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The Ramapough take on the Pilgrim … Esperanza Spalding … Felabration NYC … Oh, the horror! at the Brooklyn Horror Fest.

Indypendent Staff Sep 21

Issue 228

FRI SEP 22
7PM–9:30PM • FREE
BOOK LAUNCH: WHY BAD GOVERNMENTS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE
Join Indy contributor, humorist and author Danny Katch for the launch of his new book, Why Bad Governments Happen to Good People.
Verso Books
20 Jay St.

SAT SEP 23
7:30PM–11PM • $5–$10 DONATIONS
TALK: THE RAMAPOUGH VS. THE PILGRIM PIPELINE
Speakers from the Ramapough Lenape Nation and Science for the People will lead a discussion on the devastating potential impacts of the proposed Pilgrim Pipeline on sacred lands and the Ramapo River, as well as specific political actions supporters can take. Drinks and mingling in the backyard of Unnameable Books will follow. Proceeds go to the Ramapough’s legal fees.
Unnameable Books
600 Vanderbilt Ave.

SAT SEP 23
9PM–1AM • $10–$100
PARTY: STARR BAR AND MAYDAY ANNIVERSARY BASH
Come mark the one year anniversary of the activist-friendly Starr Bar and the lefty community center Mayday at this rager. Tickets available at eventbrite.com. 
Starr Bar
214 Starr St.

TUE SEP 26
6:30PM–8:30PM • $10 DONATION
HISTORY: TRUMP WALKING TOUR
Prior to becoming president, Donald Trump played an integral role in shaping the modern landscape of New York City. Exploring Midtown Manhattan, we are able to get the full spectrum of the Trump story and his rise to power. Register at socialjusticetours.com.
53rd St. & 6th Ave.

THU SEP 28
7PM–9PM • FREE
BOOKS: READINGS FROM VANISHING NEW YORK — JUST THE QUEER PARTS
From The Rawhide to Folsom Street East queer New York is disappearing. Blogger and author Jeremiah Moss reads from the queer sections of his celebrated new book, Vanishing New York: How a Great City Lost Its Soul. Signing to follow.
Bureau of General Services-Queer Division
208 W 13th St. Rm 210

FRI SEP 29 THRU FRI DEC 22
6PM–8PM, WEEKLY • $95–$125
CLASS: FRIDAYS AS IN MURDER
In traditional hard-boiled and crime novels, women either provoke violence as femme fatales or need protection as paying clients or wandering daughters. Some authors were dissatisfied with this convention. Drawing upon the potentials of pulp fiction and film noir’s formula of restlessness, dread and discontent within social corruption, women novelists subverted the genre to explore early feminist and political themes. To learn more, view the reading list and register, visit marxedproject.org.
Brooklyn Commons
388 Atlantic Ave.

BLOOD PRESSURE: Set your heart pounding at the Brooklyn Horror Fest this October. The Book of Birdie, which features an all-female cast performing in some truly bloody scenes, is making its North American premiere on Oct. 15. Film still courtesy of Brooklyn Horror Fest/Melancholy Star.

SAT SEP 30
12PM–6PM • FREE
UNDERGROUND LIT: PAPER JAZZ SMALL PRESS FEST
Paper Jazz Small Press Fest (formerly Paper Jam) is a twice yearly celebration of zines, comics and chapbooks of all types, fully curated by the Silent Barn Zine Team, as well as regularly rotated guest curators. Silent Barn is dedicated to maintaining a space for small presses within the greater DIY community.
The Silent Barn
603 Bushwick Ave

SAT SEP 30
2PM–6PM •  $30
CULTURE: AFRICAN ROOTS IN LATIN AMERICA PRESENTS: TRADITIONS OF OUR ANCESTORS
Performances and panel discussions in which African descendants from Latin America will share their cultural, folkloric traditions and identity in the African diaspora.
Bronx Music Heritage Center Laboratory
1303 Louis Nine Blvd.

SUN OCT 1
11AM–7PM • FREE
PROTEST: VISIT A GUN SHOW WITH GAYS AGAINST GUNS
Join Gays Against Guns as they visit a gun show near the New York metro area. The group attends gun shows to spread awareness about gun violence and disseminate information that people who are purchasing or own firearms might not already know. The group will be disembarking from the LGBTQ Center in Manhattan.
LGBTQ Center
208 W 13th St

WED OCT 4
6PM–10PM • FREE
FOOD: SLICE OUT HUNGER’S $1 SLICE NIGHT
Slice Out Hunger is a culinary charitable celebration that’s a win-win for everyone: All slices of pizza are one dollar and all profits go straight towards the charities Sylvia Center and City Harvest.
The Shrine Church of Saint Anthony of Padua
154 Sullivan St.

THU OCT 5
6PM–8PM • FREE
TALK: CRIMINALIZING POVERTY
It’s been four years since courts determined that New York City’s “stop-and-frisk” policy was unconstitutional, but communities across the city continue to be subjected to “broken windows” policing. Join the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund for a discussion of how community organizations are fighting back against the criminalization of poverty. Panelists Josmar Trujillo with the Coalition to End Broken Windows and Alyssa Aguilera with VOCAL-NY will speak with Brooklyn Law School professor Jocelyn Simonson. Doors open at 6 P.M. Register at eventbrite.com.
Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont St.

THU OCT 5
8:45PM–10PM • $8, 21+
MUSIC: AUTOMATIC FOR THE PEOPLE
R.E.M.’s surreal, somber and resonant album Automatic For the People turns 25 years old. Musician Chris Blacker and friends will recreate and perform the entire album live.
Arlene’s Grocery
95 Stanton St.

FRI OCT 6
8PM • $45
MUSIC: ESPERANZA SPALDING
The four-time Grammy-winning jazz bassist, singer and musical savant takes the stage in Brooklyn.
Pioneer Works
159 Pioneer St.

SAT OCT 7
1PM–4PM • FREE
Film: IF ONLY I WERE THAT WARRIOR
If Only I Were That Warrior, a prize-winning documentary focused on Italy’s 1935 occupation of Ethiopia and what people choose to remember and conveniently forget. Director Valario Ciriaci will be present for a Q & A.
Mulberry Branch Public Library
10 Jersey St.

MON OCT 9
6PM–9PM • FREE
EXHIBITION: “Behind These Prison Walls”
Former Rikers Island corrections officer, visual artist and author Lorenzo Steele Jr. takes viewers into the nation’s most violent adolescent jail on Rikers Island. Lorenzo uses photography and a personal testimony that offers a visual journey into the “Bing,” Riker’s adolescent solitary confinement unit. All images on display were taken between 1987 and 1999, one of the most violent and brutal eras in Rikers Island’s history.
The Living Gallery Outpost
246 E 4th St.

TUE OCT 10
6:30PM–9:30PM • FREE
BOOK LAUNCH: The End of Policing
Join Alex Vitale for the launch of his new book The End of Policing and a conversation with a panel of activists about how the book relates to their organizing work to end police violence. The discussion will be moderated by Sarah Jaffe.
Verso Books
20 Jay St.

THU OCT 12 thru SUN OCT 15
VARIOUS • $13–$18
FILM: BROOKLYN HORROR FILM FEST
Come celebrate the art of horror filmmaking at a festival focused on cinema that pushes the genre’s boundaries and challenges its preconceptions. Visit brooklynhorrorfest.com for tickets and more info on the full lineup of premieres, parties, food, drink, blood and guts.

THU OCT 12
6:30PM–9:30PM • FREE
PODCAST: SEEING RED: ON THE CENTURY OF THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION
The Russian Revolution took place 100 years ago this year! Join the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research for a live recording of its podcast. This event will feature a panel of Brooklyn Institute faculty including Asma Abbas, Anthony Alessandrini, Ajay Singh Chaudhary and Rebecca Ariel Porte, reflecting on the resonance of 1917.
61 Local
61 Bergen St.

THE RHYTHM NEVER DIES: Nikhil P.’s Low Mentality headline a funk-infused tribute to the late great Fela Kuti at Nublu 151 on the Lower East Side, Oct. 13. Source: nikhilp.biz.

THU OCT 12
7:30PM • $15
PERFORMANCE: NATIVE TONGUE STORY SLAM
Created by award winning storyteller Aman Ali, Native Tongue: A Story Slam investigates the theme of home through the viewpoint of multigenerational artists, thinkers and disrupters. Native Tongue showcases and celebrates the lives of marginalized voices around the corner and around the globe. Tickets at harlemstage.org.
Harlem Stage
150 Convent Ave.

FRI OCT 13
7PM–8:15PM • $21
LITERATURE: AN EVENING WITH SHERMAN ALEXIE
Join National Book Award for Young People’s Literature winner Sherman Alexie to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his iconic young adult novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Tickets at symphonyspace.org.
Symphony Space
2537 Broadway

FRI OCT 13
8PM–4AM • $18 in advance, $22 day-of
PARTY: FELABRATION NYC 2017
An all-night tribute to Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti headlined by Low Mentality. Founded in 2011 by multi-instrumentalist and producer Nikhil P. Yerawadekar, Low Mentality merges elements of Afrobeat, reggae, dancehall, hip-hop and rock to create deeply funky compositions. Tickets available at eventbrite.com.
Nublu 151
151 Avenue C

MON OCT 16
7PM • FREE
PERFORMANCE: BROOKLYN POETRY SLAM — JAZZFEST EDITION
Each month, the Brooklyn Poetry Slam brings together the borough’s best slam poets for a monthly gathering of words and wisdom. For this special JazzFest edition, guest poets and hosts Mahogany Browne and DJ Jive Poetic highlight the criss-crossing influences and beats of jazz, poetry and hip-hop. Open mic to follow.
BRIC
647 Fulton St.

THU OCT. 19
7PM–11PM • $35, 21+
PARTY: GENDER BASH
Come support Third Wave, a nonprofit that provides young women, transgender and gender-nonconforming youth with the skills, power and opportunity to engage in and lead efforts for social justice. Gender Bash features a dance party fueled by DJ Bearcat (Discwoman) and DJ Precolumbian.
Littlefield
635 Sackett St.

FRI OCT 20
7 PM–10 PM • $25
MUSIC: THE PROTEST SONGS OF ANI CORDERO
Puerto Rican-born singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ani Cordero is a soulful vocalist inspired by Latin America’s Nueva Canción movement, as well as pan-Latin folk and indy rock.
Elebash Recital Hall
365 5th Ave

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Photo (top): LIFT OFF: She may play bass but she’s taking jazz to new heights. Catch Esperanza Spalding at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn on Oct. 6. Credit Jose Nieto.