Weekend Art Events: January 11-13 (Brooklyn Podcast Festival, Meet The Strings & More)


This weekend delivers plays, musical performances, the return of the Brooklyn Podcast Festival, and two family-friendly events at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and Brooklyn Historical Society DUMBO.

Check the BKLYNER Calendar for more events happening around town or to list one of your own.

Opera On Tap: Opera Dinner Theater! (Sponsored)
When: Thursday, January 10, 9pm
Where: Freddy’s Bar & Backroom, 627 5th Avenue, Park Slope
What: Straight from the tap, Freddy’s Bar and the Divas of Opera on Tap bring you the Home Brewed Opera series: funny, engaging, immersive operatic concerts in a casual setting. For our first show in 2019, bring your beer stein, put on your bib, and join us for a night of opera paired with items off of Freddy’s delicious menu and beer!
How Much: $10 suggested donation

Black Box New Play Festival
When: January 10 through January 27, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30pm;
Sundays at 3pm
Where: The Gallery Players, 199 14th Street (between 4th & 5th Avenues), Park Slope
What: The Gallery Players present the 22nd annual Black Box New Play Festival, showcasing 11 new plays over the next three weekends. Read more about the fest here.
How Much: Tickets $20, $15 children under 12 & seniors

Brooklyn Podcast Festival
When: Thursday, January 10 through Sunday, January 13
Where: The Bell House (Gowanus), BRIC (Fort Greene), Union Hall (Park Slope), Camp David (Sunset Park)
What: Launched in 2017, the Brooklyn Podcast Festival celebrates innovative and informative podcasts of all genres as well as their creators. The Fest gives audiences the opportunity to see their favorite podcasts live and the opportunity to discover new ones. On Thursday, Jan. 10 (6:30pm) BRIC will host a live taping of Touré Show, a weekly talk show in which author/television host/podcaster Touré interviews notable Black people working in the arts, music, and media, and examines their paths to success and the most difficult moments they’ve encountered. Touré’s guest will be actor/athlete/activist Terry Crews. Click here for Brooklyn Podcast Festival’s full schedule and ticket info.
How Much: Ticket prices vary per event

Gabriel Rivera via Facebook

Lost Angelino: An Immigrant’s Tale
When: Exhibition on view Friday, January 11 through Friday, March 1 (opening reception Friday, Jan. 11, 5pm to 7pm)
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.

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Lady Moon & The Eclipse
When: Friday, January 11, 8pm (doors open at 7pm)
Where: National Sawdust, 80 N 6th Street, Williamsburg
What: Brooklyn-based multicultural R&B music collective Lady Moon & The Eclipse will perform uplifting “spiritual music”—a mix of pop, R&B, and Afrobeat that references ’70s funk and mid-century Motown. Also on the bill, New Hampshire–based artists Harsh Armadillo and Nigerian-born/New York–based saxophonist and DJ, Eli Fola.
How Much: Tickets $20

When: Friday, January 11 through Sunday, January 13
Where: BRIC House Ballroom, 647 Fulton Street (enter at Rockwell Place), Fort Greene
What: Inspired by the story of Procne and Philomela from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, The Kilbanes produced this concert/play/dream that combines myth with indie rock music to illustrate a story of sisterhood, love, betrayal, and rebirth.
How Much: Tickets $30

Family Time at BHS DUMBO – Changing Perspectives
When: Saturday, January 12, 10:30am to 1:30pm
Where: Brooklyn Historical Society DUMBO, 55 Water Street, Second Floor, DUMBO
What: Brooklyn Historical Society kicks off its 2019 season of family programming (geared toward families with children ages 2 and up) with “Changing Perspectives on the Waterfront,” in which kids learn about life on Brooklyn’s waterfront over the years through a series of hands-on activities.
How Much: Free, register here

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Family Concert: Meet The Strings
When: Saturday, January 12, 1pm to 2pm and 3pm to 4pm
Where: Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, 58 7th Avenue, Park Slope
What: Dance, move, swing, and learn about string instruments with the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music’s Faculty String Quartet. The BKCM’s family concert series explores different sections of the orchestra in a fun, educational and family-friendly way, including performances and demonstrations of what instruments can do.
How Much: Tickets $15, $5 children 12 and under

Looking ahead…

Happy Hour Tour (Sponsored)
When: Thursday, January 17, 6:30pm
Where: Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Avenue, Flatbush
What: Wind down after work with an historic happy hour tour of Kings Theatre. This 90-minute tour covers the history of the theatre’s initial opening in 1929 through the story of the current-day restoration to glory in an intimate group setting and includes a glass of wine.
How Much: Tickets $30

Anthony Hamilton (Sponsored)
When: Saturday, January 19, 8pm (doors open at 7pm)
Where: Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Avenue, Flatbush
What: A night of soul and R&B live at Kings Theatre with Anthony Hamilton and special guest Jazmine Sullivan.
How Much: Tickets start at $59

Historic Tour (Sponsored)
When: Saturday, January 26, 2pm
Where: Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Avenue, Flatbush
What: Enjoy a Saturday afternoon immersed in Brooklyn history at the Kings Theatre. This tour discusses the initial opening of the theatre in 1929 through the story of the current-day restoration to glory in an intimate group setting.
How Much: Tickets $20

Swan Lake (Sponsored)
When: Thursday, January 31, 7:30pm (doors open at 6pm)
Where: Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Avenue, Flatbush
What: This full-scale production, set to the music of Pyotr Tchaikovsky and based on Russian folklore and German legend, follows a heroic young prince as he works to free the beautiful swan maiden from an evil spell. The first visit to The United States of America of the legendary National Ballet Theatre of Odessa with 55 talented and brightest ballet stars will bring this romantic tale of true love to glorious life!
How Much: Tickets start at $45

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Penelope Umbrico: Monument
Exhibition on view Thursday, November 29 through Sunday, January 20, 2019
Where: Gallery at BRIC House, 647 Fulton Street (enter on Rockwell Place), Fort Greene
What: Umbrico’s exhibit explores technologies in terms of their obsolescence, beginning with the idea that all technologies are “‘black boxes’ whose contents are largely incomprehensible to end users.” The center of the exhibition consists of a wall displaying broken and semi-functional TV and computer monitors showing the news. Behind the wall is a “knolling table,” where visitors are invited to contribute their unwanted screen-based electronic devices to be disassembled and arranged for an overhead photograph that will be shared on social media.

Trish Townes, Let This Be America at 440 Gallery via Facebook

Trish Townes: “Let This Be America”
When: Exhibition on view Thursday, January 3 through Sunday, February 3 (opening reception Sunday, Jan. 6, 6pm to 8pm)
Where: 440 Gallery, 440 6th Avenue, Park Slope
What: Artist Trish Townes‘ first exhibition at 440 Gallery features abstract paintings based on designs from Islamic, Chinese, Tibetan, East Indian, Nigerian, and Malian cultures created on transparent mylar sheets. The sheets are painted on both sides, with one side displaying the colors of the American flag. Townes hopes “that showing harmonious composition of the different designs may inspire people to work and live peacefully together.”

Tom Bennett at Tabla Rasa Gallery

Tom Bennett: Paintings and Master Prints
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. *NOTE: Tabla Rasa Gallery will be closed this weekend. The gallery will reopen on Wednesday, Jan. 16.

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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.

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