Weekly Events Calendar, December 16-22

Manny Jalonschi Dec 16, 2011

Looking for something to do this week? Check out these great progressive, lefty and radical events from around the city.

6:30pm • Free
DISCUSSION: 1968: LESSONS FROM OUR PAST, 2011: THE FIGHT FOR OUR FUTURE. What can previous struggles teach activists as they engage in a new era of justice struggles? Activist, filmmaker, and author of The Rise and Fall of SDS, Geoff Bailey will kick off a discussion on the connections between the political uprisings of 1968 and 2011.
LGBT Center, 208 W. 13th St.
646-452-8662 •

7pm • Free
DISCUSSION: STORIES FROM OCCUPIED AMERICA. Meet Arun Gupta and Michelle Fawcett who have traveled the US during the last two months, recording almost 30 different occupation movements. Shorts from their video documentation will be screened.
Alwan for the Arts, 16 Beaver St., 4th Fl
646-732-3261 •

12pm • Free
RALLY: OCCUPATION 2.0. The Occupy movement marks its three month anniversary in New York City with this general assembly and rally in support of economic and social justice issues.
Duarte Square, Sixth Ave. & Canal St.

6pm • $5
PANEL DISCUSSION: NEW YORK RESISTS WITH HONDURAS. Three activists from both the United States and Honduras reflect on the current crisis in the Aguan Valley and the importance of community radio for the Honduras Resistance Movement. Typical Honduran food will be served.
International Action Center, 55 W. 17th St.
212-633-6646 •

1-9pm • Free
FESTIVAL: OWS HOLIDAY BAZAAR AND SKILL EXCHANGE. In the spirit of alternative currency experiments and the holidays, Occupy invites you to bring items or skills to exchange with other participants and vendors in a free exchange market where money is not required. A variety of workshops throughout the day will explore guerrilla gardening, climate science, alternative economies, composting, police encounters and candle-making.
CityLife Wellness, 75 Frost St., Bklyn   

7pm • $10/$5 for artists
LGBT ART FESTIVAL: FRESH FRUIT FESTIVAL OPENING. Celebrate the festival’s tenth year with LGBT artists from all genres including music, poetry, performance and visual.
Nuyorican Poets Cafe, 236 E. Third St.
212-780-9386 •

5:30pm • Free
PANEL DISCUSSION: PERSPECTIVES ON THE STUDENT STRUGGLE IN PUERTO RICO. Join Lirca Feliciano and Sofia Felicano, resistance leaders from the Union of Socialist Youth, for a discussion of student and education struggles in Puerto Rico.
CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave., Rm. 5414
212-601-4901 •

7:30pm • $6/$10/$15
PANEL DISCUSSION: UNSPINNING OCCUPY WALL STREET. Corporate media portrayals of the Occupy movement have often missed or misconstrued much of it’s anti-corporate message. Disentangle fact from mainstream fantasy in this discussion with journalists who have reported on the movement from the very beginning, including Danny Schechter, Sarah Leonard and regular Indypendent contributor Ari Paul.
Brecht Forum, 451 West St.
212-242-4201 •

5-6:30pm • Free
PARK EVENT: SOLSTICE STARGAZING. Join the Amateur Astronomers Association on the first day of winter to discover some of the most luminescent evening stars. Telescopes provided.
Belvedere Castle Terrace, Central Park at 79th St.
212-772-0210 •

8pm-1am • $10
PARTY: HANUKA ROCK. Celebrate the victory of the oppressed over the oppressor dancing to radical, political, Jewish power-music. Featuring musical acts The Shondes, Yiddish Princess and Schmekel.
Southpaw, 125 Fifth Ave., Bklyn •

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