Coming Up at Brooklyn Historical Society This Week

Poker and booze feature among the offerings at the Brooklyn Historical Society this week. Tomorrow (Monday, May 11) evening at 6:30 two poker playing and writing men and a woman will discuss “Poker Pros, Poker Prose,” in which they will consider:

Why are so many writers drawn to poker? Why do so many poker players write? And why do many of the world’s best at these two professions live in Brooklyn? We’ll discuss the skill sets, lifestyle, creativity, risk-taking, and constraints that are common to both practices, and you may even leave with a tip or two to liven up your writing or your poker game.

Admission is $5; free for BHS and green-wood members. Reserve tickets here.

On Tuesday evening, May 12, at 6:30 (come at 6:00 for a reception) there will be a screening and discussion of Raoul Peck’s film Haitian Corner. Discussion will be led by the Haiti Cultural Exchange. Admission is $5; free for BHS and Green-Wood members. Reserve tickets here.

Coney Island enthusiasts should show up at BHS Wednesday evening, May 13, at 6:30 for “Brooklyn Collecting Brooklyn: Coney Island! Part 1″:

Brooklyn Historical Society and Brooklyn Public Library Archivists get together to reveal behind-the-scenes tales of our Coney Island collections! From wax replicas of Nat King Cole’s head to vintage photographs of the nighttime Mardi Gras parade, there is much to tell behind the what, who, when, and how BHS and BPL have acquired these seemingly obscure items.

The event is free, but you must reserve tickets here. Part 2 will be at the Brooklyn Public Library Central Library at Grand Army Plaza on Wednesday, May 20.

Now for the booze. On Thursday evening, May 14, starting at 7:00, BHS presents “Distilling Brooklyn”:

Three of Brooklyn’s top distilleries share their personal distilling histories and look at the vibrant (and sometimes violent) history of distilling in Brooklyn.

Admission is $12; or $8 for BHS or Green-Wood members. Reserve tickets here.

There’s more information about these events here.

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