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]
“Jewish James Bond and Other Heroes” Book Talk
January 3, 2021
New York-based Sousa Mendes Foundation is presenting a free, open-to-the-public, virtual panel discussion.
During the discussion, you will get to know the fascinating characters who participated in Operation Zebra – the little-known story of World War II aviators who risked their lives and freedom in 1947-49 to prevent what they viewed as an imminent second Holocaust. The heroes include the Jewish James Bond, Yehuda Arazi, the operation’s chief pilot Sam Lewis, and its flight instructor Elynor Rudnick. Meet Arazi’s grandson and Lewis’ daughter, as well as Boaz Dvir, who captured the story in the 2015 award winning PBS documentary A Wing and a Prayer and the 2020 critically acclaimed book Saving Israel.
SFC Write in Brooklyn : Arts and Activism in Post-Apartheid South Africa
January 9, 2021
Hear from Playwright Ian Bruce, trained as an actor in Johannesburg, appeared briefly in the early 1970s on the South African stage and TV
About Ian Bruce:
After a 17 year political exile, Ian Bruce returned to South Africa in 1992 where he served as Executive Director of the New Africa Theatre Association (NATA). His plays been produced all over the world, garnering awards and accolades in South Africa, Netherlands, United States, and Sweden. Ian’s script Groundswell is required reading for students in South Africa.
“Mr. Bruce’s drama could be described as a cross between David Mamet and Athol Fugard…[Mr. Bruce] draws his characters in admirable depth and telling detail. While each is used to illuminate social or economic problems troubling the country in the years after the dismantling of apartheid, none is merely a place holder for an attitude or a social class.”
The New York Times
Review of Groundswell
May 18, 2009
Please note, the event link will be sent out one hour prior to the event’s start time.
Write in Brooklyn Presents: Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award winner
January 14, 2021
St. Francis College presents a Write in Brooklyn virtual event with National Book Award winner and MacArthur fellow Jacqueline Woodson.
About this Event
Join our Write in Brooklyn event with Jacqueline Woodson, moderated by Isaac Fitzgerald and hosted by the SFC MFA Program! On January 14th, from 6-7:30pm, Jacqueline and Isaac will discuss writing, literature, and the creative process. The acclaimed author is the National Book Award winner for her New York Times bestseller, Brown Girl Dreaming, and the 2020 recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship, the 2020 recipient of the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, among many others.
Please note, the Zoom link will be sent out one hour prior to the event’s start time.
About Jacqueline Woodson
Jacqueline Woodson is the recipient of a 2020 MacArthur Fellowship, the 2020 Hans Christian Andersen Award, the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, and the 2018 Children’s Literature Legacy Award, and she was the 2018–2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Her New York Times bestselling memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming, won the National Book Award, as well as the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor, and the NAACP Image Award. She also wrote the adult books Red at the Bone, a New York Times bestseller, and Another Brooklyn, a 2016 National Book Award finalist. Her dozens of books for young readers include Before the Ever After, New York Times bestsellers The Day You Begin and Harbor Me, Newbery Honor winners Feathers, Show Way, and After Tupac and D Foster, and the picture book Each Kindness, which won the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award.
Book Event—Pictures on the Radio: Images by David Gilkey
Join ICP for a special book program honoring the work of David Gilkey, a celebrated conflict photographer who helped NPR bring vivid life to big and small stories with global impact before he was killed on assignment in Helmand, Afghanistan in 2016.
In a new book from powerHouse, Pictures of the Radio, Gilkey’s work is highlighted, showing images taken on assignments in Afghanistan, Haiti, Gaza, and other locations around the globe while he captured conflict, natural disasters and other critical stories. The book includes recollections of Gilkey in essays by NPR correspondents who knew and worked with him, including Jason Beaubien, Ari Shapiro, David Greene, Julie McCarthy, and Eric Westervelt.
During this special event moderated by ICP’s managing director of programs, David Campany, hear from the editors of the book—Quil Lawrence and Chip Somodevilla, and Ariel Zambelich, as well as Lynsey Addario and other colleagues and long-time friends of Gilkey, for an evening celebrating the work of this important photojournalist.
This event is free. Reserve your copy of Pictures on the Radio through ICP’s shop.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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“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.