Summer Break

Summer Break, a show of two and three-dimensional mixed media artworks, poetry, and spoken word opens at JCC Harlem on Tuesday, June 12. Summer Break begs us not to forget, as we approach the summer holiday, what it means to be a student in America in 2018. Through installation, interactive works, 2D artworks and performance, this exhibition examines issues that have broken the essence of effective, nurturing education. Seven visual artists and a dozen spoken word artists present a variety of perspectives, some pulling from their days as young students and others as educators in the current environment.


INSPIRE is a weeklong event (June 25 – July 1) for photographers, videographers and digital storytellers. Creatives will get hands-on learning from some of the best in the photography industry from Tamara Lackey to Gavin Hoey to David Bergman and more. With various genres of photography covered including fashion, street, maternity, portrait, food and travel, there’s a workshop for everyone – and most are FREE! The event will culminate in a two-day fair where creatives can try out new gear from Canon, Sony, DJI, Nikon and more.


PLEASE SHARE and invite friends to join and VOLUNTEER FOR #ECOLOGICALCITY – this is not a parade to watch but a transformational experience – become a garden, river and climate solution spirit – help as a marshal- many roles. Experience the ECOLOGICAL URBAN PILGRIMAGE FROM THE GARDENS TO THE RIVER on the LES of NYC – not to be missed! Earth Celebrations’ ECOLOGICAL CITY, a climate action, ecological urban pilgrimage and performance art event – features a spectacular 6 hour procession featuring visual art, giant puppets and costumes with 20 site performances of dance, music, theater and poetry celebrating sustainability solutions throughout the community gardens, neighborhood and East River Park waterfront on the Lower East Side of New York City. VOLUNTEER: Sign up to wear spectacular costumes – direct puppets – marshal procession


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South Slope Artists’ Open Studios Weekend

South Slope Open Studios
Saturday, April 28 & Sunday, April 29
Noon-6pm each day

Here’s where you’ll find us showing work during this annual, fun art romp through the Park Slope neighborhood. Janie Samuels’ Studio
614 Seventh Avenue, between 22nd & 23rd Streets
exhibiting artists: Rich Garr, Bob Hagan, Tom Keough, Janie Samuels

Tom Keough’s Studio
303A 16th Street, between 6th & 7th Avenues

Alise Loebelsohn’sStudio
215 17th Street, between 4th & 5th Avenues
exhibiting artists: Nancy Doniger, Karen Giordano, Eric Jacobson, Alise Loebelsohn, Joy Makon, Robin Roi, Cynthia Ruse

OSSAM Gallery
300-302 Seventh Street, between 4th & 5th Avenues
The Gallery will be open from 1-7pm each day
exhibiting artists: Carol Adams, Lloyd Campbell, Phil DeSantis, Karen Giordano, Sandra Giunta, Lynn Goodman, Susan Greenstein, Bob Hagan, Judith Eloise Hooper, Eric Jacobson, Caryn Kreitzer, Lisa Anne Lincoln, Alise Loebelsohn, Darcy Lynn, Dara Oshin, Joyce Riley, Robin Roi, Janie Samuels, Howard Skrill

Assault and Other Stages, A New Web series, Screening and Release Party April 21st

We are premiering our first episodes and a little more. Assault and Other Stages is a new web series about sexual assault, survival, grief… and oh, did we mention it’s also a comedy. Join the creator, Rosa Escandon and other members of the cast and crew for laughs, drinks, feminism, opportunities to learn more about sexual assault resources, and stand up from some of our amazing actresses including comedians, Melissa Rocha, Cathy Humes, and Irene Fagan Merrow. We will start promptly at 7, tickets can be purchased at the door: $5.

Write, Pitch & Publish: the International Women’s Writing Guild’s Spring Big Apple

On April 15th 2018, the International Women’s Writing Guild will host its annual “Spring Big Apple” conveniently located at the historic Poets House. The all-day Sunday event encompasses three hands-on workshops (facilitated by Yun Wei, Paula Chaffee Scardamalia and Cathleen O’Connor) pivoted around how to write, pitch and publish your work. The conference also includes a catered lunch, a session for attendees to meet literary agents, and a New Authors panel on pathways to publication. The day will close with IWWG’s signature “All Voices Open Mic”- in which all attendees will have the chance to share their writing. While the non-members fee is $185 for this exceptional literary day, the rate for students has been reduced to $45.


The award-winning Tanglewood Marionettes will demonstrate the basics of marionette puppet manipulation. Participants will be provided with marionettes for the duration of the workshop and learn movement techniques to express emotion. Each puppet has been handcrafted and is un-costumed and unpainted to showcase the construction and joining techniques used when building marionettes. DATE: SAT | MAR 10 | 1 PM | INTERACTIVE ARTS WORKSHOP (AGES 4-10)

Tickets: $8/$5 Children/FREE for members with tickets to 2:15 pm show

Members call Box Office (718) 463-7700 ext. 222) for tickets to the workshop.

Pros(e) of Pie – Theme: Caught Off Guard

Join us to listen to storytellers and humor writers from around the region tell true personal tales on the monthly theme in a Moth-inspired format. PLUS a pie bake-off: To start the evening, you’ll indulge in a sampling of pies made by local “pie-trepreneurs” and vote for your favorite between stories. You’ll please your belly and warm your soul. Entry fee includes pie tasting, beverages, and great entertainment! We sell out many months, so be sure to buy your tickets early!

for colored girls…

In celebration of Black History Month, 4th Wall Theatre presents a fully staged reading of Ntozke Shange’s 1970s ground breaking play with a message that holds just as true today. “for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf” is billed as a “choreopoem” and weaves together 20 separate poems with music, movement, and narratives to tell the stories of love, empowerment, struggle, and loss in a complex representation of African-American sisterhood. The cast consists of seven nameless African-American women only identified by the colors they are assigned. The show first premiered at the Henry Street Settlement, Joseph Papp’s Public Theatre, and later moved to Broadway. The show contains mature subject matter; please use discretion when considering bringing children under 16.