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Syncretic Vibrations: Exploring the Mosaic of Blackness through the Melville J. and Frances S. Herskovits Collection

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Free

Syncretic Vibrations: Exploring the Mosaic of Blackness through the Melville J. and Frances S. Herskovits Collection is organized by the Schomburg Center’s Teen Curators, a curatorial program for high school students.

Through research, discussion, and creative investigation, this exhibition engages in a call and response with the collection of anthropologists Melville J. and Frances S. Herskovits. The Schomburg's Teen Curators reflected on an odyssey of blackness while questioning: who or what controls how a people are studied, represented, and therefore remembered?

In the title, “Syncretic” refers to the merging of two or more cultures making a new, distinct one, while “Vibrations” alludes to the ripple effect of Africanisms on all cultures. In the collection, students explored research journals and field notes from Suriname in South America and the African Kingdom of Dahomey. They also read excerpts from the book Myth of the Negro Past,  where Melville Herskovits argued against the theory that New World Africans had no past. Teen Curators critically engaged with materials in the Melville J. and Frances S. Herskovits collection from the Schomburg Center's four divisions: Art and Artifacts; Photographs and Prints; Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books; and Moving Image and Recorded Sound.

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

School-Time Performance: Colors

March 19-22, 2019 11:00am

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS: Art (performance art, visual art), Dance

All Tickets:  $10

In this interactive performance, Italian company Compagnia TPO (Kindur, Bleu!) creates a multi-sensory space where human bodies lend movement to the spectrum of colors, transforming them into a living, breathing painting. Featuring dancers and a vibrant digital design, Colors activates the many hues of children’s dreams. Young students explore their emotional response to different shades of colors, finding new ways to express themselves. The show comprises a choreographed experience and an onstage playground session during which the youngest audience members are invited onstage to play, move, and experience the effects of the set’s interactive technology.

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Location: BAM Fisher, 321 Ashland Pl, Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Book Talk: We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom

March 19, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Price: Free

In her new book, We Want to Do More Than Survive, Professor Bettina L. Love draws on the history of the 19th century abolitionist movement to imagine radical new ways of teaching and organizing for social change, moving beyond what she calls the Educational Survival Complex, and towards Abolitionist Teaching. Dr. Love will be joined in discussion by Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz, associate professor of English education at Teachers College, and Genevieve Dubose, a New York City Public School teacher.

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

The Bureau of Creative Works: NYC Shorts

March 19, 2019 7:00pm

General Admission: $15
Members: $7.50 (free for Level 4 and above)

The Bureau of Creative Works curates this program of nine short films by a diverse network of emerging NYC-based filmmakers, from narrative and animation to documentary, hybrid, experimental, and dance. The shorts featured in the program have been presented at various international festivals including Sundance, Berlinale, and AFI Docs.

Post-screening Q&A with the filmmakers

She’s Revolutionary
Dir. B. Monét
Documentary, 4min

A portrait of Tarana Burke, civil rights activist and creator of the #metoo movement.

Rebuilding in Miniature
Dir. Veena Rao
Documentary, 8min

An Iraqi refugee bides his time in immigration limbo by creating obsessively detailed dioramas.

The Joyous Farmer
Dir. Hiran Balasuriya
Narrative, 15min

After an encounter with a government official, Ratnapala is prescribed an experimental drug to enhance his work ethic.

Superior
Dir. Erin Vassilopoulos
Narrative, 13min

A stranger passing through town sparks a teenage girl's desire to distinguish herself from her identical twin sister.

Lucia, Before and After
Dir. Anu Valia
Narrative, 13min

After traveling 200 miles, a young woman (Sarah Goldberg) waits out Texas’s state-mandated 24-hour waiting period before her abortion can proceed.

Yanvalou
Dir. Angeline Gragasin
Narrative, 5min

An awkward computer programmer learns to dance to impress his next-door neighbor.

Nobody Loves Me
Dir. Farihah Zaman, Jeff Reichert
Documentary, 13min

High in the Andes, a frog with an unusual appearance is threatened with extinction.

Agua Viva
Dir. Alexa Lim Haas
Animation, 8min

A Chinese manicurist in Miami attempts to describe feelings she doesn't have the words for.

Home Exercises
Dir. Sarah Friedland
Experimental, 22min

A short dance film and hybrid doc investigating the gestural habits and choreographies of aging individuals at home.

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

 

The Lowdown: Conversations with Christian feat. Marcus Strickland

March 19 and March 26, 2019 7:00pm

Tickets: $20

Marcus Strickland will join Museum Co-Artistic Director Christian McBride for a live taping of his SiriusXM radio show The Lowdown: Conversations with Christian. The evening will feature a mix of duo performance, conversation, and a healthy dose of McBride humor.

Woodwindist Marcus Strickland has been a steady presence on the cutting edge of jazz in New York City for over 15 years.  In addition to his nine releases as a leader, including two recent albums with Blue Note Records, he has worked closely with Dave Douglas, Jeff “Tain” Watts and spent five years with drummer Roy Haynes. Over the past two years, Strickland has worked with Christian McBride in his New Jawn project.

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

Open Archive: Nat King Cole

March 20, 2019 1:00pm

Free

In celebration of Nat King Cole's centennial birthday (March 17, 1919 – February 15, 1965), Schomburg curators, librarians, and archivists will display selections from our unparalleled collection of archival materials highlighting Cole and his influence on entertainment. Nat King Cole was a jazz musician and vocalist whose 30-year career included recordings, concerts throughout the world, club appearances, television, and film. He was the first African American man to host an American television series. Cole was born in 1919 in Montgomery, Alabama.

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

La Haine

March 20, 2019 7:30pm

General Admission: $15
Members: $7.50 (free for Level 3 and above)

This explosive tale of simmering unrest on the margins of Paris tracks 24 hours in the lives of three young men—the Jewish Vinz, the black Hubert, and the Arab Saïd—as their rage at an act of police brutality threatens to boil over into violence. A bravura feat of visceral filmmaking, La Haine is a still-stunning look at the deep-rooted racial and economic injustices of French society.

Post-screening discussion with artist and writer Maryam Monalisa Gharavi, Triple Canopy editor Emily Wang, and series programmer Ashley Clark

Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Athletes to Activists: Politics of the Playing Field

March 20, 2019 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Price: $20 for Adults | $15 for Students, Seniors, and Educators (with ID) | $10 for Museum Members

Includes Museum admission.

When Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, he became first black major league baseball player of the modern era – and paved the way for athletes to serve as harbingers of social change. Twenty years later, at the 1968 Olympic Games, track and field star John Carlos raised his fist in silent protest of American racial and economic injustice, resulting not only in a world famous photograph, but also his suspension from the U.S. Olympic Team. Now, decades after Robinson first stepped on the field and Carlos risked his career for a cause, professional athletes are using their visibility to advocate for what they believe in. Join Carlos for a conversation with ESPN's Howard Bryant about the complex relationship between black athletes and activism, and the intertwined worlds of sports and politics.

Co-presented with The Jackie Robinson Foundation, this talk accompanies our upcoming exhibition, In the Dugout with Jackie Robinson: An Intimate Portrait of a Baseball Legend (opens January 31, 2019).

About the Speakers:
John Carlos is an athlete from Harlem. He is the co-founder of the Olympic Project for Human Rights, whose focus was to protest against racial segregation and racism in sports. At the 1968 Olympic Games, Carlos and fellow athlete Tommie Smith raised their fists in silent protest, which resulted in their suspension from the Olympic team. The famous photograph of the moment, however, brought widespread attention to these issues. Carlos went on to excel at track and field and play with the NFL. He later became a counselor at Palm Springs High School.

Howard Bryant (moderator) is a senior writer for ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine and appears regularly on ESPN programming. He has been the sports correspondent for NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday since 2006. A two-time winner of the Casey Award for Best Baseball Book of the Year from Spitball Magazine, Bryant’s books include Juicing the Game: Drugs, Power the Fight for the Soul of Major League Baseball, Shut Out: A Story of Race and Baseball in Boston, and, most recently, The Heritage: Black Athletes, a Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism.

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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

The Task

March 21, 2019 7:00pm

General Admission: $15
Members: $7.50 (free for Level 4 and above)

Confined to a nondescript room, 28 strangers—spread across race, age, gender, and class lines—engage in a radical social experiment designed by taboo-breaking artist Leigh Ledare in which they relentlessly analyze each and every interaction that passes between them, until even an act as small as changing one’s seat becomes charged with explosive tension. Provocative, at times uncomfortable, and always riveting, The Task is an unsettling mirror reflection of our societal fault lines.

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Repertorio Español: El Coronel No Tiene Quien Le Escriba/ No One Writes to the Colonel (1pm)

March 22, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Tickets: RSVP

Based on Gabriel GarcÍa Márquez’s Novel El Coronel No Tiene Quien Le Escriba

Adapted by Jorge Alí Triana & Verónica Triana, Directed by Jorge Alí Triana

The story covers a few months in the life of a colonel whose pension, delayed 15 years by an overwhelming bureaucracy, becomes an obsession. Reduced to penury despite his veteran status, the protagonist and his wife live in anticipation of his pay. But every Friday the only apparent contact with the outside world comes and goes with the same declaration from the postmaster, “Nothing for the colonel. No one writes to the colonel.” The show is performed in Spanish with English super titles. 

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

Medium Cool

March 22, 2019 4:30pm, 7:00pm

General Admission: $15
Members: $7.50 (free for Level 4 and above)

The debut feature from acclaimed cinematographer Haskell Wexler examines the media’s role in social crisis through a groundbreaking mix of cinéma vérité and quasi-scripted narrative. While covering the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, a disenchanted news cameraman finds himself caught between political protests and the police’s violent response to them—culminating in a virtuosic sequence that embeds the camera in the middle of a riot.

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

How Green Was My Valley

March 22, 2019 7:00pm

Free

Ron Simon (The Paley Center for Media) and Dale Gregory (New-York Historical Society) introduce the 1941 Academy Award winner for Best Picture that follows the story of the Morgans, a hardworking family living in a small Welsh village. As coal mining and industrialization take hold of their once-idyllic home, the grown children must confront the tough choice between adapting to the changes or searching for fresh prospects and better lives elsewhere.

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Location: New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West at 77th Street, New York NY 10024 US

Repertorio Español: El Coronel No Tiene Quien Le Escriba/ No One Writes to the Colonel (7:30pm)

March 22, 2019 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Tickets: RSVP

Based on Gabriel GarcÍa Márquez’s Novel El Coronel No Tiene Quien Le Escriba

Adapted by Jorge Alí Triana & Verónica Triana, Directed by Jorge Alí Triana

The story covers a few months in the life of a colonel whose pension, delayed 15 years by an overwhelming bureaucracy, becomes an obsession. Reduced to penury despite his veteran status, the protagonist and his wife live in anticipation of his pay. But every Friday the only apparent contact with the outside world comes and goes with the same declaration from the postmaster, “Nothing for the colonel. No one writes to the colonel.” The show is performed in Spanish with English super titles. 

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

Moonchild Sanelly

March 22, 2019 9:00pm

Free

Curated by OkayAfrica

Moonchild Sanelly’s electrifying energy, infectious voice, and sartorial style make her one of the most unique and sought-after acts in South Africa. Equal parts rap maverick and soul singer, Sanelly blends electro-pop and funk with poignant messages of female empowerment and sexuality. Her debut album Rabualpha established her superstar status at home, and she now collaborates with international artists like Wizkid, Gorillaz, and Die Antwoord. 

BAMcafé Live presents Moonchild Sanelly in conjunction with OkayAfrica 100 Women. Now in its third year, OkayAfrica 100 Women is a multifaceted platform honoring women innovators across the world during Women’s History Month. This year’s list is dedicated to youth culture, celebrating those dedicated to disrupting the status quo locally and pushing for inclusivity for African women globally. OkayAfrica connects audiences to African culture and its global diaspora through immersive content and experiences.

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - Lepercq Space/BAMcafé, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Zabriskie Point

March 22, 2019 9:15pm

General Admission: $15
Members: $7.50 (free for Level 4 and above)

Michelangelo Antonioni’s sole American film is an astonishing, lysergic vision of existential angst and alienation set against the student riots and free love vibes of California’s hippie counterculture. Met with incomprehension upon its release, Zabriskie Point looks, in retrospect, like one of the most radical works of anti-capitalist art ever released by a major American movie studio.

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

The Hospital Zone at Ellis Island: A Walking Tour

March 23, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Price: $30 for Museum of the City of New York and New York Academy of Medicine Members | $45 General Admission

The Ellis Island Hospital was once the gold standard of medical care in the United States. As the country's first public health hospital, it served the millions of immigrants who passed through its doors upon entering the country. Shuttered for over 60 years, the complex has sat abandoned, decaying into complete disrepair. Join us for a private hard hat tour of the hospital zone including the infectious and contagious disease wards, the kitchen, staff housing, the autopsy room, and the laundry room with guides from Save Ellis Island.

The tour will take place rain or shine. It will begin promptly at 1:30 pm and meet in front of Castle Clinton at Battery Park in Lower Manhattan. We will travel together by ferry to Ellis Island. The tour will be approximately 90 minutes in length and conclude on Ellis Island. Sturdy close-toed shoes are recommended.

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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

Petition

March 23, 2019 2:00pm

General Admission: $15
Members: $7.50 (free for Level 4 and above)

Liang Zhao’s courageous and often-devastating work of cinematic activism documents the plight of “petitioners”: Chinese citizens who travel to Beijing to report abuses by local authorities, only to find themselves caught in a Kafkaesque limbo of bureaucratic corruption and intimidation. Shot, often secretly, over the course of twelve years, Petition gives voice to those fighting for justice in the face of a system intent on silencing them.

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Rose Cinemas 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Who Killed Vincent Chin?

March 23, 2019 4:30pm

General Admission: $15
Members: $7.50 (free for Level 4 and above)

Detroit, 1982: Chinese-American engineer Vincent Chin is beaten to death by two white auto workers who, despite confessing to the crime, go free. Shining a light on anti-Asian racism in America, this wrenching, Academy Award-nominated documentary examines the case from all sides, touching on everything from the history of Chinese immigration to Detroit’s socioeconomic struggles to the failings of the justice system.

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Zama

March 23, 2019 7:00pm

General Admission: $15
Members: $7.50 (free for Level 4 and above)

With Daniel Giménez Cacho, Lola Dueñas, Matheus NachtergaeleThe newest film from iconoclastic auteur Lucrecia Martel is an audacious, hallucinatory vision of colonialism’s corrosive effects. Somewhere in a remote corner of 18th-century South America, Zama, an officer of the Spanish crown, endures a litany of degradations as he awaits a promotion that never seems to come—a tragicomic situation that slowly spirals into cosmic absurdity.

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Rose Cinemas 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Uptown Nights: Wepa! Movement, Culture and Music the Curtis Brothers and Circa '95

March 23, 2019 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Tickets: $25

This event forms part of Carnegie Hall’s Migrations: The Making of America festival

Harlem Stage and the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) present a two part series of music and conversation celebrating the courageous and resilient Caribbean immigrants who traveled across land and sea and arrived in El Barrio, aka Spanish Harlem, seeking a bright future. What did they bring with them? What was left behind? What was reinvented? Spoken word, hip-hop, DJ and Afro-Latin jazz will be the vehicles that transport us to sunny beaches, sofrito, five floor walk-ups and sun kissed dreams of belonging.   

Puerto Rican and Dominican by way of the Bronx and Washington Heights—Circa ’95, Patty Dukes and Reph, who rhyme seamlessly through English and Spanish, will showcase music and stories inspired by their families’ migration to New York City during the golden era of hip-hop. The Curtis Brothers, African American and Puerto Rican, will explore West Africa’s influence on American music from Latin America by mapping rhythms that evolved from the African slave trade: from samba, hip-hop, R&B, gospel, to blues, jazz and rock music. This is a jam you don’t wanna miss!

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

Alsarah & The Nubatones

March 23, 2019 9:00pm

Free

Curated by OkayAfrica

Alsarah & the Nubatones unite audiences across ages, languages, and ethnicities drawn to their infectious brand of east African retropop. Influenced by ancient Nubian songs of return and modern migration patterns, the Brooklyn-based group was born out of conversations between singer-songwriter Alsarah and percussionist Rami El Aasser about the cultural exchange between Sudan and Egypt. Sharing a common love for the richness of pentatonic sounds, the soulful duo eventually expanded to include oud, bass, and other instruments, and has performed at festivals and venues across globe.

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - Lepercq Space/BAMcafé, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

A Separation

March 23, 2019 9:15pm

General Admission: $15
Members: $7.50 (free for Level 4 and above)

A couple’s unraveling marriage becomes a window into religious, gender, and economic tensions within Iranian society in Asghar Farhadi’s masterful, tautly constructed Oscar winner. Unable to procure a divorce, an unhappy wife moves out of the home she shares with her husband and his ailing father—but a chain of events soon precipitates a moral and legal crisis that lays bare the fraught realities of life in a theocratic state.

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Rose Cinemas 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Manila in the Claws of Light

March 24, 2019 1:30pm

General Admission: $15
Members: $7.50 (free for Level 4 and above)

This masterpiece of Filipino cinema from Lino Brocka, an openly gay, outspoken critic of the Marcos regime, traces the journey of a naive fisherman who travels to Manila in search of his lost love—but once there finds only vice, degradation, and poverty, with violence seemingly the only way out. A furious blend of hard-hitting social realism and lurid melodrama, Manila in the Claws of Light boils over with rage at societal injustice.

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Carnegie Hall Citywide: The Itty Biddies

March 24, 2019 2:00pm

Free Event

The Itty Biddies’ foot-tapping tunes, crystal-clear vocals, and instrumental skills inspire audiences of all ages to sing and dance along with the band. The musicians’ soaring vocals are buoyed by sweet ukulele, melodic piano, groovy bass, and fat drums for an irresistibly joyous sound that will lift your spirits, and get your fingers snapping and your toes tapping.

Performers

The Itty Biddies
·· Lee Ann Westover, Vocals and Ukulele
·· Deidre Rodman Struck, Vocals, Keys, and Melodica
·· Saskia Lane, Vocals, Bass

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Location: New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th Street, Queens N.Y. 11368 U.S.

If....

March 24, 2019 7:00pm

General Admission: $15
Members: $7.50 (free for Level 4 and above)

British New Wave leader Lindsay Anderson channeled the anti-authoritarian spirit of 1968 into this incendiary, rated-X allegory of repression and revolution. Starring Malcolm McDowell in his first film role, If… charts growing discontent at an all-boys boarding school as it gradually descends into anarchy—a delirious spectacle of guerrilla violence that makes Lord of the Flieslook like child’s play.

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

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