The Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturday, on Saturday Aug 1, promises to be a real treat for the Caribbean culture lover.  One look at the evening’s activities will reveal why.  Let’s take a look at what they have planned.

Source: Target First Saturdays 

MUSIC
5:00 p.m.

BombaYo performs traditional Afro Puerto Rican bombadrumming, which combines West African, Taino, and Spanish percussion. Presented in partnership with CaribBEING.


FILM
5:00–9:00 p.m.

Experimental media program, Black Radical Imagination presents short films made by women of color who have connections to the Caribbean.


PERFORMANCE
6:00 p.m.

The Braata Folk Singers present Caribbean folk music representing the diverse cultures of the West Indies.

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FILM
6:00 p.m.

Selena Blake presents clips from her film Taboo Yardies (2011), which examines homophobia and the struggle for LGBTQ rights in Jamaica.

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Taboo…Yardies (Trailer)


POP-UP CARNIVAL
6:00–9:00 p.m.

Poet, Arielle John performs and hosts a presentation of carnival costumes and musical traditions from various Caribbean islands. Curated by CaribBEING.


HANDS-ON ART
6:30–8:30 p.m.

Explore carving, printing, and layering techniques in printmaking to create an island landscape.


FILM
7:00 p.m.

#CaFAFave, Papa Machete (Jonathan David Kane, 2014, 10 min.) tells the story of one of the few remaining masters of machete fencing, a martial art which emerged from the Haitian Revolution. A Q&A with the director follows. Presented in partnership with CaribBEING.

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Papa Machete – Sundance Film Festival trailer


MUSIC
7:00 p.m.

Cuban jazz pianist, Elio Villafranca, blends sounds from the island nations of Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, and Cuba.


FILM
8:00 p.m.

Ackee & Saltfish (Cecile Emeke, webseries) follows best friends Rachel and Olivia as they tackle everything from gentrification to the difficulties of getting Lauryn Hill tickets. A talkback with the director follows. Presented in partnership with CaribBEING.

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ackee & saltfish | short film trailer


BOOK CLUB
8:30 p.m.

Naomi Jackson, raised in Brooklyn by West Indian parents, discusses her new novel, The Star Side of Bird Hill (Penguin Press, June 2015), a story about community, betrayal, and love centered on a matriarchal family in Barbados.

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Naomi Jackson on The Star Side of Bird Hill for First Flights


MUSIC
9:00 p.m.

Klash City Sound System and Supa Frendz perform a mash up of reggae, punk, and hip-hop, expanding notions of Caribbean music.

Come on out and enjoy the culture!!