The weekend after Halloween can be kinda weird. It’s a hangover effect from the five day bacchanal of dressing up as other people, letting the inner freak flag fly and living outside of our normal.
Folks partied hard from Thursday to Monday. There was lots of dancing and copious consumption of booze and other substances, which led to people going home together and making bad decisions. But that was last month!
To kick off this month, I’m giving you three events that are full of art and culture and will help leave those fuzzy Halloween memories far behind. Unfortunately, I can’t help with the “I hooked up with my co-worker at a Halloween party” awkwardness!
You’ll have to work that out by yourself!
Tatreez & Tea Embroidery & Storytelling in the Palestine Diaspora Reading Series, Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Nov 4th & 5th, 1pm-3pm
There’s more to Palestine than what you see on the evening news. It’s famous for its embroidery, and Wafa Ghnaim, in collaboration with Feryal Abbasi-Ghnaim, created a digital book to document, decode and preserve the meanings and stories behind traditional Palestinian embroidery designs. Visit the Facebook Event page for more info
Leroy Campbell, “The Fight Continues” Exhibition opening, Nov 5th, Richard Beavers Gallery, 408 Marcus Garvey Boulevard, free, 6pm-9pm (Bed Stuy)
Leroy Campbell is an important, African American artist. If you don’t know of him, go get a late pass and also read this right quick to catch up. He’s rooted in Gullah and Geeche culture and was heavily influenced by Romare Bearden, another influential, African American artist. Mr. Campbell is showing at Richard Beavers Gallery, and you should go. Opening reception is on the 5th and he’ll be signing his new coffee table book on Sunday, as well as discussing the making of it. Did you get that late pass? Ok, cool, now go to the Facebook event page for more info.
Radiant Child, The Story Of Young Artist Jean Michele Basquiat, Community Book Store, 143 7th Avenue, November 6th, 11am-1pm, free (Park Slope)
Don’t let your pickneys grow up to be mouth breathers. Expose them to art at an early age, and this book reading is perfect, because it’s about the childhood of Jean Michele Basquiat. They can see themselves in a story of another child who grew up and became a world renowned artists. Created by author and illustrator Jakova Steptoe, this will be an excellent opportunity to expose the “yute” to art, through an enchanting afternoon reading.
Go here for more information.
And boom, there you go! Three things to bring some culture back into your life… Just make sure you’ve washed the glitter out your hair from last weekend and get out and enjoy the Brooklyn arts.