1. Weather: Below freezing temperatures all week, with a chance of snow and then flurries on Tuesday and Wednesday.
2. Alternate Side of the Street Parking is suspended Monday, February 16, for Presidents Day, Wednesday, February 18, for Ash Wednesday and Thursday, February 19, for the Asian Lunar New Year. All meters and other tolls remain in effect.
3. New York City public schools are on their Mid-winter Recess, beginning Monday, February 16 – Friday, February 20, 2015.
4. Tuesday, February 17, 7:30pm, Greenlight Fiction Book Group will discusses Graceland, led by Greenlight bookseller Alexis. Chris Abani’s novel Graceland, shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 2004. In Graceland, the sprawling, swampy, cacophonous city of Lagos, Nigeria, provides the backdrop to the story of Elvis, a teenage Elvis impersonator hoping to make his way out of the ghetto. Nuanced, lyrical, and pitch perfect, this is a remarkable story of a son and his father, and an examination of postcolonial Nigeria, where the trappings of American culture reign supreme.
5. This Thursday, February 19, the Brooklyn Historical Society presents: “In Conversation: Wendell Pierce and Soledad O’Brien” 6:30pm, $5/Free for BHS Members. Go here, to Purchase your ticket. Acclaimed actor Wendell Pierce (The Wire, Treme), appearing in Brothers from the Bottom at the Billie Holiday Theatre, joins BHS for an evening of conversation about this powerful play that looks at gentrification and the bond between brothers in New Orleans. Pierce will be in conversation with award-winning journalist, documentarian and producer Soledad O’Brien.
6. Kate Weare Company celebrates its 10th anniversary with performances at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Fishman Space, beginning Thursday February 19 – February 22. The company’s works will span its decade-long repertory, including the world premieres of Volver, a duet for two men, and Unstruck Sound, a new trio featuring an original score by Curtis Macdonald. Weare deals with proximity and energy between bodies in her physical process, and the idea of Anahata Nad, or unstruck sound, in her collaboration with Macdonald. In the process, she brings to light what might be overlooked: resonance, timbre, tone and emotional inflection.. Plus, guest performers courtesy of The Juilliard School, Dance Division, at two shows only: Saturday, February 21 at 2pm and Sunday, February 22 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20. To purchase tickets, go here.
7. The Works of Kehinde Wiley open this week at The Brooklyn Museum: Friday, February 20–May 24, 2015, Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing and Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Gallery, 5th Floor. The works presented in Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic raise questions about race, gender, and the politics of representation by portraying contemporary African American men and women using the conventions of traditional European portraiture.
8. Don’t forget: This Saturday, February 21, from 11:30am – 2:30pm, City Councilmember Robert Cornegy will hold his State of the 36th District Address. You’re invited to interact with Council Member Robert Cornegy and learn about the work and resources of the non-profit service providers and city agencies that impact Bedford-Stuyvesant and North Crown Heights. The SOTD36 will be held at Uncommon High School, 1485 Pacific Street, Bklyn. Reserve your ticket here.