weekend events

Due to limited computer time this is the long version son to be edited. Saturday, February 7, events Target First Saturday celebrates Black History Month with an evening of music, flim, and more at the Brooklyn Museum. Highlights include music by Bilal and Water Seed; screenings of Black Enuf, The Peculiar Kind, and Soul Food Junkies; and discussions with Kim Drew, founder of the blog Black Contemporary Art, and J. Ivy, Grammy Award-winning spoken word artist at 200 Eastern Pkwy. at Washington Avenue • (718) 638–5000, Web site: http://www.brooklynmuseum.org, 5 pm, Free from 5-11 p.m. Singles Valentine’s Event for singles of all ages are welcome to this Valentine’s singles event, featuring guest speakers discussing finding love later in life, live music, and dinner and desert at the First Evangelical Free Church • 6501 Sixth Ave. at Erik Place • (718) 745–7775, http://www.CompleteinChrist.com, 6 pm, $15. BAMKids Film Festival bringing the best in short features and animation from around the globe. Plus magic shows, stop motion activities, face painting and more at the BAM Rose Cinemas • 30 Lafayette Ave. between Lafayatte Avenue and Hanson Place • (718) 636–4100, http://www.bam.org, Saturday, Feb. 7, 10 am – 4:30 pm, Sunday, Feb. 8, 10 am–4:30 pm, $10 (13 and under; $14 adults and $9 for members). Coffee Bark 7:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m., bring your pups to the park for treats and great company. FIDO in Prospect Park offers free goodies for dogs and their owners as well as information pertaining to off-leash activities and issues at the Long Meadow by the Picnic House in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. Shelter Building Workshop 1:00 p.m., Our Urban Park Rangers are skilled in the techniques and development of diverse outdoor skills Learn tips and tricks that will enhance your knowledge of the natural world, and might just save your life. Do you have what it takes to survive in the wilderness?  Develop skills that will help you create shelter from natural and man-made objects: whether you are preparing for an extended journey through the woods or just want to be more prepared for any situation. All programs are family friendly, but are recommended for ages 8 years and older. Blue Heron Nature Center in Blue Heron Park, 222 Poillon Avenue, Staten Island. Floating Kabarette 9:30 p.m. every Sat. at the Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main St. Brooklyn,718-222-8500, $20 – $40, http://www.galapagosartspace.com/floating-kabarette. A weekly circus and cabaret spectacular every Saturday night in DUMBO. Performers vary, but expect burlesque, trapeze, juggling, dance performances, and emcees. Winter Coat Drive in partnership with Black and Latino AIDS Coalition. Free coats available for children, women, and men on a first come first serve basis. Donations accepted at noon at Pulse 48 • 1020 E 48 St. between Farragut Rd. and Dead-End • (917) 627–7690 • friendsofwingatepark.org, Noon–3 pm, Free. Chanting as all ages are invited to bring their own instrument and play along, dance, play, sing or listen at the Carmine Carro Community Center • 3000 Fillmore Ave. at E. 31 Street, 2 pm,Free.

Sunday: Athena Film Festival, 7:00 p.m. daily until February 8 at Barnard College
3009 Broadway @119 St. New York, NY, 212-854-5262, $20, http://athenafilmfestival.com
With a lot of work still to be done regarding the prominence of women in the filmmaking industry, it’s worth taking a moment to celebrate the wealth of vitality women are bringing to this art form. The Athena Film Festival, now in its fifth year, fulfills this exact duty: Over the course of four days at Barnard College, the fest screens numerous female-directed and/or female-centered features, documentaries, and shorts, in addition to offering a host of workshops and discussions.Belle director Amma Asante and the great actress Rachel Weisz are among this year’s festival co-chairs; the lineup of films, meanwhile, includes such recent acclaimed items as Beyond the Lights (the director of which, Gina Prince-Bythewood, is also on hand to lead a master class on directing), Dear White People,Obvious Child, and We Are the Best! Tonight’s fest-opening film, Dreamcatcher, the latest documentary from director Kim Longinotto, follows a former Chicago prostitute’s efforts to support young women in sexual-abuse situations. Film – Repertory and Special Screenings at Barnard College, 3009 Broadway @119 St. New York, NY, 212-854-5262.
Screening of “Brooklyn Boheme,” a documentary about the Black arts movement in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill from the mid-1980s through the 1990s by Brooklyn historian Nelson George and film director Diane Paragas at the Brooklyn Historical Society • 128 Pierrepont St. at Clinton Street • (718) 222–4111, http://www.brooklynhistory.org, Sunday, Feb. 8, 3 pm, Sunday, Feb. 15, 3 pm
Sunday, Feb. 22, 3 pm, Free. Police-Civilian Relations Town Hall to discuss improving community-police relations, racial stereotypes, criminal justice reform, improving outreach, and more at the Union Temple • 17 Eastern Parkway at Underhill Avenue, 3–5 pm, Free.
The World Dance Party with the Interfaith Committee of EMJC, Our Lady of Refuge, and Church of the Nativity host a World Dance Party, where different religions and cultures teach each other their dance moves at East Midwood Hebrew Day School near Brooklyn College• 1256 East 21st Street Brooklyn, NY 11210 • 718–253-1555, 4–6 pm, Donation.
Fish in the Dark, see previews of Larry David’s Broadway debut. As the co-creator and head writer of Seinfeld, Larry David named George Costanza’s nemesis, goody-two-shoes-turned-mental-patient Lloyd Braun, after his real-life lawyer and manager. Now the death of Braun’s father has inspired David’s first Broadway play, Fish in the Dark. The Curb Your Enthusiasm star has been pretty tight-lipped about the production—except to say that, despite being about a death in the family, it’s a comedy. Sounds about right. And we can assume that since he’s also starring in the play as “somebody very similar to Larry David—it might even be Larry David with a different name,” it’s sure to be infused with his brand of absurdist humor and schlemiel-like behavior. Directed by Anna D. Shapiro—a refreshing talent on Broadway who’s recently helmed starry productions of This Is Our Youth and Of Mice and Men—the play will also feature Rosie Perez, Jake Cannavale (Bobby Cannavale’s son) and Broadway vet Jayne Houdyshell.
Cort Theatre, 138 W. 48th St. Previews start February 2; opens March 5.


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