Sun Spots: What’s Happening in and Around Our Community in October


BamFriday thru Sunday, October 10 – 12

7:30 p.m./Sunday 3 p.m.: Shakespeare’s Sonnets @ BAM Opera House.  As a part of the 2014 Next Wave Festival, Shakespeare’s sonnets have a surreal makeover in this unique opera.  Developed by director Robert Wilson and composer Rufus Wainwright, this pop-style uses 25 selections of Shakespeare’s sonnets and turns them into slapstick humor.  Admission: Starts @ $25.  Info: 718/636.4100 or visit BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave. at Ashland Place in downtown Brooklyn.

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11 a.m. – 5p.m.: Lakeside’s Backyard Jamboree @ Music Pagoda in Prospect Park.   Experience southern hospitality at the Backyard Jamboree, where families can listen to music, eat barbeque food, caramel apples,  and decorate pumpkins.  After country line dancing and a little Do-si-do with your partner, families can participate in an assortment of activities, games and more.  Admission: free Info:  718/965.8951. To reach the Music Pagoda, enter Prospect Park at the Flatbush Ave. and Empire Boulevard entrance, follow the Blue Trail directional signs.

Saturday and Sunday, October 11 – 12

BAMcinematek presents Stephen Chow: The King of Comedy. A film retrospective of the Hong Kong actor, writer, and director.  Chow’s audaciously anarchic comedies combine surreal sight gags, non sequiturs, extensive pop culture quoting, and gravity-defying martial arts to sublimely silly effect. Sat. 10/11@ 7, 9:15 p.m., Shaolin Soccer(2001) 87min,This dazzling daffy sports comedy follows a Buddhist martial arts master (Chow) as he assembles a group of fellow monks to take on the nefarious Team Evil in a million dollar soccer match. Sun. 10/12@ 4 p.m., A Chinese Odyssey (part I), @ 8 p.m., Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons (part II). This zany two-part epic—a huge cult sensation in China—stars Chow as the reincarnated Monkey King who journeys back in time to reunite with his master, Longevity Monk. All films in Cantonese with English subtitles. BAMcinematek, 30 Lafayette Ave near Ashland Place, downtown Brooklyn.

KumbleFriday thru Sunday, October 17 – 19

8 p.m./Sunday at 3 p.m.: The Opulence of Integrity @ Kumble Theater. Inspired by the life of Muhammad Ali, this choreographed event features dancers illustrating his boxing career and personal life.  Choreographer Christal Brown creatively conveys the inner turmoil and imperfections of humanity.  Admission: $15, $12 students & seniors with ID. Kumble Theater. Info: 718/488.1624 or .  Kumble Theater at LIU Brooklyn, 1 University Plaza (Flatbush Ave. between DeKalb Ave. & Willoughby St.) in downtown Brooklyn.

Thursday, October 23

7 p.m.: BalletNext @ OnStage at Kingsborough.   Ballet lovers can witness principal dancer Michele Wiles’ and live musicians rehearse new works in development, and speak with the artists about their creative process. Admission: free. Info: 718/368.5596 Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Boulevard near Oxford St. in Sheepshead  Bay. There is ample, free parking on the campus.

BardFriday, October 10 thru October 31

11 a.m.: Barbara Nessim: An Artful Life @ Bard Graduate Center Gallery.  If you like graphic design, then check out Barbara Nessim’s exhibit which will feature more than 150 of her works from computer illustrations to textiles. Admission: $7. Info: 212/501.3023. The Bard Graduate Center Gallery @ 18 West 86th St. in upper west side in Manhattan.

Sunday, October 26

2 p.m.: Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra@ Brooklyn Museum. The Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra opens its forty-first season with works by Brahms and Mozart. Come early or stay later for tours exploring the connections between art and music. Admission: $20; $10 for members, seniors. Info: or 718/501.6234. Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway at Washington Ave.

EVERYDAYbkmuseumThursday, October 16

6—10 p.m.: “Everyday People”@ Brooklyn Museum. DJs from one of Manhattan’s most popular dance parties bring classic ’90s feel-good jams to Brooklyn. Featuring DJ Moma and DJ Rich Knight spinning R&B, reggae, and hip-hop. DJ Lono Brazil spins a tribute to the late Frankie Knuckles. The evening also includes special live performances, dance contests, and a photo booth. Cash bar and small bites co- available for purchase.  Free with Museum admission. Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway at Washington Ave.

halloweenCHILDRENIMAGEFriday and Saturday, October 24 & 25
4 – 8 p.m.: Monster Mash @ Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Calling all ghosts and goblins, come dressed to impress as the Museum celebrates Halloween! Face your fears and touch creepy crawlers from the land and sea, curl up at story time for little monsters, create a kooky craft, and shake it up at our ghoulish glowing dance party. The Museum is open from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., closes for one hour between and then stays open from 4 – 8 p.m. for the party. Admission: $13 per person/ $8 members. Info: 718/735.4400, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Avenue (at St. Marks Avenue) in Brooklyn


Luna ParkSaturday, October 25
2 – 6 p.m.: Marc Maniac and the Maniac Pumpkin Carvers @ Luna Park. If you like pumpkin carving, then you will enjoy watching Marc Maniac and the Maniac Pumpkin Carvers create a gigantic masterpiece. The group will be carving a scary Halloween design on a huge pumpkin, weighing hundreds of pounds! Admission: free Info: 718/373.5862 Luna Park @ 1000 Surf Avenue in Coney Island.


dare to laugh flyerSaturday, October 25
8 p.m.: “We Dare You Not to Laugh Comedy Tour” @ Kaye Playhouse/Hunter College. History will be made on October 25 as the first ever all disabled comedy show will be taped live. There has been the Kings of Comedy, the Queens of Comedy, Latin Kings of Comedy. But, there’s never been a comedy show consisting of all disabled comics. The new faces of disability have arrived … Marlon Randolph, Didier “DJ” Cassagnol, Nigel the Ventriloquist, T.P. Lucas, Charles Walden, and Damon Rozier. Admission: $65, 50 and 30. Info: 212/772.4448 or Kaye Playhouse, 655 Park Avenue in Manhattan.


a-bucket-of-blood-movie-poster-1959-1010681343Saturday and Sunday, October 25 & 26
12:15 p.m.: A Bucket of Blood @ Nitehawk Cinema. If you are in the mood for a funny scary movie, then a Bucket of Blood is just of you. This hilarious film, directed by Roger Corman in 1959, is about a frustrated and untalented artist working as a waiter. One day, he discovers how to become a successful sculptor, by covering up the people he kills in clay. Through a series of mishaps and murder, he tries to become a successful artist and win the heart of a girl he admires. Admission: $11 Info: 718/384.3980 Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg, Brooklyn at 136 Metropolitan Avenue between Berry Street and Wythe Avenue.





Brooklyn-Symphony-Orchestra_335W_reSunday, October 26
2 p.m.: Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra@ Brooklyn Museum. The Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra opens its forty-first season with works by Brahms and Mozart. Come early or stay later for tours exploring the connections between art and music. Admission: $20; $10 for members, seniors. Info: or 718/501.6234. Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway at Washington Avenue.


BAMWednesday through Sunday, October 29 – November 2
7:30 p.m.: Six Characters in Search of an Author@ BAM. The film, directed by Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota and Théâtre de la Ville, Paris, is about a dysfunctional family of characters who’ve been abandoned by their author and are seeking a theater company to fulfill the empty void their creator has left. Admission: starts $20. Info: 718/636.4100. BAM Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton Street near Rockwell Place in Brooklyn.


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8 p.m.: Bobby McFerrin@Walt Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College. Brooklyn Center for Performing Arts presents McFerrin who is best known for his chart-topping single, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” Entitled “Bobby Meets Africa in New York,” the performance will feature Ferrin’s extraordinary improvisational skills as he is joined by several New York City-based African musicians for a unique concert. Admission: $36 – $60. Info: 718/951.4500 or Walt Whitman Theatre, Campus Road at Brooklyn College near Flatbush and Nostrand Avenues.


The Devil's Music, photo by John Quilty (1)Saturday, November 8
8:00 p.m.: The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith @ On Stage at Kingsborough. The Devil’s Music, a music that takes you back to a 1937 Memphis “buffet flat” where the partying, laughter, and bawdiness reach a crescendo after Bessie and her band are turned away by a whites-only theatre. A Drama Desk-nominee, the play delivers an unforgettable and surprisingly touching portrait of the “Empress of the Blues” with the best of the songs she made famous, including “St. Louis Blues,” “Baby Doll,” and “Tain’t Nobody’s Bizness If I Do.” Musical direction and arrangements by Miche Braden, founder and former lead singer of the women’s jazz band Straight Ahead. Admission: $30/25. Info: 718/368.5596 or (video/audio links for concerts available.) Directions: Train: B, Q, F, D, or N and transfer to the B1; Bus: B1 or B49 bus straight to the gate; Car: Exit 8 off Belt Pkwy; and Free parking. On Stage Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Boulevard (cross street: Oxford) in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn.