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Free Things to Do in Brooklyn This Week - January 14-January 21

January 14, 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.

Thug Passion Presents: BELLY (1998) - Union Hall
January 14, 2018 - Brooklyn

On Sunday, January 14th at 8pm, comedians Shalewa Sharpe (Hidden Fences, 2 Dope Queens) and Courtney Fearrington (Bentzen Ball, SiriusXM) present another installment of their comedic table reading series focusing on classic black cult film, Thug Passion Presents, at Union Hall. This month, Thug Passion Presents takes on Belly, the 1998 crime/drama film directed by Hype Williams and starring DMX and Nas. Readers include Nore Davis (2 Dope Queens), Sam Jay (SNL writer), Chris Daniels (Book of Ye podcast), Noah Gardenswartz (Conan), Chanel Ali (New York Comedy Club), and Mike Brown (Decepticomics).

Magic at Coney!!! - The Sunday Matinee - Coney Island Museum
January 14, 2018 - Brooklyn

Magical Promotions, together with Coney Island USA, presents an afternoon of fun and wonder for the entire family. "Magic at Coney!!!" is a magical variety show highlighting a vast array of magicians; featuring illusionists, escape artists, mentalists and close-up magicians from around the world.

Barbès Presents an APAP showcase - Brain Cloud - Barbès
January 15, 2018 - Brooklyn

BRAIN CLOUD. Every Monday. "My brain is cloudy, my soul is upside-down... When I get that low-down feeling, I know the blues must be someplace around." (Bob Wills)The Brain Cloud's brand of western swing draws from the New Orleans-meets-Texas, strings-meet-horns, jazz-meets-country sound that Bob Wills perfected on his mid-1940's Tiffany Transcriptions radio broadcasts. The Brain Cloud includes Dennis Lichtman (mandolin/fiddle/clarinet), Tamar Korn - of the Cangelosi Cards (vocals), Raphael McGregor (lap steel guitar), Skip Krevens (guitar), Andrew Hall (bass), and Kevin Dorn (drums), plus frequent guest appearances by Matt Munisteri (guitar) and Rob Hecht (fiddle).

Barbès Presents an APAP showcase - Miramar - Barbès
January 15, 2018 - Brooklyn

MIRAMAR. Miramar plays mostly boleros, sung in duo form by Rei Alvarez and Laura Ann Singh and arranged by Chilean-American pianist and organ player Marlysse Argandoña. In the Latin world, Boleros are the ultimate expression of love and suffering and hold cross-generational and cross-national appeal. With a majority of Miramar's members having roots in Puerto Rico, it was only natural that the group paid particular attention to Puerto Rican boleros. Their debut album (out on Barbès Records) is a tribute to Sylvia Rexach, a maverick composer and writer who was an emblematic figure of San Juan's bohemian scene of the 40's and 50's. Rexach died in 1961, at the age of 39. Her songs have since become part or the Puerto Rican canon, but she remains mostly unknown outside of her native island. To paraphrase a certain presidential candidate, Dedication to Sylvia Rexach is an act of love by children of the Latin diaspora who feel a strong connection to their parents' heritage. $10 With DJ Sets by DJ CONAN and JIM THOMSON (Electric Cowbell) plus special guests.

Death of a King with Tavis Smiley - Kings Theatre
January 15, 2018 - Brooklyn

THE MAN YOU KNOW. THE STORY YOU DON'T. Best-selling author Tavis Smiley presents a live multi-media stage presentation of his NY Times Bestseller, Death of A King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Year. Commemorating the upcoming 50th anniversary of his death, this timely presentation will reveal a side of the iconic civil rights leader you've never known before. With Smiley serving as narrator and original compositions performed by jazz pianist Marcus Roberts, this joyful tribute tells the little-known story of King's final year. Against all the odds and with his popularity in deep decline, King had to summon the courage, conviction, commitment and character, to bring a message of peace, equality and justice to a bitterly divided nation. This stage presentation brings together elements of visual imagery and live music with eloquent prose, declaring the truth of the impact that one man's integrity and strong faith in humanity can have on the American people, and people across the globe– a truth as timely today as it was 50 years ago.

Dance with MMDG - Mark Morris Dance Center
January 20, 2018 - Brooklyn

Description: Fun for the whole family, this free class is taught by Mark Morris Dance Group company members and accompanied by live music. All ages and levels are welcome. Featured repertory: Mosaic and United (1993) Taught by: Lesley Garrison Dallas McMurray Accompaniment: Ai Isshiki (piano)

The Music of Nicole Mitchell, Lu Wang, Okkyung Lee, and More! - National Sawdust
January 21, 2018 - Brooklyn

The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) presents new works by Okkyung Lee, Nicole Mitchell, and Lu Wang in an eclectic set of pairings of ICE musicians. Rebekah Heller, bassoon Daniel Lippel, guitar Ryan Muncy, saxophone Joshua Rubin, clarinet Cory Smythe, piano Alice Teyssier, flute Nuiko Wadden, harp PURCHASE TICKETS

A Hanky and a T-T-T-Top Hat - Coney Island Museum
Through January 26, 2018 - Brooklyn

A Hanky and a T-T-T-Top Hat January 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th 2018 8:00 PM Enchanting! Had me on the edge of my seat with wonder! ~ R David Robinson, NY, NY A new autobiographical solo show from magician Bobby Torkova will make its worldwide debut Fridays in January at the Sideshows by the Seashore Theater at Coney Island. This true story tells of a little boy who stutters, explores his relationship with his father, and dreams of becoming a professional magician. While this is not your traditional magic show, Torkova’s unique and personal approach does feature magic performances to help illustrate the story. Bobby Torkova is an award-winning magician and mind reader whom the New York Post called “Unquestionably among the best!" His impish, family friendly style always delights and amazes audiences. Having a love of magic since the age of seven, Torkova has been pursuing his dream ever since not only studying magic, but also improvisation, mime and clowning. He has won numerous awards for his magic including: the Merlin Award for Best Classical Magic from the International Magicians Society, First Place in the Society of American Magicians National Competition and ... (read more)

He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box - Theatre for a New Audience, Polonsky Shakespeare Center
Through February 11, 2018 - Brooklyn

By Adrienne Kennedy Directed by Evan Yionoulis January 18 – February 11, 2018 World Premiere Set in Georgia and New York City in 1941, This New Work by One of America's Greatest Living Dramatists Is a Heartbreaking and Nail-Biting Memory Tale of Segregation, Theatrical Yearning, and Doomed Love. the Action, Driven by Lyrical Parallel Monologues and a Chilling Tour Through a Storeroom of Charged Images, Braids Together the Indignities of Jim Crow, Rising Nazism, Sexual Hypocrisy, Christopher Marlowe, and the Lingering Shadow of a Terrible Crime. Adrienne Kennedy, the Doyenne of African-American Drama, Is Also One of America's Most Celebrated Dramatic Innovators. the World Premiere of Her First New Play in Nine Years Is Directed by Evan Yionoulis.

Twelfth Night - Theatre for a New Audience, Polonsky Shakespeare Center
Through May 27, 2018 - Brooklyn

By William Shakespeare Directed by Maria Aitken May 10-27, 2018 "If Music Be the Food of Love, Play On!" This Beloved Comedy Is an Engaging Mixture of Mischief, Unrequited Love and Gender Confusion—All Interwoven with Music and Some of Shakespeare's Most Beautiful Language. Shipwrecked in the Alluring Country of Illyria, Twins Viola and Sebastian Each Believe the Other Dead and Embark on Parallel Adventures of Mistaken Identity and Self-Discovery. Tony Nominee Maria Aitken (The 39 Steps) Directs This Co-Production of the Alumni of the Acting Company and Delaware's Resident Ensemble Players (Rep).

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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