Tonight! One Night Only! – 15 Legendary Poets and Writers


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When: Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 7 p.m.
Where: Brooklyn Museum

Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor
jessica Care Moore, poet, publisher and founder of Black Women Rock!, and Danny Simmons, painter, author, and co-creator of Def Poetry Jam, host a Def Poetry Jam reunion.

For one night in Brooklyn, fifteen legendary poets and writers share one hot mic. This evening of performance, dialogue, and book signings features Carl Hancock Rux, T’kalla, Ekere Tallie, Sharrif Simmons, Kevin Powell, Willie Perdomo, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Ras Baraka, Liza Jessie Peterson, Bonz Malone, Tai Allen, SirMumsila, and Mariposa, with special guest DJ Omari Jazz.

Tickets, which include Museum admission, are $12; $8 for members and cultural colleagues. Seating is limited, and advance ticket purchase is recommended via www.museumtix.com

Love AGT :)

Fierce, Phenomenal Women

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Fierce, Phenomenal Women is the focus for Target First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum this month.

Admission to the museum is free from 5pm-11pm and parking is available for a flat rate of $4, or you can access the museum by taking the 2 or 3 to Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum. I usually drive there and I’ve never had a problem with parking.

Schedule of Events:

Action Station
5–8 p.m.
Visitors are invited to contribute images to community-curated heritage panels inspired by Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party, which will highlight the influential women in our lives.

Music
5–8 p.m.
Performances by Alakande! Spread Joy!, lo-fi punk group Making Friendz, and New Zealand contemporary soul group Fredericks Brown.

Artist Talk
6 p.m.
Mary Lucier on the installation Playing House. Free tickets available at the Visitor Center at 5 p.m.

Performance
6 p.m.
Brooklyn Ballet performs excerpts from their spring 2012 program, which draws on influences including Stravinsky, Isadora Duncan, and hip-hop. Free tickets available at the Visitor Center at 5 p.m.

Performance
6 p.m.
The Bad Feminist Readings, produced by Sarah Gentile and Sarah Giovanniello, offer a feminist take on over a century’s worth of popular books written with women in mind. Free tickets available at the Visitor Center at 5 p.m.

Hands-on Art
6:30–8:30 p.m.
Create your own illustration to accompany a newspaper headline, inspired by the exhibition Newspaper Fiction: The New York Journalism of Djuna Barnes, 1913–1919. Free tickets available at the Visitor Center at 5:30 p.m.

Artist Talk
7 p.m.
Feminist artist Kate Gilmore speaks about her work, including Blood From a Stone. Free tickets available at the Visitor Center at 6 p.m.

Curator Talk
8 p.m.
Catherine Morris, curator of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, on Rachel Kneebone: Regarding Rodin and Newspaper Fiction. Free tickets available at the Visitor Center at 7 p.m.

Dance Party
8–10 p.m.
The original Ladies of Ubiquita, DJs Reborn, Moni, Selly, and shErOck, celebrate their twelfth anniversary and all the women who’ve inspired them.

Book Club
9 p.m.
Author Sara Marcus leads a lively discussion of her book Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution. A book signing follows in the Museum Store.

Performance
9–10 p.m.
Brooklyn-born performance artist Queen Godis presents poetic hip-hop soul.

I’ve been to several Target First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum and have always had a wonderful time. Music, dance, arts and crafts, and artists talks bring cultures and themes alive every first saturday at the museum. It’s definitely a fun way to get your Saturday night started, or spend a fun night with friends and/family. I won’t be able to make it tonight, but I’d recommend it if you’re in the area and you don’t already have plans and are looking for something to do.

Love AGT :)

Year of the Dragon

Chinese New Year falls on a different day each year, and this year it begins on January 23rd. According to Wikipedia, “Chinese New Year is the longest and most important festivity in the Chinese calendar….According to tales and legends, the beginning of Chinese New Year started with the fight against a mythical beast called the Nian (Chinese: 年; pinyinnián). Nian would come on the first day of New Year to eat livestock, crops, and even villagers, especially children. To protect themselves, the villagers would put food in front of their doors at the beginning of every year. It was believed that after the Nian ate the food they prepared, it wouldn’t attack any more people. One time, people saw that the Nian was scared away by a little child wearing red. The villagers then understood that the Nian was afraid of the colour red. Hence, every time when the New Year was about to come, the villagers would hang red lanterns and red spring scrolls on windows and doors. People also used firecrackers to frighten away the Nian. From then on, Nian never came to the village again. The Nian was eventually captured by Hongjun Laozu, an ancient Taoist monk. The Nian became Hongjun Laozu’s mount”.

The year 2012 marks the year of the dragon. I was born in the year of the ox. Check out this website to see what your Chinese zodiac sign is.

Visit the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) located at 215 Centre Street (between Howard and Grant Streets) to learn more!

Hours of Operation:

Monday – 11am to 5pm

Thursday – 11am to 9pm

Friday – 11am to 5pm

Saturday and Sunday – 10am to 5pm

Admission: 

General – $7

Senior (65+) and Students (w/ ID) – $4

Note: Target free admission is available on Thursdays

Lunar Events Around the City

January 23rdNew Year Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival from 11am -3pm (free) in Roosevelt Park between Grand and Hester Streets.

January 28th – Lunar New Year Celebration at the Winter Garden from 1pm – 4pm (Free)

January 29th – Watch the 13th Annual Chinatown Lunar Parade as it winds through Chinatown from 11:30am – 4pm (Free)

February 5th – Check out the China Institute’s Lion Dance from 11am – Noon.

Love AGT :)