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.
It's not very often that the general public gets to see artists at work before they get famous, but the Upstart Festival at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange (425 5th Ave. at 8th St., Park Slope) is a chance to do just that. Over the course of two days, attendees are invited to see the performances of artists with no more than three years experience exhibiting their work. There will also be roundtable discussions on the art world. Groups like the Future Ancient Greek Tragedy and the Meyerwhite Dance Project and individuals like Nikima Jagudajev, Lena Lauer and Sam Alper will take the stage in the BAX Theater. Tickets are available online.
There's no better time than the present to pick up an antiquated but amazing skill. Next Saturday, Katie of Life is Made will lead a course in embroidery, teaching attendees how to personalize their own tea towel. More specifically, students will learn "how to transfer a drawing to cloth and use two embroidery stitches" to make their own unique creation. The ten-person class will take place at West Elm (50 Washington St. nr. Front St.). Tickets can be purchased online.
We try to keep these events listings strictly affordable, but some things are well worth the price. Since November 2010, the historical Williamsburg Savings Bank (175 Broadway at. Driggs Ave.), now renamed Weylin B. Seymour's, has been under lock and key while undergoing a major renovation and restoration of its priceless Beaux-Arts architecture and gorgeous interior. Now, 38 months later the work is officially done and the Bank has been transformed into a "private, high-end event space." Obscura Society NYC is offering visitors a rare chance to see the building in all its glory before it becomes inaccessible to we regular people. Tickets can be purchased online.
Next weekend Silent Barn (603 Bushwick Ave. nr. Jefferson St.) and its Ditko! 'Zine Library will host the biannual Paper Jam Small Press Festival, featuring the 'zines, comics and small press items of up-and-coming local artists. The festival will also have live music from bands like Cloud Becomes Your Hand, Aye Aye Rabbit and Celestial Shore. Admission to the fair is free and concert tickets will "[cost] standard Silent Barn door price" aka $10 and under.
In case you missed it, vinyl is back in a big way. In fact, sales hit a 10-year high in 2013. So, it's only right that Brooklyn Flea (80 N. 5th St. at Wythe Ave.) wants some of that sweet, sweet action. Next Saturday and Sunday, the flea market will host a biannual Mini Record Fair featuring more than 10 vendors including big names like Captured Tracks, Mexican Summer and DFA. There will also be guest DJs and special items. Don't worry about getting cold if you tend to linger over the crates, the whole affair will be indoors.
And in case you were planning on watching the Super Bowl from somewhere besides your couch, Brooklyn Paper has an amazing list of Super Bowl-related events in Brooklyn.