A highlight of the art world’s gradual return to normal is the reintroduction of First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum. The institution offered First Saturday Lite events last summer, but on Saturday, the cherished monthly tradition makes a full return for the first time since March 2020.
This weekend’s program, beginning at 5pm, includes a performance by musician Isa Reyes; an hour of 10-minute talks on the history and future of Black representation in the Museum’s American Art Galleries, led by its Teen Apprentices; and a town hall with the museum’s director, Anne Pasternak, and a group of city councilors. For a full list of activities see brooklynmuseum.org.
The first Saturday is free to the public. Due to Covid-related capacity restrictions, pre-registration is required for the indoor events, but no registration is required for the Fundred Project “Viva Brooklyn!” With Mel Chin,” a celebration held on the museum’s plaza in honor of Chin’s initiative to eradicate lead poisoning in children.
“Sidney Poitier & His Trailblazing Contemporaries,” a month-long series beginning Friday at Film Forum, was originally slated for 2020, well before Poitier’s death in January. Programmed by film historian Donald Bogle, the retrospective is devoted not only to Poitier but also to other African American screen actors from the days of his heyday as a matinee idol.
In memory of Sidney Poitier
Sidney Poitier, the first black actor to win the Best Actor Oscar, died on January 7. He was 94 years old.
Alongside key Poitier appearances, including as a doctor trying to get through to a racist patient, in “No Way Out” (airing Friday, Saturday and Wednesday) and as a student in “Blackboard Jungle” (airing Friday, Saturday, Monday and April 15), the lineup will also highlight spins from Ivan Dixon, Canada Lee, Juano Hernandez, James Edwards and others. Opening weekend, Edwards stars in WWII drama Home of the Brave (Friday & Tuesday) as a soldier on a mission confronted with bigotry. and in the Stanley Kubrick heist pic “The Killing” (out Sunday, Tuesday and April 16), which shows him as a parking lot attendant unknowingly aiding a gunman (Timothy Carey).
Zach Zucker is a real clown.
Currently based in Los Angeles and London, Zucker studied theater and clowning at the Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Étampes, France, just outside Paris. When he’s not acting as Jack Tucker, he puts everything he’s learned into it “Stamptown”, a variety show he hosts that brings fringe theater, avant-garde artists and comedy acts to cities around the world. It will make two stops in New York this weekend.
On Saturday at 9:30 p.m. at the Asylum NYCZucker’s lineup is included Ike Ufomadu, Ashton Womack, Nina Tarr, Jamie Watson and Gavin Matts. Tickets for the show on Saturday are $20. On Sunday at 8 p.m Union Hall In Brooklyn, his program will feature Australia’s purple puppet comedian Randy felt face, Alex Edelman (who enjoys an Off-Broadway run), Martin Urban, Caitlin Cook and selection from the film festival found. Advance tickets for Sunday’s performance are sold out, but there will be a queue at the door before the show.
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When the coronavirus struck in early 2020, hard-swinging, constantly touring pianist Emmet Cohen acted quickly to keep the music going. With his trio, he began streaming weekly performances from his Harlem home called “Live From Emmet’s Place,” adding different guest musicians each week — sometimes other rising stars, sometimes respected elders. The streams quickly became a hit, and thousands of viewers still tune in over every week Facebook and youtube.
at Birdland until Saturday, Cohen brings the sizzling energy and cozy atmosphere of these livestream sessions to the stage. With his trio colleagues, bassist Yasushi Nakamura and drummer Kyle Poole, Cohen will welcome a different guest each night: saxophonist George Coleman, a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, on Thursdays; the saxophonist Houston Person on Friday; and vibraphonist Joel Ross on Saturday. They’ll play two sets each night — Thursday at 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday at 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. — with ticket prices ranging from $30 to $40. And yes, there’s a streaming option: Thursday’s second set may be viewed on the Birdland website for $10.
A civil rights odyssey
It’s easy to believe that only adults can change the world. However, children have also helped transform society.
For the title character of “Jabari Dreams of Freedom”, a piece of Nambi E KelleyThis topic is personal: Jabari’s best friend Emmett is in the hospital after being injured by police in an incident where these two black fifth graders were believed to be criminals.
Presented by the company first wife at the New Victory Theatre, the production takes Jabari (Verdale Stinson Jr.) back in time. (Leo Lei designed the show’s projections and media.) He meets Claudette Colvin, who at 15 refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus nine months before Rosa Parks. He also meets 6 year olds ruby bridgeswho helped integrate New Orleans public schools, and a young, idealistic Barack Obama.
Directed by Daniel Carlton, this inspirational, interactive piece will have its final live performances on Saturday at 2pm and 7pm and on Sunday at 5pm; It is also Streaming on demand on the New Victory website until April 17th. (Tickets start at $20; streaming is $25.) Featuring spirituals, call-and-response chants, and protest signs for theatergoers, “Jabari” encourages young viewers to stand up for their own rights.
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