Indy Events Calendar April 12–18

Indypendent Staff Apr 11, 2018

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.

FRI & SAT, times vary • $25–$1000
CONFERENCE: Organizing 2.0
New York region’s premier skills training conference for organizers, communicators, techies and activists of all levels. Trainings include: online and offline organizing, digital strategy, visual storytelling and much more. Visit to register as a group or individual.
The Murphy Institute
25 West 43rd St.,19th Fl., Mnhtn

6PM • Adults $15, $25 with book, children & seniors $5
READING: Junot Diaz
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author reads from his debut children’s picture book, Islandborn. Q&A and book signing to follow.
United Palace Theater
4140 Broadway, Mnhtn

7:30PM–9PM • FREE
MUSIC: Outside (In)dia: Martha Redbone
Part Cherokee, Choctaw, European and African American, Martha Redbone is a pioneering voice of Appalachian and Native American song. In a debut collaboration, Redbone will be joined by Brooklyn Raga Massive’s community of Indian music-inspired artists for an exploration of Americana and raga intersections.
Lincoln Center
10 Lincoln Center Plz., Mnhtn

Lovers of science march again this weekend. Credit: Peter Rugh.

PROTEST: March for Science NYC 2018
In 2017, more than one million people around the world gathered to defend science for the common good and its role in policy and society. Since then, science has continued to face increasing threats at the federal, state and local levels. It’s time to unite again and hold policymakers responsible for enacting equitable, evidence-based policies that serve all communities.
Washington Square Park

APRIL 14–15
SAT & SUN, times very • FREE
CONFERENCE: Black Radicalism in the United States
This two-day conference brings together scholars and activists dealing with the history and the legacy of black radicalism in the United States from multiple perspectives.
Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung – New York Office
275 Madison Ave., Mnhtn

10AM–1PM • $12.50
ART: Brooklyn Street Art Tour
Learn the fascinating history of graffiti culture and street art and how it’s evolved and see dozens of unique pieces and murals along the way.
Bushwick Collective
30 Wyckoff Ave., Bklyn

12PM–10PM • FREE
FESTIVAL: QJOG Spring Jazz Fest
The Queens Jazz OverGround (QJOG), a collective that promotes jazz performance and education, presents their annual free, day-long series of jazz workshops and performances. The event highlights the talents of the many renowned and emerging jazz instrumentalists and vocalists in the borough of Queens.
Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Boulevard, Queens

Two great minds share the stage at the 92nd Street Y this Tuesday.

3PM–6PM • $7.50–$10
EXCHANGE: NYC Plant Swap 2018
Swap plants and stories. Bring a pest-free, beautiful plant, or two or three for trade. They can be potted or bare root — as long as you’re prepared to part with them!
Hub Seventeen NYC
114 5th Ave., Mnhtn

PROTEST: New York Region Spring Action Against Wars at Home & Abroad
With the Trump administration’s escalation of the wars in Afghanistan and Syria and threats to North Korea and Venezuela, huge increases in military spending, as well as increasing attacks on the rights of workers and communities of color and the dangerous growth of white supremacy, it is time to return to the street to make our voices heard. This protest is part of a national mobilization to challenge war makers and defend humanity.
Herald Square
34th St. & 6th Ave., Mnhtn

APRIL 16–22
MON–SUN, times vary • $0–$49
FESTIVAL: PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature
Join 165 writers and artists representing over 50 nationalities for this week-long series of literary events with a human rights focus. Speakers include Roxane Gay, Dave Eggers, Chelsea Manning and Hillary Clinton. Tickets, location and schedule available at

8PM • $40
TALK: Laurie Anderson in Conversation with Neil Gaiman
Artist, composer, filmmaker, performer and all-around creative pioneer Laurie Anderson sits down for a wide-ranging conversation with acclaimed writer Neil Gaiman.
92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Ave., Mnhtn

6:30PM–8PM • $0–10
IN CONVERSATION: Heather Ann Thompson
Pulitzer Prize– and Bancroft Prize-winning historian Heather Ann Thompson discusses civil liberties in our heavily surveilled and incarcerated society.
International Center of Photography (Downtown)
250 Bowery, Mnhtn

6:30PM–8:30PM • FREE
EXHIBIT: Experience Cafe
Experience design with all your senses. A night of tasting sounds, smelling words and touching sensory materials with designers and scientists. Guests will rotate through hands-on stations spanning Cooper Hewitt museum, participating in activities designed to ignite the senses.
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
2 East 91st St., Mnhtn

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Photo (top): Martha Redbone, whose music draws on her American Indian roots, shares the stage with Brooklyn Raga Massive, a community of Indian-inspired musicians. Credit: Fabrice Trombert 

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