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Indypendent Staff Oct 18

Issue 229

FRI OCT 20
6:30PM • FREE
SCREENING: BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION
A film screening and discussion on the riveting documentary exploring the Black Panther Party, its significance for black people and to the broader American culture and the painful lessons wrought when the movement derailed.
Mayday Space
176 St. Nicholas Ave., Brooklyn

MON OCT 23
7PM–9PM • $5–$10
DEBATE: DOES NEW YORK STATE NEED A CON-CON?
Once every 20 years NY voters have the chance to convene a state constitutional convention. This Nov. 7 will be that chance. But is it a good idea? The Indy hosts a debate featuring Danielle DeMatteo, founder of SheNYCArts, and digital strategist Minista Jazz for the Yes side and Mike Fabricant, 1st Vice President of Professional Staff Congress-CUNY,and Dahlia McManus, deputy director of the Working Families Party, for the No side.
Brooklyn Commons
388 Atlantic Ave.

MON OCT 23
6PM–9PM • FREE
LECTURE: NKNAME: REMEMBERING THE CUBAN PRINTMAKER BELKIS AYON
A panel conversation on the life and work of the late Afro-Cuban artist Belkis Ayón. This event coincides with a retrospective of Ayón’s work on view at El Museo del Barrio (1230 5th Ave.) until Nov. 5.
King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, Auditorium
53 Washington Square South

TUE OCT 24
7PM–10 PM • FREE
FORUM: CLIMATE SOLUTIONS TOWN HALL
As part of a week of action marking five years since Superstorm Sandy, 350Brooklyn and the Brooklyn College Urban Sustainability Program are hosting a climate town hall. The panel includes Priya Mulgaonkar from the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance and Sean Sweeney, Director of the CUNY International Program for Labor, Climate and Environment. Register in advance via eventbrite.com.
Brooklyn College
2900 Bedford Ave.

THU OCT 26
6:30PM–8PM • FREE
DISCUSSION: IMPERIALISM & LATIN AMERICA: LAND GRABBING OF GARíFUNA PEOPLES:
Leaders from the black-indigenous Garífuna people speak about the threats posed to their communities by multinational corporations and their own Honduran government 
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue, Romm C198

FRI OCT 27
7PM–9:30PM • FREE
BOOK LAUNCH: WE CROSSED A BRIDGE AND IT TREMBLED: VOICES FROM SYRIA
Appearing with journalist and illustrator Molly Crabapple, Wendy Pearlman will discuss her new book, which chronicles the war in Syria from its origins to its present horror through the words of ordinary people. 
Bluestockings Bookstore
172 Allen St.

SAT OCT 28
11AM–2PM • FREE
MARCH: #SANDY5
On the 5th anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, New Yorkers will march together to remember the lives lost, the damage incurred and to demand bold climate action from elected leaders.
1 Cadman Plaza East, Brooklyn

TUE OCT 31 THRU NOV 5
7:30PM TUE–FRI, 2PM & 7PM SAT–SUN • $30
PERFORMANCE: MACBETH
No Name Collective presents a novel interpretation of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Lady Macbeth morphs into her husband when she invokes the spirits to “unsex me here.”
The Yard
16 Waverly Ave., Brooklyn Navy Yard

TUE OCT 31
8PM–2AM • $10
PARTY: SOVIET 80’S HALLOWEEN PARTY
Dance to the tunes of the 1980’s Soviet Union, especially those produced by the old state-run Melodiya records. Costumes are strongly encouraged.
DROM
85 Avenue A

WED NOV 1
7:30PM • $30
BOOK LAUNCH: MATT TAIBBI PRESENTS I CAN’T BREATHE: A KILLING ON BAY STREET
Rolling Stone journalist Matt Taibbi presents his newest book, an immersive account of the infamous killing of Eric Garner on Staten Island by New York City police. Tickets available at eventbrite.com. Book included with admission.
St. Joseph’s College
245 Clinton Ave., Brooklyn

SAT NOV 4
8PM–11PM • $10
PARTY: LATIN LEATHER DANCE PARTY
Gogo men, raffle prizes, DJ Chiki, salsa, merengue, bachata and more. All proceeds go to the Hispanic Federation for Hurricane Maria relief efforts.
The Eagle NYC
554 W 28th St.

FROM BEIRUT TO BLEEKER STREET: Yasmine Hamdan, shown here in Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive, takes her soulful Arab pop sound to Le Poisson Rouge on Nov. 16. Credit: Sandro Kopp/Sony Pictures Classic.

SUN NOV 5
2PM–5PM • Sliding scale, $6–$15
TALK: KENT STATE: DEATH & DISSENT
Thomas Grace will discuss his book Kent State: Death and Dissent in the Long Sixties. Grace, a Kent State alum, explores the historical tragedy that occured when members of the National Guard opened fire on students on May 4, 1970. The battle over the memory and meaning of shooting continues to this day. Hosted by the Marxist Education Project.
New Perspectives Theatre Company
458 W. 37th St.

TUE NOV 7
6PM–9PM • FREE
CELEBRATION: THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SOCIALIST REVOLUTION IN RUSSIA
Join the Journal of Labor and Society in commemorating this world-altering event. Learn about how socialism wiped out illiteracy, ended women’s bondage, unemployment and Russia’s participation in war and empire.
Center for Worker Education, 7th fl. auditorium
25 Broadway

THU NOV 9
7PM–9PM • $16
SCREENING: “195 LEWIS”
Enjoy two new releases highlighting the experiences of queer and trans people of color. First, catch the short Walk for Me, a contemporary coming-out story; next, an episode of the web series “195 Lewis,” a boundary-pushing dramedy that follows a group of women navigating black and queer life in Bed-Stuy. This screening will be followed by a Q&A with series-creator Chanelle Aponte Pearson and cast members. Brooklyn rapper Nappy Nina will perform.
Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Pkwy

SUN NOV 12
1:30PM–10:30PM • $20
SCREENING: NYC CANNABIS FILM FESTIVAL
The third annual New York City Cannabis Film Festival brings you the best of cannabis cinema. This year’s selections include nine short and two feature films from seven countries.
Wythe Hotel
80 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn

SUN NOV 12
2PM–7PM • $15
FUNDRAISER: PARTY LIKE IT’S 1917: PAGEANTRY, POETRY & PARAPHERNALIA
Join this unique commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution hosted by The Indypendent and the Marxist Education Project. Indulge your imagination. Dance, eat, recite heart-pounding historical texts and take part in an auction of revolutionary paraphernalia. Play your favorite character from Lenin to Rasputin to the Romanovs, from Trotsky to Alexandra Kollantai. Costumes optional.
The Brooklyn Commons
388 Atlantic Ave.

MON NOV 13
7:30PM –10PM • $10
READING: A CELEBRATION OF GWENDOLYN BROOKS
A celebration of the late great poet and author, featuring readings by Elizabeth Alexander, Tyehimba Jess, Yusef Komunyakaa, Quraysh Ali Lansana, Marilyn Nelson, Atsuro Riley, Sapphire, Solmaz Sharif and Patricia Smith.
Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Ave.

WED NOV 15
7:30PM–10PM • $20
CLASS: WITCHCRAFT 101: PLANT MAGIK
Take part in a hands-on, in-depth exploration of herbs, roots, minerals and curios, their attributes, uses and interactions. Learn how to access the medicine and magic plants have to offer. Find out what makes certain herbs “sacred.”
Catland
987 Flushing Ave., Brooklyn

THU NOV 16
6PM–8PM • FREE
SHOWCASE: WOMEN PHOTOGRAPHERS OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA
A celebration of the highly-anticipated inaugural issue of MFON, a bi-annual journal committed to establishing and representing the voices of women photographers of African descent. This issue features 100 women photographers from across the African diaspora.
Magnum Foundation
59 East 4th St.

THU NOV 16
7PM • $25
MUSIC: YASMINE HAMDAN
The Lebanese singer brings her modern take on Arabic pop music to Le Poisson Rouge.
158 Bleecker St.

FRI NOV 17
7PM–9:30PM • FREE
BOOK LAUNCH: A SERF’S JOURNAL
Terry Tapp shares his new book. It tells the story of the United States’ longest wildcat strike, which, as a member of the Teamsters and IWW, Tapp helped organize at JeffBoat on the Ohio River in May of 2001.
Bluestockings Bookstore
172 Allen St.

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Photo (top): QUEER LOVE: Rae Leone Allen and Sirita Wright in the Brooklyn-set web series “195 Lewis,” showing at the Brooklyn Museum on Nov. 9. Credit: 195 Lewis LLC.