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Culture briefs: Books, Saturdays and Swing


Join the Brooklyn Public Library on Wednesday, July 2 as it welcomes novelist Bridgett Davis to lead a discussion of short stories by four of the most influential writers of the 20th century.

Small Southern Comforts: Short Stories by Alice Walker, Flannery O’Connor, Eudora Welty and Zora Neale Hurston will be the subject of the library’s Book Discussion Series.

The free event will take place at the Central Library (10 Grand Army Plaza) in the Information Commons Lab. For more information, visit


On July 5, beat the heat and celebrate summertime in Brooklyn at Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturday – an all-night event featuring outdoor activities, music and films at the museum. Highlights include music by Nina Sky and Blitz the Ambassador, a screening of “Do the Right Thing,” a comedy showcase and more.

The event – attracting thousands to free art and entertainment each month – starts at 5 p.m. Target First Saturdays provide free museum admission but many programs have limited space and are ticketed on a first-come, first-serve basis. They are held at the museum, located at 200 Eastern Parkway.

For a full schedule of events and a list of those that are ticketed, visit


Join the Brooklyn Public Library on Wednesday, July 16 as it presents Queen Esther and The Hot 5 as part of its 2014 Plaza Swing Series.

An award-winning vocalist and songwriter, Queen Esther’s warm and powerful voice will glide through jazz and swagger through the Blues.

Alongside her performance will be dance lessons (starting at 6:30 p.m.) and the band will start at 7 p.m. In case of rain, the free event will be held on Thursday, July 17 at 6:30 p.m. It will all take place in the Central Library’s plaza, located at 10 Grand Army Plaza.

For more information, visit

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