Events in Central Brooklyn & Beyond

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TODAY

September 26

5:30p: Brooklyn Music School performs at Albee Square Mall, Downtown BK.

 

September 27

The DUMBO Arts Festival (through September 29)

 

THIS WEEKEND

 

September 28

10am ~ 12n: Next Generation: Youth Leadership Breakfast. Meet children from The Sankofa Academy; Premier Screening of Chris Curry’s new Stop The Violence video. Led by community leader, broadcast pioneer Bob Law. Please bring at least one new back-to-school item for a child or young student. Sponsor: Men’s Ministry of 1st Church, Central Brooklyn Leadership Council.  Historic First Church of God in Christ, 221 Kingston Avenue, BK.

calendarLOBSTER5p: Imani Gardens in Weeksville Hosts 4th Annual Lobster Fundraising Dinner: Imani Garden, a set of two gardens located in the Weeksville section of Brooklyn on Schenectady Avenue between Dean and Pacific, is hosting its 4th annual New England-style lobster dinner and permaculture talk.  A meet and greet for local officials and permaculture talk will begin at 4p. The 1 ½ lb lobsters, directly from Maine and steamed outdoors on a bed of seaweed along with corn on the cob, onions and potatoes greens and a drink will be available for $30 if reserved in advance, $35 at the door.  A vegetarian meal will be available for $20 with reservation, $25 at the door and will include everything except the lobster.  Children meals including ½ lobster will be available for $20 in advance or $25 at the door.  Imani Garden is designed to demonstrate permaculture principles of earth-care, people-care and fair-share.   Imani I is located at 87 Schenectady Avenue and features a chicken coop housing up to 50 chickens, a solar-powered aquaponics system, 500 gallon rainwater catchment system and cob oven.

 

September 29

12noon-6p: ATLANTIC ANTIC, Hicks Street to Atlantic to Fourth Ave.

9a-2p: WEEKSVILLE Farmers’ Market at the historic Huntersfly Road Houses site, 1698 Bergen Street, nr. Rochester/718-756-5250.
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Closing of Brother Brown’s Nostrand Avenue TRUE SOUTH Bookstore (see HIGHLIGHT!)

 

UPCOMING

 

October 1            

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4p-8p: Symbols of Africa exhibition’s opening Reception at Brooklyn Borough Hall is FREE to the Public:  Host Ralph Carter.  Keynoters: Adelaide Sanford, Lester Young, Jr.

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October 5

11a-4p: Crown Heights North House Tour: chnhousetour@gmail.com (Self-guided, rain or shine).

12noon-5p: EscapeMakers Local Food & Travel Expo at Brooklyn Borough Hall. YOU MUST PREREGISTER to ATTEND THIS FREE EVENT!

REGISTER AT escapemaker.com/travelexpo

12noon-5p: Prospect Heights House Tour: Prospect Heights Association/ info@brooklynhousetours.org (Self-guided, rain or shine).

 

October 8
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6:30p: Medgar Evers College  Center for Black Literature and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture present A Celebration of the Aime Cesaire Centennial 2013 Screening of the film “Aime Cesaire: A Voice for History” by renowned director Euzhan Palcy. Edison O. Jackson Auditorium, Medgar Evers College, CUNY Academic Building 1 (AB1), 1638 Bedford Ave., BK. FREE and OPEN to the public.

 

October 12
BedStuyAlive

10a-5p: KICKOFF! BED-STUY ALIVE! 9th ANNUAL SALUTE TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD. (Through Oct. 19th) Theme: Live Healthy, Live Well, Live Green, Fulton (New York & Brooklyn Avenues), Tohma Y. Faulkner Community Awards, Children’s Village, Savor Bed-Stuy Food Court/Bed-Stuy Marketplace. Plus Gala Kickoff Festival features Bedford-Stuyvesant FOOD & FAMILY DAY activities and Restoration Rocks! 2013 music festival. www.bed-stuyalive.org

REEL SISTERS of the Diaspora Festival, Kumble Theater, LIU Brooklyn Campus

 

October 13

BED-STUY ALIVE! LIVE HEALTHY, LIVE WELL, LIVE GREEN – 10K Run, 5K Run, Kiddie Race

8a- Registration, 10a- Race   (Register at www.nycruns.com), www.bed-stuyalive.org (through Oct. 19th).

REEL SISTERS of the Diaspora Festival, Kumble Theater, LIU Brooklyn Campus

 

October 17

BED-STUY ALIVE! LIVE HEALTHY, LIVE WELL, LIVE GREEN – A Taste of Soul

Fulton (New York & Brooklyn Avenues), www.bed-stuyalive.org (through Oct. 19th)

 

October 18

BED-STUY ALIVE! LIVE HEALTHY, LIVE WELL, LIVE GREEN – A Sip of Soul

Fulton (New York & Brooklyn Avenues), www.bed-stuyalive.org (through Oct. 19th).

 

October 19

BED-STUY ALIVE! LIVE HEALTHY, LIVE WELL, LIVE GREEN – The House Tour

11a-4p: Bedford-Stuyvesant’s 35th Annual House & Garden Tour, Sponsor: Brownstoners of Bedford-Stuyvesant /$20 advance sale; $25 day of tour/brownstonersof bedstuy@gmail.com/www.brownstonersofbedstuy.org/718-221-2213 (Self-guided, rain or shine) www.bed-stuyalive.org (through Oct. 19th).

BED-STUY ALIVE! LIVE HEALTHY, LIVE WELL, LIVE GREEN – Art Studio Open House

BeSAA 7th Annual Studio Strut/www.bed-stuyalive.org (through Oct. 19th)

11a: WEEKSVILLE’s Fall Harvest Festival, 1698 Bergen Street, near Rochester. 718-756-5250

 

October 23:
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6p-10p: Bedford-Stuyvesant YMCA’s Brooklyn Honors – Celebrating Our Best fundraising event for its Strong Kids Campaign.

Stage 6 at Steiner Studios, Brooklyn Navy Yard. The Strong Kids Campaign ensures that no child or family is turned away from life-enhancing YMCA programs because of the inability to pay.

Each year the YMCA provides financial assistance to thousands of local youth and families in need. •Chef Roblè Ali – Chef Roblè & Co/ Bravo Network •Andrew Kimball – Director of Innovation Economy Initiatives, Jamestown Properties, and CEO, Industry City •Reverend Clinton Miller – Brown Memorial Baptist Church •Danny Simmons – Co-Founder and Chairman of Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation •Brandon Stanton – Founder/Photographer of Humans of New York•Gale Stevens Haynes – Long Island University Vice President and Chief Operating Officer•Kay Wilson Stallings – Senior Vice President of Production and Development for Nickelodeon Preschool Television

• Special Tribute to Councilman Albert Vann

For ticket information, visit
www.ymcanyc.org/bedstuy

 

BROTHER BROWN’S STORE TO CLOSE ON SEPT. 27

 Greetings everyone,

 I’m happy to share that two months after suffering a serious brain injury that could have taken his life, my dad, Brother Monroe Brown, is well and recuperating. Though his recovery process will be long, I’m thankful that we all have a second chance to spend time with a man who has given so much of himself to his community.

 By now, many people know that True South Books was at risk of closing in the wake of my father’s brain injury. Beginning in October, the landlord will significantly raise the rent there to $3500 per month. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts to save True South Bookstore in its current structure/format, such an exorbitant rent increase has effectively forced the store to close. True South Bookstore’s last day open will be on Sept. 27th.

Brother Brown's Son, Ajamu at the True South Bookstore Photo credit: Hiroki Kobayashi
Brother Brown’s Son, Ajamu at the True South Bookstore Photo credit: Hiroki Kobayashi

 

 During the two months that I’ve been able to keep the store open, I’ve worked with friends to organize some amazing fundraisers. I’ve met people from all around the world that have stopped by the store while in Bed-Stuy. For me, True South Bookstore is a place of learning and I’ve watched curious people of all backgrounds stop and take a picture of the sign “Reading is more important than watching T.V.” People from the community would often take one look at the store’s window and begin conversations about black history that are far too uncommon.

 Over the years, I’ve been to many events at the bookstore organized by my dad to promote cultural literacy amongst black people. In that respect, he is a part of a vanguard movement in our community that embraced the ideologies of folks like Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. His store is a tribute to the Underground Railroad, providing a safe space for the Black community and anyone else interested in learning about unadulterated Black history.

 For all of these reasons and more, True South Bookstore’s closing is a great loss. But its untimely closing was also a chance for self-exploration and reflection. I’m thankful for the blessings and kindness of people who were touched by the store’s mission, prayed for my dad and offered financial and other kinds of assistance. This allowed me time to breathe some life into a business that could have easily shuttered and silently disappeared as many black-owned businesses do.

 So, thank you to the community, family and friends for their support!

 There are still a few more days to make some last-minute purchases of excellent and rare Black books before the closing of True South Bookstore. So please stop by and tell a friend

Lastly, let’s pray for Neville Samuel, the barber and close friend of Bro. Brown, who is currently at Kings County Hospital. The closing of the store has really affected him and I hope that he will be OK.

Remaining Opening Hours:

True South Bookstore will be open at 7 PM-9 PM from Thursday to Sunday (through September 29). If you have any questions feel free to email me at ajamu100@gmail.com. Thanks again for your support and to Abdul Abasi and Greg Rosborough  for highlighting the store in GQ magazine this week.

Best, Ajamu, Brother Brown’s Son/Facebook me.

 

Message from CON EDISON to METRO-NORTH PASSENGERS:  Con Edison is working with Metro-North to try to establish alternative power sources to serve the New Haven line.  Company crews are working around the clock to make repairs to a feeder cable that failed yesterday (24), but repairs of this nature typically take 2-3 weeks.  Another feeder normally providing service to the New Haven line was out on scheduled repairs to accommodate Metro-North upgrades on their equipment. Con Ed is working with Metro-North to help resolve the problem. For service updates, check with Metro-North at www.mta.info.