Indy Events Calendar: Jan. 10-17

Indypendent Staff Jan 10, 2018

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9 AM – 12 PM • FREE
PROTEST: Solidarity Vigil Against Deportation
New York City families deserve dignity and respect. Each day, dozens of New Yorkers facing deportation must check-in with immigration authorities at 26 Federal Plaza. When they enter the building, they don’t know if they will be able to see their families again. Now more than ever it is important to show solidarity in the face of policies that threaten New York communities. Join the New York Immigration Coalition, the Center for Constitutional Rights and others in showing solidarity with immigrants under threat.
Foley Square
111 Worth St., Mnhtn

6 PM – 8 PM • FREE
TALK: Documenting Activism
In conjunction with the exhibit “Unlikely Historians: Materials collected by NYPD surveillance teams, 1960-1975,” the Municipal Archives invites you to join in a lively conversation and presentation with photojournalists Kisha Bari and frequent contributor Erik McGregor about their work and the art of documenting activism.
NYC Department of Records
31 Chambers St., Mnhtn

A fisheye photo shot by the NYPD showing demonstrators in front of the New York Public Library during the first Earth Day, April 22, 1970. Part of the exhibit “Unlikely Historians,” on view at the NYC Department of Records until Feb. 28

7 PM – 10 PM • FREE
PRESENTATION: Visualizing Criminal Justice
The American criminal justice system consists of 2.2 million people behind bars, plus tens of millions of family members, corrections, and police officers, parolees, victims of crime, judges, prosecutors and defenders. The Bronx Documentary Center and The Marshall Project are proud to present a video exploration and discussion of this timely subject. Jenny Carchman will present a collection of short videos from the Marshall Project’s We Are Witnesses, a video exploration of our criminal justice system.
Bronx Documentary Center
614 Courtlandt Ave., Bronx

JAN 12 – JAN 13
10 AM – 8 PM Fri, 10 AM – 6:45 PM, Sat • $0-$25
FEST: 6th Annual Black Comic Book Festival
The Schomburg Center’s Annual Black Comic Book Festival celebrates the rich tradition of Black comix featuring panel discussions, film screenings, a cosplay show and exhibit tables with premiere independent Black comic creators from across the United States. Don’t miss an exclusive preview of the upcoming blockbuster Black Panther presented by actress Florence Kasumba on Friday evening, followed by a panel discussion exploring the context, impact and legacy of the superhero. Tickets available at
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Blvd., Mnhtn

6 PM – 9 PM • FREE
FOOD: XM Food: A Conversation on the Bengali-New York Community with Jhal NY
In homage to the late Gordon Matta-Clark’s community project FOOD, XM Café is featuring local chefs and artists who incorporate food as part of their social justice practice. This month, new-immigrant chefs with Jhal NYC will share Bangladeshi street food and take part in conversations on immigration and community building. The musicians, poets and activists of Ifti & The Royal Bengal Tea House perform.
Bronx Museum of the Arts
1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx

7 PM – 10 PM • FREE
SCREENING: Born In Flames
Energetic, raw and raucous, this documentary-like film by Lizzie Borden depicts a series of encounters that portray the multiplicity and diversity of womanhood. The film showcases the daily harassment, violence, sexism, and oppression that women endure, as well as ways in which they organize to defend each other and fight back.
Mayday Space
176 St Nicholas Ave, Bklyn

7:30 PM (Fri), 6:00 PM (Sat) • $30-$65
FEST: Zlatne Uste Golden Festival 2018
Golden Festival showcases more than 50 bands and acts on multiple stages over two nights. Plus, Balkan & Middle Eastern refreshments, arts vendors and intricate textiles.
Grand Prospect Hall
263 Prospect Ave., Bklyn

10 PM • FREE before midnight with RSVP, $17
MUSIC: Analog Soul Night
Twin sisters Jacquelyn and Kathryn Smith (aka Jacky Sommer and DatKat) are mainstays of New York’s dance underground. They’ll be spinning house, Detroit techno, acid, electro and more. RSVP at
56-06 Cooper Ave., Queens

12 PM • FREE, $10-$20 suggested donation
EDUCATION: Free University
On the one-year anniversary of Trump’s inauguration, in the face of horrific futures imposed from above, the Free University of NYC and Mayday Space invite people to come together and share skills, models, experiences and visions for building our own futures from below now. Childcare, Spanish interpretation and a community meal will be provided. After-party at Starr Bar!
Mayday Space
176 St Nicholas Ave., Bklyn

Jhal NYC will be cooking up Bangladeshi street food as part of a conversation about community building at the Bronx Museum’s XM Café.

Doors open at 6 PM • $40 – $60
MUSIC: The Afro-Cuban All Stars
A unique orchestra devoted to promoting the complete story of Cuban music. The band exposes Cuba’s rich musical history, interpreting all of its musical genres. Tickets available at
Highline Ballroom
431 West 16th Street, Mnhtn

7 PM – 8:30 PM • FREE, donations welcome
TEACH-IN: Anti-capitalist Self Care
Specifically geared towards black, brown and indigenous leftists, the goal of this monthly teach-in is to begin to create a culture of self-healing.
Audre Lorde Project
147 W 24th St. 3rd Fl, Mnhtn

6:30 PM – 10:30 PM • FREE
IndieWorks screens short films produced by emerging filmmakers throughout New York. It provides a platform for those filmmakers to showcase their work in front of an audience and to network with individuals in the local film community. The evening will feature a Q&A.
Indie Works
13-02 44th Ave., Queens

7 PM – 9 PM • FREE
BOOKLAUNCH: The Right to Have Rights
Sixty years ago, the political theorist Hannah Arendt, deprived of her German citizenship as a Jew and in exile from her country, observed that before people can enjoy any of the ‘inalienable’ Rights of Man — before there can be any specific rights to education, work, voting, and so on — there must first be such a thing as ‘the right to have rights.’ In our age of refugee crises and extra-state war, the phrase has become the center of a crucial and lively debate. Join Verso Books for the official launch of The Right to Have Rights, featuring a panel discussion with the book’s contributors moderated by Bruce Robbins.
Verso Books
20 Jay St, Suite 1010, Bklyn

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Photo (top): The Afro-Cuban All Stars. Credit: Juan de Marcos.

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