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Indy Events Calendar Feb. 22–28

Indypendent Staff Feb 21

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.

THURS FEB 22
6:30 PM–8:00 PM • $11
CLASS: Seneca Village and the Archaeology of Central Park
Before Central Park, there was Seneca Village, home of some 300 free African Americans and recent immigrants from Germany and Ireland. It was a center of diversity, political activism and an important stop on the Underground Railroad. Then, in 1857, it was violently razed to make way for the future park. Learn more about this important facet of New York history.
Prospect Heights Brainery
190 Underhill Ave., Bklyn

THURS FEB 22
7 PM–9 PM • FREE
PUBLIC FORUM: Which Way in Korea?
As Trump threatens to give North Korea a “bloody nose,” learn why diplomacy is the only strategy for a successful resolution of this crisis. Sponsored by Brooklyn for Peace, featured speakers include Juyeon Rhee of the Korea Policy Institute and William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy.
Brooklyn Commons
388 Atlantic Ave.

FRI FEB 23
7 PM–9 PM • FREE
TALK: Women of the Ramapough Lenape Nation
Photographer Lisa Levart will discuss and show images from her new series “Women of the Ramapough Lenape Nation,” which explores the tribe’s ancient, mythological stories surrounding matriarchy. Levart will be joined by several of the women who participated in the project.
American Indian Community House
39 Eldridge St., 4th Fl., Mnhtn

FRI FEB 23
8 PM • $15
MUSIC: The Skatalites
Jamaica’s premier ska band since 1964, the Skatalites backed artists like Bob Marley and Toots and The Maytals. They bring their infectious brand of bluesy, jazzy ska to town with the Alchemystics and Moha.
Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Ave.

FRI FEB 23
9 PM • $25 in advance, $30 at the door
MUSIC: The Brooklyn Nomads
A collective of musicians from different cultural and artistic backgrounds, with a focus on Middle Eastern music.
Brooklyn Commons
388 Atlantic Ave.

FEB 24—FEB 25
10 AM–5 PM both days • FREE
MARKET: Brooklyn Flea *mini* Record Fair
Brooklyn Flea Record Fair and Smorgasburg are teaming up for a special, one-weekend-only pop up right below the Flea’s winter market in Industry City. This event features fifteen of all-star vinyl dealers and fifteen of Smorgasburg’s finest culinary pioneers — plenty of opportunity for expanding your record collection and your taste buds!
Brooklyn Flea
241 37th St.

SAT FEB 24
2 PM • $5 donation
SCREENING: I Am Not Your Negro
Writer James Baldwin’s reflections on the boundaries of race and the necessity for multi-issue coalition-building in the Civil Rights movement. Rich historical footage connects the ongoing struggle for black freedom and equality to today’s movements. $10 Southern brunch served at 2 p.m., screening at 3 p.m. Discussion to follow the film.
Freedom Hall
113 W 128th St., Mnhtn

SAT FEB 24
5 PM • FREE
SCREENING: Write Down, I am an Arab
A look at the life and work of Palestinian national poet and one of the most influential writers of the Arab world, Mahmoud Darwish. Through his poetry, secret love letters and exclusive archival materials, this documentary unearths the story behind the man who shaped Palestinian identity and helped galvanize generations of Palestinians to their cause. A reading of Darwish’s poetry will immediately follows the screening.
Central Library
10 Grand Army Pl., Bklyn

SAT FEB 24
8 PM • $53–$88
PERFORMANCE: Soundtrack ’63
A live musical documentary covering the 1963 Civil Rights Movement up to today’s Black Lives Matter Movement with spirituals, protest songs and current popular music performed by an 18-piece orchestra. Jazz, hip-hop and soul mix with a captivating video installation of archival footage and animation, along with commentary by Dr. Cornel West and poets Sonia Sanchez and Abiodun Oyewole.
Apollo Theater
253 W 125th St., Mnhtn

SUN FEB 25
1 PM • FREE
PARADE: Chinese Lunar New Year
Year of the Dog is upon us.
Chinatown-Lower Manhattan

SUN FEB 25
6 PM–8 PM • $10
MUSIC: The New School Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra
This 22-piece orchestra directed by Bobby Sanabria brings it with big band mambo, jazz and more.
Bronx Music Heritage Center
1303 Louis Nine Blvd, Bronx

SUN FEB 25
6 PM–8 PM • $15–$20 suggested donation
SCREENING: Black Snake Killaz
Black Snake Killaz brings you the raw experience from many of the frontline protests throughout the struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Funds raised at this screening go toward supporting independent media and the American Indian Community House.
DCTV
87 Lafayette St.,Mnhtn

MON FEB 26
6:30 PM • FREE
TALK: Theater-In-Black In Harlem
This free-ranging conversation will touch upon the legacies of Harlem theater companies that include W.E.B. Du Bois and Regina Anderson’s KRIGWA and Langston Hughes and Louise Thompson’s Suitcase Theater, as well as successive companies such as those developed by Amiri Baraka and others.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Blvd., Mnhtn

MON FEB 26
7 PM • $15
PANEL: Let’s Woman-splain Romance!
The romance genre has been objectified since its inception but has grown into a genre primarily written for women by women. Some of the foremost authors of the genre and a few of the young, diverse voices actively working towards its evolution come together to turn the tables, and woman-splain the appeal, power and strength of Romance to an open-minded, male moderator.
Strand Book Store
828 Broadway

TUES FEB 27
6:30 PM • $5
DISCUSSION: Black Writers in a Post-Obama America
Does literature by black writers demand a response to the country’s racism? Especially today, is there an onus on writers of color to shine a spotlight on racial injustice? Hear from authors Kaitlyn Greenidge, Bernice McFadden, Garnette Cadogan and Quincy Troupe in a panel discussion moderated by the novelist Elizabeth Nunez.
Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont St.

Use your virtual imagination at Superchief Gallery in Queens. Credit: Superchief Facebook.

FEB 27–FEB 28
7 PM • $10
GAMING: Arcade VR & Video Game Night
Every Tuesday and Wednesday night from 7pm to midnight Superchief’s 7,000-square-foot community center is flipped into a large-scale arcade with giant 25-foot projection screens, deejays and everything from low-bit retro games to modern-day, hyperreal virtual reality experiences.
Superchief Gallery
1628 Jefferson Ave., Queens

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Photo (top): Skank the night away with The Skatalites, godfathers of Jamaican ska, at Brooklyn Bowl on Friday. Credit: skatalites.com.