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Weekly NYC Events Calendar: Jan. 23 to Jan. 29

Indypendent Staff Jan 22

The Indypendent’s curated 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.

THUR JAN 23
6PM–7:45PM • FREE
TALK: What You Need to Know About National Grid’s N. Brooklyn Pipeline
Enjoy snacks, the company of your neighbors, hear from local experts about the National Grid construction project in North Brooklyn and get the facts the utility does not reveal.
Bushwick Library
340 Bushwick Ave., Bklyn 

THUR JAN 23
6:30PM–8PM • $5
TALK: The Neuroscience of Communication and Its Social Implications
Lauren Silbert, PhD, is a neuroscientist, educator and installation scientist. Her work explores the neural correlates underlying communication, where she has developed new analytical tools to study the interaction between brains. She creates novel educational curricula and builds public installations that integrate her research with technology, environment, and interactive participation to facilitate understanding across society. In this talk she will present her scientific findings and discuss their practical implications in education and public experience.
New York Society for Ethical Culture
2 W. 64th St., Mnhtn

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THUR 23
7PM–9PM • FREE
PANEL: We Own The Future
A panel discussion and afterparty for the release of We Own the Future: Democratic Socialism, American Style, edited by Kate Aronoff, Peter Dreier, and Michael Kazin. Aronoff will be joined by volume contributors Aviva Stahl, Tejasvi Nagaraja and Sarah Leonard. The book offers a road map to making an anti-capitalist alternative a reality, giving readers a practical vision of a future that is more democratic, egalitarian, inclusive, and environmentally sustainable. Books will be available for sale. Wine and beer will be available for a donation.
Verso Loft
20 Jay St., Suite 1010, Bklyn

THUR JAN 23
7PM–9PM • FREE
BOOK LAUNCH: Anne Waldman: Mundo Aparte/Offworld
Celebrate the launch of Waldman’s new book, a bilingual Spanish/English collection of poems. The evening begins with a screening of “Crepuscular,” a cinema-poem in collaboration with the photographer and visual artist No Land, envisioned for Anne’s poem of the same name. Narrated by Waldman, the film invokes archetypes of trickster poets whose sleight of hand can turn night to day. Then Waldman is joined for a music-text hybrid reading with multi-instrumentalists Devin Brahja Waldman, Janice Lowe, and James Brandon Lewis. Poet and translator Mónica de la Torre will read the poems in Spanish.
Howl Happening
6 E. 1st St., Mnhtn

JAN 23–JAN 25
THUR 7PM, SAT 6:30 • $20–$50, 21+
PERFORMANCE: Naughty for Nature
Nature is sexy and so are you. Naughty for Nature is ecological sex-education via hip-hop, comedy and sensuous spectacle. Featuring eco-rappers Nate and Hila.
House of YES
2 Wyckoff Ave., Bklyn

FRI JAN 24
6PM • $10 & up
PARTY: F**ck You, Gentrification Fundraiser
Researchers say that one in every 10 people in New York City is being gentrified out of their home. And now it’s happening to Audre Lorde Project too. The activists are losing their Manhattan home at the historic Miss Major-Jay Toole building in Chelsea, due to rising rent that’s not sustainable for a small, radical grassroots org. Join the ALP community as it says goodbye to its political home for the past 10 years. There will be food, sliding scale drinks and music to boogie to.
Audre Lorde Project
147 W. 24th St. Fl 3, Mnhtn 

SAT JAN 25
10AM–5:30PM • FREE
CONFERENCE: The China Question: Toward a Left Perspective
Amid escalating trade conflict and the failure of political parties to address the China question, progressives in the United States need to articulate positions on China and work with progressive groups and activists in both countries to tackle a range of pressing social, political and ecological issues.
Verso Loft
20 Jay St., Suite 1010, Bklyn

SAT JAN 25
3:30PM–9:30PM • $27
BOOK SIGNING: Chuck Palahniuk: Consider This
Consider This: Moments in My Writing Life after Which Everything Was Different is Palahniuk’s first book on writing and his first major work of long-form nonfiction. Its combination of memoir and insights into the writing life is reminiscent of Stephen King’s On Writing, and like that seminal text, may cause readers to rethink the author’s place in the literary canon. Price of admission includes copy of book. Line starts at 2:30 p.m.
Strand Book Store
828 Broadway, Mnhtn 

SAT JAN 25
8PM–9PM • FREE
MUSIC: The Ve Jano Experience (The Cypher)
Cypher over original beats by featured producers led by the Freestyle King himself, Vē Jano Alexander.
Starr Bar
214 Starr St., Bklyn

SUN JAN 26
11AM–1PM • $12
FAMILY: Let’s Dance! — The Music of David Bowie for Kids
Performing songs created by the most iconic musicians in rock history, the Rock and Roll Playhouse band offers its core audience of families with children age ten and under games, movement, stories and an opportunity to rock out in an effort to educate children and explore their creativity. This concert shares Bowie’s music with a new generation of music lovers.
Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Ave., Bklyn

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MON JAN 27
7PM–9:30PM • FREE
PERFORMANCE: Get On The Stage
An open mic based on uplifting and centering marginalized voices. This includes, but is not limited to, queer/trans people of color, white trans, two spirit, gender non-conforming, non-binary and intersex individuals. Speakers can bring poems, prose, music, stand-up and spoken word of any kind.
Bluestockings Bookstore, Café, & Activist Center
172 Allen St., Mnhtn

WED JAN 29
7PM–9PM • FREE
GIVING: Gift Collection and Kit-Packing for Women In Need
Collect gifts and pack kits for women at the Women’s Prison Association’s housing program in lower Manhattan. WPA is the U.S.’s oldest women’s advocacy group, providing alternatives to incarceration and helping at-risk women avoid arrest or jail by making positive changes in their lives. Members are collecting new items to supply their East Village residence, and packing them as gifts for the women there on Valentine’s Day. What’s needed (new items only, please): Socks and pantyhose; body lotions, gels and soaps; washcloths and loofahs; body sprays and perfumes; shampoos and conditioners.
Formerly Crow’s
85 Washington Place, Mnhtn

WED JAN 29
7PM–12AM • $20, 21+
MUSIC: NYC Loves Australia: A Benefit Concert to help the Animals
Australian musicians in NYC band together to raise money for the animals hurt by the catastrophic Australian bushfires. It is a disaster for our environment. One billion animals have been killed. Over a million hectares burned — that’s habitat lost and food resources gone. It’s devastating and we must help. If you can’t make it, please donate. Featuring: The Art Gray Noizz Quintet, Big Balls (AC/DC tribute with Anna Copa Cabanna), Greta Gertler Gold, Sean Wayland and the Great Australian Songbook, C Gibbs and the Salvation Tapes, Moist Paula, Sean Van Doornum, and DJs Daniel Irons and Drew Redmond.
Our Wicked Lady
153 Morgan Ave., Bklyn