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Women's History Month: Brooklyn Calendar of Films, Lectures, Events

Over a Dozen Ways to Mark Womens History Month 2012

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Women's History Month is a celebration of the role that women have played, more frequently than not against powerful odds, in creating art, music, culture, and political change. Find out what's happening in Brooklyn in 2012 to honor prominent women — and teach the next generation about their struggles and accomplishments.

1. March 3: Brooklyn Museum First Target Saturday Focus on Women

Yes! The theme of the Brooklyn Museum Target First Saturday extravaganza on March 3rd is "Fierce, Phenomenal Women." The event is free and open to the public, and includes six hours of lectures, book talks, activities, music and participatory projects. Always interesting, the March Brooklyn Museum event promises to truly launch Women's History Month in Brooklyn. Get the program.
  • Where: 200 Eastern Parkway
  • Contact: (718) 638-5000
  • Official website: http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/visit/first_saturdays.php

2. March 7: The Poetry Deal: A Film with Diane di Prima

From the website: The most well known female writer of the Beat Era, di Prima is fierce, funny, and philosophical. This documentary is an homage to di Prima's life and work.

Where: Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, Park Slope.
When: 7 P.M.
Admission: Free.

3. Catch an Independent Film about Women at BAM

BAM isn't having a film fest this year for Women's History Month, but there are a handful of interesting films featuring women that describe different aspects of the female experience. Check BAM for showing times:

4. March 10: Author Elissa Schappell (Central Library)

From the website: Author Elissa Schappell reads from her new book, Blueprints for Building Better Girls, a provocative, keenly observed, and wickedly smart work of fiction that maps America’s shifting cultural landscape from the late 1970s to the present day. WNYC’s Leonard Lopate hosts.

Where: Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, Park Slope.
When: 4 P.M.
Admission: Free.

5. March 13: Free Movie "Carrie" (Central Library)

From the website, Brian De Palma directed this 1976 interpretation of Stephen King’s classic 1974 horror novel. Sissy Spacek stars as a bullied high-school student with supernatural powers.

Where: Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, Park Slope.
When: 6:30 P.M.
Admission: Free.

6. March 14: Concert-Chanda Rule sings Mahalia Jackson (Central Library)

From the website: Chanda Rule singer and Civil Rights activist Mahalia Jackson with original arrangements of the Queen of Gospel’s most beloved songs. Inspired by her mission to break down hatred and fear through song, Chanda braids Mahalia’s messages of truth with her own love-inspired melodies, poetry and visual art for an intimate and heart expanding musical experience.

Where: Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, Park Slope.
When: 7 P.M.
Admission: Free.

7. March 15: Documentary on Women in the Media at Brooklyn Museum

The Brooklyn Museum’s celebrates the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center in numerous ways. Check outMiss Representation,a documentary about media depictions of women in the media
  • When & Where: 7 P.M. 200 Eastern Parkway
  • Contact: (718) 638-5000
  • Official website: http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/visit/first_saturdays.php

8. March 17: Panel Discussion on Women and Architecture at Brooklyn Museum

A panel discussion on how gender and architecture are connected .
  • When & Where: 7 P.M. 200 Eastern Parkway
  • Contact: (718) 638-5000
  • Official website: http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/visit/first_saturdays.php

9. March 17: Eleventh National Black Writers Conference - Nikky Finney

From the website: Finney Reads from Head Off & Split, which recently won the National Book Award. The reading is presented in conjunction with the National Black Writers Conference.

Where: Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, Park Slope.
When: 4 P.M.
Admission: Free.

10. March 22: Jewish Women in Social Services (Brooklyn Historical Society)

Scholars discuss the role of Jewish women in social services.

From the website: "Joyce Antler, Samuel Lane Professor of American Jewish History and Culture at Brandeis University, will discuss the historical role of Jewish women in social welfare, reform, and social activism.

7 P.M., Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street at Clinton Street
Phone: 718-222-4111
Admission: $6

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