Weekend Art Events: Nov. 30 – Dec. 2 (Brooklyn Cultural District Tour, Agatha Christie, King Kong & More)


The first weekend of December offers loads of events to check out including art exhibits, plays, concerts, a holiday book fair, and even a styling dance party at the Brooklyn Pubic Library’s main branch.

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

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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 technology 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.

BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance

Triskelion Arts Presents…BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance
When: Performances Thursday, November 29 through Saturday, December 1 at 8pm
Where: Triskelion Arts, 106 Calyer Street, Greenpoint
What: BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance presents the World Premiere of reeling -> healing, a two-part exploration of the feelings of helplessness that result from the constant stream of bad news and hatred coming into our country. The work addresses how viewers deal with these emotions while taking action.
How Much: Tickets $18

Molly Pope in The Making of King Kong (Photo by Maria Baranova)

The Making of King Kong
When: Performances Thursday, November 29 through Saturday, December 15
Where: Target Margin Theater, 232 52nd Street, Sunset Park
What: Target Margin Theater presents the world premiere or Lisa Clair’s The Making of King Kong, a dark comedy that reimagines the making of the classic 1933 film King Kong and explores the monster behind the myth. The play examines “America’s history of white patriarchy, imperialism, and sexism through the eyes of original King Kong creators Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, and Hollywood starlet Fay Wray.”
How Much: Tickets $20, $18 students/seniors

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The Grit and The Glam
When: Exhibition on view Thursday, November 29 through Monday, December 31 (opening reception Thursday, Nov. 29 from 7pm to 10pm)
Where: 3rd Ethos Gallery, 154 Knickerbocker Avenue, #1R, Bushwick
What: The first joint exhibition of two NYC street artists and frequent collaborators, Lexi Bella and Danielle Mastrion, features new works that explore the juxtaposition of the grit and the glamour they encounter while creating art across the city.

Appointment With Death
When: Performances Saturday, December 1 through Sunday, December 16
Where: The Gallery Players, 199 14th Street (between 4th & 5th Avenues), Park Slope
What: Gallery Players presents Agatha Christie’s murder mystery that will keep audiences guessing. This adapted version of Christie’s 1938 detective novel features a group of travelers on a Middle Eastern expedition and offers “a unique take on the classic murder mystery where characters’ motivations are suspect and relationships may not be what they seem.”
How Much: Tickets $25, $20 seniors/children under 12

Brooklyn Cultural District Tour
When: Saturday, December 1, 11am to 1pm
Where: Meet at BAM Plaza (near the digital BAM marquee sign at Flatbush and Lafayette Avenues), Fort Greene
What: This free two-hour guided walking tour presented by FAB Alliance and American Opera Projects takes participants to new locations in the Brooklyn Cultural District such as Theatre for a New Audience, BRIC Arts Center, and Gotham Market, as well as to established institutions including BAM Harvey, Greenlight Bookstore, the Irondale Ensemble, MoCADA, and Spike Lee’s 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks.
How Much: Free but registration is required

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Brooklyn Holiday Book Fair 2018
When: Saturday, December 1, 11am to 5pm
Where: The Old Stone House, 336 3rd Street (between 4th & 5th Avenues), Park Slope
What: The 7th annual Holiday Book Fair returns featuring used and rare book dealers from across Brooklyn selling one-of-a-kind books, ephemera, and other holiday gift ideas. This year also includes the House of Speakeasy’s bookmobile whose proceeds will go to local educational programs. Featured booksellers include: Book Disorder, Brooklyn Books, Enchanted Books, Freebird Books, Honey & Wax, Left Bank Books, and Lizzyoung Bookseller.

Target First Saturdays At Brooklyn Museum
When: Saturday, December 1, 5pm to 11pm
Where: Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights
What: This edition of Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturdays celebrates the best of the borough, featuring local talent including artists, musicians, filmmakers, and poets. Highlights include a screening of the 1971 documentary Digging for Black Pride about the archaeological dig that discovered Weeksville (6pm), a continuation of Fort Greene Park’s Soul Summer Music Festival (7:30pm to 9:30pm), and an Artist Talk with the artists featured in the museum’s special public art exhibition Something to Say (6pm).

The People’s Ball: A Night of Style, Imagination, Freedom and You
Saturday, December 1, 7pm to midnight
Where: Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Heights
What: The Brooklyn Public Library is hosting a celebration of “imagination, style and freedom, with a touch of subversion.” Dress to impress and express yourself and walk the red carpet. Read more here.
How Much: Free but registration required

Concerts On The Slope Presents: European Vista
When: Sunday, December 2, 3pm
Where: St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place (at 7th Avenue), Park Slope
What: Violinists Chloe Fedor and Jessica Park, violist Monica Davis, cellist Benjamin Larsen, and oboist Stuart Breczinski perform Mozart’s Oboe Quartet in F Major, K. 370, Paolo Marchettini’s Septem Vitia Capitalia (The Seven Deadly Sins) for string quartet, Benjamin Britten’s Phantasy Quartet for oboe and strings, and Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95.
How Much: $20 suggested donation

Hanukkah Lights Up The World (Photo by Nir Arieli)

Hanukkah Lights Up The World
When: Sunday, December 2, 3pm
Where: On Stage at Kingsborough, Leon M. Goldstein Performing Arts Center, 2001 Oriental Boulevard (at Oxford Street), Manhattan Beach
What: Kick off the Hanukkah Celebrations with Hanukkah Lights Up The World, an evening of international songs and stories inspired by the Festival of Lights. The show is hosted by MusicTalks’ Elad Kabilio and features Yiddish theatre star Daniella Rabbani, Israeli soloist Inbar Goldmann, and the Israeli ensemble 12th Night Klezmer performing Klezmer, Ladino, classical opera, and jazz.
How Much: Tickets $34-$39

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From Beneath the Veil Presented by Dark Art & Craft
When: Sunday, December 2, 6pm to 10pm
Where: St. Vitus, 1120 Manhattan Avenue, Greenpoint
What: StVitus and Dark Art & Craft present From Beneath the Veil, a one-night art installation inspired by the ideology and imagery of the Spiritualism movement which explored death and the afterlife. During this controversial movement many women “utilized ethereal capabilities to lift the veil between the worlds.” The artwork in this group show seeks to uncover the mysterious connection to the beyond through various mediums.

Looking ahead…

Cirque Dreams Holidaze (SPONSORED)
When: Thursday, November 29 through Sunday, December 2
Where: Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Avenue, Flatbush 
What: CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE brings its popular and electrifying stage spectacular to Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre with 6 unforgettable performances presented by Kings Brooklyn. This critically-acclaimed extravaganza is a BROADWAY MUSICAL AND NEW CIRQUE ADVENTURE WRAPPED INTO THE ULTIMATE HOLIDAY GIFT FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY!
How Much: Tickets $75

2 Dope Queens (SPONSORED)
When: Tuesday, December 4 through Friday, December 7, 8pm (doors open at 7pm)
Where: Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Avenue, Flatbush 
What: Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson will return to Kings Theatre to film two more specials of their hit comedy podcast, 2 DOPE QUEENS. The new, hour-long specials will premiere on HBO in 2019.
How Much: Tickets $35

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker (SPONSORED)
When: Saturday, December 8, 2pm and 7pm
Where: Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Avenue, Flatbush 
What: Christmas is coming and so is the one and only Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. Presenting world class Russian artists, hand-painted sets, Russian Snow Maidens, and jubilant Nesting Dolls—Great Russian Nutcracker brings the Christmas spirit to life for all ages. “Kids wide-eyed with delight,” says the New York Times. Experience the Dove of Peace Tour, spreading goodwill in over 100 cities across North America. Get seats now for the whole family and make memories for a lifetime at Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker!
How Much: Tickets $125

Underneath: A Solo Exhibition Featuring Artist Ai Campbell, Ground Floor Gallery via Facebook

Underneath: A Solo Exhibition Featuring Ai Campbell
Friday, November 16 through Sunday, December 2
Where: Ground Floor Gallery, 343 5th Street, Park Slope
What: Ground Floor presents Gowanus-based artist Ai Campbell’s first solo exhibition at a Brooklyn gallery. Inspired by organic forms, Campbell’s black and white works highlight positive and negative space through contrast, enhancing the structure of shapes in the monochromatic spaces.

Bridging Worlds: The Land of the Living and the Land of the Dead via Facebook

Morbid Anatomy at Green-Wood
When: Saturday, September 22 through Sunday, December 2, Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm to 5pm
Where: Green-Wood Cemetery, Fort Hamilton Gate House (enter at Fort Hamilton Parkway and Micieli Place)
What: Morbid Anatomy returns to Green-Wood Cemetery for a second residency featuring an expanded library collection and the exhibition Bridging Worlds: The Land of the Living and the Land of the Dead which explores how different cultures envision the afterlife and attempt to communicate with the dead.

Marlene Weisman | Old Faves + New Raves
When: Exhibition on view Friday, November 2 through Saturday, December 22
Where: South Slope Local/Uptown Roasters, 355 7th Avenue (between 10th & 11th Streets), Park Slope
What: Brooklyn-based artist Marlene Weisman exhibits a mini-retrospective of her popular collages as well as a selection of new work. Learn more about Weisman here.

Reclamation: Ruddy Roye & Curtis Talwst Santiago
When: Exhibition on view through Sunday, January 6, 2019
Where: Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Heights
What: This joint exhibition of photographs by Radcliffe “Ruddy” Roye and sculptures by Curtis Talwst Santiago focuses on the Black experience, “contrasting the realism of contemporary inequality and structural racism with the positive force of cultural resistance.” The double meaning behind the exhibit’s name references salvaging or reclaiming material and reasserting rights. Santiago’s Infinity Series features jewelry boxes repurposed into mini dioramas illustrating contemporary life and folkloric imagery that examine mass migration, incarceration, slavery, African religion and myth. Roye’s ongoing photo project When Living Is a Protest addresses issues of police brutality, racism, and social protest.

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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.”

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