Brooklyn Heights Blog » Arts and Entertainment http://brooklynheightsblog.com Dispatches from America's first suburb Thu, 16 Aug 2018 02:16:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Bargemusic This Weekendhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86834 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86834#comments Thu, 16 Aug 2018 02:16:24 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=86834

The weekend begins Friday evening, August 17 at 8:00, when pianist Asiya Korepanova (photo) plays works by J.S. Bach, Brahms, Poulenc, and Beethoven. On Saturday evening, August 18 at 6:00 and again at 8:00, the St. Petersburg Piano Quartet will play the same two works, one by Beethoven and one by Schubert. On Sunday afternoon, August 19 at 4:00, pianist Marika Bournaki (“the Celine Dion of classical”) will play the second three in her series of recitals of the 32 piano sonatas of Beethoven. There are more details (click on each concert on the calendar to get a list of works to be performed) and you may also buy tickets here.

On Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, details here. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated.

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Bargemusic this Weekendhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86820 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86820#comments Thu, 09 Aug 2018 02:45:29 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=86820

Ths Friday evening, August 10 at 7:00, pianist Olga Vinokur (photo) will present a recital, “Art of Etude,” featuring works by many prominent nineteenth and twentieth century and contemporary composers. On Saturday evening, August 11, at 6:00, Ms. Vinokur will return to play works by Beethoven, Liszt, Scriabin, Rachmaninoff, and Leo Smit/Bernstein. On Sunday afternoon, August 12 at 4:00, cellist Jeffrey Solow will return from last weekend to play the second, and final, of his recitals of the six solo cello suites of J.S. Bach. There are more details (click on each concert on the calendar to get a list of works to be performed) and you may also buy tickets here.

On Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, details here. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated.

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Bargemusic this Weekendhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86776 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86776#comments Thu, 02 Aug 2018 01:45:48 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=86776

Bargemusic’s weekend begins Friday evening, August 3 at 8:00 when pianist Soyeon Kate Lee (photo) plays works by Chopin, Scarlatti, Janacek, Villa-Lobos, and Granados. On Saturday evening, August 4 at 6:00 and again at 8:00, violinist Mark Peskanov and pianist Olga Vinokur will play works by Beethoven and Schubert. On Sunday afternoon, August 5 at 4:00, cellist Jeffrey Solow will perform the first of two concerts presenting the six cello suites by J.S. Bach, with commentaries. There are more details (click on each concert on the calendar to get a list of works to be performed) and you may also buy tickets here.

On Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, details here. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated.

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Bargemusic This Weekend, with Jazz!http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86736 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86736#comments Thu, 26 Jul 2018 02:34:37 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=86736

The weekend begins riding on a jazz note on Friday evening, July 27 at 8:00 when the Endangered Heart Quartet (photo) presents works by Roy Nathanson, Beatles/Jesse Mills, Bach/Tim Kiah, and Jesse Mills. On Saturday evening, July 28 at 6:00, the Peskanov Duo, consisting of Alexander Peskanov on piano and Lu Ann Peskanov on flute, perform works by Alexander Peskanov, Frank Martin, Schubert, and Poulenc. At 8:00 that same evening, Alexander Peskanov returns to play works by Alexander Peskanov, Schubert, Rachmaninoff, and Czerny-Peskanov. On Sunday afternoo n, July 29 at 4:00, pianist Ursula Oppens will play an all Schubert concert. There are details for each concert and you may buy tickets here.

On Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated.

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Apple Tree Pruning Event at Poplar Street Community Gardenhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86727 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86727#comments Sun, 22 Jul 2018 18:46:35 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=86727

Our friends at the Poplar Street Community Garden have sent us this message:

Join neighbors and friends in the Poplar Street Community Garden for our annual Apple-Tree Pruning event on Saturday, August 4th, noon-3 pm. Learn about fruit trees and their care, gain hands-on experience with pruning tools, climb ladders and/or help spot other climbers. Enjoy the Garden and maybe even pick some fresh apples! This event is ideal for adults and children 8 years and older.

FYI, these apple trees were planted about 1960, decades before the Garden was started. Standard-sized (not dwarf or semi-dwarf like many sold these days) and left untended for many years, they had grown very large and had produced many dead branches by 2002. That’s when early Garden members arranged for a NYC Parks Dept crew to start to clean them up and bring them down to manageable size. The work took ten years, having to be done slowly. In 2012, we called upon Trees New York to train us in pruning the trees for shape and yield, and we’ve been doing it ourselves ever since.

Children eight and older are invited.

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Bargemusic This Weekendhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86717 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86717#comments Thu, 19 Jul 2018 02:29:12 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=86717

The Fine Arts Quartet (photo) starts the weekend on Friday evening, July 20 at 8:00, performing works by Mendelssohn and Grieg. On Saturday evening, July 21 at 6:00, and again on Sunday afternoon, July 22 at 4:00. the Semplice Players, joined by Mark Peskanov on violin, will play works by Haydn and Beethoven. There are details for each concert and you may buy tickets here.

On Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated.

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Bargemusic this Weekendhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86676 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86676#comments Thu, 12 Jul 2018 01:56:03 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=86676

Bargemusic’s weekend begins Friday evening, July 13 at 8:00 with pianist Beth Levin (photo) playing works by Beethoven and Handel.

Saturday evening, July 14 there will be two concerts: one at 6:00 featuring works by Bach, Paganini/Enescu, Beethoven, Kreisler, Paganini/Schumann, deFalla/Kreisler, and Paganini; and one at 8:00 featuring works by Bach, Beethoven, Paganini/Enescu, and Sarasate. Both concerts will be performed by Mark Peskanov on violin and by Doris Stevenson on piano.

Sunday afternoon’s concert, July 15 at 4:00 PM, presents an interesting instrumental combination: Brandon Patrick George on flute and Mélanie Genin on harp. They will play works by Debussy, Fauré, Saint-Säens, and Cras. There are details for each concert and you may buy tickets here.

On Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated.

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Bargemusic this Weekendhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86641 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86641#comments Thu, 05 Jul 2018 03:12:13 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=86641

The weekend begins at Bargemusic on Friday evening, July 6 at 8:00 with pianist Daniel Schlosberg playing works by Mozart, Lukas Foss, and Poulenc. On Saturday evening, July 7 at 8:00, and again on Sunday afternoon, July 8 at 4:00, the Semplice Players, joined by violinist Mark Peskanov (photo), will perform works by Haydn and Beethoven. There are details for each concert and you may buy tickets here.

On Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated.

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Where to Watch the 4th of July Fireworkshttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86617 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86617#comments Mon, 02 Jul 2018 22:35:10 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=86617

This year the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks will be launched from seven barges staged in the East River between East 23rd and East 40th Streets. Per the official website, “the fireworks may be viewed from any area in Brooklyn with an unobstructed view of the sky above the East River.”  Macy’s does not recommend Brooklyn Bridge Park as a vantage point. So, cozy up to a friend with a balcony on a high floor or rooftop access.

Don’t forget to hashtag your snapshots with #macysfireworks & tag us on Twitter and Facebook @bkheightsblog

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Brooklyn Bridge Park’s “Movies with a View” Features Women Directorshttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86612 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86612#comments Sat, 30 Jun 2018 20:45:56 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=86612

This summer’s edition of “Movies with a View”, Brooklyn Bridge Park’s annual free outdoor movie festival, has the theme “She Directs.” All of the films to be shown have women as directors. The schedule (all are on Thursday evenings) is:

July 12, Desperately Seeking Susan (Susan Seidelman)

July 19, Kung Fu Panda 2 (Jennifer Yuh Nelson)

July 26, Paris is Burning (Jennie Livingston)

August 2, Bend it Like Beckham (Gurinder Chadha)

August 9, Wayne’s World (Penelope Spheeris)

August 16, Love & Basketball (Gina Prince-Bythewood)

August 23, Wonder Woman (Patty Jenkins)

August 30, Big (Penny Marshall)

The festivities, which take place on the Harbor View Lawn, Pier One, begin each evening at 6:00 with a DJ show (all women DJs this year) followed by a short film (all by women), followed by the featured movie. Food, beer, wine, and soft drinks from Smorgasburg will be available for sale on the Pier One Promenade. There’s more information here.

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Bargemusic This Weekendhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86602 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86602#comments Thu, 28 Jun 2018 02:29:18 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=86602

Bargemusic’s weekend begins Friday evening, June 29 at 8:00 with classical guitarist David Starobin (photo) playing works by Fernando Sor, Francesco Molino, Giulio Regondi, Mauro Giuliani, and Wenzeslaus Matiegka.

On Saturday evening, June 30 at 6:00 and again at 8:00, violinist Mark Peskanov, cellist Evan Drachman, and pianist Doris Stevenson will perform works by Beethoven and Arensky.

On Sunday afternoon, July 1 at 4:00, pianist Jeffrey Biegel will play works by Mozart and Chopin. There are details for each concert and you may buy tickets here.

On Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated.

David Starobin photo: Discogs.

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Bargemusic This Weekendhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86550 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86550#comments Thu, 21 Jun 2018 02:59:11 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=86550

Bargemusic’s weekend begins Friday evening, June 22 at 8:00 PM, with pianist Olga Vinokur (photo) playing works by Lukas Foss, Copland/Bernstein, Bernstein, and Gershwin, as part of the celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s centennial. On Saturday evening, June 23 at 6:00 and again on Sunday afternoon, June 24 at 4:00, the Manhattan Symphonie Chamber Players, with Mark Peskanov on violin, will perform works by Bach and Mendelssohn. There are details for each concert and you may buy tickets here.

On Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated.

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Bargemusic This Weekendhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86531 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86531#comments Thu, 14 Jun 2018 01:58:02 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=86531

Pianist Jerome Lowenthal (photo) begins Bargemusic’s weekend at 8:00 Friday evening, June 15 with “Four Faces of ‘F'” (not to worry; that’s the musical key) featuring works by Mozart, Schubert, Chopin, Brahms, Liszt, Bartok, Sinding, and Debussy. On Saturday evening, June 16 at 8:00, and again on Sunday afternoon, June 17 at 4:00, the Semplice Players, joined by violinist Mark Peskanov and Alexander Fiterstein on clarinet, perform works by Haydn and Mozart. There are details for each concert and you may buy tickets here.

On Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated.

Photo: Bach Cantatas Website.

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Free Outdoor Performances of Theater 2020’s As U Like It in Cadman Plaza Park This Weekendhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86517 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86517#comments Mon, 11 Jun 2018 12:38:27 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=86517

This coming Saturday and Sunday evenings, June 16 and 17, starting at 6:00 PM, Theater 2020, Brooklyn Heights’ own professional stage company, will present As U Like It, a modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic comedy, with original music by Jason Wynn, at Cadman Plaza Park. Your correspondent saw the show on Saturday, and can attest that it is indeed a “rollicking” performance.

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Metropolitan Opera Recital at Brooklyn Bridge Park Wednesday Eveninghttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86511 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86511#comments Sun, 10 Jun 2018 04:09:19 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=86511

The Metropolitan Opera’s Summer Recital Series returns to Brooklyn Bridge Park, Harbor View Lawn, Pier 1 this Wednesday evening, June 13, from 7:00 to 9:00. This year’s recitals feature soprano Latonia Moore, tenor Mario Chang, and baritone Joshua Hopkins (photo, by Simon Pauly). It’s free. There’s more information here.

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Bargemusic This Weekendhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86487 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86487#comments Thu, 07 Jun 2018 03:02:44 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=86487

This Friday evening, June 8 at 8:00 Bargemusic’s weekend begins with a performance of works by Schumann and Beethoven by pianist Martin Helmchen. On Saturday evening, June 9 at 8:00 there will be a tribute to the composer Charles Wuorinen (photo, with his cat Lepton, by Nina Roberts) on the occasion of his eightieth birthday, with a performance by soprano Mary Mackenzie and pianist Steven Beck of Wuorinen’s works, along with those of Schoenberg, and Liszt. On Sunday afternoon, June 10 at 4:00, the Apollo Trio will perform works by Mozart and Korngold. There are details for each concert and you may buy tickets here.

On Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated.

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“Sing for Hope” Pianos Returnhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86478 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86478#comments Wed, 06 Jun 2018 02:53:01 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=86478

The much loved “Sing for Hope” pianos are back. They are at many locations throughout Brooklyn and the City, including two in Brooklyn Bridge Park: one on the esplanade of Pier One in front of the Granite Prospect, and one on Pier Six. They will be here through Sunday, June 24. Go tickle those ivories!

I had hoped to get a photo of the piano on Pier One early this evening, perhaps with someone playing it, but found it draped in plastic against the forecast of rain. I’ve used a photo I took of the piano that was there in 2013.

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Bargemusic This Weekendhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86409 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86409#comments Thu, 31 May 2018 02:15:13 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=86409

Bargemusic’s weekend begins on Friday evening, June 1 at 8:00 when violinist Gregor Huebner, pianist Klaus Mueller, bassist Veit Huebner, and percussionist Jerome Goldschmidt present “El Violin Latino”.

On Saturday evening, June 2, Michael Lewin will present two concerts of “Piano Music of the Americas”. The first, beginning at 6:00, will feature works by Menotti, Griffes, Gottschalk, Gershwin, Wild, and Golijov. The second, beginning at 8:00, will include works by Gottschalk, Nazareth, Pinto, Villa-Lobos, Lecouna, Gershwin, Ginastera, Wild, and Golijov.

Sunday afternoon, June 3 at 2:00 (note the earlier than usual start) the Spektral Quartet (photo), named “Chicagoans of the Year” by the Chicago Tribune, will perform works by Brahms and Schoenberg. There are details for each concert and you may buy tickets here.

On Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated.

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Bargemusic This Weekendhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86364 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86364#comments Thu, 24 May 2018 03:06:10 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=86364

Pianist Donald Berman (photo) will lead off Bargemusic’s Memorial Day weekend concert series on Friday evening, May 25 at 8:00, playing works by J.S. Bach, John Aylward, Elena Ruehr, Eric Moe, and Charles Ives. On Saturday evening, May 26 at 8:00, violinist and Bargemusic Artistic Director Mark Peskanov, cellist Julian Schwarz, and pianist Misha Dichter will perform works by Gerard Schwarz and Franz Schubert. On Sunday afternoon, May 27 at 4:00 pianist Marika Bournaki, who denies being a rock star, will perform the first in a series of concerts at Bargemusic in which she will play all 32 of Beethoven’s piano sonatas. There are details for each concert and you may buy tickets here.

On Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated.

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“Window Concert” Tomorrowhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86347 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86347#comments Sat, 19 May 2018 19:36:59 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=86347

Tomorrow (Sunday, May 20th) beginning at 4:00 PM, if you go to the corner of State and Henry streets, you may enjoy the ninth annual “4th Window Concert.” This year’s concert features a copious selection of music, including pieces by the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Boston, Guns & Roses, Kansas (I know you’re all eager, as I am, to hear “Dust in the Wind” once again), Nirvana, Black Keys, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Billy Joel (who channeled the Heights’ own Harry Chapin for his first hit, “Piano Man”), and others. It sounds like great fun. If the weather cooperates, I’ll be there.

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“Glassbarge” and Schooner Lois McClure at Pier 5, Brooklyn Bridge Parkhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86336 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86336#comments Sat, 19 May 2018 16:22:20 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=86336

The “Glassbarge” and the canal schooner Lois McClure (photo) are docked at Pier 5, Brooklyn Bridge Park through Memorial Day, May 28. They will be open for tours every day from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Tours of the Glassbarge, which is owned by the Corning Museum of Glass, and that include lectures and glassblowing demonstrations, are free, but require reservations, which you may make here. Tours of the Lois McClure are self guided, and require no reservations.

Brooklyn is the vessels’ first stop on a summer long tour celebrating the 200th anniversary of the opening of the Erie Canal. From here they will sail up the Hudson to Albany, then across the Erie Canal to Buffalo, stopping at towns along the way. Returning from Buffalo, they will take a side trip southward through Seneca Lake, one of the Finger Lakes, to Watkins Glen. From there, a ceremonial land journey will end with the tour’s conclusion in Corning.

Lois McClure is a replica of a schooner built in Burlington, Vermont in 1862 for the trade between there and other ports along Lake Champlain as well as southward through the canal connecting to the Hudson and westward on the New York State canal system. It’s possible the original McClure visited Brooklyn, perhaps carrying grain taken on in Buffalo for transshipment to oceangoing vessels at the Erie Basin. She was able to navigate the canals, with their low bridges, because her masts and spars could be folded down. This meant she needed an external source of power. On this trip, that will be supplied by the South Street Seaport Museum’s historic tug W.O. Decker. South Street is a co-sponsor of the tour, along with the Corning Museum of Glass and the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Vergennes, Vermont, which owns the Lois McClure.

A theme of the Lois McClure’s participation is the effect of the construction of the canals, and the commerce they fostered, on the forests of New York State and New England. The schooner will be carrying a cargo of white oak and white pine seedlings to be planted in locations along the tour’s route.

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Bargemusic This Weekendhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86312 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86312#comments Thu, 17 May 2018 02:55:01 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=86312

There are only two concerts at Bargemusic this weekend. On Friday evening, May 18 at 8:00, violist Marcus Thompson (photo) and pianist Doris Stevenson will perform works by Schubert and Brahms. There are details for the concert and you may buy tickets here.

On Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated.

Regular programming, with Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon concerts as well as Friday evening and Music in Motion, will resume the following weekend.

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Theater 2020 Presents As U Like Ithttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86302 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86302#comments Tue, 15 May 2018 02:57:38 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=86302

Theater 2020, Brooklyn Heights’ own professional stage company, presents As U Like It, a contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy — the Bard’s script is here, but there is original music by Jason Wynn (no, not that Jason Wynn) — and a setting in contemporary Brooklyn.

Shakespeare tackles gender fluidity with comic gusto and director adaptor David Fuller embraces that in this romantic romp set in modern times. Meet some of the Bard’s most famous characters and speeches, including the guitar strumming melancholy Jaques (“All the world’s a stage”), the rapping jester Touchstone (who is joined by the puppet Audrey) and the most bountiful lead he ever wrote for a female, the cross dressing Rosalind.

Performances will be at The Great Room, ART NYC, at 138 South Oxford Street in Fort Greene, all starting at 8:00 PM on the following dates: Friday, May 25 through Monday, May 28; Friday, June 1 through Sunday, June 3; and Fiday, June 8 through Sunday, June 10. Tickets are $25 ($20 for seniors over 64 or students with ID); you may purchase them here. You may also reserve by emailing theater2020@gmail.com or calling 718-624-3614 and paying cash at the door.

There will also be two free outdoor performances, no reservations required, on the War Memorial Lawn (north end; enter from Middagh Street) at Cadman Plaza Park, starting at 6:00 PM on Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17.

For both indoor and outdoor performances, the play runs for 90 minutes without intermission.

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Willowtown Fair This Saturday, May 19http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86297 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86297#comments Mon, 14 May 2018 03:08:01 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=86297

The annual Willowtown Fair will take place on Saturday, May 19 on Willow Place (between Joralemon and State streets) from noon to 5:00 p.m. This year’s fair will include: food from Iris Cafe; live music by the Willowtown Bluegrass Band; face painters; a plant sale; a baked goods table; games (including a three legged race — see photo above from the 2014 fair, by C. Scales for BHB — and a tug-of-war); boutique tables; a raffle; a bounce castle; and antique house histories. Plenty of fun for adults and kids. Admission to the fair is free.

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Fireworks on Saturday Nighthttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86267 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86267#comments Fri, 11 May 2018 17:53:44 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=86267

In case you hear something that goes boom in the night , Lady Liberty will be lit up late tomorrow night:

“There will be a fireworks display near the Statue of Liberty tomorrow, 5/12, at approximately 11:45 PM. In the event of inclement weather, the fireworks display will take place on 5/13.”

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All That Shooting? It’s Not Your Imaginationhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86257 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86257#comments Thu, 10 May 2018 22:32:27 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=86257

Over the last few weeks, those little multi-colored notices on trees and street signs have flourished almost as efflorescently as the white blossoms that are harbingers of spring in our neighborhood. Locals, though, don’t welcome the signs with quite as much enthusiasm as they do the blossoms.

The Brooklyn Eagle reports what we always know to be true: that film crews are taking over the streets, and merchants are none too happy about it.

“First of all, they bring their own foods. The guys working here, they’re not eating on Montague Street, that’s number one,” said George Chamoun, owner of Monty Q’s pizza at 158 Montague St. “Plus, the customers pull up, there’s no place to park.”

Chamoun added that deliveries take far longer because his drivers “have to park down by Smith Street.”

The Eagle’s Mary Frost reports that so far this year 157 daily shooting permits have been issued for our zip code–more than were issued when their ubiquity caused a moratorium a couple of years ago.

Add the increase in foot and vehicle traffic resulting from exploding development in the area, and you’ve got a recipe for short tempers, frustration, and a lot time circling the block looking for parking…not to mention a financial hit for local businesses.

Janet Allon, the spokeswoman for the city’s media office, noted that a tiny percentage of complaints to 311 involve film shoots, which she attributes to her office’s responsiveness to communities’ wanting a break from filming.

Your humble correspondent proffers an alternative view: that we’ve stopped making those calls to the city’s permit office and 311 precisely because so little is ever done and few calls are returned.

The glimmer of hope here is the implication that if we do start making the calls, perhaps those shoots will be diverted to other neighborhoods, spreading the misery more equally in the borough.

Read the Eagle for the full story

 

 

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PS8 Student Art Premiers at Guggenheim Museumhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86221 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86221#comments Thu, 10 May 2018 20:58:34 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=86221

From the “It’s never too late to report good news” files…

On the evening of April 26th the Guggenheim held an opening reception for A Year of Children 2018, an annual exhibition featuring student work from the museum’s teaching artist’s residency program, Learning Through Art.  Per the Guggenheim website, “the program sends experienced teaching artists into New York City public schools, where they collaborate with classroom teachers to develop and facilitate art projects integrated into the school curriculum.” Brooklyn Heights’ own, P.S. 8 has enriched their third and fourth grade art curriculum with this 20-week program for many years. And, as previously reported by Bklyner, two blossoming artists from the school are featured in the show, 4th Grader, Zoe and 3rd grader, Fionn.

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Third grade students worked along the theme of “Finding Their Way” and fabricated soft sculptures of their “wayfinders” or landmarks that represented things they either saw, heard, felt or smelled on their travels back and forth to school.  Text accompanying the work explained the Fourth graders “learned about the concept of avatars as a representation of an alter ego or character and created their own based on aspects of their identity but with added imaginative or exaggerated elements.” Students then created relief self portraits using monoprints, stamps, foam etching prints and other methods.

IMG_5563The museum also invites at least one student per grade to act as docents. Those chosen attended training sessions, wrote a speech, practiced delivery, and spoke at the adults only opening about their work and their experience with the residency.  Fourth grader, Zoe shared, “It made me feel excited about continuing to make art, knowing that I’ve had the privilege of being a student docent at the Guggenheim.”

Congratulations to Zoe and Fionn! The exhibition is on view through June 13th.

 

Guggenheim Photo Credit: Creative Commons/Jean-Christophe BENOIST
Gallery Photo Credit: Caren Gandelman

 

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Bargemusic This Weekendhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86228 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86228#comments Wed, 09 May 2018 23:58:03 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=86228

It’s an all piano weekend at Bargemusic. The keyboard fest begins Friday evening, May 11, at 8:00 with Olga Vinokur (photo) playing works by Fanny Mendelssohn, Chopin, and Schumann. On Saturday, May 12 at 8:00 Gerald Robbins will play works by Schubert and Brahms. On Sunday afternoon, May 13 at 4:00, Misha and Cipa Dichter will play works by Schubert. There are details for each concert and you may buy tickets here.

On Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated.

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Some Last Minute Weekend Suggestionshttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86203 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86203#comments Fri, 04 May 2018 17:38:11 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=86203

Tomorrow (Saturday, May 5) Brooklyn Bridge Park will be host to a kite festival, to be held on Pier 1’s Harbor View Lawn from noon until 2:30 PM. Admission is free. BYOK, or buy or make one there. There’s more information here. (Photo by C. Scales from 2013 festival.)

Alert reader Andrew Porter has compiled a list of Sacred Sites open house events in the neighborhood this weekend and posted it in a comment on OTW. I’m re-posting it here:

Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), 110 Schermerhorn Street, Saturday 11am-2pm & Sunday 10am-1pm

Plymouth Church, 75 Hicks Street, Saturday & Sunday 12:30pm-2:30pm

Grace Church, 254 Hicks Street, Sunday 12:30pm-4pm

Our Lady of Lebanon Catholic Maronite Cathedral, 113 Remsen Street, Saturday 10am-5pm & Sunday noon-5pm

St. Ann & the Holy Trinity, 157 Montague Street, Saturday 12pm-4pm and Sunday 12pm-3pm

First Unitarian Congregational, 119 Pierrepont Street, Saturday 10am-3pm & Sunday 1pm-3pm

There’s more information here about the Sacred Sites events (link provided by Mr. Porter).

Don’t forget the Repast Baroque Ensemble concert tonight (Friday, May 4) at 8:00 at the First Unitarian Church, and the Grace Chorale of Brooklyn concerts at Plymouth Church Saturday at 7:00 PM and Sunday at 3:00 PM.

If anyone knows of an event or events that should have been included, please tell us in a comment.

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Bargemusic This Weekendhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86191 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/86191#comments Thu, 03 May 2018 02:03:12 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=86191

This Friday evening, May 4 at 8:00 and Saturday evening, May 5 at 6:00, cellist Nicholas Tzavaras (photo) and pianist Doris Stevenson will present Parts 1 and 2, respectively, of Beethoven’s complete works for cello and piano. On Sunday afternoon, May 6 at 4:00 violinist Daniel Phillips, violist Roger Tapping, cellist Natasha Brofsky, and pianist Marija Stroke will play works by Mozart and Faure. There are details for each concert and you may buy tickets here.

On Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated.

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