BAM, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, is a multi-arts center located in the center of Brooklyn’s business district that has brought world-renowned theater, dance, music, opera, and film to Brooklyn audiences for more than 150 years.

The historic theatre is absolutely magnificent, and the performances are modern, experimental, and eclectic. The theatre is large but the performing space is intimate so every seat offers a great view. Plus, the theatre has great acoustics, friendly and knowledgeable ushers and staff, a movie theater and a restaurant, making BAM the go-to place the performing arts.

Whether you attend a performance of the family-favorite The Nutcracker Ballet, alternative music presentations by Pina Buach or Laurie Anderson, opera classics like Macbeth or Carmen, literary talks with comedian John Cleese, or writer-director-actress of HBO’s Girls Lena Dunham, or the 24-hour Movie Marathon featuring movie classics like Clueless and Raiders of the Lost Ark, BAM has something for every age and interest.

Visitors planning a trip to Brooklyn should log onto BAM’s website to learn about the latest workshops, screenings, performances, and concerts scheduled during their visit. Discounts are available for seniors and students. BAM is easily accessible by subway or car, with public parking just one block away, and private parking across the street. Public parking costs $25, a reasonable price for theatre parking.

BAM programming includes:

BAMcinématek – Classic films, premieres, festivals, and retrospectives, with appearances by filmmakers, actors, and critics.

,strong>DanceMotion USA – A showcase of contemporary American dance abroad.

R&B Festival – A free lunchtime concert series featuring R&B and world music legends.

Senior Cinema – Includes free admission to senior citizens with complimentary popcorn and soda.

Next Wave Festival – Contemporary performances, artist talks, storytelling, visual art, and film.

BAMcafé Live – A diverse mix of performances featuring new and established artists.

BAMcinemaFest – New works from cinema, filmmaker Q&As, special screenings, and live music.