Sun Spots: What’s Happening in and around our community for September

Tuesday, September 30


6p.m.: Optional Allusions Part II @ Cheri Restaurant: Art and dining are combined for this two part exhibit, also featuring photographs by John Pinderhughes and Ivan Forde, 3-dimensional creatures by Danielle Siegelbaum, cosmic visions by painter Anthony E. Boone, doppelgangers by mixed media artist Uday Dhar and eccentric portraits by Ken Weisensee.  Art will be showcased in the lobby, lounge and street-front windows of Aloft Hotel.  Dinner at Cheri Restaurant with artists, 231 Lenox Ave. between 121st and 122nd Streets in Harlem. Admission: $45. Info: 646/340.3479 or Optical Allusions is @ Aloft Harlem Hotel, 2296 Frederick Douglass Avenue at 124th Street in Manhattan.



Nitehawk cinemaSaturday and Sunday, September 27 -28

12 p.m.: Vampyr @ Nitehawk Cinema. Get into the Halloween spirit early with a screening of Vampyr, a silent 1932 horror classic from Danish filmmaker Carl Theodor Dreyer. A tale about a traveler who stays at an inn that may have what he is looking for. Admission: $16. Info: 718/384.3980. Nitehawk Cinema, 136 Metropolitan Avenue between Berry Street and Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg.



BWACSaturday and Sunday, September 27 through October 26

2 p.m.: Imagine This @ The BWAC exhibition. On exhibit, 200 works of art displayed on large screens, sound and video, some interactive and photography section. Each day a special event will take place along with meet and greets with the artists. Opening reception, music by Paula Jeanine Bennett & the Imagine This Quartet. Admission: free. Info: 718/596.2506. The BWAC exhibition, 499 Van Brunt Street in Red Hook.



BAMMonday through Sunday, October 6 – 12

Stephen Chow: The King of Comedy @ BAMcinematek.  An eight-film retrospective of Stephen Chow’s works. The actor, writer and director is known for his anarchic comedies  that combine surreal sight gags, non sequiturs, extensive pop culture quoting and gravity-defying martial arts to silly effect. For full screening schedule and ticket information, visit BAMcinematek, 30 Lafayette Avenue near Ashland Place in downtown Brooklyn.



PyrimadThursday, October 9

8 p.m.: Mark Crozer and the Rels @ CBGB Music and Film Festival (10/8-12).  If you are in the mood for some cool guitar riffs and amazing singing, stop by the Pyramid Club to listen to Mark Crozer and the Rels. Admission: $10. Info: 646/455.0400.  The Pyramid Club @ 101 Avenue A in Manhattan.



BluesFriday and Saturday, October 10 – 11  WITHIMAGE

The 9th Annual Big Eyed Blues Festival @ Jazz966 and Kumble Theater.  10/10@ 7 p.m., “The Blues in the African Diaspora,” a panel discussion; performances @ 8:15 p.m. until 11:10 p.m.;  10/11@ 4 – 5 p.m., Youth Workshop, 7:45 – 11:30 p.m.,  performances featuring: Chicago’s – Edy “The Chief” Clearwater, The Big Eyed Blues Ensemble, Clarksdale, Mississippi’s 14 year old prodigy – Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Vinnie Knight and Beareather & The Brown Liquor Sounds.  Info: or 800/838.3006; JAZZ966, 966 Fulton Street near Cambridge Street in Brooklyn.  Admission: $100 VIP package, $35, $20 students with ID. Info: 718/488.1624 or   Kumble Theater at LIU Brooklyn,  1 University Plaza (on Flatbush Ave between DeKalb Ave & Willoughby St) in downtown Brooklyn.



8 p.m.: Dear White People @ BAMcinematek . Sneak preview with Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Teyonah Parris. In this canny, razor-sharp satire of race relations in the 21st century, Black students at an Ivy League university navigate issues of ignorance and racial identity when a fraternity throws a blackface-themed Halloween party.  Tickets: call, 718/636.4100 or visit, 30 Lafayette Avenue at Ashland Place in downtown Brooklyn.



TIMELESS Marilyn Maye, photo by Stephen SorokoffSaturday, October 18

8 p.m.: TIMELESS: Three Generations of the Great American Songbook @ OnStage at Kingsborough. Stars of three generations of cabaret: the unstoppable Miss Marilyn Maye will belt out swinging jazz tunes, Tony-nominee Liz Callaway will celebrate Broadway’s best, and Nick Ziobro will sing from his debut album produced by Michael Feinstein.  Tickets: $35/30. Info: 718/368.5596 or  Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Boulevard (cross street: Oxford) in Sheepshead  Bay Brooklyn. There is ample, free parking on the campus.

ComedySaturday, 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 and it is represented by  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