's funny and relatable stories—punctuated with candid portraits and original illustrations by acclaimed Desi pop artist Maria Qamar (also known as Hatecopy)—will bring you up close and personal with the Krishna famil... (read more)

Positive Aging: Legal & Financial Planning for Alzheimers - Brooklyn Public Library - Brooklyn Heights Branch
April 25, 2019 - Brooklyn

The diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease makes planning for the future more important than ever. This program discusses important legal and financial issues to consider, how to put plans in place, and how to access legal and financial resources near you.

ESOL Conversation Group - Brighton Beach Library
April 25, 2019 - Brooklyn

Join other adults who are learning to speak English! Free! No registration required

Teen Tech Time: Gaming - Brighton Beach Library
April 25, 2019 - Brooklyn

Do you want to explore new and old games? No time to make new friends? Join our Teen Tech Time program were you can play various games in a friendly competitive environment. Ages 13 and up.

DIY for Teens - Brooklyn Public Library - Arlington Library
April 25, 2019 - Brooklyn

Do you enjoy arts and crafts? If so, express your creativity and join us to create your own unique project!

Bedtime Stories - Brooklyn Public Library - Arlington Library
April 25, 2019 - Brooklyn

Join us for an evening story time! Feel free to wear your favorite pajamas or bring your teddy bear! No registration required.

Nyu Game Center Bfa Info Session 2018-2019 - NYU Game Center
April 26, 2019 - Brooklyn

A Game Center administrator will be available to answer questions about the upcoming BFA in Game Design. Info sessions are offered every two weeks throughout the fall semester.

Tyler Perry's Madea's Farewell Play Tour - Kings Theatre
April 26, 2019 - Brooklyn

Tyler Perry's inspirational journey from the hard streets of New Orleans to the heights of Hollywood's A-list is the stuff of American legend. Born into poverty and raised in a household scarred by abuse, Perry fought from a young age to find the strength, faith and perseverance that would later form the foundations of his much-acclaimed plays, films, books and shows. It was a simple piece of advice from Oprah Winfrey that set Perry's career in motion. Encouraged to keep a diary of his daily thoughts and experiences, he began writing a series of soul-searching letters to himself. The letters, full of pain and in time, forgiveness, became a healing catharsis. His writing inspired a musical, I Know I've Been Changed, and in 1992, Perry gathered his life's savings in hopes of staging it for sold out crowds. He spent all the money but the people never came, and Perry once again came face to face with the poverty that had plagued his youth. He spent months sleeping in seedy motels and his car but his faith - in God and, in turn, himself - only got stronger. He forged a powerful relationship with the church, and kept writing. In 1998 his perseverance paid off and a promoter booked I Kno... (read more)

Karaoke Tremendous - Union Hall
April 26, 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!!

Reigning Sound - Hank's Brooklyn
April 26, 2019 - Brooklyn

Cliff Westfall The Reigning Sound was born in Memphis, TN. Its daddy was a Flash & The Memphis Casuals 45 and its mother a Barbara Pittman single. Cliff Westfall writes songs about heartache, loss, and addiction… you know, funny songs. Or he can turn on a dime and dive headlong into a sentimental weeper. The Kentucky native delivers with a mixture of wit and bravado that, for Westfall, is central to what country music is all about. His debut album, Baby You Win, appeared on multiple Best of 2018 lists, and received acclaim in publications including Saving Country Music, No Depression, Magnet, PopMatters, Country Music People (UK), Lonesome Highway (Ireland) and many others. Backed by a crew of some of NYC's finest musicians, his songs combine clever and insightful lyrics with classic honky tonk hooks.

Living Room Comedy Show - Postmark Cafe
April 26, 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

Brenda Shaughnessy: The Octopus Museum W/ Evan James - Books are Magic
April 26, 2019 - Cobble Hill

This collection of bold and scathingly beautiful feminist poems imagines what comes after our current age of environmental destruction, racism, sexism, and divisive politics. Informed by Brenda Shaughnessy's craft as a poet and her worst fears as a mother, the poems in The Octopus Museum blaze forth from her pen: in these pages, we see that what was once a generalized fear for our children (car accidents, falling from a tree) is now hyper-reasonable, specific, and multiple: school shootings, nuclear attack, loss of health care, a polluted planet. As Shaughnessy conjures our potential future, she movingly (and often with humor) envisions an age where cephalopods might rule over humankind, a fate she suggests we may just deserve after destroying their oceans. These heartbreaking, terrified poems are the battle cry of a woman who is fighting for the survival of the world she loves, and a stirring exhibition of who we are as a civilization. Brenda Shaughnessy was born in Okinawa, Japan, and grew up in Southern California. She is the author of four books of poetry, including So Much Synth, Human Dark with Sugar--winner of the James Laughlin Award and finalist for the National Book Cri... (read more)

Story Play - Brighton Beach Library
April 26, 2019 - Brooklyn

Stories, rhymes, and songs for children ages 1 to 5.

Kids Chess! - Brighton Beach Library
April 26, 2019 - Brooklyn

Join us and learn how to play Chess with a Chess Master.

Afterschool Homework Help - Brooklyn Public Library - Arlington Library
April 26, 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 26, 2019 - Brooklyn

Laughing Buddha's Open Mic Frenzy

Eliot Glazer's Haunting Renditions - Littlefield
April 27, 2019 - Brooklyn

Eliot Glazer invites you to an intimate evening of bad music made good. Due to a scheduling conflict, Eliot Glazer unfortunately has had to cancel this show. Tickets are being refunded. Doors open at 7:30PM. Show at 8:00PM. Limited seating. Your ticket does not guarantee a seat. HAUNTING RENDITIONS LIVE is what happens when Eliot Glazer, a classically trained vocalist-turned-comedian, takes some of pop music's most infamous songs and turns them into highbrow, sweeping ballads. Like a twisted version of MTV Unplugged, Austin City Limits, or VH1 Storytellers, HAUNTING RENDITIONS LIVE is an intimate night of bad music made good. ELIOT GLAZER served as a supervising producer on the TV Land series, TEACHERS, showrunner of the MTV pilot, GAY CODE and is in development at Comedy Central on the original, half-hour PLATINUM STATUS with executive producers Will Arnett and Ilana Glazer. He also writes for Comedy Central's BROAD CITY, where he can often be seen appearing as 'Eliot.' Other writing credits include; Darren Star's TV Land series, YOUNGER, Fox's THE NEW GIRL starring Zooey Deschanel, VH-1's BEST WEEK EVER and Comedy Central's TIME TRAVELING BONG. Eliot has contributed to Funn... (read more)

Tyler Perry's Madea's Farewell Play Tour - Kings Theatre
April 27, 2019 - Brooklyn

Tyler Perry's inspirational journey from the hard streets of New Orleans to the heights of Hollywood's A-list is the stuff of American legend. Born into poverty and raised in a household scarred by abuse, Perry fought from a young age to find the strength, faith and perseverance that would later form the foundations of his much-acclaimed plays, films, books and shows. It was a simple piece of advice from Oprah Winfrey that set Perry's career in motion. Encouraged to keep a diary of his daily thoughts and experiences, he began writing a series of soul-searching letters to himself. The letters, full of pain and in time, forgiveness, became a healing catharsis. His writing inspired a musical, I Know I've Been Changed, and in 1992, Perry gathered his life's savings in hopes of staging it for sold out crowds. He spent all the money but the people never came, and Perry once again came face to face with the poverty that had plagued his youth. He spent months sleeping in seedy motels and his car but his faith - in God and, in turn, himself - only got stronger. He forged a powerful relationship with the church, and kept writing. In 1998 his perseverance paid off and a promoter booked I Kno... (read more)

Songs For Solidarity - First Unitarian Congregational Society
April 27, 2019 - Brooklyn

BROOKLYN, NY, The First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn (First Unitarian) will host Songs for Solidarity, on Saturday night, April 27, 2019 at 7:00PM. 100% of the proceeds will support several asylum-seeking immigrant families who are currently living with members and friends of the congregation. One family, a young mother and her son, were separated by ICE and held in detention centers for over two months. First Unitarian provided emergency housing in the church for that family and one other until a more long-term solution could be found. Funds from the concert will cover basic services such as food, medical needs, school supplies, and legal support. Kolot Chayeinu/Voices of Our Lives a progressive Jewish congregation in Park Slope, is a co-sponsor of the event. The concert will feature folk singers Judy Gorman and Lindsey Wilson, and musician and poet Mario Cancel, all of whom are volunteering their artistry. Over the past two years, the members of First Unitarian have committed themselves to immigrant justice through its immigrant solidarity committee. In May 2017, the congregation voted to become a sanctuary congregation at its Annual Meeting. Since that ... (read more)

Storytime with Shira Erlichman: Be/Hold - Books are Magic
April 27, 2019 - Cobble Hill

In Be/Hold: A Friendship Book visual artist, poet, and musician Shira Erlichman opens with the line, "Sweetheart, sometimes when I'm feeling blue I put my ear to the wind & listen for you," building a one-of-a-kind story of friendship from her love of compound words (i.e. toothbrush, windbreaker, behold) in a book that uplifts, encourages, and honors the people we care about most. Shira Erlichman is a poet, musician and visual artist. In Hebrew Shira means poem and song. A three time Pushcart Prize nominee, her work can be found in The Huffington Post, BuzzFeed Reader, and PBS NewsHour's Poetry Series, among others. She was awarded a residency by the Millay Colony, the James Merrill Fellowship by the Vermont Studio Center, and the Visions of Wellbeing Focus Fellowship at AIR Serenbe. Her poetry book "Odes to Lithium" is forthcoming in September 2019. Israeli-born, raised in Massachusetts, she now lives in Brooklyn. Her favorite compound word is see-saw. Learn more at www.officialshira.com

Greenmarket at Grand Army Plaza - Prospect Park Alliance
April 27, 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.

Video Production Lab Take 1 - Distill Creative
April 27, 2019 - Brooklyn

This workshop will give you a solid introduction to the basics of video production; from learning to how to present your idea to a client, to develop a video concept and translating it visually. Also you will learn how to write a treatment and shot list plus you will have informations about the team crew and roles. TAKE 1 is the first episode of this workshop series for WOMXN who want to expand their expertise, connect with inspirational artists and build community. This project is leaded by women with the intent to empower new generations and contributing to equalize the gender imbalance in art, music and the film industry. TAKE 1 / APRIL 27TH / 3:30PM - 6:30PM The first episode of this workshop will consist in learning how to customize an idea with a budget given by the client as well as learn how to pitch to a client. We will also get an understanding of what each person’s role is to create a video. These roles include casting and crew requirements, plus locations. We will learn how to plan with a minimum crew and prepare for a shooting day. INSTRUCTOR Daniela “Zoe” Croci award winning filmmaker officially selected at SXSW 2019 with a production company based i... (read more)

Saturday Storytime - Brooklyn Public Library - Brooklyn Heights Branch
April 27, 2019 - Brooklyn

Join us each Saturday to hear new stories and favorite tales read aloud. All ages welcome!

Fun With Yarn! - Brooklyn Public Library - Brooklyn Heights Branch
April 27, 2019 - Brooklyn

Please join us to work on projects in yarn. Instruction in crocheting is provided. Yarn available, limited hooks/needles available. No registration required. All ages welcome.

Saturday Storytime - Brighton Beach Library
April 27, 2019 - Brooklyn

Join us for stories, music, and rhymes at the library! Recommended ages birth to 5 and caregivers, but older siblings are welcome too.

Art for Kids with NORTE MAAR - Brooklyn Public Library - Arlington Library
April 27, 2019 - Brooklyn

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

Saturday Storytime - Brooklyn Public Library - Arlington Library
April 27, 2019 - Brooklyn

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

Self Portraits - BRIC House
Through April 27, 2019 - Brooklyn

A man on a mountaintop confronts the fear of his own mortality. A mother instructs her son to be more careful walking the streets. A video shares a terrifying truth. Self Portraits is a site-driven theatrical event made up of intimate, experiential moments. This inventive new play reframes the political as personal to reflect on the unpredictable state of the Black body in America. Suspended at the edge of confrontation and contemplation, beauty and brutality, together these theatrical portraits share an expansive vision to provoke personal journeys towards collective possibility.

Tyler Perry's Madea's Farewell Play Tour - Kings Theatre
April 28, 2019 - Brooklyn

Tyler Perry's inspirational journey from the hard streets of New Orleans to the heights of Hollywood's A-list is the stuff of American legend. Born into poverty and raised in a household scarred by abuse, Perry fought from a young age to find the strength, faith and perseverance that would later form the foundations of his much-acclaimed plays, films, books and shows. It was a simple piece of advice from Oprah Winfrey that set Perry's career in motion. Encouraged to keep a diary of his daily thoughts and experiences, he began writing a series of soul-searching letters to himself. The letters, full of pain and in time, forgiveness, became a healing catharsis. His writing inspired a musical, I Know I've Been Changed, and in 1992, Perry gathered his life's savings in hopes of staging it for sold out crowds. He spent all the money but the people never came, and Perry once again came face to face with the poverty that had plagued his youth. He spent months sleeping in seedy motels and his car but his faith - in God and, in turn, himself - only got stronger. He forged a powerful relationship with the church, and kept writing. In 1998 his perseverance paid off and a promoter booked I Kno... (read more)

Caroline Rothstein + Mike Rosen: Poetry Concert to Benefit JED Foundation - Murmrr Theatre
April 28, 2019 - Brooklyn

Acclaimed writer, poet, and performer Caroline Rothstein is co-headlining a benefit poetry concert April 28 at 7 p.m. at the Murmrr Ballroom in Brooklyn. The event is for the JED Foundation, a nonprofit focusing on suicide prevention and emotional health support for teens. Rothstein has been performing spoken word poetry, public speaking, facilitating workshops and teaching at colleges, schools and performance venues for over a decade. Her work has appeared in Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, BuzzFeed, NYLON, Narratively and The Forward and has been featured in The New Yorker, MTV News, Chicago Tribune, CBS Evening News, BuzzFeed News, The Huffington Post, Mic and Newsweek. Lady Gaga calls her a “very inspiring woman.” The concert is co-headlined with award-winning poet Mike Rosen. Long Island-based Dudley Music will open the show and DJ, Producer and Activist Zeke Thomas will speak on behalf of JED.

Caroline Rothstein + Mike Rosen: Poetry Concert to Benefit JED Foundation - Murmrr Theatre
April 28, 2019 - Brooklyn

Acclaimed writer, poet, and performer Caroline Rothstein is co-headlining a benefit poetry concert April 28 at 7 p.m. at the Murmrr Ballroom in Brooklyn. The event is for the JED Foundation, a nonprofit focusing on suicide prevention and emotional health support for teens. Rothstein has been performing spoken word poetry, public speaking, facilitating workshops and teaching at colleges, schools and performance venues for over a decade. Her work has appeared in Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, BuzzFeed, NYLON, Narratively and The Forward and has been featured in The New Yorker, MTV News, Chicago Tribune, CBS Evening News, BuzzFeed News, The Huffington Post, Mic and Newsweek. Lady Gaga calls her a “very inspiring woman.” The concert is co-headlined with award-winning poet Mike Rosen. Long Island-based Dudley Music will open the show and DJ, Producer and Activist Zeke Thomas will speak on behalf of JED.

Earth Day Celebration in Prospect Park - Prospect Park Boathouse + Audubon Center
April 28, 2019 - Brooklyn

Join Prospect Park Alliance and community partners for our annual Earth Day Celebration at the Prospect Park Audubon Center! This environmental extravaganza, which focuses this year on protecting Prospect Park's beloved animal species, takes place from 1–4 pm on Sunday, April 28. Earth Day attendees will enjoy arts and crafts, discovery walks, catch-and-release fishing and of course nature games throughout this jam packed afternoon of activities, all set to the funky tunes of a live DJ! Among the activities at this afternoon of environmental fun: Catch-and-Release Fishing: Learn all there is to know about fishing in the city with , and try your hand at the sport, catch-and-release style with the DEC Bureau of Fisheries Insect Discovery Hike: Discover Prospect Park's not-so-creepy crawlies on an Insect Discovery Hike with the Urban Park Rangers and get a chance to meet Pepper, a diamondback terrapin. Spring Migration Bird Walk: Learn the importance of green spaces like Prospect Park with a Spring Migration Bird Walk, and discover issues birds face in urban environments and how you can help. Lakeside Clean-Up, Composting + Much More: Lend you hand by helping to clean-up Brookly... (read more)

Video Production Lab Take 2 - Distill Creative
April 28, 2019 - Brooklyn

This workshop will give you a solid introduction to the basics of video production; from learning to how to present your idea to a client, to develop a video concept and translating it visually. Also you will learn how to write a treatment and shot list, plus you will have informations about the team crew and roles. TAKE 2 is the second episode of this workshop series for WOMXN who want to expand their expertise, connect with inspirational artists and build community. This project is leaded by women with the intent to empower new generations and contributing to equalize the gender imbalance in art, music and the film industry. This is workshop is the second in a 4-part series. You can also sign up for Take 1, Take 3, and Take 4! TAKE 2 / APRIL 28TH / 3:30PM - 6:30PM The second episode of this workshop will consist of learning, how to translate a video idea from thought to paper by using writing treatments and a shot-list technique. We will go through different types of camera shots and the basics of camera movements including various techniques and camera equipment. INSTRUCTOR Daniela “Zoe” Croci award winning filmmaker officially selected at SXSW 2019 with a pr... (read more)

Anjna Swaminathan's Woven: Entangled Memorabilia - Anjna Swaminathan's Woven: Entangled Memorabilia
April 28, 2019 - Boerum Hill

Even as a person casts off worn-out clothes and puts on others that are new, so the embodied Self casts off worn-out bodies and enters into others that are new. —The Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2, Verse 22 For her Commission at Roulette, composer, violinist, vocalist and theatre artist Anjna Swaminathan presents WOVEN: Entangled Memorabilia—a multidisciplinary work that brings together original music, poetry, and improvisation to meditate on personal, cultural, and artistic rituals of nostalgia, loss, and mourning. The project was initially inspired by the works of Indian Malayali painter and artist Raja Ravi Varma (1848–1906) and Tamil poet Subramania Bharati (1882–1921), both late 19th to early 20th century artists who were integral to shaping images of women as vessels for Indian national identity during the movement against the British Raj. Swaminathan's poetry also seeks to juxtapose Hindu Vedantic ideas of loss as a necessary part of progress with contemporary Indian nationalism's reluctance to accept change. While religious rituals of mourning may impose on people an active forgetting, so many of the daily rituals of home involve a preoccupation with holding on. In WOVEN: E... (read more)

Tyler Perry's Madea's Farewell Play Tour - Kings Theatre
Through April 28, 2019 - Brooklyn

Tyler Perry's inspirational journey from the hard streets of New Orleans to the heights of Hollywood's A-list is the stuff of American legend. Born into poverty and raised in a household scarred by abuse, Perry fought from a young age to find the strength, faith and perseverance that would later form the foundations of his much-acclaimed plays, films, books and shows. It was a simple piece of advice from Oprah Winfrey that set Perry's career in motion. Encouraged to keep a diary of his daily thoughts and experiences, he began writing a series of soul-searching letters to himself. The letters, full of pain and in time, forgiveness, became a healing catharsis. His writing inspired a musical, I Know I've Been Changed, and in 1992, Perry gathered his life's savings in hopes of staging it for sold out crowds. He spent all the money but the people never came, and Perry once again came face to face with the poverty that had plagued his youth. He spent months sleeping in seedy motels and his car but his faith - in God and, in turn, himself - only got stronger. He forged a powerful relationship with the church, and kept writing. In 1998 his perseverance paid off and a promoter booked I K... (read more)

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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