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THRU SEPT 22
THUR–SAT 4PM–10PM, SAT–SUN 12PM–10PM • FREE
An area beneath a majestic span of the Brooklyn Bridge will be transformed into an immersive photography village populated by 90-plus shipping containers repurposed into galleries.
Brooklyn Bridge Plaza, Bklyn
THUR SEPT 19
7PM–10PM • FREE
BOOK LAUNCH: The Battle for the Mountain of the Kurds with Thomas Schmidinger
Thomas Schmidinger is one of the very few Europeans to have visited the Canton of Afrin. In this talk on his newest book, The Battle for the Mountain of the Kurds, he gives an account of the history and the present situation of the Rojava region. In a number of interviews, he also gives inhabitants of the region from a variety of ethnicities, religions, political orientations, and walks of life the opportunity to speak for themselves. As the author writes, “the battle for the Mountain of the Kurds is far from over yet.” Schmidinger was originally scheduled to appear in person at Bluestockings Books. However, due to the fact that the author was denied entry on his flight by Homeland Security, Schmidinger will give his talk via Skype at the regularly scheduled time and location.
Bluestockings Bookstore, Café, & Activist Center
172 Allen St, New York, New York 10002
FRI SEPT 20
12PM–5PM • FREE
PROTEST: Climate Strike
Ahead of the UN Climate Summit, demand action to address the climate crisis with a march and rally featuring Fridays For Future founder Greta Thunberg. NYC school students have permission to skip class.
Foley Square to Battery Park, Mnhtn
FRI SEPT 20
1PM–5PM • $17.50
HISTORY: Slavery and Underground Railroad Tour
Follow the Freedom Trail, where a band of brave men and women in NYC formed the hidden networks that became the Underground Railroad.
Bowling Green to City Hall Park, Mnhtn
FRI SEPT 20
7:30PM–9:30PM • $5–$15
TALK: What Could a Bernie Sanders Presidency Mean for Racial Justice in America?
Join an urgent conversation with author Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor and Bernie Sanders national press secretary Briahna Joy Gray. Bernie Sanders has pledged, “We will go to war against white nationalism and racism in every aspect of our lives.” What kind of fight must be waged to end economic inequality, mass incarceration, environmental racism, criminalization of our border — to win racial justice in the United States? What role could a Sanders administration play?
The Riverside Church
91 Claremont Ave., Mnhtn
FRI SEPT 20
7:30PM–9:30PM • FREE
MUSIC: ¡VAYA! 63: Bobby Sanabria
Bobby Sanabria and his Multiverse Big Band pay tribute to the mecca of all Latin dance halls, the legendary Palladium Ballroom, where the fusion of big-band mambo with jazz reigned supreme.
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center
61 W. 62nd St., Mnhtn
FRI SEPT 20
7:30 PM–3:30 AM • $10–$18
PARTY: Disco Tehran
A funky, warm, traveling discothéque presenting live shows by local and international bands. Disco Tehran describes itself as a multi-cultural dreamboat that connects New York to the era of 1970s Tehran. Dach party explores groovy household throwbacks and rare music from the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and Latin America. Online tickets are sold out but a limited number will be available at the door.
The Sultan Room
234 Starr St., Bklyn
SAT SEPT 21
11AM–6PM • FREE
MARKET: Brooklyn Flea Record Fair
Record labels, stores, plus vintage collectors will be selling records and other music related goodies all day.
East River State Park, Bklyn
SAT SEPT 21
12PM–3PM • FREE
PROTEST: Bury The Plan Not The Park
The city’s plan to demolish East River Park and bury it under eight feet of landfill has sparked an uproar on the Lower East Side. Opponents of the plan will march at noon from Tompkins Sq. Park to the Labyrinth just north of the Williamsburg Bridge where there will be songs, speeches, art for kids and a mock burial of the plan.
East River Park, Mnhtn
SUN SEPT 22
7:30PM • $69
MUSIC: Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Catch hard-rocking legend Joan Jett, the voice behind such classics as “Bad Reputation,” “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll” and “Crimson and Clover.”
Bergen Performing Arts Center
30 N. Van Brunt St., Englewood, N.J.
SEPT 23–SEPT 25
MON 1PM–2:30PM & WED 4PM–5:30PM • FREE
WORKSHOP: Expressing Climate Grief
Workshop participants will learn approaches to heal from the emotions we experience in reaction to the climate crisis and increase their effectiveness in the climate justice movement.
4 W. 43rd St., Mnhtn
SEPT 24–SEPT 27
TUES–FRI 6PM–9PM • $85, 21+
MUSIC: Liszt’s Harmonies Poétiques et Religieuses in the Green-Wood Catacombs
Listen to the epically-intense Harmonies Poétiques et Religieuses by Franz Liszt at Angels Share, a new series of opera and chamber music concerts that takes place in Green-Wood Cemetary’s Catacombs. One of the oldest structures in the 478-acre National Historic Landmark Cemetery, the Catacombs were built in the 1850s and are normally closed to the public.
5th Ave. at 25th St., Bklyn
WED SEPT 25
6:30PM–8:30PM • FREE
Book Launch: Between the Lines: Sweat the Technique by Rakim
A conversation with Rakim and pioneering TV host and hip-hop historian Ralph McDaniels. Rakim reigns as one of hip-hop’s most transformative artists. Along with his partner Eric B., he recorded 1987’s Paid in Full, the landmark recording that MTV named “the greatest hip-hop album of all time.” Rakim’s inimitable style lyrics, has drawn comparisons to jazz icon Thelonious Monk. Sweat the Technique by Rakim is part memoir, part practical writing guide. It shows readers how to write better, while entertaining them with rich, engaging stories from Rakim’s life that shaped him. Books will be available in the Schomburg shop and a book signing will follow the program.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Blvd, Mnhtn