WHAT: Opening Reception for “Begin Transmission,” a two man exhibition of paintings by Tim Okamura and sculpture by Chris Marshall revolving around the urgency of communication, introspection, and illumination of personal history. Curated by Lori Zimmer
WHEN: Friday, September 18, 7:00pm-9:00pm; After party 9:00pm -midnight.
WHERE: Be Electric Studios, 1298 Willoughby Avenue, Bklyn (Bushwick)
HOW MUCH: Free
WHAT: Currently celebrating 30 years of the pioneering Black Rock Coalition, the BRC Orchestra presents a special tribute to Jimi Hendrix and his seminal 1970 live album Band of Gypsys, an influential mix of funk and blues featuring some of the guitarist’s most inspired solos.Comprising some of the most accomplished and forward-thinking musicians working today,the BRC Orchestra breathes new life into this era-defining music, featuring special guests Vernon Reid, Corey Glover, Ronny Drayton, Stew, Sophia Ramos, Kelsey Warren, Andre Lassalle and more.
WHEN: Friday, September 18 and Saturday, September 19, 9:00pm
WHERE: BAM Café, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Bklyn (Fort Greene)
HOW MUCH: Free
WHAT: The SOURCE360 Festival returns to Brooklyn for its second year, with an all-new fresh lineup of hip hop artists performances, panels, workshops, parties and more! Performances by Waka Flocka Flame, Scarface, Faith Evans, Chase N. Cashe, Smoke Dza, Brand Nubian, Doug E. Fresh, Joe Budden, Dead Prez, Casey Veggies, DMC, OG Maco and other special guests, as well as a few surprise pop-up concerts.
The SOURCE360 Speaker Series will offer panel discussions conducted by thought leaders and entrepreneurs in the art, music, film & television, media, tech and fashion industries. There will also be a number of workshops and classes, including a Hip-Hop Dance Class this Friday, from 7-9 at Mark Morris Dance Studio!
WHEN: Thursday, September 17 – Sunday, September 20
WHERE: Venues all around downtown Brooklyn Cultural District
HOW MUCH: Free – $$
WHAT: This is the final weekend to take part in the Brookyn Beat Festival! The fourth annual Brooklyn BEAT (Brooklyn Emerging Artists in Theatre) Festival is a performing arts initiative for the residents of Brooklyn that seeks to express the borough’s profound diversity, celebrate the area’s finest spaces and unify its broad, expansive community! BEAT is wholly dedicated to fostering and creating new audiences for Brooklyn’s finest performing artists. Through the BEAT Festival and educational programming, BEAT is creating a live, interactive performance study of Brooklyn—the grounds of the richest performing arts community in the world.
WHEN: Thursday, September 10 – Saturday, September 19
WHERE: Different venues around Central Brooklyn, go here for listing.
HOW MUCH: For more information on the festival, other performance locations across Brooklyn and to purchase festival tickets ($20), or a festival pass ($50), go here.
WHAT: Haiti Cultural Exchange Presents An n’ Pale, where author Gina Athena Ulysse discusses her new book “Why Haiti Needs New Narratives: A Post Quake Chronicle.” A full professor of Anthropology at Wesleyan University, feminist anthropologist and performance artist, Gina Athena Ulysse embarked on a writing spree that lasted over two years. She is the author of “Downtown Ladies: Informal Commercial Importers”, a “Haitian Anthropologist and Self-Making in Jamaica” and guest editor of e-misférica’s “Caribbean Rasanblaj” issue. To learn more about the author and her work, visit her website.
WHEN: Saturday, September 19, at 1:00pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Bklyn (Prospect Heights)
HOW MUCH: Free
WHAT: Meet award-winning Illustrators Frank Morrison and Author Connie Morrison for a book reading and signing surrounding the Jam Session Exhibition MEET ILLUSTRATOR FRANK MORRISON and AUTHOR CONNIE MORRISON:
WHEN: Frank Morrison Viewing and Discussion: Saturday, September 19, 2015, 6:00pm – 9:00pm; and Illustrator Frank Morrison and Author Connie Morrison Book Reading and Signing: Sunday, September 20, 2015, 2:00pm – 5:00pm
WHERE: House of Art Gallery, 408 Marcus Garvey Blvd. (Bed-Stuy)
HOW MUCH: Free
The Sphinx Returns
WHAT: The Sphinx Returns is a curated season of performance art and contemporary performance. The season investigates the artist as mythmaker and performance art and contemporary performance as the mythologies of our time, setting the course for a history of the future. The Sphinx Returns is a return to questioning, mythology, and new ideas, asking how do we encourage and gain new ways of seeing and understanding. The inclusion of short form actions, endurance, durational, performance for video, installations and sound work will offer insight into artistic practice as a means towards a new mythology. Allowing mystery to pervade the space of the now instigates active and real-time relationships between the artist and the public. The Sphinx Returns is the moment when the experience of being alive reveals itself. Season Opening Event: be.come. hosted by The Illustrious Blacks. Featuring: Live Performances by Lion Ayodele // Hector Canonge // Annabel Gueredrat Video installation by Andrew Braddock, David Ian Griess and Elizabeth Lamb
WHEN: Saturday, September 19, 8:00pm – 11:00pm
WHERE: Grace Exhibition Space and Gallery, 840 Broadway, 2ND fl., Bklyn (Williamsburg)
HOW MUCH: Free
WHAT: Want to learn how to dance to Dancehall music? Want to to update your moves? Bored doing the same old workout over and over again? Blackgold Dance Crew got the longest running weekly Dancehall class in NYC.
WHEN: Saturday, September 19, 6:45pm – 8:30pm
WHERE: The Brooklyn Dance Project, 495 3rd Avenue, Bklyn (Park Slope/Gowanus)
HOW MUCH: $18
WHAT: The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in New York City, presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors. One of America’s premier book festivals, this hip, smart diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages to enjoy authors and the festival’s lively literary marketplace.
WHEN: Brooklyn Book Festival Children’s Day Saturday, September 19; Brooklyn Book Festival Sunday, September 20: Bookend Events September 14 – 21. Times and venues vary, to see full listing, go here.
WHERE: Venues vary, to see full listing, go here.
HOW MUCH: Free
WHAT: This year’s annual event features Nona Hendryx, Tamar-kali, Arooj Aftab, Gina Breedlove, Imani Uzuri, Joan As Police Woman, KimberlyNicole, Martha Redbone, Toshi Reagon, Allison Miller, Alex Nolan, Juliette Jones, Be Steadwell and more.
WHEN: Saturday, September 19, 7:00pm
WHERE: LPR, 158 Bleeker Street (The Village, Manhattan)
HOW MUCH: $20 advance; $25 day of
WHAT: Discover the natural world amid a thriving urban industrial park on this bus tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Explore New York City’s waterways, terrestrial ecosystems and urban farms. Learn how Brooklyn Grange’s stunning 65,000-square-foot rooftop farm produces 20,000 pounds of vegetables annually – as well as honey and eggs – and are a national leader in the development of rooftop and urban farming techniques. Hear about the health of the city’s waterways on a visit to an oyster restoration project led by a local school. Identify native plants, trees and wildlife taking refuge on the historic Naval Hospital campus. For more information and to register, visit http://bldg92.org/visit/public-tours/urban-ecology-tours/
WHEN: Sunday, September 20, 11:00am – 1:00pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92, Bklyn (Fort Greene)
HOW MUCH: $30 per person. 10% discount for members of the Brooklyn Historical Society, the Brooklyn Greenway
Initiative, and the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, as well as tenants and employees of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation.