"Funk, God, Jazz and Medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn" at Weeksville

Creative Time and Weeksville Heritage Center will present "Funk, God, Jazz, and Medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn", a walkable month-long art exhibit featuring four community-based art commissions: Xenobia Bailey, Simone Leigh, Otabenga Jones and Associates, and Bradford Young.

Black Radical Brooklyn will launch from Weeksville, a historic Brooklyn community established by free and formerly-enslaved Black Americans 11 years after slavery was abolished in New York State.

Black Radical Brooklyn draws inspiration not only from the story of Weeksville – where self-determination was achieved through claiming and holding a neighborhood – but also from the radical battles for land and dignity that have been fought in Brooklyn since the 1960s.

There will be an opening party at Weeksville on Saturday, September 20 from 2 - 6 PM.

The exhibit will be viewable on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12 - 6 PM until October 12.

Learn more here.


Xenobia Bailey
in collaboration with
Boys and Girls High School

Bradford Young
in collaboration with
Bethel Tabernacle AME Church

Otabenga Jones and Associates
in collaboration with
Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium

Simone Leigh
in collaboration with
Stuyvesant Mansion

Brooklyn Republican Party at War with Itself?

According to the 49th AD's Fiorello LaGuardia Republican Club, this empty storefront is the "disgraceful" result of a struggle between Brooklyn GOP Chair Craig Eaton and State Senator Marty Golden, both from Bay Ridge.

Paula Katinas, writing for the Brooklyn Eagle last year, outlined how the Golden-Eaton feud began.

Bay Ridge Jewelry Designer an "American Made" Finalist

Skyler Man, a jewelry brand created by Bay Ridge designer Alina Skyler, is a finalist in the Martha Stewart "American Made" Awards competition.

Through the 20-year-old competition, Martha Stewart and Martha Stewart Living celebrate innovative American design and spotlight the next generation of American makers.

Launched last year, Alina Skyler's Skyler Man is a fine jewelry brand featuring sylish, edgy, collectible handcrafted pieces. Alina Skyler, the native New Yorker behind the brand, works out of a studio in her Bay Ridge home, fabricating her pieces locally. 

Skyler Man is an eco-friendly product incorporating recycled gold and silver, ethically-sourced diamonds and gems and recycled packaging.

Voting opened yesterday, September 15th.  To vote for Alina Skyler's Skyler Man, click here.

You can follow Skyler Man on Twitter and Facebook.

Expanded Hours at Some BPL Branches

According to an email blast from president Linda Johnson, the Brooklyn Public Library, thanks to additional city funding, will expand the hours of operation of some Brooklyn branches.

As of October 4, 41 of the BPL's 60 branches will be open for six or seven days a week -- up from just 25. Click here to see a PDF listing the branches with expanded hours. The Bay Ridge, Fort Hamilton and Dyker Heights branches are all affected by the changes.

A third of BPL branches are still open only 5 days a week. 

As Johnson acknowledges, many Brooklyn parents use the local branch library as a safe, supportive after-school for their kids. The local BPL branch also offers weekend story-telling, and for adults, access to online job search and computer classes.


Fundraiser for Domenic Recchia at the Lock Yard

At 7 PM on Thursday, October 2, the Lock Yard, at 9221 5th Avenue in Bay Ridge, will host a campaign fundraiser for Democrat Domenic Recchia, challenging incumbent Conservative-Republican Congressional Representative Michael Grimm in New York's 11th CD, comprised of Staten Island and Bay Ridge.

The suggested minimum donation is $75.

To RSVP, email Jeff Lewis at jeff@recchiaforcongress.com, call him at (718) 336-3441 or use this link.

Ridge Creative Center Offers Rosh Hashana Holiday Programming

From 8 AM to 6:30 PM on Thursday, September 25 and Friday, September 26, Ridge Creative Center, at the First Free Evangelical Church, at 6501 6th Avenue in Bay Ridge, is offering full-day creative arts programming for children during the two-day Rosh Hashana holiday vacation break.

Included in the two-day creative arts program will be two art projects, a daily class trip and a daily snack.

The per diem cost per child is $50, which covers all materials. Children will be expected to bring a lunch.

The Center will also be open on Election Day, Tuesday, November 4, and on Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11 depending on demand.

For more information, call 347-860-1932 or email info at theridgecreativecenter.org.

7th Annual St. Jude Children's Hospital Motorcycle Run

Registration will take place from 10 AM to 12 PM on September 28 at the 69th Street Pier on Shore Road in Bay Ridge for the 7th Annual St. Jude Children's Hospital Motorcycle Run.

The block party, hosted by the Spartan Greek Restaurant, will be at 6820 8th Avenue in Brooklyn, starting at 1 PM. Featured will be a pig roast, BBQ and other food, live music, a gift auction, and a 50/50.

The donation for is $20 per bike + and additional $10 per passenger. All donations will go directly to St. Jude Hospital.

For more details, check the Omerta M.C. Facebook page or call 646-879-5137.


Marty Golden Hosts Chinese Cultural Week Celebration

From 12-5 PM on Sunday, September 21, State Senator Marty Golden will host the 12th Annual Autumn Moon Chinese Cultural Week Celebration in Leif Ericson Park, at 66th Street and 8th Avenue (N or B70 to 8th Avenue) in Brooklyn.

The event will feature Chinese song and dance performance, handicrafts, sweets, and food.

For more information, call 718-238-6044.

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