What To Do This Weekend (09-09-10)

In Uncategorized, What To Do This Weekend on September 9, 2010 by Two Barbers Tagged: , ,

My recommendation for this weekend might not be as attention grabbing as a Big Farewell Concert for a scene-changing band or evoke the sort of romantic experience of a Staten Island Ferry Ride At Sunset, but it certainly has it’s charm.  The Brooklyn Book Festival will be taking place this weekend throughout the borough of BK and it features a lot of the most talented up-and-coming stars in the literary world.  I’m not going to lie and say I know who the majority of these writers are, but I figure what better way to find new reads than to go see the authors themselves present their work.

Even if you think book panels and readings are going to be a bit too stuffy for you, the B.B.F (I may have just coined that…) has plenty of other stuff to do ranging from concerts to children’s theatre to film screenings, the majority of which is FREE.  Look at it this way, this weekend is likely going to be about recovering from Labor Day Weekend and the subsequent work week.  What this will likely equate to is a lot of time spent in bed or on the couch, eating hot pockets and catching up on the Jersey Shore.  At some point you’re probably going to want to leave the house so that you don’t feel like a complete waste.  This event will probably have a laid back atmosphere and it’s free, so why not try something new.  Maybe you’ll stumble on something you never thought you’d be into, if not at least it got you out of the house for a while.



It’s Only Rock ’n’ Roll (But I Like It). Musically inspired readings by three chart-topping American fiction writers: Steve Almond (Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life), Jennifer Egan (A Visit from the Goon Squad), and Colson Whitehead (Sag Harbor). Followed by Q&A. @ ST. FRANCIS AUDITORIUM

You’ve Got to Be Kidding. Former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Jon Scieszka (Spaceheadz), National Book Award finalist E. Lockhart(The Treasure Map of Boys), and Mac Barnett (The Brixton Brothers) take on the absurdity of life in books and writing, and talk about their ways of making us laugh, including hamster space aliens and panicky smart -alecks. Moderated byBetsy Bird.THE YOUTH STOOP

The Economic Crisis and What To Do About It. A conversation with Nobel Prize–winner Paul Krugman and Robin Wells, moderated by Jeff Madrick—all frequent contributors to the New York Review of Books. Introduced by Robert Silvers, editor of the New York Review of Books.  @ ST. FRANCIS AUDITORIUM

Kafka on the Block. In conjunction with BAM’s Next Wave Festival performance of Metamorphosis (Vesturport Theatre, Iceland) directed by Gísli Örn Gardarsson, BAM hosts a panel discussion on Kafka’s legacy with Joshua Cohen (Witz);Francine Prose,  (Reading Like a Writer), and Matthew Sharpe (The Sleeping Father; Nothing Is Terrible; Jamestown). Moderated by Liesl Schillinger, contributor to The New York Times Book Review. @ ST. FRANCIS MARONEY SCREENING ROOM

Food, Metaphor, and Memory. A panel discussion exploring the ways in which food can provide a means of understanding culture and ethnicity in literature, and how it evokes some of our earliest personal stories and memories. Featuring Lara Vapnyar (Broccoli and Other Tales of Food and Love), Monique Truong (Bitter in the Mouth), and Amy Besa (Memories of Philippine Kitchens). Moderated byJessica Hagedorn (Dream Jungle). @ INTERNATIONAL STAGE

DRAWN! Illustrator Draw-off. Illustrators bring magic to words with the simple stroke of a pencil. Watch award-winning illustrators create spontaneously to a few energetic prompts from the audience, and hear them discuss the magic behind their illustrative work. Featuring Mike Cavallaro (Foiled), Shane Evans (Olu’s Dream), and Vanessa Brantley Newton (Presenting . . . Tallulah). Moderated byDarren Farrell (Doug-Dennis and the Flyaway Fib). @ THE YOUTH STOOP

The Culture of Disaster: How Crisis Defines America. Nietzsche once said, “What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.” Or does it? Naomi Klein (The Shock Doctrine), Kurt Andersen (Reset), Jordan Flaherty (Floodlines), and Paul Reyes (Exiles in Eden) look at issues such as Hurricane Katrina, the economic collapse, and military engagements overseas and consider whether they in fact make us stronger as a society, or more vulnerable. @ ST. FRANCIS AUDITORIUM

Poetry of the Gumshoe. From Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler to Law & Order, the fiction of the tough cop and detective has created its own language and a vivid, sui generis idea of Western culture. Readings by Gabriel Cohen (The Ninth Step), Michael Connelly (The Reversal), and Paco Ignacio Taibo II (The Uncomfortable Dead), followed by Q&A. @ BOROUGH HALL COURTROOM

COMPOSED: In Conversation with Rosanne Cash. Celebrated music journalist Jancee Dunn (Why Is My Mother Getting a Tattoo?) talks to the first daughter of country music about her new memoir, life with her famous father, and coming into her own as an artist. @ MAIN STAGE

The Problem with Music. Does music have the same role in our lives it once did, or has it become mere background noise in our more-now-again age of over-saturation? Do rock, punk, and hip-hop still provide a voice and a sense of community to the alienated and disaffected? And what of technology’s role in these changes? Four music writers discuss the state of the art. With Sara Marcus(Girls to the Front), Greg Milner (Perfecting Sound Forever), Elijah Wald (How the Beatles Destroyed Rock ’n’ Roll), and Thomas Chatterton Williams (Losing My Cool). @ ST. FRANCIS MARONEY SCREENING ROOM

Brooklyn’s Cookin’. Brooklyn is the cherry on top of the foodie movement. JoinEdible Brooklyn’s Rachel Wharton and popular Brooklyn chefs Frank Falcinelliand Frank Castronovo (The Frankies Spuntino: Kitchen Companion & Cooking Manual), Ramin Ganeshram (Sweet Hands: Island Cooking from Trinidad & Tobago), and Amy Besa (Memories of Philippine Kitchens) for some Brooklyn cookin’ talk.  @ NORTH STAGE

The International Graphic Novel: Drawing from Life. Three acclaimed cartoonists, whose work takes on social and political themes, talk about the on-the-ground research and background work they have all done in preparation for creating their books. Featuring author Nick Abadzis (Laika), Josh Neufeld(A.D.), and Jessica Abel (La Perdida). Moderated by Matt Madden (Drawing Words and Writing Pictures).  @ INTERNATIONAL STAGE

Eating Our Words. Do chefs ever get the equivalent of writer’s block in the kitchen? Do food writers ever lose their appetite after a difficult day at the keyboard? Gabrielle Hamilton (chef and owner of Prune), Ted Lee (one half of the James Beard Award–winning cookbook writing team of Matt Lee and Ted Lee), Francis Lam (food columnist for Salon), and Melanie Rehak (Eating for Beginners) discuss the differences and similarities between writing and eating, thinking and tasting, working out a recipe and working out a sentence. @ NORTH STAGE



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