The Brooklyn Museum's Target First Saturdays event attracts thousands of visitors to free programs of art and entertainment each month. The February 6 event celebrates Black History Month and Mardi Gras with an exciting lineup of programs. Highlights include:
5-7 p.m. Music
The Igmar Thomas group, presented by Revive Da Live, plays a fusion of jazz and hip-hop.
5:30-6:30 p.m. Performance
Impact Repertory Theatre presents dance, theater, and poetry by a group of youth activists. Free tickets available at the Visitor Center at 5 p.m.
6:30-8:30 p.m. Hands-On Art
Participants create wearable art inspired by Nick Cave's Soundsuit, one of the highlights of the installation Extended Family: Contemporary Connections. Free timed tickets available at the Visitor Center at 5:30 p.m.
7 p.m. Film
Wattstax (Mel Stuart, 1973, 98 min., R). Documentary about a 1972 concert for the Los Angeles community of Watts attended by more than 100,000 people and known for "the largest number of black entertainers ever assembled to contribute their talents to benefit their own people." Free tickets available at the Visitor Center at 6 p.m.
7:30 p.m. Curator Talk
Terry Carbone, Curator of American Art, gives a Sign Language-interpreted talk on the work of Eldzier Cortor.
8 p.m. Young Voices Gallery Talk
Student Guides give a talk on work by black artists in Extended Family.
9-10 p.m. Book Club
Discuss The Black Body, a collection of essays about blackness edited by Meri Nana-Ama Danquah.
9-11 p.m. Dance Party
DJ Ian Friday, resident DJ of Libation at the Sullivan Room, hosts a Mardi Gras party.
Throughout the evening, a cash bar will offer beer and wine, and the Museum Café will serve a wide variety of sandwiches, salads, and beverages. The Museum Shop will remain open until 11 p.m.
Some Target First Saturday programs have limited space and must be ticketed; lines for free tickets often form 30 minutes in advance. Programs are subject to change without notice. Museum admission is free after 5 p.m. Museum galleries are open until 11 p.m. Parking is a flat rate of $4 from 5 to 11 p.m.
For more information, please visit www.brooklynmuseum.org.
Sponsored by Target
Made possible by the Wallace Foundation Community Programs Fund, established by the Wallace Foundation with additional support from DLA Piper US LLP, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Ellis A. Gimbel Trust, National Grid, and other donors.
New York Times Community Affairs Department, media sponsor.
WNYC Radio, broadcast media sponsor.
Image: Revive Da Live presents Igmar Thomas Group. Photo by Cerys Handschumacher