Weekend Art Events: February 15-17 (Black Artstory Month, Cityfox Live, Eye of the Beholder & More)


Don’t let the recent chilly weather keep you from exploring this weekend! Spend time relaxing while listening to jazz music with Out of the Collective, immerse yourself in a participatory performance, The Eye of the Beholder, at the BRIC House, check out art exhibits across the borough and check out so much more happening this weekend.

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Allan Harris (Photo: Sandrine Lee courtesy of On Stage at Kingsborough)

Long Live the King: Allan Harris Sings Nat King Cole
When: Friday, February 15, 7pm
Where: On Stage at Kingsborough, 2001 Oriental Boulevard (at Oxford Street), Manhattan Beach
What: Cap of your week with some world-class jazz by multi-award-winning jazz artist Allan Harris. A brilliantly distinctive artist in his own right, Harris and his trio will interpret such treasured gems as “I’ll Be Seeing You,” “The Very Thought of You,” “Mona Lisa,” and “Unforgettable.”
How Much: Tickets $42

Alita Experience (Sponsored)
When: Friday, February 15, 5pm to 9pm
Where: 470 Driggs Avenue, Williamsburg
What: ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL – PASSPORT TO IRON CITY is an immersive experience based in the world of the highly anticipated film Alita: Battle Angel. Get tickets now – discounts available at alitaexperience.com. By popular demand, the event has been extended through March 3.
How Much: Tickets start at $25

The Eye of the Beholder (work-in-progress)
When: Friday, February 15 and Friday, February 22, 7pm
Where: BRIC House Artist Studio, 647 Fulton Street (enter on Rockwell Place), Fort Greene
What: Composed with elements of a TED Talk—flash workshop sessions, dance, music, and multimedia—The Eye of the Beholder is a participatory performance mashup asking audiences to close their eyes and see (re-envision) the world from a different place.
How Much: Tickets $8 advance and $12 day of show

BAMcafé Live: Don Byron and Aruán Ortiz
When: Friday, February 15, 9pm
Where: BAM, Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Fort Greene
What: Jazz pianist Aruán Ortiz and clarinetist and saxophonist Don Byron take on a wide-ranging jazz repertoire that unleashes the imaginations of the two free-thinking minds.
How Much: Free

Black Artstory Month 2019: Front And Center/ed
When: Every Friday throughout February
Where: Various locations, Fort Greene
What: The Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership presents the 7th Annual Black Artstory Month, FRONT and CENTER/ED, on four Fridays during Black History Month. Curated by Black Gotham Experience, “four stylized productions at the intersection of Black Brooklyn history and fashion” will be presented along or near Myrtle Avenue throughout February. Read more about the Black Artstory Month events here.
How Much: All events are free and open to the public.

Disney’s DCappella (Sponsored)
When: Saturday, February 16, 8pm (doors open at 7pm)
Where: Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Avenue, Flatbush
What: DCappella, Disney Music Group’s new a cappella group featuring 7 world class vocalists, will embark on its first North American tour in January 2019. Created by Disney and contemporary a cappella legend Deke Sharon (Pitch Perfect, The Sing Off, and much more), the tour will appeal to fans of both Disney and a cappella with their modern a cappella versions of Disney hits.
How Much: Tickets start at $39.50

Humpty Dumpty Cracks Up
When: Weekends from Saturday, February 16 to Sunday, February 24, 3pm
Where: Play Nice Theatre Company, 89 4th Avenue, Park Slope
What: Using plenty of humor and songs, the story of Humpty Dumpty Cracks Up: A Musical About Bullying, Bathtubs, and Babysitting is about Jack, a teenager struggling to cope with being picked on and feeling like a misfit. Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to anti-bullying programs and the Helen Keller Services for the Blind in Brooklyn.
How Much: Tickets $10

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Lady Sings the Blues
When: Saturday, February 16, 5pm to 6pm
Where: Brooklyn Music School, 126 Street Felix Street, Fort Greene
What: For this year’s Valentine’s Day concert the BMS Jazz Department presents “Lady Sings the Blues” inspired by the great Lady Day, Billie Holiday. The show will feature jazz vocalist Janis Russell and the director of the Lafayette Inspirational Ensemble, a local gospel choir from Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church.
How Much: Tickets $5 in advance and $8 at the door

Dekalb Stage Presents Soul Summit
When: Saturday, February 16, 8pm
Where: Dekalb Stage, Dekalb Market Hall, 445 Albee Square West, Downtown Brooklyn
What: Dekalb Market Hall debuts its new 7,500-square-foot live entertainment venue this weekend with a Soul Summit dance party. Soul Summit Music is a DJ collective with an emphasis on all things soul. Now in its 18th year, Soul Summit’s summer series in Fort Greene Park has developed a loyal following making it one of the summer’s most popular parties.
How Much: Tickets $10 advance and $12 day of show

Out of the Collective
When: Saturday, February 16, 8:30pm and 10:30pm
Where: Sistas’ Place, 456 Nostrand Avenue, Bed-Stuy
What: A concert tribute to the founding members of the Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium. This special event will feature legendary bassists Reggie Workman and Buster Williams, drummer Lenny White and pianist Jason Moran.
How Much: Tickets $50

Raycee Jones (Photo courtesy of BAM)

BAMcafé Live: Raycee Jones
When: Saturday, February 16, 9pm
Where: BAM, Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Fort Greene
What: Singer/songwriter Raycee Jones mixes hints of soul, electronica, blues, and trip-hop for an unmistakable sound. The Brooklyn-based performer released her debut EP Decisions last year.
How Much: Free

Cityfox Live
When: Saturday, February 16, 10pm
Where: Avant Gardner, 140 Stewart Avenue, East Williamsburg
What: An electronic music festival showcasing and celebrating the art and craftsmanship of live performances. Spanning three stages across Avant Gardner, the event will feature new, never-before-experienced sets by Âme, Stephan Bodzin, Octave One, and many more.
How Much: Tickets $50

Looking ahead…

Metric & Zoé 2019 Tour (Sponsored)
When: Monday, February 18, 7pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
Where: Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Avenue, Flatbush
What: Multi-award winning rock bands Metric and Zoé have embarked on a co-headlining tour across the U.S. together. Fans can expect a night of incredible live music from both bands known for their cool, rhythmic sounds, amazing guitar melodies and persuasive vocals.
How Much: Tickets start at $36

Stereo Hideout: Tchaikovsky v. Drake (Sponsored)
When: Saturday, February 22, 8pm (doors open at 7pm)
Where: Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Avenue, Flatbush
What: Steve Hackman’s Tchaikovsky V. Drake defies boundaries, genres, and definitions. Join Hackman, his 60-piece Stereo Hideout Orchestra and four vocal soloists for a night of musical alchemy that blends two famed composers separated by over a century,
How Much: Tickets start at $55

Kings Theatre Historic Tour (Sponsored)
When: Saturday, February 23, 2pm
Where: Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Avenue, Flatbush
What: Brooklyn’s newly-restored Kings Theatre is pleased to announce the return of the popular historic theatre tour. This tour covers the history of the initial opening in 1929 through the story of the current day restoration to glory in an intimate group setting.
How Much: Tickets $20

PJ Masks Live: Save the Day! (Sponsored)
When: Saturday, March 30 and Sunday, March 31, 10am and 2:30pm
Where: Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Avenue, Flatbush
What: PJ Masks Live!, the hit live musical production from Entertainment One (eOne) and Round Room, is back with an all-new show. Based on eOne’s top-rated animated series, airing daily on Disney Junior, the new show features preschoolers’ favorite pre-school superheroes with new and old songs from the popular show.
How Much: Tickets start at $39.50


Tom Bennett at Tabla Rasa Gallery

Tom Bennett: Paintings and Master Prints
When: Exhibition on view Sunday, December 9 through Saturday, February 9, 2019
Where: Tabla Rasa Gallery, 224 48th Street (between 2nd & 3rd Avenues), Sunset Park
What: Bennett’s artwork features “impassioned brushwork, bold compositions, and rich subject matter” including bucking horses and classical nudes.

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When: Exhibition on view Saturday, October 20 through Friday, February 15, 2019 (Fridays 3pm to 6pm, or by appointment)
Where: The Old Stone House, 336 3rd Street (between 4th & 5th Avenues), Park Slope
What: The Old Stone House presents an exhibition of current work by the members of the Gowanus Swim Society artist collective. The eight artists manipulated their art materials through “intentional, systematic procedures that sometimes incorporate[d] chance,” producing work that borders on representation and abstraction while showing “the evolution of most artists’ work processes.”

Faces Of Downtown Scene By Maria Baranova
When: Exhibition on view Friday, January 4 through Saturday, February 16
Where: The Invisible Dog Art Center, 51 Bergen Street, Boerum Hill
What: Maria Baranova‘s two-year “Faces of Downtown” project is dedicated to NYC’s experimental performance community. The photographer has shot more than 200 portraits of off-Broadway dancers, choreographers, actors, producers, playwrights, designers, and directors at her Gowanus studio, including Ivy Baldwin, Yanira Castro, Meg Harper, Bobbi Jene Smith, and more.


Styles of Resistance: From the Corner to the Catwalk
When: Exhibition on view Friday, January 18 through Sunday, February 24
Where: MoCADA Museum, 80 Hanson Place, Fort Greene
What: MoCADA kicks off its 20th anniversary with this fashion-focused exhibit that examines the origins of streetwear and urban fashion, and its evolution from the 1970s to today.
How Much: Admission $16

Gabriel Rivera via Facebook

Lost Angelino: An Immigrant’s Tale
When: Exhibition on view Friday, January 11 through Friday, March 1
Where: South Slope Local/Uptown Roasters, 355 7th Avenue (between 10th & 11th Streets), Park Slope
What: Park Slope artist Gabriel Rivera presents artwork documenting his life’s journey, from emigrating to the United States from Mexico, serving in the Vietnam War, and becoming a business owner, family man, and activist. Read more about Rivera here.

Enrico Riley via Jenkins Johnson Projects | Facebook

Enrico Riley: New World
When: Exhibition on view Saturday, February 2 through Saturday, March 23
Where: Jenkins Johnson Projects, 207 Ocean Avenue (between Parkside Avenue & Lincoln Road), Prospect-Lefferts Garden
What: The paintings in Riley’s solo exhibit are part of an evolving cycle that investigates themes of historical and contemporary violence, martyrdom, and grief. The recent media reports of reflexive violence perpetrated on African-Americans has blurred the boundaries between the historical record and the problems still facing contemporary culture. Riley’s paintings can be used for remembering and reflecting on grief, but also to investigate the links between the old and new worlds.

Environmental Empathies
When: Exhibition on view Wednesday, February 6 through Thursday, March 28 (8am to 8pm daily)
Where: St. Francis College, Callahan Center Art Gallery, 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights
What: This group exhibition explores the connection between empathy and action around climate change, encouraging viewers to “‘put themselves in the shoes’ of future (or current) generations who will experience the effects of climate change or of the plant and wildlife being impacted.”
How Much: Free and open to the public daily

Kameelah Janan Rasheed’s Scoring the Stacks at the Central Library via Facebook

Scoring The Stacks
When: Exhibition on view Friday, January 11 through Sunday, April 7
Where: Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Heights
What: Brooklyn-based artist Kameelah Janan Rasheed presents this participatory public art exhibition and workshop series at BPL’s Central Library. Visitors are introduced to the exhibit by a 120-foot site-specific photomural on the balcony of the Library’s Grand Lobby. At the heart of Scoring the Stacks is a series of scores, artworks based on musical notations, that invite participants to interpret/follow instructions that take them throughout the library. A series of public programs will also invite attendees to collaborate in creating lyrics, choreography, and flash fiction using scores contributed by the public.

Yi Xin Tong, Animalistic Punk – Fish, 2018 (image courtesy of the artist and BRIC)

BRIC Biennial: Volume III, South Brooklyn Edition
When: Exhibition on view from Thursday, February 7 through Sunday, April 7
Where: BRIC House, 647 Fulton Street, Fort Greene and various satellite locations
What: The third edition of BRIC’s Biennial will showcase the work of 19 emerging and mid-career artists in South Brooklyn (Park Slope, Gowanus, Sunset Park, and Bay Ridge) at BRIC House as well as at five satellite locations including Green-Wood Cemetery, La Bodega, NARS Foundation, Ortega Y Gasset Projects, and Trestle Gallery. With this year’s “The Impossible Possible” theme “rather than reflecting our current state of affairs, their work looks inward, whether reflecting the sphere of the personal or some alternate reality.”

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Hi-Viz: Australian Political Posters 1979–2019
When: Exhibition on view Friday, February 8 through Sunday, April 14
Where: Interference Archive, 314 7th Street (between 4th & 5th Avenues), Park Slope
What: This exhibition of vibrant screen-printed posters provides a visual commentary of politics in Australia over the past four decades and illustrates the times and events that inspired artists throughout periods of major change. Several topics addressed in the posters are still relevant today, including Indigenous rights, gender politics, unemployment, and the environment.

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