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 Dweck Center, unless noted otherwise.
Dweck Center programs are free of charge and reservations are required for most adult programs. Patrons who RSVP to programs will be seated before walk-ups. Unclaimed reservations will be released five minutes before the start of an event. We recommend arriving early. RSVP online at BrownPaperTickets.com or by phone at 718.230.2200.
Reservations for adult programs can be made with a BPL representative Monday-Friday from 9 am – 4 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 tickets you are requesting (the maximum allowable is 3).
Reservations for adult programs can be made 24 hrs. a day, 7 days a week. Enter "Dweck Center" in the Find the Event search field. Reservations can be made up to approximately one hour before the scheduled program start time. More info: brownpapertickets.com
Sweet Megg and her wayfaring musicians blend New Orleans Swing, Harlem swing, Parisian cabaret, and gut bucket blues into one charming musical performance. Saxophonist Ryan Weisheit reimagines a...
The Flea returns for the fourth year in a row. Rain or shine. Unless it's an absurd amount of rain.
A fusion of Cuban son, Guaracha, Dominican merengue and bachata and Jamaican Reggae. Dance lessons are at 6:30, band starts at 7 pm. In case of rain, the event will be held on Thursday,...
The driving dance rhythms of forró from Northeastern Brazil with rock, jazz, psychedelia, folk and more. Dance lessons are at 6:30, band starts at 7 pm. In case of rain, the event will be...
In his new novel, The Golden House, Salman Rushdie, author of such contemporary classics as Midnights Children and The Satanic Verses, presents a modern American epic of love and terrorism, loss...
Theater of War: Hercules in Brooklyn, November 2016
Oliver Stone and Ben Wizner, September 2016
Edwidge Danticat and Jacqueline Woodson, April 2016
Alash, January 2016
Slavoj Žižek and Hari Kunzru, November 2016
The Night of the Cookers, February 2016
Viet Thanh Nguyen and Vu Tran, April 2016
Night of Philosophy. January 2017
Salman Rushdie with Joel Whitney, October 2015
John Irving, November 2015
SYBARITE5, February 2016
Yaa Gyasi, June 2016
Brooklyn Public Library gratefully acknowledges the many donors who have provided generous support for public programs at the Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Cultural Center, including:
Brooklyn Public Library gratefully acknowledges the many donors who have provided generous support for public programs at the Dweck Center, including: The David Berg Foundation, Fund for the Humanities, Cheryl and George Haywood Endowment for Cultural Diversity, The Hearst Foundation, Inc., The Kahn Endowment for Humanities Programs, The Miriam Katowitz and Arthur Radin Fund, Los Blancos, Mapleton Endowment, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, James J. O’Toole, Janet Anderson, the Estate of Pearl S. Reuillard in memory of her parents Yetta and Louis Schwartz, Sandra and Peter Schubert Endowment Fund, and numerous individuals.
WNYC is a media partner of the 2016-2017 BPL Presents Season.