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David Byrne, Emel, Delicate Steve & more part of free BRIC OPEN Festival lineup

Doug Hream Blunt with David Byrne at Baby's All Right
David Byrne at Baby’s All Right in 2016 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

BRIC Arts Media, which presents concerts at their own venue BRIC House and also does the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival shows at Prospect Park, is throwing a four-day festival this month called the BRIC OPEN Festival. It goes down from April 27-30 at various BRIC House venues (the Ballroom, the Stoop, the Artist Studio). All events are FREE.

The festival opens with “David Bryne: Reasons to Be Cheerful” on April 27 at the BRIC House Stoop where the onetime Talking Head “delivers a talk that reminds us that, despite troubling times, there are still many good, inspiring things happening in our community and in the world.” While RSVP is closed, BRIC notes that “admission is on a first come, first served basis, whether you have RSVP’ed or not.” They also note, “Capacity on the BRIC House Stoop is limited. Overflow space will be available, however, seating may be limited in the overflow room.” You may wanna show up early to this one.

Immediately following Byrne’s talk is the OPENing night dance party with DJ Geko Jones at the BRIC House Ballroom after the David Byrne show (RSVP).

On April 28 at the BRIC House Ballroom, it’s “The People, The Press & The President: A #BHeard Town Hall,” a panel with Kyle Pope, Naomi Wolf, Ali Gharib, and Sheryl Huggins, moderated by Brian Vines. More info and RSVP here.

On April 29 it’s the ‘Brooklyn Free Speech Stage‘ at BRIC House Stoop at 11 AM, which will have “community producers [taking] the stage for special live performances of their television shows.” More info and RSVP here. April 29 also has several dance classes, ‘Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity’ (“an interview-based theatre production exploring the diverse experiences of Muslim communities in the United States”), ‘Guitar Mash: A Campfire Jam’, and ‘Drag Drink & Draw’.

The “guitar mash” will be led by Mark Stewart (Paul Simon, Bang on a Can), featuring Emel, Delicate Steve, Scott Sharrard (Gregg Allman Band), Vernon Reid (Living Colour) and other special guests. RSVP is open.

The final day (April 30) has ‘Theater of War Productions: Martin Luther King’s “The Drum Major Instinct”’ and ‘OPEN Sunday Supper,’ “a shared meal and conversation, towards shared action in our community.”

More info on the whole festival is HERE.

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