Illuminated 2014


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    • Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Illuminated. Photo by Michael Ratliff.Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Illuminated. Photo by Michael Ratliff.
    • Visitors at Illuminated. Photo by Michael Ratliff.Visitors at Illuminated. Photo by Michael Ratliff.
    • Visitors at Illuminated. Photo by Michael Ratliff.Visitors at Illuminated. Photo by Michael Ratliff.
    • Russ & Daughters (left); photo by Jen Snow, courtesy of Russ & Daughters. Author Mark Russ Federman (right); photo by Belathée Photography, courtesy of Russ & Daughters.Russ & Daughters (left); photo by Jen Snow, courtesy of Russ & Daughters. Author Mark Russ Federman (right); photo by Belathée Photography, courtesy of Russ & Daughters.
    • The Lite-Brite Lounge. Photo by Michael Ratliff.The Lite-Brite Lounge. Photo by Michael Ratliff.
    • The Lite-Brite Lounge. Photo by Michael Ratliff.The Lite-Brite Lounge. Photo by Michael Ratliff.
    •  Little Fugitive. Images courtesy Orkin/Engel Photo Archive and APD/Cinema Conservancy. Little Fugitive. Images courtesy Orkin/Engel Photo Archive and APD/Cinema Conservancy.
    • Winter Bird Stroll with naturalist Brad Klein. Photos by Gerry Stewart (top), and Michael Ratliff (bottom).Winter Bird Stroll with naturalist Brad Klein. Photos by Gerry Stewart (top), and Michael Ratliff (bottom).
    • Winter Bird Stroll. Photos by Michael Ratliff.Winter Bird Stroll. Photos by Michael Ratliff.
    • Glow Show with Eric Girardi.Glow Show with Eric Girardi.
    • A workshop at Illuminated. Photo by Michael Ratliff.A workshop at Illuminated. Photo by Michael Ratliff.
    • A workshop at Illuminated. Photo by Michael Ratliff.A workshop at Illuminated. Photo by Michael Ratliff.
    • Northern Lights Radio. Photo by Michael Ratliff.Northern Lights Radio. Photo by Michael Ratliff.
    • Artist and storyteller Javaka Steptoe. Photos courtesy of Javaka Steptoe.Artist and storyteller Javaka Steptoe. Photos courtesy of Javaka Steptoe.
    • Street games in the Garden. Photo by Michael Ratliff.Street games in the Garden. Photo by Michael Ratliff.
    • Visitors at Illuminated. Photo by Michael Ratliff.Visitors at Illuminated. Photo by Michael Ratliff.
    • Pretend Petting Zoo. Photos by Jean-Marc Grambert (left) and Jason Gardner (right).Pretend Petting Zoo. Photos by Jean-Marc Grambert (left) and Jason Gardner (right).
    • The Chimp's Jamboree.The Chimp's Jamboree.
    • Pearls of Wisdom - Photo by Chester Higgins.Pearls of Wisdom - Photo by Chester Higgins.
    • A tour of BBG for 9- to 14-year-olds. Photo by Michael Ratliff.A tour of BBG for 9- to 14-year-olds. Photo by Michael Ratliff.
    • Visitors at Illuminated. Photo by Michael Ratliff.Visitors at Illuminated. Photo by Michael Ratliff.
    • Visitors at Illuminated. Photo by Michael Ratliff.Visitors at Illuminated. Photo by Michael Ratliff.

    Saturday, January 25

    Baby, It’s Cold Outside

    A Winter Lodge for Families

    Sunday, January 26

    Old-School NYC

    A Day for Grandparents and Grandkids

    Saturday, February 1

    Do It Yourself

    A Glow-in-the-Dark Clubhouse
    for 9- to 14-Year-Olds

    Sunday, February 2

    Old-Time Brooklyn

    A Clubhouse for Folks 55 and Upward

    Get yourself aglowing with four unique days of delightful midwinter pop-ups.

    Free with Garden admission.

    Note: To enter the Garden after 4:30 p.m., please go to 990 Washington Avenue, Visitor Center entrance.


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    Baby, It’s Cold Outside

    A Winter Lodge for Families

    Enjoy wondrous activities throughout the day, including found-object collage-making with Javaka Steptoe, a treasure hunt for fruit trees, and a pretend petting zoo for toddlers. Fashion your own mask and get gussied up for BBG’s first annual Junior Masked Ball and Kid Cotillion, featuring Jon Singer’s Pink Gorilla Consort. Groove to BBG’s pirate radio station, Northern Lights Radio, spinning some of your favorite tunes.

    11:00–11:30

    Urban Adventures: Storytelling with Javaka Steptoe
    Cozy up on the rug and join Brooklyn’s own rousing raconteur.

    11:00–3:00

    Pretend Petting Zoo for Toddlers
    Come play with our imaginary menagerie.

    11:00–4:30

    Lite-Brite Lounge
    Let your creativity shine with old-school Lite-Brites and other classic games.
    (Ages 3 and up)

    Noon–12:30

    Urban Adventures: Storytelling with Javaka Steptoe
    Cozy up on the rug and join Brooklyn’s own rousing raconteur.

    12:45–1:45

    Treasure Hunt for Fruit Trees
    Bundle up and join this expedition to the farthest reaches of BBG.

    1:00–3:00

    Scrap Sculpture with Artist Javaka Steptoe
    Grab some bottle caps, tinfoil, and pocket lint to contribute to this giant found-object collage.

    2:00–3:00

    Mask-Making Madness
    Fashion your very own colorful creation and get gussied up for the ball.

    3:15–4:30

    BBG’s First Annual Junior Masked Ball and Kid Cotillion
    Lads and lasses of the kingdom are cordially invited to the Grand Ballroom for an elegant afternoon of dancing and delights, with serenades by Jon Singer’s Pink Gorilla Consort. Bow ties and ball gowns optional.

    Old-School NYC

    A Day for Grandparents and Grandkids

    Grandparents and grandkids share a special afternoon celebrating old-school New York. Join a classic street game of box ball and bottle cap skelly and cozy up for story time in the Mitten Lodge. Groove to BBG’s pirate radio station, Northern Lights Radio, spinning some of your favorite tunes. Brooklyn’s own Mark Russ Federman chats about his book, Russ & Daughters: Reflections and Recipes from the House That Herring Built. Grab some popcorn and enjoy glorious black-and-white flicks starring New York City.

    Noon–1:00

    Winter Bird Stroll
    Spot winter birds around BBG with naturalist Brad Klein.

    Noon–3:00

    Pretend Petting Zoo for Toddlers
    Come play with our imaginary menagerie.

    Noon–6:30

    Lite-Brite Lounge
    Let your creativity shine with old-school Lite-Brites and other classic games.
    (Ages 3 and up).

    2:00–3:30

    Jump Rope, Box Ball, and Bottle Cap Skelly: Street Games in the Garden
    Join veteran street games player Mick Greene outside for some classic New York fun.

    3:45–4:30

    The House That Herring Built: Musings from Russ & Daughters’ Very Own Mark Russ Federman
    Learn how a family helped bring Jewish specialties from Delancey Street to Main Street.

    4:30–5:00

    Book Signing with Mark Russ Federman
    Meet and greet the author of Russ & Daughters: Reflections and Recipes from the House That Herring Built.

    5:00–6:30

    Old-School Flicks
    Get your popcorn for a nickel and see New York in glorious black and white. Featuring rare footage of monkey madness at Coney Island.
    Chimp’s Jamboree (1945), 9 min.
    Rootie Kazootie (1953), 15 min.
    Living in a Metropolis (1952), 20 min.
    And much more….

    Do It Yourself

    A Glow-in-the-Dark Clubhouse for 9- to 14-Year-Olds

    Bring your friends (and banish your parents) for a day of glowing fun. Create your own luminescent bow tie and learn how to tie it. Ingrid Alvarez teaches neon nerd dance moves to prepare for our Glow-in-the-Dark Discotheque, featuring tunes on Northern Lights Radio. Don’t miss Eric Girardi’s Glow Show, featuring juggling, yo-yo antics, and magical mayhem.

    Noon–1:00

    Scratch-and-Sniff Stroll
    Follow your nose on this smelly expedition all around BBG.

    12:30–1:30

    Readings and Book Signings with Local Authors
    Presented with our friends at Community Bookstore
    Amy Herrick
    The Time Fetch
    Jane Kelley
    Nature Girl
    The Girl Behind the Glass
    The Desperate Adventures of Zeno & Alya

    1:45–2:45

    Glow-in-the-Dark Bow Ties
    Create your own luminescent retro formal wear. Free bow tie included.

    3:15–3:45

    How to Tie a Bow Tie
    Geek chic-sters…don’t miss this step- by-step seminar.

    4:00–5:00

    Neon Nerd Dance Moves
    Hip-hop instructor Ingrid Alvarez shows how to do the robot, the freeze, and the ripple. Free nerd glasses provided.

    5:15–6:00

    Glow Show Spectacular
    Eric Girardi lights up the night with juggling, yo-yo antics, and magical mayhem.

    6:00–7:00

    Glow-in-the-Dark Discotheque
    Neon nerd…it’s time to shine.

    Old-Time Brooklyn

    A Clubhouse for Folks 55 and Upward

    Chair yoga expert Sarah Meredith kicks off the day with a class designed for arthritis relief. Be enchanted by storytellers from Pearls of Wisdom and enjoy BBG’s grounds with a bird stroll and tour. Join us for a special screening of the classic 1953 film Little Fugitive, following by a discussion with Mary Engel (daughter of the filmmakers). Cap off the day at our Egg Cream After Party.

    11:00–Noon

    Yoga for Arthritis Relief
    Stretch, strengthen, and relax with chair yoga expert Sarah Meredith.
    Note: Be sure to wear comfortable, loose clothes. Space is limited, so sign up in the Visitor Center from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; first come, first served.

    Noon–1:00

    Pearls of Wisdom: Presented by Elders Share the Arts
    Three storytellers share their true tales of growing up in Brooklyn.

    Noon–1:00

    Winter Bird Stroll
    Spot winter birds around BBG with naturalist Brad Klein.

    1:00–2:00

    Chase Away the Winter Blues Outdoor Tour
    Join licensed psychotherapist Lynne Spevack for this narrated walk designed to relieve the winter doldrums.

    1:15–2:45

    Film Screening: Little Fugitive
    Directed by Morris Engel, Ruth Orkin, and Ray Ashley (1953), black and white, 80 minutes.
    Our New Wave would never have come into being if it hadn’t been for the young American Morris Engel, who showed us the way to independent production with [this] fine movie. —François Truffaut
    This groundbreaking, award-winning film is a naturalistic journey through the eyes of a young boy in the thrilling setting of 1950s Coney Island.

    2:45–3:15

    Discussion with Mary Engel
    The daughter of filmmakers Morris Engel and Ruth Orkin shares the story behind the making of Little Fugitive.

    3:30–5:00

    Egg Cream After Party
    This festive happy-hour mixer features live music, artwork by Elders Share the Arts and egg creams by Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain.



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