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Indy Events Calendar July 26–August 1

Indypendent Staff Jul 25

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 JULY 26
5:30PM–12AM • FREE
DEMONSTRATION: Deportee Suitcase Solidarity March
When Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) orders our friends and neighbors deported, their loved ones are allowed to pack one 25 lb suitcase for them. Each day, people in our communities must pack such a suitcase and submit it to ICE for inspection. When they drop off these suitcases with ICE, they cannot see their loved one to say goodbye. Join this gathering to honor those who have been deported and their loved ones. Bring one object you would pack in your love one’s suitcase and shed a light onto the deportation machine that continues to cause violence and suffering on our communities.
25 Federal Plaza, Mnhtn

THURS JULY 26
6PM–8PM • FREE
PANEL: Honoring the First People of Queens
Members of the Matinecock tribe of Queens and Long Island will explore the tribe’s history, culture and customs.
Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Blvd, Queens

FRI JULY 27
7PM–9PM • $25–$100
MUSIC: The Dream Unfinished: Sanctuary
Dream Unfinished is an orchestra that plays to keep families together. Friday’s performance, the last of the season, features the music of George Walker, Vijay Iyer, Tania Leon, Kareem Roustom and Huang Ruo. Special guests include violinist Jennifer Koh. Immigrant rights leaders from Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees, the New Sanctuary Coalition, the New York Immigration Coalition and DRUM (Desis Rising Up and Moving) will deliver remarks as well.
Saint Peter’s Church
619 Lexington Ave., Mnhtn

JULY 27–29
FRI–SUN, various times • $75–$350
CONFERENCE: FEARLESS CITIES: North America Regional Municipalist Summit
A growing movement across the globe is seeking to democratize and feminize political institutions at the level closest to our day-to-day lives — the municipal level. Join the first ever municipalist summit in North America. Visit fearlesscities.nyc for schedule and locations.
Mnhtn, Bklyn

SAT JULY 28
2PM–7PM • FREE
MUSIC: Pete Rock & The Soul Brothers/Hannah Williams/DJ Emz
The Bronx-born producer, DJ and artist Pete Rock performs a special set with the Soul Brothers, an ensemble of some of the best and brightest who’s whos of jazz. He’ll be joined by the fast-rising soul star Hannah Williams.
Central Park
Rumsey Playfield, Mnhtn

SAT JULY 28
4PM–7PM • FREE
MUSIC: Spanish Harlem Orchestra
These two-time Grammy winners never fail to get audiences dancing with their hardcore salsa stylings.
St. Mary’s Park
450 Saint Ann’s Ave., Bronx

JULY 28–JULY 29
SAT & SUN, 11AM–6PM • $0 & up
FESTIVAL: The 8th Annual New York City Poetry Festival
Uniting the vast and diverse New York City poetry community at the idyllic summer paradise of Governors Island.
Colonel’s Row
Governor’s Island

SUN JULY 29
1PM–7PM • FREE
FESTIVAL: Brooklyn Roots Festival
This folk arts festival celebrates Brooklyn’s traditional artists and immigrant communities through a daylong schedule of performances, workshops, interactive family activities and more. Featuring the Palestinian dance ensemble Freedom Dabka Group, the Haitian drumming group Fanmi Asòtò, the Afro-Puerto Rican drum and dance ensemble BombaYo and other performers representing Yiddish, Serbian and the African diaspora.
Lefferts Historic House & Children’s Corner in Prospect Park
Ocean Ave. at Flatbush Ave., Bklyn

SUN JULY 29
2PM–4PM • FREE
ART: Collaborative Storytelling: The Making of The Scroll Project
Join some of the artists and cultural organizers behind End the Debt! Decolonize! Liberate Movement Unity Scroll, a participatory cultural response to Hurricane Maria that tells the story of U.S. imperialism through the lens of the current economic and environmental state of Puerto Rico and its diaspora.
The Clemente
107 Suffolk St., Mnhtn

SUN JULY 29
2PM–7PM • FREE
MUSIC: Femi Kuti & Positive Force, Jupiter & Okwess
Femi Kuti and his band bring their funky Afrobeat sound to Central Park, where they’re joined by rising star Congolese musician Jupiter Bokondji and his band Okwess
SummerStage, Central Park
Rumsey Playfield, Mnhtn

MON JULY 30
7PM–9PM • FREE
TALK: A Report from the Rank-and-File: Organizing the Service Industry
Come hear reports from rank-and-file activists innovating new forms of worker organization on the front lines of the class struggle in the food-service industry.
Verso Books
20 Jay St., Suite 1010, Bklyn

TUES JULY 31
7:30PM–10PM • $32
TALK: Fleeing Fundamentalism
Three women from fundamentalist backgrounds describe their experiences of being married to an Al-Qaeda member, picketing funerals with a ‘God Hates Fags’ sign, and living in fear of the modesty police discovering her transgressions.
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre
416 W 42nd St., Mnhtn

TUES JULY 31
9PM–12AM
MUSIC: WHAT NOW? Sessions: July Edition
Every last Tuesday of the month Starr Bar hosts WHAT NOW? Sessions, a fusion of the hip-hop cypher and the jazz jam session. Emcees, bring your bars. Singers, bring your melodies. Musicians, bring your instruments. Everyone, bring your energy. Celebrate life with dope tunes and good vibes.
Starr Bar
214 Starr St., Mnhtn

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Photo (top): Catch Femi Kuti’s funky Afrobeat rhythms at Central Park’s SummerStage this Sunday. Credit: Beaver on the Beats.