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Grace Chorale Presents “Messiahs False and True” at Plymouth Church May 5 and 6

On Saturday, May 5 at 7:00 PM and Sunday, May 6 at 3:00 PM, at Plymouth Church, Orange Street between Hicks and Henry, Grace Chorale of Brooklyn will present “Messiahs False and True,” a concert featuring “[t]hree works exploring the allure of charismatic leaders in times of crisis.” The three works are: “Cry Out and […]

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At Brooklyn Historical Society This Week

Tomorrow (Tuesday, March 15), starting at 6:30, the Brooklyn Historical Society will present a screening of That Which Is Possible, the 2015 documentary about the community of painters, sculptors, musicians, and writers, who create works of art at the Living Museum, an art space on the grounds of a large state-run psychiatric facility in Queens. […]

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Today is Centenary of Composer Benjamin Britten, Former Brooklyn Heights Resident

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), arguably Britain’s foremost composer of the past century, whose War Requiem has long been a favorite of mine, was for a time a resident of 7 Middagh Street, the now famous February House. (The house was demolished during the construction of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.) As a tribute to Britten and his Brooklyn […]

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Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

It’s fall, and time for the Harvest Festival at Pier 6 (near the foot of Atlantic Avenue) in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The Festival will take place this Saturday, October 19, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Come in costume to enjoy a pumpkin patch, face painting, volleyball, mask making, storytelling and more! Musical guests including […]

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Gabriel Kahane’s ‘February House’ Personifies 7 Middagh Street’s 1940s’ ‘Bohemian Commune’

Burgeoning eclectic classical composer & performer Gabriel Kahane is featured in a lengthy profile in this weekend’s New York Times Magazine, titled “Gabriel Kahane Is a One-Man Cultural Cuisinart.” The 30-year-old resident of Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, composed music & lyrics for “February House” (see previous BHB post here), based on the true story of the […]

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February House Update: Times Gives It a Rave

February House, the new musical play by Gabriel Kahane and Seth Bockley that imagines life at 7 Middagh Street in the early 1940s, when the house was inhabited by a stellar and remarkably disparate collection of poets, composers, and novelists (including a striptease artist who became a novelist while living there) of various aesthetic and […]

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February House Musical Gets Mixed Reviews in New Haven; Comes to NYC May 8

Composer Gabriel Kahane and playwright Seth Bockley have collaborated on a musical play, February House, evidently inspired by Sherill Tippins’ book by the same title, about the house at 7 Middagh Street (demolished to make way for the BQE) that, in the early 1940s, sheltered a brilliant and bizarre collection of poets, novelists, composers, and […]

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