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Northern BKLYNER Weekday Events Spotlight: January 9-12

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Martin McDonagh’s heralded play The Beauty Queen of Leenane opens at the BAM Harvey Theater on Wednesday. [L-R] Marie Mullen as Mag, Aisling O’Sullivan as Maureen, and Marty Rea as Pato. (Photo by Stephen Cummiskey)

A stunning show at BAM, secret science, and rope bondage are here for your pleasure this week. If you have an event to share, email us at editor@bklyner.com.

Franklin Park Reading Series
When: Monday, January 9. 8pm-10pm
Where: Franklin Park, 618 St. Johns Place at Franklin Avenue
What: We’re kicking off 2017 with our annual Short Fiction Night and a slate of outstanding authors: Adam Haslett (Imagine Me Gone, You Are Not a Stranger Here), Mary Miller (Always Happy Hour, The Last Days of California), Rion Amilcar Scott (Insurrections), Uzodinma Okehi (Over for Rockwell), and Rebecca Keith (Joyland).
How much: Free

Soul Vinyl with DJ Joey C from the Dap Kings
When: Tuesday, January 10, 9:00pm
Where: Freddy’s, 627 5th Avenue (between 17th and 18th Streets)
What: The Staten Island Soul Junkie Returns to Brooklyn for a Soul All Nighter. Dj Joey C Spinning Rare Soul Vinyl from 9pm till Close.
How much: No cover.

Desiree Burch: This Is Evolution
When: Tuesday, January 10. Doors at 7:30pm; Show at 8pm
Where: Union Hall, 702 Union Street at 5th Avenue
What: Your 30s are a decade of growing wisdom, diminishing relevance and drinking yourself to sleep on top of a pile of self-help books. From quantum physics to dick pics, Desiree Burch’s high-octane stand-up hour straddles the profound and the profane–exploring sex, death, relationships, race, body image and social change at a time when she, like much of Western culture, is trying not to s**t the bed in the middle of ‘adultlescence’.
How much: $8, tickets available online.

Queerious Trivia
When: Monday, January 9 at 8pm
Where: The Way Station, 683 Washington Avenue (Between Prospect Place and St. Marks Avenue)
What: Comes roaring into 2017 like a livid f$#king jaguar with “How Queer!”, our January Edition! The theme is old hollywood, tap shoes, dandies and dames, serenades, slapstick, lipstick and good old fashioned glamour because really, it doesn’t get much queerer!  Featuring a very very special guest performer, Olive d’Nightlife!!!
How much: Free

Secret Science Club presents Canine Cognition Researcher and Author Alexandra Horowitz
When:  Tuesday, January 10 at Doors at 7:30pm, Show at 8pm
Where: The Bell House, 149 7th Street (near 2nd Avenue)
What: Ever wonder what it would be like to be inside the mind of a dog? Dog cognition researcher Alexandra Horowitz explores how dogs perceive the world through their most spectacular organ–the nose–and how we humans can put our underused sense of smell to work in surprising ways. Jumping off from her new book Being a Dog: Following the Dog Into a World of Smell and over a decade of canine research, Dr. Horowitz delves into the astonishing information dogs acquire from a single sniff of air, the anatomy of a dog’s snout and the human nose, and the ability of tracking dogs to sniff out everything from fire ants to imminent seizures.
How much: Free

Bound for Pleasure: Introductory Rope Bondage Class with Yin Q
When: Wednesday, January 12, 7pm-9pm
Where: Please, 557 5th Avenue at 15th Street
What: Are you interested in playing with teasing and restraint while holding your partner captive? Or perhaps you’d like to struggle for freedom yourself? Rope bondage can add some kink to your fantasy, or can be practiced as an artform all its own. Please is excited to offer this hands-on, two-part series for novices who are interested in learning and practicing the basic ties of rope bondage. We’re a big fan of this class. And we know what we speak of because we took it.
How much: $30-$58 (depending on single or couple). Purchase tickets online here. Tickets may also be purchased in-store. For any questions, please contact us at 718-788-6969 or email workshops@pleasenewyork.com.

The Beauty Queen Of Leenane (theater)
When: Opens Wednesday, January 11 – Sunday, February 5; times vary
Where: BAM Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton Street
What: Ireland’s esteemed theater company Druid makes its BAM debut with this 20th anniversary revival of Martin McDonagh’s Tony Award-winning pitch-black comedy, the first in his trilogy of plays set in the sodden Irish backwater of Leenane. Forty-year-old spinster Maureen Folan lives with her mother Mag in a dreamless hovel, where the two trade insults and injuries in a vicious cycle of loveless caretaking—until a glimmer of romance for Maureen sets in motion a chain of events as hilarious as it is terrifying. Druid co-founder Marie Mullen, who won a Tony for her performance as Maureen in the original production, ages into the fearsome role of Mag, under the direction of co-founder and artistic director Garry Hynes.
How much: Prices vary. Tickets available here.

Raising Race-Conscious Children
When: Thursday, January 12. 6:30pm-8:30pm
Where: Brooklyn Free Space, 298 6th Avenue at 2nd Street
What: Talking about race is often difficult. Many times, we worry that we will say the wrong thing, and so choose not to address the issue. This workshop will give parents and caregivers language, tools, and resources to address race and racial messaging with children. A goal is to help children—and parents—better see their role in working towards a more equitable society.
How much: $20, suggested. Register online here.

A Study on Effort by Bobbi Jene Smith (dance)
When: Thursday, January 12 – Saturday, January 14. Thursday ay 7pm. Friday at 9pm, Saturday at 3pm and 7pm.
Where: The Invisible Dog, 51 Bergen Street, between Boerum Place and Smith Street
What: Bobbi Jene Smith in collaboration with Keir GoGwilt (NYC) – The effort of lifting. The effort of a pledge. The effort of not knowing. A Study on Effort is a collaboration between the incomparable dancer Bobbi Jene Smith and acclaimed violinist Keir GoGwilt, consisting of 10 tasks that question physical, emotional and metaphoric effort through a lens celebrating the connections between sound, body and duration.
How much:
 $20, purchase tickets online.

Leigh Blanchard and Amy Weil: Mending Fragments: Hide and Seek
When: Through Sunday, February 5. Thursdays and Fridays, 4:00-7:00pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 11:00am-7:00pm. 
Where: 
440 Gallery, 440 6th Avenue, between 9th and 10th Streets
What: 440 Gallery is pleased to present Mending Fragments: Hide & Seek, a two-person exhibition featuring the photography of Leigh Blanchard and the mixed media paintings of Amy Weil. Blanchard and Weil have a similar conceptual approach to creating their art even though they employ different processes; both explore the philosophical while maintaining a playful curiosity. The artists both embrace the thought behind the Japanese pottery technique Kintsugi—they visualize fragments as positive, additive elements as opposed to something that is missing.
How much: Free.

Surrogate Skin: The Biology of Objects
When: Through February 26, 2017
Where: Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, 80 Hanson Place, Fort Greene
What: Through the works of Doreen Garner and Keisha Scarville, Surrogate Skin: The Biology of Objects is an exposition on the consciousness of materials and how they bear the memory of lived experience. Recalling the medical exploitation of black women’s bodies through grotesque arrangements of silicone, pearls, hair weave, and surgical instruments, Doreen Garner simultaneously refuses and seduces the viewer’s curiosity, effectively returning their encroaching gaze. As a siren for perspectives of black women that have been historically excluded from a more celebratory narrative on scientific achievement, such as Henrietta Lacks, and Anarcha, Betsy, and Lucy, three of the only known slave women subject to unanesthetized surgeries performed by Dr. J. Marion Sims, Garner makes explicit the relationship between medical abuse and the socialization of black women.
How much: Adults – $8, Seniors (65+) – $4, Students (with valid ID) – $4, Children (under 12 ) – Free

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