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February 18, 2018 - by CG Directory Editor
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On a budget? Not to worry. City Guide's weekly roundup of free things to do in Brooklyn will keep your entertained without breaking the bank. From catching a free outdoor movie screening to exploring breathtaking Prospect Park, there's something in this weekly roundup for everyone wanting to travel without burning a hole in their wallet.

Tal National - Littlefield
Through February 13, 2018 - Brooklyn

World Music Institute is thrilled to present Tal National at Brooklyn's Littlefield on February 23, two weeks after the release of the band's newest album Tantabara on Fat Cat Records. By the time Tal National reached international acclaim with 2013’s Kaani, the band’s first release outside of Niger, they had spent more than a decade crisscrossing Niger, usually on dirt pathways through the Sahara, playing epic five-hour sets, seven days a week, selling their CDs on street corners. In the process, they became Niger’s most popular band. Audiences in the West and critics quickly embraced the band’s singular and well-honed sound.

Storytime with Marcie Colleen: Love, Triangle - Books are Magic
February 18, 2018 - Cobble Hill

Join us for storytime with acclaimed author Marcie Colleen, reading her new book Love, Triangle, a hilariously clever geometry-inspired picture with drawings from popular illustrator Bob Shea. Ever since they were a dot and a speck, Circle and Square have been best friends... Then someone new comes along: a cool, exciting Triangle. And three starts to feel like a crowd... With their friendship bent out of shape, can they put it back together again?

Moon Sugar - ShapeShifter Lab
February 18, 2018 - Brooklyn

Moon Sugar is an instrumental band that fuses elements of Funk, Rock, and Jazz. Their music blends improvised and composed music seamlessly, all while packing a serious punch.

Daniel Beaty: Emergency - Kumble Theater
February 18, 2018 - Brooklyn

"We can overcome if we change the way we see, see ourselves, see our past, see our possibility." - Daniel Beaty from Emergency When a slave ship emerges out of the Hudson River in present-day New York Harbor, the city and the nation are sent into near-hysteria as they try to understand this bizarre and unexplainable phenomenon. Award-winning actor/writer/poet/community activist Daniel Beaty portrays more than 40 characters in this solo theatrical tour-de-force as he explores our shared humanity and what it means to be free. Through the characters’ various testimonies on identity and personal freedom, Emergency weaves an intricately woven, witty, and moving commentary on modern African American life.

Closed for Private Event - The Bell House
February 18, 2018 - Brooklyn

February 18, 2018 - Brooklyn

Game On! NBA ALL STAR WEEKEND Hosted by Yahdon Israel, Editor in Chief of BROOKLYN MAGAZINE. Sunday, February 18th 5:00pm - 7:00pm HOOPS on the Main Floor Pop a Shot for Prizes! Music by DJ Hall of Fame 7:00pm - 10:00pm Viewing Party Pizza + Beer at Fontina in Dekalb Market Hall

Bad Advice From Bad Women - Books are Magic
February 19, 2018 - Cobble Hill

Join us for another night of Bad Advice From Bad Women featuring Desiree C. Bailey, Barbara Browning, Alexis Cheung, Andrea L. Chu, Hermione Hoby, and Sarah McCarry.

Secret Science Club - The Bell House
February 19, 2018 - Brooklyn

Joseph Cassara: The House of Impossible Beauties - Books are Magic
February 20, 2018 - Cobble Hill

Named a most anticipated book of 2018 by Buzzfeed, The Wall Street Journal, The Millions, Southern Living, Bustle, Esquire, Entertainment Weekly, and Nylon, Joseph Cassara launches The House of Impossible Beauties with us! It's 1980 in New York City, and nowhere is the city's glamour and energy better reflected than in the burgeoning Harlem ball scene, where seventeen-year-old Angel first comes into her own. Burned by her traumatic past, Angel is new to the drag world, new to ball culture, and has a yearning inside of her to help create family for those without. When she falls in love with Hector, a beautiful young man who dreams of becoming a professional dancer, the two decide to form the House of Xtravaganza, the first-ever all-Latino house in the Harlem ball circuit. But when Hector dies of AIDS-related complications, Angel must bear the responsibility of tending to their house alone. Told in a voice that brims with wit, rage, tenderness, and fierce yearning, The House of Impossible Beauties is a tragic story of love, family, and the dynamism of the human spirit.

Cheston Knapp: Up Up, Down Down w/ Joshua Ferris - Books are Magic
February 21, 2018 - Cobble Hill

Daring and wise, hilarious and tender, Cheston Knapp's exhilarating collection of seven linked essays tackles the Big Questions through seemingly unlikely avenues. Taken together, the essays in Up Up, Down Down amount to a chronicle of Knapp's coming-of-age, a young man's journey into adulthood, late-onset as it might appear. He presents us with formative experiences from his childhood to marriage that echo throughout the collection, and ultimately tilts at what may be the Biggest Q of them all: what are the hazards of becoming who you are? Cheston will be joined in conversation by Joshua Ferris, author of National Book Award finalist Then We Came to the End.

Lunar New Year: Celebrate the Year of the Dog - Homecrest Library
February 22, 2018 - Brooklyn

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Four Treasures: A Bounty of Traditional Chinese Performing Arts including a broad cross-section from Chinese operas, music and dance. Presented by Chinese Theater Works and sponsored with the generous support of Apple Bank.

Marvel Universe Live! - Barclays Center
February 22, 2018 - Brooklyn

Marvel fans, assemble for this live, action-packed battle to defend the universe from evil. This all new show unites Spider-Man, the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy and Doctor Strange in a race against time to recover the Wand of Watoomb before Loki gains control. This ancient artifact would allow Loki to achieve his eternal quest to crown himself ruler of the universe. Witness the cutting-edge special effects, aerial stunts and immersive video projection in this legendary adventure. Fans of all ages will be immersed in the Marvel Universe and experience it all with their family…LIVE! For hotel information, please visit New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge. For special rates, check "corporate/promotional code" and then enter W85.

Korea Forum - The Commons Cafe
February 22, 2018 - Brooklyn

Forum: Which Way In Korea? Threats and War or Olympic Truce and Diplomacy? An Evening of Dialogue and Discussion Learn and Discuss: Is North Korea really a threat to the United States? What’s the history of US nuclear policy toward North Korea? What is the “freeze for a freeze” proposal? What is the Olympic Truce? HOST: Brooklyn For Peace WHEN: Thursday, February 22nd, 7-9PM WHERE: The Commons Cafe, 388 Atlantic Ave. at Bond, Brooklyn. A/C/G to Hoyt, 4/5 Nevins, F/G Bergen DETAILS: Free Admission — All are welcome! Food & drink available for purchase at The Commons Cafe. Juyeon JC Rhee, Korean grassroots organizer and Board member of both Nodutdol for Korean Community Development and the Korea Policy Institute, will give a basic history of Korea, and background on the current crisis and the Korean-American peace movement. William (Bill) Hartung, Director of the Arms and Security Project at Center for International Policy and a senior adviser to the center's Security Assistance Monitor, will address issues of U.S. nuclear policy as it relates to North Korea such as: Pentagon spending, including its relationship to other federal budget priorities; U.S. global military ... (read more)

Demetri Martin - The Bell House
February 22, 2018 - Brooklyn

Demetri Martin is a standup comedian, writer, actor and director. He began doing standup comedy in New York City, where he worked as a staff writer at Late Night with Conan O'Brien. After working at Conan, Demetri became a regular performer on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. After developing his standup comedy into narrative one-man shows, Demetri won the Perrier Award at the International Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland for his show, If I. At the Melbourne International Comedy festival his show, Dr. Earnest Parrot Presents Demetri Martin won Australia's Barry Award. Demetri has released two standup comedy albums and three hour-long standup comedy specials, including his latest for Netflix, Demetri Martin Live (at the time). Demetri created and starred in his own television series for Comedy Central called Important Things with Demetri Martin. He has also appeared in feature films and television shows including Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock, Steven Soderbergh's Contagion, Lake Bell's In a World, Fox's "New Girl" and Showtime's "House of Lies" among others. Demetri's first two books, This Is a Book and Point Your Face at This, were both New York Times Bestsellers. Hi... (read more)

Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi: Call Me Zebra w/ Lynne Tillman - Books are Magic
February 23, 2018 - Cobble Hill

Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi comes to Books Are Magic to celebrate her new novel Call Me Zebra, a feisty heroine's quest to reclaim her past through the power of literature—even as she navigates the murkier mysteries of love. She'll be in conversation with novelist, short story writer, and cultural critic Lynne Tillman.

Deep fried Cello with steamed Voice - MIRROR Tea House
February 23, 2018 - New York

Conceptual countertenor Juecheng Chen, cellist Amy Tcheupdjian and chef Samuel Adedipe present: Deep fried Cello with steamed Voice - a fulfilling guaranteed multisensory three-course concert in Gowanus, Brooklyn Upcoming performance: 8pm Friday, February 23, 2018 Venue: Mirror In The Woods, 575 Union Street, Brooklyn, between Union Street & 3rd Avenue Tickets via Eventbrite: Deep fried cello with steamed voice is an experimental classical music performance with food created to compliment each set. When classical music is really cooked up, the fire in the music can warm you up deep in your soul. It is kind of like consuming a bowl of warming Ramen on a New York winter's night. Mannes alumni Juecheng Chen and Amy Tcheupdjian got together on such a night wanting to find out how classical music can redefine a New Yorker’s night out. That evening culminated in the making of this concert. “2018 marks a decade of my classical music journey abroad. I think now is the time to really dig into what classical music means to me, and the city that I love the most.” - Juecheng Since ... (read more)

Opening Reception: Compositions - Pioneer Works
February 23, 2018 - Brooklyn

Join us as we celebrate the opening of Compositions by Shuta Hasunuma, on view in our second and third floor galleries from February 23 through April 8, 2018. The exhibition, the artist's first solo exhibition in the United States, features a selection of new works created both in Japan and during Hasunuma's Pioneer Works residency in winter 2017. It gathers together sculpture and videos centered on sounds from everyday life, which probe the circumstances and frameworks surrounding human existence. Immediately following the exhibition reception, Hasunuma will perform with Japanese tabla player U-zhaan in Pioneer Works' North Hall, beginning at 8pm. Their concert will also serve as a prelude to the Spring 2018 release of their collaborative album 2 Tone. Compositions by Shuta Hasunuma is part of a special project made possible with support from Shiseido Co., Ltd. and Terumo Foundation for Life Sciences and Arts.

Opening Reception: Compositions - Pioneer Works
February 23, 2018 - Brooklyn

Join us as we celebrate the opening of Compositions by Shuta Hasunuma, on view in our second and third floor galleries from February 23 through April 8, 2018. The exhibition, the artist's first solo exhibition in the United States, features a selection of new works created both in Japan and during Hasunuma's Pioneer Works residency in winter 2017. It gathers together sculpture and videos centered on sounds from everyday life, which probe the circumstances and frameworks surrounding human existence. Immediately following the exhibition reception, Hasunuma will perform with Japanese tabla player U-zhaan in Pioneer Works' North Hall, beginning at 8pm. Their concert will also serve as a prelude to the Spring 2018 release of their collaborative album 2 Tone.

Flynt Flossy and Turquoise Jeep - The Bell House
February 23, 2018 - Brooklyn

Turquoise Jeep Records is an independent record label founded by Flynt Flossy and Whatchyamcallit. It is best known for its YouTube videos including "Lemme Smang It" (by Yung Humma featuring Flynt Flossy) and "Did I Mention I Like to Dance." Currently, the label has two albums, titled Keep the Jeep Riding and Existing Musical Beings, as well as four singles. The label is also working on a clothing line and instructional dance DVD called Flow with the Flossy" Flynt Flossy and Whatchyamacallit founded Turquoise Jeep Records and released the label's first song "Stretchy Pants" as a YouTube video on March 15, 2009. The label continued to make music videos and release them to YouTube, signing new artists and got widespread attention. Turqouise Jeep toured repeatedly throughout 2011 - 2013, and continued to release new material. Flynt Flossy and Yung Humma also appeared on the track "Fuck Your Blog" by Childish Gambino. In 2013, the group released a freestyle collaboration with Humma, Flossy, and Whatchyamacallit. On December 23, 2013, the group released their second album, Existing Musical Beings.

American Escape Artist starring Thomas Solomon - Coney Island Museum
Through February 23, 2018 - Brooklyn

"American Escape Artist" showcases the award-winning and original escapes of Thomas Solomon, recognized by the Academy of Magical Arts as the World’s Greatest Escape Artist." With two network television specials under his belt, his performances at Coney Island will feature exciting presentations on classical magic and the unique escape artistry that has audiences standing and cheering. Friday nights in February 2, 9, 16, 23, 2018 at 8pm

Comedy Outliers: The Final Show (No Drink Min) - The Bell House
February 24, 2018 - Brooklyn

COMEDY OUTLIERS: A Monthly Stand-Up Showcase Our FINAL Show!!! Featured in the NY Comedy Festival, NY Times, Metro NY, AM NY and Timeout NY Saturday, February 24th 7pm Doors open at 6:30pm The Bell House (149 7th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215) $15 Advanced Cover $20 at the Door Featuring Comics who have appeared on MTV, Comedy Central, VH1, CollegeHumor, Late Night with David Letterman, and much more: Michelle Buteau (Comedy Central) Noah Gardenswartz (Conan) DC Benny (Last Comic Standing) and more! FREE RAFFLES ** NO DRINK MIN ** PURE COMEDY

Kenny Barron (solo piano) - Kumble Theater
February 24, 2018 - Brooklyn

Praised by the Los Angeles Times as “one of the top jazz pianists in the world,” NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron has an unmatched elegance, melodic sensibility, and rhythmic mastery. He has received eleven GRAMMY® nods, most recently in 2017 for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, and is a six-time recipient of Best Pianist by the Jazz Journalists Association. Don’t miss this intimate solo performance by a masterful artist who Jazz Weekly calls “the most lyrical piano player of our time.”

Brooklyn Music School presents Excuse me while I kiss the sky – a Jimi Hendrix Tribute Show featuring Wilco's Nels Cline - Brooklyn Music School
February 24, 2018 - Brooklyn

Brooklyn Music School presents Excuse me while I kiss the sky a Jimi Hendrix Tribute Show featuring Wilco's Nels Cline Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 5pm Brooklyn Music School (BMS) presents Excuse me while I kiss the sky, a Jimi Hendrix Tribute Show featuring Wilco's Nels Cline on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 5pm. BMS is located at 126 Saint Felix Street, Brooklyn. Tickets are $15 and are available at "Music doesn't lie. If there is something to be changed in this world,  then it can only happen through music." - Jimi Hendrix Nels Cline, Artistic Advisory Board Member for Brooklyn Music School, takes the stage on February 24 to pay homage to Jimi Hendrix. This cross-generational show celebrates the musical genius of Jimi Hendrix that goes beyond boundaries of time and space. Student bands from Brooklyn Music School will join in for some of classic Jimi Hendrix songs. Expect to hear a wide array of classic songs from Foxy Lady to Jam Back at the House and everything in between. The show will also feature light projections by DRIPPY EYE.   ... (read more)

Comedy Outliers: the Final Show - The Bell House
February 24, 2018 - Brooklyn

Brandon Collins (TimeOut NY) and Mike Brown (TruTV) are ending their high energy, critically acclaimed "Comedy Outliers" stand-up show in epic fashion! The line-up for this special event includes hilarious stand-up comedy from Andrew Schulz (Brilliant Idiots), Michelle Buteau (Comedy Central), Noah Gardenswartz (Conan), DC Benny (Last Comic Standing) and more! Get ready to laugh non-stop and possibly get lucky with some free raffle prizes!

The Rub - The Bell House
February 24, 2018 - Brooklyn

There's a reason why The Rub is a New York City institution: it's a dance party where people with good taste in music come together, get wasted and shake their asses until the wee hours of the morning. Having garnered praise from the Village Voice ("best party in Brooklyn to dance sweatily to smart music") and the New York Press ("best party in NYC"), The Rub is always about great dance music (hip-hop, disco, funk, house, and reggae), affordable drinks, and real people; no dress code, no bottle service and no celebrity DJs

Hotstar CricFest - Matchpoint NYC Brooklyn
February 24, 2018 - Brooklyn

Cricket, the religion that unites India, can now be experienced in person with some of the biggest names of the sport! For the 11th season of VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL), Hotstar - the newest LIVE streaming platform in North America, proudly invites cricket buffs, enthusiasts and novices to the VIVO IPL Hotstar Cricfest, an experiential, sports festival at Match Point NYC in Brooklyn (2781 Shell Road) on February 24 from 4 to 7 p.m. Live your dream of rubbing shoulders with cricket legends - Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh. Experience the sport firsthand through live games, activities and entertainment zones, while tasting delicious, street food from various parts of India. Also, enter a chance to win signed merchandise and create memories of a lifetime with your favorite cricket heroes. This event is FREE and open to the public. Register HERE < registration link> in advance to secure your spot(s) and become a part of the VIVO IPL journey, by sharing in the emotions of half a billion sports fans who live out the joys, breakdowns, outbursts and triumphs of the biggest cricketing league in the world.

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company to Celebrate a Joyful the Year of the Dog - Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts' Kumble Theater and other NY Locations
Through March 01, 2018 - Brooklyn

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company to Celebrate a Joyful the Year of the Dog The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company proudly announces the Company's upcoming production for the Celebration of the Lunar New Year of the Dog at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts on February 11th, 2018 at 3pm. In addition, this fantastic production will also be presented by Kupferberg Center for the Performing Arts in Queens on February 28 and March 1, 2018 at 10:30am, at the College of Staten Island on February 27th, 2018 at 10am, and at Lehman College in the Bronx on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 10am and 11:30am, as well as the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ on February 8 and 9, 2018 at 10am and 12:30pm and February 10, 2018 at 2pm and 7pm. These performances will include festive traditional dances, new work, music, visual art and crafts, showcasing the diverse talents of Asian American artists from the NY/NJ area, and that of the Company, whose mission is to foster cross-cultural understanding and developing new works that bring together the dynamic freedom of American spirit with the grace and splendor of Asian art. For this celebration, in which many New York and New Jersey audie... (read more)

Brooklyn Music School Announces 2018 Mid-Winter Break and Spring Break Academies - Brooklyn Music School
Through April 06, 2018 - Brookyln

Brooklyn Music School (BMS) announces the Winter Break and Spring Break Academies! During the weeks of Winter Recess (February 19 - 23, 2018) and Spring Break (April 2 - 6, 2018), BMS provides day programing for students ages 5-12 years old. Students will have daily instruction in a range of classes including, Musical Theater, African Drums, Hip Hop, Drum Rhythmology, Guitar and Contemporary Dance.There is also a scheduled snack, lunch, creative time, and outdoor play at Fort Greene Park. Please note that snack/lunch is not provided. The program costs $80.00 per day, (8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.) with an additional $10.00 for extended day care until 6:00 p.m. Spaces are limited. Register online for the Mid-Winter Academy online here:, and the Spring Academy here:, or call Registration at 718-638-5660. The Brooklyn Music School views music and performance as the birthright of all people, an essential way that human beings connect with others and explore their creativity. The study of music has been demonstrated to enhance academic learning and helps to develop dis... (read more)

Explore Walks: Brooklyn Bridge and Lower Manhattan Walking Tour - Brooklyn Borough Hall
Through June 01, 2018 - Brooklyn

Let the entire city be your museum! Our guided walking tour starts in downtown Brooklyn and explores the history and evolving present of Brooklyn as we cross the world's most famous bridge. The tour continues up through Chinatown and back to Lower Manhattan, passing some of the most historic sites and diverse architecture in all of New York. Sites like Federal Hall, Wall Street, African Burial Ground, World Trade Center, and many more that might otherwise fly beneath the radar! The tour finishes steps from the 9/11 Memorial and Museum and ferries to the Statue of Liberty, perfect for continuing your trip!

The Means of a Ready Escape: Brooklyn's Prospect Park - Prospect Park Alliance
Through September 30, 2018 - Brooklyn

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Prospect Park, Brooklyn Historical Society and Prospect Park Alliance present an exhibition that celebrates the founding vision of the Park, traces its social and historical trajectories, and examines the important role that Prospect Park has played as "Brooklyn's Backyard" for 150 years. The Brooklyn Historical Society is closed on major holidays.

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