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August/September Community Events Calendar

Indypendent Staff Aug 19

Issue 227

THRU SUN SEP 3
TIMES VARY • 
$25 ADULTS, $17 SENIORS, $12 STUDENTS (SUGGESTED)
EXHIBITION: THE BODY POLITIC: VIDEO FROM THE MET COLLECTION

Historically, the phrase “body politic” is used to describe a community comprising disparate individuals. Today, the phrase can also connote the politics of the body, how individual bodies not only suffer political violence but also wield political authority, especially in terms of their race, ethnicity, class and gender. Each of these meanings is relevant to the video works featured in “The Body Politic.” Visit metmuseum.org for hours.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Ave.

THRU SUN SEP 17
TIMES VARY •  FREE
PERFORMANCE: CHECKS & BALANCES AND BOTTOMS UP
Theater for the New City is taking its production of Checks and Balances and Bottoms Up to parks across the city. This operetta for the street pairs a Catholic school girl and a subway conductor against a monster puppet as they fight for the health and safety of all New Yorkers, the civil rights of America and, finally, the future of our planet. Visit theaterforthenewcity.net for locations and showtimes or call (212) 254-1109.

THRU SUN OCT 22
TIMES VARY •  FREE
EXHIBITION: IVAN VELEZ: BRONX HAIKU
Bronx-born Puerto Rican cartoonist and educator Ivan Velez exhibits a series of drawings related to comics and activism spanning his 30-year career. From his groundbreaking work on LGBTQ youth issues during the AIDS crisis to his subversive writings for DC Comics and Marvel, this exhibition offers an engaging survey of Velez’s mission to affect change and to diversify an art form that plays an indelible role in American popular culture. See bronxmuseum.org for hours.
The Bronx Museum of the Arts
1040 Grand Concourse

FRI AUG 25
11PM • $5 ONLINE, $10 AT DOOR
PARTY: VIBRAS NYC: ISSA FÊTE!
If you mixed together the carnivals from the Caribbean, Latin America and Africa in one room you’d get Vibras NYC: Issa Fête! Pure dancehall, soca, afrobeats, champeta, reggaeton, calypso, baile funk and more. Prepare to dance, prepare to sweat, prepare to fête. Tickets available in advance at vibrasnycfete.splashthat.com.
Starr Bar
214 Starr St.

SAT AUG 26–SUN AUG 27
10AM–4PM • FREE
Festival: KIds Food Fest
Kids will learn about the importance of achieving a balanced diet through fun activities and food samplings. Appetites of all ages will be satisfied. Hands on cooking lessons available for $25. More info at kidsfoodfestival.com.
The Oculus at Westfield World Trade Center
185 Greenwich St.

SUN AUG 27
7PM • $10
PERFORMANCE: YIDDISH FOLK SONGS FOR WOMEN
French violinist and singer Eleonore Biezunski has been exploring Yiddish musical traditions of the old and new world for quite some time — both as a musician and as an archivist. Together with Lauren Brody (vocals, accordion) and Joanna Sternberg (vocals, double bass), she will explore the “yerushe,” the heritage of women’s Yiddish folk songs, orally transmitted to her or preserved with great care and love by folklorists such as Ruth Rubin.
Barbès
376 9th St.

THU AUG 31
7PM–9:30PM • FREE
WORKSHOP: MAKE YOUR OWN ZINE WITH TIGER BOMB MAGAZINE
Tiger Bomb Magazine
is an international teen magazine that highlights youth activism, culture influencers, zines, art and literature. This event includes an overview of zine culture, followed by a lesson in making zines and a tutorial on using social media to promote self-published work.
Bluestockings Bookstore
172 Allen St.

MON SEP 4
11AM • FREE
PARADE: WEST INDIAN DAY PARADE
More than a million spectators turn out annually to bump it to reggae and calypso, chow down jerk chicken and fried plantains and admire the revelers in elaborate costumes at this annual celebration of New York City’s Caribbean culture. The parade stretches from Schenectady Avenue to Grand Army Plaza on Eastern Parkway and then continues down Flatbush.

EQUALITY NOW: Veteran reporter Juan González presents his new book on our divided city. Photo courtesy of New Press.

THU SEP 7
7PM–9PM • FREE
BOOK LAUNCH: RECLAIMING GOTHAM
Democracy Now!’s Juan González launches his latest book, Reclaiming Gotham: Bill de Blasio and the Movement to End America’s Tale of Two Cities with a public talk followed by an onstage conversation with New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, moderated by Amy Goodman.
Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall, The New School
66 W 12th St.

THU SEP 7
8PM • $20
MUSIC: KEVIN MORBY
He’s the Walt Whitman of contemporary rock n’ roll. Check him out with Shannon Lay.
Music Hall of Williamsburg
66 N 6th St.

FRI SEP 8
7:30PM • $10 SUGGESTED DONATION
PERFORMANCE: ENCHANTED FORMOSA
Enchanted Formosa travels across 100 years of Taiwanese history, from the Qing imperial era, to the Japanese colonial decades, to the current republic. With songs from indigenous tribes, Hoklo groups and Hakka villages, singer-songwriter Yu-Wei Hsieh and his band perform a repertoire that combines folk, pop, and rock.
Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Blvd.

SAT SEP 9
10:15PM–11:30PM • $15
COMEDY: JANEANE GAROFALO
The actress, comedian and political commentator headlines the line-up at this event, part of the Cinderblock Comedy Fest taking place throughout Brooklyn from Sept. 8 to Sept. 10. Tickets and more info available at cinderblockcomedyfestival.com.
Bar Matchless
557 Manhattan Ave.

SUN SEP 10
1PM–4PM • $30
CLASS: FEMINIST ART CLUB
Why is there an enormous triangular table at the Brooklyn Museum covered with genitalia-shaped dinner plates? Why was that Intro to Art History course you took in undergrad all about white men from Europe? How are art and feminism related and what does it even mean for an artist to be feminist? Art educator Stefanie Lewin explores these questions and more. Register at brooklynbrainery.com.
Brainery Annex
1233 Prospect Ave.

SUN SEP 10
1PM–5PM • FREE
MUSIC: THE WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK FOLK FESTIVAL
Now its seventh year and set in the birthplace of the ’60s folk renaissance, this festival features string bands, Blues, traditional Turkish and Balkan music and rounds out with a good, old-fashioned square dance.
Washington Square Park

WED SEP 14
7PM–9PM •  BY DONATION
READING: TELL ME HOW IT ENDS
Essayist Valeria Luiselli reads from her acclaimed book, Tell Me How it Ends; an Essay in 40 Questions, which examines the plight of migrant children arriving in the United States from Mexico and Central America. All donations support the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City.
Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Sq. S

SAT SEP 16
2PM • SLIDING SCALE $6–$15
LECTURE: DAS CAPITAL & REVOLUTION

Kevin Anderson of the University of California, Santa Barbara reconnects Karl Marx the revolutionary with Marx the social theorist in his analysis of this seminal 19th-Century text. Anderson is the author of several books, including Lenin, Hegel, and Western Marxism.
Marxist Education Project at Brooklyn Commons
388 Atlantic Ave.

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Photo (top): Don’t miss the carnival in Brooklyn at the West Indian Day Parade on Sept. 4. Credit: Francisco Daum.