Looking to try something new this weekend? Check out a variety of local art events happening around Brooklyn that explore different types of mediums. Try out a sound bath at the Brooklyn Music School or completely immerse yourself in audio with the weekend-long On Air Fest.
If you’re looking for a laugh, Jamie Adkins’s new show is just what you need as he transforms himself into a clown, juggler, balancing artist, and acrobat. There’s plenty to choose from this weekend so don’t miss out!
Bklyner Calendar has more events happening around town and you can list one of your own.
Friday, March 1
On Air Fest at Wythe Hotel, beginning at 10 am (+ March 2 & 3) [tickets start at $79]: Hear from emerging and established voices during a weekend-long festival that explores the advancing media format of audio. The festival will showcase over 50 performances, conversations, listening parties, art installations, and live podcasts.
FIRST FRIDAY SOUND BATHS at Brooklyn Music School, 7pm (+ April 5, May 3) [suggested donation $20]: Take a break from daily life with BMS Music Therapy Department Chair, Katie Down’s Sound Baths. This immersive experience involves Himalayan singing bowls, hand pans, gongs, and other instruments that help participants enter a state of relaxation and meditation.
AMERICAN ICONOCLASTS V: GEORGE GERSHWIN at Brooklyn Historical Society, pre-concert at 7pm [tickets begin at $15]: The conclusion of the American Iconoclasts series, the show will feature pianist Earl Wild and violinist Jasha Heifetz during the first half. The second half will feature mezzo-soprano Naomi Louisa OConnell and tenor Martin Bakari, each in their Brooklyn Art Song Society (BASS) debuts, alongside pianist Brent Funderburk. A special recital honoring the life of composer and producer Glen Roven will precede the show.
Saturday, March 2
BKLYN INDOOR BLOCK PARTY at City Point, 11am [free]: Bring the whole family to this community event featuring fun activities, educational games, arts & crafts and a summer camp fair. Kids will have the chance to enjoy STEM activities, a bouncy house, lego projects, building blocks, and more.
BMS 6TH ANNUAL MIDDLE SCHOOL JAZZ FESTIVAL at Brooklyn Music School, 11am [free, suggested donation $10]: Spend the afternoon hearing from an array of middle schools performing concerts, jam sessions, and more. The festival will be hosted by Donald Harrison, joined by special guest Helen Sung who will hold a rhythm section clinic.
KINGS THEATRE HISTORIC TOUR (Sponsored) at Kings Theatre (1027 Flatbush Avenue, Flatbush), 2pm (+ March 9) [tickets $20]: Brooklyn’s newly-restored Kings Theatre is pleased to announce the return of the popular historic theatre tours. All tours cover the history of the initial opening in 1929 through the story of the current day restoration to glory in an intimate group setting.
CIRCUS INCOGNITUS at On Stage At Kingsborough, 2pm [Tickets $13]: Watch as Jamie Adkins becomes a clown, juggler, balancing artist, and acrobat all in one performance. Adkins will bring laughter to the entire family as he encounters ladders, slack wire, and more.
BOOK RELEASE WITH NINA LACOUR at Books Are Magic, 7pm [free]: LaCour will celebrate the paperback release of her Printz Award-winning novel We Are Okay and the reissue of her debut novel Hold Still. In addition to writing LaCour sits on the faculty of Hamline University’s MFAC program, runs The Slow Novel Lab, an online novel writing course, and hosts “Keeping a Notebook: a podcast on writing.”
Sunday, March 3
BOOK DISCUSSION WITH SILVIA FEDERICI at Union, 6pm [free]: Federici will discuss her new book, Re-enchanting the World: Feminism and the Politics of the Commons, a collection of her work spanning over twenty years. The book looks at the birth of capitalism and the destruction of the commons through a feminist lens.
PARK SLOPE/WINDSOR TERRACE ARTISTS EXHIBIT IN DUMBO at Empire Stores (first floor), 55 Water Street, March 4-29, opening reception March 7, 6pm-8pm: Twenty-six artists from Arts PSWT, a cooperative of artists living and working in Park Slope and Windsor Terrace, will exhibit contemporary paintings, prints, collages and drawings at the Empire Stores’ beautiful Civil War-era building. All work will be available for purchase.
KINGS THEATRE HAPPY HOUR TOUR (Sponsored) at Kings Theatre, Feb. 28 + March 28, 6:30pm [tickets $30]: Spend an evening at the beautifully restored Kings Theatre for a behind the scenes, historic tour of the venue paired with a glass of our best wine.
PJ MASKS LIVE: SAVE THE DAY! (Sponsored) at Kings Theatre, 10am and 2:30pm (March 30+31) [tickets start at $39.50]: PJ Masks Live!, the hit live musical production from Entertainment One (eOne) and Round Room, is back with an all-new show, , “PJ Masks Live: Save The Day!” Based on eOne’s top-rated animated series, airing daily on Disney Junior, the new show features preschoolers’ favorite pre-school superheroes and familiar songs from the popular show along with brand new music and a whole new adventure. Catboy, Owlette, Gekko will delight fans of all ages with live performances featuring world-class production, toe-tapping tunes and a whole lot of super fun as they go into the night to save the day from the Villains along with PJ Robot who is new to the show for 2019!
LOST ANGELINO: AN IMMIGRANT’S TALE at South Slope Local/Uptown Roasters, through March 1 [free]: 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.
BAM’S INTERACTIVE DIGITAL ARTS SHOWCASE: TEKNOPOLIS™ at BAM Fisher, through March 10 [tickets begin at $16]: Explore a digital arts playground with interactive and technology-fueled art. This year’s program will include virtual reality storytelling, augmented reality, and 360° films that allow visitors to connect with the future.
ONCE UPON A MATTRESS at Gallery Players, various times through March 17 [tickets begin at $20]: This retelling of the Princess and the Pea is not your average fairy tale. Taking a progressive stance on love and gender roles, this rendition of the 1959 Broadway production is filled with everything from tunes to comedy to dance numbers– perfect for audiences both young and old.
ENRICO RILEY: NEW WORLD at Jenkins Johnson Projects, through March 23 [free]: 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 at St. Francis College, Callahan Center Art Gallery, through March 28 [free]: 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.”
SCORING THE STACKS at Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library, through April 7 [free]: 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.
BRIC BIENNIAL: VOLUME III, SOUTH BROOKLYN EDITION at BRIC House, through April 7 [free]: 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.”
HI-VIZ: AUSTRALIAN POLITICAL POSTERS 1979-2019 at Interference Archive, through April 14 [free]: 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.
REFIGURING BINARIES at Pioneer Works, through April 21 [free]: Explore identity, the body and the politics of technology with this new exhibition. Curated by Kelani Nichole, this exhibition explores how the boundaries of technology and the body have blurred just as the lines between author, image, and copy have as well.