Beat the heat with BAC grantees in the coming weeks! Theater, poetry, and visual art are all on deck throughout the borough:
African Peach Arts Coalition Poetry Battle Slam
Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 6:00 pm
Saturday, August 17, 2019, 6:00 pm
Join African Peach Arts Coalition for slam poetry battles to support their #liveyourtruth film series. Open mic and slam rounds happen each month at Starr Bar in Bushwick. Tickets: $10.
The Troubadour of Brooklyn: Roberto Poveda
Friday, August 16, 2019, 8:00 pm
The Troubadour of Brooklyn will continue exploring diverse and unique trova perspectives from different parts of NYC, all of them connected to the world: Sandra Ontaneda, an Ecuadorian-American singer-songwriter based in New York City whose music mixes Folk, R&B, and South-American rhythms; Bob Gaulke, an American-Iranian songwriter based in the Bronx who teaches when he’s not writing or playing; and Roberto Poveda, a Cuban-American troubadour based in Brooklyn influenced by bolero, salsa, rumba, samba, hip-hop, and jazz. Tickets: $12
Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 6:00 pm
CENTRAL BOOKING, in collaboration with Brooklyn Botanic Garden, presents the opening reception of the exhibition “Plant Cure/Brooklyn,” curated by Maddy Rosenberg. Sarah Stengle will bring to life her exhibited steel stringed harp with medicinal rue plants cast in resin in her performance “Rue:d/an Acorn is not a Oak Tree” at 7pm. Desiree Alvarez, Agnes Murray, Amanda Thackray, and James Walsh joined Madd y Rosenberg as artists in residence at Brooklyn Botanic Garden to produce work for this medicinal plant-themed project. Free
Both Eyes Open
Friday, September 6, 2019, 7:30 pm
NYC-based Ensemble Ipse presents a music workshop of Max Giteck Duykers’s new opera “Both Eyes Open,” an opera/theater hybrid about the effects of U.S. internment during WWII on a Japanese-American farmer in California’s Central Valley, and draws parallels to ethnic tensions that still resonate today. Seen through the eyes of his wife’s ghost, and his resurrected Zen Buddhist Daruma Doll, the farmer returns alone after the war to his darkened fields having lost his family and livelihood, and struggling to find his path again. Singers Kelvin Chan, Kalean Ung, and John Duykers star in this challenging piece that revisits and illuminates this pivotal period of U.S. history and its divergent perspectives, and sheds light on the current state of xenophobia and polarizing socio-political beliefs. Tickets: $20
BAC’s Community Arts Grants support Brooklyn-based cultural projects by individual artists, collectives, artist-nonprofit partnerships, and small nonprofits that enrich the cultural life of the borough. BAC’s funding programs provide meaningful technical assistance and professional development from application inquiry to final report in the form of info sessions, application draft reviews, and more. Applications for this year’s grants cycle are due on September 19, 2019.