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Spring Gala

May 20, 2019 6:00pm - 9:30pm

Our Annual Gala will build on the theme established last year, #DISRUPTERS: Then and Now in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance, a creative reaction to the countless racial and social crises currently plaguing our nation, and a moment to acknowledge the artists who refuse to take a back seat during these momentous times. The evening will feature performances and presentations by the ground breaking artists for which we are known, a dinner, and an awards ceremony. 

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

Jungle Fever

May 21, 2019 5:00pm

Directed by Spike Lee | 1991

With Wesley Snipes, Annabella Sciorra, Samuel L. Jackson

A dream team ensemble cast—including Wesley Snipes, Samuel L. Jackson, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Halle Berry, and Anthony Quinn—shines in Spike Lee’s explosively emotional New York drama of sex, drugs, and interracial romance. Featuring an original score by Stevie Wonder and a full-throttle performance from Jackson so dynamic that the Cannes jury recognized him with a special Best Supporting Actor award, Jungle Fever continues to provoke debate and controversy.

General Admission: $15

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

Anna Deavere Smith

May 21, 2019 7:00pm

Unbound: Anna Deavere Smith
Co-presented by BAM and Greenlight Bookstore
In conversation with Dr. Carla Shedd
Launch of Notes from the Field

Tony- and Pulitzer-nominated playwright Anna Deavere Smith takes part in an intimate conversation to celebrate the literary publication of her 2015 play Notes from the Field. Smith's acclaimed one-person play, now for the first time in print, includes the voices of a host of real-life figures who witness, experience, and fight the system that pushes students of color out of the classroom and into prisons. This urgent work brings together twenty voices—students and teachers, counselors and congressmen, preachers and prisoners—that shine a light on the school-to-prison pipeline.

ALL TICKETS:  $20 event only; $30 with pre-signed book (over 35% off book list price)

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

School-Time Performance: DanceAfrica 2019

May 22-23, 2019 11:00am

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS: Social Studies/History

America’s largest festival of African dance offers an unparalleled look at the cultural traditions of Africa and its diaspora. Transform your students’ understanding of rhythm, music, and dance at this annual tradition that has become a fixture in the Brooklyn community.

Includes pre-show workshop

Individual orders are limited to a maximum of 250 students. If you would like to bring multiple groups that exceed the maximum, please submit the reservation form for each group.

ALL TICKETS:  $12

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

New Labor in New York and the Fight for Workers' Rights

May 22, 2019 6:30pm - 8:30pm

New York City has long been known as a Union Town. While nationwide 10.5% of American workers are union members, here in New York State membership tops 22%. In addition to the ongoing work of New York’s unions, a host of alternative organizations, known as "new" or "alt" labor groups have grown dramatically in number and size over the last few years.New labor organizations share the aim of improving workers’ lives and often work hand in hand with traditional unions to advocate on behalf of labor. Join three of New York's most dynamic new labor activists, Bhairavi Desai of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, Allison Julien of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and Michelle Miller of Coworker.org, for a conversation about recent gains (and setbacks) in their movements to protect the workers who make this city run. Moderated by Ed Ott, former Executive Director of the New York City Central Labor Council.

About the Speakers:

Bhairavi Desai is the founder and executive director of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance (NYTWA). Born in Gujarat, India, she founded the NYTWA in 1998, which now represents more than 21,000 city taxi drivers. Desai previously worked at Manavi, the South Asian women's organization in New Jersey that worked with victims of domestic violence. 

Allison Julien is a founding member of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA). For over a decade Julien organized domestic workers in NYC. She was part of the founding of NDWA in 2007 and was a key leader in the six-year campaign for the New York Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, that resulted in a successful, historic passage in 2010.

Michelle Miller is the co-founder of Coworker.org, a platform for worker voice. Coworker.org has catalyzed the growth of global employee networks who’ve won paid parental leave at Netflix, scheduling reform at Starbucks, and changes to Google’s code of conduct. In 2015, Miller was proud to join President Barack Obama as co-moderator of the first ever digital Town Hall on Worker Voice.

Ed Ott (moderator) has 50 years of experience in the labor movement. He formerly served as Executive Director of the New York City Central Labor Council, which represents 1.3 million trade unionists. Ott began his career as a union organizer, served as a local union officer, and later as the political director for several large labor organizations. He is the co-author with Ruth Milkman of New Labor in New York: Precarious Workers and the Future of the Labor Movement (Cornell University Press, 2014).

$15 Adults | $12 Seniors, Students, and Educators (with ID) | $10 Museum Members

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Location: Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue btwn 103rd and 104th Streets, New York NY 10029 US

Crooklyn: 25th Anniversary Screening

May 22, 2019 7:00pm

Directed by Spike Lee | 1994

With Zelda Harris, Alfre Woodard, Delroy Lindo

Bed-Stuy, 1973: Spike Lee looks back on the Brooklyn of his youth, a pre-gentrification bastion of black community where the streets were a playground and Soul Train a transformative cultural force. Suffused with a wealth of autobiographical touches as recalled by the director and his sibling co-writers, Joie and Cinqué Lee, Crooklyn is a rich evocation of a vanished Brooklyn and one of the all-time great New York movies.

General Admission: $15

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

Summer on the Hudson: Yoga Flow

May 23, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm

This event repeats every week on Thursday between May 23, 2019 and October 31, 2019.

Link mindful breath with movement in this full spectrum yoga practice that includes modifications and intensifications depending on experience level. Veteran Nina Semczuk helps you cultivate strength, flexibility, balance, and focus while enjoying yoga outdoors.

Please bring a mat.

Cost: Free

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Location: Riverside Park South, Pier 1 at 70th Street, New York NY 10019 U.S.

Sew the Winter to My Skin

May 23, 2019 7:00pm

Directed by Jahmil X.T. Qubeka | 2018

With Ezra Mabengeza, Peter Kurth, Kandyse McClure

Told with the visual grandeur of a classic western, this senses-stunning epic recounts the life and legend of John Kepe, a Robin Hood-esque bandit who achieved folk hero status among black South Africans by robbing and outwitting colonizers in the 1950s. Forgoing dialogue in favor of dense, expressionistic sound design, Sew the Winter to My Skin is “a visionary work…[that] rewards patient viewers with its sensory riches and hypnotic rhythms” (The Hollywood Reporter).

General Admission: $15

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

Dress Rehearsal: DanceAfrica 2019

May 23, 2019 7:30pm

Rwanda Reborn: The Remix

By Artistic Director Abdel R. Salaam

BAM Members and Patrons (Level 3 and above) are invited to a working dress rehearsal for DanceAfrica 2019. The nation’s largest festival dedicated to African dance and music returns for its 42nd year. This year, DanceAfrica offers a taste of the rhythm, movement, and spirit of Rwanda.

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.

Free for BAM Members and Patrons (Level 3 and above) 

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

Stonewall 50 at New-York Historical Society

May 24, 2019 – September 22, 2019

New-York Historical commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising and the dawn of the gay liberation movement with two new exhibitions and a special installation.

Letting Loose and Fighting Back: LGBTQ Nightlife Before and After Stonewall explores the history of LGBTQ bars, clubs, and nightlife in New York City during the second half of the 20th century. The exhibition highlights the ways in which nightlife—though subjected to policing, unfavorable public policies, and Mafia control—has been critical to finding identity, building community, developing political awareness, and fostering genres of creative expression that have influenced popular culture worldwide.

Curated by the Lesbian Herstory Archives Graphic Committee, By the Force of Our Presence: Highlights from the Lesbian Herstory Archives examines lesbian lives both pre- and post-Stonewall, highlighting institution-building, organization, and networking within the LGBTQ movement with a focus on the contributions of lesbians and queer women. 

A special graphic installation, Say It Loud, Out and Proud: Fifty Years of Pride, uses imagery from five decades of New York City Pride marches to animate a timeline of significant moments in national and New York LGBTQ history, illustrating the ways in which the fight for equal rights for LGBTQ citizens is constant and ongoing.

Stonewall 50 at New-York Historical Society is collaboratively curated by Assistant Curator of Material Culture Rebecca Klassen, the Center for Women’ s History, and New-York Historical’s Education Department.

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Location: New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West at 77th Street, New York NY 10024 US

Finding Hillywood + Imfura

May 24, 2019 4:30pm, May 25, 2019 1:30pm

Finding Hillywood
Dir. Leah Warshawski, Christopher Towey
2013, 57miin

This moving documentary chronicles the birth of Rwanda’s burgeoning film industry (nicknamed Hillywood after the country’s terrain) as a generation of artists turn to filmmaking as a means of processing their country’s painful past. Their quest to build a truly Rwandan cinema—films made by, for, and about Rwandans—is a powerful testament to art’s capacity to heal.

Imfura
Dir. Samuel Ishimwe
2018, 36min

Winner of the Silver Bear for Best Short Film at the 2018 Berlinale, this incantatory memory piece traces the journey of a young man who travels back to the home of his mother who disappeared during the Rwandan genocide.

General Admission: $15

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

Intore + A Place for Myself

May 24, 2019 7:00pm

Intore
Dir. Eric Kabera
2014, 76min 

This stirring documentary is an inspiring look at how Rwanda is overcoming its tragic history by reclaiming its identity through music, dance, and the resilience of a new generation. Interweaving rousing performances with poignant interviews with genocide survivors and perpetrators alike, Intore offers a hopeful vision of a new era in Rwandan history built on peace and unity.

A Place for Myself
Dir. Marie Clementine Dusabejambo
2016, 22min 

A sensitive portrait of a young Rwandan girl with albinism learning to accept herself.

General Admission: $15

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

DanceAfrica 2019 Performances

May 24, 2019 7:30pm
May 25, 2019 2pm, 7pm
May 26-27, 2019 3pm

Rwanda Reborn: The Remix

By Artistic Director Abdel R. Salaam

This year’s DanceAfrica performances offer a taste of the rich culture and traditions of Rwanda, under the leadership of artistic director Abdel R. Salaam. In acknowledgement of the 25th anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda and the undaunted national movement toward reconciliation and renewal, DanceAfrica offers a moment to celebrate a path forward.

This year’s visiting company is the globally recognized Rwandan dance troupe Inganzo Ngari. Founded in 2006, the ensemble is utterly beloved by Rwandans for its dedication to traditional forms and movement idioms, from warrior dances to a variety of crop rituals. They are joined onstage by Rwandan-born spoken word artist Malaika Uwamahoro, composer Michael Wimberly, percussionist Kofi Osei Williams, percussionist Frank Molloy IV, the DanceAfrica Spirit Walkers, and the beloved RestorationArt Dance Youth Ensemble. Together, with the DanceAfrica and BAM community, they rejoice in the transcendent power of movement and music.

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

Ouaga Girls

May 24, 2019 9:30pm

Directed by Theresa Traore Dahlberg | 2017

In Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou, a group of proudly independent young women find a sense of belonging, joy, and sisterhood as they study to become car mechanics and face—with a mix of determined optimism and trepidation—the looming responsibilities of adulthood. Pulsing with the humor and humanity of its subjects, this heartfelt documentary offers a vital look at the issues facing women in a rapidly changing Burkina Faso.

General Admission: $15

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

Summer on the Hudson: Learn to Ride

May 25, 2019 10:30am - 4:30pm

New riders aged 5 years and older learn to balance, ride, and enjoy life on two wheels. Bring your bike and helmet!

Please note: Reservations are required, please visit bike.nyc/education/programs/learn-to-ride-kids to register. First come, first trained; there may be a wait.

Cost: Free

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Location: Riverside Park, West 89th Street - Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument Plaza, New York NY 10024 US

Summer on the Hudson: Horticulture Tour of Riverside Park

May 25, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm

Join a Riverside Park Conservancy Zone Gardener to explore nature, learn about the park, and discuss special topics in urban horticulture. Wear comfortable shoes.

  • May 25 - History and horticulture of Sakura Park
  • June 29 - Children's horticulture walk 
  • July 27 - Natural Areas Ecology tour of Forever Wild and pollinator meadow, and introduction to iNaturalist (meet at 116th and Riverside Drive)
  • August 31 - Tree identification 
  • September 28 - Plant identification and spontaneous growth 

This event repeats on the last Saturday of every month between May 25, 2019 and September 28, 2019.

Cost: Free

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Location: Riverside Park - Peter Jay Sharp Volunteer House, 107th Street, Riverside Parks Conservancy Volunteer House, New York NY 10025 USA

Sometimes in April

May 25, 2019 4:00pm

Directed by Raoul Peck | 2005

With Idris Elba, Oris Erhuero, Carole Karemera

Raoul Peck (I Am Not Your Negro) offers a soul-shaking account of the Rwandan genocide as seen through the eyes of a Hutu man (played by Idris Elba in a shattering performance) fighting to save his Tutsi wife and children as the unstoppable tide of violence encroaches. Steadfastly refusing to sentimentalize or sugarcoat any aspects of the story, Peck dares us to look away, making an almost unimaginable tragedy viscerally and unforgettably real.

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

Dreamstates

May 25, 2019 7:00pm

Directed by Anisia Uzeyman | 2016

With Saul Williams, Anisia Uzeyman, Beau Sia, William Nadylam, CX KiDTRONiK

The debut feature from Rwandan filmmaker Anisia Uzeyman is a mesmerizing tour through the Afropunk underground in which a pair of artists (played by the director and her real life husband, hip-hop poet Saul Williams) fall in love while traveling the United States. Shot entirely on iPhones in a hallucinatory haze of color-saturated images, the aptly titled Dreamstates is an otherworldly vision of America as seen through the eyes of an outsider.

Followed by a performance by Saul Williams and CX KIDTRONiK

General Admission: $16

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

The Fruitless Tree

May 25, 2019 9:15pm, May 27, 2019 2pm

Directed by Aïcha Macky | 2016

Aïcha Macky’s fearlessly personal documentary breaks the silence on a taboo topic in Nigerian society: the ostracism faced by married women who don’t or can’t have children. Speaking out about her own struggles with infertility—which in Nigeria is always attributed to women, never men—Macky works to shatter the stigma surrounding childlessness and offer hope to other women suffering in silence.

General Admission: $15

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

Late Night Dance Party with DJ YB

May 25, 2019 10:00pm

Co-Presented by OkayAfrica

Keep the DanceAfrica celebration going after hours with DJ YB, who brings a mix of Afrobeat, funk, soul, rock, jazz, and hip-hop stylings to the dance floor of BAMcafé. DJ YB has played in Uganda, Tanzania, and Rwanda.

Free, no RSVP

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - Lepercq Space/BAMcafé, 30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Summer on the Hudson: Mamapalooza

May 26, 2019 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Fierce feminist families celebrate all mamas and the people who love them at our annual festival featuring music, family-focused vendors, wellness activities, art, and activism. 

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Cost: Free

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Location: Pier 1, Riverside Park South at West 70th Street, New York NY U.S.

Summer on the Hudson: Sun Gaze

May 26, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm

The Amateur Astronomers Association and solargazing return with solar telescopes specifically designed to safely look at the sun and see sunspots and prominences under a summer sky.

Cost: Free

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Location: Pier 1, Riverside Park South at West 70th Street, New York NY U.S.

Supa Modo

May 26, 2019 2:00pm

Directed by Likarion Wainaina | 2018

With Stycie Waweru, Marrianne Nungo, Nyawara Ndambia

A new superhero takes flight in this heartfelt ode to the power of imagination. Jo is a nine-year-old, terminally ill Kenyan girl whose ultimate dream—to be a superhero like the ones in the movies she loves—captivates and inspires her entire community. Touching on serious themes with humor and humanity, Supa Modo is a hugely touching tribute to the bravery and resilience of children in the face of adversity.

General Admission: $15

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

Mossane

May 26, 2019 4:00pm

Directed by Safi Faye | 1996

With Magou Seck, Alioune Konaré, Isseu Niang

A 14-year-old girl finds herself caught between tradition and her own heart when she rejects the marriage her family has arranged for her. The stunning final film to date from pioneering Senegalese director Safi Faye reflects her work as an ethnologist, marrying a sensitively observed portrait of rural Senegalese life with a powerful drama that speaks to the experiences of young women coming of age in a changing society.

General Admission: $15

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

Borders

May 26, 2019 7:00pm

Directed by Apolline Traoré | 2017

With Amelie Mbaye, Naky Sy Savane, Adizelou Sidi

On a bus en route from Dakar, Senegal, to Lagos, Nigeria, four resourceful women must band together as they navigate the risks that come with traveling alone while female, fighting back against threats of violence, sexual harassment, and government corruption at each border crossing. This slice-of-life drama from Burkinabe director Apolline Traoré pays tribute to the bravery of West African women asserting their independence in a patriarchal society.

General Admission: $15

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

Shorts Program

May 26, 2019 9:15pm, May 27, 2019 5:45pm

Visions
Dir. Surreal 16 (Abba T. Makama, Michael Omonua, C.J. Obasi)
2017, 19min

Comprising three shorts inspired by dreams and visions, this anthology work from Nigeria’s Surreal 16 collective—a group of young filmmakers devoted to genre-defying experimentation—explores a young woman’s identity, relationship, and spirituality.

Birth of Afrobeat
Dir. Opiyo Okeyo
2017, 7min 

In this live action-animation hybrid, legendary drummer Tony Allen recounts how he and his partner Fela Kuti created the Afrobeat genre in Lagos, Nigeria.

dancedance/ReVolution
Dir. Mark Freeman
2017, 26min

This arresting overview of contemporary dance in South Africa showcases the work of innovative choreographers for whom movement becomes a powerful tool with which to address politics, history, race, and gender.

Mr. Gele: The Man. The Story. The Craft
Dir. Gladys Eleh
2016, 14min

A lively documentary portrait of Segun Gele, a renowned designer of the colorful, elaborately styled Nigerian head wraps known as gele.

Urumuli
Dir. Mujyambere Abdoul
2018, 4min

A meditative study of light and movement by Rwandan artist and choreographer Abdoul Mujyambere.

Entitled
Dir. Adeyemi Michael
2018, 4min 

What does the immigrant fantasy feel like? Director Adeyemi Michael reimagines his mother’s idea of moving from Nigeria to London in this dreamlike short about leaving your country of origin.

General Admission: $15

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

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