Sun Kulcha

fri., feb. 7 & sat., feb. 8

Ballet: The Dance Gallery presents Dance on a Shoestring at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 8 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 and space is limited. Dance on A Shoestring, for many years, which enables established and developing artists to try out new ideas. The performances are offered in a venue where the community groups can come to see high quality ballet offered by “their” neighborhood company at affordable prices. To make a reservation, call 212-679-0401 ext. 1 or email [email protected]. Visit for more information. 30 East 31st St., 5th Floor, NYC.

sat., feb. 8

mortgage assistance: Come to this free event where professionals will be available to discuss foreclosure prevention, Sandy-related issues, home improvement, flood insurance coverage and more, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. PacPlex Recreation, 1500 Paerdegat Ave., North (between Paerdegat 15th Street & Seaview Ave.), BK, 11236. For more information, please call: (718) 469-4679. Sponsored by the Center for NYC Neighborhoods and the Canarsie Coalition.

independence Gala: Join the Grenada Independence Anniversary Committee of New York in celebrating the 40th anniversary of Grenada’s Independence at 9:00 p.m. Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Ave. (between 5th and 6th avenues). For more information, call (212) 599-0301.

fundraiser: BMZ Entertainment in conjunction with the New York Consulate of SVG presents “Runway Rippers With a Difference.” A fashion/talent show to raise funds for The Milton Cato Memorial Hospital’s Pediatric Ward in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Showtime: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Admission: $10 per person (Children under 5 free) Food and refreshments will be on sale. Friends of Crown Heights, 671 Prospect Place (between Bedford Ave. & Franklin Ave.).

affordable Act: The Children’s Defense Fund invites you to participate in a workshop on “What New York’s Families Should Know about the Affordable Care Act” from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The presentations will address key provisions of the Affordable care Act and how they impact health care for children and families across New York State. Concord Baptist Church 833 Rev. Gardner C. Taylor Blvd. (Marcy Ave.) Memorial Hall, Brooklyn. Questions: Call (212) 697-2323 ext. 203/5.

mon., feb. 10

singer’s showcase: The multi-talented Alex DeSuze returns to the Indian Road Café to host the “No Name Uptown Cabaret Second Monday” monthly singers showcase. The Cabaret is opportunity to enjoy and share your art with your fellow singers, composers and lyricists in a safe and fun place! Indian Road Café, located at 600 West 218th Street. 7:00 p.m. with sign up beginning at 6:45 p.m. No cover, no minimum and for additional information, call (212) 942-7451. For more “No Name” information, visit

ballet: New York Theatre Ballet presents Music Mondays at The Dance Gallery at 7:30 p.m. This installment of NYTB’s concert series, Music Mondays, will showcase Nuevo Tango, an evening of contemporary tango music. The performance will feature the tango-inspired works of Michael Kosch, Andre Previn, Allen Shawn, Ron Wasserman, and more. New York Theatre Ballet’s Music Director Michael Scales will accompany on piano with guest violinist Pauline Kim Harris. There will be a suggested donation of $10 at the door. To make a reservation, call (212) 679-0401 or email [email protected]. 30 East 31st Street, 5th Floor, NYC.

wed., feb. 12

black history Month forum: Understanding the historical legacy of Black Radio featuring host and Moderator Bob Law, Imhotep and Gary Bryd. There will be a goodwill offering to benefit our annual Mary McCloud Bethune, Mother’s Day Tribute to black women. 7:00 p.m. Free Admission. Radio Historic First Church of God in Christ, 221 Kingston Ave., Brooklyn, NY.


mon., jan. 6 – sat., Mar. 22

winter workshops: Registration has already started but it is not to late to get in on the action. Registration for classes and workshops is ongoing throughout the term. Families, adults and children can choose from a variety of classes and workshops running morning, afternoon, evening and on weekends. Pelham Art Center Members receive 10 percent off classes. Need-based scholarships and payment plans are available. The Winter Catalog can be found on the Art Center’s website,, or call (914) 738-2525 ext. 111 to request one by mail or email. Students may register online, in person, by mail, email, phone or fax. Pelham Art Center administrative hours are Tuesday- Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

fri., Jan. 31 – sat., Mar. 29, 2014

migration narratives: Pelham Art Center is pleased to announce a group exhibition of kinetic sculpture, installation, drawing, painting, and video narratives by seven contemporary artists. There will be an opening reception and all age hands-on workshop from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Admission is free. This multi-media exhibition relates stories of individual transitions from one state of being to another. Independent Curator Lisa A. Banner is an art historian and visiting associate professor at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Additional free public programming will include a Curator Talk on Thursday, Feb. 27, 6:00 p.m.

sat., feb. 8 – fri., mar. 7

art exhibition: This body of work is described by the artist as “interpretizm” – paintings on canvas along with various elements of wood and Masonite. In the spirit of “cabinet de curiosités,” inspired by the surrealistic boxes by Joseph Cornell, Man Ray and Marcel Duchamp, many of Al Johnson’s works utilize found objects and collages. Through his rich tonal palette he creates gestural and chromatic allegories which open the gates to the magic of dreams.His profound connection to the quintessential rhythms of jazz strongly resonate in his work in a frenetic way; yet he has a placed and controlled style as if his paintbrush was dancing with drips, dots and strokes to the rhythm of an African drum. Al Johnson’s art is inspirational to the spirit. When you look once you will want to look again. As the artist says, “A part of my life is based on dreams. I dream of things that are unseen. I create these dreams and bring them to life.” As an exceptional colorist, Al Johnson creates the magic and invites the public to experience moods, personalities and love in his “Room of Wonders.”

La Maison d’Art Private Gallery is located at 259 W 132nd Street (between 7th & 8th Aves.) in Manhattan. call (718) 593-4108 or go to:

flood relief: Donations are being accepted at the Friends of Crown Heights Center located at 671 Prospect Place, Brooklyn. Donations will also be accepted by Mirtha Colon, a Garifuna from Honduras, who operates Hondurans Against Aids out of Casa Yurumein in the Bronx. Casa Yurumein is located at 874 Prospect Ave. in the South Bronx, corner of Westchester Avenue. Checks and money orders are welcomed and should be made out to “SVG Community Inc.” Anyone in the Long Island area who wishes to make a donation but cannot drive to Brooklyn, please call (347) 488-4395 to arrange a drop off or to arrange for Colon to pick up the donation. Items needed include medical supplies, non-perishable food, clothes, shoes, candles. Monetary donations can be made in the form of checks or money orders addressed to “SVG Community Inc.”

passport application center: Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) launched a second Passport Application Center at the Kings Highway Library providing a convenient facility for Brooklyn residents and new immigrants to apply for passports. Hours are temporarily set for 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. from Monday through Friday and Sunday by appointment. The Center is currently closed on Saturdays until further notice. The library is located at 2115 Ocean Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11229. To make an appointment, call (718) 230-2292 or (718) 375-3037 ext. 128.

Featuring Home REpair: Is your boiler, water main or roof in need of fixing? Do you need major repairs done but lack the finances? Now is the best time to fix it. Neighborhood Housing Services of East Flatbush, a not-for-profit housing organization can assist you. For more information on the Home Improvement Programs, call (718)469-4679 or visit

Foreclosure: Are you behind in your mortgage or seeking a modification? Come in for free services and assistance. We will help you as much as possible to keep your home. Referrals for free legal assistance are also available. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call (718) 469-4679. Sponsored by Neighborhood Housing Services of East Flatbush and the Center for New York City Neighborhoods, not-for-profit organizations.

Home Help for disabled: If you are a disabled homeowner living in Brooklyn or have someone disabled living in your household, you may qualify for up to $5,000 in home repair grants. Repairs must be geared toward making the home accessible and convenient for the disabled person. Sponsored by Neighborhood Housing Services of East Flatbush, a not-for-profit housing organization, and the New York State Housing Trust Corporation. For more information, please call (718) 469-4679.

Community Center: Are you looking to improve your life? Take a class at Community Learning Center: How to Write a Book or Script, Create a Resume, How to Create Wealth, Get/Keep a Spouse, Start a Business. Classes for everyone. Community Learning Center, 147-12 Archer Ave., Queens. For more information/RSVP, call (718) 291-1094.

Donations: St. Robert Bellarmine Church is joining efforts with the Diocese of Trenton to bring relief to victims in the hardest hit areas. The church has organized a sorting sub station in the parish and will be delivering donations to various locations shortly. The church is seeking donations of cardboard shipping boxes for packing or rubber bins for storage for victims. Donations are tax deductible and the church will provide you with a receipt upon request. Feel free to contact St. Robert Bellarmine Church at any time Attn: SRB Hurricane Relief Effort, 61 Georgia Rd., Freehold, NJ 07728 or [email protected], Pam Stengel (732) 580-0075, Linda Altini (917) 578-4852. Phone: (732) 462-7429 or Fax: (732) 409-3496.

Farmers Market: Seeds in the Middle is sponsoring The Crown Heights Farmers Market offering fresh fruits and vegetables, including callaloo and Caribbean favorites and accepting EBT, WIC, Snap, FMNP, Health Bucks, and Fresh Connect. The market will be operating every Thursday from noon to 7:00 p.m. at Hamilton Metz Park at Albany and Lefferts avenues, Brooklyn. For more information, visit

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Compiled by Natalie Y. Henry

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