Brazil: The Transforming Power of Music to Overcome Times of Crisis

July 27, 2019 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Hosted by Fabiana Batistela, Director and Founder of SIM São Paulo

Brazil is one of the richest countries in quality and offerings of artistic talent and cultural production, but it is undergoing a new economic and moral crisis. Hear Batistela and our panelists discuss an overview of the Brazilian music market, present data developed by DATA SIM (SIM São Paulo’s research arm) as well as explore the country’s music scene with exciting new artists and notable festivals. Panelists will also share creative examples of how music and culture can be used as tools to transform and resist oppression, bring economic and social development, increase product export, and promote a positive image of Brazil.

Fabiana Batistela started her early professional life as a reporter for Bizz Magazine. In 2002, she founded Inker Agência Cultural, a company focused on press advisory and consultancy for artists and music events, besides conceiving and producing cultural projects. With a wide curriculum, the agency has already accomplished several events and projects dedicated to Brazilian new musical productions, aside from countless international band tours in the country. Fabiana is also the director and head behind SIM São Paulo – Semana Internacional de Música de São Paulo / São Paulo Music Week, the biggest music convention in Latin America held in São Paulo since 2013 (www.simsaopaulo.com).

Panelists:

Fabiane Pereira is a journalist, radio host, curator, writer, screenwriter, programmer and musical researcher. Eight years ago, she started hosting FARO, a radio show which premise is to democratize radio spaces in Brazil by providing a platform for the new contemporary music production in the country. Fabiane is also the host, director and creator of PAPO DE MÚSICA, one of the few independent YouTube music interview channels in the country with more than 10K followers. Fabiane hosts PALCO BRASIL, a weekly radio show broadcast on the Portuguese Marginal FM radio station, where she interviews the greatest names of Brazilian music who are somehow connected to the European country.

Patricktor4 is one of the leading DJs and music producers in Brazil today. Born in Bahia, he spent most of his life traveling across the North and Northeast regions of Brazil where he experimented all kinds of popular music styles, from mainstream to underground, across the regions. As a DJ and radio host, he specializes in (re)connecting the ethnic plurality of Brazilian music with its equivalent throughout the world. Currently Patricktor4 is also the head of programming management of Frei Caneca FM, a public radio from Recife, Brazil.

Yale Evelev has run Luaka Bop Records for 29 years. Founded by David Byrne, the label specializes in issuing “great-but-forgotten” musicians from California, and New York as well as Africa, Latin America, and Brazil. Luaka Bop has a paramount importance in the dissemination of Brazilian music in the US. Some of their releases include the groundbreaking Everything Is Possible! by Os Mutantes, The Existential Soul of Tim Maia, four records by Tom Zé, and two by Moreno Veloso, among others. With over 40 years in the music business, and a dig-deep researcher, Evelev is still learning.  He has produced albums by John Zorn, Scott Johnson, Malombo, Geggy Tah, Daniel Lentz, Shuggie Otis, Zap Mama, William Onyeabor, for his Luaka Bop as well as other labels such as Nonesuch, ICON, and Warner Bros.

RSVP is required for all and is on first-come, first-served basis at rsvp@cityparksfoundation.org

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Location
Central Park – Rumsey Playfield
72nd Street and 5th Avenue
New York NY 10021 US

Dapper Dan

July 10, 2019 7:00pm

Launch of Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem

Co-presented by BAM and Greenlight Bookstore

High-end streetwear icon Dapper Dan graces the BAM stage to celebrate the launch of his stunning new memoir, Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem. At his now-legendary atelier on 125th Street in Harlem, Dapper Dan remixed classic luxury-brand logos into his own designs in the 1980s and dressed the likes of Eric B. and Rakim, Salt-N-Pepa, Big Daddy Kane, Mike Tyson, LL Cool J, Jam Master Jay, Diddy, Naomi Campbell, and Jay-Z.

But before he reinvented haute couture, he was a hungry boy with holes in his shoes, a teen who daringly gambled drug dealers out of their money, and a young man in a prison cell who found nourishment in books. And when he turned his attention to fashion, he did so with the energy and curiosity that he approaches all things, eventually emerging as a world-famous designer whose looks went on to define an era. In this playful, poignant, thrilling, and inspiring account, he tells his story for the first time.

ALL TICKETS:  $20 event only; $40 with book (a savings of over 25% off list price)

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Location
Peter Jay Sharp Building – BAM Rose Cinemas
30 Lafayette Ave.
Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Jazz on the Cusp

June 15, 2019 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Hosted by Nate Chinen, director of editorial content at WBGO

From the glories of 1959 to the multiplicity of 2019, jazz has often thrived on the cusp of a new decade. We’ll explore that idea with a look back and a leap forward.

For mysterious reasons, jazz has experienced many important events toward the close of a decade — whether it’s the introduction of the 33 1/3 rpm LP in 1949; the so-called “greatest year in jazz,” 1959; the quantum leap of fusion in 1969; or (ahem) the birth of WBGO in 1979. What is it that makes these cusp years pivotal? What can we learn from them still, and where do we find ourselves this year, as we hurtle toward the 2020s?

Nate Chinen has been writing about jazz for more than twenty years. As the director of editorial content at WBGO, he works with the multiplatform program Jazz Night in America and contributes a range of coverage to NPR Music. He is the author of Playing Changes: Jazz for the New Century (Pantheon, 2018), a former music critic The New York Times, and a longtime columnist for JazzTimes. An eleven-time winner of the Helen Dance–Robert Palmer Award for Excellence in Writing, presented by the Jazz Journalists Association, he is also coauthor of Myself Among Others: A Life in Music, the autobiography of impresario George Wein.

  • Guest speakers to be announced soon

Panel before show: DeJohnette – Coltrane – Garrison Trio / Brandee Younger in association with Sony presents Blue Note Jazz Festival

RSVP is required for all and is on first-come, first-served basis at rsvp@cityparksfoundation.org

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Location
Central Park – Rumsey Playfield
72nd Street and 5th Avenue
New York NY 10021 US

Aperture Conversations: Young New York

June 19, 2019 7:00pm

Co-presented by BAM and Aperture
With Ethan James Green and collaborators Dara Allen, Marcs Goldberg, and Matt Holmes
Moderated by Michael Schulman

Photographer Ethan James Green is joined by three of his subjects and collaborators for a discussion about beauty, portraiture, and the legacies of queer and trans representation 50 years after the Stonewall uprising. Green’s monograph, Young New York, is a collection of striking black-and-white portraits of the city’s queer scene-makers, a gloriously diverse cast of models, artists, designers, nightlife icons, and gender binary-flouting muses to the fashion world and beyond.

New Yorker contributor and arts and culture writer Michael Schulman moderates this wide-ranging conversation.

All tickets: $15

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Location
BAM Fisher
321 Ashland Pl
Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Spill The Tea – Celebrating Pride

June 15, 2019 4:00pm – 7:30pm

Sweet Tea is supported by Annenberg School for Communication and Northwestern University Black Arts Initiative

In our 2nd annual Pride program we give voice to the unique experiences of Southern Black Gay Men. E. Patrick Johnson will discuss his collection of oral histories for his book, Sweet Tea, and how he adapted the book to a stage play and then to a documentary film. Following the conversation he will perform an excerpt from the collected oral histories and from the forthcoming documentary film, Making Sweet Tea. Tavia Nyong’o moderates the discussion. The Illustrious Blacks aka ManchildBlack and Monstah Black bring their ethereal vocals, celestial sonics and earthly musical messages from the cosmos in a gravity defying performance and DJ set. The AfroFuturistic, Funky, Fly and Fierce duo fuse music, dance, theater & fashion as the main ingredients to expand minds, shake booty’s and encourage all to be bold, be brave and be you! #LiveTheHypeLife

Tickets: $15

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Location
Harlem Stage Gatehouse
150 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street
New York NY 10031 US

Mapplethorpe in Performance

June 7, 2019 6:00pm

With Bryce Dessner, Korde Arrington Tuttle, Kaneza Schaal
Moderated by Nico Wheadon
In conjunction with Triptych (Eyes of One on Another)

The creative team behind this season’s production of Triptych (Eyes of One on Another), composer Bryce Dessner, director Kaneza Schaal, and multidisciplinary artist and dramaturg Korde Arrington Tuttle, discusses the range of artistic influences that informed Robert Mapplethorpe’s work—and how the production translates the visual medium into an interdisciplinary experience.

All tickets: $15

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Location
Peter Jay Sharp Building – Hillman Attic Studio
30 Lafayette Ave.
Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Pop-Up Magazine: Spring 2019 Issue

May 29, 2019 7:30pm

Presented in partnership with WNYC Studios

Pop-Up Magazine is a live magazine—a night of new, true stories about the fascinating world around us—with photography, film, radio, and original music all mixed together and performed live onstage by a big cast of talented people. 

Past contributors include bestselling authors (Michael Pollan, Alice Walker, Susan Orlean), award-winning filmmakers (Ava DuVernay, Alex Gibney, Barry Jenkins), prominent radio and podcast producers (Ira Glass, Jad Abumrad, Kelly McEvers), renowned photographers (Larry Sultan, Alec Soth, Katy Grannan), musicians and actors (Beck, Kumail Nanjiani, Sasheer Zamata), as well as a wide, eclectic group of emerging media makers.

Tickets start at $36.

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Location
Peter Jay Sharp Building – BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
30 Lafayette Ave.
Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Composing Beauty: Mapplethorpe’s Quest for Perfection

May 29, 2019 7:00pm

Co-presented by BAM and Think Olio
Led by Jeanne Proust
In conjunction with Triptych (Eyes of One on Another)

“I am obsessed with beauty. I want everything to be perfect.”
—Robert Mapplethorpe

In this seminar, philosopher Jeanne Proust engages participants in an expansive conversation about Robert Mapplethorpe’s work, through the lens of aesthetics and the famed photographer’s quest for perfect beauty. In thinking about Mapplethorpe’s carefully composed photographs of provocative subjects, can we engage with beauty solely through the aesthetic qualities of the representation itself? Or is our appreciation of beauty inherently linked to the moral connotations of the subject matter? Proust also brings Mapplethorpe’s work into dialogue with French poet Baudelaire, who helped redefine our notion of beauty and what can be considered beautiful. Is beauty within the subject matter or within the spectator?

All tickets: $20

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Location
BAM Fisher
321 Ashland Pl
Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Anna Deavere Smith

May 21, 2019 7:00pm

Unbound: Anna Deavere Smith
Co-presented by BAM and Greenlight Bookstore
In conversation with Dr. Carla Shedd
Launch of Notes from the Field

Tony- and Pulitzer-nominated playwright Anna Deavere Smith takes part in an intimate conversation to celebrate the literary publication of her 2015 play Notes from the Field. Smith’s acclaimed one-person play, now for the first time in print, includes the voices of a host of real-life figures who witness, experience, and fight the system that pushes students of color out of the classroom and into prisons. This urgent work brings together twenty voices—students and teachers, counselors and congressmen, preachers and prisoners—that shine a light on the school-to-prison pipeline.

ALL TICKETS:  $20 event only; $30 with pre-signed book (over 35% off book list price)

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Location
BAM Fisher
321 Ashland Pl
Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Whitewalling on Stage: Art, Race, and Protest in Performance

May 13, 2019 7:00pm – 8:00pm

With James Hannaham, Okwui Okpokwasili, and Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR)

In conversation with Aruna D’Souza

Writer Aruna D’Souza, writer and artist James Hannaham, performer and choreographer Okwui Okpokwasili, and composer Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) convene for a conversation about the politics of race in the performing arts. Looking to D’Souza’s critical 2018 book Whitewalling: Art, Race, and Protest in 3 Acts, which traces the troubled history of art and race in America through three distinct controversies, the participants transpose these issues to the arena of performance, examining how artists, audiences, critics, and institutions can more thoughtfully engage in dialogue around these questions.

In particular, the discussion focuses on claims of artistic censorship that are levied in reaction to questions of who can or should authentically tell which stories. What are the limits of artistic intent and empathetic allyship in considering what work is created, by whom, and in which institutions it’s shown? Does the inherently collaborative nature of the performing arts allow for greater authenticity in developing more nuanced and inclusive work or is it bound by the same institutional biases as the visual art world?

ALL TICKETS:  $15

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Location
BAM Fisher
321 Ashland Pl
Brooklyn NY 11217 USA