Mar 14, 2019 • 12:00 PM

Hosted by Franchesca Ramsey (Comedy Central, MTV, Last Name Basis Podcast), and Featuring Fashion Partner & Style Legend Nanette Lepore

Guests Include Fran Lebowitz, Catherine Curtain, Wyatt Cenac

The 41st annual BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival will kick-off with a newly relaunched Opening Night REVEL, an immersive artist driven experience from day to dusk to dark, which supports the festival’s summer of free performances at the Prospect Park Bandshell.

GRAMMY Award-winning entertainer Patti LaBelle headlines the concert. The REVEL proudly honors Hilary Ackermann, and will be hosted by actress, comedian, and author Franchesca Ramsey (Comedy Central, MTV), who is known for her acclaimed podcast Last Name Basis, part of the BRIC RADIO network. In 2018, Franchesca published her first book, Well, That Escalated Quickly: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist. Fashion designer Nanette Lepore, who recently moved her company to the Brooklyn Navy Yard, will be lending her creative vision to the evening as the official fashion partner.

Over 13 years with BRIC, Hilary Ackermann has had a profound impact on the organization. During her tenure, Ackermann worked with the Board and senior leadership to significantly expand BRIC’s programming, education initiatives, and community engagement work, to realize the full potential of BRIC’s multi-disciplinary arts and media center, BRIC House. New programs launched under Ackermann’s leadership include the BRIC JazzFest, Brooklyn's ultimate jazz festival; the BRIC Biennial, a major exhibition highlighting Brooklyn’s significance as a home for visual artists; and BRIC TV, an Emmy Award-winning cable TV and digital network. Most recently as Board Chair, Ackermann guided the national search for BRIC’s President Kristina Newman-Scott, the first immigrant and woman of color to serve in this role. The former Chief Risk Officer for Goldman Sachs Bank USA, Ackerman also serves on several corporate boards, including Credit Suisse Holdings USA, Inc. and The Hartford Funds.

The REVEL will offer guests an immersive one-of-a-kind experience, from day to dusk to dark. Highlights will include a creative cocktail hour, a wonderful shared meal for 400+ of Brooklyn’s tastemakers and decision-makers in a joyful outdoor setting in Prospect Park, reserved seats up front for the performance, followed by drinks and dancing at our After Party with DJ Natasha Diggs.

DATE              Tuesday, June 4, 2019                                                                                                     

TIME              5:15pm Revel: Press Check-In

 5:30pm Revel: Cocktails followed by dinner

                        7:00pm Revel: Presentations/Dinner

                        8:15pm Opening Night Free Concert with Patti LaBelle

                        9:30pm After-party with DJ Natasha Diggs

LOCATION   Prospect Park Bandshell, 9th Street & Prospect Park West, Brooklyn

HONOREES  Hilary Ackermann, Outgoing BRIC Board Chair

GUESTS        Fran Lebowitz, author

    Nanette Lepore, fashion designer

    Catherine Curtain, actor (Orange is the New Black)

    Wyatt Cenac, comedian

    Nellie McKay, musician

    Franchesca Ramsey, actress/author/podcaster (MTV, Comedy Central)

    Dominique Jackson, actor (Pose)

    TK Wonder, musician

    Tali Lennox, model/actress

    Gabriel Florenz, Pioneer Works’ Founding Artistic Director

    Mona Chalabi, artist/activist/actor

    Shaina Feinberg, filmmaker

    Merrie Cherry, Brooklyn-based drag performer

    Nelson Bakerman, artist/photographer

    Kristina Newman-Scott, BRIC President

    Hilary Ackermann, Honoree and Outgoing BRIC Board Chair

    Jack Walsh, Executive Producer, BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival

    Rachel Chanoff, Artistic Director, BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival

    Lynn Nottage, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and screenwriter and BRIC Board member

    Carla Shen, art collector, Brooklyn Museum Board member

    Tony Gerber, filmmaker

    Sue Donoghue, President, Prospect Park Alliance

    NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray

    Vicki Been, NYC Deputy Mayor 

    Mitch Silver, Commissioner, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation

    Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President

    Brad Lander, NYC Council member

    Walter T. Mosley, Assemblyman

    Michelle Coffey, Executive Director, Lambent Foundation

    Jeanine Liburd, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, BET Networks

    Tim McClimon, President, American Express Foundation

    Stephen Plumlee, Global COO, R/GA Media Group and BRIC Board member

    Tim Sanford, Artistic Director, Playwrights Horizons

     Karina Sosa, PR, Goya Foods

     Doug Steiner, Steiner Studios and BRIC Board member

     Megan White, Deputy Director of Programs, NYSCA

     Eric Varvel, Chief Executive Officer at Credit Suisse

     Aminatou Sow, podcaster and digital strategist

     Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy trend expert

     Kimberly Drew, art curator and digital influencer

WEBSITE       https://www.bricartsmedia.org/events-performances/bric-celebrate-Brookly...

CONTACT     Ron Gaskill, Blake Zidell & Associates

                        ron@blakezidell.com or 718-643-9052