NEW! Brooklyn Events

From Arts and Theater, Sports and Wine Tasting, there are so many Brooklyn events to choose from.

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Apr
10
Sun
Fences & Neighbors @ FiveMyles
Apr 10 – May 15 all-day
Fences & Neighbors @ FiveMyles

Fences & Neighbors is a mixed media installation exploring the U.S.-Mexico border crisis.

The installation is inspired by Janet Goldner’s research trip to Arizona in 2014.
A woven barbed wire fence divides the gallery. On the far side is a projected video about real and imagined abundance and stories of migrants. Viewers can see the video through the fence without being able to access the other side. On the near side of the fence are photographs of what the migrants left behind – their families, their food, their culture.

As the fever pitch around migration mounted, Goldner wanted to see for herself. Working with the Tucson Arts Brigade and the US Department of Arts and Culture, she spent a week on and around the border. The 30 ft. high fence separating Nogales, Arizona from Nogales, Sonora, made of surplus military steel from the runways in Iraq, was particularly impressive and disturbing. They say that good fences make good neighbors. But what if our neighbors are fleeing violence and poverty?

Apr
13
Wed
ELMGREEN & DRAGSET: VAN GOGH’S EAR @ Rockefeller Center
Apr 13 – Jun 3 all-day
ELMGREEN & DRAGSET: VAN GOGH’S EAR @ Rockefeller Center

This spring, artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset will transform the Fifth Avenue entrance to the Channel Gardens at Rockefeller Center with a large-scale new work. Van Gogh’s Ear is a sculpture, which takes the form of a swimming pool sitting upright.

Organized by Public Art Fund and Tishman Speyer

May
4
Wed
A Beer-y Good Meal at Brooklyn Brewery @ Brooklyn Brewery
May 4 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Brooklyn Brewery will host a special three-course family-style dinner prepared by Chef Andrew Gerson, head of culinary programming at Brooklyn Brewery, on-site on May 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. Chef Gerson will serve assorted cheeses and charcuterie; seafood cioppino with crusty bread; and black chocolate stout sundaes made with OddFellows Ice Cream. All dinners are complete with cans of American Ale and Brooklyn East IPA.

American Museum of Natural History Presents: SciCafe: Just Can’t Get Enough: Addiction & the Brain @ American Museum of Natural History
May 4 @ 6:30 pm
American Museum of Natural History Presents: SciCafe: Just Can’t Get Enough: Addiction & the Brain @ American Museum of Natural History

Wednesday, May 4
Doors open at 6:30 pm
Program begins at 7 pm
Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis
Free with cash bar
21+ with ID
Enter at 77th Street

Only a small percentage of people who try an illicit drug will go on to develop addiction. What makes one more vulnerable to addiction than another? Theories abound, from troubled childhoods to work stress to genetics. Psychiatrist Edmund Griffin explains how epidemiology, cocaine-addicted rats, and molecular neuroscience all help to shed light on one of society’s most troubling questions: Why is it that some people just can’t get enough?

May
5
Thu
TARA at Home Reception @ The Pearl Rool
May 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
TARA at Home Reception @ The Pearl Rool

Join Tara McConnell for a Ground Floor Party Plan Direct Selling Opportunity where she shares more about what she is cooking up!

Exceptional Earning Potential
Unbelievable Recognition
Training & Tools
Trips & Events
Friends & Fun!

American Museum of Natural History Presents: Hayden Special Event: From the Big Bang to the Multiverse and Beyond @ American Museum of Natural History
May 5 @ 8:30 pm
American Museum of Natural History Presents: Hayden Special Event: From the Big Bang to the Multiverse and Beyond @ American Museum of Natural History

We know the universe began 13.7 billon years ago in an event called the Big Bang, but many questions remain. Is our universe part of a larger multiverse? What is causing the accelerating expansion of the cosmos? These are the mysteries that inspire cosmologists today. In a dazzling, full-dome presentation simulcast from the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, astrophysicist Michael Turner will illustrate what we know and how we know it, as well as the big ideas and puzzles of cosmology today.

This program is presented live from the Adler Planetarium in Chicago with local host Carter Emmart, Director of Astrovisualization at the American Museum of Natural History.

Hayden Planetarium Space Theater, 81st Street Entrance.

May
6
Fri
What is BRJC’s Friday Family Shabbat? @ Bay Ridge Jewish Center
May 6 all-day

Friday, May 6 at 6:30pm COME to Bay Ridge Jewish Center, Fourth Avenue & 81 Street, Brooklyn, to welcome in Shabbat in our main Sanctuary and to stand under the Jewish Star on our ceiling! Get to know us, we are friendly and welcoming to all!

Mother’s Day with New York Kids Club @ New York Kids Club
May 6 @ 4:15 pm – 5:45 pm
Mother's Day with New York Kids Club @ New York Kids Club

At our Mother’s Day Party, children will create their own picture frames and cards just for mom, participate in open play in our state-of-the-art gym space, decorate cookies, and sing fun thematic tunes during a sing-along with a live guitarist. With a pizza dinner for children, prosecco and hors d’oeuvres for adults, and a photographer on hand to capture every special moment, we’ll honor mom in style at this joyous family party!

EXPLORATIONS: AN EVENING OF JAZZ & POETRY: FAY VICTOR, VOCALS & DELANA DAMERON, POETRY @ South Oxford Space
May 6 @ 8:00 pm
EXPLORATIONS: AN EVENING OF JAZZ & POETRY: FAY VICTOR, VOCALS & DELANA DAMERON, POETRY @ South Oxford Space

One Breath Rising, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to providing opportunities for diverse artists working in the African American tradition is proud to present its event, Explorations: An Evening of Jazz & Poetry.

Fay Victor, vocals, with Sam Newsome, soprano saxophone, and Aruan Ortiz – piano presents Standard Explorations: An open foray through Cole Porter, Thelonious Monk, Hoagy Carmichael, Herbie Nichols, Duke Ellington and more. Vocalist/composer Fay Victor, called “artistically complete” by the New York Times, consistently hones a unique vision of the vocalist’s role in jazz and improvised music.

DéLana R. A. Dameron holds a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from New York University where she was a Goldwater Hospital Writer’s workshop fellow. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South, PMS: PoemMemoirStory, 42opus, storySouth, Pembroke Magazine, and Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review.

AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY PRESENTS: ONE STEP BEYOND @ American Museum of Natural History
May 6 @ 9:00 pm – May 7 @ 1:00 am
AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY PRESENTS: ONE STEP BEYOND @ American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History continues the ninth season of One Step Beyond with DJ sets by Mobile Mondays! Arthur Baker brings an all-45 set with Joey Carvello and DJ Misbehaviour, taking partygoers on a classic New York City journey with disco, electro, freestyle, hip hop, and ‘80s dance. The event will take place in the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Hall of the Universe on Friday, May 6.

At this ongoing party series, guests dance in the Museum’s Rose Center for Earth and Space to the sounds of the biggest names in techno, electronica, hip-hop, and indie rock. Guests also enjoy the Hayden Big Bang Theater, located in the lower part of the Hayden Sphere, which features a dynamic multimedia presentation (narrated by acclaimed actor Liam Neeson) that takes visitors on a thrilling four-minute trip from Earth to the edge of the visible universe.

WHEN: Friday, May 6, 2016, 9 pm–1 am

WHERE: American Museum of Natural History. Guests should enter through the Weston Pavilion entrance on Columbus Avenue at 79th Street.

ADMISSION: Admission to One Step Beyond is $25 in advance, $30 on the day of show. Guests must be 21 or older and present valid ID. A beer and wine cash-bar is available. Advance purchase is recommended. Tickets may be available at the door.

TICKETS: Tickets are available on the Museum’s website at amnh.org or by calling 212-769-5200, Monday–Friday, 9 am–5 pm.

May
7
Sat
What is BRJC’s Learner’s Minyan? @ Bay Ridge Jewish Center
May 7 all-day

Saturday, May 7 at 9am join the Bay Ridge Jewish Center Community at Fourth Avenue & 81 Street, Brooklyn, as we learn from Rabbi Rosenberg the meaning behind the prayers and how to pronounce them in Hebrew. This is an opportunity to familiarize and take ownership of your prayer experience!

Community Open House @ Metro Urgicare
May 7 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Community Open House @ Metro Urgicare

Join Metro Urgicare for the grand opening of its newest location in Brooklyn, NY! Our urgent care facilities specialize in providing quick quality care to patients in need of treatment for non-life threatening episodes and mandatory check-ups/physicals. We want to take this opportunity to share this community open house with the Brooklynites who share our passion for keeping the New York community healthy and happy. Come one come all as we celebrate with facility tours, entertainment, refreshments, free screenings and giveaways (while supplies last).

American Museum of Natural History Presents: Identification Day @ American Museum of Natural History
May 7 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
American Museum of Natural History Presents: Identification Day @ American Museum of Natural History

Inspired by the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt, the Museum celebrates natural history collections by inviting visitors to bring in their own specimens to the annual Identification Day. Scientists will attempt to identify your discoveries while showing you some specimens from the Museum’s rarely seen collections.
With the exception of insects, please do not bring any live or dead specimens. Photos of your snake, bird, or other specimen will suffice for identification.

NOTE: NO APPRAISALS WILL BE GIVEN, AND GEMSTONES WILL NOT BE IDENTIFIED.

The event will take place in the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall

UrbanGlass Open Studios: Weird Science! @ UrbanGlass
May 7 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
UrbanGlass Open Studios: Weird Science! @ UrbanGlass

Is it a liquid or a solid? Strong or fragile? Explore the fascinating physical properties and scientific applications of glass during our Open Studios event: Weird Science! Visitors of all ages are invited to explore our spectacular– and closed to the public– 17,000 square foot facility, watch artists demonstrate a variety of glassmaking techniques, participate in hands-on activities, and learn about this fascinating material from UrbanGlass educators.

Visitors can also attend the Weird Science Fair in our Art Center. Artists from the UrbanGlass Studio will be showing and demonstrating science based projects, from bug taxidermy to interactive light designs.

Cumbe Summer Camp May info session! @ Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation
May 7 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Cumbe Summer Camp May info session! @ Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation

The next Information Session for our popular DANCE, DRUM, AND IMAGINATION SUMMER CAMP is Saturday, May 7!

Come meet our Teaching Artists, see our camp location, and get your questions answered.

Time: Saturday, May 7 from 2:00-3:00pm
Location: Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, in the Skylight Gallery (3rd Floor).
1368 Fulton Street (between March & Tompkins Ave.).

Here’s information on our Camp:

Children ages 3-5 & 6-9 will unleash their imaginations as they create dances, songs, costumes, and dioramas in our Summer Camp at Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance. Campers can sign up with their age group for one or both sessions. * Register by April 11 for an Early Bird Discount – we have Sibling Discounts too*

——– Session 1 (July 5 – 15): Ease on Down the Road ——-

Come along on a funky musical journey down the yellow brick road.

Drawing inspiration from “The Wiz,” we’re creating our own mini-musical over the course of this 2-week session. Campers will explore their creative voices and the themes of home, courage, and friendship using a mix of performing and visual arts. Working together with our teaching artists, they’ll create their own dances using Jazz, Hip Hop, and basic tumbling moves, and compose musical numbers using African djembe drum rhythms. Campers will also make masks, costumes, dioramas, a Brooklyn-themed Emerald City set, and more. At the end of the session, campers will get to show their family and friends what they’ve created in a fun performance for all.

—– Session 2 (July 18 – 29): Laughing Trees: African Fables —–

Join us on an adventure through enchanted forests full of magical creatures.

Campers will enter the magical world of African and African-American folklore in this 2-week session. Using books like Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters, campers will explore their creative voices and play in a world filled with kings who can change into snakes, trickster animals, and laughing trees. They’ll learn riddles and games, and create songs and dances based on West African and American folk traditions. Campers will also paint dioramas of enchanted forests and create puppets, masks, and costumes of the creatures who live there. At the end of the session, campers will get to show their family and friends what they’ve created in a fun performance for all.

TIMES:

9:00am to 3:00pm (weekdays only)
Early Drop-off & Extended Day Options are available

LOCATION:

Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation (in Bed-Stuy)
1368 Fulton Street (between Marcy & Tompkins Ave.)
Brooklyn, New York, 11216

See all camp details and register at: www.cumbedance.com/youth-classes-camps

Feel free to contact us with any questions at: (718) 935-9700 or info@cumbedance.com.

We look forward to seeing you and your little ones soon!

Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance
www.cumbedance.com

Sing Your Heart Out Inter-church Singing Scholarship Competition @ Grace Baptist Church
May 7 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Sing Your Heart Out Inter-church Singing Scholarship Competition @ Grace Baptist Church

“Sing Your Heart Out” is a fundraising venture to support our seasonal summer day camp program; but it is also an opportunity to help a young person from a local (zip codes 11209, 11219, 11220, (and others by request)…Brooklyn congregation (ages 10yrs to 30yrs) win a cash scholarship reward worth $500 while sharing about their faith through song! Each participant must complete an application and have a reference letter from their Pastor/leader from their church. See photo and call for full details. Everyone is welcome to attend and support this event.

Michael Graves, Sarah Sarai, Francine Witte @ Brownstone Poets
May 7 @ 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Michael Graves, Sarah Sarai, Francine Witte @ Brownstone Poets

Brownstone Poets presents Michael Graves, Sarah Sarai, Francine Witte on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. at Park Plaza Restaurant in historic Brooklyn Heights. Poetry grows in Brooklyn Heights and there’s an open mic as well.

Brownstone Poets presents:

Michael Graves

Sarah Sarai

Francine Witte

Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 2:30 p.m.

Park Plaza Restaurant

220 Cadman Plaza West near Clark St.and Pineapple Walk

Brooklyn, NY 11201 – 718 – 596 – 5900

Subways:

Take the A or C to High Street, 2 or 3 to Clark Street

R to Court Street

4 or to 5 Borough Hall

For more directions:

Please check the MTA’s “The Weekender” for all transit updates.

http://web.mta.info/weekender.html

$5 Donation – plus Food/Drink – Open-Mic

Curated by Patricia Carragon

pcarragon@gmail.com

brownstonepoets.blogspot.com/

patriciacarragon8.wordpress.com/

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BIOS

Michael Graves is the author of Adam and Cain (Black Buzzard, 2006), In Fragility (Black Buzzard, 2011) and two chapbooks, Illegal Border Crosser (Cervana Barva, 2008) and Outside St. Jude’s (R. E. M. Press, 1990). His poem “Apollo to Daphne” appears in an anthology from Oxford University Press, Gods and Mortals (2001) and his “Poem to Spring in a Time of Global Warming” appears on AboutPoetry.com In two thousand four (2004), he received a grant from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation. Thirteen (13) of his poems appear in the James Joyce Quarterly. He has published scholarly-critical work on James Wright and organized a conference on Mr. Wright at Poets House in 2004.

Of Sarah Sarai’s new collection Debora Lidov wrote: “The generosity, the word play and re-play, the variations, the real world and its perpetual redemptions, the imagination’s power not to transform exactly, but to reveal, which is transforming, make Geographies of Soul and Taffeta (Indolent Books), a rewarding read.” Sarai’s poems have been published in Painted Bride Quarterly, Boston Review, Threepenny Review, The Collagist, and many other journals. She has written essays about spirit guides and selling marijuana while in high school, holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, and is thinking of getting a schnauzer. Check out Sarah Sarai at http://www.indolentbooks.com/bookstore/

Francine Witte is the author of the poetry chapbooks Only, Not Only (Finishing Line Press, 2012) and First Rain (Pecan Grove Press, 2009), winner of the Pecan Grove Press competition, and the flash fiction chapbooks Cold June (Ropewalk Press), selected by Robert Olen Butler as the winner of the 2010 Thomas A. Wilhelmus Award, and The Wind Twirls Everything (MuscleHead Press). Her poem “My Dead Florida Mother Meets Gandhi” is the first prize winner of the 2015 Slippery Elm poetry award. She has been nominated seven times for a pushcart prize in poetry and once for fiction. She is an avid iphoneographer. A former English teacher, Francine lives in New York.

May
9
Mon
American Museum of Natural History Presents: Frontiers Lecture: Our Place in the Universe @ American Museum of Natural History
May 9 @ 7:30 pm
American Museum of Natural History Presents:  Frontiers Lecture: Our Place in the Universe @ American Museum of Natural History

What is our place in the universe? Since the time of Galileo, our understanding of this fundamental question has been overthrown again and again as telescopes have evolved. Join astronomer Jason Kalirai on a journey through space to uncover the latest evidence about where we sit in the universe and explore the possibility of life on other worlds.

The event will take place in the Hayden Planetarium Space Theater.

May
10
Tue
Buttery Riffz: Metal-Themed Comedy Show @ Tender Trap
May 10 @ 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Buttery Riffz: Metal-Themed Comedy Show @ Tender Trap

Justin Hancock and Tim Unkenholz love shitty metal. Like, the shittiest cumcrust of the metal genre. So they created a FREE comedy showcase where they invite their favorite comedians to come on stage…to the heralding sound of gloriously bad metalcore music. Welcome to Buttery Riffz. Welcome to Hell.

May
12
Thu
Panel Discussion: In Her Absence I Created Her Image @ Open Source Gallery
May 12 @ 7:00 pm
Panel Discussion: In Her Absence I Created Her Image @ Open Source Gallery

Presented in conjunction with Rawiya’s exhibit “In Her Absence I Created Her Image,” this panel discussion will explore representations of individuals in the Middle East.

Photography has played a major role in building a global image of society. Often we focus on Western representations of various Middle Eastern people and in doing so we miss a vital perspective and are often given inaccurate representations. Moderator James Wellford and panelists Myriam Abdelaziz, Tamara Abdul Hadi, Laura Boushnak, Tanya Habjouqa and Alia Malek will examine the stereotypes that unfairly place a diverse group of people who practice religion differently, who dress differently, who speak different forms of Arabic, and who have different cultural traditions, into overgeneralized categories.

James Wellford is a photography editor, producer, curator, and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. He is currently the Editorial Director of Visura. His collaborative work with photographers has received top honors at the Overseas Press Club, World Press Photo, POYi, American Photo, Visa Pour L’image, PX 3, and NPPA. He curates photography and multimedia shows that address topical issues in the world including most recently: American Photography (Photographic Museum of Humanity), Remembering Liberia (Photoville 2013) and Iraq 10 Years (VII Gallery). James is on the advisory board of the Photobook Museum and the organization Social Documentary Network and is the co-founder of two groups: ScreenProjects and SeenUnseen that are working on ways to create, support, and deliver powerful visual and narrative stories around the world. For 12 years he was the International Photo Editor at Newsweek Magazine. James is a Knight Wallace Fellow from the University of Michigan and a contributing photo editor to Smithsonian Journeys, Foreign Policy and CNN.

Alia Malek is a journalist and civil rights lawyer. She is the author of A Country Called Amreeka: US History Re-Told Through Arab American Lives. Her reportage has appeared in several places including the New York Times, The Nation, the Christian Science Monitor, Jadaliyya, McSweeneys, and Guernica.In April 2011, she moved to Damascus, Syria and wrote anonymously for several outlets from inside the country as it began to disintegrate. She returned to the US in May 2013 for the launch of Al Jazeera America, where she was Senior Writer until October 2015. She is currently the Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute and at work on a narrative non-fiction book about Syria, a memoir of family, house, and country.

Rawiya, meaning she who tells a story, is the first all-female photography collective from the Middle East, and it focuses on raising visibility of female Arab photographers as well as presents an insider view of the region. The photographers, including Myriam Abdelaziz, Tamara Abdul Hadi, Laura Boushnak, and Tanya Habjouqa, combat Western stereotypes of the Middle East. The collective’s photography counters these stereotypes through depictions of an all female auto-racing team, the pleasures of daily life even in the face of political turmoil and occupation, the vibrant gay community of Beirut, portraits breaking down the hyper masculine image of the Arab man as well as portraits of empowered Middle Eastern Muslim women.

Rock That Instagram: How to Creatively Market Your Business @ Founders Workspace
May 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Rock That Instagram: How to Creatively Market Your Business @ Founders Workspace

Are you a small business owner who is new to using Instagram to promote your business and feel intimidated by the learning curve? Or perhaps you have the hang of Instagram but need some inspiration to develop it further? Join us on May 12th from 7-9pm at Founders Workspace in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn for this workshop on How To Creatively Market Your Business. This session will go in-depth to help you understand the nuances and culture of Instagram while also inspiring you to post creatively and effectively about your products. Photo tips, useful hashtags, etiquette, collaborations, turning followers into customers, linking to Twitter and Facebook, and more will all be covered. By the end of the workshop you will feel excited about marketing your brand on this creative and useful social media platform! We will be a small group so there will be the ability for personal feedback and attention. Let us know your Instagram handle in advance if you would like a critique towards the end of the workshop. Space is limited — RSVP now before the tickets are all gone!

About the Presenter:

Molly Clarke, a gemologist, has worked in the jewelry industry for over twelve years. Six years ago she started her first business, The Ring Liaison, an engagement ring consulting service where she works with jewelers to help clients create quality rings from scratch. Two years ago she opened her second business, Rock That Gem, a handmade gemstone jewelry company on Etsy. She is the Social Media Chair of the Women’s Jewelry Association and the voice behind the WJA Instagram. She adores Instagram and has grown her following through authentic brand storytelling — say hi to her on Instagram at @rockthatgem, @ringliaison, and @withlovefrommolly.

Tanya Solomon: Truth Assassin @ New York City College of Technology Voorhees Theatre
May 12 @ 8:00 pm – May 14 @ 10:00 pm
Tanya Solomon: Truth Assassin @ New York City College of Technology Voorhees Theatre

Tanya is a local performance/magician. Students will work with her to create a new illusion as well as working as designers on the production team.
Thursday May 12, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Friday May 13, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Saturday May 14, 2 p.m.

$10 Non City Tech students with ID
Free to City Tech students with ID the day of the performance
To make a reservation go to: http://theatreworkscitytech.org/get-tickets

May
13
Fri
FLOATING POINTS (DJ SET), DJ LOVE ON THE RUN | YOU’RE A MELODY // GOOD ROOM @ Good Room
May 13 @ 10:00 pm
FLOATING POINTS (DJ SET), DJ LOVE ON THE RUN | YOU’RE A MELODY // GOOD ROOM @ Good Room

We’ve loved each of our get downs with Floating Points and this time around we’re bringing the artist’s beloved You’re a Melody party to Good Room!

If you’ve attended the UK producer’s series before or have gotten down to the party’s dedicated mixes, you’ll know what you’re getting here – a blissful night celebrating the world’s top soul, funk and disco cuts.

This specially curated evening with Floating Points will sell out, so be warned! See you under the disco ball.

WHEN: Friday, May 13th, 2016
DOORS: 10PM // 21+
TICKETS: http://ticketf.ly/21eDeCN
WHERE: Good Room// 98 Meserole Avenue

May
14
Sat
Touch-a-Truck Brooklyn, By PS 295 @ PS 295
May 14 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Touch-a-Truck Brooklyn, By PS 295 @ PS 295

Touch-a-Truck Brooklyn 2016

Saturday, May 14—NYC’s favorite family street fair returns at PS 295, 18th St./6th Ave. in Brooklyn

Cool vehicles, food trucks, crafts, free activities, music, and more

On Saturday, May 14, 2016 the PTA of PS 295 – The Studio School of Arts & Culture will present the sixth annual Touch-a-Truck Brooklyn event (www.ps295.org/pta/touch-a-truck-2015). At this unique street fair, NYC kids and their families will get up close and personal with a wide variety of emergency vehicles, construction equipment, vintage vehicles, and other cool rigs. Food trucks, bouncy houses, music, crafts, free activities, and more round out the day. Touch-a-Truck Brooklyn is a fundraiser to support academic, arts, and enrichment programs at PS 295.

* When: Saturday, May 14, 2016, noon – 5 p.m., rain or shine
* Where: 18th St between 6th/7th Aves. in South Park Slope, Brooklyn
* Tickets: $8 per person (no charge for infants worn or carried by their parent)

Touch-a-Truck Brooklyn is sponsored by local businesses including Giocare Playschool, School of Rock, Amerikick, Roots Cafe, Park Slope Plumbing Supply, Hootenanny Art House, Janzen Communications, Kings Bay Y, Union Market, Beansprouts, Slope Pediatrics, Paul’s Signs, and Einstein’s Plumbing and Heating.

Confirmed participants include an NYC MTA Vintage Bus, FDNY Ladder 122, a Paul’s Signs bucket truck, an NYPD van, a Big Sasco Tool Rental lift, antique cars, an NYC Parks front-end loader, the Chip Shop three-wheeler, a Park Slope Volunteer Ambulance, Einstein’s Plumbing & Heating, the Sean Casey Animal Adoption Van, a Verizon cube truck, a Junkluggers truck, and a Citywide Enterprises tow truck, and more join the list every week.

Food will be available from favorite local food trucks including Gorilla Cheese, Yogo, Kimchi Taco, and Butterstein’s.

Activities include outdoor sand play offered by Giocare; the Beansprouts Make-a-Truck art center; the Kings Bay Y fitness center; the Slope Pediatrics Babyspace; the Amerikick DJ Booth; and a free demo by School of Rock Brooklyn, in addition to face painting, bouncy houses, hard hat giveaways, a raffle station, and a new Touch-a-Truck tee shirt.

Presented annually since 2011, Touch-a-Truck Brooklyn draws more than 3,000 guests each year. The event is staged along the entire length of a city block as well as interior and exterior spaces at PS 295 with a variety of activities to ensure a great day for all.

Media Contact: Rebecca Stein, 347-731-5517; reb.stein@yahoo.com

About PS 295 – The Studio School of Arts & Culture
A small Title I school in South Park Slope, Brooklyn, PS 295 (www.ps295.org) embraces diversity by nurturing strengths and talents to educate the whole child socially, academically, culturally, and artistically.

Dance with MMDG – Family Class @ Mark Morris Dance Center
May 14 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Dance with MMDG - Family Class @ Mark Morris Dance Center

Fun for the whole family, our free Dance with MMDG class is taught by MMDG dancers and accompanied by live music. This Spring, each month showcases choreography from MMDG’s 2015-16 season, in conjunction with their performances of the works around the world. The May 14 class will focus on Mark Morris’ work The (2015), which will have its NYC premiere at the Mark Morris Dance Center on May 17.
No experience is necessary. We encourage all ages and abilities to attend.

Dress code:
No shoes required.
Wear comfortable attire.

Family Fun Series – Yoga @ Mark Morris Dance Center
May 14 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Family Fun Series - Yoga @ Mark Morris Dance Center

Unwind and relax together. Accessible to the youngest of yogis, this expressive workshop focuses on breath to guide movement and sustain poses. Mats and props are provided, or feel free to bring your own.

Instructor: Cara Surico
Cara Surico, from Dayton, Ohio, is a choreographer, dancer, dance educator, and yoga instructor. Cara teaches creativity through the realm of movement, striving to make each class suitable for various students’ needs. She has implemented ballet, creative movement, and yoga based programs, specifically for ages 2-5 in Chicago and NYC. In addition to The School at the Mark Morris Dance Center, she is a Movement Specialist at the Greene Hill School and Grace Church School in Brooklyn, NY. She holds a B.F.A. in Dance from The Ailey School/Fordham University, and currently makes work under the company name, SuriCo.- bringing to light the human experience through the power of simplicity and artistic collaboration.

Family Fun Series:
Get the whole family moving together in this new monthly workshop series that features a variety of dance, music, and fitness styles, created specifically for families. All workshops are 60 minutes long and recommended for ages 6 and up. No prior experience required.

Suggested attire: Comfortable clothing in which you can easily move, no street shoes.
All children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Brooklyn Bike Rave @ Greenpoint
May 14 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Brooklyn Bike Rave @ Greenpoint

Bedazzle your bike, put on your craziest outfit, blast some party tunes and be ready for sensory overload at the Brooklyn Bike Rave, a glowtastic night ride along the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway.

On Saturday, May 14th, hundreds of cyclists will ride en masse along 7.5 miles of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway from Greenpoint to Red Hook with a rest stop at the iconic Archway under the Manhattan Bridge in DUMBO.

Brooklyn Bike Rave is New York’s first ever event of its kind and allows you, the participant, to become an integrated part of the event by bringing your creativity while experiencing the energy of nocturnal Brooklyn at its best.

The Bike Rave is a cultural phenomenon that is spreading around the world, altering how people think about the cities in which they live and we invite you to join us for the city’s first!

By participating in The Brooklyn Bike Rave, you are supporting Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, the non-profit organization committed to the establishment, development and long-term stewardship of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway. When complete, this 14-mile landscaped route for pedestrians and cyclists will connect neighborhood parks and open spaces from Greenpoint to Bay Ridge.

Glass will break and pain will stain. #urtours @ Sunnyvale
May 14 @ 8:00 pm
Glass will break and pain will stain. #urtours @ Sunnyvale

Live music performed by Dead Leaf Echo, Monogold and Bootblacks accompanied by a DJ set by The Harrow; atmospheric installation design by FARIDA and dance performance Nikki Battestilli come together to present the release of Dead Leaf Echo’s latest single, “child. glass. heart.”

This show is a part of Unraveled Artists tours initiative. #urtours
Sponsored by 1 Percent.

doors 8 pm
21+
$8 adv/$10 at door so buy now!

May
15
Sun
Alexander, Who’s Not Not Not Not Not Not Going to Move @ Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College
May 15 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Alexander, Who’s Not Not Not Not Not Not Going to Move @ Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College concludes its 2015-16 season on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 2pm with Two Beans Productions’ Alexander, Who’s Not Not Not Not Not Not Going to Move. Based on Judith Viorst’s best-selling Alexander…series, this new family musical teaches us that home isn’t a house or a place on a map—it’s wherever you are when you’re with the people who love you. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the box office at 718-951-4500 (Tue-Sat, 1pm-6pm).

About the show
Alexander has just received some really, really, really, really, really, really bad news. His dad has taken a job in a city a thousand miles away, which means that he and his family are going to have to move to a whole new city. And even though his mom says, “Wait, you’ll like it,” Alexander already knows that he’ll hate it. He can’t bear to leave the people and places he loves, so he decides that he won’t move. First he tries to live with three different neighbors. Then he tries to build a tent so he can live by himself. Then he decides he’ll hide so that his parents’ll never find him, but that doesn’t work out either. With a little help from his mom and dad and even his bossy older brothers, he finally understands that home is “where your family is, where you’re with the people who love you best of all.”

May
20
Fri
What is Musical Shabbat at BRJC? @ BRJC
May 20 all-day

Friday, May 20 at 6:30pm come to BRJC, Fourth Avenue & 81 Street, Brooklyn, to welcome in Shabbat with our new jazzy vocalist, rock band guitarist, and our dedicated professional musicians. Get ready to sing and clap to the beat of the music and prayers of the heart! All ages are encouraged!

Gospel Shabbat at Bay Ridge Jewish Center @ Bay Ridge Jewish Center
May 20 @ 7:00 pm

Friday, May 20 at 7:00PM -Bay Ridge Jewish Center, Fourth Avenue & 81 Street, Brooklyn is celebrating Gospel Shabbat featuring The Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir. Celebrate community with prayer & music at our Friday night service. RSVP 718-836-3103 or office@brjc.org. Refreshments follow.

May
21
Sat
E…L…P…at BRJC! @ BRJC
May 21 all-day

May 21 at 9am–Come to BRJC, Fourth Avenue & 812 Street, Brooklyn, to EAT, LEARN, PRAY! Join the Bay Ridge Jewish Community as we partake in breakfast and participate in engaging discussions led by our Rabbi. An abbreviated Shabbat morning service follows!

Disney Prom featuring NYC’s Premier Disney Rock Cover Band The Little Mermen @ The Hall at MP
May 21 @ 10:00 pm
Disney Prom featuring NYC's Premier Disney Rock Cover Band The Little Mermen @ The Hall at MP

Put on your glass slippers and get ready for the ball… It’s the Disney Prom! It’s prime prom season and The Little Mermen, NYC’s premiere Disney cover band, are inviting you to be their guests for the night you always dreamed of.

This all night rock n roll sing along sprinkled with plenty of nostalgia will have you screaming lyrics from your school days at the top of your lungs! The punch will be spiked and the band plays loud all night long. And be sure to dress in your Disney best because two lucky guests will be crowned King and Queen.

Influenced by styles from ’80s pop to dive bar thrash, the Little Mermen power up some of the most famous musical numbers ever written, including The Little Mermaid’s “Kiss The Girl,” Pocahontas’ “Colors of the Wind,” and the Lion King’s “Circle of Life.” Also featuring DJ Cheshire Cat on the beats!

Specialty cocktails! Costumes encouraged!

JUSTIN MARTIN | HELLO CLOUDS ALBUM RELEASE PARTY // SECRET WAREHOUSE @ Secret Warehouse
May 21 @ 10:00 pm
JUSTIN MARTIN | HELLO CLOUDS ALBUM RELEASE PARTY // SECRET WAREHOUSE @ Secret Warehouse

We’re calling all Dirtybirds to join us and Justin Martin at a secret warehouse up in the clouds this spring! Justin Martin – the Dirtybird pillar – is looking to the skies on “Hello Clouds”, his second full length album on the illustrious label.

Building on the formidable foundation he established with 2012’s “Ghettos & Gardens”, Justin invites listeners on a high-flying journey through a rich musical landscape. His effervescent personality shines through on this project – and we can’t wait to help bring that to life in Brooklyn this May with an industrial album release party!

We invite you to float above walls and ceilings of this dance-ridden warehouse – to lay back, look skyward and experience the breathtaking scope of Justin’s imagination firsthand.

WHEN: Saturday, May 21st, 2016
DOORS: 10PM // 21+
TICKETS: http://ticketf.ly/1SFPx7U
WHERE: Secret Warehouse // Brooklyn

May
22
Sun
Embrace Inversions: A Smart, Safe & Inviting Approach to Going Upside Down Workshop @ Dou Yoga
May 22 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Embrace Inversions: A Smart, Safe & Inviting Approach to Going Upside Down Workshop @ Dou Yoga

Inversions are a wonderful tool to learn about ourselves and how we face challenges, yet can often be daunting and intimidating. The traditional class environment, with its limited time and teacher attention, does not always provide the right environment to engage in your own personal inversion practice.

This workshop is dedicated to the practice of smart and safe inversions. We will explore the how to build the foundations, how to open up the body and how to build the necessary strength to invert. We will observe the various proportional differences that affect our abilities to go upside down.

The workshop will equip you with the confidence and the skills to practice inversions smartly and safely.

$25 By 5/8 | $30 Thereafter

Messy Play At School and Home @ Bija
May 22 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Messy Play At School and Home @ Bija

Giving children opportunities to get messy and create things is an important component to their early childhood education. This workshop will provide tools for parents and caregivers to help create stress-free messy experiences at home. There will be opportunities for Q&A as well as some unpacking of our current cultural resistance to mucking about. Supply lists and ideas of setting up a messy play area at home included. This workshop is taught by Lauren Maples, director of Bija, and messy play advocate.

May
24
Tue
Period Power Screening Event @ Nitehawk Cinema
May 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Period Power Screening Event @ Nitehawk Cinema

What is Menstrual Hygiene Day?

Menstrual Hygiene Day is recognized annually on May 28. By marking this day, we aim to break taboos and raise awareness about the struggles that women and girls worldwide endure during their periods. We’re hosting this event on Tuesday, May 24 as a way to start the dialogue to help us accomplish this mission.

Why Periods?

Globally, approximately 52% of the female population (26% of the total population) is of reproductive age. Most of these women and girls will menstruate each month for between two and seven days. To manage menstruation hygienically and with dignity, it is essential that women and girls have access to water and sanitation.

They need somewhere private to change sanitary cloths or pads; clean water and soap for washing their hands, bodies and reusable cloths; and facilities for safely disposing of used materials or a clean place to dry them if reusable. There is also a need for both men and women to have a greater awareness of good menstrual hygiene practices.

In honor of Menstrual Hygiene Day, WaterAid will activate dialogue around the taboo subject of menstruation through our award-winning documentary, Across the Tracks and WaterAid’s comedic video shorts, If Men Had Periods, as well as other short videos.
Film screening will be followed by Q&A and panel discussion with leaders who doing great things for women and girls everywhere.

Panelists include:
Cecile Shrestha (Moderator) – Associate Director, Philanthropy, WaterAidAmerica
David Linton – Professor Emeritus, Marymount Manhattan College and Board Member, Society for Menstrual Cycle Research
Priya Patel – Improv, sketch and standup comedienne
Ticket prices include popcorn and two premium beverages.

About Organizer

WaterAid is the world’s largest nonprofit dedicated to helping the world’s poorest people access safe water, sanitation and hygiene.

Since 1982, WaterAid has reached 23 million people with safe water and, since 2004, 21 million people with sanitation. Our goal is a world where everyone, everywhere has clean water, sanitation and hygiene by 2030.
www.wateraid.org

May
29
Sun
Spring Fling 98 @ The Knitting Factory
May 29 @ 6:30 pm
Spring Fling 98 @ The Knitting Factory

Join us on Sunday May 29th at the Knitting Factory for the fourth annual Spring Fling 98, a celebration of all that was dope about being a teen in the 90s. Enjoy covers by some of Brooklyn’s raddest bands and compete for the ultimate crown as our Spring Fling King or Queen. Come early to test your 90s trivia knowledge, stay late for the greatest dance party since the prom sequence in She’s All That.

It’s the epic prom you wish you got in high school: a magical night of live bands covering everything you want to hear from your formative years. We like to party. Come as you were.

Featuring performances by Christopher Norwood, Liza and Louise (a NOFX tribute band), Hannah vs The Many, The Virgins Who Can’t Drive (performing the soundtrack from Clueless), and The Manimals as No Doubt. Also featuring Gypsy Danger with an entirely improvised Angsty Teen Movie.

May
31
Tue
American Museum of Natural History Presents: Astronomy Live: Opposition of Mars @ American Museum of Natural History
May 31 @ 7:00 pm
American Museum of Natural History Presents:  Astronomy Live: Opposition of Mars @ American Museum of Natural History

In the coming months, Mars will be easily visible in the night sky. Join Steven Beyer and Joe Rao of the American Museum of Natural History as they illustrate Mars’s place among the stars of the constellation Scorpius and explain what happens during the Opposition of Mars, when the Red Planet and the Sun are on opposite sides of Earth. The hosts will also share updates and discoveries from recent Mars missions.

The event will take place in the Hayden Planetarium Space Theater.

Jun
2
Thu
The Caribbean Health Summit @ Kings County Hospital Center
Jun 2 @ 8:00 am – 8:00 am

The Caribbean community are a significant part of Brooklyn’s population and suffer disproportionately from a myriad of health conditions such as: chronic diseases, infectious diseases and mental health issues. In effort to help reduce these health disparities, medical providers must look to cultural competency and education to provide the most comprehensive, effective care to this segment of the community. This meeting will address these practice gaps and address key issues for medical practitioners who provide care to Caribbean populations. Target Audience: healthcare providers (physicians, mid-level clinicians, nurses, and allied health professionals) in the NYC metropolitan area who provide medical care to Caribbean and Caribbean American populations.