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Indy Events Calendar Feb. 8–14

Indypendent Staff Feb 7

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 8
7:30 PM–9 PM • FREE
PHOTOGRAPHY: Visually Speaking: The People’s Photographer
Joseph Rodriguez and Jamel Shabazz — two important documentary photographers whose work tells the story of New York City, from kids playing stickball to families in their living rooms — in conversation with Noelle Theard of the Magnum Foundation. Part of the “Visually Speaking” series, curated by photographer Terrence Jennings.
Brooklyn Central Library
10 Grand Army Plaza

FEB 8–FEB 25
8 PM Thurs–Sat, 3 PM Sun • $18, students and seniors $15
THEATER: Josh: The Black Babe Ruth
The play dramatizes the life, loves and ultimately the tragic decline of Josh Gibson, who, with 962 career home runs, was one of baseball’s greatest sluggers. Despite his abilities, Major League Baseball club owners and Gibson’s own personal demons prevented him from playing in the big leagues.
Theater for the New City
155 First Ave., Mnhtn

FRI FEB 9
7 PM–9 PM • $10 suggested donation
COMEDY: Paid Protest
A monthly comedy show fundraising for the NYC Democratic Socialists of America with the best comics in New York. Grab a friend, get a drink and support local activism.
Starr Bar
214 Starr St., Bklyn

From Spanish Harlem by Joseph Rodriguez. He’ll be appearing with fellow photographer Jamel Shabazz at the Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Branch Thursday evening.

FRI FEB 9
7:30 PM–9 PM • FREE
MUSIC: Awa Sangho
Awa Sangho, “the Golden Voice of Mali,” is a tireless advocate of women’s issues and an explosive performer. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Lincoln Center
10 Lincoln Center Plz, Mnhtn

FRI FEB 9
8 PM–Midnight • $17
PARTY: Night at the Museum: Lunar New Year
Ring in the Lunar New Year with a celebratory Night at the Museum, organized in collaboration with the roving dance party, Bubble_T. DJs, live performances, one-night-only installations and food vendors offering up delicious cocktails, snacks and desserts.
MoMA PS1
22-25 Jackson Avenue, Queens

SAT FEB 10
2 PM–4:30 PM • FREE
SCREENING: The Untold History of the United States
The Vito Marcantonio Forum is launching a four-session series based on Oliver Stone’s multi-part documentary. This series will focus on events leading up to World War II and the beginning of the Korean War. Future screenings March 10, April 14 and May 12.
Mulberry Branch Library
10 Jersey St., Mnhtn

Get your drink on at the Brooklyn Craft Spirits Fest this weekend. Credit: brooklyncraftspiritsfest.com.

SAT FEB 10
2 PM–9:30 PM • $39, 21+
DRINKING: Brooklyn Craft Spirits Fest
From moonshine to mezcal, this is your chance to get acquainted with over 100 different types of delicious craft spirits.
Brooklyn Expo Center
72 Noble St.

SAT FEB 10
8 PM–12 AM • $10 suggested donation
PARTY: Hearts and Roses Valentine’s Dance
Calling all reds and cupids! Join the Democratic Socialists’ Feminist Working Group for a Valentine’s dance.
Mayday Space
176 St Nicholas Ave., Bklyn

SUN FEB 11
11 AM–4 PM • FREE with museum admission
TALK: Happy Birthday, Frederick Douglass
Wish Frederick Douglass a very happy 200th birthday. Gather around Mr. Douglass, portrayed by historian Michael Crutcher, to learn about his lifelong fight for equality and ask him about his role in abolishing slavery.
New York Historical Society
170 Central Park West, Mnhtn

SUN FEB 11
12 PM–1:30 PM • $35
WALKING TOUR: The Remnants of Penn Station
This tour will cover the past, present and future of this central transportation hub, weaving in moments from The Eternal Space — a play about the destruction of the original Penn Station.
Penn Station
Mnhtn

SUN FEB 11
6:30 PM–9:00 PM • $30
PARTY: Queer Soup Night (QSN) Special Edition: Soup + Slow Jams VDay
Intimate, sexy, soupy — dress up and get down at this Valentine’s event benefiting the New Sanctuary Coalition and QSN. Soup, pie, desserts, prizes, deejay, cash bar.
Pels Pie Co.
446 Rogers Ave., Bklyn

SUN FEB 11
7 PM • $15
SCREENING: School Daze
Spike Lee will be on hand to introduce this special 30th-anniversary screening of his fresh, funny and formally audacious film. School Daze follows a self-styled radical (Laurence Fishburne) as he tries to shake up political consciousness at an historically black college. Bursting with energetic musical numbers, School Daze offers deft mix of comedy and commentary, touching insightfully on colorism, class and African-American identity.
BAM Rose Cinemas
30 Lafayette Ave., Bklyn

TUES FEB 13
6 PM–4 AM • $20 in advance, $25 at the door
MUSIC: Mehanata Bar’s 20th Anniversary feat. Eugene Hütz of Gogol Bordello
Special performances by gypsy punk originators Eugene Hütz and Sergey Ryabtsev of Gogol Bordello and klezmer legends Frank London & Deep Singh. Drink specials and belly dancing.
Mehanata Bulgarian Bar
113 Ludlow, Mnhtn

TUES FEB 13
6:30 PM • FREE
BOOK LAUNCH: The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke
Alain Locke was a writer, philosopher and the architect of the philosophy behind the Harlem Renaissance, an awakening of artistic creativity and racial pride centered in Harlem. The new biography, The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke by Jeffrey Stewart, tells the story of how Locke came to his view of Harlem as a crucible of race consciousness. A book signing will follow.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Blvd., Mnhtn

George Clinton with Parliament and the Funkadelic celebrate Fat Tuesday at B.B. Kings Blues Bar and Grill, Feb. 13. Credit: Beaver on the Beats/Flickr. 

TUES FEB 13
8 PM • $45 in advance, $50 day of
MUSIC: The 6th Annual “Funky Fat Tuesday” Celebration with George Clinton and Parliament and the Funkadelic
George Clinton lands the mothership for a night of ass-liberating funk. Uncle Jam hosts what’s become an annual Mardi Gras celebration for a sixth straight year.
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
237 W. 42nd St., Mnhtn

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Photo (top): Awa Sangho belts Malian marvels at Lincoln Center, Feb. 9.