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Cold War

March 4-7, 2019 4:30pm, 7:00pm and 9:30pm

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

Paweł Pawlikowski’s follow-up to his Academy Award-winning Ida is a sumptuous, heart-bursting romance awash in the smoky glamour of the postwar European jazz scene. Amid the ruins of late-1940s Poland, singer Zula (Kulig) and pianist Wiktor (Kot) are drawn together by fate into a star-making artistic collaboration that blossoms into a whirlwind love affair. When he defects to Paris and she elects to stay behind the Iron Curtain, their relationship is tested as much by geopolitics as by the mysteries of the heart. Stunningly shot in velvety black and white and set to an impeccably cool, genre-hopping soundtrack, Cold War is an achingly bittersweet love story for the ages.

Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski | 2018

With Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Agata Kulesza, Borys Szyc, Jeanne Balibar

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

If Beale Street Could Talk

March 4-7, 2019 4:30pm, 7:00pm and 9:30pm

General Admission: $15

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

“[A] lush, courageous black melodrama set in 1970s New York, a story about love defying injustice—or trying its damndest to.”

—Vanity Fair

Oscar-winning filmmaker Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) returns with an adaptation of James Baldwin’s fifth novel. In early 1970s Harlem, wife-to-be Tish vividly recalls the passion, respect, and trust that connected her to her artist fiancé Alonzo, who goes by the nickname Fonny. Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dreamed of a future together, but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit.

Directed by Barry Jenkins | 2018

With Kiki Layne, Stephan James, Regina King

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

2019 Women's Jazz Festival

March 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2019 7:00pm

Price: $25 – $35

The Schomburg Center’s Annual Women's Jazz Festival, in honor of Women’s History Month, features some of the best-known and unsung female performers in jazz today. The 2019 festival is slated for each Monday in March – March 4, 11, 18 and 25. The full festival calendar will be announced and tickets will be available at a later date.

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

Writing Coach for PS 197 Literacy Program (SM)

March 5, 2019 9:10am - 9:55am

Volunteer with Behind the Book, a non-profit literacy organization that inspires NYC public school students to love reading. Our innovative programs, which are part of the class curricula, bring accomplished authors into high-needs Pre-K-12th grade classrooms to guide students in creating their own writing projects.

You need no experience or training. As a writing or research coach, you'll support and encourage students as they work on their projects.

This writing workshop needs your help at PS 197. To sign up, contact volunteer@behindthebook.org with the program code. 

Program 1972SM-P

Date: Tuesday, March 5th

Time: 9:10 - 9:55 AM (please arrive 15 minutes early for orientation) 

About the program: Sharee Miller’s "Don’t Touch My Hair," about a girl who encounters people who don’t ask permission to touch her hair, inspired second-graders to increase awareness of respecting, and communicating about, boundaries. Students will write a story that describes a crossed boundary and their resolution for it. Writing coaches will guide them in adding descriptive detail their drafts.

For information on other program dates around the city, please visit http://www.behindthebook.org/current-volunteer-opportunities/

Location: PS 197 (John B. Russwurm School), 2230 5th Ave. New York NY 10037 USA

An Evening with Colson Whitehead

March 5, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm

The Robert A. and Elizabeth R. Jeffe Distinguished Lecture in Urban History | Spring 2019

Price: $35 Adults | $30 Students, Seniors, and Educators (with ID) | $25 Museum Members

Includes Museum admission.

“Talking about New York is a way of talking about the world,” Pulitzer Prize-winning author Colson Whitehead writes in The Colossus of New York (2004). One of today’s most unpredictable writers, Whitehead’s work crisscrosses genres from his debut novel, The Intuitionist (1999), a noir detective story, to zombie thriller Zone One (2011) and, most recently, The Underground Railroad (2016). Still, he returns again and again to New York, his native city, as an anchor to grapple with universal questions and timeless themes. As part of our annual Jeffe Distinguished Lectures in Urban History, Whitehead discusses his deep engagement with the history of New York City in his novels and non-fiction. 

Reception and book signing to follow. 

This program is part of our annual Robert A. and Elizabeth R. Jeffe Distinguished Lectures in Urban History series, in which leading observers apply insights from disciplines including history, archaeology, sociology, and architecture to examine the evolution of New York City's five boroughs. 

About the Speaker:
Colson Whitehead is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Underground Railroad, which won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, the National Book Award, and was named one of the Ten Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review. His other notable works include The Noble HustleZone OneSag HarborThe IntuitionistJohn Henry DaysApex Hides the Hurt, and The Colossus of New York. He is also a recipient of the MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships. Whitehead's reviews, essays, and fiction have appeared in a number of publications, including The New Yorker and Harper's.

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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

Carnegie Hall Citywide: Mantra Percussion

March 6, 2019 7:00pm

Free Event

Mantra Percussion’s mission is to honor the past and expand the future of percussion music. “Forward thinking” (Time Out New York) and “a fresh source of energy” (The New York Times), Mantra Percussion has headlined internationally with notable appearances at BAM’s Next Wave Festival, Bang on a Can Marathon, Ecstatic Music Festival, and Right Now Music in South Korea. Passionately devoted to music by living composers, the ensemble has commissioned and premiered more than 40 new works in the past eight years.

Mantra Percussion
·· Joseph Bergen
·· Albert Cerulo
·· Christopher Graham
·· Michael McCurdy
·· Joseph Tucker
·· Mark Utley

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Location: Pregones Theater, 575 Walton Avenue btwn 149th & 150th Streets, Bronx New York 10451 U.S.

Radical Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective

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

Price: Free

Activists like Ella Baker and groups like the Combahee River Collective pioneered intersectionality by combining antiracist and women’s liberation movements. Join this Conversation in Black Freedom Studies program with Barbara Smith, Keeanga-Yahmatta Taylor, and Barbara Ransby, as they elevate the voices of path-breaking radical Black feminists and discuss how to carry their philosophies for freedom into the future.

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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 Lowdown: Conversations with Christian

March 7, 2019 7:00pm

Tickets: $20

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.

Guest TBD.

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

Story Time - The Tree That Feeds The Heart Of The World told by Laura Simms

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


A remarkable fairytale come to life from Turkish, Central Asian and Georgian sources. It is a journey of a prince and three princesses to repair the world and overcome monsters, dragons and the hunger of a beautiful mother eagle. The story centers on a tree in a special l garden that blooms three golden apples every year that could feed the entire world.

The Tree That Feeds the Heart of the World traverses two worlds beneath ours and returns again. It is a riveting story that has engaged audiences of every age throughout the world. It is a story for our times. This symbolic journey is nothing less than a secret instruction book of how to reconnect to the natural world and restore a potent sustainable source of joy and energy. There are two brothers who betray the youngest son, and the story's solution to their wicked deeds is transforming their lives rather than punishment. 

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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

Uptown Nights: Guthrie Ramsey's Musiqology Presents Hide/Melt/Ghost

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

Tickets: $25

Presented with support from The University Of Pennsylvania College of Arts and Sciences and the University of Pennsylvania Department of Music

Pianist, composer and professor Guthrie Ramsey brings his book, ‘Soundproof: Black Music, Magic and Racial Intimacies’, alive with an ensemble of musicians and poets that revisits music from the past through current styles like gospel, jazz, soul and hip-hop. This multi-media concert explores how enslaved African Americans used music as proof of their humanity, as a soundtrack for paranormal events like spirit possession and as a melting pot in which diverse African cultural groups became an African American people. Black music is a powerful cultural transaction with magical qualities; it can occupy the past, present and future. This musical presentation makes explicit how black music “makes” social bonds and community values. 

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

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