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WHERE Mark Morris Dance Center, 3 Lafayette Brooklyn, NY 11217
WHEN once a month on Saturdays, 3-4pm
WHAT Free dance class for all ages in which participants will learn segments from Mark Morris repertory
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Fun for the whole family, our free Dance with MMDG class is taught by Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) dancers and accompanied by live music. This month, dancers Aaron Loux and Nicole Sabella will teach excerpts of MMDG’s repertory to be performed this April at BAM.. Each month focuses on a different dance in Mark Morris’ repertory. No experience is necessary. We encourage all ages and abilities to attend. No shoes required. Wear comfortable attire.
January 31, February 21, March 21, April 11, May 9
ABOUT THE MARK MORRIS DANCE CENTER
The Mark Morris Dance Center in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, was built in 2001 and is a major cultural resource for the community. In addition to being the home of the Mark Morris Dance Group, the Dance Center offers a wide range of education and community programs to over 15,000 weekly visitors. It houses the School at the Mark Morris Dance Center, 7 fully-equipped studios that are available for rent to the arts community at discounted and/or subsidized rates, and many amenities including a large 140-seat studio theater, lounges, dressing rooms, and outdoor terraces.
ABOUT THE MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP
Founded in New York in 1980, the internationally-renowned Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) has been called “the preeminent modern dance organization of our time” (Yo-Yo Ma), receiving “highest praise for their technical aplomb, their musicality, and their sheer human authenticity.” (Bloomberg News). MMDG spent three years in residence at Brussels’ Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie as Belgium’s national dance company, returning to the United States in 1991.
The Dance Group is distinguished as the only modern dance company with a commitment to live music at every performance, founding the MMDG Music Ensemble in 1996. MMDG also regularly collaborates with eminent musicians across genres, including cellist Yo-Yo Ma, mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe, jazz trio The Bad Plus, the London Symphony Orchestra, baroque orchestras Tafelmusik and Philharmonia Baroque, as well as opera companies such as The Metropolitan Opera and the English National Opera.
Community engagement is also a vital component of the Dance Group. Through the organization’s Access/MMDG programming, it integrates opportunities for dance, music, talks, and education at its Brooklyn home, the Mark Morris Dance Center, as well as on tour around the world.
“The Mark Morris Dance Group has long been ahead of all other dance companies in the flow and detail of its dancers’ response to music. And their qualities of focus, stillness, ease are ones that most actors would envy. “
— Alastair Macaulay, Financial Times (U.K.)
Aaron Loux grew up in Seattle, Washington, and began dancing at the Creative Dance Center as a member of Kaleidoscope, a youth modern dance company. He began his classical training at the Cornish College Preparatory Dance Program and received his B.F.A. from The Juilliard School in 2009. He danced at The Metropolitan Opera and with Arc Dance Company before joining MMDG in 2010.
Nicole Sabella is originally from Clearwater, Florida, where she studied at the Academy of Ballet Arts and the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School under Suzanne B. Pomerantzeff. In 2009, She graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, earning her B.F.A. in Modern Dance Performance and the “Outstanding Performance in Modern Dance” Award. She was a performer with Zane Booker’s Smoke, Lilies, and Jade Arts Initiative. Nicole first worked with MMDG in 2013 and began her apprenticeship in December 2014.
It’s a subject close to our hearts: VHS. It was cheap, it was everywhere, and it changed the way we watch movies forever. This month we proudly present a special event featuring the documentary ‘Rewind This!,’ about the rise and revolution of home video and the true believers who still cling to the format.
An exploding industry without rules! Backyard filmmakers with zero budget and a surplus of dreams! Unchecked global piracy! VHS vs. Beta! Direct to-video madness! It’s all here, along with a rogues gallery of directors, rental employees, XXX vets, box artists, collectors, and more, making for what The Hollywood Reporter calls “…an entertaining, sometimes enlightening history of the video format…”
We’ll have the filmmakers in attendance for a special Q&A, followed by a trapped-on-VHS oddity from their vault, ‘Science Crazed.’
Embrace the analog at Freddy’s, where the projector burns hot and the happy hour deals are cool.
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 60th Anniversary Season with an evening of joyous and uplifting music by South Africa’s Grammy Award-winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 8pm. Tickets are $30-$40 and can be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the box office at 718-951-4500 (Tue-Sat, 1pm-6pm).
Led by founder and leader Joseph Shabalala, Ladysmith Black Mambazo celebrates over fifty years of spreading their native South African musical traditions all over the globe. With their intricate rhythms and harmonies, this a cappella vocal group has created a musical legacy that has touched a worldwide audience. Their musical efforts over the past five decades have garnered international praise and accolades.
Assembled in the early 1960s in South Africa by Mr. Shabalala, who was then a young farm boy turned factory worker, the group took the name Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Ladysmith is the name of Mr. Shabalala’s hometown, about three hours west of Durban and three hours east of Johannesburg; Black is a reference to the oxen, the strongest of all farm animals; and Mambazo is the Zulu word for chopping axe, a symbol of the group’s ability to “chop down” any singing rival who might challenge them. Their collective voices were so tight and their harmonies so polished that by the end of the 1960s they were banned from competitions, although they were welcome to participate as entertainers.
February 1 @9am Men’s Club of BRJC at Fourth Avenue & 81 Street, Brooklyn, Have brunch, make new friends or just hang out with the guys. Come on over to ther MEN’S CLUB! Questions: 718-836-3103 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Little Laffs
Little Laffs, “Big Fun for Little Ones” is a fun and entertaining variety show for kids ages 3-9, that mixes juggling, balloon art, music, comedy, and more. Located at the Fabulous Jalopy Theatre in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. Join us for an afternoon full of Little Laffs!
SAVE THE DATE – SCHOOLFEST 2015!
Sunday, February 1st, 12-4 PM
P.S. 250 George H. Lindsay Elementary School
108 Montrose Avenue (btw Manhattan Avenue & Leonard Street), Brooklyn, NY
All schools (day care to high school, private & public, colleges and local services providers) are invited to participate! We will offer workshops on various educational topics. Last year’s SCHOOLFEST drew over 100 institutions and hundreds of interested local parents and families. This year, Joyce Szuflita of New York School Help, will offer her highly popular school workshops.
Who should exhibit? Schools, day care centers and enrichment providers who want to speak to North Brooklyn parents. Who should attend? Parents of kids from early childhood through high school. Online applications can be found at: http://tinyurl.com/Schoolfest2015-APPLICATION.
Admission to Schoolfest is $15 pp. However, it will be 100% free to attend for parents and teachers of participating schools.
It is a fun and learning experience for all!
For more information, updates and vending opportunities please visit www.townsquareinc.com.
Black Artstory Month Artwalk + Opening Party
Opening Party 6-9pm @ Brooklyn Eats on Myrtle
Sounds by Flames Baldwin
Artwork by over 25 Brooklyn-based artists will be on view for Black Artstory Month at over 13 small businesses along Myrtle Avenue between Carlton & Classon Avenues.
Exhibitions are organized by guest curators Remi Onabanjo, MoCADA Museum, SONYA, Freecandy, Naimonu James, Jessica Lynne, Rasu Jilani, Pratt Institute Bako Tribe, Ali Rosa-Salas and Daonne Huff. Artwork can be viewed during the Artwalk and also during regular business hours. Please invite friends and family to join us. For a complete listing of all events, featured artists, programs, venues and map, please visit: http://www.myrtleavenue.org/blackartstory
Artwalk is followed by party that same Sunday from 6-9PM with sounds by @Flames Baldwin.
Location: Brooklyn Eats, 474 Myrtle Ave between Washington Avenue & Hall Street
350 Myrtle Ave
curated by Remi Onabanjo
Brooklyn Sweet Spot
366 Myrtle Ave
work by students from PS 20
390 Myrtle Ave
curated by Daonne Huff
Putnam’s Pub & Cooker
419 Myrtle Ave
curated by Naimonu James
431 Myrtle Ave
curated by Pratt Institute’s BAKO TRIBE
Trilok Fusion Center
143 Waverly at Myrtle
“Myrtle Avenue Portraits”: An outdoor photography exhibition by Kwesi Abbensetts
The Joint on Myrtle
471 Myrtle Ave
curated by MoCADA Curatorial Fellow
Corkscrew Wines Brooklyn
489 Myrtle Ave
curated by Ali Rosa-Salas
503 Myrtle Ave
curated by South of the Navy Yard Artists
Pillow Café – Lounge
505 Myrtle Ave
curated by Jessica Lynne
557 Myrtle Ave
curated by Pratt Institute’s BAKO TRIBE
561 Myrtle Ave
curated by Freecandy
584 Myrtle Ave
curated by Daonne Huff
A real adults-only spelling bee with a kinder and gentler three-strikes-you’re-out policy, and a fun, not-too-competitive environment. Winners receive nerdy
prizes and a spot in the annual Finals. Words start out easy, and all spelling bees (up to the season finals) are open to everyone.
With host & singer b-o-b-b-y-b-l-u-e & education author j-e-n d-z-i-u-r-a
Signup begins at 7 (limited to first 16 contestants)
B-E-E at 7.30 No cover.
Monday, February 2
The Williamsburg Spelling Bee
Pete’s Candy Store, 709 Lorimer St., Brooklyn
(L train to Lorimer)