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June 2015

By David Finck | on June 1,2015 at 12:24PM

The Word Cabaret – Saturday reading series
Saturday, June 6, 2015, 4:00 p.m.

Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC)
499 Van Brunt Street, Red Hook
718-596-2506 weekdays / 718-596-2507 weekends

The Word Cabaret is a new occasional Saturday afternoon reading series that aims to celebrate and savor the wondrous variety of Brooklyn-based wordsmiths--storytellers, playwrights, essayists, novelists, comics, spoken word artists, and poets. Hosted by Red Hook's Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, and curated by John Francis Istel.

Sunday, June 7, 2015, 1:00-6:00 p.m.
Call for exact start times

Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition
499 Van Brunt Street, Red Hook
718-596-2506 weekdays / 718-596-2507 weekends

Academy-award-nominated documentary about art created from the refuse of the world’s largest dump, located in Rio de Janeiro.  To celebrate the occasion, performing are the female drummers of Batala NYC Samba Band.  (This event is sponsored by the Sims Municipal Recycling Facility).

To Bid You All Good Bye: Civil War Stories
Daily except Mondays through July 12th, 2015, 12:00-600 p.m.

Green-Wood Cemetery
500 25th St., Greenwood Heights

Green-Wood, home to almost 5,000 Civil War veterans, marks the 150th anniversary of the end of America’s bloodiest war with stories of sacrifice and heroism in a compelling new exhibition running through Sunday, July 12, 2015.

To Bid You All Good Bye: Civil War Stories is on exhibit in Green-Wood’s Historic Chapel and tells the stories of 20 of Green-Wood’s permanent residents who contributed to the war effort. The exhibit features photographs, letters, gravestone photographs and photographic portraits, swords, stereo views and other historic objects from Green-Wood’s collections and archives, as well as items borrowed from public and private collections, some of which have never been exhibited before.
Among Green-Wood’s permanent residents featured in the exhibition are the 12-year-old drummer boy who became Kings County’s first casualty of the Civil War; two brothers, one fighting for the North, the other for the South, who were mortally wounded within feet of each other during one of the last battles of the war; the Quaker who enlisted and whose mother never spoke with him again; the astronomer who became a Union general and founded a village in South Carolina for freed slaves; the Confederate who became the first Civil War general to be killed in battle; the female abolitionist turned nurse; and many more.

To Bid You All Good Bye, designed by Archigrafika, was developed in collaboration with the Brooklyn Historical Society as part of a joint programming initiative to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the war’s end through exhibitions, educational curricula, and public programming.

Spring 2015 Gallery Events
Weekends through June 14, 1:00-6:00 p.m.

Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition
499 Van Brunt Street, Red Hook
718-596-2506 weekdays / 718-596-2507 weekends

In a massive Civil War-era building, repurposed as a gallery space, and graced by industrial ruins that have taken on a beauty and mystery of their own, the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC) presents its 23rd season in Red Hook with three dynamic shows: the Spring Pier Show Renew, and two national juried shows –Wide Open 6, and Recycle – each show a celebration of artists’ creativity and exploration.

The theme Renew signals the return of spring and the return of art to Red Hook. The show displays work of the 200 BWAC exhibiting artists; art in every medium from the traditional to the cutting edge.

The broad theme of BWAC’s “Wide Open” juried show encompasses all the possibilities of knowledge and freedom and love - wide open spaces…arms wide open…eyes wide open - but as with all things, there is the inevitable opposite - wide open to attack…corruption…failure. What kind of fantasy is this? What does it really indicate? This juried show looks to explore this idea of “wide open” in all the hidden niches of our collective psyche. Wide Open  6 is BWAC’s sixth annual Wide Open show.

Recycle, is a juried show of sophisticated two- and three- dimensional art crafted from cast-off, discarded and re-purposed materials. It is BWAC’s first official show in the re-use genre, where entries must incorporate at least 50 percent reused materials. Juried by the esteemed Director of Exhibitions at the Socrates Sculpture Park Elissa Goldstone, the show exhibits work that has successfully made the transformation from disuse to art through skillful craftsmanship and vivid imagination.
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. This week's lineup tba. Call for more information.
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!