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July 26th, 2013

BAM’s Harvey Theater is a Movie Palace, Again

Did you know that the BAM Harvey Theater on Fulton Street is now the largest, grandest movie venue in Brooklyn? Indeed, the Harvey is now a movie palace with a gigantic screen. At a  time when audiences prefer streaming movies in their living room, BAM has created a compelling reason to turn off the TV and go out to see a movie.

This is big news.

BAM's state-of-the-art movie palace has a brand new Steinberg Screen. It is now a great place to see newly restored Hollywood flicks like The Godfather 1 and 2, Dr. Zhivago and Lawrence of Arabia. They will also be showing films like Blue Jasmine, Woody Allen's new movie, starting Friday, July 26th.

Good job BAM. You are really securing your reputation as the best movie theater in Brooklyn and maybe NYC. Yay.

The venue known as the "Harvey" first opened in 1904 as the Majestic Theater presenting dramas, light opera, musicals, and vaudeville. In 1942, the Majestic was turned into an elegant, first run movie house. During the 1960s, the Majestic closed and sat abandoned for nearly two decades.

Back in the 1980's, BAM's Executive Producer Harvey Lichtenstein wanted to stage Peter Brook's production of The Mahabharata and decided to restore the old, derelict theater just two blocks from BAM. Funds were raised and the theater was renovated.

The theater will, I assume, continue as a multi-arts venue, as it embarks on its renewed life as a movie palace.


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August 17th, 2012

Katherine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy and Cary Grant at BAM

Just gotta say: There are some pretty wonderful films playing at BAM this weekend—and it's so much fun to see these classics on the big screen.

I mean, who can resist: Sullivan's Travels, His Girl Friday, or Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant in Bringing Up Baby or George Cukor’s classic, late-Depression-era romantic comedy, Holiday. Or Pat and Mike with Spencer Tracy and Hepburn or The Palm Beach Story with Claudette Colbert.

It's all part of BAM's  American Gangster: Great Comedy Teams series. Check here for the full schedule at BAM. 

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August 9th, 2012

Time to Get Tickets to Einstein at the Beach

In 1976, Robert Wilson and Philip Glass collaborated on an experimental opera/performance called Einstein at the Beach. My father saw it at the Metropolitan Opera and was blown away. He'd never seen anything like it before.

There were revivals in 1984 and 1992. I attended a performance of the four-hour opera at BAM in 1992 with my Dad. It was a great night out preceded by a pastrami sandwich at a deli in Manhattan and an incredible evening of music, dance and theater. We joined the audience in an uproarious standing ovation. This

This fall it returns to BAM as part of BAM's 150th anniversary celebrations.

Einstein on the Beach, with choreography by Lucinda Child, is truly mesmerizing. Glass's repetitious score is hypnotic and meditative, as are the tableaus created by Wilson. "A cosmic chorus of syllables, numbers, streams of consciousness, and enigmatic poems," the work is truly one of the greats of the last century.

Try to get tickets says me.

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December 10th, 2010

OTBKB Weekend List: Hello Friday!

I can just taste the weekend. There's tons to do as always plus there's all that holiday shopping we need to do. Tonight you could check out Danya Kurtz and Keren Ann at The Bell House. On Saturday The Alphabet Lounge Band is playing at  Zora Space, that very happening cafe and performance space on 4th Avenue.  Click on read more to see the whole list with all the details you really need like  time, date, location and links.

Holiday Shopping

December 11 & 12, 15-23 at the Brooklyn Flea: Gifted, a holiday market. One-stop shopping for everyone on your list at One Hanson Place.

December 11 & 12 and every weekend at the Maker's Market: Shop at an indoor, artisan market located at The Old American Can Factory in Park Slope/Gowanus. It is a 'destination' market offering visitors a changing, diverse group  of Makers who exhibit and sell their wares of enduring design, high-quality materials, and artisanal fabrication.


Through December 30: Serious Whimsey: A Collection of Inevitable Objects opens atLittlefield, a music club located at 622 Degraw Street between Fourth and Third Avenuesin the Park Slope/Gowanus neighborhood. The artists in the show are:  Gail Rothschild, Justin Gignac, Kit WarrenLisanne McTernan, Mark DiBattista, Stephanie Homa, and Sztuka Fabryka at


This weekend at BAM: Social Network, 127 Hours, Tiny Furniture, Love and Other Drugs

This weekend at the Pavilion: Unstoppable, Burlesque, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Love and Other Drugs, The Tourist, Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas.


Friday, December 10 (doors open at 7:30 PM) at the Bell House: Danya Kurtz and Keren Ann Zeidel. I heard Kurtz perform at the All Things Must Pass tribute at the Bell House a couple of weeks ago and she's wonderful. Keren Ann is a singer-songwriter-composer- producer and engineer based largely in Paris, Tel-Aviv and New York. She has lived and recorded in France and New York for many years though she retains her Dutch and Israeli citizenship.

Saturday, December 11, at 8PM at Zora Space: The Alphabet Lounge Band, co-founded in 1999 by Roy Nathanson and Deidre Rodman, is unique for its mix of free improv and charted material, originals and standards, lively banter and poignant moments. NO one leaves a show without smiling-a lot!

The Hard Nut at BAM

December 10-19 at BAM: To celebrate its 30th anniversary, Mark Morris Dance Group reprises its irreverent and much loved The Hard Nut, a retro-modern take on the holiday favorite The Nutcracker. Morris’ rendition—which has won Ovation TV’s Battle of the Nutcrackers contest for three years running—transplants the story from the decorous 1890s to the swinging 1970s, a freewheeling era realized with panache and wit. Inspired by the E.T.A. Hoffmann story, Tchaikovsky’s gorgeous score, and the comic book art of Charles Burns, Morris captures the beauty and tenderness of this classic while infusing it with supreme musicality and raucous humor.


Through December 12 at St. Ann’s Warehouse: Knee High Theater’s Red Shoes: “No little girl who sees the Kneehigh Theater’s adaptation of “The Red Shoes” (not that any little girl should) will leave with sweet dreams of becoming a ballet dancer. This imaginative, so-ugly-it’s-beautiful production, at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn through Dec. 12, is more likely to inspire nightmares involving severed body parts, public humiliation and concentration camps.” Ben Brantley in the NY Times.

Through December 19 at the Gallery Players in Park Slope: Dancing at Lughnasa Brian Friel’s haunting and beautiful Irish masterpiece opens December 4 under the direction of Heather Siobhan Curran.

On The Horizon: Snowflake Celebration

Thursday, December 16, 2010: Day 2 of the 4th Annual Snowflake Celebration on 7th Avenue is a "No Sales Tax Xmas" event." Shop Local  for an evening of merriment, late night shopping & community spirit!

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