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Lunar New Year Celebration

February 5, 2019 11:00am - 2:00pm

Price: Free with Museum admission.

Gung Hay Fat Choy! Come ring in the Lunar New Year as we celebrate the coming of the Year of the Pig. Join us for a special performance, lantern-making activity, and special snack. 

Registration suggested, but not required.

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Location: Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue btwn 103rd and 104th Streets, New York NY 10029 US

Desert Island Discs with Ken Peplowski

February 5, 2019 7:00pm

Tickets: $0 - $10

Ken  Peplowski sounds the way (Benny) Goodman might if he had kept evolving, kept on listening to new music, kept refining his sound, polishing his craft, and expanding his musical purview into the 21st century,” the eminent music writer Will Friedwald declared in the Wall Street Journal in 2012. It’s an accurate assessment of the 59-year-old virtuoso, who has made it his business during his 40 years as a professional jazz musician to address any context — the Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman orchestras, Dixieland, swing and bebop combos, avant-garde jazz and 20th century classical music — at the highest level of craft and artistry, singing his own song, as Lester Young used to say, not only on clarinet, but also tenor saxophone and alto saxophone. The Cleveland native has documented all of these stylistic food groups, historical and contemporary, on 50+ recordings as a leader, most recently Enrapture (Capri). “It’s not that big a stretch between Jimmie Noone and someone like Marty Ehrlich,” Peplowski commented in the liner notes for an earlier album, Grenadilla. “It’s important to remind the audience it’s all a continuous line of music.

In the fall of 2015, the National Jazz Museum in Harlem debuted its version of Desert Island Discs. It’s modeled on an iconic BBC radio show, extant since 1942, which invites eminences from various walks of life to choose—and discuss—the eight records they would bring for a stay on the apocryphal desert island. For the Jazz Museum’s expanded version curated and hosted by esteemed journalist Ted Panken, the presenters are jazz musicians, who will present a cohort of music, of any genre, that was essential in the formation and evolution of their musical personality

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Location: The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, 58 West 129th Street, New York NY 10027 US

Dive Deeper: And It Don't Stop! Theater, Activism and Culture

February 5, 2019 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Price: $10

Presented with support from Hi-Arts

Cutting their teeth during the golden age of Hip Hop in cyphers, poetry slams and battles, multi-award winning playwrights and performers Liza Jessie Peterson, Nsangou Njikam and Will Power have rocked the mic and moved the needle on issues central to liberation and community. This powerful trifecta of carriers of the culture have created solo and ensemble work for the theater and move fluidly from stage to lecture hall to community center to prison day room using their voices and platforms to instigate shifts. Come hear from three of the brightest theater makers of today and experience a mini performance from their new work(s). 

Moderated by Raymond Codrington, Executive Director—Hi-Arts.

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Location: Harlem Stage Gatehouse, 150 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street, New York NY 10031 US

Educator Evening: Jackie Robinson

February 7, 2019 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Educator Evening: In the Dugout with Jackie Robinson

Price: Free. Registration required.

Join us for a free curator-led tour of the new exhibition In the Dugout with Jackie Robinson: An Intimate Portrait of a Baseball Legend.

This exhibition honors the centennial of the birth of the legendary Brooklyn Dodgers player who broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball in 1947.

Along with stunning black-and-white images from the Museum’s collections, many never before seen, In the Dugout with Jackie Robinson features rare home movies of the Robinson family and published magazines that provide a window into the media’s portrayal of this groundbreaking figure.

Program Schedule

  • 4:30-5:00 pm - Gallery open for viewing
  • 5:00-6:00 pm - Guided gallery tour with Curator
  • 6:00-6:10 pm - CTLE forms distributed

Open to educators and friends, this program provides 1 CTLE hour.

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Location: Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue btwn 103rd and 104th Streets, New York NY 10029 US

I Could Tell You 'Bout My Life

February 7, 2019 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Price: $15 for Adults | $12 for Seniors, Students, and Educators (with ID) | $10 for Museum Members

Includes Museum admission.

On April 10, 2017, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 18 years old. Now, 16- and 17-year-olds are no longer prosecuted and incarcerated as adults. However, when Michael Martin got arrested at the age of 17, this law did not exist and a judge sentenced him to five months in jail at Rikers Island. Two years later, at the age of 19, Martin filmed, narrated, and directed the short film I Could Tell You 'Bout My Life (2018, 26 min), in which he reflects on his incarceration on Rikers and the effect it had on his life. Join us for the film's premiere, followed by a conversation with Martin and others about the realities of juvenile justice and education in New York City today. 

Additional speakers to be announced, check back for updates.

Co-presented with BYkids.

This screening is part of our Activism on Film series, which delves into stories of social activism in New York City inspired by our ongoing Activist New York exhibition.

About the Speaker: 
Michael Martin filmed, narrated, and directed I Could Tell You 'Bout My Life through the BYkids program. Mentored by filmmakers Chiemi Karasawa (award-winning documentary filmmaker and founder of Isotope Films) and Hollis Meminger (prolific cinematographer with television credits including The Blacklist, Narcos and Younger), Martin reflects on his incarceration on Rikers Island. 

About BYkids
BYkids mentors teens to tell their stories through film and share the realities of global inequality and injustice on the world stage. Kids learn citizenry through empathy, using film as a starting point for cross-cultural conversations. BYkids’ films are viewed and discussed by 248 million teens, educators and their families, creating understanding through storytelling.

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Location: Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue btwn 103rd and 104th Streets, New York NY 10029 US

Rethinking Black Women Freedom Fighters: Gloria Richardson, Louise Thompson...

February 7, 2019 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Price: Free

Too often, stories of women leaders within the fight for Black liberation are buried behind those of the leading men. This Conversation in Black Freedom Stuides program moves beyond the leading-man narrative by restoring the biographies of Louise Thompson Patterson and Gloria Richardson, and by examining women in the Nation of Islam. Join Ula Taylor, Joseph Fitzgerald and Keith Gilyard as they discuss how Black women negotiated racism, patriarchy, the U.S. class system, and a Cold War world, and forged their own dreams for freedom.

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Location: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street, New York NY 10037 US

Making Black Lives Matter in New York City Schools

February 8, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Price: Free

As part of the nationwide campaign, Black Lives Matter at School Week (Feb 4-8), this discussion will consider recent developments in education policy in New York City in relation to structural racism. Public school parent and award-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones joins teacher José Vilson and high school student Xoya David to talk about what needs to change for Black Lives to truly matter in our schools.

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Location: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street, New York NY 10037 US

2019 Black Lives Matter Teen Conference + Teen Night

February 9, 2019 10:00am - 4:00pm

Price: Free

Founded by the Schomburg Junior Scholars Program, the Schomburg Center's 3rd

Annual Black Lives MatterTeen Conference (BLMTC) centers young people and engages them as key leaders and influencers within their communities. The BLMTC convenes young people (ages 11-18) from across New York City and the Tri-State area to celebrate and affirm their voices, build community, and provide today and tomorrow's leaders with the tools and knowledge to responsibly make the world a better place. This conference is inspired by the Black Lives Matter Movement founded by Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, Opal Tometi in 2013, and the incredible young people who are committed to justice, equity, and happiness for all.The day will include activist teach-ins, youth-led panel discussions, teen performances, and interactive arts and media workshops, and a Teen Night Open Mic Night."

All workshops are first to come, first seated. Registration opens at 9:00am! Workshops titles will be available on January 23.

Special Note: Teen Night Open Mic & After Party @ the Schomburg at 6:00pm-9:00pm.This event is open to youth ages 14-18. This is a space for young people to express themselves freely and unapologetically. We ask parents/guardians to respect this intention and refrain from attending/participating in the event.

Location: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street, New York NY 10037 US

Fred Watkins Photographer: 3 Decades of Key Moments Captured

February 9, 2019 

What: A special Photo Exhibition for Black History Month at X Gallery

About: This historic photography exhibition is a collection of key moments captured by Washington, D.C. photojournalist Fred Watkins over a period of three decades. The images document important moments and interactions of high-profile African Americans domestically and internationally in addition to dignitaries representing the African Diaspora.

Fred's assignments have placed him in rooms with some of the most powerful people in the world including Nelson Mandela; he traveled to South Africa with President George Bush after Mandela's release from incarceration. Fred currently photographs White House and Capitol Hill assignments and will certainly be there to capture every moment of the drama about to unfold in 2020.

Photographers participating – in a special section honoring great entertainers and leaders in Black History who are no longer with us. Fred Watkins, June DeLairre Truesdale, Juanita M. Prince Cole, Tyrone Rasheed, John Braithwaite and Lisa DuBois.

Viewing: Viewing begins February 1st, Saturdays and Sundays until March 28th

Reception: Feb 9th Saturday – quiet viewing begins at 5. Wine @ 6 until 9

Introduction of Photographer approximately 8 o clock. Register to attend.

Poetry- X Gallery: Poetry introduced by Myasia - Feb 9th and March 1st.

Photographs - All photographs are available for sale in limited editions.

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Location: X Gallery, 163 Malcolm X Boulevard (118th street), New York NY 10027 United States

Story Time - Susie Q: Stories and Songs Celebrating Great Women Jazz Artists from Sugar Hill

February 9, 2019 3:00pm - 4:30pm


Come and snap your fingers while hearing lively stories with jazz music featuring storyteller, April Armstrong and jazz pianist, Mario Sprouse and others. April will weave stories inspired by Faith Ringgold’s tapestries and paintings while celebrating the jazz talents of the original Sugar Hill female composers such as Lil Hardin Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald.

Dreaming and dancing suggested.

About Story Time: Tales on Sugar Hill
Story Time: Tales on Sugar Hill is a series of curated programs that aim to provide children with a meaningful, interactive and fun art experience.  Grounded in our curatorial mission to share stories through theater, music, dance and visual art, as well as oral and literary forms, Story Time presents tales, fables, histories, and myths that genuinely reflect the diverse ethnic and cultural milieu of our surroundings.  Story Time also leverages the Museum's own art exhibitions to foster richer engagement with, and a deeper understanding of, public art already on view.  Held every second Saturday of each month, each two-hour presentation includes a participatory art activity facilitated by teaching artists from the community, so children not only experience others’ stories, but also reflect on what they see and hear, and create and share their own stories.

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Location: Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art and Storytelling, 898 St. Nicholas Avenue at 155th Street, New York NY 10032 US

MusicTalks Presents: Ella, Billie and the Founding Mothers of Jazz

February 9, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Cost: $20 

MusicTalks: Ella, Billie and the founding mothers of Jazz featuring award winning Vocalist Thana Alexa

Join us for an evening of wonderful music as we celebrate the Ladies of Jazz. Some of the most beloved jazz standards were actually written by women such as Lil Armstrong (the wife of Louis Armstrong) and Alice Coltrane (the wife of John Coltrane)! We will feature music by Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday and share the untold stories of the founding mothers of Jazz.

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Location: JCC Harlem, 318 W 118th St btwn Frederick Douglass Blvd and Manhattan Ave, New York NY 10026 U.S.

Educator Day: Breaking Boundaries

February 10, 2019 9:00am - 3:00pm

Price: Free. Registration required. Seats are limited. All participants must register individually.

Join us for a free day for educators full of hands-on workshops, engaging gallery experiences, and rich discussions around the theme Breaking Boundaries.

New York has always been in the spotlight for its bold thinkers with brave new ideas, yet its very diversity highlights the social disparities that challenge our world. In this program, inspired by the exhibitions In the Dugout with Jackie Robinson and Activist New York, explore stories of how New Yorkers have broken boundaries to challenge social inequalities.

Take a tour of the exhibitions and learn about Jackie Robinson’s personal commitment to social justice in his career and beyond. Engage in workshops to examine how learning these histories can inspire students to think about current day possibilities for change. Leave with exciting ideas and resources for your classroom.

The Museum is CTLE certified. Participation in this program provides 5 hours of CTLE credit.

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Location: Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue btwn 103rd and 104th Streets, New York NY 10029 US


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