There’s never a dull moment in Brooklyn. I remember when I was a Long Island University student, working for the Seawanhaka, the college’s campus weekly. Besides being the Fashion Editor, I was a contribution Arts & Entertainment beat reporter. My favorite beat, you ask? The Brooklyn Museum’s First Saturday events, which are now called the Target First Saturdays, in which thousands of visitors gather to enjoy free programs of art and entertainment each month from 5-11 p.m.
On Oct. 2, 2010, the museum will feature a wide range of art related entertainment, such as Shout (Out) Brooklyn, a musical performance by A.D.M (Architects + Demolition Men), who were influenced by Bad Brains, from Washington, D.C., and the musical hip hop of The Roots. This group promises a high-energy combination of vocalists, percussion, horn, guitar, bass and piano. Catch them from 5-7 p.m.
Also, check out Erica Watson – the plus-size comedian’s performance “Fat B!” targets weight, race and class and how black women’s bodies are perceived in society. This performance is set for 5:30 p.m., with only 330 limited free tickets, available at the Visitor Center at 5 p.m.
Another must experience is the Hands-On Art, from 6:30 – 8:30, offering freestyle painting – brush, daub, and smear paint onto canvas, creating abstract works. 380 free limited tickets available at the Visitor Center at 5:30 p.m.
You can also catch a film, “Friends We Love,” by filmmaker Mike Vargas and multimedia artist Moni Pineda. Be captivated by artists and their creative processes, inspirations, and passions. The film is an assortment of short documentaries by a select group of artists. Free tickets will be available at the Visitor Center starting at 6 p.m.
And review Lee Houck’s debut novel “Yield,” which is available for purchase in the Museum’s gift shop. Houck discusses an unsentimental look at a young man’s personal struggles in the midst of urban life. You can catch this at 9 p.m.
Or simply groove to the mix of soul, disco, hip-hop, house, reggae, 80s and 90s R&B, and electro by DJ Herbert Holler, a resident DJ of The Freedom Party from 8- 10 p.m.
These events are brought to you by Target, and made possible by the Wallace Foundation Community Programs Fund, established by the Wallace Foundation, with additional support from DLA Piper, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Ellis A. Gimbel Trust, National Grid, and other donors.
For more information, check out the Target First Saturdays’ website at: http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/visit/first_saturdays.php.