Sun Spots: What’s Happening in and Around our Community in December

Saturday, December 20

6p.m.: The Crowning of Miss Panamá US 2015 and Holiday Fundraiser @ Kumble Theater. Contestants of Panamanian decent within New York City will compete for the title of Miss Panamá US 2015. The winner represent people of Panamanian decent during the next Panama City carnival.  Live performances by Conjunto Nuevo Milenio, Jamilka Kennedy, and Braata Jamaican Folk Singers with a special guest appearance by SRM Suzette Garrido -Reina Calle Arriba de Montijo.  The show will be fundraising for children with sickle cell. All guests are asked to bring an unwrapped toy to be donated to Sickle Cell Trust, Inc. Admission: $35 with an unwrapped toy for a child. Info: 718/488.1624 or  Kumble Theater at LIU Brooklyn, 1 University Plaza (Flatbush Avenue between DeKalb Avenue & Willoughby Street) in downtown Brooklyn.

Saturday and Sunday, December 20 – 21

11:30 a.m.: Play Lab Workshop: Let’s Celebrate Hanukkah@ The Brooklyn Children’s MuseumChildren, ages 2 to 5, can learn all about the traditions behind Hanukkah, discover how it is celebrated around the world, listen to the Dreidel song and practice spinning it with friends.  Visitors will also be able to make a Hanukkah themed craft to take home. Admission: $9 per person. Info: 718/735.4400 or 145 Brooklyn Avenue at St. Marks Avenue, Crown Heights.

PupetworksSaturday and Sunday, December 20 – 21

12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.: The Emperor’s New Clothes and the Snow Queen @ Puppetworks.  Celebrate the holidays with a puppet show featuring two tales by renowned author Hans Christian Andersen.  First learn about the Snow Queen, who throws ice into the heart of a young boy, and then watch a funny tale about a naive emperor who buys a set of invisible clothes and marches throughout his kingdom in nothing but his underwear. Admission: $9 adults, $8 children. Info: 718/965.3391 Puppetworks, 338 Sixth Avenue on Fourth Street in Park Slope.


Saturday, December 27

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Kwanzaa Family Day Celebration @ Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance. Join dance choreographer Iris Wilson on the second day of Kwanza for a fun filled celebration of the holiday honoring family, African American culture and tradition. Visitors will learn the history of Kwanzaa and its seven principles through song and dance.  There will be a candle-lighting ceremony and refreshments served.  The event is open to people of all ages.  Admission: $10 p.m. per family of five and $2 for each additional family member. Info: 718/935.9700. Cumbe, 558 Fulton Street, 2nd Floor, near Flatbush Avenue, downtown Brooklyn.

KingsboroughThursday, January 5

7 p.m.: Insider’s Look: Cool Hand Luke @ On Stage at Kingsborough.  Theatergoers can visit an early rehearsal of the production of Cool Hand Luke.  Be the first to get a behind the scenes look at this adaption of the 1967 film that stared Paul Newman.  Watch the actors rehearse the tale of a World War II veteran named Luke who was thrown into prison for decapitating parking meters.  He disobeys the demands of prison guards, which earns him the admiration of fellow inmates.  Learn how the actors embody the rebellious human spirit and try to escape a world of chains. Admission: free. Info: 718/368.5596 or  Free parking on campus.  Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Boulevard near Oxford Street in Sheepshead  Bay.

Saturday, January 17

2 p.m.: Creative Art-Making: “Bound and Unbound” @ The Brooklyn Museum. If you like to make jewelry then this hands-on workshop with designer Zebi Williams is just for you.  The activity is inspired by the museum’s exhibition of Judith Scott’s Bound and Un-bound.  Visitors will create jewelry made from found objects using wire-wrapping techniques. Williams will explain how the process of making these items can uncover inner narratives of duality and connectivity. Admission: $15 (advance registration is required at and includes Museum admission and materials. Info: 718/638.5000. Activity will be located in the Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion, 1st Floor @ The Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway near Washington Avenue, in Prospect Heights.

Sunday, January 25

3 p.m.: Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company@ Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts. Celebrate the Lunar New Year with the recipient of China’s prestigious Golden Lotus Award, choreographer Nai-Ni Chen and her company, when they take Brooklyn Center’s audiences on a visually delightful, culturally rich tour of the 3,000-year-old Chinese civilization. This year’s celebration honors The Year of the Sheep — a year of peace, love, and woolly gentleness according to the Chinese calendar.  Admission: $25 adults, $12.50  children (ages 12 and under). Info: or 718/951.4500. Walt Whitman Theater, Brooklyn College, campus road and Hillel Place


Portraits - FELA! BandArtists from the exhibition Crossing Brooklyn: Art from Bushwick, Bed-Stuy and Beyond takeover with a special curated evening of music, comedy, and performances.

Target First Saturday @ Brooklyn Museum on January 3rd

200 Eastern Parkway (near Washington Avenue)

Admission: Free/5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Happenings Schedule (brief)

  •  5 p.m. Snarky Puppy plays an infectious mix of jazz, funk, and world music.
  • 6:30 p.m. Performance: Jazz percussionist Ches Smith creates a unique musical score to activate artist David Horvitz’s installation of suspended bells in Crossing Brooklyn.
  • 7 p.m. Music: DJ Selly and Asen from Fon play unique selections of American and British soul, nu jazz, broken beat, and old-fashioned house music.
  • 7:30-9 p.m. Pop-Up Poetry: Happen upon short performances by emerging and established voices in spoken word.
  • 8:15 p.m. Kids Corner: Ventriloquist Nigel “Docta Gel” Dunkley uses an ensemble of puppets to bring to life the story of Cindy Hot Chocolate, a young girl growing up in Geltown.
  • *8:30 p.m. Comedy: Greg Barris presents his comedy showcase Heart of Darkness, featuring comedian Janeane Garofalo, music, and other performances.
  • 8:30 p.m. Music: Chop and Quench, comprised of members of the cast and band of the musical Fela!,  bring classic Afrobeat to Brooklyn. Led by Tony Award-nominated Sahr Ngaujah.
  • 9 p.m. Talk: Artist D’hana Perry presents LOOSE, an improvisational video/music piece involving deejaying, remixing, and conversations with gender non-conforming people of color.
  • Museum admission is free from 5 to 11 p.m. and includes entrance to galleries and events. Programs are subject to change without notice. For more information, visit Museum galleries are open until 11 p.m. Parking is a flat rate of $5 from 5 to 11 p.m.
  • Some programs have limited space and are ticketed on a first-come, first-served basis. *Denotes a free ticketed program. Tickets are handed out at the Visitor Center one hour prior to each program.

 Photo by Jacob Blickenstaff

PRJ_TheCommons_02_428W_re2Now through January 4, 2015

Crossing Brooklyn: Art from Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and Beyond@Brooklyn Museum. Continuing its long tradition of focusing on Brooklyn-based artists with a major survey featuring more than one hundred works by thirty-five artists or artist groups who live and/or work in Brooklyn. The exhibit features work in virtually every medium, including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, installation, video, and performance. Organized by Eugenie Tsai, John and Barbara Vogelstein Curator of Contemporary Art, and Rujeko Hockley, Assistant Curator, they travelled the borough, making studio visits from Bushwick to Bay Ridge and selected artists at all career levels, from emerging to established, representing the range and diversity of Brooklyn’s many artistic communities. While acknowledging Brooklyn’s lately heightened profile, Crossing Brooklyn presents a long view and a multigenerational picture of the borough’s artistic communities, acknowledging, as well, Brooklyn’s long established role as a creative center. Admission: Contribution $12; students with valid I.D. and seniors $8. Free to members and children under 12 accompanied by an adult. Museum hours and Info: or 718/638.5000.  Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway near Washington Avenue.

AmbassadorIMAGEWednesday, December 10 through 13

7:30 p.m.: The Ambassador@BAM Harvey Theater. In his latest work, songwriter Gabriel Kahane draws inspiration from a multitude of sources to tell intimate, human stories set against the backdrop of Los Angeles architecture and popular culture. From Die Hard to the architecture of Richard Neutra and R.M. Schindler, from Blade Runnerto the fiction of James M. Cain and Raymond Chandler, and from fires, riots, and earthquakes to the many Americans who have looked to Southern California as a panacea, The Ambassador imagines a city explored through the lens of a dozen resonant Los Angeles street addresses. At once a theater piece, song cycle, and musical dreamscape, The Ambassador offers a personal exploration of a city as complex as it is misunderstood. Tickets: $20, 30 (weekday); $25, 35 (weekend) Info: or 718/636.4100  BAM Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton Street near Rockwell Place in Brooklyn.

Conductor Neal GorenDirector MoisŽs KaufmanPuppetry Director Mark DownPuppetry Design Nick BarnesSet Design Andromache ChalfantCostume Design Clint RamosLighting Design David LanderCASTCat Ginger Costa-Jackson(10/1, 10/3 mat, 10/9 eve)Karin MSaturday, December 6 through 14

7 p.m.: El gato con botas (Puss in Boots) @ at El Teatro at El Museo del Barrio. The cat in the spats is back, when Gotham Chamber Opera revives El gato con botas (Puss in Boots), Xavier Montsalvatge’s take on the classic story of a mangy feline with magical talents. Can Puss win the princess’s hand for his master? Can he outwit the evil ogre? Don’t miss the amazing Bunraku puppetry that turns a fairy tale into an evening of “tuneful,” “magical,” “exquisite,” and eye-opening opera. Tickets: $30-$175 (discounts available for children) or, or 212/279.4200. El Teatro at El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street in Manhattan


broklnyBrooklyn Museum Kicks Up Its Heels

On December 6, Target First Saturday celebrates our exhibition Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe and Brooklyn fashion.Highlights include music by brass band Hot Sardines; a Killer Heels photo-op-time to show off your shoes; and a Social Club, with a fashion show and bar.

  • Music 5 p.m.:  The Hot Sardines combines blustery brass with foot-stomping jazz for a New Orleans-meets-wartime Paris sound. Part of Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concert Series.
  • Curator Talk 6 p.m.: Lisa Small talks about some of the most intriguing shoes in the exhibition Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe. Free tickets at the Visitor Center at 5 p.m.
  • *Film 6 p.m.:  God Save My Shoes (Julie Benasra, 2011, 60 min.) explores the intimate relationship between women and shoes. Free tickets at the Visitor Center at 5 p.m.
  • Killer Heels Photo-op 6-8 p.m.: Rock your killer heels for a photo-op and tell us what your shoes say about you.
  • *Hands-On Art 6:30-8 p.m.: Design a shoe inspired by Killer Heels. Free tickets at the Visitor Center at 5:30 p.m.
  • Talk 7 p.m.: Bob Bland, CEO and founder of Manufacture New York, talks sustainable design and the benefits of local manufacturing, and shares resources for emerging independent fashion designers. Free tickets at the Visitor Center at 6 p.m.
  • Social Club 7-10 p.m.:  Explore an alternative narrative to Killer Heels with Come for drinks, mini pop-up shops, a Dapper Academy, and a fashion show presenting new frontiers in style: menswear for women and trans-identified individuals.
  • Kids Corner 8:15 p.m.: Aunt Helen’s Closet leads an interactive story hour. Don costumes and jewelry while listening to incredible tales of an inspiring global journey.
  • Film 8:30 p.m.: Presented in partnership with Visual AIDS for Day With(out) Art, Alternate Endings is a series of short films created by filmmaker Tom Kalin with artists Rhys Ernst, Glen Fogel, Lyle Ashton Harris, Derek Jackson, My Barbarian, and Julie Tolentino.

Museum admission is free from 5 to 11 p.m. and includes entrance to galleries and events. Programs are subject to change without notice. For more information, visit Museum galleries are open until 11 p.m. Parking is a flat rate of $5 from 5 to 11 p.m.

Some Target First Saturday programs have limited space and are ticketed on a first-come, first-served basis. *Denotes a ticketed event.

Friday thru Sunday , December 5 – 7

7:30 p.m.: On Behalf of Nature @ Bam Harvey Theater. Quintessential artistic pioneer, Meredith Monk has spent decades exploring the depth of the human voice. Celebrating her 50th year exploring this spiritual depth, she returns to BAM with a nimble vocal ensemble to present this mesmerizing hymn to compassion.   The show is inspired by the Buddhist concept of oneness and tries to reaffirm the human connection to the natural realm. There will be eight performers on a bare stage, including Monk, where they will produce various sounds signifying that the spiritual and the human coexist as a harmonious interdependent whole. Admission: $20. Info: 718/636.4100 Bam Harvey Theater 30 Lafayette Avenue.


Saturday, December 6

12 – 3 p.m.: Waltz of the Flowers @the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. Children ages 4 through 12 can explore the world of The Nutcracker in a special workshop presented by teaching artists from the American Ballet Theater (ABT). No dance experience necessary, however, space is limited and preregistration is required. Admission: $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, and free for children under 12. Info: 718/623.7200. Entrances at 150 Eastern Parkway and 990 Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights.


Sunday, December 7

3 p.m.: Magical World of Yiddish Song@OnStage Kingsborough. Join Zalmen Mlotek, Artistic Director of the National Yiddish Theatre – Folksbiene and one of the world’s leading authorities on Yiddish music, for a moving musical journey that follows the migration of Yiddish songs from Eastern Europe to the bustling streets of New York’s Lower East Side and onto the Broadway stage and Hollywood screen. Guest vocalist Magda Fishman was lead singer for the hit Israeli Dance/Pop group Power Source. She has performed at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, the Apollo Theater, and the Prague State Opera. Simultaneous English translation on a large screen. And, a Hanukkah reception with artist after show. Admission: $30/25. Info: 718/368.5596 or Kingsborough College, 2001 Oriental Boulevard in Sheepshead Bay.


Wednesday, December 10

7 – 8 p.m.: The Lost Tribe of Coney Island with Claire Prentice @ Central Library. Author Prentice is an award winning journalist, will discuss her new book that uncovers the true story about 50 Igorrote men, women and children who were brought to the United States from the Philippines in 1905 to perform in Coney Islands freak shows. Prior to her talk, there will be a cheese and wine reception at 6:30 in the Brooklyn Collection section. Admission:free. Info: 718/230.2100. Central Library, Grand Army Plaza at Eastern Parkway and Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn.


Wednesday and Thursday, December 10 – 11

7p.m.: Winter Concert Series @ Kumble Theater. Check out LIU Brooklyn Music’s annual winter concert and showcase series. This year’s event will include performances by the LIU Chorus and LIU Vocal Jazz Ensemble directed by Dr. Gloria Cooper, the LIU Jazz Ensemble directed by Professor Sam Newsome, solo instrumental and vocal performances by LIU Music majors. Performance schedule: 12/10@ 1p.m. Admission: free. Info: 718/488.1624. One University Plaza, Flatbush Avenue, between DeKalb Avenue and Willoughby Street.


Thursday, December 11

10:30 a.m.: “Big Annie” @ the Bedford Village School. Shadowbox Theater presents a holiday sing-a-long, story and music by Sandra Robbins. The show is about a flatboat captain named “Big Annie,” who steers a boatload of toys with her animal friends through a terrible storm to children on Christmas Eve. Admission: $15. Info: 212/724.0677. Shadowbox Theater @ The Bedford Village School, 50 Jefferson Avenue in Brooklyn.


Saturday, December 13

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Tales from Shakespeare’s Greatest Year @ The Irondale Ensemble. Children ages 5 and up are welcomed to join this literary workshop, where families can learn a story-version performance of Shakespeare’s greatest works, such as Julius Caesar. Admission: $10 for parents and children. Info: 718/488.9233. 85 South Oxford Street in Fort Greene.


Saturday, December 13

2 p.m.: The Snow Queen @ On Stage at Kingsborough. Watch Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale, which features talking reindeer, a scary snow monster and a witch with a green thumb. This adaption features music by Arcangelo Corelli, puppet dancers and a 12-foot tall snow queen. After the show, the audience can meet the cast. Admission: $12. Info: 718/368.5596 or Kingsborough College, 2001 Oriental Boulevard in Sheepshead Bay.


Saturday and Sunday, December 13 – 14

4p.m.: Hard Travelin’ with Woody @ Coney Island Museum. Image you’re hopping onto a train box car through the Dustbowl with Woody Guthrie and commune with the spirit, stories and songs of America’s iconic folksinger as he plays for a union meeting of striking mine workers on the verge of yielding to vigilante violence. The multimedia one-man show is written and performed by Randy Noojin. Admission: $ 10 Info: Coney Island Museum, 1208 Surf Avenue in Brooklyn.


Sunday, December 14

11 a.m.: Sounds of the Season @ Brooklyn Children’s Museum. From the tinkling bells to holiday carols, music is a central part of the winter season. Stop by the museum to listen to holiday sounds, like the clap of a tambourine or the faint whistle of a flute. In addition, children will be able to make their own percussion instrument to take home. Admission: $9 per person and free for children under 1 year of age. RSVP to by Thursday, December 11th. Info: 718/735.4400. 145 Brooklyn and St. Marks Avenues in Crown Heights.



Celebrating the Holy days

Sweet Honey in the Rock @ BCPA at Brooklyn College

Saturday, December 13 – 8 p.m.

The internationally renowned a cappella ensemble will perform a seasonal concert entitled Celebrating the Holy days, honoring the holiday spirit from Christmas to Kwanzaa with music containing Latino, Chinese, African, and Hebrew influences, as well as American spirituals and traditional standards such as “Go Tell it on the Mountain,” “This Little Light of Mine,” and more, blended with new holiday favorites. Celebrate Sweet Honey’s stunning vocal prowess rooted in the rich textures of African American traditions. Admission: $30-40. Info: or Brooklyn Center box office at 718/951.4500. Walt Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College, Campus Road and Hillel Place.