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We Wore More Than Shackles ~ A Day in the Life of Seneca Village

Until Apr 30, 2019 8:00am

Free

New exhibition by the artist Sara Bunn. We Wore More Than Shackles ~ A Day in the Life of Seneca Village are life size, beautifully clothed figures, inspired by 1830s fashions, representing the people of Seneca Village. Recognizing both Black History Month and Women’s History Month, the exhibition tells a story through fashion, in colorful reproduction period pieces, viewing Seneca Village residents through an expanded lens, not often told.

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Location: Port Authority, 625 8th Avenue, New York NY 10018 USA

Shake Loose: A Celebration of Sonia Sanchez

April 1, 2019 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Join us for an evening of poetry and performance as we honor Sonia Sanchez, the legendary poet, activist, and Schomburg Society National Ambassador.

Price: Free

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Location: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street, New York NY 10037 US

Jacques Rivette, le veilleur

April 1, 2019 7:00pm

General Admission: $15
Members: $7.50 (free for Level 4 and above)

Produced for the French television series Cinéma, de notre temps, this innovative documentary finds Denis stretching the boundaries of the form in an illuminating profile of New Wave titan Jacques Rivette. Capturing the filmmaker and his collaborators (including Bulle Ogier) in conversation with legendary film critic Serge Daney, Denis displays a unique sensitivity to the relationship between people and environment—forgoing a traditional talking heads approach in favor of a open-air one, shot right on the streets of Paris.

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

Friday Night

April 1, 2019 9:30pm

General Admission: $15
Members: $7.50 (free for Level 4 and above)

A Parisian traffic jam brings together a 30-something woman and an alluring mystery man she invites into her car for a one night stand in this sensuous, enigmatic romance. The radically simple, almost plotless premise is transformed into a nocturnal reverie of fantasy and desire thanks to cinematographer Agnès Godard’s shimmering cityscapes and Denis’ alertness to the mysterious currents that pass between strangers in the night.

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

Beth Gibbons: Henryk Górecki: Symphony No 3

April 1, 2019 7:15pm, 9pm

General Admission: $10

In 2014, Beth Gibbons, the elusive frontwoman of Portishead, was invited to perform Henryk Górecki’s Symphony No. 3 (“Symphony of Sorrowful Songs”) in the late composer’s homeland of Poland. Gibbons accepted, undertook an intense preparation process (including learning the original Polish text), and performed the critically beloved minimalist masterpiece with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki, at Warsaw's National Opera Grand Theatre.

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

Nenette and Boni

April 2, 2019 7:00pm

General Admission: $15
Members: $7.50 (free for Level 4 and above)

Two estranged siblings—the dreamy 19-year-old Boni and his hard-edged younger sister Nenette—find themselves drawn together when Nenette faces a crisis. Capturing the exhilaration and confusion of youth in her richly impressionistic style, Denis exhibits her singular gift for finding piercing emotional resonances in unexpected details, from a mound of pizza dough (that somehow becomes a totem of erotic fixation) to a coffee maker.

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

Black Violin: Return to the Apollo

April 2, 2019 8:00pm

Tickets start at $39.

Black Violin is led by classically trained string players Wil B. (viola) and Kev Marcus (violin). Joining them onstage are DJ SPS & drummer Nat Stokes. The band uses their unique blend of classical & hip-hop music, often described as “classical boom," to overcome stereotypes & encourage people of all ages, races, & economic backgrounds to join together to break down cultural barriers.

Black Violin is currently writing & recording their next studio album expected to be released late 2019. Their last record, Stereotypes, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Classical Crossover Chart and #4 on the Billboard R&B Chart. NPR praised the album & band, saying “their music will keep classical music alive for the next generation.” Some of their creative collaborations include Kanye West, Wu-Tang Clan, Wyclef Jean, Lil Wayne, & Alicia Keys.

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Location: Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street, New York NY 10027 US

Shorts Program

April 2, 2019 9:30pm

General Admission: $15
Members: $7.50 (free for Level 4 and above)

To the Devil

Mixing documentary and essay film techniques, Denis finds stirring resonance between the past and the present to tell the story of the Alukus, a storied ethnic group descended from escaped African slaves who established their own society in 17th-century French Guiana.

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

School-Time Performance: Word. Sound. Power. 2019

April 4-12, 2019 11:00am

All tickets:  $10

Hosted & Directed by Baba Israel

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS: ELA (poetry), Public Speaking (rhetoric), Theater

Some of the best hip-hop MCs and poets from Brooklyn and beyond gather once again for this electrifying showcase hosted by beloved MC Baba Israel. Students discover how the political becomes poetic, and vice versa, through these powerful performances.

Includes pre-show workshop.

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

Dress Rehearsal: Diary of One Who Disappeared

April 4, 2019 2:00pm

General Admission: $15
Members: $7.50 (free for Level 4 and above)

BAM Members (Level 3 and above) and BAM Patrons are invited to a working dress rehearsal for Diary of One Who Disappeared. In 1917, Czech composer Leoš Janáček became obsessed with a married woman 40 years his junior. In the throes of despair, he penned more than 700 love letters and a haunting 22-part song cycle called Diary of One Who Disappeared, about a village boy who falls in love with a Romany girl.

Join us for this insider sneak peek before the show opens. Capacity is subject to availability on a first-come, first-served basis. RSVP is required. Please note: This is a working rehearsal, so there may be starts and stops as the performers work to finalize the production. Dates, times, and artists are subject to change.

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

Conversation in Black Freedom Studies: Black Women's Internationalism

April 4, 2019 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Price: Free

Black women’s efforts to broaden the Black Freedom Movement beyond geographic borders are often overlooked. Women like Charlotta Bass, Amy Jacques Garvey, Amy Ashwood Garvey, and Queen Mother Moore assumed leadership roles in peace and anti-colonial movements worldwide. Join Ashley Farmer, Keisha Blain, and John Portlock as they discuss the impact of these women on the global movement for Black liberation.

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Location: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street, New York NY 10037 US

Bastards

April 4, 2019 7:00pm

General Admission: $15
Members: $7.50 (free for Level 4 and above)

Perhaps Denis’ darkest, most troubling film to date is a harrowing family tragedy set in a morally bankrupt world of shady financiers, eye-for-an-eye revenge, and, as the title implies, monstrous masculinity. Forgoing linear narrative in favor of fractured, dreamlike dread, Denis conjures a moody neo-noir etched in inky, rain-slicked nightscapes courtesy of cinematographer Agnès Godard.

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

Diary of One Who Disappeared

April 4-6, 2019 7:30pm

Full price tickets start at $35
Subscription (3 or more shows) Members save 20—30%, General public saves 15—25%

In 1917, Czech composer Leoš Janáček became obsessed with a married woman 40 years his junior. In the throes of despair, he penned more than 700 love letters and a haunting 22-part song cycle called Diary of One Who Disappeared, about a village boy who falls in love with a Romany girl.

Director Ivo van Hove, in collaboration with Flemish opera company Muziektheater Transparant, brings his trademark physicality and stripped-down aesthetic to bear on Janáček’s masterpiece. Featuring bravura performances by tenor Andrew Dickinson and mezzo-soprano Marie Hamard and additional music by composer Annelies Van Parys, Van Hove’s contemporary reimagining of Janáček’s singular work paints a deeply affecting portrait of identity, infatuation, and ultimately, alienation.

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

The Breidjing Camp

April 4, 2019 9:15pm

General Admission: $15
Members: $7.50 (free for Level 4 and above)

Denis, a sensitive chronicler of displaced people, traveled to eastern Chad to make this eye-opening look at life in the Breidjing Camp, where 40,000 Darfur refugees now live. Through interviews with residents, Denis captures both the resilience of the survivors as well as the struggles they still face, offering a deeply empathetic perspective on a humanitarian crisis.

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

Tapology

April 5, 2019 11:30am

Tickets: $4 Per Person (students, teachers, chaperones)

From Bill “Bojangles” Robinson to Gregory and Maurice Hines, the legendary Apollo Chorus Girls and Savion Glover, the Apollo stage has been a home for tap dancers since it opened in 1934. Michigan-based arts organization, Tapology, pays tribute to the art of tap dancing with a show highlighting technique, style and history.

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Location: Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street, New York NY 10027 US

First Fridays: Poetry Slam/Open Mic Edition

April 5, 2019 6:00pm - 10:00pm

It's time for our annual First Friday's Open Mic Edition, Poetry Slam! We are proud to be partnering with Candela Writers Workshop. Bring your best poetry to share during our open mic sessions on the cosmogram and dance the night away to curated beats by DJ IRS. Our hosts for the evening will be María Fernanda & Tone Blaze, with special opening remarks by award-winning poet and Schomburg Director Kevin Young, so arrive early! Open mic sign up will be on site.

Special Performance by Candela Poets!

With our extended hours, guests are invited to check out our current exhibitions Crusader: Martin Luther King Jr. and Syncretic Vibrations. You'll also be able to sign up for a Schomburg membership, become a Schomburg volunteer, and visit the Schomburg Shop—while networking and dancing the night away!

Partner Organization :

Candela Writers Workshop is a literary arts organization, open to poets 18+ who self-identify as Black-Latinx, or the like, in the New York metropolitan area. Black-Latinx, also described as Afro-Latinx, is a gender non-binary term used to describe persons of African descent and/or who identify as Black with a connection to Latin American and/or U.S. Latinx culture. Candela is a queer, femme, trans, and Afro-Indigenous centered organization. Our mission is to provide a home for the artistic and professional growth of Black-Latinx poets in the New York metropolitan area. Candela is founded by María Fernanda (Chamorro) and Darrel Alejandro Holnes.

Tickets are non-refundable.

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Location: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street, New York NY 10037 US

Uptown Nights: Manhattan Sings!

April 5, 2019 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Tickets: $25 Adult, $35 VIP

Manhattan School of Music’s Jazz Orchestra and growing vocal program, led by conductor and arranger Jim McNeely, celebrate the longstanding vocal tradition in jazz music.

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

Friday Night

April 5, 2019 7:00pm

General Admission: $15
Members: $7.50 (free for Level 4 and above)

A Parisian traffic jam brings together a 30-something woman and an alluring mystery man she invites into her car for a one night stand in this sensuous, enigmatic romance. The radically simple, almost plotless premise is transformed into a nocturnal reverie of fantasy and desire thanks to cinematographer Agnès Godard’s shimmering cityscapes and Denis’ alertness to the mysterious currents that pass between strangers in the night.

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

Word. Sound. Power.

April 5-6, 2019 7:30pm

General Admission:  $20

Some of the best hip-hop MCs and poets from Brooklyn and beyond gather once again for this electrifying annual showcase, now in its 15th year, hosted by beloved longtime host and director Baba Israel. In these powerful, galvanizing performances, audiences discover how the political becomes poetic, and vice versa.

Performers include: Poet/Emcee Mumu Fresh; Poets La Bruja, Timothy DuWhite, and Gabriel Ramirez; Musician Yako440; DJ Reborn; Dancers: BRAT and Rocka Jamez, and Youth poets Ahmed Abbasy, Jovannie Smith, Juliana Theolin, Saquan Wooden, Jenel Marcelle, and Tamia McArthur.

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

The African Giant Tour

April 5, 2019 8:00pm

Tickets start at $53.

BURNA BOY LIVE

THE AFRICAN GIANT TOUR

Burna Boy live features Africa’s own Multiple award Afrobeat superstar; Damini Ogulu; Stage Name; BURNA BOY. His stage performance absolutely breath taking and energetic.

Burna Boy rose to prominence in 2012 after the release of “Like To Party", the first single off his debut album L.I.F.E. He is widely regarded as one of the most talented, versatile, and consistent artists in the Nigerian music industry; with hit tracks like "Yawa Dey", "Like to Party", "Tonight",‘‘Soke", and most recently Ye, On the Low, Gbona and many more. He has over 50 songs to his credit.

Burna Boy’s ever-changing but unique music style is majorly inspired by Fela Kuti, who was once managed by Burna Boy’s grandfather Benson Idonije.

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Location: Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street, New York NY 10027 US

Towards Mathilde + Vers Nancy

April 6, 2019 2:00pm

General Admission: $15
Members: $7.50 (free for Level 4 and above)

Towards Mathilde

Denis’ richly sensorial style and abiding interest in the movement of bodies through space finds exhilarating expression in this one-of-a-kind dance film. Chronicling the development of an experimental new work by choreographer Mathilde Monnier, Denis’ camera becomes a participant in the piece, moving with the dancers in an ecstatic pas de deux.

Vers Nancy

In this heady work of cinematic philosophy set aboard a train, thinker Jean-Luc Nancy considers the concept of foreignness, his abstract ideas complicated by the presence of a black passenger.

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

US Go Home + Claire Denis, The Vagabond

April 6, 2019 4:15pm

General Admission: $15
Members: $7.50 (free for Level 4 and above)

US Go Home

Co-written by New Wave icon Anne Wiazemsky, this swooning study of adolescent angst is something of a spiritual precursor to Nenette and Boni, with which it shares stars Alice Houri, Grégoire Colin, and Vincent Gallo. Like that film, it’s a study of sibling relationships and teenage sexuality, set in 1960s suburbia and set to a period soundtrack that includes the Yardbirds, Otis Redding, and Nico.

Claire Denis, The Vagabond

“I’m interested in the slice of humanity that surrounds a monster.” So declares Denis in this enlightening interview, in which she discusses her career, filmmaking philosophy, and influences, ranging from Jean Renoir to Frantz Fanon.

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

Urban Word NYC Teen Poetry Grand Slam Finals

April 6, 2019 6:00pm

Standard Ticket: $18
Teens Under 19: $15

The 21st Annual NYC Teen Poetry Slam culminates as the top 20 poets compete in the Grand Slam Finals for a chance to represent NYC at the National Teen Poetry Slam. This event is hosted by Mahogany L. Browne, featuring other special performances. For details, visit www.urbanwordnyc.org

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Location: Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street, New York NY 10027 US

35 Shots of Rum

April 6, 2019 6:45pm

General Admission: $15
Members: $7.50 (free for Level 4 and above)

Perhaps Denis’ most warmly human film to date centers on the touching bond between a widowed Parisian train driver and his devoted daughter as she prepares to leave home. Bathed in the golden hues of regular Denis collaborator Agnès Godard’s richly textured cinematography, this ineffably lovely domestic saga finds profound feeling in the subtlest intricacies of human interaction.

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

Mirai

April 7, 2019 2:00pm

General Admission: $10
Members: $7 (free for Level 4 and above) CHILDREN 12 AND UNDER: $7

A young boy embarks on an exhilarating journey through his family’s past and future in this heart-soaring animated fantasy. When his parents bring home a new baby girl, four-year-old Kun struggles to find his place within his changing family—until he meets the future version of his own little sister. So begins a dazzling time-traveling odyssey that blends gentle comedy with a poignant message about what it means to be a family.

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

Let the Sunshine In

April 7, 2019 4:15pm

General Admission: $15
Members: $7.50 (free for Level 4 and above)

A radiant Juliette Binoche lights up Denis’ barbed anti-romance, which plays like a sly deconstruction of the French sex comedy. She is a divorced Parisian painter searching for true love but finding only a series of woefully inadequate men: married, self-absorbed, commitment shy, or all of the above. By turns bitingly funny and painfully raw, Let the Sunshine In is a delicate emotional balancing act from a director at the height of her mastery.

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

Carnegie Hall Citywide: Iberi

April 7, 2019 5:00pm

Free Event

In ancient times, the country of Georgia was called Iberia; the vocal ensemble Iberi honors its homeland’s historic traditions in song. Iberi sings work songs, carols, hymns, historical ballads, and a host of treasures from the pre-Christian era with gripping intensity and virtuosity. Clad in their trademark black coats and boots, the musicians’ iconic brand of polyphonic singing features blocks of unconventional improvised harmonies with wild stratospheric falsetto tones floating above sepulchral bass notes. Drama, ecstasy, and tenderness are at the core of every note Iberi sings.

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Location: Our Saviour's Atonement Lutheran Church, 178 Bennett Avenue at 189th Street, New York NY 10040 US

I Can't Sleep

April 7, 2019 6:30pm

General Admission: $15
Members: $7.50 (free for Level 4 and above)

Based on real events, Denis’ take on the serial killer thriller is a typically elusive, sensitive study of outsiderhood. On the margins of Paris, the lives of several struggling immigrants—including a Lithuanian aspiring actress and a gay West Indian drag performer—intersect against the backdrop of a wave of shocking murders, crimes depicted by Denis not as sensationalistic but as the chillingly banal product of desperate alienation.

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

White Material

April 7, 2019 9:00pm

General Admission: $15
Members: $7.50 (free for Level 4 and above)

A French filmmaker raised in colonial West Africa, Denis is one of the few major white directors to consistently interrogate whiteness. This searing exploration of colonialism’s legacy, co-written by acclaimed novelist and playwright Marie NDiaye, stars a typically arresting Isabelle Huppert as a stubbornly deluded white woman living in Africa who clings to her coffee plantation even as civil war encroaches.

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

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