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

Brookyn MuseumSaturday, January 17
2 p.m.: Creative Art-Making: “Bound and Unbound” @ The Brooklyn Museum. If you like to make jewelry than this hands-on workshop with designer Zebi Williams is just for you. This activity is inspired by the Brooklyn Museum exhibition of Judith Scott’s Bound and Un-bound. Visitors will be able to create jewelry made from found objects using wire-wrapping techniques, and during this process instructor 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.


BAMSaturday, January 17
7 p.m.: Swan Lake @ BAM Theater. Enjoy the classical performance of Swan Lake presented by BAM and the Mariinksky Theatre, St. Petersburg, with music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Gavriel Heine’s musical direction. Considered one of the world’s finest repertoires, Swan Lake is a four act ballet that tells the story of Odette, a princess who was turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse. Run Time is three hours and 10 minutes (with two intermissions). Admission: $35 Info: 718/636.4100 Peter Jay Sharp Building, BAM Howard Gilman Opera House is located at 30 Lafayette Avenue.


Monday, January 19
12 p.m.-4 p.m.: Martin Luther King, JR. Day @ Prospect Park. Celebrate the amazing history of renowned activist, humanitarian and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement, Martin Luther King, JR. with family-friendly activities at the Prospect Park Audubon Center and the Lefferts Historic House on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Admission: free Info: 718/965.8951 Prospect Park’s Lefferts Historic House is located at 452 Flatbush Avenue.

Moving Mountains Inc.Monday, January 19
2 p.m.: A legacy of the Civil Rights Movement through the Arts @ Kumble Theater: Produced by Jaime Hector, this youth based production examines the artistic depiction of the civil rights movement in America from the 1920s to the present. Presented by the Moving Mountains Inc., an organization that caters to ages 11 to 21, their mission is to improve the lives of young people by developing their artistic talent, encourage them to pursue their dreams, build character and to create opportunities for them in the theater, film and entertainment industry. Admission: $10 Info: 718/488.1624 or Kumble Theater at LIU Brooklyn, 1 University Plaza (on Flatbush Ave between DeKalb Ave & Willoughby St) in downtown Brooklyn.


KingsboroughThursday, January 29
7 p.m.: Insider’s Look: Cool Hand Luke @ On Stage at Kingsborough. Theatergoers can visit enjoy 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. Within the prison system he disobeys the demands of the gruel guards, which earns the admiration of his 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 Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Boulevard (cross street: Oxford) in Sheepshead Bay Brooklyn.


Saturday, January 31
11:30 a.m.: Quilting Kids @ The Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Children ages 2 ½ to 5 years old can discover the art of using quilts to share stories and symbols with others. They will learn the meanings of popular West African “adinkra” symbols, then decorate a quilt square to hang at home. Admission: $9 per person. Info: 718/735.4400 or 145 Brooklyn Avenue at St. Marks Avenue.


Friday, January 30 through Friday, May 31

2:30p.m./8:30p.m. Nevermore—The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe @ The New World Stages. Watch this unique musical play that tells the story of American writer, Edgar Allan Poe by combining haunting music, poetic storytelling and intricate stagecraft. This beautiful and bizarre play depicts Poe as a man who walked the line of nightmare and waking life. The musical is written and directed by Jonathan Christenson, and production design was developed by Bretta Gerecke. Admission: starting at $75 Info: 212/239.6200 New World Stages/ Stage 1 is located on 340 West 50th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues, New York, NY .


Thursday, Feb 5 through Sunday, March 15

7p.m.: The Iceman Cometh @ BAM Harvey Theatre. Watch the premier of the Iceman Cometh starring Tony Awardwinning stage and screen actors Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy. The play, created by Eugene O’Neill, is a portrayal of hope and disillusionment. It begins with the characters celebrating Hickey (Lane), a charismatic traveling salesman, biannual visit to Harry Hope’s saloon. A series of comical and heartbreaking events ensues when a newly sober Hickey arrives with a changed outlook on life, which threatens the lives of his old friends. The 18-character play is directed by Robert Falls. Admission: $35 Runtime is 4hours, 45 minutes with three intermissions. Info: 718/636.4100 BAM Harvey Theater is located on 651 Fulton Street.



Friday, February 6

 8p.m.: Swan Lake @ On Stage at Kingsborough. Check out the infamous full-length, four-act, Swan Lake ballet. The production will feature music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov and 50 of the State Ballet Theatre of Russia’s dancers. Swan Lake is based on Russian folklore and German legend. It follows the life of a young prince as he tries to free the beautiful swan maiden from an evil spell. Admission: $30: Info: 718/368.5596 or Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Boulevard (cross street: Oxford) in Sheepshead Bay Brooklyn.


Thursday, February 12

7p.m.: Brooklyn Renaissance @ The Brooklyn Museum. Stop by In Conversation, which will feature an in depth discussion on the Brooklyn Renaissance with Spike Lee, Kehinde Wiley, and Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. The conversations will be based on the role storytelling plays in the visual arts. It will explore overlapping themes from the history of both filmmaking and painting, Q&A with the artists , a sneak preview of Spike Lee’s upcoming film, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (in theaters Friday, February 13, and features artwork by Wiley and Fazlalizadeh). Starting Friday, February 20 there will be an exhibition of Kehinde Wiley’s work entitled, A New Republic, which raises questions about the politics of representation, race and gender. Admission: $16 and include Museum general admission, visit to purchase tickets. Info: 718/501-6326 The activity will be located in the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor at the Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Parkway.


Friday, February 6

 7:30 p.m. Rhythm Stories @ Kumble Theater. Purelements: An Evolution of Dance presents this full length dance about a young girl, Khadijah. When she attends her new school she never thought she would discover things about herself by merely studying history. Watch this stunning performance featuring Khadijah and her fellow classmate Naomi as they go on a magical journey filled with various African American heritage and history dances, songs and poetry. Admission: $25 Info: 347/5338933 ext. 114 or visit Kumble Theater is located at One University Plaza, Flatbush Avenue, between Dekalb Avenue and Willoughby Street.