There are a handful of musical events happening this weekend that you won’t want to miss out on! From performances at the Pan Asia Sounding Festival to Jonathan Toubin’s 12th anniversary of Sound Clap and Dance-Off there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Plus, there are a number of art exhibits on view throughout the weekend, such as Enrico Riley’s New World Exhibit, which will be closing on March 23.
Bklyner Calendar has more events happening around town and you can list one of your own.
Friday, March 22
PAN ASIA SOUNDING FESTIVAL at National Sawdust, (+ March 23) various times [prices vary by event]: Curated by Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Du Yun, this festival brings together Asian composers, performers, artists, and filmmakers for a variety of performances that showcase Asian music and art. The festival includes performances by the Joyous Strings ensemble, Pakistan singer-songwriter Ali Sethi and his Lahore band, and more.
FOAM TALENT PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT at Red Hook Labs, (through April 10) 10am [Free]: Explore a wide array of subjects and techniques with the annual Foam Talent Call photography exhibit. With pieces from 20 image-makers, the works showcase a new generation of artists in a collective exhibition
Saturday, March 23
GIRL POWER FILM + MEDIA SUMMIT at Made in New York Center by IFP, 11am [Tickets $95]: Curated by Imagine This Women’s International Film Festival (ITWIFF) this day-long event will include discussions, panels, film screenings, and mixers showcasing the power of women in the film industry. ITWIFF hopes to bring together women filmmakers and storytellers to deliver idea-focused talks on an array of subjects.
KINGS THEATRE HISTORIC TOUR (Sponsored) at Kings Theatre, March 23, 2pm [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.
SOUL CLAP AND DANCE-OFF at Brooklyn Bazaar, 8pm [Tickets $15]: Jonathan Toubin’s first New York Night Train party celebrated the release of Kid Congo’s record. Today, the organizers are celebrating 12 years of dance parties and live music alongside Kid Congo’s 60th birthday. Plus, enjoy a dance competition with MC Steve Myers and guest selector Ian F. Svenonius.
SUPERSYMMETRY at Avant Gardner, 10pm [Tickets $40]: Immerse yourself in a night of house and techno music with the debut of the SuperSymmetry series. Attendees will have the chance to visit both the Great Hall and King’s Hall to hear aritsts such as, Loco Dice, Nic Fanciulli, Steve Lawler, Andrea Oliva, and more.
Sunday, March 24
KIDS FOR A BETTER FUTURE SCREENING “UNDER THE GUN” at the Wythe Hotel, 3pm [Tickets $15]: Commemorate the one year anniversary of March For Our Lives with a movie screening hosted by Kids for a Better Future. The film will be followed by a Q&A by March for Our Lives leaders Jessica Moskowitz and Arielle Geismar.
ROCK BAND SHOWCASE at the Slope Lounge, 3pm [Free]: Hear from up-and-coming rock talent including Rock Rage, MS8 Rock Band, Groove Ensembles and much more at this annual Brooklyn Music School showcase. Attendees will also have the chance to visit the newly opened Slope Lounge in Park Slope.
KINGS THEATRE HAPPY HOUR TOUR (Sponsored) at Kings Theatre, 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!
John Prine (Sponsored) at Kings Theatre, April 13, 8pm [Tickets $74.50]: A two-time Grammy-winner, John Prine is among the English language’s premier phrase-turners. Almost 50 years into a remarkable career that has drawn effusive praise from Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, Bonnie Raitt, Roger Waters, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and others who would know, Prine is a smiling, shuffling force for good.
He is a 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Songwriter’s Hall of Fame nominee, a Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member and a PEN New England Lyrics Award recipient whose classic debut album, simply titled John Prine, is recognized as part of the Recording Academy’s Grammy Hall of Fame and whose songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Carly Simon, Bette Midler, Bonnie Raitt, Norah Jones, George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown Band and many others.
His critically acclaimed new album, The Tree of Forgiveness, was produced by Grammy Award winning produce Dave Cobb and recently debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200—a career high chart position and sales week for the legendary singer, songwriter and performer.
Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Farewell Play Tour (Sponsored) at Kings Theatre, April 25-28 [Tickets start at $230]: Tyler Perry’s “Madea’s Farewell Play Tour” will be Perry’s 21st stage play. In addition to Perry, the play will star Tamela Mann, David Mann, and Cassi Davis Patton. Perry made headlines last month when he announced that he would be hanging up Madea’s wig in 2019, with the expected final stage play and the upcoming film Madea’s Family Funeral, being released by Lionsgate on March 1, 2019.
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.”
PARK SLOPE/WINDSOR TERRACE ARTISTS EXHIBIT IN DUMBO at Empire Stores (first floor), through March 29 [Free]: 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.
‘EN’ ART EXHIBIT at 3rd ETHOS Gallery, through March 31 [Free]: Experimental technology artist CHiKA’s new art exhibit features a series of sonic light sculptures that viewers will have a chance to interact with. CHiKA has previously worked with a wide range of creatives from experimental sound composers to 8-bit musicians to club DJ’s to capture a unique dialogue.
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.
FIVE VOICES OPENING RECEPTION at South Slope Local Café, 5pm (open through April 28) [Free]: Enjoy works from Faith Gertner, Suzanne Jasper, Lily Moy Leong, Susan Louie and Deborah Wheaton—five voices taught by Susan Newmark Fleminger of Park Slope Center for Successful Aging and Daniel McDonald of Prospect Hills Senior Services Center.
RACE AND REVOLUTION: REIMAGINING MONUMENTS at The Old Stone House, through June 14 [Free]: This third iteration of a series that aims to bring the conversation of systemic race and racism from the past into the present displays excerpts from historical documents alongside contemporary works by 16 artists including paintings, drawings, quilts, interactive sculptures, and public art.
ON THE (QUEER) WATERFRONT at the Brooklyn Historical Society, through August 4 [Free]: Co-curated by Hugh Ryan and Avram Finkelstein, this exhibition focuses on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer history of Brooklyn in the 1800s and through World War II. Visitors can expect to see photographs, artifacts and more. Read more here.