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At the Brooklyn Museum’s “Target First Saturdays,” thousands of visitors enjoy free programs of art and entertainment each month from 5-11 p.m. The July 5 program is “Viva Africa!”

Enjoy music from 6-8 p.m. in the outdoor Steinberg Family Sculpture Garden. Somi infuses her East African heritage into her classically lush jazz vocals (the rain location is indoors in the Hall of the Americas).

At 6 p.m., enjoy a film and discussion in the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art on the fourth floor. See Moolaadé (Ousmane Sembene, 2005, 124 min., NR), a sensitively told story about a Senegalese heroine who challenges female circumcision in her village. A discussion with Dr. Natasha Gordon-Chipembere follows.

Free tickets (30) are available at the Visitor Center at 5 p.m.

From 6:30-8 p.m. there is dance in the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium on the third floor. Maimouna Keita Dance Company presents explosive renderings of traditional Senegalese dance and folklore.

Free tickets (340) are available at the Visitor Center at 5 p.m.

From 6:30-8:30 p.m. offers Hands-On Art in the museum’s Education Division. Create a collage of an African animal.

Free timed tickets (380) are available at the Visitor Center at 5:30 p.m.

At 7 p.m. enjoy a curator talk in the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. Ladan Akbarnia, Curator of Islamic Art, gives a Sign Language–interpreted talk in the exhibition “Ghada Amer: Love Has No End.”

Free tickets (30) are available at the Visitor Center at 5 p.m.

There is another Gallery Talk at 8 p.m. which meets in Click! on the second floor. Organizer Shelley Bernstein will speak on “Click! A Crowd-Curated Exhibition.”

Free tickets are available at the Visitor Center at 7 p.m.

At 8:30 p.m., enjoy another film in the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium. See “Waiting for Happiness” (Abderrahmane Sissako, 2002, 95 min., NR), a tender and poetic reflection on belonging and displacement in Mauritania.

Free tickets (340) are available at the Visitor Center at 7 p.m.

From 9-11 p.m., enjoy the Dance Party in the Museum Parking Lot, behind the museum. Botswana’s DJ Stone spins funky Pan African dance music including soukous, quaito, highlife, and more (The rain location is inside in the Hall of the Americas).

All evening long, the Museum Café serves a wide selection of sandwiches, salads, and beverages, and a cash bar offers wine and beer. Parking is a flat rate of $4 starting at 5 p.m. All other Saturdays, the Museum closes at 6 p.m.

Note that due to limited capacities, some “Target First Saturday” programs require tickets. Ticket lines often form 30 minutes before ticket distribution at the Visitor Center located in the Rubin Lobby.

For more on any of these programs, visit www.brooklynmuseum.org or call 718-638-5000.

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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