The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) continues on with their year-long 150th birthday party by featuring the bizarre (and awesome) looking Cirkus Cirkör, a Swedish circus troupe arriving on our shores with the US premiere of Wear it like a crown – a tragicomic, and at times, absurd piece.May 11, 2012 Theater
New York natives Josh and Benny Safdie are the Safdie Brothers. Remember the name, these kids are going places. This weekend marks the final days of the brothers two-week summer series Emotional Sloppy Manic Cinema, which features films they directed and selected for screening at BAM. We spoke to Josh Safdie about his craft.August 20, 2010 Classic, Film, Multi/Media, Video
Local filmmaker Cameron Yates talks about his first feature-length documentary, The Canal Street Madam, which premieres in New York this Friday.June 16, 2010 Classic, Film
Brooklyn’s The National release their fifth LP entitled High Violet on 4AD this week, kicking it off with a series of events planned for the High Violet Annex in Manhattan leading up to a sold out show at BAM on May 15.May 13, 2010 Brooklyn Beats, Classic, Music Profiles
Open through December 20, BAM’s Next Wave Art, the visual component of the Next Wave Festival showcases works across disciplines. The festival’s featured art includes a video installation, sculpture, graphite drawings, and oil paintings in the lobby of the Howard Gilman Opera House and the adjoining Leonard Natman Room, but the exhibition also spills over into the BAMcafé, the BAMcafé Gallery, and the BAM Harvey Theater.November 29, 2009 Art n' About, Boroughing, The Art
Over the weekend, The Long Count, an indie rock opera featuring music by The National’s Bryce and Aaron Dessner and visuals by artist Matthew Ritchie, played its last performance at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave festival. Watch our exclusive video from the BAM artist talk where the Dessner brothers explain the genesis of their first symbolic symphony.November 3, 2009 Boroughing, Brooklyn Beats, Classic, Music Profiles
“Great reporting and great journalism have always been the exception to the rule,” Carl Bernstein said after a screening of All The President’s Men at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Saturday night. For more of the discussion, click through to watch a short video clip.September 14, 2009 Authors Speak, Boroughing, Classic, Culture, Film, Multi/Media, Video
“The frank depiction of anti-Semitism on the part of ostensibly sympathetic characters can make watching it an unsettling experience for modern audiences. Here the play’s religious overtones are almost entirely obliterated,” New York Times Theater critic Charles Isherwood wrote of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, which runs at the Brooklyn Academy of Music through Sunday.May 15, 2009 Classic, Culture, Night/Life, The Locals, Theater
Just because the gross domestic product shrank at a rate of 6.1 percent recently, doesn’t mean you can’t still invest in something good. As the economy tanks, there is no shortage of auctions kicking up dollars for the arts in Brooklyn.April 29, 2009 Art n' About, The Art
“I love Brooklyn, and I love this part of Brooklyn, I don’t know if you know – it’s now called the BAM cultural district, it’s got a whole new name – but I love this district. I mean It’s just fantastic. It’s kind of like coming across the river to work in another…” said Bridge Project director Sam Mendes before pausing to find the right words. “It’s so quiet out here – it’s so calm. It’s away from all the craziness of Broadway, it’s been a really pleasurable experience.”February 19, 2009 Night/Life, Theater
“It’s awesome to play at this theater and have people up front,” said Beirut frontman Zach Condon (above, right) to a second sold out crowd at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Opera House last Saturday. “It’s better.”
Not everyone in the seated audience agreed as hordes of fans rushed to the stage to get just a little bit closer to the folksy wunderkind, whose orchestra arrived halfway through the performance armed with glockenspiels. The two shows kicked off the Sounds Like Brooklyn festival last Friday, and the $20 tickets were fetching a hefty price on Craigslist.
After the first performance, we hear Zach and the band headed over to No. 7 bar for a drink, nearby on Greene Avenue, to find that the whitewashed walls weren’t the only stark contrast in the room full of show-goers.
Voletta Wallace, mother of the Notorious B.I.G., along with the cast, director, and writers of Notorious, which she co-produced, spoke to a captivated audience at the Brooklyn Academy of Music about the process of making the biopic of her son.January 15, 2009 Boroughing, Brooklyn Beats, Classic, Music Profiles, Video
“It’s not like libraries are over-funded!” said Soledad O’Brien, master of ceremonies for the 12th annual fundraising gala for the Brooklyn Public Library on Thursday. “It’s not like, ‘Trim the fat off those libraries!’ Those are cuts that are going to be very much felt.”November 14, 2008 Boroughing, City Politics, Classic, Read Features, State Politics, The Original BTB
When the Dow plummeted on Monday after Congress failed to pass a bailout for Wall Street’s many woes, Brooklyn’s creative class was already bracing itself. A downturn at the top of the food chain can’t bode well for those closer to the bottom, like the plethora of visual and performing artists that reside here.
“It’s just a drag,” said Karen Brooks Hopkins, the president of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, whose fall season opens this week. “What I feel bad about is that the arts organizations, the cultural organizations, have finally recovered from 9/11, and now this.October 1, 2008 Boroughing, City Politics, The Original BTB
With the opening of Ikea Brooklyn on June 18, no longer is a trip to Elizabeth, N.J., a staple of New York residential life; instead, it’s a ferry or bus ride to the faded industrial port of Red Hook.July 1, 2008 Boroughing, Real Estate, The Original BTB
What do Jasper Johns, Cindy Sherman, Annie Leibovitz and Keith Haring all have in common? Each artist has work up for sale at the 4th Annual Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM to us locals) Silent Auction.April 10, 2008 Art n' About, Boroughing, The Art, The Original BTB
No longer are wayward gentrifiers staring longingly at the Williamsburg Bridge from their loft parties, hoping to someday find a good deal on rent in the East Village, Lower East Side or the like for the nightlife.February 21, 2008 Brooklyn Beats, Music Profiles