BPL PRESENTS is Central Library's series of arts and culture events, including talks, conversations, and readings with authors, artists and scholars; live music, dance and theater performances; film screening; and art exhibitions. Events are free or ticketed and are taking place at Central Library's Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Cultural Center, unless noted otherwise.

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All BPL Presents programs at the Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Cultural Center at Central Library are free of charge (unless otherwise noted) and reservations are required for most adult programs. Patrons with reservations will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis. Unclaimed reservations will be released fifteen minutes before the start of an event; we recommend arriving early. Patrons without reservations will be seated as capacity allows.

Reservations can be made 24 hrs. a day, 7 days a week on our website by visiting the program’s calendar entry at bklynlibrary.org/bplpresents or by phone at 718.230.2200 (please see our phone reservation policy for hours and additional details). Reservations can be made up to approximately one hour before the scheduled program start time. The maximum number of seats that can be reserved per event is 3.

The Dweck Center is an accessible venue. To request additional information regarding accessibility or accommodations at the event, please contact Margie Cook: MCook@bklynlibrary.org.

Reservations for adult programs can be made with a BPL representative Monday-Friday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. For weekend events, reservations must be made by 4 pm on the Friday before the event takes place. Any reservations received after 4pm will not be processed. If leaving a message, please slowly and clearly state your first and last name, your phone number, the name and date of the program you would like to attend, and the number of seats you are requesting (maximum of 3).

Upcoming

Invisible Essence: The Little Prince

Sat, Mar 23   1:00 pm to 2:30 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

bpl presents film litfilm

Documentary, dir. by Charles Officer
US, 2018, 90 mins

This new documentary explores the global legacy of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's timeless fable, 75 years after its publication....

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Artist Walk with Kameelah Janan Rasheed

Sat, Mar 23   2:00 pm to 4:00 pm   Central Library, Plaza

bpl presents exhibitions

(Rain date March 30, 2019)

Starting location: Front Steps of Brooklyn Museum’s Plaza on Eastern Parkway

Join the Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Public Library for a community...

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Waiting for Beckett

Sat, Mar 23   3:30 pm to 5:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

bpl presents film litfilm

Documentary, dir. by John L. Reilly

UK, 1993, 86 minutes

Nobel prize-winning author and playwright Samuel Beckett shunned publicity throughout his life, yet became a...

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Working with Pinter

Sat, Mar 23   5:00 pm to 6:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

bpl presents film litfilm

Documentary, dir. by Harry Burton
UK, 2007, 56 mins

For nearly fifty years until his death in 2008, Harold Pinter was at the center of British...

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The Polymath, or The Life & Opinions of Samuel R. Delany, Gentleman

Sat, Mar 23   6:00 pm to 7:15 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

bpl presents film litfilm

Documentary, dir. by Fred Barney Taylor
US, 2007, 75 mins

A sprawling portrait of the larger-than-life Samuel R. Delany – one of the most prolific and innovative sci-fi...

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Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart

Sat, Mar 23   7:30 pm to 10:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

bpl presents film litfilm

The Life and Work of a Treasured American Playwright
Documentary, dir. by Tracy Heather Strain
US, 2018, 118 mins

If the 1959 Broadway production of A Raisin in the...

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Classical Interludes: ETHEL

Sun, Mar 24   4:00 pm to 6:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

bpl presents classical interludes music

**Please note: This program is at capacity and regsitration has been closed.

In the program Devoted, ETHEL has gathered music of passionate affection and dedication from cultures of the...

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Classical Interludes: ETHEL, BPL Program

Pablo Neruda ¡Presente!

Sun, Mar 24   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

bpl presents film litfilm

Documentary, dir. by Mark Eisner

US, 2004, 76 mins

Latin America’s most renowned poet and a major player in Chile’s political struggles, Pablo Neruda (1904-1973) attained...

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Albert Woodfox on Solitary, in conversation with Jelani Cobb

Wed, Mar 27   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

author talks bpl presents Freedom Index

**Please note: This program is at capacity and registraiton has been closed.

Cobb interviews Woodfox on Solitary, which chronicles his more than four decades in solitary confinement for a...

Green Series: Claire Sherman on New Pangaea

Thu, Mar 28   6:30 pm to 8:00 pm   Leonard Library

artist talks bpl presents environment green series

The March Green Series features artist Claire Sherman, whose show New Pangaea, up now at DC Moore Gallery in Manhattan, represents the natural world in a manner that makes her landscapes both...

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Green Series: Claire Sherman on New Pangaea, BPL Program

The ACLU's At Liberty at BPL, with Sergio De La Pava

Thu, Mar 28   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

author talks bpl presents Freedom Index

At Liberty is a weekly podcast from the ACLU that explores the biggest civil rights and civil liberties issues of the day.

At Liberty at BPL is a periodic live recording of the podcast...

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Classical Interludes: Theo Bleckmann with Endless Field

Sun, Mar 31   4:00 pm to 6:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

bpl presents classical interludes music

Bleckmann is joined by Ike Sturm and Jesse Lewis.

No children under 6 will be permitted.

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Classical Interludes: Theo Bleckmann with Endless Fields, BPL Program

The Review Panel

Tue, Apr 2   7:00 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

bpl presents the review panel

Leading art critics join in lively debate about current exhibitions around the five boroughs. This month, Nickolas Pappas, Martha Schwendener, and Alexi Worth join moderator David Cohen to discuss...

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Kameelah Janan Rasheed: ‘This is Not an Artist Talk’/ Reflections on Scoring the Stacks

Thu, Apr 4   6:30 pm to 8:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

bpl presents exhibitions

Reception to follow in Dweck Lobby

The culminating event to the participatory exhibition and public program Scoring the Stacks, Katowitz Radin Artist in Residence Kameelah Janan Rasheed...

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Classical Interludes: Carnegie Hall Citywide: Spektral Quartet

Sun, Apr 7   4:00 pm to 6:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

bpl presents classical interludes music

Spektral Quartet reveals the hidden nuances of the classic string quartet repertoire while opening the door to the visionary music of our day.

Presented as part of Carnegie Hall's Citywide...

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Classical Interludes: Carnegie Hall Citywide: Spektral Quartet, BPL Program

Nathaniel Rich on Losing Earth

Tue, Apr 9   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

author talks bpl presents environment

Copresented with Greenlight Books: Nathaniel Rich’s groundbreaking full-issue feature “Losing Earth: When We Almost Stopped Climate Change” in the New York Times Magazine – which has earned...

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Nathaniel Rich presents Losing Earth, BPL Program

DEcarcerated Podcast with Marlon Peterson and Danielle Sered

Wed, Apr 10   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

author talks bpl presents Freedom Index

Join us for a live recording of Marlon Peterson's DEcarcerated Podcast with special guest Danielle Sered, executive director of Common Justice and author of Until We Reckon: Violence, Mass...

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DEcarcerated Podcast with Marlon Peterson and Danielle Sered, BPL Program

The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College presents Willie Perdomo and Friends

Thu, Apr 11   7:00 pm to 8:30 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

author talks bpl presents

The Center for Black Literature, in partnership with Brooklyn Public Library, celebrates 2019 National Poetry Month with Willie Perdomo, author of the forthcoming...

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The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College presents Willie Perdomo and Friends, BPL Program

Silent Movie Matinee: LOUISE BROOKS: SOULS LOST AND FOUND

Sun, Apr 14   12:00 pm to 2:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

bpl presents film silent movie matinee

DIARY OF A LOST GIRL (1929) 112 minutes
Germany

Kansas-born Louise Brooks traveled to Germany to collaborate with director Georg Wilhelm Pabst on two movies, Pandora’s Box (1929),...

Image of Loise Brooks from the film DIARY OF A LOST GIRL (1929)

Classical Interludes: PhiloSonia

Sun, Apr 14   4:00 pm to 6:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

bpl presents classical interludes music

Two larger-than-life works inspired by Scripture, spiritual freedom, the nature of time, and redemption from suffering: Osvaldo Golijov’s The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind and Messiaen’s...

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Classical Interludes: PhiloSonia, BPL Program

Liza Featherstone on Divining Desire

Tue, Apr 16   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

bpl presents

Over the course of the last century, the focus group has become an increasingly vital part of the way companies and politicians sell their products and policies. Few areas of life, from salad...

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Liza Featherstone ©Brennan Cavanaugh, BPL Program

Philosophy in the Library: "What is Democracy?" Screening

Wed, Apr 17   7:30 pm to 9:30 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

bpl presents film philosophy in the library

In her new movie, What is Democracy?, filmmaker Astra Taylor explores the title question through a series of discussions with philosophers, political theorists, activists, workers, middle...

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Philosophy in the Library:

Raised in the System

Tue, Apr 23   7:00 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

bpl presents film Freedom Index

Raised in the System is an insightful look at juvenile mass incarceration in the United States, hosted by actor and activist Michael K. Williams, who played Omar on “The Wire.” Williams grew up in...

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Fatima Farheen Mirza on A Place for Us

Thu, Apr 25   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

author talks bpl presents

The first novel from Sarah Jessica Parker’s new imprint, SJP for Hogarth—and a finalist for One Book, One New York—A Place for Us is a deeply moving and resonant story of love, identity, and...

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Fatima Mirza on A Place for Us, BPL Program

Classical Interludes: Brooklyn Art Song Society with Martin Katz

Sun, Apr 28   4:00 pm to 6:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

bpl presents classical interludes music

A program of Eduard Morike.

No children under 6 will be permitted.

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Classical Interludes: Brooklyn Art Song Society with Martin Katz, BPL Program

Message from the Library with Sonia Sanchez

Sun, Apr 28   7:00 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library

author talks bpl premier bpl presents

Sonia Sanchez, renowned writer poet, professor and activist delivers a library-commissioned speech addressing today’s most critical issues in our local and global communities. Following the...

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The Review Panel

Wed, May 1   7:00 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

bpl presents the review panel

Leading art critics join in lively debate about current exhibitions around the five boroughs. Presented in association with Artcritical.

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Poets Tina Chang, Ilya Kaminsky & Brenda Shaughnessy

Thu, May 2   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

author talks bpl presents

Copresented with Brooklyn Poets as a Brooklyn Poets Reading Series event: three poets on their new books.

A timely, stirring, and confident examination of mixed-race identity, violence,...

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Poets Tina Chang, Ilya Kaminsky & Brenda Shaughnessy, BPL Program

Silent Movie Matinee: MARION DAVIES: WHAT PRICE PASTRY?

Sun, May 5   12:00 pm to 2:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

bpl presents film silent movie matinee

SHOW PEOPLE (1928) 79 minutes
USA

King Vidor’s homage to Mack Sennett’s style of silent slapstick-comedy stars Marion Davies as Peggy Pepper, who achieves success by appearing in...

Silent Movie Matinee, BPL Program

Classical Interludes: BPL Chamber Players: Kinan Azmeh, clarinet and Jean Schneider, piano

Sun, May 5   4:00 pm to 5:30 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

bpl presents classical interludes music

Clarinetist and composer Kinan Azmeh has been touring the world as soloist, composer and improviser. Notable appearances include: Opera Bastille, Paris; Tchaikovsky Grand Hall, Moscow; Carnegie...

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Classical Interludes: Kinan Azmeh and Jean Schneider, BPL Program

Michael Ondaatje discusses Warlight

Tue, May 7   7:30 pm to 9:30 pm   Central Library

author talks bpl presents

Copresented with Greenlight Books: From the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author of The English Patient: a mesmerizing new novel that tells a dramatic story set in the decade...

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Kahn Humanities Lecture: Valeria Luiselli

Wed, May 8   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

author talks bpl presents

Author Valeria Luiselli and John Freeman discuss the American border crisis and the migrants from Mexico and Central America whose stories inspired her new novel, Lost Children Archive. Luiselli...

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Press Fest with CLMP and PEN World Voices

Sat, May 11   1:00 pm to 6:00 pm   Central Library, Plaza

bpl presents

Join us at the third annual Press Fest, an indie book fair co-presented by the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) and BPL Presents. Discover remarkable books from small publishing...

Press Fest with CLMP and PEN World Voices, BPL Program

Classical Interludes: Daedalus Quartet

Sun, May 12   4:00 pm to 5:30 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

bpl presents classical interludes music

Praised by The New Yorker as “a fresh and vital young participant in what is a golden age of American string quartets,” the Daedalus Quartet has established itself as a leader among the new...

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Silent Movie Matinee: FRITZ LANG: THE NEW TOWER OF BABEL

Sun, Jun 2   12:00 pm to 2:30 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

bpl presents film silent movie matinee

METROPOLIS (1927) 148 minutes
Germany

Fritz Lang and writer Thea von Harbou created this visually-iconic sci-fi epic, hoping to make a film that equaled the quality of American-...

Silent Movie Matinee, BPL Program

The Review Panel

Tue, Jun 4   7:00 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

bpl presents the review panel

Leading art critics join in lively debate about current exhibitions around the five boroughs. Presented in association with Artcritical.

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Brooklyn Public Library gratefully acknowledges the many donors who have provided generous support for BPL Presents programs, including: Los Blancos, Cheryl and George Haywood Endowment for Cultural Diversity, The Kahn Endowment for Humanities Programs, Dr. Beverly S. Jacobs, The Miriam Katowitz and Arthur Radin Fund, Mapleton Endowment, New York State Council on the Arts, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the Estate of Pearl S. Reuillard in memory of her parents Yetta and Louis Schwartz, Sandra and Peter Schubert Endowment Fund, Shenandoah Valley Black Heritage Project, The Weissman Family Foundation, Inc., The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Humanities New York, the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, women.nyc, HBO, Janet Anderson and numerous individuals.

Programs are also supported by Brooklyn Public Library’s Fund for the Humanities which was established through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Hearst Foundation, Inc., Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Starr Foundation, the Leon and Muriel Gilbert Charitable Trust, Henry and Lucy Moses Fund, Inc. and a gift in memory of Samuel and Pauline Wine.

WNYC is a media partner of the 2019 BPL Presents Season.

 

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