By Sarah Prawl
Stepping outside the box and creating unforgettable experiences was a consistent theme throughout May. Brooklyn Academy of Music and the World Science Festival wowed their guests with unique performances, experiential décor and delicious food, all while supporting a great cause.
BAM took us back to the 80’s for their 2019 Gala at the Brooklyn Expo Center. Neon strobe lights, disco balls and electronic music set the tone for an unforgettable experience. Oscar-nominated actor Ethan Hawke and best-selling author Walter Mosley were honored for their work in the arts and contributions towards BAM’s programming. The gala raised $1.8 million towards BAM’s education and artistic programs.
The gala’s 500 guests enjoyed a delicious dinner, while simultaneously enjoying a galactic strobe light show and up-beat electronic music. The meal featured Roast Filet of Beef with Kohlrabi Boulangere, Chanterelles and Red-Wine Shallot Puree; Crispy Cauliflower Wedges with a Warm Fingerling Potato Salad, Baby Kale and Afila Cress; and a Blackout Cake Redux with Chocolate Crémeux and Malted Milk Chocolate Custard for dessert. During dessert, guests enjoyed an artistic performance by the Feather Theory dancers and live music by Neneh Cherry.
The World Science Festival Gala was an out-of-this-world experience celebrating the 100th anniversary of astronomic observations that confirmed Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity. To celebrate this pivotal milestone, guests gathered in the Rose Theater for Light Falls: Space, Time, and an Obsession of Einstein, which featured an original orchestral score and performance capturing the journey.
After the performance, the gala’s 250 guests enjoyed a “stellar” dinner featuring a Goat Cheese and Asparagus Tart with Pea Tendrils, Sugar Snaps and Truffle Vinaigrette; Beef Short Rib with Spring Vegetables; and a custom hand-crafted “Newton’s Apple” with Green Apple Mousse, Cinnamon Crumble and Vanilla Bourbon Jelly for dessert.