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Earth Day Celebration

April 22, 2019 11:00am - 2:00pm

Price: Free with Museum admission.

Drop in for a family celebration for the 50th annual Earth Day! Participate in a scavenger hunt in the exhibition Activist New York to learn about environmentalism and get hands on with activities. 

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

America 2024: Playwrights on Our Country's Future

April 22, 2019 7:00pm

ALL TICKETS:  $25

With Jackie Sibblies Drury, Adam Rapp, and Celine Song
A Program of T: The New York Times Style Magazine
Hosted by BAM

In celebration of its annual culture issue, T Magazine presents an evening of dramatic readings, hosted by BAM, which look five years into our country’s future. Some of today’s leading playwrights expound on the theme, America 2024, in myriad ways, from the utopian to the dystopian, the fantastical to the very real. This program comprises a series of dramatic readings of three commissioned plays, followed by a discussion with the respective playwrights moderated by Kurt Soller, articles editor of T Magazine.

All attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the T Magazine culture issue.

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

Open Archive: The Poetics of Anti-Slavery Protest

April 24, 2019 1:00pm

Free

Join Michelle Commander, associate director and curator of the Lapidus Center, who will explore archive material capturing the use of poetry and related arts in anti-slavery efforts in the Atlantic World.

The Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery at the Schomburg Center is the only facility of its kind based in a public research library. The initial collection included 400 rare items of printed material — books and documents continue to be added to the collection — making the Schomburg Center home to one of the world’s premier collections of slavery material. The Center's mission is to generate and disseminate scholarly knowledge on the slave trade, slavery, and anti-slavery pertaining to the Atlantic World. Lapidus Center engages the public with a variety of programs, an annual nonfiction prize, exhibitions, and conferences.

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

Our Time Has Come Benefit Concert Featuring Vanessa Williams

April 24, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Ticket prices start at $120 and are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Syracuse University’s Office of Multicultural Advancement (formerly the Office of Program Development) will host its first benefit concert, featuring an evening of music from singer, actress and esteemed SU alumna Vanessa Williams ’85. 

Proceeds to benefit the Our Time Has Come Vanessa Williams Scholarship supporting Black and Latino students in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University

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

Film: Little Cinema Presents Frida

April 25, 2019 7:00pm

Tickets are $16 and include Museum general admission. Member tickets are $14.

Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor

Little Cinema invites you to an immersive screening of Frida (Julie Taymor, 2002, 123 min.), which is based on the life of the iconic artist Frida Kahlo and celebrates the ways she lived unapologetically and fashioned a game-changing aesthetic. This special screening includes live musical performances to bring to life Kahlo’s influential look and the film's award-winning soundtrack.

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Location: Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn NY 11238-6052 US

Stonewall 50 Cabaret

April 25, 2019 7:00pm

General Admission: $40.00.

The Library’s exhibition Love & Resistance: Stonewall 50 comes to life in a night of song, comedy, and burlesque.

Featuring

  • Morgan Bassichis
  • Justin Vivian Bond
  • brASS
  • Jes Tom

In a night of original performance, several of today’s most ambitious, creative, and socially conscious entertainers pay homage to the past, present, and future of the LGBTQ movement for civil rights that was spurred by the riots at the Stonewall Inn in 1969. Held in conjunction with the Library’s current exhibition, Love & Resistance: Stonewall 50, this cabaret will bring to life the exhibition’s themes of political activism, love, night life, and the rise of the queer press.

This event is 21+ and ID is required. 

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Location: NYPL - Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 42nd Street & 5th Avenue, New York NY 10018 USA

Free Screening of the Pirogue

April 26, 2019 6:30pm - 8:00pm

African Diaspora International Film Festival Presents: 

THE PIROGUE (Free Screening) 

In Moussa Toure’s powerful epic fiction film, a group of 30 men sail to Europe in a pirogue, facing the sea – and the possibility of never reaching their destination – in exchange for the myth of a better life in Europe.

Baye Laye is the captain of a fishing pirogue. Like many of his Senegalese compatriots, he sometimes dreams of new horizons, where he can earn a better living for his family. When he is offered to lead one of the many pirogues that head towards Europe via the Canary Island, he reluctantly accepts the job, knowing full-well the dangers that lie ahead. Leading a group of 30 men who don’t all speak the same language, some of whom have never seen the sea, Baye Laye will confront many perils in order to reach the distant coasts of Europe.

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Location: Teacher's College - Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street, Rm# 263 Macy - btwn Amsterdam and Broadway, New York NY 10027 US

Salon Series: Wildflower

April 26-27, 2019 7:30pm

Standard Ticket: $20

SOUNDSTAGE

Book, music & lyrics by Jason Michael Webb & Lelund Durond Thompson

The Apollo Theater’s Salon Series in partnership with National Black Theatre presents WiLDFLOWER is a new musical that follows a rebellious, but devoted young mother who unwittingly meets a Sangoma, learns her ancestors’ purpose for her young son, and then must choose between the cost of obeying her ancestors or the higher cost of defying them. Set in the tumult of the early 90’s in both South Africa & the US, WiLDFLOWER features an exciting South African Pop & Gospel score to tell this epic tale.

WiLDFLOWER is being developed as a part of NBT’s Soul L.A.B. Residency and The Apollo Salon Series, which began in 2016 to support innovative artists and works-in-progress projects.

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Location: Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street, New York NY 10027 US

Nimbus presents Hollow Square

April 26 - 28, 2019 8:00pm

TICKETS START AT  $25—35

Nimbus presents Hollow Square

By Samuel Pott and Dawn Marie Bazemore
With live music by Tim Eriksen

Samuel Pott, artistic director of Nimbus Dance Works, collaborates with Grammy-nominated vocalist Tim Eriksen on a new world premiere work. Eriksen, called “one of the best singers in music” by T Bone Burnett, contributes his distinctive and haunting sound to Pott’s choreographic rumination on unseen bonds: dancer to dancer and dancer to audience.

The evening also features a vibrant new work by Philadanco alum Dawn Marie Bazemore:The After Party, which pays tribute to jazz greats Nina Simone and Nancy Wilson. And Nimbus revisits two pieces from 2018: Dew Point 68, by Darshan Singh Bhuller, and The Glare From These Horizons, by Pott.

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

Queen of Diamonds

April 26 - May 2, 2019 2:00pm

General Admission: $15

With Tinka Menkes, Emmellda J. Beech, Jeff Douglas

One of the most jarringly original independent films of the 1990s, Nina Menkes’ lost underground classic reemerges in a gorgeous new restoration. In a neon-soaked dream vision of Las Vegas, a disaffected blackjack dealer (played by the director’s sister Tinka Menkes) drifts through a series of encounters alternately mundane, surreal, and menacing, while death and violence hover ever-present in the margins. Awash in lush, hallucinatory images, Queen of Diamonds is a haunting study of female alienation that “may become for America in the 90s what Jeanne Dielman was for Europe in the 70s—a cult classic using a rigorous visual composition to penetrate the innermost recesses of the soul” (Bérénice Reynaud, Chicago Reader).

Restored by the Academy Film Archive and The Film Foundation, with funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation.

Post-screening Q&A
Apr 26 (7pm screening): Post-screening Q&A with director Nina Menkes
Apr 27 (4pm screening): Post-screening talk Sex and Power: The Visual Language of Oppression by director Nina Menkes followed by a Q&A

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

Summer on the Hudson: Monuments Tour of Riverside Park

April 27, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm

Free

The New York Historical Society  and Summer on the Hudson partner for a monuments tour of Riverside Park, an Olmsted gem and one of New York City’s Scenic Landmarks. Join us for a guided walk along Riverside Drive that highlights the park’s development as well as its historic and commemorative monuments.

Tour A begins at the 72nd Street park entrance and proceeds north. Tour B begins at the 122nd Street General Grant National Memorial and proceeds south. Each tour is approximately 1.5 miles and involves some walking up hills. Wear comfortable shoes.

Space is limited and registration is required.

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Location: Riverside Park, West 89th Street - Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument Plaza, New York NY 10024 US

Schomburg Reading Circle: Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge

April 27, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Free

Join the Schomburg Center and Countee Cullen Library for the Schomburg Reading Circle discussion on Erica Dunbar’s Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge. This book is part of our Reading Slavery series selected by Dr. Michelle Commander, Associate Director and Curator of the The Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery.

Come prepared to journey with Dr. Commander through the book's themes and topics, and to discuss what intrigued you most about the author's work with your fellow Schomburg Reading Circle book club members and librarians at Countee Cullen Library.

Schomburg Reading Circle books are available for purchase in the Schomburg Shop, and can be checked out at your local NYPL branch. Reserve your copy of Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge in the NYPL catalog.

All Schomburg Reading Circle discussions will take place at Countee Culleen Library, 104 W. 136th Street, right around the corner from the Schomburg Center.

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

Sia, Dream of the Python

Apr 27, 2019 1:00pm - 2:35pm

General Admission: $13

Sia, Dream of the Python

Every year the most beautiful girl will be sacrificed to the Python God. When a girl named Sia is the next to be sacrificed, she hides in the house of the village idiot, a man who goes around shouting hyper-aggressive criticisms against everything. Sia is found by the soldiers but the army commander had for some time prepared a revolt against the emperor and saves Sia on the way. Will Sia reveals the terrible secret she learned about the Python God?

Directed by Dani Kouyaté, Brurkina Faso/France, 2001, 96 mins, Drama, Bambara with English subtitles.

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Location: Teacher's College - Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street, Rm# 263 Macy - btwn Amsterdam and Broadway, New York NY 10027 US

Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story

April 27, 2019 3:00pm - 5:15pm

General Admission: $13
Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story

Cairo, today. Hebba, a television show host, presents a successful political talk show on a privately owned network. Karim, her husband, is deputy editor in chief of a government-owned newspaper. His ambition is to become editor in chief. He is led to believe by the party leaders, that his wife’s constant meddling with opposition politics could put his promotion in danger. Using his boyish charm and sexual prowess, he convinces Hebba to stay away from politics, and devote her program to social issues for which the government cannot be held responsible. She starts a series of talk shows around issues involving women. She listens to the stories of resilient, strong women, who, like Scheherazade in “A Thousand and One Nights”, tell their stories to stay alive. Hebba knows, of course, that women’s issues are political. But she could not imagine up to which extent. Gradually, she finds herself walking in a minefield of abuse, sexual, religious, social and political repression that lead to the break-up of her marriage. From storyteller, Hebba herself becomes a story.

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Location: Teacher's College - Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street, Rm# 263 Macy - btwn Amsterdam and Broadway, New York NY 10027 US

La Playa DC

April 27, 2019 5:30pm - 7:00pm

General Admission: $13

La Playa DC

Tomas,an Afro-Colombian teenager who fled the country's Pacific coast pushed out by the war, faces the difficulties of growing up in a city if exclusion and racism. When Jairo, his younger brother and closest friend disappears, Tomas plunges in the streets of the city. His search becomes an initiatory journey that compels him to face his past and to leave aside the influence of his is brothers in order to find his own identity. Through this journey, Tomas reveals a unique perspective of a vibrant and unstable city that, like Tomas, stands on the threshold between what once was and what might be. 

Directed by Juan Andrés Arango Gracia, 2012, 90 mins, Drama, Spanish with English subtitles.

Contact: African Diaspora International Film Festival
Email: nyadiff.org
Phone: 212 864-1760

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Location: Teacher's College - Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street, Rm# 263 Macy - btwn Amsterdam and Broadway, New York NY 10027 US

Losing Ground

Losing Ground

General Admission: $13

Losing Ground tells the story of a marriage of two remarkable people, both at a crossroads in their lives. Sara Rogers, a black professor of philosophy, is embarking on an intellectual quest to understand “ecstasy” just as her painter husband Victor sets off on a more earthy exploration of joy.

Celebrating a recent museum sale, Victor decides to rent a country house where he can return to more realism after years working as an abstract expressionist. Away from the city, the couple’s summer idyll becomes complicated by Sara’s research and by Victor’s involvement with a young model. When one of her students casts Sara as the woman scorned in a film version of the song “Frankie and Johnny,” she experiences a painful, emotional awakening. 

Directed by Kathleen Collins, USA, 1982, 86 minutes, Drama, English.

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Location: Teacher's College - Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street, Rm# 263 Macy - btwn Amsterdam and Broadway, New York NY 10027 US

Star Dust: Spellbinding David Bowie-Inspired Ballet Makes Lehman Center Debut by Complexions Contemporary Ballet

April 27, 2019 8:00pm

Tickets: VIP $75, $45, $40, $25 | Children 12 & under $10 any seat

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After a year on tour and a triumphant run at Broadway’s, Joyce Theater, Complexions Contemporary Ballet brings this powerful, loving and emotional tribute to David Bowie’s musical career!

The International hit rock ballet, “Star Dust, A David Bowie Tribute,” commissioned by Detroit’s own Music Hall makes its Lehman Center debut to dazzle audiences with its spellbinding glamour! Founders Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden, along with their New York City based company of dancers, have awakened audiences to a new and exciting genre that combines the best of athleticism and virtuosity.

Location: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, 250 Bedford Park Blvd West, Bronx NY 10468 US

Riverside Park Overlook Concerts: The Columbia Wind Ensemble

April 28, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Free

Riverside Park Conservancy and our generous supporters present our Spring 2019 Overlook Concert series. Join us for these sweet Sundays in the Park! 

  • April 28 | The Columbia Wind Ensemble, Jason Noble, Leader – A big band of 50 brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments plays rousing music from the Renaissance to the present.
  • May 5  | Manhattan Jazz Combo – These fine musicians play the best of jazz standards in their own incomparable style.
  • May 19 | French Cookin’ Blues Band, David “Doc” French, Leader – This Blues Hall of Fame band plays authentic Blues from around the country for a special New York Sound.??

Please note: there is no concert on May 12.

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Location: Riverside Park, West 89th Street - Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument Plaza, New York NY 10024 US

Kirikou and the Sorceress

April 28, 2019 2:00pm

General Admission $13

Kirikou and the Sorceress

This animated film exquisitely recounts the tale of tiny Kirikou born in an African village in which Karaba the Sorceress has placed a terrible curse. Kirikou sets out on a quest to free his village of the curse and find out the secret of why Karaba is so wicked.

Lisa Nesselson of Variety (11/1/99) notes: "KIRIKOU AND THE SORCERESS employs snappy visuals to tell a catchy story for all ages. A blend of African folktales "Kirikou" has both humor and flair." KIRIKOU depicts a precocious newborn infant who battles ignorance, and so-called evil, with endearing perseverance. This film speaks to the child within us all who yearns to express and defend the best in others and ourselves. KIRIKOU's stunning visuals are accented by a traditional music soundtrack by African music giant Youssou N'Dour of Senegal.

Directed by Michel Ocelet, France, 1998, 74 mins, Animation, Dubbed English.

Contact: African Diaspora International Film Festival
Email: info@nyadiff.org
Phone: (212) 864-1760

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Location: Teacher's College - Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street, Rm# 263 Macy - btwn Amsterdam and Broadway, New York NY 10027 US

Beyond The Canon: Sidewalk Stories + The Kid

April 28, 2019 2:00pm

General Admission $15

Sidewalk Stories
Dir. Charles Lane
With Lane, Nicole Alysia, Sandye Wilson
1989, 97min, DCP

Charles Lane’s brilliantly inventive silent homage to Chaplin’s The Kidstars the director as a homeless artist scraping by in New York City. When he winds up caring for an orphaned toddler, the modern-day Little Tramp is whisked along on an alternately comic and heartrending adventure. Shot on the streets of 1980s Greenwich Village, this DIY gem balances charming visual gags with an earnest social realism that doesn’t sugarcoat the struggle of life on the streets.

The Kid
Dir. Charlie Chaplin
With Chaplin, Jackie Coogan, Edna Purviance
1921, 53min, DCP

Charlie Chaplin’s debut feature (he also wrote, directed, produced, and composed music for the film) declares itself from the first title card a “picture with a smile—and, perhaps, a tear.” Abandoned by his mother, a young boy winds up in the care Chaplin’s clownish Little Tramp, who fights to protect him amid feats of transcendentally graceful physical comedy and moments of heart-tugging pathos.

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

The Tracker

April 28, 2019 4:00pm

General Admission $13

The Tracker

The Tracker, a mysterious and enigmatic figure whose true character remains unknown, assists them in their quest. As they move deeper into the bush and further away from civilization, the toxic forces of paranoia and violence begin to escalate, stirring up questions of what is black and what is white and who is leading whom. Their journey becomes an acrimonious and murderous trek that shifts power from one man to another, challenged by the indigenous people they come across as well as each other.

"A stark moral fable told in the language of the sort of western Hollywood has stopped making, the Australian director Rolf de Heer's film The Tracker is constructed around a suite of 10 interlocking story-songs that simmer with political outrage. Composed by Graham Tardif, with lyrics by Mr. de Heer, and performed by Archie Roach, a husky-voiced Aboriginal singer, together they suggest an extended folk ballad in the mode of Curtis Mayfield's Superfly. The lyrics describe the oppression of Australian Aboriginals with the same mixture of sorrow and resistance that fueled the songs of Bob Marley." – The New York Times.

Directed by Rolf De Heer, Australlia, 2003, 90 mins, Western/Drama, English.

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Location: Teacher's College - Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street, Rm# 263 Macy - btwn Amsterdam and Broadway, New York NY 10027 US

Emma Mae

April 28, 2019 6:00pm

General Admission $13

When her mother dies, Mississippi bumpkin Emma Mae (Jerri Hayes) goes to live with her cousins in Los Angeles. She quickly falls in with smooth-talking drug pusher Jesse (Ernest Williams II), but their romance is cut short when he’s jailed for beating up a cop. Loyal to a fault, Emma tries to raise bail money by starting a car wash, and when that fails, resorts to robbing a bank with a shotgun. The plan works, but the newly freed Jesse proves unfaithful, pushing Emma to take revenge.

Directed by Jamaa Fanaka.

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Location: Teacher's College - Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street, Rm# 263 Macy - btwn Amsterdam and Broadway, New York NY 10027 US

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