Wednesday, July 29, 2009

It's Bacchanal Time Again!

At the Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturdays, thousands of visitors enjoy free programs of art and entertainment each month from 5-11 p.m. August 1 celebrates the Caribbean and honors the upcoming West Indian Day gala festivities along Eastern Parkway.

During "Celebrating Caribbean: It's Bacchanal Time Again!,” the day starts off 3-7 p.m. in the public plaza outside the museum as the West Indian-American Day Carnival Association kicks things off with steel pan music, stilt walkers, Carnival costumes and more, plus spoken word at the open mic.

From 5-6:30 p.m., in the Steinberg Family Sculpture Garden, the enchanting Aracelis Girmay hosts a poetry open mic with featured artists from Urban Word NYC, Cheryl Boyce Taylor and Alexis Marie. During the same time period, in the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, the Brooklyn-based troupe Conjunto Nuevo Milenio showcases the Afro-Latino roots of Panamanian carnival with music and dance. Free tickets (340) are available at the visitor center at 5 p.m.

From 6:30-8:30 p.m., you’re invited to create a Carnival costume headdress inspired by objects in the museum’s permanent collection. Free timed tickets (380) are available at the Visitor Center at 5:30 p.m.

Then, from 7-8:30 p.m., in the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, catch a screening of “Calypso Dreams” (2004, 90 min., NR). In this intimate look at calypso music, some of its greats reveal why it is among the prized possessions of Caribbean people. Free tickets (340) are available at the Visitor Center at 6 p.m.

In the Steinberg Family Sculpture Garden, from 7-9 p.m., Meta and the Cornerstones’ reggae takes us from Jamaica to Senegal and right back to Brooklyn.

At 8 p.m., meet at the entrance to Robert E. Blum Gallery to join Professor Veronica Gregg’s talk on Yinka Shonibare MBE highlighting the parallels, related to identity and power, between Shonibare’s work and Caribbean literature. Free tickets (30) are available at the Visitor Center at 6 p.m.

The well-attended monthly Dance Party is 9-11 p.m., this time being held in the museum parking lot, behind the museum. Jephte Guilliame and Sokalypso’s house DJs host a soca versus zouk party.

At 9 p.m., in the Hall of the Americas, Professor Ferentz Lafargue leads a conversation about Edwidge Danticat’s latest novel, “Brother I’m Dying.”

For more, call 718-638-5000.


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