Me, an Intellectual: First Saturdays at The Brooklyn Museum

Photo credits @camera-scope

Well known to those native to Brooklyn and likely the other boroughs as well, Target First Saturdays is the ultimate cultural freebie.  On the first Saturday night of every month (except September), the Brooklyn Museum not only opens it’s doors to patrons free of charge, but also offers an eclectic mix of arts and entertainment as well.  (The cash bar doesn’t hurt either.)

On any given month, you’re bound to see musical performances, workshops, intimate talks from prominent figures and more, all strategically spread out among the floors of featured artwork.  You can plan your evening ahead of time by checking out the schedule on the museum’s official website.  It’s jam packed for with activities so do plan ahead if you want to see a certain something; some events have limited seating and require you to pick up free tickets at admissions.

On that cold behind Saturday, bae and I schlepped to the museum just as an impromptu thing to do for date night. The last first Saturday I attended was in the summertime so when we arrived around 6PM, I was kind of shocked to see the building just as lively as if it were 75 degrees and sunny outside.

After vibing to the sounds of Sinkane playing right by the entrance in the Rubin pavilion, we of course made our way to the bar where we opted for the (rather strong) rum punch that was being sold for $10 each.  Allegedly, the beer and wine were at “happy hour” prices but I can’t confirm cause, well, I wasn’t checking for that lol.

After reviewing the schedule, we decided we would explore a bit before making our way to the Beaux-Arts Court where the Brooklyn Dance Festival was showing featured performances.

Although we had plans to wait in line for free tickets to the comedy show featuring Sasheer Zamata (!!) and others, we ended up watching back to back dance performances, grabbing a second round of drinks, and dancing the night away during the movement workshop turned dance party.

Being fully immersed in such diverse expressions of art for a few hours on a Saturday evening left me feeling impressed, energized and inspired.

It being just days after the bomb cyclone, I kept in comfy and warm wearing:

Hat: Brooklyn Nets (via the shops at Barclay’s Center)
Shirt: Stella Tweed (via Burlington)
Black leggings and obligatory snow boots that have seen better days (old)

Seeing as next month is Black History Month, I’ll definitely be returning to see what they have in store.  In the meantime, where should I go next??


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