Calendar

Dec
21
Mon
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg @ virtual
Dec 21 @ 12:00 pm
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg @ virtual

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Join our Cultural Arts department and Central Queens Adult and Senior Center for a virtual visit to the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center with curator Arielle Weininger! Arielle will lead us through Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an exhibition that explores Justice Ginsburg’s life and her numerous, often simultaneous, roles as a student, wife, mother, lawyer, judge, women’s rights pioneer, and internet phenomenon. Our program will include a video tour followed by a Q & A session with a docent.

Cost is $8 member, $10 non-member. Visit commonpointqueens.org/register to register.

For a full list of our Winter Virtual Cultural Arts Speakers and Events, visit https://www.commonpointqueens.org/cultural/. For more information, please email [email protected]

Jan
3
Sun
South Street Seaport Museum Virtual Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music Sing-Along Broadcast @ Online
Jan 3 @ 2:00 pm
South Street Seaport Museum Virtual Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music Sing-Along Broadcast @ Online

South Street Seaport Museum Virtual Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music Sing-Along Broadcast

South Street Seaport Museum’s monthly sea-music event, Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music, continues virtually on Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 2pm ET. From our living rooms and kitchens join a round-robin of shared songs featuring members ofThe New York Packet and friends. Listen in, lead a song, and belt out the choruses for your neighbors to hear on the first Sunday of every month. The event is FREE. Sign up here to receive the Zoom link 24 hours prior: southstreetseaportmuseum.org/chanteysing/.

After years of meeting in person on the historic tall ship Wavertree, the event moved online in April 2020. Now in its ninth month of virtual incarnation, South Street Seaport Museum’s Virtual Chantey Sing has evolved into the preeminent virtual chantey sing in the world, featuring professionals and amateurs, old salts and new initiates, from across the street, across the country, and across the pond.

“A fine mix of familiar songs and some new ones that should be better known. The fact that performers came from all over, from the Netherlands, the UK, Canada, and across the US, gave a wonderful feeling of this special musical community we all share,” wrote one participant.

Old-time sailors on long voyages spent months living together in close quarters with no outside entertainment, no new people to interact with, a monotonous diet, and each day pretty much just like the day before. How did they keep their spirits up? Singing together! Work songs and fun songs, story songs and nonsense songs, songs of nostalgia and songs of up-to-the-moment news – all were part of the repertoire onboard. At South Street Seaport Museum, the Chantey tradition lives on. January’s event will be moderated by Deirdre Murtha of The Johnson Girls and The New York Packet, a collection of traditional chantey singers in the New York area.

“Sea chanteys fit in beautifully with the New York tradition,” said Laura Norwitz, SSSM’s Senior Director of Program and Education. “Sailing ships were a melting pot of languages and cultures, and chanteys and forecastle songs, along with hard work and shared challenges, helped sailors merge into one community. When we sing these songs today – some old, and some updated with up-to-the-moment lyrics – we celebrate our connection with our maritime heritage and also with the community we create enjoying home-made music together.”

The New York Packet was established over 30 years ago as the official maritime singing group of South Street Seaport Museum. First singing on the iconic vessel Peking, they have endeavored ever since to keep chantey singing alive in lower Manhattan. Even when the Seaport encountered “heavy weather” during and after hurricane Sandy, the Packet found places to fill with sound while awaiting a return to their beloved ships at the Seaport. In May of 2019, the moment came when the Packet could return and sing aboard
Wavertree. It was a magical and welcome moment.

About the South Street Seaport Museum
The South Street Seaport Museum, located in the heart of the historic seaport district in New York City, preserves and interprets the history of New York as a great port city. Founded in 1967, the Museum houses an extensive collection of works of art and artifacts, a maritime reference library, exhibition galleries and education spaces, working nineteenth century print shops, and an active fleet of historic vessels that all work to tell the story of “Where New York Begins.” www.southstreetseaportmuseum.org

#SouthStreetSeaportMuseum #WhereNewYorkBegins
@SouthStreetSeaportMuseum – Facebook
@seaportmuseum – Instagram
@seaportmuseum – Twitter

Jan
8
Fri
Virtual Lunchtime Lecture: 19th-Century Petkeeping @ Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden
Jan 8 all-day
Virtual Lunchtime Lecture: 19th-Century Petkeeping @ Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden

Virtual Lunchtime Lecture: 19th-Century Petkeeping

January 6, 2021

Join us for our monthly discussion of an aspect of life in early 19th-century America. This month we will discuss the evolution of keeping pets, and explore questions such as: Was this a common practice in the 1800s? Why or why not? What pets were popular? What was the relationship between pets and new ideas of child rearing? Free.

If you want a photo of your pet included in a collage that we will share at the end of the lecture, email it to [email protected] by January 6.

For the Zoom access link, visit www.mvhm.org

Jan
24
Sun
Tea in Early America: A Virtual Workshop at the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden @ Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden
Jan 24 all-day

Tea in Early America: A Virtual Workshop

January 24, 2021

At the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden

Pour yourself a cup of tea and join us as we explore the history and traditions of tea in America, including the types of tea available, tea superstitions, and the proper food to serve at an early 19th-century afternoon tea.

Feb
7
Sun
South Street Seaport Museum Announces Monthly Virtual Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music Live Sing-Alongs @ Online
Feb 7 @ 2:00 pm

South Street Seaport Museum Announces Monthly Virtual Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music Live Sing-Alongs

South Street Seaport Museum’s monthly sea-music event Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music – the original NYC chantey sing, now made popular on TikTok – continues virtually on Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 2pm ET. From our living rooms and kitchens, join a round-robin of shared songs featuring members of The New York Packet and friends. Listen in, lead a song, and belt out the choruses for your neighbors to hear on the first Sunday of every month. The event is FREE. Sign up here to receive the Zoom link 24 hours prior: southstreetseaportmuseum.org/chanteysing/.

Upcoming virtual Chantey Sings will take place on:

  • Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 2pm ET, hosted by Deirdre Murtha
    RSVP at bit.ly/ChanteyMar7.
  • Sunday, April 4, 2021 at 2pm ET, hosted by Bonnie Milner
    RSVP at bit.ly/ChanteyApr4.

After years of meeting in person on the historic tall ship Wavertree, the event moved online in April 2020. Now in its second year of virtual incarnation, South Street Seaport Museum’s Virtual Chantey Sing has evolved into the preeminent virtual chantey sing in the world, featuring professionals and amateurs, old salts and new initiates, from across the street, across the country, and across the pond. South Street Seaport Museum actively recruits and supports new and diverse singers for each sing.

“A fine mix of familiar songs and some new ones that should be better known. The fact that performers came from all over, from the Netherlands, the UK, Canada, and across the US, gave a wonderful feeling of this special musical community we all share,” wrote one participant.

“This venue draws some excellent, knowledgeable singers and I always learn. Today I came away with four songs I wanted to learn,” wrote another participant. “Joy!”

Old-time sailors on long voyages spent months living together in close quarters with no outside entertainment, no new people to interact with, a monotonous diet, and each day pretty much just like the day before. How did they keep their spirits up? Singing together! Work songs and fun songs, story songs and nonsense songs, songs of nostalgia and songs of up-to-the-moment news – all were part of the repertoire onboard. At South Street Seaport Museum, the Chantey tradition lives on. February’s event will be moderated by Bonnie Milner of The Johnson Girls with The New York Packet, a collection of traditional chantey singers in the New York area.

“Sea chanteys fit in beautifully with the New York tradition,” said Laura Norwitz, SSSM’s Senior Director of Program and Education. “Sailing ships were a melting pot of languages and cultures, and chanteys and forecastle songs, along with hard work and shared challenges, helped sailors merge into one community. When we sing these songs today – some old, and some updated with up-to-the-moment lyrics – we celebrate our connection with our maritime heritage and also with the community we create enjoying home-made music together.”

Each month the Chantey Sing will include a virtual visit to the Museum, showcasing links from the song selections to artifacts in the South Street Seaport Museum Collection.

The New York Packet
was established over 30 years ago as the official maritime singing group of South Street Seaport Museum. First singing on the iconic vessel Peking, they have endeavored ever since to keep chantey singing alive in lower Manhattan. Even when the Seaport encountered “heavy weather” during and after hurricane Sandy, the Packet found places to fill with sound while awaiting a return to their beloved ships at the Seaport. In May of 2019, the moment came when the Packet could return and sing aboard Wavertree. It was a magical and welcome moment.

About the South Street Seaport Museum
The South Street Seaport Museum, located in the heart of the historic seaport district in New York City, preserves and interprets the history of New York as a great port city. Founded in 1967, the Museum houses an extensive collection of works of art and artifacts, a maritime reference library, exhibition galleries and education spaces, working nineteenth century print shops, and an active fleet of historic vessels that all work to tell the story of “Where New York Begins.” www.southstreetseaportmuseum.org
#SouthStreetSeaportMuseum #WhereNewYorkBegins
@SouthStreetSeaportMuseum – Facebook
@seaportmuseum – Instagram
@seaportmuseum – Twitter

Feb
10
Wed
ICP Talks: Cheriss May on Documenting Democracy @ International Center of Photography
Feb 10 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

ICP Talks: Cheriss May on Documenting Democracy

February 10, 2021

Kicking off the ICP Talks winter/spring season is Washington DC–based photojournalist and professor Cheriss May. Covering politics and movements with portraiture at the soul of her work, May is lauded for her inclusive storytelling approach to both editorial assignments and personal projects.

Join us for an evening with May, as she discusses her work documenting democracy and social unrest during a turbulent year in the US, and learn more about inclusive storytelling through her photographs and projects in a conversation with ICP’s Managing Director of Programs David Campany.

Feb
17
Wed
ICP Lessons: Debi Cornwall on Necessary Fictions @ International Center of Photography
Feb 17 @ 1:00 pm – Feb 19 @ 2:00 pm

ICP Lessons: Debi Cornwall on Necessary Fictions

February 17, 2021

Conceptual documentarian, filmmaker, and former civil-rights lawyer, Debi Cornwall is no stranger to questioning the role of truth in images and the power of using fiction to illuminate truth through narrative storytelling. Through her projects, Welcome to Camp America: Inside Guantánamo Bay and Necessary Fictions, Cornwall often employs deep investigative tactics to present facts that are concealed or expressed within state-created fictions, culminating in deeply immersive projects that question more than just the reality of the viewer. Join us for the next session in ICP Lessons, hosted by David Campany, for a three-day lecture series highlighting Debi Cornwall’s approach to using fiction to address real world issues and introducing key concepts and methods for applying to your own photographic practice—whether documentary, fine-art, or multimedia—which will be the focus of her upcoming ICP course, Necessary Fictions.

Feb
21
Sun
Theater Resources Unlimited Announces TRUSpeak … Hear Our Voices! Virtual Fundraiser @ Online
Feb 21 all-day

Theater Resources Unlimited Announces TRUSpeak … Hear Our Voices! Virtual Fundraiser

February 21, 2021

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces TRUSpeak … Hear Our Voices! Virtual Fundraiser on Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 5pm (eastern time) via Zoom, presented with the generous sponsorship of R.K. Greene and The Storyline Project, Patrick Blake and Rhymes Over Beats, Neal Rubinstein and Dangerous the Musical, Merrie L. Davis and Cheryl Wiesenfeld. Join TRU for an evening of awareness at an annual fundraising gala reinvented for these virtual – and challenging – times. Tickets start at $55. For more information and tickets, visit https://truonline.org/events/tru-speak-hear-our-voices/.

TRUSpeak is a curated selection of short plays and musicals by TRU writers, produced by TRU producers and directed by TRU directors, all touching upon current social issues. “The shutdown has forced us all to rethink our business, our art, our assumptions about life itself,” says Bob Ost, executive director of TRU and producer of TRUSpeak. “Social awareness has been thrust into the spotlight, and virtual presentation has become our strongest means of expression. We are excited to offer a platform for the voices of seven talented writers, guided by directors and tech advisors collaborating to use this new medium in interesting ways.”

Each of the TRUSpeak shows will be introduced by former TRU honorees including
James Morgan, producing artistic director of the York Theatre; two-time Tony winning director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell; performer/choreographer and A Chorus Line legend Baayork Lee; four-time Tony winning producer Ron Simons; and four-time Tony winning producer Cheryl Wiesenfeld. Taking full advantage of the medium, each TRUSpeak piece will also include an interactive talkback session; and VIP ticket holders are invited to a post-show meet-and-greet with the cast and TRU board and other VIP’s.

Program
Virtual Happy Hour, an online musical by Richard Castle & Matthew Levine
Directed by Jesica Garrou, Music Directed by Ben Doyle McCormick, Produced by James Rocco; starring Brendan Bradley, Nick Cearly, Lauren Molina, Tatiana Wechsler

Game Boy by Melissa Bell
Directed by Bryanda Minix, Technical Editor Carley Santori, Produced by Stephanie Pope; starring Cady Huffman, Will Mader, Jianzi Colon-Soto

Change of Plans by Michele Ann Miller
Directed by Cate Cammarata, Technical Editor Andrea Lynn Green, Produced by Jonathan Hogue; starring Crystal Kellogg

Out of Order, a memory play by T. Cat Ford
Directed by Glynn Borders, Produced by Claudia Zahn; starring Maggie Baird, Andrea Lynn Green, Crystal Tigney

A Woman’s Perspective by Melvina Douse Manuel
Directed by Van Dirk Fisher, Technical Eidotr Iben Cenholt, Produced by Stephanie Pope; starring Regina Taylor, Robert Baptiste, Gha’il Rhodes Benjamin, Adante Carter, Shariff Sinclair, Tyrone Hall

Zoom, a monologue by Joe Nelms
Directed by Dennis Corsi, Technical editor Henry Garrou, Produced by Jonathan Hogue with Jim Brochu, Brenda Braxton, Bob Cuccioli, Dickie Hearts, Ann Harada, Jana Robbins

There will also be special appearances by Broadway stars Jill Paice and Tonya Pinkins, as well as actress-activist Dominique Sharpton. For more information, visit https://truonline.org/tru-speak-hear-our-voices/

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is the leading network for developing theater professionals, a twenty-seven-year-old 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created to help producers produce, emerging theater companies to emerge healthily and all theater professionals to understand and navigate the business of the arts. Membership includes self-producing artists as well as career producers and theater companies. TRU publishes an email community newsletter of services, goods and productions; presents monthly panels as well as the new weekly Community Gatherings; offers a Producer Development & Mentorship Program taught by prominent producers and general managers in New York theater, and also presents Producer Boot Camp workshops to help aspirants develop business skills. TRU serves writers through the TRU Voices Play Reading Series, Writer-Producer Speed Date, a Practical Playwriting Workshop, How to Write a Musical That Works and a Director-Writer Communications Lab. Programs of Theater Resources Unlimited are supported in part by the Montage Foundation, the Storyline Project and the Leibowitz Greenway Foundation. For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit www.truonline.org.

Mar
7
Sun
South Street Seaport Museum Announces Monthly Virtual Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music Live Sing-Alongs @ Online
Mar 7 @ 2:00 pm

South Street Seaport Museum Announces Monthly Virtual Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music Live Sing-Alongs

South Street Seaport Museum’s monthly sea-music event Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music – the original NYC chantey sing, now made popular on TikTok – continues virtually on Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 2pm ET. From our living rooms and kitchens, join a round-robin of shared songs featuring members of The New York Packet and friends. Listen in, lead a song, and belt out the choruses for your neighbors to hear on the first Sunday of every month. The event is FREE. Sign up here to receive the Zoom link 24 hours prior: southstreetseaportmuseum.org/chanteysing/.

Upcoming virtual Chantey Sings will take place on:

  • Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 2pm ET, hosted by Deirdre Murtha
    RSVP at bit.ly/ChanteyMar7.
  • Sunday, April 4, 2021 at 2pm ET, hosted by Bonnie Milner
    RSVP at bit.ly/ChanteyApr4.

After years of meeting in person on the historic tall ship Wavertree, the event moved online in April 2020. Now in its second year of virtual incarnation, South Street Seaport Museum’s Virtual Chantey Sing has evolved into the preeminent virtual chantey sing in the world, featuring professionals and amateurs, old salts and new initiates, from across the street, across the country, and across the pond. South Street Seaport Museum actively recruits and supports new and diverse singers for each sing.

“A fine mix of familiar songs and some new ones that should be better known. The fact that performers came from all over, from the Netherlands, the UK, Canada, and across the US, gave a wonderful feeling of this special musical community we all share,” wrote one participant.

“This venue draws some excellent, knowledgeable singers and I always learn. Today I came away with four songs I wanted to learn,” wrote another participant. “Joy!”

Old-time sailors on long voyages spent months living together in close quarters with no outside entertainment, no new people to interact with, a monotonous diet, and each day pretty much just like the day before. How did they keep their spirits up? Singing together! Work songs and fun songs, story songs and nonsense songs, songs of nostalgia and songs of up-to-the-moment news – all were part of the repertoire onboard. At South Street Seaport Museum, the Chantey tradition lives on. February’s event will be moderated by Bonnie Milner of The Johnson Girls with The New York Packet, a collection of traditional chantey singers in the New York area.

“Sea chanteys fit in beautifully with the New York tradition,” said Laura Norwitz, SSSM’s Senior Director of Program and Education. “Sailing ships were a melting pot of languages and cultures, and chanteys and forecastle songs, along with hard work and shared challenges, helped sailors merge into one community. When we sing these songs today – some old, and some updated with up-to-the-moment lyrics – we celebrate our connection with our maritime heritage and also with the community we create enjoying home-made music together.”

Each month the Chantey Sing will include a virtual visit to the Museum, showcasing links from the song selections to artifacts in the South Street Seaport Museum Collection.

The New York Packet
was established over 30 years ago as the official maritime singing group of South Street Seaport Museum. First singing on the iconic vessel Peking, they have endeavored ever since to keep chantey singing alive in lower Manhattan. Even when the Seaport encountered “heavy weather” during and after hurricane Sandy, the Packet found places to fill with sound while awaiting a return to their beloved ships at the Seaport. In May of 2019, the moment came when the Packet could return and sing aboard Wavertree. It was a magical and welcome moment.

About the South Street Seaport Museum
The South Street Seaport Museum, located in the heart of the historic seaport district in New York City, preserves and interprets the history of New York as a great port city. Founded in 1967, the Museum houses an extensive collection of works of art and artifacts, a maritime reference library, exhibition galleries and education spaces, working nineteenth century print shops, and an active fleet of historic vessels that all work to tell the story of “Where New York Begins.” www.southstreetseaportmuseum.org
#SouthStreetSeaportMuseum #WhereNewYorkBegins
@SouthStreetSeaportMuseum – Facebook
@seaportmuseum – Instagram
@seaportmuseum – Twitter

Mar
10
Wed
ICP Lessons: Sara Hylton on Staying Engaged as a Photographer @ International Center of Photography
Mar 10 @ 1:00 pm – Mar 12 @ 2:00 pm
ICP Lessons: Sara Hylton on Staying Engaged as a Photographer @ International Center of Photography

ICP Lessons: Sara Hylton on Staying Engaged as a Photographer

March 10, 2021

Join us for the next ICP Lessons, a three-day lecture series hosted by David Campany, with visual storyteller Sara Hylton on staying engaged as a photographer. Hylton will share her experience creating intimate and personal work and staying motivated while pursuing new ideas.

Canadian photographer Sara Hylton, a 2014 graduate of ICP’s One-Year Certificate Program in Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism, travels the globe with her camera, using it to shine an intimate light on stories of resilience and to challenge oppressive and unjust systems within society. From documenting those living along the Keystone XL pipeline in Montana to her powerful environmental portraits depicting families of missing and murdered indigenous women (MMIW) in Saskatchewan Canada, Hylton continually seeks new ideas to explore and stories to tell. In the next session of ICP Lessons, we will learn more about Hylton’s approach to crafting an evolving vision and pursuing avenues for sharing her work.

Mar
14
Sun
Stories Survive: Martin Karplus @ Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
Mar 14 @ 2:00 pm

Stories Survive: Martin Karplus

March 14, 2021

Museum of Jewish Heritage

Nobel Laureate Martin Karplus was eight years old when his family fled Nazi-occupied Austria, shortly after the arrival of German forces in 1938. They escaped via Switzerland and France to the United States, where he became a theoretical chemist.

Karplus conducted groundbreaking work in the 1970s to develop multiscale models for complex chemical systems, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2013. He is the Theodore William Richards Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus at Harvard University and the Director of the Biophysical Chemistry Laboratory in France. He credits his life as a refugee as a decisive influence on his worldview and approach to science.

Join Karplus for a Stories Survive program exploring his childhood and accomplished career in science.

Click here for Karplus’ book Spinach on the Ceiling: The Multifaceted Life of a Theoretical Chemist.

A $10 suggested donation enables us to present programs like this one. We thank you for your support.

Mar
15
Mon
Virtual Lunchtime Lecture: 19th Century Women @ Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden
Mar 15 all-day

Virtual Lunchtime Lecture: 19th Century Women

March 15, 2021

Courtesy of the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden

Join us for our monthly discussion of an aspect of life in early 19th-century America. In honor of Women’s History Month we will discuss women activists in the 1800s, exploring the social issues they were supporting at that time.

Mar
16
Tue
Heroines Of The Holocaust at the Museum of Jewish Heritage @ Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
Mar 16 @ 7:00 pm
Heroines Of The Holocaust at the Museum of Jewish Heritage @ Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

Heroines Of The Holocaust at the Museum of Jewish Heritage

March 16, 2021

Virtual Event

During the Holocaust, more than 3,000 women fought back against the Nazis in ghettos, forced labor camps, concentration camps, and partisan units. Join Dr. Lori Weintrob, Director of the Wagner College Holocaust Center, for a program exploring the heroic lives and legacies of these female resistance fighters.

Weintrob will be in conversation with Rokhl Kafrissen, Yiddish culture writer and Tablet Magazine contributor, and Rachel Rachama Roth, a survivor of Auschwitz who will provide her eyewitness testimony to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

A $10 suggested donation enables us to present programs like this one. We thank you for your support.

Mar
21
Sun
Stories Survive: Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff @ Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
Mar 21 @ 2:00 pm
Stories Survive: Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff @ Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

Stories Survive: Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff

March 21, 2021

Museum of Jewish Heritage

As a small child, Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff fled her Nazi-occupied hometown of Kosice, Slovakia (then Czechoslovakia) along with her parents and infant brother. They remained on the run and in open hiding for seven months—during which they had several narrow escapes, including an arrest in Spain—until they reached Lisbon, Portugal, where they joined tens of thousands of Jewish refugees awaiting ships to the United States. With the assistance of HIAS, Dr. Klein Kassenoff and her parents were rescued from Portugal in 1941, boarding one of the last ships to safety.

Dr. Klein Kassenoff became the founding director of the University of Miami Holocaust Teacher Institute. She is also the Education Chairperson at the Holocaust Memorial in Miami Beach, Florida, and the Education Specialist for Holocaust Studies for Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

Join Dr. Klein Kassenoff for a Stories Survive program exploring her family’s journey of perseverance and escape.

A $10 suggested donation enables us to present programs like this one. We thank you for your support.

Mar
25
Thu
“Plunder” Book Talk With Menachem Kaiser And Stephanie Butnick @ Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
Mar 25 @ 7:00 pm
“Plunder” Book Talk With Menachem Kaiser And Stephanie Butnick @ Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

“Plunder” Book Talk With Menachem Kaiser And Stephanie Butnick

March 25, 2021

Menachem Kaiser’s new book Plunder: A Memoir of Family Property and Nazi Treasure is the story of his quest to reclaim his family’s apartment building in Poland—and of the astonishing entanglement with Nazi treasure hunters that follows.

Kaiser’s story begins when he takes up his Holocaust survivor grandfather’s former battle to reclaim the family’s apartment building in Sosnowiec, Poland. Soon, Kaiser is on a circuitous path to encounters with the long-time residents of the building, with a Polish lawyer known as “The Killer,” and with a surprise discovery about his grandfather’s cousin that reshapes his quest.

Join Kaiser for a conversation with Stephanie Butnick, Tablet Magazine Deputy Editor and co-host of the leading Jewish podcast Unorthodox, about Plunder and the profound questions it raises about family inheritance.

A $10 suggested donation enables us to present programs like this one. We thank you for your support.

Apr
4
Sun
South Street Seaport Museum Announces Monthly Virtual Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music Live Sing-Alongs @ Online
Apr 4 @ 2:00 pm

South Street Seaport Museum Announces Monthly Virtual Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music Live Sing-Alongs

South Street Seaport Museum’s monthly sea-music event Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music – the original NYC chantey sing, now made popular on TikTok – continues virtually on Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 2pm ET. From our living rooms and kitchens, join a round-robin of shared songs featuring members of The New York Packet and friends. Listen in, lead a song, and belt out the choruses for your neighbors to hear on the first Sunday of every month. The event is FREE. Sign up here to receive the Zoom link 24 hours prior: southstreetseaportmuseum.org/chanteysing/.

Upcoming virtual Chantey Sings will take place on:

  • Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 2pm ET, hosted by Deirdre Murtha
    RSVP at bit.ly/ChanteyMar7.
  • Sunday, April 4, 2021 at 2pm ET, hosted by Bonnie Milner
    RSVP at bit.ly/ChanteyApr4.

After years of meeting in person on the historic tall ship Wavertree, the event moved online in April 2020. Now in its second year of virtual incarnation, South Street Seaport Museum’s Virtual Chantey Sing has evolved into the preeminent virtual chantey sing in the world, featuring professionals and amateurs, old salts and new initiates, from across the street, across the country, and across the pond. South Street Seaport Museum actively recruits and supports new and diverse singers for each sing.

“A fine mix of familiar songs and some new ones that should be better known. The fact that performers came from all over, from the Netherlands, the UK, Canada, and across the US, gave a wonderful feeling of this special musical community we all share,” wrote one participant.

“This venue draws some excellent, knowledgeable singers and I always learn. Today I came away with four songs I wanted to learn,” wrote another participant. “Joy!”

Old-time sailors on long voyages spent months living together in close quarters with no outside entertainment, no new people to interact with, a monotonous diet, and each day pretty much just like the day before. How did they keep their spirits up? Singing together! Work songs and fun songs, story songs and nonsense songs, songs of nostalgia and songs of up-to-the-moment news – all were part of the repertoire onboard. At South Street Seaport Museum, the Chantey tradition lives on. February’s event will be moderated by Bonnie Milner of The Johnson Girls with The New York Packet, a collection of traditional chantey singers in the New York area.

“Sea chanteys fit in beautifully with the New York tradition,” said Laura Norwitz, SSSM’s Senior Director of Program and Education. “Sailing ships were a melting pot of languages and cultures, and chanteys and forecastle songs, along with hard work and shared challenges, helped sailors merge into one community. When we sing these songs today – some old, and some updated with up-to-the-moment lyrics – we celebrate our connection with our maritime heritage and also with the community we create enjoying home-made music together.”

Each month the Chantey Sing will include a virtual visit to the Museum, showcasing links from the song selections to artifacts in the South Street Seaport Museum Collection.

The New York Packet
was established over 30 years ago as the official maritime singing group of South Street Seaport Museum. First singing on the iconic vessel Peking, they have endeavored ever since to keep chantey singing alive in lower Manhattan. Even when the Seaport encountered “heavy weather” during and after hurricane Sandy, the Packet found places to fill with sound while awaiting a return to their beloved ships at the Seaport. In May of 2019, the moment came when the Packet could return and sing aboard Wavertree. It was a magical and welcome moment.

About the South Street Seaport Museum
The South Street Seaport Museum, located in the heart of the historic seaport district in New York City, preserves and interprets the history of New York as a great port city. Founded in 1967, the Museum houses an extensive collection of works of art and artifacts, a maritime reference library, exhibition galleries and education spaces, working nineteenth century print shops, and an active fleet of historic vessels that all work to tell the story of “Where New York Begins.” www.southstreetseaportmuseum.org
#SouthStreetSeaportMuseum #WhereNewYorkBegins
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@seaportmuseum – Instagram
@seaportmuseum – Twitter