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THURS FEB 15
7 PM–9 PM • $25
TALK: A Tribute to Basquiat
Contemporary artists and collaborators pay homage to the resounding legacy of Jean-Michel Basquiat. In celebration of the ways in which art shapes lives, each participant discusses a work of art in Basquiat’s oeuvre that has inspired them and their practice. Participants include Cey Adams, graffiti artist and former creative director of Def Jam, and photographer Maripol.
200 Eastern Pkwy
FEB 16–FEB 17
Times various • FREE
CONFERENCE: Scholar and Feminist Conference — Subverting Surveillance: Strategies to End State Violence
This year’s conference grapples with the ever-deepening penetration of surveillance practices into everyday life and ways to engage in self-defense. Visit bcrw.barnard.edu for workshop times and information.
The Diana Center
3009 Broadway, Mnhtn
FRI FEB 16
10:30 PM • FREE
PARTY: Underworld — Goth/Electro/Punk/NewWave Dance Party
Deejays Sean Templar, Tracy Thomas, Matt V. Christ and Father Jeff spinning an aural assault of industrial, electronic, new wave and post-punk.
1120 Manhattan Ave., Bklyn
SAT FEB 17
3 PM • $35
FILM: Black Panther Party
Viewing of The Black Panther film and gathering afterward.
445 Albee Square, Brooklyn
SAT FEB 17
7 PM–9 PM • $7, $5 for students, free for kids under 12
DANCE: Fancy Footwork in the Diaspora
The event will trace the routes of rhythmic footwork from Africa and Europe to the Western Hemisphere with a discussion led by dancer and choreographer Mercedes Ellington, accompanied by tap dancer Max Pollak. Featuring an Afro-Peruvian zapateo performance by the Afro-Peruvian Ensemble.
Bronx Music Heritage Center
1303 Louis Nine Blvd.
SAT FEB 17
7:30 PM–9 PM • $20, seniors $15, children $10
MUSIC: Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz
A multimedia concert performance of Langston Hughes’s kaleidoscopic jazz poem suite, Ask Your Mama — Hughes’s homage to the struggle for artistic and social freedom at home and abroad at the beginning of the 1960s. Ask Your Mama is a twelve-part epic poem which Hughes scored with musical cues drawn from blues and Dixieland, gospel, boogie-woogie, bebop, Latin cha-cha and Afro-Cuban mambo music, European influences, West Indian calypso and African drumming — a creative masterwork left unperformed at his death
Jamaica Performing Arts Center
153-10 Jamaica Ave., Queens
SUN FEB 18
9 PM • $20
COMEDY: BLACK HISTORY MOMF!
Join comedic emcee RadhaMUSprime along with her trusty sound god, DJ Jahmedicne, and special guests as she celebrates the 28 most important days of the year.
425 Lafayette St.
MON FEB 19
8:45 PM • $12
SCREENING: La Haine
When a young Arab is arrested and beaten unconscious by police, a riot erupts in the impoverished suburbs outside of Paris. Three of the victim’s peers wander aimlessly about their home turf in the aftermath of the violence as they try to come to grips with their outrage over the brutal incident. After one of the men finds a police officer’s discarded weapon, their night seems poised to take a bleak turn.
Videology Bar & Cinema
308 Bedford Ave., Bklyn
TUES FEB 20
7:00 PM • $40
PANEL Angela Davis and Patrisse Cullors
Artist, freedom fighter and co-founder of Black Lives Matter Patrisse Khan-Cullors joins activist, academic and author Angela Davis for a conversation about survival, strength and seeking justice.
Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center
129 W 67th St., Mnhtn
TUES FEB 20
7 PM–8:30 PM • FREE
ORGANIZING: Labor & the 21st Century Shop
What are the challenges faced when organizing the 21st-century shop floor — restaurants, retail floors, graduate student lounges? How should labor move forward in an economy increasingly dependent on the precariousness of waged workers? Activists discuss at this talk moderated by Bryce Covert (The New York Times, The Nation).
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby St., Mnhtn
FEB 20–FEB 24
8 PM nightly • $20
DANCE: bend the even
A journey to the edges of human perception through sound, light and movement from choreographer Jennifer Monson.
The Chocolate Factory Theater
5-49 49th Ave., Queens
WEDS FEB 21
6:30 PM–8 PM • FREE
TALK: Freed African Americans in the West Village
African Americans in Greenwich Village during the 19th century formed an enclave of free and self-emancipated people living, working and thriving within the confines of an oppressive society. Learn of several little-known but not forgotten abolitionists, entrepreneurs and radical thinkers whose efforts enhanced the lives of many, especially within the community known as Little Africa at this talk hosted by scholar Jamila Brathwaite.
Hudson Park Library
66 Leroy St., Mnhtn
WEDS FEB 21
6:30 PM–8:30 PM • FREE
SCREENING: 16mm Film Night: Early Shorts by Renowned Female Directors
A selection from the likes of Susan Seidelman, Martha Coolidge, Julie Dash.
The New York Public Library
Fifth Avenue at 42nd St, Mnhtn
WEDS FEB 21
7 PM–8:30 • FREE
FOOD: Modern Jewish Baker
Jewish baked goods have brought families together around the table for centuries. In her new cookbook, Modern Jewish Baker, author Shannon Sarna pays homage to those traditions while reinvigorating them with modern flavors and new ideas. One kosher dough at a time, she offers the basics for challah, babka, bagels, hamantaschen, rugelach, pita, and matzah.
Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
Edmond J. Safra Plaza
36 Battery Place, Mnhtn
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Photo (top): Jennifer Monson’s bend the even premiers at the Chocolate Factory in Queens next week. Source: chocolatefactorytheater.org.