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Indy Events Calendar Feb. 1–7

Indypendent Staff Jan 31

The Indypendent’s events calendar comes out every Wednesday online and once a month in print. We provide this calendar as a service to the communities we serve in the New York metropolitan area. Sign-up for our regular e-newsletter and you won’t miss a thing. If there is an event you want others to learn about, let us know.

FEB 1–FEB 18
Various times • $18, seniors and students $15
THEATER: One Drop
One Drop, a family drama with music by Andrea Fulton, brings to life the politics of a young mixed-race man’s “passing” for white in post-Civil War Louisiana, illustrating the risks taken by those not afraid to love despite bigotry.
Theater for the New City
155 First Ave., Mnhtn

FEB 2–FEB 3
1PM–8 PM, Friday, 11 AM–6 PM, Sat. • $15 online, $20 at the door
MARKET: Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show and Sale
Exchange those old threads for… well… old threads.
Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th St., Mnhtn

FEB 2–FEB 3
Various times •  $15 per program
SCREENINGS: U.S. Experimental Animation in the 70s & 80s
This series examines the work of a group of American artists who approached film through independently-produced, frame-by-frame animations in the 1970s and ’80s. Made primarily by artists with no formal animation training, the selection incorporates autobiography, visual fantasy, abstraction, medium specificity and biting satire.
Quad Cinema
34 W. 13th St., Mnhtn

FRI FEB 2
7 PM–8:30 PM • FREE
ART: Study Session: Damien Davis
Study Sessions is an ongoing event series during which an artist, writer or cultural worker selects a work of art on view in the Whitney’s permanent collection as a departure point for thinking through an urgent question in our contemporary political landscape. Participants are invited to join together in open-ended discussions. This session is led by Brooklyn-based artist Damien Davis, whose work explores historical representations of African Americans. Free with museum admission during Pay-As-You-Wish Fridays.
Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort St., Mnhtn

SAT FEB 3
2 PM–5 PM • FREE
PERFORMANCE: Still, We Rise
Part of a free open house weekend at the Apollo Theater, featuring performances, previews and presentations honoring black culture and success. Apollo Amateur Night’s Capone, Apollo Comedy Club’s Mugga, the LaRocque Bey Dance Theatre company, Soul Science Lab and more are on the bill.
Apollo Theater
253 W 125th St., Mnhtn

SAT FEB 3
5 PM–10 PM • FREE
PARTY: First Saturday: Black History Month
Gather and celebrate activists and artists from the national and global African diaspora through a dynamic evening of music, dance, literature and film. Don’t miss a special screening of Whose Streets?, which documents the movement that ignited across the country in the wake of the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Director Sabaah Folayan will be on hand. Afro-Soul afterparty at Buka.
Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Pkwy

SAT FEB 3
6 PM • FREE
PHOTOGRAPHY: “Father Figure: Exploring Alternate Notions of Black Fatherhood
Since 2011, Zun Lee has embedded himself in the lives of African-American families, many of them from the Bronx and Harlem, photographing the intimate details of their everyday lives. This exhibition brings into focus the narratives of real fathers as caretakers, interrogating and dispelling stereotypes of black masculinity and absent fathers.
Bronx Documentary Center
614 Courtlandt Ave, Bronx, New York 10451

SAT FEB 3
8 PM • $10 donation
MUSIC: Punk Rock Karaoke
Come out for a raucous night of scream-alongs. Proceeds go to Educated Little Monsters, an all black and brown youth art, dance, music and theater program.
The Silent Barn
603 Bushwick Ave., Bklyn

SUN FEB 4
5 PM–7 PM • FREE
LIT: Neel Mukherjee with Hanya Yanagihara
In his stunning new novel, State of Freedom, Neel Mukherjee wrests open the central, defining events of our century — displacement and migration. Set in contemporary India and moving between the reality of this world and the shadow of another, the novel delivers a devastating and haunting exploration of the unquenchable human urge to strive for a different life. He’ll be in conversation with Hanya Yanagihara, author of A Little Life and The People in the Trees.
McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince St., Mnhtn

Candice Williams. Credit: Poetry Project.

MON FEB 5
8PM–10 PM • FREE
BOOK LAUNCH: Spells for Black Wizards
Candace Williams is a black queer nerd living a double life. By day, she’s a middle school humanities and robotics teacher. By night, she’s a poet.
Ace Hotel New York
20 W 29th St., Mnhtn

TUES FEB 6
6:30 PM–8:30 PM • $15
TALK: Black Is Beautiful: Fashion and Consciousness
Documentary photographer Kwame Brathwaite and his son Kwame S. Brathwaite join historian Tanisha Ford to reflect on the impact of Brathwaite Sr.’s pioneering “Black Is Beautiful” photographs. Beginning in the late 1950s, Brathwaite helped popularize an Afro-centric vision of female beauty featuring unstraightened hair and dark skin, then considered exotic in mainstream American media and popular culture.
Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Ave at 103rd St., Mnhtn

WEDS FEB 7
6:30 PM–8 PM • $10 adults, $8 students and seniors
PANEL: What Art Speaks To These Times
What does it mean to be an artist in this political moment? This panel brings together four artists in the exhibition “An Incomplete History of Protest: Selections from the Whitney’s Collection, 1940–2017” to speak about their aesthetic approaches to the political urgencies of the present. Speakers include Ja’Tovia Gary, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Julie Mehretu and Dread Scott.
Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort St., Mnhtn

WEDS FEB 7
6:30 PM • Free, reservations required
PANEL: Trump’s New York
While unpopular with most New York voters, President Donald Trump rose to great wealth and power in this liberal, capitalist mecca. David Nasaw, acclaimed biographer, leads a discussion on how the Trumps made it in New York, speaking with Gwenda Blair (The Trumps: Three Generations of Builders and a President) and David Cay Johnston (The Making of Donald Trump). Visit gc.cuny.edu/publicprograms to register.
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Ave., Elebash Recital Hall, Mnhtn

WEDS FEB 7
7 PM • FREE
PANEL: Narratives from Inside
How can storytelling convey the experience of incarceration? Be it photographs, podcasts or fiction workshops, panelists Nigel Poor, Virginia Grise, Russell Craig and Virgilio Bravo bring stories of incarceration beyond prison walls. The panel will be moderated by Shani Jamila of the Urban Justice Center. There will be a short reception to celebrate the opening of the exhibition “Prison Nation” following the panel.
Aperture Foundation
547 W 27th St. 4th Fl., Mnhtn

WED FEB 7
7 PM–10 PM • FREE
MUSIC: Monthly Jazz Jam at Flushing Town Hall
Typically held on the first Wednesday of every month this jam is open to professional jazz musicians and serious hobbyists. House band and session led by saxophonist Carol Sudhalter. Come play or listen!
137-35 Northern Blvd., Queens

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Photo (top): Image from the animated short Quasi at the Quackadero screening at Quad Cinema this weekend. Credit: Sally Cruikshank/Snazelle Films.