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April 2016

By David Finck | on April 23,2016 at 4:02PM

Hymn to Life

M34 Productions and The Forum @ St. Anne’s

Sunday, April 24, 2016, 8:00 p.m.



St. Anne’s and the Holy Trinity

157 Montague Street, Brooklyn Hts



In collaboration with M34 Productions, The Forum @ St. Ann’s presents a work-in-progress concert version of stanzas 1-23 of Timothy Donnelly’s epic poem “Hymn to Life” on Sunday, April 24, at 6:00 pm, and Monday, April 25, at 8:00 pm.


“Hymn to Life,” celebrated poet Timothy Donnelly’s extraordinary long poem, is by turns a tickling and gut-punching rumination down the rabbit-hole of extinction. For the past year, composer David Skeist and director James Rutherford have taken up the task of musically adapting this work for the stage.


The Forum, the arts and cultural programming arm at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, is pleased to give these talented artists a new context for this performance, which includes a reading of Donnelly’s entire poem.


Donnelly, who lives in Brooklyn and teaches poetry at Columbia University, will be in attendance on Sunday evening and will participate in a Q & A, moderated by fellow poet Dorothea Lasky, following the performance.


Admission is free; a freewill offering to support The Forum @ St. Ann’s is welcome. RSVP to


Screening and Discussion of Race: The Power of an Illusion, Episode 3

Monday, April 25, 2016, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.



Brooklyn Historical Society

128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn Hts.



This series of examinations of Race: The Power of an Illusion, concludes with Episode 3: The House We Live In, which turns a discerning lens on the ways in which our institutions and policies often quietly advantage certain groups over others. Post-screening discussion led by author and CUNY sociology professor Erica Chito-Childs.


Monday Night Movie: Enter the Dragon

Monday, April 25, 2016, 8:00 p.m.



Iron Station

683 Fifth Avenue, Park Slope South



At 8pm Iron Station is showing the ultimate of Kung Fu Movies: Bruce Lee’s Enter the Dragon. Saving the best for last here.


Brooklyn in Time monthly solo exhibition series: Us and Them – Rehana Esmail

Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.



The Hollows

151 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg


The Hollows is pleased to present Us and Them, a video installation portraying the segregated lives of Bushwick’s residents. Through an observational filmmaking style, Rehana Esmail’s video installation captures everyday situations in Bushwick and bring the notion of bodily privileges to the surface. Bushwick’s segregation can be seen as an example of a larger global pattern in which the cycle of movement, migration, settlement, and displacement continue to shape our surrounding environments as well as our psychological perception of them. More than ever, we need to raise the question of how our own bodies contribute to this process. Through her two channel video installation of two contrasting spaces in Bushwick, Esmail exposes the normalized daily tensions and paradoxes produced by the presence and absence of privilege. A spatial experience is created where Bushwick’s segregated lives are compressed into one room.


Rehana Esmail is a Brooklyn based independent filmmaker and holds an M.A. degree from The New School. Her work ranges from poetic cinema to documentary filmmaking while having a particular interest in the relationship between cinema, philosophy and anthropology. She is currently working on her first feature documentary about a post disaster landscape and its impact on local communities in the northern areas of Pakistan.


Michael Brownstein, “The Psychology and Philosophy of Implicit Bias”

Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 7:00 P.M.



The Brooklyn Public Philosophers

Brooklyn Public Library

Main Branch

10 Grand Army Plaza



Michael Brownstein is coming to Brooklyn Public Philosophers to introduce you to (and maybe help exorcise) your inner bigot. He’ll be talking about implicit bias – what it is, its place in the mind, and its relation to moral responsibility and self-trust. Here’s a bit more about the talk, in Dr. Brownstein’s own words:


This talk introduces the concept of implicit bias and covers the psychological measurement of “implicit attitudes,” evidence for the effects of implicit biases on most people’s judgment and behavior, and strategies anyone can adopt to become less biased. The focus will be on the effects of implicit bias in the justice system, including questions about responsibility for implicit bias and the relationship between implicit bias and explicit prejudice, particularly in the new Age of Trump.


Regina Opera in Concert

Thursday April 28, 2016, 6:30 p.m.



Sunset Park Library

5108 4th Avenue, Sunset Park



The Sunset Park branch of the Public Library hosts a free one-hour concert by Regina Opera, featuring opera and Broadway selections performed by Hannah Stone – soprano; Jennifer Mescon – mezzo-soprano (pictured); Timothy Stoddard – tenor; Daniel Kerr – tenor; accompanied by Richard Paratley – flutist, Phyllis Falletta and Maxine Feldman – pianists.


Greg D’s Odds & Ends

Saturday, April 30, 2016, 9:00 p.m.



Freddy’s Bar

627 Fifth Avenue, Park Slope South

Greg Di Gesu has put together another strong lineup of talents for his latest evening of musical odds & ends. The lineup Saturday includes Arlan Feiles, the Sounds of Greg D, and the Grizzly Adams Family.

Arlan Feiles is an award winning Singer Songwriter, Multi-Instrumentalist and Music Producer. He has recorded several highly acclaimed records and his music can be heard in many TV programs and movies, including the Academy award winning film the Dallas Buyers Club. Arlan is equally known for his efforts supporting voting and civil rights.

The Sounds of Greg D are eclectic, sharp, and funny, simultaneously bizarre and intelligent, and his rockin’ revolving backup unit is always on point. A fun ride.

The Grizzly Adams Family is an original six-piece band that plays their own brand of indie Americana. Some of the material is set to a backdrop of African rhythms, and has been described as "Fela beats with Nick Drake sentiment". Other songs are more Indie rockin' with crafty guitar work blending into the big vocal sound of the four singers. Led by guitarist, singer and songwriter, Chris Mosley.


Read a Review of Brownstone Agents

Brownstone Real Estate
Licensed Real Estate Broker
372 7th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Posted 7/16/2015 by John H.

I found these guys on yelp about a year ago, and boy did they ever deliver.

My wife and I were looking for agents to list our co-op in Kensington, and we happened upon Arny Cohen. He and Robert Bryan came by to check out the place and immediately struck us as honest, hardworking guys with lots of personality. Our cat also approved, so we decided to give them the listing.

We got an above asking, all cash offer about two weeks in and were ready to close. Robert, being the scrupulous and well informed gentleman that he is, caught that we hadn't owned it long enough to avoid paying capital gains tax, so dissuaded us from the deal, instead encouraging us to wait. In this type of market it is VERY rare to have anyone remotely involved in your deal not pushing you to close as quick as you can - I'm sure it was difficult for Robert and Arny to walk away from a sure thing, but they did have our best interests at heart.

We relisted with them with the intention of buying another place. They quickly got another (much higher) all cash offer that unfortunately didn't pan out, but that didn't stop them from tirelessly showing us open houses in the far corners of Brooklyn every single weekend of the past cold winter. Sure enough, another offer came in that they negotiated up close to asking from a lowball initial offer and we got into contract. We closed yesterday. Thank you, Robert Bryan and Arny Cohen for working so hard for us and having a good time while doing it, too. We really appreciate it!

John, Mir, Zelda and Timber

Brooklyn Sewers: What’s Up Down There?
Wednesdays-Sunday, Noon – 6:00 p.m. Through May 29, 2016
$10 Museum Admission

Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn Heights

Brooklyn Historical Society’s exhibition tells the story of the creation of one of Brooklyn’s oldest and most extensive infrastructure projects: its sewer system. This exhibition tells the story of the creation of the Brooklyn sewer system through a historical look at four corners of Kings County: Flatlands, Bushwick, Coney Island and Fort Greene. Visitors are invited to look beneath the surface into the problems, challenges, and issues that each of these neighborhoods faced in the creation of the sewer system, and the factors that made an integrated municipal system for sewerage an absolute necessity.

The exhibition was curated by a team of teen curators who participated in BHS’s free afterschool museum studies program known as Exhibition Laboratory, or Ex Lab.
The Truth is I See You
Hank Willis Thomas
in collaboration with Ryan Alexiev
Now through June 3, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

MetroTech Commons
Between Jay Street and Flatbush Avenue at Myrtle Avenue, Downtown Brooklyn

Brooklyn is one of the most diversely populated areas in the world, bringing together cultures from all corners of the globe. The Truth Is I See You is part of an ongoing series by Brooklyn-based artist Hank Willis Thomas that explores the nature of truth and understanding across cultures. Using the phrases of a poem written in collaboration with artist Ryan Alexiev, the core of the exhibition is a new series of comic book-inspired speech balloon signs that feature universal statements about truth in twenty-two of the many languages spoken in Brooklyn. Installed along the MetroTech Promenade, each sign features an English translation of the phrase and is accompanied by a pronunciation guide. Thomas arrived at these translations by working with an extended network of friends to communicate the essence of each English statement, as opposed to a direct translation.

Within the Commons, the speech balloon is repeated in new sculptural works: two benches of rolled steel create circular spaces for contemplation, while a large-scale steel tree has branches that seem to grow into thought bubbles. Together these works invite us to approach our different perspectives on truth with a new sense of understanding.

Jazz at the Abbey
Every Thursday Evening starting at 6:00 p.m.

The Abbey
536 Driggs Avenue, Williamsburg

Live Jazz Happy hour 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  With saxophonist Joey Johnson and friends _____________________________________________________________________________
Every Tuesday Night
Beer Tasting

Every Tuesday night 7 PM

191 Fifth Ave., Betw. Berkeley Pl. and Union St. Park Slope

Beer Tasting! 'Nough said.
Every Wednesday Night
The Mandingo Ambassadors

Every Wednesday at 10 p.m.
376 Ninth St., (at 6th Avenue) Park Slope

Mamady Kouyate is a pioneer of the Guinean musical movement known as Authenticité. He played in various bands - his own band, Les Ambassadeurs du Mandingue, being one of them - but is probably best known as the guitarist in the classic Bembeya Jazz National. Kouyate, who now lives in NY, has reformed the Mandingo Ambassadors, updating the sound of his youth, but keeping it very close to the standard of Authenticité. The new All-Star band includes Mamady "Djelike" Kouyate, guitar, leader; Bebe Camara, vocal; Eudy Fernandez, trumpet; Oran Etkin, tenor sax, clarinet; Sylvain Leroux, flute, Fula flute, alto sax; Sam Dickey, guitar; Nick Cudahy, bass; Andy Algire, drums; Foluso Mimy, percussion.
Union St. Film Series
Every third Tuesday of the month, 7:00 p.m.
$10 suggested donation

Spoke the Hub
748 Union St., Park Slope

The Union St. Film Series screens independent short, feature, experimental, documentary, dance, comedic and narrative films. Every 3rd Tuesday of the month @ 7:00pm

Every Saturday
Greenmarket at Grand Army Plaza

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn’s biggest, at the entrance to Prospect Park

Every Sunday
Comedy Night at The Knit "Front Bar
 9:00 p.m. FREE! (21+)

The Knitting Factory Brooklyn
361 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211, Williamsburg
Hosted by Hannibal Burress
Every Sunday night in the Front Bar of Knitting Factory Brooklyn, Hannibal Buress hosts: Comedy at The Knitting Factory with special guests each week. Past performances have included unannounced sets from Chris Rock, Robin Williams, Sarah Silverman, Louis CK, & more!