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The Early Word: Exploring Brooklyn's Abolitionist History

Ongoing production at Irondale Center tries to "color between the lines."

1. , a play blending real and fictional characters in the decade before the Civil War, explores the tension between Brooklyn’s phenomenal growth during the nineteenth century based on its intricate ties to slavery, and the moral imperative towards anti-slavery activism by a small group of residents. , 85 S. Oxford St. Tue.-Sat. until May 26, 8 p.m. $10.

2. A dedicated to helping residents with credit, finding out what banks are looking for and available grants and loans. , 226 Lefferts Place. 6:30 p.m. $50. 

3. The Global Lens 2012 Film Festival begins with  chronicling the struggles of a determined filmmaker who enlists the support of a loan shark to finance his drama about the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide. Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza. 6:30 p.m. Free. 

4. hosted by the fabulous Shelly Watson with $2 PBRs served all day. , 80 Lafayette Ave. 9 p.m. Free. 

5. Alternate side parking rules are in effect. 

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