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13 (or more) INTERESTING THINGS TO DO for BLACK HISTORY MONTH:
ART, MOVIES, IDEAS, TALKS
1. Wed February 1: Movie & Tall. Vin Diesel’s Multi-Facial (Bklyn Historical Soc)From the library website: "Vin Diesel stars in this autobiographical short film about his experiences auditioning in New York. Diesel finds himself at the distinct disadvantage of not being Black enough or Italian enough for the roles for which he auditions. Jen Chau, founder of Swirl, a multi-ethnic, anti-racist organization that promotes cross-cultural dialogue, will lead a discussion on race, physical appearance, mixed-race identity, and typecasting."
When: 7 P.M.
Admission: Free. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP required: firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone: 718-222-4111.
3. Wednesday February 1: Commentator and journalist, Touré (Free. Park Slope)From the library website: "Commentator and journalist, Touré, defines and demystifies modern Blackness in his new book, Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness: What It Means to Be Black Now. He is also the author of Never Drank the Kool-Aid, Soul City and The Portable Promised Land."
When: 7 P.M.
5. Saturday February 4: WNYC's Leonard Lopate & Colson Whitehead (Free.Park Slope)As part of the Gotham Writers in the City, series, author Colson Whitehead discusses his new novel, Zone One, with WNYC's Leonard Lopate.From the library website: "In the near future, a global plague turns most of humanity into zombies. The military drives out the majority of the undead from an area south of Canal Street--the safe area known as Zone One. WNYC’s Leonard Lopate hosts."
When: 4 P.M.
6. Saturday February 4: Black Public Media Film Screening (Fort Greene)A multi-media film festival curated in partnership with Black Public Media will be screened, followed by a discussion with the directors.
- An Oversimplification of Her Beauty
- The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae
Venue: South Oxford Space, 138 South Oxford Street.
Additional screenings will be held on February 10 in Manhattan at the CUNY Theater, and at the Brooklyn Central Library on February 25 (see listing below).
When: Wednesday to Friday from 11AM to 6PM and on Saturday from 1 P.M. to 6 P.M.
Contact: (718) 636-6949.
When: Feb 7 at 7 P.M.; 1hr 30 min.
Admission: $15; $7.50 for Friends of BAM.
9. Wednesday February 15: Meredith Monk BAMcafé (Free)One of four "Artist Talks" with iconic artists, BAM hosts this opportunity to listen to and ask questions of pioneer Meredeth Monk.
When: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 7 P.M.; 1hr 30 min.
Admission: $20 ($10 for Friends of BAM).
When:Feb 15 at 7 P.M.
Tickets: $20 ($10 for Friends of BAM).
10. Thursday February 16: "How to Be Black" by Baratunde Thurston
Steamboat: A Literary Humor SeriesBob Powers hosts humor writers for a night of "wine-addled, text-based hilarity" at this popular Fort Greene bookstore. This evening features Baratunde Thurston, author of How to Be Black.
When: Thursday February 16 at 7:30 P.M.
Contact: (718) 246-0200.