D- Nice’s star-studded guest lineup, Mr. Eazi Afropop sounds and Trombone Shorty’s New Orleans Funk close out another memorable year of BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival at the Lena Horne Bandshell and ushers in #BRICJazzFest
Almost two years after the last BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! concert, the series launched again on Saturday night at the newly renamed Lena Horne Bandshell in Prospect Park. As if renaming the bandshell in honor of the great singer-actress-activist Lena Horne weren’t special enough, headliner Ari Lennox surprised fans with superstar rapper J. Cole, performing his verse on her hit “Shea Butter Baby” — which sent the capacity crowd into a frenzy.
“Zhang is interested in the place of politics in individuals’ lives – the uneventful, domestic and secular sides of politics,” writes independent curator Zoe Meng Jiang, “...the essay films of Zhang show how the personal lives of his generation are hypermediated by politics. It is a generation growing up in between the two cold wars, and left in the discrepancies between socialism and capitalism, and between nationalism and globalization. Filmmaking is a way to retrieve personal memories from grand narratives (The First Line of China); or to create communal memories when the condition for collective actions is forfeited (Wander).