WHEN/WHERE: Friday, February 15, 9:30 p.m., Bam Café, Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Avenue
WHY GO: Aziza, aka Linda Williams, was Natalie Cole’s music director and taught music to a teenage Alicia Keys before stepping into the spotlight herself. And she has the performance chops to match. Delivering velvety R&B and funky soul, the magnetic singer and keyboardist comes to BAMcafé Live for Valentine’s Day weekend to present a set of highly personal songs exploring the contours of love. Food and drink available for sale.
HOW MUCH: Free
WHEN/WHERE: Saturday, February 16, BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Avenue
12pm: The United States of Hoodoo
2pm: (panel) Wild West 2.0 - Creating, Crowdfunding, and Capturing
An Audience for your Content Online - at South Oxford Space
3pm: High Chicago
6pm: Aujourd'hui (Tey)
9:15pm: FunkJazz Kafé: Diary of a Decade
WHY GO: This third annual film festival features a wide-array of films that both represent and challenge Black cultural and family dynamics. Co-presented by ActNow Foundation. Since its founding in 2005, ActNow Foundation has been a stepping-stone for filmmakers, playwrights and artists interested in working for non-profit arts organizations. ActNow hosts regular events in Brooklyn to showcase the best in independent theater and film. Additionally, they are dedicated to fostering the growth of New York’s brightest and most talented artists through our playwright and actor workshops.
HOW MUCH: $13. Get tickets for this show and all shows here.
WHAT: The Freedom Fighters Exhibit and Brunch (Heroes and False Idols: A Tribute to Black History Month)
WHEN/WHERE: Saturday, February 16, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., SoCo Brooklyn, 509 Myrtle Avenue
WHY GO: The “Freedom Fighters: Heroes and False Idols” Exhibit – is a tribute to Black History Month, celebrating heroes and icons that assisted in shaping black history in America through their philosophies, activism, art, music, sports and personal sacrifices. The exhibit includes illustrations depicting the historical and mainstream impact people of the African Diaspora has had on the cultural fabric of the United States. The exhibition questions whether some icons are heroes or false idols, yet we leave it up to the viewer to judge and determine why these personalities are celebrated. Works will include paintings, superimposed graphic portraits and mixed media art. This exhibit will be presented by SoCo Brooklyn, curated by Rasu Jilani of Coup d’etat Arts and is part of the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership Black History Month Programming: "Black Artstory Month on Myrtle". The exhibit will be available until the end of the month.
HOW MUCH: The cost of brunch
WHAT: Film & Discussion: Prep School Negro
WHEN/WHERE: Saturday, February 16, 4:00 p.m., Brooklyn Public Library, The Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza
WHY GO: This film and discussion is a part of the Brooklyn Public Library’s Black History Month programming. “Prep School Negro” is a documentary that looks at the hurdles faced by prep school students of color, namely filmmaker André Robert Lee, whose full scholarship for an elite education cost more than anyone could have anticipated. After the screening, stay for a discussion with Lee on accelerated desegregation and racial naïveté.
HOW MUCH: Free
WHEN/WHERE: Saturday, February 16, 9:30 p.m., Bam Café, Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Avenue
WHY GO: Eminent poet, actor, and musician Saul Williams has garnered countless accolades across genres and styles. Crowned the Nuyorican Poets Café’s Grand Slam Champion in 1996, he has appeared in numerous films (Slam, Lackawana Blues, K-PAX); performed with artists like Nas and Blackalicious; and collaborated with producers like Trent Reznor on albums that set the bar ever and ever higher for progressive hip-hop. He appears at BAMcafé Live following the BAMcinématek screening of the Williams vehicle Aujourd'hui (Tey), part of the series Act Now: New Voices in Black Cinema.
HOW MUCH: Free