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Weeksville is alive with jazz and lots more
(Published: July 11, 2007)

From morning to night all summer long through the fall, there’s something for New Yorkers of all ages to enjoy at The Oasis @ Weeksville.

Enjoy early morning shopping for farm-fresh produce and cooking demonstrations. Take a walking tour of the historic Weeksville neighborhood and enjoy family fun in the afternoon. Lounge on the lawn under the stars to listen to cool jazz, swing to hot soca sounds and watch fascinating films.

Most events are free and take place at the Hunterfly Road Houses, 1698 Bergen Street.

Schedule of Events

The Oasis @ Weeksville, July 7-November 17: The wide-ranging Oasis @ Weeksville programs encompass music and dance performances, films, our annual Weeksville Family Day Celebration, Weeksville Walkabout Tours, cooking demonstrations, special house tours and lots more. All programs are described below. Programs are free and take place on the grounds of the historic Hunterfly Road Houses, 1698 Bergen Street, except where noted.

Weeksville’s Summer Salon Series: The outdoor Saturday series this year showcases jazz music and dance—from classic Swing to Afro-Rican rhythms and neo-soul song stylings to brilliant tap dancing. The Summer Salon series is free and kicks off July 7, with a special July 8 concert featuring William Cepeda and his Afro-Rican brand of jazz added for an extra jolt of jazz. All events are free.

William Cepeda y Su Grupo, July 8 at 3 p.m. Trombonist, composer and arranger William Cepeda is a member of Puerto Rico’s legendary Familia Cepeda, a family folkloric ensemble renowned for its performances of the rich African-derived music of that enchanted island. Born and raised in Loiza, the African heart of the island, William grew up with traditional Bomba and Plena rhythms, to which he has added the spirit of contemporary bepop—producing his own distinctive “Afro-rican jazz.”

Imani Uzuri, July 14 at 6 p.m. This amazing, multifaceted vocalist soulfully mixes jazz, broken beats, electronica, world and sacred music, and powerful lyrics to create what Time Out New York describes as a narcotic blend of ethereal sounds.

The Jazz Plus Ensemble, July 21 at 6 p.m. There’s no sittin’ still when this New York-based Big Band starts to swing, performing well-loved jazz classics.

Steppin’ in Rhythm featuring David Gilmore, July 28 at 6 p.m. What better way to end the 2007 Summer Salon series than with this group’s groovin’ rhythms'

Weeksville Farmers Market, Saturdays, July 7-November 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Shop for affordable, farm-fresh produce from Weeksville’s own kitchen garden and upstate New York farms. Cooking demonstrations by Madea Allen of Just Food will show how to prepare easy, delicious meals with the freshest ingredients. They are offered twice each month at 11:30 a.m.: July 14 & 28, August 11 & 25, September 8 & 22, October 6 & 20, and November 3.

Weeksville Walkabout Tour, Saturdays, July 21, August 11 (in association with Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment), September 15 and October 20 from 1-3:30 p.m. Meet in front of Boys & Girls HS, 1700 Fulton Street, near the “A” subway Utica Avenue station. Licensed tour guides offer fascinating facts about 19th century Weeksville and its historic significance as a pre-Civil War community of free African Americans on this 2'-hour walking tour that includes a tour of the landmark Hunterfly Road Houses, the 19th century community’s last surviving houses. Fee: $15.

Cinema Under the Stars, August 3 at sundown, free.

· Girls Night Out: A Short Film Festival, curated by Michelle Materre: Seven short films by women explore motherhood, relationships.

· Mother’s Nature, Dale Pierce Nielsen (24 mins., 2006): The powerful passions of nature, love and reason combine to tell a story that underscores themes of self-knowledge and self-respect, making choices and the universe in this coming-of-age story from the perspective of a black woman and mother experiencing her daughter’s budding adolescence.

· The Birthday Girl, Angela Tucker (16 mins., 2005): Secrets are revealed and the true nature of friendship is tested when Mia, an introverted beauty, gathers her college friends together on a night she is sure will change her life. She ultimately learns to be careful what you wish for as the birthday girl.

· Stutter, Janice Ahn (13 mins., 2006): In this psychological drama, a jilted woman’s New Year’s Eve gets turned upside down after she meets a seemingly harmless new guy.

· Flat, Nanobah Becker (8 mins., 2006): A mother and daughter prepare for a special celebration. Not even a flat tire and complicated circumstances can dampen their sprits and their bittersweet reunion.

· Girls’ Night Out, Sarah Duran (5 mins., 2006): Three best girlfriends—two of them in relationships—hit the town for a girls’ night out after one of them believes she has been stood up by her intended. They’re stunned by what they see at their favorite hang out and what they hear when checking voicemail.

Annual Weeksville Family Day Celebration, August 4 from 12-4 p.m. An afternoon of fun for the entire family. Enjoy face painters, magic and open air art projects. Dance to hot soca music and funky, deep beat sound collages presented by DJ extraordinaire Pierre Bennu.

Mapping Memory: Community Mural Dedication, August—date/time to be announced: Weeksville Heritage Center and Groundswell Community Mural Project will unveil their latest collaborative project, a mural designed and created by Brooklyn youth and elders from the Kingsborough Houses’ Hugh Gilroy Senior Center, guided by artist Duane Smith.

OpenHouseNewYork at Weeksville Heritage Center, October—Date/time to be announced: Special design and sound installations enable you to experience the landmark Hunterfly Road Houses in an entirely new way.

Tours of Historic Hunterfly Road Houses, Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., admission: $4, residents of 1213 & 11233: free with ID: Learn how free African-Americans in 19th century and early 20th century Weeksville lived with a guided tour of the community’s last surviving residences.

For a complete schedule of events or directions, call 718-756-5250 or visit www.weeksvillesociety.org.

More Information: http://www.weeksvillesociety.org

Submitted By: jazzears


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