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Juice

May 13, 2019 7:00pm

Directed by Ernest Dickerson | 1992

With Omar Epps, Tupac Shakur, Jermaine Hopkins

A spiral of violence engulfs a group of friends growing up in Harlem in this complex, neo-noir moral drama from Spike Lee cinematographer-turned-director Ernest Dickerson. Featuring an electrifying performance from Tupac—in his first major film role—as a wannabe gangster who develops a taste for killing, Juice is one of the great hip-hop films of the 90s, with a soundtrack of classic cuts from Naughty By Nature, Eric B. & Rakim, Too Short, and Cypress Hill.

General Admission: $15

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Whitewalling on Stage: Art, Race, and Protest in Performance

May 13, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm

With James Hannaham, Okwui Okpokwasili, and Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR)

In conversation with Aruna D’Souza

Writer Aruna D’Souza, writer and artist James Hannaham, performer and choreographer Okwui Okpokwasili, and composer Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) convene for a conversation about the politics of race in the performing arts. Looking to D’Souza’s critical 2018 book Whitewalling: Art, Race, and Protest in 3 Acts, which traces the troubled history of art and race in America through three distinct controversies, the participants transpose these issues to the arena of performance, examining how artists, audiences, critics, and institutions can more thoughtfully engage in dialogue around these questions.

In particular, the discussion focuses on claims of artistic censorship that are levied in reaction to questions of who can or should authentically tell which stories. What are the limits of artistic intent and empathetic allyship in considering what work is created, by whom, and in which institutions it’s shown? Does the inherently collaborative nature of the performing arts allow for greater authenticity in developing more nuanced and inclusive work or is it bound by the same institutional biases as the visual art world?

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Location: BAM Fisher, 321 Ashland Pl, Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Devil in a Blue Dress

May 14, 2019 7:00pm

Directed by Carl Franklin | 1995

With Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, Jennifer Beals

A dapper Denzel Washington steps into the wingtips of Easy Rawlins—the 1940s gumshoe created by novelist Walter Mosley—for this sophisticated neo-noir, which was unjustly overlooked on its release. Directed with impressive attention to period detail by Carl Franklin, Devil in a Blue Dress follows the private eye as he crosses dangerous racial boundaries while investigating the case of a missing white woman, aided by a scene-stealing Don Cheadle as his loose-cannon sidekick.

General Admission: $15

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Trial by Fire

May 14, 2019 7:00pm

Directed by Edward Zwick | 2019

With Laura Dern, Jack O'Connell, Emily Meade

Cameron Todd Willingham was a poor, uneducated heavy metal devotee with a violent streak and a criminal record. After being convicted of an arson-related triple homicide in 1992, he spent the next 12 years on death row, finding an improbable ally in Elizabeth Gilbert, who unearthed questionable methods and illogical conclusions in his case—and battled with the state to expose suppressed evidence that could save him.

Laura Dern and Jack O'Connell star in this true-life story of the unlikely bond formed between an imprisoned death row inmate and a Houston mother of two. Based on David Grann's 2009 New Yorker article "Trial by Fire," director Edward Zwick powerfully portrays Gilbert’s fight for his freedom despite the staggering odds stacked against them.

Post-screening Q&A

Director Edward Zwick and stars Laura Dern and Jack O'Connell, moderated by FOLCS Director Thane Rosenbaum

General Admission: $20

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

A Rage in Harlem

May 14, 2019 9:15pm

Directed by Bill Duke | 1991

With Forest Whitaker, Robin Givens, Gregory Hines

Formidable character actor and occasional director Bill Duke brings wit and style to this snappy adaptation of a novel by genre-bending black crime writer Chester Himes, in which a gangster’s moll in possession of a trunk full of gold finds herself on the run through 1950s Harlem. The sparky ensemble cast—including Danny Glover as a Pekingese-cuddling mobster—keeps things lively in a hardboiled homage that does full justice to Himes’ edgy, iconoclastic vision.

General Admission: $15

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Love Jones

May 15, 2019 4:30pm

Directed by Theodore Witcher | 1997

With Larenz Tate, Nia Long, Isaiah Washington

The only feature to date from writer-director Theodore Witcher is a wonderfully smart, sexy romantic comedy set against the backdrop of Chicago’s jazz and poetry scene. Propelled by the electricity between leads Nia Long and Larenz Tate (a world away from his turn as O-Dog in Menace II Society) and studded with nods to black artists and intellectuals (the poetry is by Black Arts Movement icon Sonia Sanchez), Love Jones is the decade’s ultimate black boho date movie.

General Admission: $15

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Poetic Justice

May 15, 2019 7:00pm

Directed by John Singleton | 1993

With Janet Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Regina King

John Singleton’s follow-up to Boyz n the Hood casts two of the biggest music superstars of the 90s—Janet Jackson (sporting now-iconic box braids) and Tupac (displaying his softer side)—and builds a free-flowing road movie romance around their undeniable chemistry. Peppered with the poetry of Maya Angelou, Poetic Justice is a sensitive, hopeful depiction of black struggle, joy, and creativity.

General Admission: $15

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Sugar Hill Mornings feat. Marjorie Eliot

May 16, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm

Sugar Hill Mornings is a summer musical performance series presented by the Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling in collaboration with the Jazz Foundation of America celebrating the longstanding history of musical genius inherent to Sugar Hill. The series has been devised to foster inter-generational exchange and reiterate themes present in the Museum's exhibitions, amplifying the power of listening, memory, and the human voice as a tool for societal uplift. 

This edition of Sugar Hill Mornings features neighborhood legend and a muse of exhibitions at the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum, Marjorie Eliot who exemplifies “playing from the heart.” She is best known for welcoming listeners into her apartment every Sunday since 1992, in celebration of life. Marjorie’s piano performance at Sugar Hill will tell the story of jazz.

Email: info@sugarhillmuseum.org
Phone: 2123350004

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Location: Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art and Storytelling, 898 St. Nicholas Avenue at 155th Street, New York NY 10032 US

Nights at Sugar Hill

May 16, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Bring the family and join us for Nights at Sugar Hill. An evening of music, art-making work-shops and more. We kick-off this summer’s series with a live performance by  The Drumadics, a 5 piece ensemble based in NYC, best known for their underground MTA performances. The funky Brass/ Hip-Hop/ Jam Band will dish up some contemporary jazz highlights infused with New York City soul. 

Contact: Marko Nobles
Email: mnobles@broadwayhousing.org
Phone: 2125682030x235

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Location: Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art and Storytelling, 898 St. Nicholas Avenue at 155th Street, New York NY 10032 US

Waiting To Exhale

May 16, 2019 7:00pm

Directed by Forest Whitaker | 1995

With Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, Lela Rochon

The power quartet of Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, and Lela Rochon lend formidable spark to this sisters-doing-it-for-themselves classic, a box office mega-hit that celebrates female solidarity and cuts male inadequacy down to size with relish. Has revenge ever looked more glorious than a hell-hath-no-fury Angela Bassett rage-stomping away from her faithless husband’s flaming car?

General Admission: $15

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Aziz Ansari: Road to Nowhere

May 16-18, 2019 7:00pm

Comedian Aziz Ansari (Master of None, Parks and Recreation) brings his Road To Nowhere tour to the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House.

Due to popular demand, we are adding a performance on Friday, May 17 at 7pm. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 3 at 12pm.

Please note the Friday performance will be filmed and views may be temporarily obstructed throughout the performance.

Tickets: $44, $84

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

 

Uptown Nights & Carnegie Hall City Wide: Tia Fuller

May 16, 2019 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Lead support for Carnegie Hall Citywide is provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation.

Additional support is provided by the A. L. and Jennie L. Luria Foundation.

Multi-instrumentalist, composer, and bandleader Tia Fuller is one of the leading performers on the jazz scene, as well as a member of Beyoncé’s touring band. An instrumental triple threat—she plays alto and soprano saxophone, and flute—she is a much sought-after performer who has played with such jazz luminaries as Wycliffe Gordon, Don Byron, Jon Faddis, and Nancy Wilson. Not only a stellar performer, Fuller is also a dedicated educator and full-time professor at the Berklee College of Music.

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Location: Harlem Stage Gatehouse, 150 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street, New York NY 10031 US

Sarafina!

May 17, 2019 10:00am

Directed by Darrell Roodt | 1992

With Whoopi Goldberg, Leleti Khumalo, Miriam Makeba

This electrifying musical recounts the 1976 Soweto uprising—in which black South African schoolchildren rose up in protest against apartheid—via the story of the teenage Sarafina who, when her outspoken teacher is imprisoned, is inspired to take a stand. Co-starring Whoopi Goldberg and the legendary Miriam Makeba, Sarafina! vividly blends rousing musical numbers with a hard-hitting look at the brutality of apartheid.

This event is for senior citizens 65 and older and is not open to the general public. To reserve movie tickets please contact Community Affairs at 718.636.4122 or CommunityAffairs@BAM.org.

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Summer on the Hudson: Harlem Moves with Limón Dance Company

May 17, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Join the world-renowned Limón Company Dancers as they teach the energetic and ease-filled Limón Technique, accompanied by live music. No experience necessary; class is open to all levels.

Cost: Free

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Location: West Harlem Piers, Henry Hudson Pkwy btwn St. Clair and West 135th St. New York NY 10027 US

The Five Heartbeats

May 17, 2019 6:45pm

Directed by Robert Townsend | 1991

With Townsend, Michael Wright, Leon

They sang their way from rags to riches, but at what price? Written by director Robert Townsend (Hollywood Shuffle) and Keenen Ivory Wayans, this Motown-inspired star-is-born saga charts the rise and fall of a Temptations-esque vocal group in the 1960s, with a rousing, period-perfect soundtrack to match. Look out for a special appearance from dance legend Harold Nicholas as the group’s choreographer.

General Admission: $15

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Fear of a Black Hat + Oreos with Attitude

May 17, 2019 9:30pm

Fear of a Black Hat
Dir. Rusty Cundieff
1993, 88min
With Cundieff, Larry B. Scott, Mark Christopher Lawrence

Gangsta rap gets the Spinal Tap treatment in this gag-a-minute mockumentary about a controversy-inciting trio with a penchant for outrageous headwear, questionable lyrics, and seriously NSFW turntablism. Taking aim at the genre’s over-the-top machismo, the feature debut from Rusty Cundieff (later the director for Chappelle's Show) is jam-packed with memorable one-liners: “Don't shoot until you see the whites.” “Of their eyes?” “Whose eyes?”

Oreos with Attitude
Dir. Larry Carty
1991, 30min

Richard (Keith L. Smith) and Janet (Jackie Roberts) are a young black couple desperate to “make it” in New York City. Inspired by Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal (which the lead character is reading), they take social climbing to new heights by adopting a white child. A hit at New Directors/New Films, the film was declared “wickedly funny" by The New York Times.

An Apparatus Production. New 4K Restoration by IndieCollect.

General Admission: $15

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Tribute to the Ancestors

May 18, 2019 10:00am

In partnership with Weeksville Heritage Center and under the guidance of artistic director Abdel R. Salaam, this traditional tribute to those who have passed on features music and drumming, dance performances, and a libation ceremony conducted by the DanceAfrica Council of Elders.

Free. No RSVP required

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Location: Weeksville Heritage Cemter, 159 Buffalo Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11213 US

Beyond the Canon: Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling + All That Jazz

May 18, 2019 2:00pm

Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling
Dir. Richard Pryor
With Pryor, Debbie Allen, Art Evans
1986, 97min, 35mm

Richard Pryor’s startlingly raw, criminally underseen spin on the filmed autobiography. Recovering from third-degree burns, superstar comic Jo Jo Dancer looks back on growing up in a small-town bordello, working his way through the lower echelons of the nightclub circuit (enacting Pryor’s great “Mafia club” routine), and finally getting swallowed up by the LA drug scene. Any resemblance to Pryor is, of course, purely coincidental.

All That Jazz
Dir. Bob Fosse
With Roy Scheider, Jessica Lange, Leland Palmer
1979, 123min, DCP

Groundbreaking choreographer Bob Fosse casts a jaundiced eye on his own life and career in this woundingly autobiographical, art-as-exorcism backstage drama. A brilliant Roy Scheider plays the director’s stand-in, a pill-popping, death-haunted showbiz veteran who looks back on his life in a series of audaciously over-the-top, Felliniesque flights of fancy that push the musical form to new heights of psychodramatic excess.

General Admission: $15

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Chuck Davis Emerging Choreographer Fellowship Workshop

May 18, 2019 3:00pm

Jade Charon, recipient of the 2018 Chuck Davis Emerging Choreographer Fellowship, leads a dance intensive workshop in the Kony and N’Dep dance styles of Senegal and Burkina Faso. Charon, who studied extensively in West Africa as part of the fellowship, shares the fruits of her research in this class, as well as several short films from her travels and a talk back.

This program is recommended by 92Y’s Teen Arts Week, a citywide celebration of the arts in which teens can access free or reduced price entrance to cultural centers across the five boroughs.

This workshop is open to all ages and all experience levels. We welcome teens age 13-19 to attend.

Free. RSVP Required

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Location: BAM Fisher, 321 Ashland Pl, Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Carnegie Hall Citywide: Joe Bataan

May 18, 2019 4:00pm

It’s a rare artist who can be credited with defining a genre, but singer-keyboardist Joe Bataan is the standard-bearer for boogaloo—the fiery fusion of Latin rhythms and gritty New York–centric soul music that exploded onto the scene in the late 1960s. Bataan is still pumping out these sizzling beats, singing doo-wop–tinged, Latin-laced favorites like the funky “Subway Joe” and smooth and soulful “Ordinary Guy,” lifting audiences out of their seats and getting their feet moving.

Free Event

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Location: El Museo del Barrio New York, 1230 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street, New York NY 10029 US

Summer on the Hudson: Make Some Noise: A Celebration of Women and Music

May 18, 2019 5:00pm - 8:30pm

Barnard College and Summer on the Hudson welcome back standout artists from previous years for this 5th anniversary concert celebrating women in music. Enjoy some of finest musicians from NYC colleges and universities in an astounding natural setting.           

Check out the artists at barnard.edu . Rain Location: Event Oval @ Barnard College.

Cost: Free

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Location: Riverside Park - Crabapple Grove North, Riverside Drive, New York NY 10025 USA

Living Color: Black 90s TV

May 18, 2019 6:15pm

While black filmmakers were making crucial strides in the fight for representation on the big screen, black television creators were experiencing a boom of their own. Bringing together clips from popular hits and memorable music, this program surveys the rich variety of television shows that brought black faces, experiences, and cultures into millions of American living rooms. The lasting legacy of these series will be discussed by an expert panel moderated by Racquel Gates, Assistant Professor of Cinema & Media Studies at the College of Staten Island, CUNY, featuring Khalil Kain (actor and star of Girlfriends), Nore Davis (comedian, actor, and TV writer), Janelle James (comedian and TV writer), and April Reign (activist and #OscarsSoWhite founder).

General Admission: $15

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

The Best Man: 20th Anniversary Screening

May 18, 2019 8:45pm

Directed by Malcolm D. Lee | 1999

With Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut

Uncomfortable secrets threaten to upend a wedding weekend in this canny dissection of sex and monogamy wrapped in the guise of a near-flawless romantic comedy. Produced by Spike Lee and impressively directed by his cousin Malcolm D. Lee (Girls Trip), this 90s instant classic is a hilarious and frank look at the complexities of commitment performed to the hilt by a top-flight ensemble cast.

General Admission: $15

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Playdate! Free Day!

May 19, 2019 10:00am - 5:00pm

Join us at the Sugar Hill Children's Museum for a FREE fun-filled family day of art-making and interactive performances.

10am - 1pm - Art-making workshop in the Living Room

1pm - 2pm - Story Hour with Flor Bromley 

2pm - 3pm - Art Making workshop with Artist-in-residence Damien Davis

3pm - 4:30pm - Interactive performances and more art-making workshops

Email: info@sugarhillmuseum.org
Phone: 2123350004

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Location: Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art and Storytelling, 898 St. Nicholas Avenue at 155th Street, New York NY 10032 US

Bébé’s Kids

May 19, 2019 2:00pm

Directed by Bruce W. Smith | 1992

With Robin Harris, Faizon Love, Vanessa Bell Calloway

Based on an iconic sketch by comedy great Robin Harris, the first mainstream animated feature made expressly for black audiences introduces viewers to a gaggle of pint-sized hellraisers who, left in the hands of hapless chaperone Robin, unleash epic mayhem at an amusement park. Fresh and funny as ever, Bébé’s Kids mixes irreverent comedy with sharp commentary about the ways in which young black people are targeted by the racist American police state.

General Admission: $15

More Info: https://www.bam.org/film/2019/bebes-kids 

Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

House Party

May 19, 2019 3:30pm

Directed by Reginald Hudlin | 1990

With Christopher Reid, Christopher Martin, Robin Harris

Old school legends Kid 'n Play hit up the dopest house party ever in this infectious hip-hop time capsule of dance-offs, rap battles, and record scratch turntablism. Featuring appearances by Full Force and George Clinton along with a standout turn by comedian Robin Harris as Kid’s cantankerous dad, House Party was a smash hit that set off a wave of sequels, none of which could match the original for sheer exuberant energy.

Post-screening Q&A with producer Warrington Hudlin

General Admission: $15

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Clockers

May 19, 2019 5:00pm, 8pm

Directed by Spike Lee | 1995

With Mekhi Phifer, Harvey Keitel, John Turturro

Spike Lee’s response to the early 90s cycle of hood movies was made with the express purpose of being the last word on the genre—and in its overpowering, furious-sad vision of the violence that engulfs a promising Brooklyn teen (played by Mekhi Phifer in a striking debut), it nearly is. Directed with gale-force expressionistic intensity, this Martin Scorsese-produced adaptation of a Richard Price novel stands as one of Lee’s most complex and virtuosic works.

8pm screening: Intro by film theorist and author Michael B. Gillespie

General Admission: $15

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Spring Soulstice 2019

May 19, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm

An eclectic art collective event! We will be having an evening of visual art and music with visuals and art by artist Shalom Israel Driggs and Moebocop, an electrifying performance by Yarnell and his band the Love Soldiers and DJ dancing vibes with music provided by DJ Kwadwo. It’s all about the Art and Music Y’all!

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Contact: Maurice Murdock
Email: mauricemurdock@gmail.com
Phone: 201-370-2925

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Location: Silvana, 300 West 116th Street, New York NY 10027 US

Boomerang

May 19, 2019 6:15pm

Directed by Reginald Hudlin | 1992

With Eddie Murphy, Robin Givens, Halle Berry

One of the funniest and most underrated of Eddie Murphy’s box office-conquering 80s and early 90s hits casts the comedian as an inveterate womanizer who gets the tables turned on him when his new boss turns out to be a love ’em and leave ’em type herself. A classic battle-of-the-sexes setup shifts into something subtly subversive as Murphy himself is upstaged by the cast of brilliant women, including Halle Berry, Grace Jones, and Eartha Kitt.

Intro by producer Warrington Hudlin

General Admission: $15

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Chuck Davis Emerging Choreographer Fellowship Showing

May 19, 2019 7:00pm

Jade Charon, recipient of the 2018 Chuck Davis Emerging Choreographer Fellowship, comes to BAM with a performance that showcases the fruits of her research in Senegal and Burkina Faso. While abroad, Charon studied the Kony and N’Dep dance styles, witnessing how dance and music are used to heal communities. This ultimately led her to meld those movements with existing African-American techniques to create a cross-cultural conversation through dance and promote healing in the African-American community.

This program is recommended by 92Y’s Teen Arts Week, a citywide celebration of the arts in which teens can access free or reduced price entrance to cultural centers across the five boroughs.

Free. RSVP Required

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Location: BAM Fisher, 321 Ashland Pl Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

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