Book Launch: The Invention of Ana @ Powerhouse (28 Adams Street), 7pm, FREE, brimming with youthful brio and irresistible humor. this story chronicles a young man’s friendship with a most peculiar artist, more info
The Dreamers: A Photo Exhibit @ C.A.N.V.A.S (145 Front Street), 6pm, FREE, a photo exhibit featuring West Indian DACA from the Caribbean, more info
Book Launch: New York Breaks Your Heart @ Powerhouse (28 Adams Street), 7pm, FREE, This book of photos reveals ordinary New Yorkers at their most peaceful, joyful, distracted, anxious, expressive, and at their most fleeting — bringing the texture of the city to vivid life, more info(more…)
Hey Valentines, Galentines, and pals of all sorts, here’s your pre-Valentines week!
Zadie Smith: Feel Free w/ Wesley Morri @ St. Ann & The Holy Trinity Church (157 Montague Street), 7pm, $35, more info
Williamsburg History and the Rise and Fall of the Sugar King @ Brooklyn Borough Hall (209 Joralemon Street), 6:30pm, FREE, join historian and author Geoffrey Cobb for a visual presentation and discussion on the early history of Williamsburg, and “The Rise and Fall of the Domino Sugar King,” more info
Book Launch: Slutever @ Powerhouse (28 Adams Street) 7pm, FREE, a call-to-arms, a confessional memoir, a slut manifesto, as told by a hedonistic, sex-radical libertarian slut in a pink PVC mini dress, more info.
Red Ink Series: ENVY @ Powerhouse (28 Adams Street), 7pm, FREE, this dynamic series focuses on women writers, past and present, more info
Business Model Innovation Workshop @ Made in NY Media Center (30 John Street), 6pm, $35-$50, buy tix.
Black History Everyday @ NYU Digital Future Lab (20 Jay Street, Suite 313), 5pm, FREE, focus on important but underrepresented visual artists of the African Diaspora, more info
A Black History Month Tribute to Haiti @ Commons Cafe (388 Atlantic Avenue), 7pm, FREE, After each monthly performance of poetry, music, dance, and/or video/film FYAH company members will facilitate a youth panel discussion to address the issues presented each evening, more info
Mardi Gras Party @ Superfine (126 Front Street), 7:30, No Cover, there will be beads and balloons galore and a New Orleans second line wending its way through the Superfine crowd, make reservations.
Unlearning Dystopia: Ecotopias @ Art in General (145 Plymouth Street), 4pm, FREE, a public program series elaborating on the utopian ideals present in Art in General’s New Commission by Zach Blas: Contra-Internet, more info
BKC Open Group Show + Print Sale: “Community” @ BKC (33 Washington Street), 6pm, Free, more info.
Featherweight Kids Class @ Shadow Box (55 Prospect Street), 2pm, $34, During the 45 minute class, kids ages 8-16 will learn proper technique for basic boxing punches to use on a heavy bag. The class is led by a highly-trained SBX Instructor, who guides students through various games and exercises to build body awareness, coordination and sharpen concentration skills, buy tix
Book Launch and Kids Craft Event: How to be a Fashion Designer @ Powerhouse (28 Adams Street), 2pm, FREE, design, style, and accessorize clothes with this fun guide full of practical fashion design ideas for kids, more info
Mosaic Cycles Social @ Redbeard Bikes (69 Jay Street), 4pm, FREE, more info
Valentine’s Day Event: Deviant Desires @ Powerhouse (28 Adams Street), 7pm, FREE, Bestselling Deviant Desires: A Tour of the Erotic Edge—the classic exploration of niche kinks, sexual misfits, and DIY fetish—is now back, revised and updated! More Info
Brooklyn CraftJam @ Empire Stores (53-83 Water Street), 6:30pm, $45, we’ve got everything you need right here, including a colorful selection of threads, fabrics and supplies. We have also a selection on beginner friendly embroidery patterns with Brooklyn inspiration! Buy tix
Hey Dumbo, welcome to February! Here’s what’s on tap this week.
First Thursday Gallery Walk @ participating galleries, 6pm, FREE, More Info
A Party in Honor of St. Valentine @ Thea Grant Shop (63-b Pearl Street), 5pm, FREE, swing by for bubbles, live music, entertainment and a heart for all your valentines, more info
Poetry’s Musical Bloodline @ Cave Canem (20 Jay Street 310-A), 6:30pm, $10, a master class exploring the historic connections between music and poetry, with particular interest in music of the African diaspora, more info(more…)
Readings by Eileen G’Sell, Niel Rosenthalis, Jess Feldman, Jess Rizkallah & Glenn Shaheen @ Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop (141 Front Street), 7pm, FREE, more infoContemporary Collage Workshop @ New Forms Group for Creative Development (20 Jay Street), 1pm, First of 4 sessions, altogether $225, Designed for both the novice and the experienced collagist, we will explore such issues as: words and images in collage, the altered book collage, the narrative sequence, collage in children’s books, and surrealist and dada approaches (from the dream collage to the iconoclastic). More info
We Are Legion: Anything Goes! @ Forgotten Works Studio (46 Bridge Street), 8pm, $15-$25, Join us for a night filled with all kinds of crazy shenanigans ranging from onesie burlesque to space age boas and beyond! You never know what we’ll bring out next, because at We Are Legion…anything goes! Buy TixOpening Reception: Lisa M. Robinson’s Terrestra @ Klompching Gallery (89 Water Street), 6pm, FREE, Terrestra is seven years in the making, and continues the artist’s deep-seated reverence for the natural landscape. These outstanding new photographs follow in the footsteps of Robinson’s critically acclaimed Snowbound and Oceana series, where she began her conceptual and artistic exploration of the landscape, in relation to the ebb and flow of climatic change and man’s relationship to it. More infoTriangle Arts Association Open Studios @ Triangle Arts Association (20 Jay Street), 5pm, FREE, Meet Triangle Arts’ four artists-in-residence at this intimate open studios for their DUMBO neighbors. Stop by after work, see the work, talk directly with artists, and have a snack! More infoTriangle + Black Lunch Table Wikipedia Edit-a-thon @ Triangle Arts Association (20 Jay Street, #317 and #318), 6pm, FREE, The Black Lunch Table (BLT) project will host an edit-a-thon focusing on important but underrepresented New York area visual artists of the African Diaspora during Triangle Arts Association Open Studios. A training session will be held at the beginning, but help is available throughout the event. Please bring your laptop and feel free to bring a friend! RSVPReadings by Sam Solomon, Tara Skurtu & Michael Robbins @ Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop (141 Front Street), 7pm, FREE, more infoBook Launch: Say My Name by Allegra Huston — in conversation w/ Joan Juliet Buck @ POWERHOUSE @ the Archway (28 Adams Street), 7pm, FREE, Allegra Huston, author of the bestselling memoir, Love Child, makes an impressive debut as a novelist with an evocative and erotic exploration of love, passion, and empowerment, RSVP
Civics League for Disability Rights One Year Anniversary @ 25 Elm Place, 1pm, FREE, We here at Civics League feel the fierce urgency to fight the regressive policy choices that threaten our rights, our health, and our independence. Now is the time for our community to proceed with vigorous and positive actions for change. More infoBook Launch: Anthology of Emo Vol. 1 by Tom Mullen @ POWERHOUSE @ the Archway (28 Adams Street), 7pm, FREE, Panel guests include: Norman Brannon – Texas is the Reason, Chris Leo – The Van Pelt, William Kheun – Rainer Maria & more TBA!, RSVPReadings by Anastacia-Renee, Tommy Pico, T’ai Freedom Ford & Derrick Weston Brown @ Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop (141 Front Street), 7pm, FREE, more info
Screening of A Primer in Sky Socialism @ Issue Project Room (22 Boreum Place), 8pm, $15, Premiered at the Museum of Modern Art in May 2013, A Primer in Sky Socialism continues Ken Jacobs’ exploration into 3D filmmaking, renewing his fascination with the histories and technologies of the moving image, a theme that has preoccupied his work for over 50 years. Shot on the Brooklyn Bridge with a view of the fireworks, this long-form film privileges the experiential over narrative drive. Buy tixOpening Reception: Rudy Shepherd’s Everything in the Universe is My Brother and Theresa Ganz’s Wave Room @ Smack Mellon (92 Plymouth Street), 6pm, FREE, more infoIntroduction to Copperplate Calligraphy @ 47 Bergen Street, 11am, $99, Learn the fine art of writing beautifully by applying specific tools and rules – no matter what your handwriting looks like. Take some time to collect your thoughts, and learn to write beautifully and with intention. Buy tixMatthew Schott’s Super Fun Adventurtastic Variety Show! @ Chaos Studios (247 Water Street), 7pm, $5, Come out to see Stand-Up! Scripted Comedy! Big Surprises! And a special preview of a theatrical experience unlike any to come before or since! More info
Short Hair Don’t Care Runway Event @ Dumbo Loft (155 Water Street), 2:30pm, $20-$75, A Firece Hair Runway Show featuring a generation of hairstylists who are changing the game with the latest short hair trends.This event will give SHORT coifed beauties of ALL shades and textures a platform to celebrate the freedom & empowerment of short tresses. Buy tix1 Day Workout: Engaging Light @ BKC (33 Washington Street), 11am, $84-$120, This class challenges students to observe, perceive and manipulate light and shadow to help make unique photographs that inspire the imagination, Buy tix
Crash Course: Camera Basics @ BKC (33 Washington Street) 6:30pm, $52.50-$75, Camera Basics is an efficient, one-shot introduction to digital photography, and a good place to explore the fundamentals of your camera. Buy tixThe Next Step Food and Wine Charity Event @ 26 Bridge (26 Bridge Street), 7:30pm, $99-$125, The Next Step, a project of Israel Medical Fund, aides and supports adults and children in Israel that suffer from limb-loss; wounded soldiers, terror victims and cancer patients, by providing them high-end prosthetics, technical and emotional support. Buy Tix
Belladona* Presents Sophie Seita (Translator Of Uljana Wolf’s Subsisters) & Others @ Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop (141 Front Street), 7PM, FREE, more info