Saturday, November 10th
Embracing Black Joy / Roots Party Weeksville Heritage Center, 158 Buffalo Ave., 11AM-6PM (Part of weekend storytelling month events), FREE. Witness a work-in-progress screening of Marta Effinger-Crichlow’s doc., “LITTLE SALLIEWALKER,” aboutfour Black women who find pleasure, refuge and power in childhood play, yet also highlights how their play reignites memories of racial oppression, gender inequalities, sexual assault and poverty. They try to recover the ritual of the play in a less-than-idyllic American society.The film is preceded by performance art in which attendees get to play. Artist Edisa Weeks is creating 1,865 paper-and-twine roots for 1865, when legalized chattel slavery ended. “THREE RITES: Liberty by DELIRIOUS Dances” is about how life, liberty and happiness are protected, promoted and manifested in the body.
Tuesday, November 13th
Space to Listen (to the body): A Movement Workshop with Jordan Demetrius Lloyd Recess, 46 Washington Ave., 7-9PM, FREE. How does the body want to move without the colonization of our minds predetermining its function? Participants will think, feel, reflect and grow. You’ll meet your body where it is and use your awareness around breath and listening to deepen your relationship to self. No background in dance is required to participate and all types of bodies are welcomed. This program is presented as part of “Camilo Godoy: Out of Control.”
Wednesday, November 14th
Open Archive: Charles White’s Harlem and Charles White AmongstFriendsSchomburg Center, 515 Malcolm X Blvd., Manhattan, 1-2:30PM & 6:30-8:30PM, FREE.In the afternoon,Schomburg Center librarians and archivists display and discuss items from its collection of materials highlighting the people, places and organizations that gifted painter, printer and draftsman Charles White encountered in New York in the ‘40s and early 1950s. In the evening, scholars, historians and artists discuss White’s life, work, legacy and influence on contemporary artists. They’ll highlight his far-reaching vision of a socially committed practice and his powerful, beautiful renderings of African-Americans in his “images of dignity.” RSVP at Eventbrite separately for each event and arrive early to secure your seat in the evening. Presented in partnership with the Museum of Modern Art’s current exhibition, “Charles White: A Retrospective,” October 7th–January 13, 2019.
Friday, November 16th
African Voices, 270 West 96thSt., Manhattan, 6:30PM. [FREE] (Donations welcomed) African Voicesmagazine, The Linyak Project and Sister’s Uptown Bookstore present a reading and book-signing for award-winning poet/author Quincy Troupe. He’ll read from his latest books, Ghost Voices: A Poem in Prayerand Seduction.Marsha Cann, African Voices’ Literary Readings Director, will MC the celebration. Light refreshments served. Sister’s Uptown Bookstore is the official seller for the book celebration. [Tickets at Eventbrite]
Sunday, November 18th
“Kids Paint It Up” and Artist Talk with Leroy Campbell Richard Beavers Gallery, 408 Marcus Garvey Blvd., 11AM sharp, 3-5PM for artist talk and viewing. Limited space is available for the free and fun art class for children as renowned artist Campbell returns to his decades-long Brooklyn home to exhibit at the gallery and share with the community. RSVP for your child’s participation at email@example.com and join the adults in the afternoon as Campbell discusses “Working Together,” his solo show at the gallery.
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Wednesday, November 21st
Annual Thanksgiving Dinner 88 Hanson Place, 12-4PM (service 11AM-12PM), FREE with ticket. Join the members of the Hanson Place Seventh-Day Adventist Church for Thanksgiving dinner a day early. Free tickets are available until November 18thand can be picked up on Sundays, Weds. and Thursdays from 1-4pm at the Community Center, 150 South Portland Ave.
Wednesday, December 12th
Lapidus Center Presents: Teaching Slavery Schomburg Center, 515 Malcolm X Blvd., Manhattan, 5-7PM, FREE. Join in conversation with leading scholars and educators Manisha Sinha and Ebony Elizabeth Thomas about how teachers can and should help students understand slavery in U.S. history. Manisha Sinha is Professor of American History at the University of Connecticut and author of The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition.Ebony Elizabeth Thomas is Associate Professor of Literacy, Culture and International Education with the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania and co-editor of Reading African-American Experiences in the Obama Era: Theory, Advocacy, Activism. RSVP at Eventbrite and arrive early to secure your seat.