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Indy Weekly Events Calendar: Nov. 29 to Dec. 5

Indypendent Staff Nov 28

Before we dive into our regular calendar we want to call readers attention to a special event taking place this Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2 pm. The Indypendent, its staff, volunteers and supporters, are going to be collectively granted sainthood in the Church of Stop Shopping by none other than the illustrious performer and Indy advice columnist Reverend Billy Talen.

Each week during their annual holiday run at Joe’s Pub (425 Lafayette Street), the choir takes a moment to anoint groups and individuals that they deem to be doing, if not the Lord’s work, something good for the planet and the people on it. We are honored that they have chosen to recognize the many people without whom our little rebel newspaper would not happen.

Leonard Cohen once remarked that a saint is someone who, far from flying with the angels, “traces with the fidelity of a seismograph needle the state of the solid bloody landscape.” Well, that doesn’t sound all that different from the job of a reporter in these turbulent times. We hope you’ll join us. Discounted $10 tickets available by entering the promo code CHANGENOW upon purchase.

The Indypendent’s events calendar comes out every Wednesday online and once a month in print. 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 NOV 29
6:30PM–8PM • FREE
PERFORMANCE: Kayhan Irani: There is a Portal
Kayhan Irani’s latest multimedia performance project uses storytelling, humor and participatory theater to create spaces for healing and authentic dialogue. Sharing memories of the Iranian revolution and family tales of migration, she offers a glimpse into personal and political cycles of displacement, violence and finding home.
The James Gallery
365 Fifth Ave., Mnhtn

THURS NOV 29
7PM–8:30PM • FREE
TALK: Toward a Green New Deal
A wide-ranging discussion on how to fight for a Green New Deal.
Leonard Library
81 Devoe St., Bklyn

THURS NOV 29
7PM–9PM • FREE
BOOK LAUNCH: The Long Honduran Night
Join author Dana Frank in conversation with Democracy Now!’s Juan González. Frank’s new book is a story of resistance, repression and U.S. policy in Honduras in the aftermath of a violent military coup that provides the context for the current refugee caravan.
Verso Loft
20 Jay St., Suite 1010, Bklyn

FRI NOV 30
6:30PM–9PM • FREE
SCREENING: Blood in the Streets: The Battle of Sur
Based on news footage and live interviews, this is the untold story of how radical Kurds built a system they call “democratic autonomy” in Sur and other cities of northeast Turkey — a system based on pluralism, local control and full citizenship for women. The Turkish government found this level of democracy so threatening it responded by destroying Sur, killing or jailing many of its activists and dismantling the structures they had put in place for women’s liberation. This film will be followed by discussion with Ozlem Goner and Meredith Tax.
The CUNY Graduate Center, Segal Theater
365 Fifth Ave., Mnhtn

FRI NOV 30
8PM • $13–$28
MUSIC: Downtown Boys, Choked Up, Material Support, Ohyung
A punky zine launch party and benefit for the New York Abortion Access Fund (NYAAF), which provides financial support for people facing barriers to abortion access.
Market Hotel
1140 Myrtle Ave., Bklyn

FRI NOV 30
10PM–4AM • $10–20
MUSIC: Ladies of LCD Soundsystem
Nancy Whang and Gavin Rayna Russom perform special DJ sets highlighting their music beyond LCD Soundsystem. A dollar from each ticket sold goes to RAINN (the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) and its work supporting survivors through their 24/7 National Sexual Assault Hotline.
Good Room
98 Meserole Ave., Bklyn

SAT DEC 1
2PM–4PM • FREE
SCREENING: The Untold History of the United States: “Eisenhower and the Bomb”
The fifth chapter in Oliver Stone’s 10-part documentary series, The Untold History of the United States, which challenges positive interpretations of the U.S. government’s foreign policy in the twentieth century. Hosted by the Vito Marcantonio Forum. Light refreshments served. Discussion to follow screening.
Mulberry Street Library
10 Jersey St., Mnhtn.

SUN DEC 2
7PM–9PM • $25–$175
PANEL: Radical Progress NYC
Join former-Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, Sen-elect Julia Salazar and Public Advocate candidate Nomiki Konst for a discussion of ways to make NYC fair, just and livable again, confront fascism and challenge attacks of the working class. Mayday Space
176 Saint Nicholas Ave., Bklyn

WED DEC 5
7PM–8:30PM •  FREE
BOOK LAUNCH: A Writer of Our Time: The Life and Work of John Berger
Drawing on first-hand, unpublished interviews and archival sources only recently made available, Joshua Sperling explores the life of one of the most influential thinkers and writers of postwar Europe. As a novelist, Berger won the Booker prize in 1972, donating half his prize money to the Black Panthers. As a TV presenter, he changed the way we looked at art with Ways of Seeing. As a storyteller and political activist, he defended the rights and dignity of workers, migrants and the oppressed around the world.
McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince St., Mnhtn

WED DEC 5
7:30PM–9:30PM • $16
DOCUMENTARY: An Evening with Milford Graves/Milford Graves Full Mantis
Drummer, avant-garde jazz visionary, inventor, heart researcher, martial arts renegade and next-level gardener Milford Graves receives a documentary treatment as thrillingly unique and free-form as he is. A kaleidoscope of sound and image edited to its own internal polyrhythms, Milford Graves Full Mantis blends cosmically philosophical interviews with the artist, jaw-dropping archival footage, kung fu interludes and bioacoustic demonstrations into a spellbinding portrait of an inspiring, one-of-a-kind renaissance man. Graves will be on hand post-screening.
BAM
30 Lafayette Ave., Bklyn

 

DEC 5–DEC 8
WED–FRI 8PM, SAT 7PM • FREE
MUSIC: Roots n’ Ruckus Fest
Nearly 50 acts on 2 stages, across 4 nights, this festival features new and fresh singer songwriters, Mexican Son Jarocho, classic klezmer, foot-thumpin’ rock n’ roll, traditional folk, blues and jazz and much, much more.
Jalopy Theatre and School of Music
315 Columbia St., Bklyn

DEC 5–DEC 9
WED–SAT 8PM, SAT & SUN 3PM • $13–$18
PERFORMANCE: Bread & Puppet: The Or Else Opera
A paper maché puppet opera, punctuated by melting ice drops under a starry sky made of garlic. Composer Hanns Eisler enters the 21st century, with its giant fears and overcrowded spirit, at a moment of re-occurring fascism.
Theater for the New City
155 First Ave., Mnhtn


Photo (top): Milford Graves in Milford Graves Full Mantis‎. Credit: Cinema Guild.