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July-August 2013 Community Calendar

Indypendent Staff Jul 17, 2013

EVERY SUNDAY
Evening • Free
MUSIC: HAITIAN RARA PROCESSION. Watch the only sustained Rara band in America, DJA-RARA, perform Haitian protest music in Brooklyn any Sunday this summer. Rara, “part-carnival, part-social protest, part-vodou ceremony, [is] one of the most breathtaking and contested music forms in the Americas,” writes the Honk! Festival for Activist Street Bands blog. Rara is done on the move, so join in the procession as night falls and enjoy a musical jaunt through the park.
Prospect Park
honkfest.org/bands/dja-rara

SAT JULY 20 
10am–6pm • Free
FESTIVAL: HARLEM BOOK FAIR. Celebrate the 15th year of the Harlem Book Fair, the nation’s largest African American book festival, by attending readings, discussions, musical performances, workshops, and more.
W 135th St and Malcolm X Blvd
914-231-6778 • harlembookfair.com

SAT JULY 20
12–5pm • Free
EVENT: NEW MUSEUM BLOCK PARTY. Come enjoy art, performances and free gallery tours with the New Museum. All attendees receive complimentary admission to the New Museum on the day of the party.
Sara D. Roosevelt Park
Btw Canal and E Houston St at Chrystie St
212-343-0460 • newmuseum.org

SAT JULY 20
1pm • $20
WALKING TOUR: ACTIVIST EAST HARLEM.
Learn about activism through the years in East Harlem on this guided walking tour. The tour will feature the Young Women’s Leadership School and the First Spanish Methodist Church, amongst other politically relevant sites.
Museum of the City of New York
1220 5th Ave
917-492-3395 • mcny.org

SUN JULY 21
11am–12pm • Free
WORKSHOP: GOTHAM WRITERS’ WORKSHOP ON ARTICLE WRITING. Learn a thing or two about article writing from Jennifer Armstrong, founder and editor of the website Sexy Feminist and former magazine writer. The workshop will be held at the Housing Works Bookshop Cafe, run by an organization by the same name that serves the HIV/AIDs and homeless community.
126 Crosby St
347-473-7400 • housingworks.org

SUN JULY 21 & 28
2–4pm • Free
COMEDY: LAUGHTER IN THE PARK. Enjoy summer with some laughs and sunshine at New York City’s only free outdoor comedy series the last two Sundays of July. The event is run by NYLaughs, an arts non-profit working to make comedy accessible to all NYC residents, not just those able to shell out for club tickets.
July 21 Washington Sq Park
July 28 Central Park, Mineral Spring Pavilion at 69th St
laughterinthepark.org

TUE JULY 23
4–7pm • Free
RALLY: ABORTION ON DEMAND AND WITHOUT APOLOGY. Join reproductive rights activists in Union Square to kick off the abortion freedom rider campaign. Abortion activists will travel across the country to protest assaults of women’s rights. Help give them a joyous send-off with live music and a speak out.
Union Sq
stoppatriarchy.org

TUE JULY 23
6pm • Free
EVENT: ACTIVIST SELF CARE. Learn how to manage and prevent activist burnout with others from the NYC activist community. This talk is presented by the National Organization for Women.
NOW-NYC Office
150 W 28th St
212-627-9895 • nownyc.org

WED JULY 24
7pm • $35, Premium tickets $100
READING: HIDDEN LIVES, HUMAN POSSIBILITIES AUTHOR SERIES. Haitian writer Edwidge Danticat will speak at Revolution Books as a part of their author series to save the store. Danticat is the author of The Dew Breaker, The Immigrant Artist at Work, and The Farming of Bones. She will lead a discussion and read from her new novel Claire of Sea Light.
146 W 26th Street
212-691-3345 • revolutionbooksnyc.org

WED JULY 24
7:30pm • Sliding scale $6/ $10/ $15
BOOK PARTY: THE POORER NATIONS: A POSSIBLE HISTORY OF THE GLOBAL SOUTH. In his landmark work The Darker Nations, Vijay Prashad tells the story of the rise and fall of the Non-Aligned Movement that seem poised during the 1970s to transform global politics. In his new work, The Poorer Nations, Prishad examines the impact of neoliberalism across the Global South and the resistance movements it has sparked.
451 West Street
212-242-4201 • brechtforum.org

FRI JULY 26–SUN JULY 28
9am–5:30pm • Sliding scale $60/ $75/ $90
WORKSHOP: THREE-DAY INTENSIVE INTRO TO MARXISM. Through lectures, readings and lively discussion, in an open-minded environment, participants in the Brecht Forum’s annual Summer Intensive will be introduced to Karl Marx’s revolutionary critique of capitalism — not to find a ready-made blueprint for change, nor a dogma that excludes other traditions, but for tools of analysis that can provide answers that can help us to think more strategically and act more effectively.
451 West Street
212-242-4201 • brechtforum.org

FRI JULY 26
7pm • Free
EVENT: CRITICAL MASS MANHATTAN.Join hundreds of cyclists in this monthly Critical Mass bike ride. Make new friends and promote clean forms of transportation for other NYC residents.
Meet up at Union Sq North
212-802-8222 • times-up.org

SAT JULY 27
7pm • Free
READING: ADAM KRAUSE, THE REVOLUTION WILL BE HILARIOUS. Author Adam Krause will discuss how comedy, social change and humor are all closely related. Explore how comedy can create a kinder and gentler future.
Bluestockings Bookstore
172 Allen St
212-777-6028 • bluestockings.com

SAT JULY 27- SUN JULY 28
11–5pm • Free
EVENT: ANNUAL NYC POETRY
FESTIVAL. Join the Poetry Society of New York to celebrate NYC’s vibrant poetry community. The event features 50 poetry organizations, 200 poets and food and beverage vendors.
Governors Island
Colonel’s Row
poetrysocietyny.org

SAT JULY 27
2:30–3:30pm • Free
WALK: SENECA VILLAGE. Learn the history of one of Manhattan’s first African-American property owning communities who inhabited Seneca Village. The plot of land is now nestled within Central Park. This walking tour is sponsored by the Central Park Conservancy.
Central Park West at 85th St
nycgovparks.org

TUES JULY 30
7–9pm • Suggested $5 donation
POETRY: WOMEN’S / TRANS’ POETRY JAM & OPEN MIC. Hosted by Vittoria Repetto and featuring writers Deirdre Sinnott & Elina Shnayderman, this poetry jam and open mic invites you to deliver up to 8 minutes of poetry, prose, songs and spoken word. Or just enjoy a night of art at Bluestockings.
172 Allen St.
212-777-6028 • bluestockings.com

SAT AUG 3
1:30pm–3pm • Free
MARCH: HIROSHIMA DAY COMMEMORATION. Members of the Interfaith Peace Coalition of Bay Ridge will remember Hiroshima victims. After a solemn march to 4th Ave and Shore Rd. there will be a silent vigil.
Meet btw 96th and 97th St at 4th Ave, Bklyn
718-680-2981 • panys.org/BR

MON AUG 5
8pm • Free
MOVIE: NORMA RAE. Monday nights at Bryant Park in the summer offer the chance to watch classic movies on a giant outdoor screen. On Aug. 5, it’s Sally Field in her classic role as Norma Rae, a minimum wage textile worker who battles her bosses to get a union in her North Carolina factory. The Bryant Park lawn opens at 5pm while the movie starts at dark, so bring a blanket, some friends and a picnic basket full of food to nosh on.
42nd and 6th Ave
bryantpark.org/plan-your-visit/filmfestival.html

WED AUG 7
2:30pm • Free
EVENT: DEATH CAFÉ. This is a discussion presented by the New York Society for Ethical Culture. Join others in exploring ideas surrounding death and making the most of our finite mortal lives. Moderated by Barbara Simpson.
NYSEC
2 W 64th St
212-874-5210 • nysec.org

SAT AUG 10
7–11am • Free
TRAINING: CLINIC ESCORTING. Stand up to protesters who intimidate women from accessing health care outside of women’s health clinics in NYC. Volunteers needed to escort women into clinics and provide pro-choice support. Training will be provided. Registration is mandatory.
NOW-NYC Office
150 W 28th St
212-627-9895 • nownyc.org

MON AUG 12
7pm • Free
READING: SHORT STORIES BY NEW YORK WRITERS. Hear short stories by authors from around the New York City area. Readings include Roman Holiday by Edith Wharton and The Furnished Room by O. Henry.
Mid-Manhattan Library
455 5th Ave
212-340-0863 • nypl.org

SUN AUG 18
11–1pm • $5
WORKSHOP: INDOOR COMPOSTING. Learn how to use worms to turn kitchen scraps into fertilizer and reduce your carbon footprint. In this hands-on workshop, the NYC Compost Workshop in Manhattan demonstrates how to set up and maintain an indoor worm bin. Registration required.
Lower East Side Ecology Center
Pier 46, Hudson River Park
212-477-4022 • lesecologycenter.org


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