This week, Sleeping Beauty gets a makeover, the Museum of the City of New York celebrates graffiti and local artists get their day in the sun. Here are our must-do and must-see events for the week:
This weekend (and the one after that) BAM will host a much-needed update of a classic tale with Sleeping Beauty Dreams at the Fishman Space (321 Ashland Pl. nr. Lafayette Ave.). The progressive puppet show is a collaboration between award-winning writer Amaranta Leyva and Mexican puppet company, Marionetas de la Esquina. Shows will be presented in both English and Spanish and appeal most to 5- to 8-year-olds (though, who doesn't love a good marionette show?). Tickets can be purchased online.
Just in time for the beginning of Black History Month the Dweck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library (10 Grand Army Plaza at Eastern Pkwy.) is hosting a discussion with author Quincy T. Mills on his book Cutting Along the Color Line: Black Barbers and Barber Shops in America, which focuses on black-owned barbershops at the epicenter of the Civil Rights movement. Admission is first come, first serve.
Without a doubt, we would list the arrival of the Brooklyn Nets as one of the most significant events in Brooklyn's recent history. When the Nets came, they brought a $1 billion dollar arena and a whole mess of infrastructural changes to Downtown Brooklyn. This Tuesday, BookCourt (163 Court St. nr. Dean St.) will host a release party for Jake Appelman's new book on the subject, Brooklyn Bounce, which explores the Nets' historic first season and its positive and negative repercussions for the borough. Mr. Appelman will do a brief reading and Q&A followed by a book signing.
It's been a tough year for graffiti, especially with the recent passing of Queens' 5Pointz. Even so, street art continues to gain widespread acceptance and the Museum of the City of New York (1220 5th Ave. nr. 103rd St.) is rallying to the cause. This Tuesday, MCNY will open a new exhibit called City as Canvas: Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection, showing works from the massive collection of late artist Martin Wong who collected the paintings and sketches of famed artists like Keith Haring, FUTURA 2000, LADY PINK, DONDI and more. In addition to Wong's collection, the exhibit will include photos from the 1970s and 1980s of New York's then-heavily-graffitied subways and buildings. Tickets can be purchased online or at the museum.
Feminists (of both genders) unite! This Thursday through Sunday, Barnard College (3009 Broadway at 117th St.) will host the fourth annual Athena Film Festival, which celebrates women and leadership through film screenings, panel discussions, workshops and Q&As. Critically-acclaimed films like Frozen, Short Term 12 and In A World... will be screened as well as a documentaries and shorts. General admission tickets are $5 for students and $12 for non-students while all access passes are $20 for students and $65 for non-students. General admission tickets must be purchased by program. Click here for a look at the full schedule.