The American Freak Show
August 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Brooklyn Brainery
190 Underhill Avenue, Prospect Heights
What is the history behind the American freak show? What does the modern day freak show look like? Who were the performers that made up the freak show? And how has the term “freak” become popularized through this history? In this class we will attempt to answer these very questions while also exploring the history of the freak show within American society. From Brooklyn’s infamous Coney Island to AMC’s reality television show, Freak Show, we will consider the various ways in which the side show and circus culture has come to be viewed today.
Through the use of archival images and clips from several documentaries, we will get a visual history of circus and freak show culture while also trying to put it in a contemporary context. Although this class will be mainly lecture based, come armed with all your questions regarding all circus, side and freak show things!
Peter Snow, Author,
When Britain Burned the White House
August 25, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
163 Court Street, Cobble Hill
Reading, Q&A, Book Signing
In August 1814, the United States army was defeated just outside Washington, D.C., by the world’s greatest military power. President James Madison and his wife had just enough time to flee the White House before the British invaders entered. British troops stopped to feast on the meal still sitting on the Madisons’ dining-room table before setting the White House on fire. The extent of the destruction was massive; finished in wood rather than marble, everything inside the mansion was combustible. Only the outer stone walls would withstand the fire.
Peter Snow is a highly respected British journalist, author, and broadcaster. He was ITN’s diplomatic and defence correspondent from 1966 to 1979 and presented Newsnight from 1980 to 1997.
Art Talks Brooklyn
August 26th , 2014 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
A new speaker series highlighting the Brooklyn art scene.
The Way Station
683 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, Prospect Heights/Crown Heights
A great opportunity to get your networking on. Monthly, three invited speakers from different arts organizations, each allotted 15 minutes, will share what they are doing and how the arts positively impact our community. This months guests are Alicia Jean-Noel of the Brooklyn Museum; Hanne Tierney, Director, FiveMyles, Crown Heights; and Brian Weissman of the Brooklyn Metal Works.
Every Tuesday Night
A Weekly Stand-up Comedy Show
The People's Republic of Brooklyn
247 Smith Street, Carroll Gardens
Every Tuesday at 8 pm, Tim Ellis and Mo Fathelbab host Manifesto! -- a comedy uprising in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. They bring a lineup of the best comedians in NYC and beyond to The People's Republic of Brooklyn -- a current hotbed of comic dissent. The revolution will be hilarious...and FREE!
The TUESDAY, AUGUST 26th Manifesto! will feature these amazing performers*:
Lynn Bixenspan, Matt Donaher, Sam Grittner, Aparna Nancherla, Nimesh Patel, and Lou Perez.
And, stop by early to catch or to be a part of the free open mic. The weekly mic starts at 6:00 pm (sign up at 5:30).
*Lineup is subject to change
Every Tuesday Night
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
Greenmarket at Grand Army Plaza
Grand Army Plaza 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Brooklyn’s biggest, at the entrance to Prospect Park
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!