1857: GOTHAM VERSUS EMPIRE
Kicking off its 2018 lecture series, the King Manor Museum will host an exhilarating talk with Andy McCarthy, a reference librarian at the local history and genealogy division at New York Public Library and former news researcher at ABC News. For eight years, he worked as a New York City double-decker bus tour guide.
In 1857, the state legislature expanded its powers in the local administration of New York City, taking on the corrupt Tammany Hall. Riots erupted in Manhattan, where for months there were two opposing police forces and whose mayor evaded an arrest warrant on the eve of a nationwide financial panic. Tensions inflamed between municipal and state politicians, labor and capital and rich and poor. Before the “war between the states,” this was a war within the state.
The lecture will take place at the King Manor Museum, located on 150-03 Jamaica Ave. It begins at 3:30 p.m.
Free Verse Poetry Workshop and Open Mic
Free Verse is a weekly writing workshop and open mic that takes place every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the second floor of the Jamaica NeOn Center, located at 162-24 Jamaica Ave. Each week, participants can come read and write poems and short stories, submit their work to the Free Verse magazine and read them during the open mic at 2:30 p.m. The workshop and open mic are free and open to all.
For more information, call (718) 658-6845.
York College Observatory Public Open Night
The observatory is open to the public every second or third Wednesday of the month, rain or shine, at 7:30 p.m. (8:30 p.m. during daylight saving time). Call (718) 262-2082 for more information. Meet in Room 2E01 and then move to the fourth floor terrace on the G corridor of the Academic Core Building (94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd.) at the college to view the stars and planets by eye as well as with the observatory’s instruments. If the weather is poor, we will enjoy activities and/or a topical lecture.
“Reasons To Be Pretty”
Be there when the York College Theatre Department presents Neil Labute’s Reasons To Be Pretty. Shot through with compassion for four young working-class friends and lovers, this 2008 Broadway comedy hit is sharp enough to skin the hide off even the thickest-skinned man as it rips into the American male’s false notion of what it means to be beautiful.
The show will run from March 23 to 27 at the Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center, located at 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Blvd. Tickets are $7 to $10. For more information, call (718) 262-3750.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Presents Think HBCU
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (Epsilon Pi Omega Chapter) and The Rochdale Village Community Center are encouraging high school and middle school students to “Think HBCU” during this event. Join them for this Historically Black College fair and panel discussion. The panel discussion begins at 11:30 p.m. at the Rochdale Village Community Center, located at 169-65 137th Ave. in Jamaica.
For more information, call (718) 276-5700 or visit thinkhbcu.splashthat.com.
“Citizen”: An Art Gallery
The exhibition features 20 artists whose work illuminates the concerns expressed by Claudia Rankine in her book of the same title. As part of the 2018 NEA Big Read grant received by St. John’s for Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric, the gallery is presenting the work of contemporary artists that continues and enriches Rankine’s unique use of art as part of her narrative structure. Citizen is a multifaceted art and literary project programmed and curated by St. John’s University Art Gallery in collaboration with its English and Art Departments, the Queens Public Library and the borough’s literary community.
Claudia Rankine’s book-length poem has been a publishing phenomenon. Shortlisted for the National Book Award, it “is an anatomy of American racism in the new millennium, a slender, musical book that arrives with the force of a thunderclap,” according to Bookforum. In 2016, Rankine received a MacArthur Fellowship.
The exhibition investigates the relentless racism of daily life that renders many “citizens” invisible. The exhibition will be on display until March 14 at the St. John’s University Art Gallery. For more information, call (718) 990-7476.
The AirTrain Jazz Festival Series March 15-29
The AirTrain Jazz Festival series continues this week with Napoleon Revels-Bey on the AirTrain Jamaica stage on March 15. The performance will pay tribute to Jamaica’s rich jazz history by presenting some of the New York City metropolitan area’s best jazz musicians playing live. Learn more about Napoleon Revels-Bey by visiting: www.revels-bey.com. On March 22, The Eric Paulin Quartet will take on the AirTrain Jazz Festival stage. Then, on March 29, The Sharp Radway Quartet is set to take part in the AirTrain Jazz Festival to close out the month of March. Learn more about The Sharp Radway Quartet by visiting www.sharpradway.com
The AirTrain Jazz Festival is a co-production of A Better Jamaica and the Sutphin Boulevard Business Improvement District with the marketing support of the Jamaica Arts Council. The effort is funded by New York Council Members Rory Lancman and I. Daneek Miller and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. The events take place at 93-40 Sutphin Blvd. in Jamaica. It is free for all who attend.