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Anyone whose New Year’s resolution is to inject a little more culture and excitement into his or her life - without spending a fortune - might want to check out the Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturday series.

On the first Saturday of each month, the Brooklyn Museum opens for a free evening of art, music, dancing and film. Although the lineup changes each month, the program always runs from 5 pm to 11 pm, allowing guests plenty of time to attend that night’s special events, as well as to study its permanent collections and tour the museum’s latest exhibitions, such as "Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer’s Life, 1990-2005" which includes snapshots of her family alongside portraits of celebrities, such as Jamie Foxx (pictured).

The first program of 2007 is scheduled for Jan. 6 and features a performance by French guitarist Stephane Wrembel and screenings of the contemporary classics, "The Muppets Take Manhattan" and "Moulin Rouge!" as well as the 1944 crime thriller, "Laura." Brooklyn College film historian Foster Hirsch is expected to introduce the film-noir masterpiece and lead a question-and-answer discussion afterwards.

Guests can also view iconic New York images from the museum’s permanent collection alongside curator Terry Carbone and discuss the institution’s current exhibition, "Tigers of Wrath: Watercolors of Walton Ford" with art scholar Elizabeth Watson.

After an evening of intellectual stimulation, visitors are invited to get their waltz on with the Vienna Festival Orchestra at the museum’s Winter Ball.

Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturdays takes place at 200 Eastern Parkway at Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights from 5 pm to 11 pm. Admission is free (although some programs require tickets) and parking is $4. For more information, call (718) 638-5000 or visit the museum’s Web site at www.brooklynmuseum.org.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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