Weekend Art Events: October 19-21 (Gowanus Open Studios, Shakespeare, Pit Bull Portraits & More)

There’s lots going on this weekend including two “Shakespearean” plays, two historic architecture tours, and the three-night BRIC JazzFest.

Pit Bull Flower Power by Sophie Gamand, Nakita (Courtesy of the artist)

Don’t forget to check out Sophie Gamand’s exhibition and book launch (October 20 4pm to 7pm) for Pit Bull Flower Power at The Invisible Dog Art Center, 51 Bergen Street.

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

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BRIC JazzFest 
When: Thursday, October 18 through Saturday, October 20
Where: BRIC House, 647 Fulton Street, Fort Greene
What: The BRIC JazzFest returns for a fourth year with film, dance, discussions, poetry, and a three-stage, three-night live music marathon at BRIC House! Trumpeter/composer/producer Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah headlines Thursday’s show, singer/songwriter/bassist Meshell Ndegeocell performs on Night 2, and legendary trumpeter Terence Blanchard performs with The E-Collective to close off the fest. See the full lineup here.
How Much: Tickets $30 in advance, $35 day of show

Measure For Measure
When: Thursday, October 18 through Saturday, October 20 at 7:30pm; Sunday, October 21 at 3pm
Where: BAM Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton Street, Fort Greene
What: Presented as part of BAM’s 2018 Next Wave Festival, this acclaimed modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s play tests a novice nun’s faith when a corrupt politician offers to save her brother’s life in exchange for her virtue.
How Much: Tickets starting at $35

Cave Theater Company’s “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead,” Alfred David Hernandez III and a Tragedian Khalid “DJ” Bilal (Photo courtesy of Kiley Etling)

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
When: Friday, October 12 through Saturday, October 27, 8pm
Where: Waterfront Museum, 290 Conover Street, Red Hook
What: Cave Theatre Co. presents its sixth full-length production, Tom Stoppard’s comedy Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, aboard The Waterfront Museum’s historic barge. Watch Shakespeare’s two minor characters as they ponder one existential crisis after another, musing on life, death, and the statistical probability of coin tosses. Read more about the show here.
How Much: Tickets $30

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Sofi Tucker Presents Animal Talk
When: Friday, October 19, 10pm
Where: Output, 74 Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg
What: The Grammy-nominated NYC-based dance duo Sofi Tukker present their new record label/artist collective Animal Talk at this event featuring DJ sets from Sofi Tukker, Crush Club, and LP Giobbi.
How Much: Tickets $25-$40

Law, Comics, and Justice Conference
When: Saturday, October 20, 8:30am to 7pm
Where: St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights
What: This one-day interdisciplinary conference will bring together comic lovers, scholars, writers, and creators to explore the connections between law, comics, and justice. Journalist and filmmaker Ann Nocenti will deliver the keynote speech at 1:30pm at Founders Hall.
How Much: Free

Brownstoners of Bedford-Styuvesant, Inc. 40th Annual House Tour
When: Saturday, October 20, 11am to 4pm
Where: Starts at Boys and Girls High School, 1700 Fulton Street, Bed-Stuy
What: Explore the beautiful brownstones of Bedford-Stuyvesant on this popular self-guided house tour.
How Much: Tickets $20 (All ticket holders must exchange their e-ticket for a brochure/map at the Boys and Girls High School, 1700 Fulton Street. Only those with brochures will be admitted into the homes.)

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Gowanus Open Studios 2018
When: Saturday, October 20 through Sunday, October 21, 12pm to 6pm
Where: Venues across Gowanus
What: Arts Gowanus presents the 22nd annual Gowanus Open Studios with more than 400 participating artists and venues opening their doors to the public and welcoming visitors. Read more about the event here.
How Much: Free

Family Concert: HAUNTED! with Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra
When: Saturday, October 20, 1pm and 3:30pm
Where: Brooklyn Museum, Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor, 200 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights
What: Discover what happens when a surprise guest visits the Moldymort Mansion. The Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra presents two performances featuring live actors, video, and music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Modest Mussorgsky, Antonín Dvořák, and more. (Recommended for ages 4 and up.)
How Much: Tickets $20, $10 for kids 18 and under (tickets include museum admission)

Kings Theatre Historic Tour (SPONSORED)
When: Saturday, October 20, 2pm
Where: Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Avenue, Flatbush 
What: Enjoy a Saturday afternoon at Kings Theatre with our historic tour on Saturday, October 20. 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.
How Much: Tickets $20

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When: Exhibition on view Saturday, October 20 through Friday, February 15, 2019, Fridays 3pm to 6pm or by appointment (opening reception Saturday, October 20, 7pm to 9pm)
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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Town Hall: Art, Disability, Labor
When: Sunday, October 21, 2pm to 4pm
Where: Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion, 1st Floor, Prospect Heights
What: In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, this town hall explores the intersections of art, disability, and labor. The event is part of the For Freedoms 50 State Initiative that produces public art installations and exhibitions to encourage artistic thinking in the public discourse leading up to the midterm elections.
How Much: Free, RSVP is strongly encouraged

Good Shepherd Fall Concerts
When: Sunday, October 21, 5pm
Where: Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Church, 1950 Batchelder Street (Ave. S between Brown & Batchelder Streets), Marine Park
What: The 22nd annual fall chamber music series at Good Shepherd Church continues with a performance by 9 Horses.
How Much: Free, donations encouraged

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2018 NYC Haitian Day Celebration
When: Sunday, October 21, 7pm to 10pm
Where: Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights
What: Haitian History and Culture, Inc and Council Member Mathieu Eugene present the NYC Haitian Day Celebration.
How Much: Free, RSVP at nychaitianday@gmail.com

Persisticon II: The Rockening
When: Sunday, October 21, 7pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
Where: The Bell House, 149 7th Street, Gowanus
What: This benefit variety show for EMILY’s List, an organization that helps elect progressive women to government positions, features Janeane Garofalo, Murray Hill, Abbi Crutchfield, and many more.
How Much: Tickets starting at $50

Looking ahead…

Decolonizing The Land, Decolonizing The Mind
When: Monday, October 22, 7pm to 9pm
Where: BRIC House Stoop, 647 Fulton Street, Fort Greene
What: Presented in conjunction with Mary Mattingly’s exhibit What Happens After (see below), Decolonizing The Land, Decolonizing The Mind imagines “a more inclusive future in which indigenous and POC communities are thriving and creating alternative systems and technologies to protect people and the environment, disrupting longstanding biases and imperialist aggression.” The program features a performance by artist Maria Hupfield, film screenings, and a panel discussion with Mattingly, Hupfield, and Stephanie Dinkins moderated by artist/racial equity trainer Nayantara Sen of Art/Work Practice
How Much: Free, RSVP here

Kings Theatre Happy Hour Tour (SPONSORED)
When: Thursday, October 25, 6:30pm to 8pm
Where: Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Avenue, Flatbush 
What: Wind down after work at the Kings Theatre with our happy hour historic tour! 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.
How Much: Tickets $30

Tyrese | Tami (SPONSORED)
When: Friday, October 26, 8pm (door open at 7pm)
Where: Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Avenue, Flatbush 
What: A night of smooth R&B sounds heads to Brooklyn when R&B crooner Tyrese and the soulful songstress Tamia hit the Kings Theatre stage.
How Much: Tickets starting at $59

Garbage Live (SPONSORED)
When: Saturday, October 27, 8pm
Where: Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Avenue, Flatbush 
What: Garbage returns to Kings Theatre to wrap up their fall US tour in celebration of the 20th anniversary of their second studio album Version 2.0. This tour will see Garbage perform their classic album in full, as well as a number of B-sides from the reissue. Supporting act: Rituals of Mine
How Much: Tickets starting at $45

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Ukrainian Maritime Paintings
When: Exhibition on view from Thursday, September 20 through Saturday, October 20
Where: Waterfront Museum, 290 Conver Street, Red Hook
What: Brooklyn’s Sable Gallery presents a Ukrainian group show of marine paintings on the historic barge.

Brooklyn Before: Photographs, 1971-1983 By Larry Racioppo
When: Exhibition on view from Saturday, September 29 through Saturday, October 27
Where: Tabla Rasa Gallery, 224 48th Street (between 2nd & 3rd Avenues), Sunset Park
What: This exhibition showcases a selection of South Brooklyn photographs culled from the pages Larry Racioppo’s new book, Brooklyn Before, featuring new digital prints of the artist’s earliest 35mm and 120mm black-and-white negatives shot of family and neighbors.

Nancy Bowen, For Each Ecstatic Instant on view at Kentler International Drawing Space‎, via Facebook

Nancy Bowen: For Each Ecstatic Instant
When: Exhibition on view from Friday, September 7 through Sunday, October 28
Where: Kentler International Drawing Space, 353 Van Brunt Street, Red Hook
What: “Artistic archaeologist” Bowen reassembles found fragments including maps, stamps, glass, picture frames, and pages from books to create patchworks that explore “what counts as knowledge.”

PÒTOPRENS: The Urban Artists of Port-au-Prince on view at Pioneer Works, via Facebook

PÒTOPRENS: The Urban Artists of Port-au-Prince
When: Exhibition on view from Friday, September 7 through Sunday, November 11
Where: Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer Street, Red Hook
What: More than 20 artists working in Haiti’s capital will be presented in this exhibit featuring sculpture, photography, and film, as well as a garden installation of a recreated Port-au-Prince barbershop.
How Much: Free

Mary Mattingly, What Happens After, on view at BRIC (via Facebook)

Mary Mattingly: What Happens After
When: Exhibition on view from Thursday, September 13—Sunday, November 11
Where: Gallery at BRIC House, 647 Fulton Street (enter at Rockwell Place), Fort Greene
What: BRIC presents an exhibition of work by Brooklyn-based artist Mary Mattingly, who creates photographs, sculpture, and large-scale public art projects that address climate change by “drawing connections between the social and economic forces that make up the current political ecology impacting our environment.” A deconstructed and redesigned 19,000-pound military cargo truck will be on display, encouraging viewers to question: “What happens when an object that embodies both the systemic violence represented by war and by climate change is manifested in a public space?”

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.

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Pamela Wong

Pam is a staff reporter at Bklyner, covering North-Western parts of Brooklyn. You can reach her at Pamela@bklyner.com. Tips are always welcome. She also writes about art at arthag.typepad.com.


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