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Indy Events Calendar June 14–20

Indypendent Staff Jun 13

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.

SAT JUNE 16
1PM–4PM • FREE
PARADE: The Mermaid Parade
A celebration of ancient mythology, the honky-tonk rituals of the seaside and community pride.
Coney Island
1208 Surf Ave., Bklyn

SAT JUNE 16
2 PM–8 PM • FREE
FAIR: The Second Annual NYC Radical Book Fair
Come hang out with leftists from across the five boroughs, expand your personal library and build solidarity! Thousands of used political and non-political books for sale.
Verso Books
20 Jay St, Suite 1010, Bklyn

SAT JUNE 16
10PM–4AM • FREE (before midnight)
MUSIC: Working Women and Yu Su
Working Women, a New York DJ collective comprised of four selectors — DJ Ashlyn, DJ Voices, DJ Nina and DJ Nicely — each with a unique vision behind the decks, are joined by Vancouver-based producer and DJ Yu Su.
Nowadays
56-06 Cooper Ave., Queens

SUN JUNE 17
12PM–6PM • FREE
FEST: Mafrika Music Festival
An international music festival aimed at bringing together members of NYC’s diverse communities through sound, dance, visual art, food and literature.
Marcus Garvey Park, Mnhtn

TUES JUNE 19
6PM–9PM • $75–$250
FUNDRAISER: Liberation: A Fundraiser for Global Action Project
Join Global Action Project (GAP) as it brings together accomplished media makers Jamilah King from Mother Jones, Gabe Gonzalez from Remezcla, and Imara Jones from The Last Sip News with GAP youth producers to explore what it means to produce media by immigrant, trans and gender non-conforming movements and movements for racial, economic and gender justice.
Retro Report
633 3rd Ave., Mnhtn

TUES JUNE 19
6:30PM–9:30PM • $30
ART: The Art Of MARCH
Celebrate the Society of Illustrators’ exhibit “The Art of MARCH: A Civil Rights Masterpiece.” Enjoy drinks, a private viewing of the exhibition and hear from a panel of artists and organizers on the struggle for voting rights.
Society Of Illustrators
128 E 63rd St., Mnhnt

TUES JUNE 19
7PM • $27–$52
PERFORMANCE: Who We Are: A Chronicle Of Racism In America
ACLU Deputy Legal Director Jeffery Robinson examines the secret history of America. A revelatory evening incorporating stirring performances and imagery that will lift you up and shake you to the core. Directed by Gbenga Akinnagbe (The Wire, The Deuce).
The Town Hall
123 W 43rd St., Mnhtn

WED JUNE 20
6PM–10PM • FREE
MUSIC: Big Daddy Kane: Long Live The Kane 30th Anniversary
In 1988, Big Daddy Kane, a young MC from Bed-Stuy stunned the public with his debut album, Long Live the Kane. The album, brimming with sharp lyrics and pop culture references, became a classic of the golden hip-hop era. He’ll be celebrating its 30th anniversary along with some very special guests, including The Finisher Mister Cee and host Doug E. Fresh.
Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk
3052 W 21st St., Bklyn

WED JUNE 20
6PM–10PM • $20
PARTY: Big Gay Roller Skate: Pride Edition
Guest DJ, skate rental, cocktails, rinkside dining, drag show. Show your rainbow colors.
Lefrak Center At Lakeside Prospect Park
171 Eastern Pkwy, Bklyn

WED JUNE 20
6:30PM–8:30PM • FREE
PANEL: Consecrating the Cosmos: Masquerade, Performance & Spirituality
An evening with Nyugen E. Smith and D. Denenge Duyst-Akpem discussing masquerade, performance and spirituality in carnival traditions in the African diaspora through the lens of Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Blvd, Mnhtn

WED JUNE 20
7:30PM–9:30PM • $6–$15 (suggested donation)
BOOK LAUNCH: Fighting For Space with author Travis Lupick
The story of a group of drug users in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside who waged a political street fight for two decades to transform how the city treats its most marginalized citizens.
The Brooklyn Commons
388 Atlantic Ave., Bklyn

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Photo (top): Big Daddy Kane. Credit: lucasmorin/Flickr