It may be rainy out today, but skies should clear up by tomorrow—just in time for a weekend featuring theater, music, comedy, and an anti-fascist heavy metal fest.
Check the Bklyner Calendar for more events happening around town or to list one of your own.
When: Wednesday, January 23 through Saturday, January 26
Where: BAM Fisher, 321 Ashland Place (between Hanson Place & Lafayette Avenue), Fort Greene
What: Check out the New York premiere of Théâtre de la Ville, Paris’ production based on texts by playwright Eugène Ionesco. Seven actors perform this mashup of five texts—The Bald Soprano; The Lesson; Frenzy for Two, or More; Jack, or The Submission; and French Conversation and Diction Exercises for American Students—set during an unruly dinner party. (In French with English titles)
How Much: Tickets start at $25
15th Annual Brooklyn Israel Film Festival
When: Thursday, January 24; Saturday, January 26; Sunday, January 27
Where: Kane Street Synagogue, 236 Kane Street (between Court & Clinton Streets), Cobble Hill
What: This three-day festival kicks off with a screening of the 1969 movie Siege followed by a round-table discussion led by Homeland‘s Dominic Fumusa. Learn more about the Brooklyn Israel Film Festival here.
How Much: Tickets $18, $36 full series; $28 family ticket
Liquid Light Lab & Ricardo Romaneiro Present Liquidverse
When: Friday, January 25, 7pm (doors open at 6pm)
Where: National Sawdust, 80 N 6th Street (at Wythe Avenue), Williamsburg
What: Liquid Light Lab, composer Ricardo Rominero, and artist Dominick Chang present Liquidverse, a psychedelic, immersive, audio-visual performance that combines classic analog techniques, overhead projections, and digital imaging to explore images of the cosmos.
How Much: Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at door
The Lucas Brothers
When: Friday, January 25, 7:30pm (doors open at 7pm)
Where: The Bell House, 149 7th Street (between 2nd & 3rd Avenues), Gowanus
What: Keith and Kenny Lucas, comedians, actors, writers, and creators of the animated series Lucas Bros. Moving Co., perform a standup set.
How Much: Tickets $25
Black Flags Over Brooklyn 2019
When: Friday, January 25, 7:45pm and Saturday, January 26, 2pm
Where: Brooklyn Bazaar, 150 Greenpoint Avenue (between Franklin Street & Manhattan Avenue), Greenpoint
What: Check out more than a dozen bands at this new two-day anti-fascist metal festival. The fest kicks off with a concert Friday night followed by an all-day event on Saturday featuring a vendor market with band merchandise, local artisans, radical publishers, activist groups, and more. Black Flags Over Brooklyn promotes “metal is for everyone (except Nazis).” Click here for the full lineup and schedule.
How Much: Tickets $17 Friday night; $22 Saturday ticket; $40 weekend pass
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
When: Saturday, January 26, 7:30pm to 9pm, afterparty until 11pm
Where: Mirror Tea House, 575 Union Street (between 3rd Avenue & Nevins Street), Gowanus
What: Visual artist turned professional cook, Chef Romi, presents an intimate dinner experience featuring four courses prepared with locally sourced ingredients paired with tea, sake, and mezcal cocktails and accompanied by live music.
How Much: Tickets $70
When: Sunday, January 27, 3pm to 6pm
Where: Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Beaux-Arts Court, 3rd Floor, Prospect Heights
What: This annual Brooklyn Museum fundraiser transforms the Beaux-Arts Court into an art-filled Family Party filled with kids’ activities and art projects led by Brooklyn-based artists KAWS and Canis and Dao-Yi Chow as well as Brooklyn Museum educators.
How Much: Tickets start at $75
Katra Film Series 7th Annual Grand Finale
When: Wednesday, January 30, 7pm to 10pm
Where: Alamo Drafthouse, 445 Albee Square, 4th Floor, Downtown Brooklyn
What: The Katra Film Series presents its 7th Annual Grand Finale at Alamo Drafthouse. Out of 100 new works presented in the 2018 main competition, including the newly launched Sidebar Series which supports under-represented communities in the industry, 15 finalists have been chosen for the finale. The films address wide-ranging topics including artificial intelligence, social media addiction, personal data collection, toxic masculinity, women empowerment, and more. Launched in 2012, the Katra Film Series is an international film festival dedicated to independent cinema from around the world.
How Much: Tickets start at $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
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 three weekends in January. Read more about the fest here.
How Much: Tickets $20, $15 children under 12 & seniors
THE TERRIBLE TWOS | Group Art Show of Defiant Tantrums
When: Exhibition on view Thursday, January 17 through Sunday, January 27 (opening reception, Thursday, Jan. 17, 6pm to 11pm)
Where: 3rd Ethos Gallery, 154 Knickerbocker Avenue, Bushwick
What: 3rd Ethos Gallery kicks of its second year with an exhibit “showcasing the baddest group of the top and upcoming street artists in NYC.”
Oscar @ The Crown
When: Friday, January 18 through Saturday, February 2
Where: 3 Dollar Bill, 260 Meserole Street (at Bushwick Place), East Williamsburg
What: Sequins, reality television, and the complete works of Oscar Wilde: not much else survives in a secret bunker far in the fascist future. Presented by The Neon Coven, this immersive nightclub musical details the rise and fall of one of history’s most flamboyant characters. And it’s about the Real Housewives and a minor character from The O.C.
How Much: Tickets $25
Trish Townes: “Let This Be America”
When: Exhibition on view Thursday, January 3 through Sunday, February 3
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: 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.
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
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.
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 are 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.