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Culture Briefs: Swing dancing, swimming and Shakespeare


Join the Brooklyn Public Library on Wednesday, July 9 as it presents the Orlando Marin Ensemble as part of the 2014 Plaza Swing Series.

A contemporary of Tito Puente, Machito, Tito Rodriguez and other mambo-era icons, Orlando Marin, The Last Mambo King, is the only orchestra leader from New York’s golden era of mambo who still performs regularly.

Get ready to mambo. Dance lessons are at 6:30 p.m., and the band starts at 7 p.m. at Central Library (10 Grand Army Plaza). In case of rain, the event will be held on Thursday, July 10, at 6:30 p.m.

For more information on the free event, visit


BRIC Studios will host a free opening reception for the brand new exhibit The Air We Swim In on Wednesday, July 9 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Curated by Kelly Schroer, the 2014 Recipient of the BRIC Emerging Curator Fellowship, the exhibit will be on display in the Project Room of BRIC House (647 Fulton Street) through Sunday, August 31.

Supporting and fostering the vision of a developing curator, the exhibition will focus on artists who create physical interactions with intangible elements that inhabit our same space, but are invisible to the human eye. The exhibition will feature artistsHanny Ahern,Thessia Machado,Eric Shows andPalden Weinreb.

For more information on the opening or the exhibit, visit


The Brooklyn Public Library will present “A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream” as part of its Brooklyn Summer Shakespeare-ience on Saturday, August 9.

The Brooklyn Summer Shakespeare-ience is a summer intensive designed to make Shakespeare accessible to inner city youth in the borough of Brooklyn using the activities of reading, analyzing and performing Shakespeare. It is both a literacy and performance arts program.

Students of the program will perform the romantic comedy at 1 p.m. at the Central Library (10 Grand Army Plaza).

For more information on the program or the performance, visit

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