Brooklyn Museum’s “First Saturdays” Present an Exploration of Caribbean Heritage

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Brooklyn Museum presents “Target First Saturdays”—“engaging and eclectic free art and entertainment programs” every month (except September), held from 5:00 to 11:00pm. Saturday, August 1, 2015 will focus on Caribbean Heritage. As the museum site explains, their Michelin-starred Saul restaurant and bar is open all evening and The Counter café serves lighter fare. (Parking is a flat rate of $5 starting at 5:00pm.) Here is the schedule of events:

MUSIC—5:00pm. BombaYo performs traditional Afro Puerto Rican bombadrumming, which combines West African, Taino, and Spanish percussion. Presented in partnership with CaribBEING.

FILM—5:00–9:00pm. Experimental media program Black Radical Imagination presents short films made by women of color who have connections to the Caribbean.

PERFORMANCE—6:00 pm. The Braata Folk Singers present Caribbean folk music representing the diverse cultures of the West Indies.

FILM—6:00pm. Selena Blake presents clips from her film Taboo Yardies (2011), which examines homophobia and the struggle for LGBTQ rights in Jamaica.

POP-UP CARNIVAL—6:00–9:00 pm. Poet Arielle John performs and hosts a presentation of carnival costumes and musical traditions from various Caribbean islands. Curated by CaribBEING.

HANDS-ON ART—6:30–8:30 pm. Explore carving, printing, and layering techniques in printmaking to create an island landscape.

FILM—7:00 pm. Papa Machete (Jonathan David Kane, 2014, 10 min.) tells the story of one of the few remaining masters of machete fencing, a martial art which emerged from the Haitian Revolution. A Q&A with the director follows. Presented in partnership with CaribBEING.

MUSIC—7:00 pm. Cuban jazz pianist Elio Villafranca blends sounds from the island nations of Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, and Cuba.

FILM—8:00 pm. Ackee & Saltfish (Cecile Emeke, webseries) [see photo above] follows best friends Rachel and Olivia as they tackle everything from gentrification to the difficulties of getting Lauryn Hill tickets. A talkback with the director follows. Presented in partnership with CaribBEING.

BOOK CLUB—8:30 pm. Naomi Jackson, raised in Brooklyn by West Indian parents, discusses her new novel, The Star Side of Bird Hill (Penguin Press, June 2015), a story about community, betrayal, and love centered on a matriarchal family in Barbados.

MUSIC—9:00 pm. Klash City Sound System and Supa Frendz perform a mash up of reggae, punk, and hip-hop, expanding notions of Caribbean music.

For more information, see https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/visit/first_saturdays/

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