weekend events, Library cafe closed Monday

All events are in Brooklyn unless noted and most are free. If it sounds too good, then check with the venue. Many are bars so check if under age. If you can’t drink you might be able to eat there.

Saturday, May 27: Literati, 8 pm, 10 ($8 in advance). Comedians in character perform hilarious readings, making for a show that promises to be sophisticated, satirical, and sometimes include wigs. Union Hall, 702 Union St. at Fifth Avenue.
Secret Mausoleum Club, The Rub, 10 pm, $10 before midnight, $15 after. The infamous dance party with soul, hip hop, funk and techno. Bell House, 149 Seventh St. at Third Avenue. Atlas Obscura and Green-Wood Cemetery open selected mausoleums for an extraordinary series of intimate after-hours immersive experiences, with inspiring performances and a historic persona or two, 9 pm, 21+, $100. Green-Wood Cemetery, Fifth Avenue and 25th Street.
Sunday, May 28: Sun Gaze, join the Amateur Astronomers Association to gaze at the central star of our solar system with special scopes. 1-4 pm, Pier I at 70th St, on the west side of Manhattan. Best of BAMKids FilmAfrica film, 2 pm, $7 ($10 or adults) as part of BAM’s annual DanceAfrica celebration. BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave. between Lafayatte Avenue and Hanson Place. Dark Spots, 8:30 pm, $10 ($8 in advance). Comedians perform their darkest, saddest, and most traumatic – but still funny – material. Union Hall, 702 Union St. at Fifth Avenue.

Several Days: The Rites of Spring” Pier Art Show, see last weekend. Saturdays and Sundays, 1-6 pm.  DanceAfrica Festival, Music in Motion, Drones: Is the Sky the Limit? see last weekend.

Monday, May 29: Memorial Day Parade, 11 am, from 78th St. and Third Ave., along Third Ave. to Marine Ave., up to Fourth Ave. and over to John Paul Jones Park on 101st St. and Fourth Ave. for the memorial service. All marchers will enter the park in formation to pass in review by the grandstand. Marchers will then be directed to a location on the field for the ceremony. NOTE: There will be no band performances in front of the grandstand and no solicitation or campaigning along the parade route.

 Other parades.


Events around the city, college news, trivia in no particular order

There is a petition in the Library Café to get the air conditioner turned on. Every few summers there is one as there is always a hard time to get repairs done. The gym hours were cut and some returned from the pressure of complaints.

Our mail box is full with complaints. Anti Jewish remarks were written on the bathroom wall and the room was closed for a few days. At busy finals time a bathroom door does not lock, no door on a stool, no paper and soap at times. Nine computers are not usable with a sign “Under Maintenance.” Many lights out, headphone jacks not working and keys rubbed off key boards. For maybe 2 months the James Hall elevator has been broken. The other went for a while and handicapped students and a professor had troubles getting to their classes.  Typical. They don’t fix nuthin

Events around the city: Most are free and in Brooklyn. Some may be in bars.
Thursday, May 25: African Music and Dance: 4-6 pm. Restoration Plaza, 1368 Fulton St. at Marcy Avenue. RSVP: 1-800-556-0689 or RSVP@amidacareny.org.

Secret Science Club, 8 pm. A monthly show exploring the weird and wonderful world of science. Featuring awe-inspiring lectures, volatile experiments, alcoholic concoctions, and more. Bell House, 149 Seventh St. at Third Avenue.

The New American Paradise, 8 pm, free short films about the American Dream. With live music from Saint Mela before the show. Metro Tech Commons (outdoors) 5 MetroTech Center at Bridge Street.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail, 8 pm, $10. Drink in hand, actors perform a reading of the cult classic. Keep an eye on the list of buzz words and phrases–when you hear one, a bell rings and everybody drinks. Littlefield, 622 Degraw St. between Fourth and Fifth Avenues.

James Bond Sketch Night, 6:15 pm, $15–$20. No explosive, acid-filled, or poison pens, please.  pen-based listening devices and radio transmitters permitted.
SOCIETY OF ILLUSTRATORS, 128 e. 68 St, Manhattan.

La MaMa Moves, 7 pm, $21–$26. Twelve new pieces, many of them sharply political, make up the 2017 La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival, which displays seventeen troupes in four different theaters over eighteen days, as well as outdoors and online (with the crowdsourced project “#Here to Dance”). This week, on the Ellen Stewart mainstage, Stefanie Batten Bland’s new Bienvenue (in five languages) plays May 25–28. Highlights later on include Stefanie Batten Bland’s new Bienvenue (May 25–28), in five languages, and Patricia Hoffbauer’s Getting Away With Murder (June 2–4).
Ellen Stewart Theatre.

Friday, May 26: CUNY Fest, 6-10 pm, Whitman Hall Theater with the Brooklyn College Gospel Choir.

DanceAfrica Festival, $25. The country’s largest showcase of African dance celebrates the 40th anniversary this year under the theme of “The Healing Light of Rhythm: Tradition and Beyond.”
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
30 Lafayette Ave. between Ashland Place and St. Felix Street.
Friday, May 26, 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 27, 2 pm and 7 pm
Sunday, May 28, 3 pm
Monday, May 29, 3 pm

Vintage Jazz Short Film Fest, 8 pm, $10. See vintage 16mm short films of such greats as Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Bessie Smith, and so many more jazz artists from the early 19th Century.  Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave. at W. 12th Street.

North by Northwest Movie, 1:30 pm, free-$12. The essence of North by Northwest: Witty, well-heeled Manhattan man gets suit rumpled. Alfred Hitchcock’s VistaVision masterpiece is constructed from scenarios already perfected by the likes of Lubitsch and Keaton — it doesn’t take much to visualize Buster fleeing on foot from an errant cropduster — but the film remains a one-off, of 1959 America only. It endures in large part thanks to Cary Grant’s hardworking performance — upon his Roger Thornhill’s rectangular hair and slender shoulders much malice falls, but he doesn’t buckle. Instead, he fights tirelessly to reassert non-nightmare conditions. When, during the climax, he and Eve Kendall (Eva Marie Saint) are hanging from a rocky outcrop, the tone with which he asks the dastardly Leonard (Martin Landau) for help is exasperation laced with disappointment, a final protest against stubborn, stupid evil. That moment, like many others, casts the film as one of the last monuments to Eisenhower’s America, in which one’s patriotic sacrifice and the restoration of dapper gentility were equivalent fantasies.

Trivia: It’s estimated that a billion birds die each year from flying into glass. See the WEB Building.

What country’s national sport, buzkashi, features players on horses trying to grab a goat carcass?

India, North Korea, Afghanistan, Ethiopia?

The movie industry relocated from New York to LA to escape from Thomas Edison’s patents.

Answer: Buzkashi (literally “goat pulling” in Persian), is the sport in which horse-mounted players attempt to place a goat carcass in a goal. It is the national sport of Afghanistan where it is often played on Fridays and matches draw thousands of fans. Traditionally, games could last for several days, but in its more regulated tournament version, it has a limited match time. During the rule of the Taliban regime, buzkashi was banned in Afghanistan, as the Taliban considered the game immoral. After the Taliban regime was ousted, the game resumed being played.

In which plane did Charles Lindbergh make the first nonstop solo transatlantic flight on this day in 1927?

The Spruce Goose, Gulfstream I, The Spirit of St. Louis, Enola Gay?

Answer: In 1927, Charles Lindbergh strapped into his famous airplane, “The Spirit of St. Louis,” and took off on the first solo transatlantic airplane flight. Lindbergh emerged from the virtual obscurity of a U.S. Air Mail pilot to instantaneous world fame as the result of his solo nonstop flight made from the Roosevelt Field in Garden City on New York’s Long Island to Le Bourget Field in Paris, France. As a result of his landmark 33-hour, 30-minute non-stop flight, Lindbergh was the first person in history to be in New York one day and Paris the next. May famious lfyers flew from Floyd Bennet Field near Kings Plaza.

What triangular New York building was one of the city’s first skyscrapers?

Woolworth Building, Chrysler Building, Carnegie Hall Tower, Flatiron Building?

The University of Glasgow offers a Homer Simpson philosophy course.

Answer: The Flatiron Building, originally the Fuller Building, is a triangular 22-story steel-framed landmarked building located at 175 Fifth Avenue in New York City, and is considered to be a groundbreaking skyscraper. Upon completion in 1902, it was one of the tallest buildings in the city. The building sits on a triangular block formed by Fifth Avenue, Broadway, and East 22nd Street, with 23rd Street grazing the triangle’s northern peak. As with numerous other wedge-shaped buildings, the name “Flatiron” derives from its resemblance to a cast-iron clothes iron.

Improvements in Brooklyn College, BC in the News


Photos at the Junction Function run by the Riverrun Magazine. Also the English Major’s Open Mic were in the Student Center’s International Room from 6 to 9 pm.    Top rated professor and adviser is Roni Natov in the middle holding up the magazine. The second photo is their best funny faces.


The gym hours were cut by 7 hours a week. Sunday it is open only 3 ½ hours which will not help get new members. The Athletic’s Department’s budget may have gotten an increase. Many wrote to Athletic Director Filosa and President Anderson and after a few weeks, 2 hours were returned.

There is a terrible need for more janitors.  President Anderson will hire more next year. It is unsure if that is calendar year or fiscal year which starts July 1.

Cars raced once they made the turn past the college theater being built and onto Campus Road and passed SUBO. A speed bump like extension curve, was put there and a big flower pot.

A mural is being painted opposite target on Nostrand Ave by Midwood High School students group called Ground Swell Murals.

BC in the News:

BC Grad 2017: Cheyanne Clarke ’17 Turned Adversity Into Achievement 


The Peace Corps: It Changed Our Lives

Ginsberg’s literary passion comes through new book of lectures

5 Things You Didn’t Know About James Franco

BC Women’s Soccer and Basketball Members Awarded National Academic Awards

in The Excelsior.

The Campus Rape Frenzy. KC Johnson joins Seth Barron to discuss sexual assault and college … He is a professor of history at Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate … in the City Journal.




Tuesday and Wednesday events around NY, study tips on top tab

I have a Letter to the Editor in the Excelsior Newspaper now, check under Opinions.

There are almost no events on the college for finals and the summer but keep checking in, we don’t want to lose you.  All events listed are in Brooklyn unless noted and most are free. Many off campus events are bars so check if under age. If you can’t drink you might be able to eat there.

The Library Cafe has a rotating sign where you get a computer card. It revolves too fast that you have to run to see one of the 4 sides unless your head swivels like an owl. They list items broken such as the color printer out. It would repeat on 1 of the 4 sides but more keep breaking.

Tuesday, May 23: Mad. Sq. Eats, $5+, 11 am, Worth Square, Manhattan which is the park in the street on 5th Ave and Broadway by 25 Street touching Madison Square Park. The twice-a-year, month-long event bringing 20 food vendors to the area, try jiangbing, the Beijing-style crepes from 2016 Vendy Awards Rookie of the Year Mr. Bing; the meat- and veg-stuffed creations of a former Bark Hot Dogs honcho at Make Sandwich; and the salteñas from Bolivian Llama Party, which are sort of like empanadas. The pop-up market runs daily through June 9.

Redesigning Citizenship, 6-9 pm, $10. As part of NYCxDesign, panelists and audience members will co-create a design strategy for the 21st-century citizen. Visitors can bring an object that represents their citizenship and to tell a story about it in the storytelling booth. Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator, 630 Flushing Ave., Suite 704, between Marcy and Tompkins Avenues.

Wednesday, May 24: Health Fair, 4-6 pm, come learn all about what you can do to prevent skin cancer and promote healthy skin – get a spot check by dermatology professionals, skincare product samples and snacks and refreshments. SUNY Downton Medical Center at Bay Ridge, 9036 Seventh Ave. at 90th Street.

Fight the Feed, 8 pm, $10. A live comedy news show that tries to provide real answers to fake news. With host John Hague and a panel of comedians and policy experts. Legion Bar, 790 Metropolitan Ave. at Humboldt Street.

Courier Life article on the five new eateries restaurants by the Coney Island Ford Amphitheater. Kitchen 21 [3052 West 21st Street in Coney Island, Behind the restaurant sits Amphitheater



BC Radio Stations Awards, BC present and alumni in the news


WBCR (Radio Station) Awards photo last Thursday

SNL’s Trump Asked Comey to End Flynn Probe, Gave Russians Intel: A Closer Look


See Animals in NYC Without Going to the Zoo, NY Metro Parents


Learning from Vito Acconci, a Relentlessly Curious Teacher 

America’s leading grown-ups are being brought in to reassure the class of 2017

BuzzFeed Identifies Alleged ‘Blackmailer’ In Paul Berman Essay, Forward

Bernard Greenberg, forensic entomologist who helped solve murders, dies at 95 

weekend events (but world, Sunday is the start of the week)

Here is the unedited file you can see so we can get it to you faster and it will be edited soon. The college computers were down tonight for a while for maintenance.

All events are in Brooklyn unless noted and most are free Many are bars so check if under age. Many off campus events are bars so check if under age. If you can’t drink you might be able to eat there.

Saturday, May 20: Families First Spring Carnival, 10 am-2 pm, pony rides, bouncy houses, face painting, tattoos, carnival games, arts & crafts, a bake sale, a used book and toy sale, and balloons, Baltic Street between Court and Clinton Streets, pay per activity.

Viking Fest 2017, 10 am-5 pm, replicas of Viking ships, exhibits of Nordic pastimes including embroidery and spinning, Viking garb. Owl’s Head Park/Bliss Park, 68th St. and Narrows Avenue.

9th Avenue International Food Festival, Hell’s Kitchen, 10 am-6 pm, live music and other entertainment, 9th Ave, 42-57 St, Manhattan.

11th Annual Dance Parade, 1 pm, Dance for Peace theme. More than eighty genres will be on display, with ten thousand participants of all ages performing styles from contra dancing to roller disco to salsa, from breaking to ballet to Broadway to jazz. Sign up to join the fun, or watch from the sidelines and party, with free lessons and performances at parade’s end in Tompkins Square Park. From Broadway/21 St to Tompkins Square Park.

Smorgasburg Williamsburg, 11 am-6 pm. The alfresco behemoth Smorgasburg bring its tents and grills to the hungry, vitamin D–deficient masses. Around a hundred local vendors will set up at both locations: Saturdays in Williamsburg, and Sundays in Prospect Park. Smorgasburg was previously responsible for the Ramen Burger and Wowfulls, so as you wander, be on the lookout for the next weird food craze. 90 Kent Avenue.

Brooklyn Block Party, 11 am-1 pm, a day of live music, double dutch, face painting, balloon animals, and a performance from steel drum band Jah Pan. Albee Square between Willoughby and Fulton Streets.

Kairos Market, 11 am-4:30 pm, a festival for the arts with 20 indie artists, live music, and wine and beer for all, Brooklyn Art Library, 28 Frost St. between Union Avenue and Lorimer Street, Williamsburg.

Tap Dance Performance, starts at noon, bring a picnic lunch and enjoy a tap dance performance by Reggie Myers to celebrate National Tap Dance Day, The Evergreens Cemetery, 1629 Bushwick Ave. at Conway Street, Bushwick. Registration is appreciated but not required.

Kingston Avenue Festival, 1-5 pm. A two-block street festival filled with music, dance, arts and crafts, and community resources. Kingston Avenue between St. Marks Avenue and Dean Street.

Bike the Branches, party 3-7 pm, $20 ($10 kids). Explore Brooklyn Library branches throughout the borough, and check off a passport at each spot. Followed by a party at the Central Branch with live music, a beer garden, activities, and food vendors. Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Branch. 10 Grand Army Plaza, between Eastern Parkway and Flatbush Avenue.

Boast Rattle, 8 pm, $12 ($10 in advance). Comedians compete to give the most elaborate compliments. With host Kyle Ayers, Matt Koff, Emmy Blotnik, Josh Gondelman, and more. Union Hall, 702 Union St. at Fifth Avenue.

Arts, Culture & Fun: South Bronx Freedom Fest, 1-5 pm, emerging talent and established artists, DJs, hip hop performances and comedy. St. Mary’s Park Accessible, Bronx.

Sweet Spot Festival, 3-9 pm, Summer on the Hudson and Kindred Arts create a family-friendly gathering of community, cultures, and music lovers of all ages. Vibe to sounds spun by a collection of North America’s renowned sound architects. 125th Street and Marginal Street in West Harlem Piers, Manhattan.

Several Days Events: The Rites of Spring Pier Art Show with The Brooklyn Waterfront Arts Coalition presents the work of almost 300 artists. Saturdays and Sundays, 1-6 pm until Sunday, June 18. 481 Van Brunt St., Door Seven, near Reed Street, Redhook.

NYC Vegetarian Food Festival, starts at 11 am, $30-$75. A two-day gathering at the Metropolitan Pavilion for health-minded consumers of all stripes — from vegetarians and vegans to locavores and flexitarians — interested in learning about and sampling the best of New York’s plant-based scene. Speaker sessions, live entertainment, chef demos, and animal-welfare information tables round out the offerings at the show’s seventh iteration.

Equinox by Solstice, 4-10 pm, $15–$25. A Brooklyn art showcase with music, comedy, food, art, drinks, love, and unity. Weeksville Heritage Center, 158 Buffalo Ave. at St. Marks Avenue. Word Cabaret, poetry, prognostications, and political pontifications by a variety of writers and artists.

Essex Street Market Annual Birthday Block Party in the Lower East Side Manhattan, 8 am-7 pm, Sunday 10 am-6 pm, explore the food, and enjoy live music and other entertainment in this space with a deep and vibrant history.


Fleece Festival, Saturday and Sunday 10 am-4 pm, $8 ($5 children 3-12; $6 seniors; Free for children under 2). After a long winter, the sheep are ready to get their thick, wooly coats sheared. Prospect Park Zoo, 450 Flatbush Ave. at Ocean Avenue.


Drones: Is the Sky the Limit? See last weekend’s listing.

Movies in the Park

History Walking Tour 

Waterfront Day

Sunday, May 21: AIDS Walk New York, 8:30 am-2:30 pm. 10K walk that will start and finish in Central Park, with food trucks, celebrity appearances, and special musical performances, followed by a post-race concert at 12:30 pm. The run begins at 10 am. Bethesda Terrace in Central Park, Manhattan.

Fabulous Fifth Avenue Fair, 10 am-6 pm, musical performances, activities, food vendors. Fifth Avenue between Sterling Place and 12th Street.

Kite Festival, noon to 5 pm, field day activities, entertainment, food, and kites. There will be a pre-made selection available for sale in our store and supplies for kids to decorate their own. Nostalgic relay races (egg & spoon, pizza box races) and great games and activities (foam-noodle javelin, ring toss, Imagination Playground, tug of war). It will be an exciting day filled with fun, fitness, and friends. Music provided by DJ Big Brooklyn with live performances by the PS 132 Band, Creepus Expodus, and Curb Ya Horse.

Coney Islands of the Mind, 12:30 pm. This silent 1928 film follows a couple separated by a Coney Island roller-coaster. With the short film “A Trip to the Moon,” and a live piano soundtrack. Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Branch.

Faith Lift Sunday, 4 pm, 21 and older. A Sunday tea dance spinning hottest gospel, deep house, disco, classic soul, and funk. C’mon Everybody, 325 Franklin Ave. between Clifton Place and Greene Avenue.

Holocaust Commemoration Program, 8 pm, 8:30 am-2:30 pm. This annual commemoration will focus on the Holocaust in Italy. The program will include lighting memorial candles, dramatic readings, prayers, and a screening of the documentary “Oro Macht Frei” (Gold will make you free). Young Israel of Midwood, 1694 Ocean Ave. at Avenue L.


Thursday and Friday events at Brooklyn College and beyond

I have a Letter to the Editor in the Excelsior Newspaper now, check under Miscellaneous.

All events are in Brooklyn unless noted and most are free. Most Brooklyn College events are in the Student Center (SUBO) unless noted. Almost all club events are open to all BC students in their area such as CLAS, SGS, GSO as designated on their ID. For example, an ethnic named club or club with associated with a major anyone can attend. Many are bars so check if under age. Many off campus events are bars so check if under age. If you can’t drink you might be able to eat there.

Thursday, May 18: FIRST YEAR THURSDAY: Prepping for Finals, 12:30-2 pm, Quad. End of Year Celebration, Parents and Friends of the Early Childhood Center, 3-7 pm, Bedford Lounge (2nd floor), music, games, giveaways. Leadership Disability Awards Dinner, 6-9 pm, Penthouse (7th floor), Student Organization For Every Disability United For Progress, (S.O.F.E.D.U.P.). 2-4:30 pm, meet Security Departments Peace Officer, staff and students, 130 C Ingersol.If the room is off check with (718) 951-5511. Mentorship Dinner, 7-9 pm, Occidental Lounge (5th floor), Women in Computer Science, sounds private. CSU Flag Fete,6-10 pm, basement, you had to be on the mailing list and RSVP. Radio Awards, 8 pm, Jefferson Room. Cost of Freedom, 5-8 pm, International Room. GTO Awards, 4-9 pm, Amersford Room. Anthropology Club Senior Presentations and Send Off, 3:30-7:30 pm, State Room.

Off-Campus: Kings Theatre Happy Hour Tour, 6:30 pm, $25. One glass of wine included with the ticket. Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Ave. between Beverly Road and Tilden Avenue. Solar Panel Information Session, 6:30–8:30 pm, Urban Future Lab, 15 MetroTech at Bridge Street.

Friday, May 19: ? This item has to be checked if it was moved to Thursday. Anthropology Club Senior Presentations and Send Off, 3:30-7:30 pm, 3305 James Hall.

Off-Campus: Bike Home From Work, 6-10 pm, Party,Transportation Alternatives and Citibike host a beer garden with food trucks, a DJ, and cycling accessories. Pearl Street Triangle, Water Street between Pearl Street and Anchorage Place, Manhattan. Camouflage Comedy Show, free comedy and free pizza, 8:30 pm, with DC Benny, Josh Johnson, Adrienne Iapalucci, Sarah Tollemache, and more. Big Irv’s, 381 Hooper St. at S. First Street, 21+, must RSVP using eventbrite to attend.