by Mary Frost
BROOKLYN — As we bid adieu to 2011, we turn to the future and ask: What could possibly happen next? Will the stock market skyrocket? Will the Nets win their first Brooklyn season? Will the city sell the naming rights to the Promenade? Will the Euro fail?
We asked some of Brooklyn’s most prescient movers and shakers to look in their crystal balls and share their revelations about the upcoming year — and we expect, as usual, that these predictions will be 100 percent accurate.
If you want to know what 2012 will bring, here are some predictions from Brooklyn’s most prescient prognosticators:
COBBLE HILL — For the delight of audiences aged 5 to 105, the Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theater offers A Christmas Carol, Oy! Hanukkah, Merry Kwanzaa (Happy Ramadan) from Dec. 15 to Jan. 1 at Clockworks Puppet Theatre, 196 Columbia St. (between Sackett and Degraw streets, Brooklyn).
The show is an adaptation of Dickens’ classic with Old World accents and New World inclusiveness.
Adapted and directed by Vit Horejs, it features over 30 puppets by Milos Kasal and holiday songs in Czech, English, Hebrew and Swahili. The set and costume design are by company member Michelle Beshaw.
This toy-puppet theatre extravaganza is a new take on Charles Dickens’ classic with a few twists and digressions. Into the familiar story are woven a surprising and delightful blend of English, Jewish, African, American and Czech winter rituals, customs and holiday songs, all performed by over three dozen marionettes ranging in size from 4 to 24 inches as well as found objects and toys.
By Trudy Whitman
The celebrated photographer Annie Leibovitz is on a promotional tour for her new book, Annie Leibovitz Pilgrimage (Random House). And befitting her stature as a preeminent pictorial chronicler of the zeitgeist, the venues for readings and signings make a pretty impressive list—the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, Manhattan’s Pace Gallery, the International Center of Photography, the 92nd Street Y, and … BookCourt in Cobble Hill.
The publisher’s decision to book Leibovitz in our corner of the Big Apple reflects both the borough’s emergence as a crucible of creativity and BookCourt’s stature in the publishing industry.
Annie Leibovitz will visit BookCourt, 163 Court Street, on Wednesday, December 14, at 7 p.m. Pilgrimage, for which historian Doris Kearns Goodwin has written an introduction, represents a divergence for the famous photographer. Conceived during a turbulent time in her life — a very public financial freefall — these photos were not made on assignment. Rather, Leibovitz traveled to take photographs as part of a personal quest.
Eugene Marlow’s Heritage Ensemble will perform at Congregation Mount Sinai on Dec. 4.
BROOKLYN HEIGHTS — If you’re ready to snap your fingers, clap your hands and tap your feet, come experience Eugene Marlow’s Heritage Ensemble as it performs its unique Judeo-Latin-Jazz repertoire at Congregation Mount Sinai’s annual holiday concert, Dec. 4 at 4 p.m.
The Heritage Ensemble will also accompany Congregation Mount Sinai’s own Cantor Shira Lissek, who will sing selections from the Great American Songbook.
Described as “a cross-cultural collaboration that spins and grooves” by New York City Jazz Record, the Heritage Ensemble takes familiar Judaic melodies and plays them in new ways, and performs new melodies in familiar styles. The Heritage Ensemble is well-known for its unique musical approach — arranging familiar Judaic melodies and original compositions and performing them in various jazz, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and neo-classical styles.
Its 2010 album, Celebrations: Festive Melodies from the Hebraic Songbook. garnered 27 reviews and extensive radio play in the United States, Canada and Europe. Of its most recent album, A Fresh Take, Jeff Wanser of JazzReview said: “The group takes each beautiful melody in turn and works through its theme, explores its possibilities, and never overstays its welcome.”
Brooklyn entrepreneurs and small businesses are encouraged to attend a workshop titled “The History of Business in Brooklyn” on Thursday, Dec. 1, in Brooklyn Heights.
Sponsored by the Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS), this event is in partnership with BHS’s fall Library Workshop Series that utilizes the collections at BHS to provide hands-on training and research opportunities for residents to explore their family, neighborhood and borough history.
Elizabeth Call and Julie Golia, both staff members, will conduct the workshop.
Today’s entrepreneurs will someday be part of the rich history of business in Brooklyn. This workshop will take a look back at this diverse, quirky past and you will learn about businesses that produced everything from warships to earplugs, and you will gain new insights on Brooklyn’s growth and its history of gender, race, class and popular culture.
The workshop will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The BHS is at the Brooklyn Public Library’s Business and Career Library, 280 Cadman Plaza West at Tillary Street.
Pre-registration is recommended. To register, please call (718) 623-7000 (option 4).
New Museum Exhibits Site’s Nautical Past, Industrial Future
Detailed ship models are displayed in the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at Building 92 in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011. The center, which explores the history and current uses of the Navy Yards, opens to the public on Friday, Nov. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
By Zach Campbell
BROOKLYN NAVY YARD — Originally purchased from the Lenape in 1637, the Dutch called this land Waal Boght, or “Bend in the River.”
Later on, it was one of the nation’s largest shipbuilding centers, dry docks and, for a time, the largest open-air market in Brooklyn.
After closing as a Naval installation four-and-a-half decades ago, the Brooklyn Navy Yard has re-emerged as a home for businesses small and large, many of which work with new and emerging technologies.
Tomorrow, a museum will open here that is as much dedicated to the site’s future as to its past. Now those of us who were left to wonder what went on beyond the Navy Yard’s gates will be able to just go and see.