CULTURE BRIEFS, Week of July 1st


For anyone intrigued by the idea of a music performance on thewater, your summer dream boat has arrived. Bargemusic offersclassical music on what their website describes as a floatingconcert hall. On Sunday, July 3, The Cassatt Quartet with UrsulaOppens on piano will perform Samuel Barber’s Quartet, Op. 11,Ludwig van Beethoven’s Quartet, Op. 131, and Johannes Brahms’sPiano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34. Tickets are $40, but discountrates of $35 for seniors and $15 for students are offered. Thebarge is docked under the Brooklyn Bridge at Fulton Ferry Landing,and although this vessel won’t be setting sail anytime soon, itoffers impressive views of lower Manhattan, and even a freeperformance on Saturdays at 1 p.m. For more details on thisperformance venue, go to:


Slavery was ended in New York on July 4, 1827. However, AfricanAmericans living in the state at the time waited until July 5 tocelebrate, because of threats of violence. Over the years, the dayhas been transformed into a commemoration of the moment New Yorkerssaid enough to that ugly chapter of American history. OnSaturday, July 2 at 6 p.m. the Weeksville Heritage Center willcelebrate Emancipation Day with a free concert from American rapperPharoahe Monch and Congolese rapper and musician Baloji. Monch wasa founding member of groundbreaking hip hop duo Organized Konfusionin the 1990s and has been releasing albums under the name ofG.O.A.T (Greatest of All Time) for the last 15 years. The day willalso feature a lecture from author Teju Cole at 4 p.m. TheWeeksville Heritage Center is located at 1698 Bergen Street. Thereis a $5 suggested donation. For more information, go


What says summer better than farm fresh produce? On Saturday,June 25, the Sunset Park Greenmarket returned from its winterhiatus. The market will be at Fourth Avenue and 59th Street everySaturday from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., through November 19. There are14 greenmarkets in Brooklyn run by the organization GrowNYC. TheSunset Park Greenmarket has been in operation since 2001. For moreinformation and for a list of the other greenmarkets,


Art museums often have a hard time shaking their stuffyreputation. Even the most devout art appreciator can get fed upwith the hushed tones and pretentious posturing that can sometimesbe part of the art viewing experience. It is in the spirit ofshattering this type of expectation that the Brooklyn Museum offersits Target First Saturdays. The first Saturday of every month, themuseum throws a free party from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., withentertainment based on one of its exhibitions. On July 2, the eventwill be inspired by their current Indian art show, Vishnu:Hinduism’s Blue-Skinned Savior. Musical act Falu will open thefestivities rock with their sonic combination of rock and Indianclassical music. At 6 p.m., the Kathak Ensemble will feature Hindudance and storytelling. The night will wrap up with a dance partyin the museum parking lot and with the galleries reopened from 10p.m. to 11 p.m. For anyone who’s ever dreamed about being locked ina museum, this might be as close as you can get without actuallygoing through with it. The Brooklyn Museum is at 200 EasternParkway. Check out for more details.

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