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events—Brooklyn, NY

Thursday, 2.22.07 at 8 p.m.
Three Writers. Three Interesting Stories.

The Old Stone House
Fifth Avenue between 3rd and 4th Streets
Park Slope Brooklyn

CARLA THOMPSON, an award-winning freelance writer and filmmaker, invites readers to travel the clay and paved roads of Montgomery, Alabama in her first book, a memoir, Bearing Witness: Not So Crazy in Alabama.
In Bearing Witness: Not So Crazy in Alabama, the Harlem native meets an itty bitty beauty queen, a redemptive ex-con, and a wheelchair-bound quiz kid among others and discovers that the American South is a complex intersection of race and class filled with people who go about the business of living the best way they can.

BRANKA RUZAK was born and raised in the steel and rubber belt of northeastern Ohio, the youngest daughter of Croatian and Slovenian immigrants. Her passion for words and music was sparked as a child, where she spent many hours listening to her father's stories and playing Croatian folk music in his tamburitza orchestra. Her current studies in Hindusthani classical music, as well as her enthusiasm for Indian novels, textiles and a good cup of chai have taken Branka further afield to India. Always an avid traveler, her essays and poems are journeys to different times and different places. Her essays "Hungry Heart" and "Mothballs: A Chemical Memory" is from a growing collection of writings about family, culture and travel.

MRS. CLEAVAGE, author of the blog MRS CLEAVAGE'S DIARIES, is a single mother who lives in a cluttered apartment in East New York. She is saucy, opinionated, creative, and a smarty-pants - not necessarily in that order. Her blog is her story, live and unedited from Brooklyn.


events—the week of 2.19

Literary Tuesday's at

February 20-June Stein is a director and actress, best-known for playing the offbeat heroines in plays by Pulitzer writers Patrick Shanley and Beth Henley. She has appeared in films directed by John Turturro, Tim Robbins and Sidney Lumet, and most recently directed the U.S. premiere of Cherish by Ken Duncum. Her poem Noon Dark appeared in the fall issue of The Bellevue Literary Review. She holds in M.F.A. in Creative Writing, and is on the faculty of Columbia University’s Graduate School of the Arts, Film Division.
The Perch Cafe

F/R Train to 4th Avenue/9th Street (btwn 5th and 6th St.)

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Special holiday hours:
Museum open every weekday from
Monday through Friday, February 19 through 23

Families are invited to “Catch the Motion” at the Museum of the Moving Image during Presidents’ Week with weekday matinee screenings of the Academy Award-nominated film Happy Feet and workshops that focus on the motion-capture technique used to make penguins dance in the film. As a special bonus, the screenings of Happy Feet will be accompanied by special, sneak-preview clips from the upcoming animated film TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). The program will be offered every day from Monday, February 19 through Friday, February 23, 2007: workshop at 1:00 p.m. and film screening at 1:30 p.m. Both are included with Museum admission. 

Monday, February 19

– Friday, February 23
, 1:00 p.m.

Catch the Motion” Workshop

Children learn the basic principles behind how moving images move with a special emphasis on how motion-capture techniques were used to make penguins dance in Happy Feet. The workshop includes a screening of behind-the-scenes footage showing how Savion Glover’s dance moves were “mapped” onto animated penguins. Children will make their own Thaumatrope—a 19th century optical toy—to take home and will have an introduction to the Museum’s Digital Animation Stands to make their own cartoons and the new, upgraded Video Flipbook, now featuring images in color. Recommended for ages six and up.
No pre-registration required.

1:30 p.m.
2006, 87 mins., 35mm., Warner Bros. Pictures. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Directed by George Miller. With the voices of Meryl Streep, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Elijah Wood. With choreography by Savion Glover and songs by Prince, this animated musical about a lonely penguin with an unappreciated talent for tap-dancing combines dazzling photorealist landscapes, large-scale production numbers, and inventive direction by George Miller, whose eclectic filmography includes Mad Max, Babe: Pig in the City, and Lorenzo’s Oil.

As always, the Museum’s core exhibition, Behind the Screen, is on view, with a dynamic blend of interactive exhibits, historic artifacts, film clips, and artworks that show the process of film and television production. The latest addition to Behind the Screen is Star Trek: 40 Years of Fandom, a new exhibition exploring the cultural phenomenon that has spawned six television series, ten motion pictures, and the undying love of a legion of devoted fans. Also, in the first-floor gallery, the popular exhibition Digital Play includes video arcade games from the 1980s presented alongside contemporary home-based games--all playable.

Admission is $10 for the general public; $7.50 for senior citizens and students with ID; $5 for children 5-18; and free for Museum members. Film screenings are included in paid Museum admission. 


Hours: Wednesdays & Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Fridays, 12:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays, 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
(Tuesday, school groups only by appointment.)

Film Screenings: See above for schedule.

Museum Admission: $10.00 for adults;
$7.50 for persons over 65 and for students with ID;
$5.00 for children ages 5-18. Children under 5 and Museum members are admitted free. Admission to the galleries is free on Fridays, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Paid admission includes film screenings (except for special ticketed events)

Location: 35 Avenue at 36 Street in Astoria.

Subway: R or V trains (R or G on weekends) to Steinway Street.
N or W trains to 36 Avenue.

Program Information:
Telephone: (718) 784-0077;

The Museum of the Moving Image is grateful for the generous support of numerous corporations, foundations, and individuals. The Museum receives vital funding from the City of New York through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Additional government support is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Natural Heritage Trust (administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historical Preservation), and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Museum occupies a building owned by the City of New York, and wishes to acknowledge the leadership and assistance of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Kate D. Levin, Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall, Speaker of the New York City Council Christine C. Quinn, and City Council Member Eric N. Gioia.