The Brooklyn Academy of Music has been a key player on the Brooklyn culture scene for over 150 years. Housed in its current Baux Arts building since 1908, BAM hosts musical acts, dance shows, opera, film screenings, lectures, parties, and just about everything else one could associate with the arts.

BAM stands out from its Manhattan peers like the Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall through the sheer variety of its productions, juxtaposing avant garde dancing at the Next Wave Festival with Broadway-caliber plays like their Spring 2015 production of the Iceman Cometh with Tony Award-winning actors Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy. Films on view include the most-talked about entries from Sundance and Cannes, brilliant black-and-white revivals, and acclaimed works difficult for the average Joe to find like Oscar-nominated short films. BAM’s entertainment pool goes on with comedy, fine art, and literature.

BAM is also deeply entrenched in the Brooklyn community, offering master classes led by established industry figures and hosting a professional development program that helps artists earn their chops while helping them continue to create with discounted theater and rehearsal studio space. Travelers can also drop off the kids at one of their summer acting programs, or stop by for any of its productions, galas or lectures.

For more information on all the comings and goings at BAM, check out its website and calendar.