Culture Briefs: Scrooge, Sam Cooke and Sweet Honey


Join the Brooklyn Public Library for a very special holiday presentation of “A Christmas Carol” on Saturday, December 13.

This holiday musical tradition, based on Charles Dickens’ classic novel, will once again tell the story of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge as he learns the true spirit of the holidays. This showing is kid friendly and family-approved.

The free presentation by Plaza Theatrical will run from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Central Library’s Dweck Center, located at 10 Grand Army Plaza. For more information, visit


The Prince of Kosher Gospel, Joshua Nelson, returns to the Brooklyn Public Library to celebrate the life of the King of Soul, Sam Cooke, who died exactly 50 years ago.

Gather at the Central Library’s Dweck Center (10 Grand Army Plaza) on Thursday, December 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. to celebrate the life and legacy of the King of Soul.

Admission is free but a reservation is required. For more information or to save your spot, visit


Celebrate the holidays with the Brooklyn Center for Performing Arts at Brooklyn College (2900 Campus Road) on Saturday, December 13. Ring in the holiday season with this joyful concert of music from many faiths, performed with Sweet Honey in the Rock’s stunning vocal prowess rooted in rich textures of African American traditions.

The program honors the holiday spirit from Christmas to Kwanzaa.

The musical performance will take place at 8 p.m. in the Walt Whitman Theater but all are welcome to attend a pre-show discussion and Q&A with Shirley Childress Johnson, the American Sign Language interpreter who has been performing with Sweet Honey since 1980, at 7 p.m. in the Mezzanine Lounge.

Tickets are $30 to $40. For more information or to purchase your ticket, visit

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