Things To Do This Week, Through February 12: Mary Louise Parker At Greenlight, Valentine’s Arts And Crafts, Shakespeare On Love, And Farragut Youth Safety Event

Things To Do This Week, Through February 12: Mary Louise Parker At Greenlight, Valentine’s Arts And Crafts, Shakespeare On Love, And Farragut Youth Safety Event

Below you’ll find information on events through the week in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill. Check back Thursday to see what’s scheduled this weekend!

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ONGOING

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Book Sale Donation Collection
When: Through Friday, April 8
Where: Clinton Hill Library at 380 Washington Avenue
What: The Friends of Clinton Hill will be holding their next Book Sale on Saturday, April 16th in conjunction with the ASPCA Adoption Van. Donations of books and CD’s in good condition will be accepted during library hours ONLY from Tuesday, January 12th through Friday, April 8th.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9

Story Time with First RIF
When:  Tuesday, February 9 at 11am
Where: Walt Whitman Library at 93 Saint Edwards Street
What: Hear stories, sing songs and play with other children.  Ages 0-5.

Toddler Time with RIF
When:  Tuesday, February 9 at 11am
Where: Bedford Library at 496 Franklin Avenue
What: The more you read, sing and talk with toddlers, the more they learn! Have fun hearing great picture books read aloud and playing with other children during this program dedicated to active toddlers. (18 – 36 months)

Free Movie: “Bessie”
When: Tuesday, February 9 at 1:45pm
Where: Clinton Hill Library at 380 Washington Avenue
What: Queen Latifah stars as legendary blues singer Bessie Smith in this HBO Films presentation, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Dee Rees (named one of 20 filmmakers to watch by The New York Times). The film focuses on Smith’s transformation from a struggling young singer into “The Empress of the Blues,” who became one of the most successful recording artists of the 1920s and is an enduring icon today.

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Zumba Class
When: Tuesday, February 2 at 6:30 pm
Where: Clinton Hill Library at 380 Washington Avenue
What: Classes are on Tuesday evenings starting on January 5th and running through February 23rd. Have fun and meet new people while fulfilling your New Year fitness resolutions. Our free Zumba classes are taught by certified Zumba instructor Arturo Perez.

Image via Greenlight Bookstore.
Image via Greenlight Bookstore.

Literary BFFs: Mark de Silva and Joshua Ellison
When: Tuesday, February 9 at 7:30pm
Where: Greenlight Bookstore at 686 Fulton Street
What: Relaunch of the Literary BFFs reading series, where writer friends interview each other about their books, lives, and friendship; the series is hosted by David Gutowski, creator of the acclaimed literary blog Largehearted Boy. Tonight’s installment features Mark de Silva, freelance writer for the New York Times and author of the debut novel Square Wave. A novel of ideas encompassing microtonal music, cloud physics, power struggles in 17th century Sri Lanka, and the psychological effects of a militarized state upon its citizenry, the book has been highly praised by critics and fellow writers as the triumphant arrival of a brilliant young writer. De Silva talks with his best friend Joshua Ellison, executive editor of Restless Books.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10

Drop-in Computer Class
When: Wednesday, February 10 at 1pm
Where: Clinton Hill Library at 380 Washington Avenue
What: Do you have a specific question about how to use computers or find your way around the Internet?  No time to attend a formal class?  Join our drop-in computer lab for personalized assistance.

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Kids Create: Valentine Cards
When: 
Wednesday, February 10 at 4pm
Where: Clinton Hill Library at 380 Washington Avenue
What: We’ll get you started making beautiful tissue paper collage valentines for kids to share with their loved ones and friends. An all ages craft; children under 6 will need supervision.

Crochet By Finger
When: Wednesday, February 10 at 6pm
Where: Clinton Hill Library at 380 Washington Avenue
What: How to finger Crochet a Scarf.  We Supply the Yarn and Instruction, You bring Your Fingers. In Person Registration Required.

CB 2 Meeting
When: Wednesday, February 10 at 6pm
Where: Actors Fund Art Center at 160 Schermerhorn Street
What: Community meeting with updates on events and news.

Shape Up: Dance Fitness
When: 
Wednesday, February 10 at 6:45pm
Where: Clinton Hill Library at 380 Washington Avenue
What: Free exercise class with a community volunteer. No pre-registration required.

mary louise parker and kevin youngPoetry Talk: Kevin Young and Mary-Louise Parker
When: 
Wednesday, February 10 at 7:30pm
Where: Greenlight Bookstore at 686 Fulton Street
What: Young presents his new collection Blue Laws, a rich and lively gathering of highlights from the first 20 years of an extraordinary career, interspersed with “B sides” and “bonus tracks”. This collection provides a grand tour of a poet whose personal poems and political poems are equally riveting. Together with wonderful outtakes and previously unseen blues, the profoundly felt poems here of family, Southern food, and loss are of a piece with the depth of personal sensibility and humanity found in his Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels or bold sequences such as “The Ballad of Jim Crow” and a new “Homage to Phillis Wheatley.” Young talks about his poetic history with actor and writer Mary-Louise Parker (author of Dear Mr. You), an ardent fan of Young’s work.
How Much: FREE, with books for sale

Trivia Night

When: Wednesdays from 8-11pm
Where: Putnam’s Pub at 419 Myrtle Avenue
What: Weekly trivia competition to win gift cards of $100 to Putnam’s. Beer specials all night.
How much: Free

Trivia Wednesdays
When: Wednesdays at 9pm
Where: Moot Bar at 579 Myrtle Avenue
What: Five rounds of 10 questions each on variety of subject matter from cereal box characters to physics. Winning team gets $50 off their bar tab.
How much: Free

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11

Movement Class For Older Adults
When: Thursdays from 11am-12pm
Where: Ingersoll Community Center at 177 Myrtle Avenue
What: Led by Mark Morris Dance Center faculty. Explore movement and music in a creative and fun way. Designed to use gentle movement to explore and increase range of motion for older adults.
How much: FREE

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Valentine’s Day Crafts
When: Thursday, February 11 at 4pm
Where: Clinton Hill Library at 380 Washington Avenue
What: Forgot to get Valentines for your friends? Come to the library and make your own! They’ll be way better anyway, we swear!
How Much: FREE

Theatre: “Shakespeare In (And On) Love”
When: Thursday, February 11 at 7pm
Where: Irondale Center at 85 South Oxford Street
What: Join us for an evening of sonnets, songs, scenes, and readings. Shakespeare’s Henry V, Julius Caesar, As You Like It, and Hamlet all presented in one epic evening. Food and an open bar are included in the ticket price.
How Much: $25 per person, $40 per couple

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12

Movies at the Library
When: Friday, February 12 at 3:30pm
Where: Walt Whitman Library at 93 Saint Edwards Street
What: Free movie screenings for kids ages 6-12 and their families.

Image via Brooklyn Public Library.
Image via Brooklyn Public Library.

Build with DUPLO and LEGOS
When: Friday, February 12 at 4pm
Where: Clinton Hill Library at 380 Washington Avenue
What: LEGOs at the library! Come help us think up new things to build: towers, cities, vehicles, monsters? Collaborate with your friends and get creative.
How Much: FREE

image (5)Farragut Houses Youth Safety and Resources Event
When: Friday, February 12 from 4-7pm
Where: Farragut Houses Community Center at 228 York Street
What: There will be many presenters offering a variety of services. They include: Operation Safe Child, Operation ID, NYPD School Safety Division, NYPD Recruitment, Crime Prevention, Youth Services, PSA#3 Domestic Violence, Sanctuary for Families, Mayors Office to Combat Domestic Violence, Save Our Streets, Brooklyn Navy Yard, Green City Force,  and NYPD Recruitment along with a special performance by The Farragut Young Leaders and Incredibles Dance Group. Furthermore, the Housing Community Affairs Bureau will conduct a Black History presentation.
Sponsored by PSA3, Farragut, and Olanike Alabi.
How Much: FREE

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UNBOUND Series: Ben Rawlence presents City of Thorns, In conversation with K’naan
When: Friday, February 12 at 7:30pm
Where: BAM at 321 Ashland Place
What: Author Ben Rawlence comes to BAM for the release of City of Thorns, his illuminating account of nine people living in the Dadaab refugee settlement in northern Kenya. In this intimate conversation Rawlence talks to Somali-born musician K’naan about the unique combination of storytelling and sociopolitical investigative journalism in his new book – and about the harrowing impasse facing the residents of the camps: caught between war in Somalia, indefinite incarceration in Kenya, and an illegal, dangerous, and expensive journey to a better life in Europe.
How Much: $25 for the event, $45 includes the book

BAMcafe Live: Tulivu and Seasoned Elegance
When: Friday, February 12 at 9pm
Where: BAM Peter Jay Sharp Building at 30 Lafayette Avenue
What: Acclaimed jazz singer Tulivu-Donna Cumberbatch’s rich, beautiful voice is remarkable for its deep, plaintive tones and expressive phrasing. Her distinctive style has led to extensive collaborations with trumpeter and composer Hannibal Lokumbe and performances alongside pianist John Hicks, Kronos Quartet, and the Brooklyn Philharmonic. She takes the stage at BAMcafé to perform selections from her latest album, Seasoned Elegance.
How Much: FREE

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