Event Calendar

WBAI publishes this calendar of events that we think might be of interest to our listeners and members. As a community service, we also offer the on-the-air Community Bulletin Board to help not-for-profit organizations publicize their events to the community at large.

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April 12, Saturday - April 27, Sunday Witness: The Cedar Tavern Phone Booth Show (Witness: The Cedar Tavern Phone Booth Show)
at Westbeth Gallery, 55 Bethune Street, New York, NY 10014
Admission: Free To The Public

The phone booth at the Cedar Tavern was the only part of the original bar that survived the move from the bar’s earlier location at 24 University Place to its location at 82 University Place. Therefore, The phone booth was truly a witness when Jackson Pollock ripped the bathroom door off it’s hinges and threw it at Franz Kline, or when Kerouac was thrown out for urinating in an ashtray. The phone booth witnessed Robert Motherwell’s weekly salon, and the literary and art discussions of Leroi and Hetty Jones, Allen Ginsberg, Grace Hartigan, D.A. Pennebaker and Bob Dylan. Later, it witnessed the bar becoming a hangout for New York actors, writers, and musicians like Herbert Hunke, F. Murray Abraham, Matt Dillon, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, Winona Ryder, and even Brad Pitt. When the bar decided to get rid of the phone booth, Megan Karlen, a Cedar Tavern waitress and painter, arranged its movement to John Carruthers’ Catskills cabin. The double punch of Hurricanes Irene and Sandy damaged the booth beyond repair. It was then disassembled, and the parts given to artists to create pieces based on the Cedar Tavern, and New York City during it’s beatnik and Abstract Expressionist heyday. We are pleased to have such a perfect setting as the Westbeth Gallery because of it’s own longstanding role of supporting artists in New York City.

Curated by John Carruthers and Gywnne Duncan, the show will include paintings, prints, watercolors, and mixed media works. The show will feature 18 artists and have a room set aside for the phone booth inspired pieces as well other current work by the artists. Inspired by the group shows we curated in the 90’s, we contacted many of the same artists and are joining back together in a show about the New York art scene in the ’90’s. Throughout the last decade, many galleries and music venues have been shut down as real estate gobbles up the old neighborhoods. Witness is about being there, participating, and rendering the world around us while connecting with our community of artists. We are keeping the spark alive with new images of urban landscapes, portraits, and dream imagery. 

The artists are- John Carruthers, Danielle Charette, Marianne DeAngelis, Brian Delacey, Gwynne Duncan, Kirsten Flaherty, Wes Freed, Daniel Genova, Peter Gorfain, Jenny Shannon Harkins, Shirin Kazemi, Megan Karlen, Hamish Kilgour, David Lantow, Glynnis MacNicol, Mary Pinto,Rick Prol, Chris Syrett, HeideTrepanier, and Julie Wolf

 Hours: Wednesday-Sunday:1-6pm; Closed Mon-Tues. On view from Saturday, April 12th - Sunday, April 27th, 2014. Opening- Saturday, April 12th, 6 to 8 pm featuring live music and a dance performance by Julie Spodek 


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April 25, Friday - April 27, Sunday Memory Withholdings (Brooklyn Arts Exchange)
8:00 PM at 421 Fifth Ave, Brooklyn NY
Admission: $15 | $8 Low Income   Tickets: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/933356

After several years of development prior to and within their 2-year residency at BAX, Love | Fortè, A Collective developed a project that examines the notion of memory residing in the bodies and practices of African descendant communities in North America.  There are places where they, as African descendants, have become rooted through culture: communities that hold their traditions, and bodies that signify a shared experience.

Friday-Saturday, April 25-26 @ 8:00 pm  |  Sunday, April 27 @ 6:00 pm


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April 27, Sunday Sunday Afternoon Jazz (Pauline Smith)
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM at 28 Watkins Place, New Rochelle, NY
Donation: $15 adlts, kids free


Winard Harper -- drums

Tada Unno -- piano

Gregg Feingold -- bass 

Jonathan Beshay -- tenor saxophone

Randall Haywood -- trumpet

Jazzmeia Horn -- vocals

All proceeds go to the musicians. Refreshments will be served. BYOB if you wish.



April 27, Sunday - April 30, Wednesday Documentary "Skokie: Invaded But Not Conquered" (Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center)
3:30 PM at Watch on WLIW
Admission: None

A new 60-minute documentary produced by the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, SKOKIE: INVADED BUT NOT CONQUERED, examines the personalities and issues connected to the attempted neo-Nazi March in the late 1970's in Skokie, IL, which at the time was home to the largest concentration of Holocaust survivors outside of Jerusalem. The film is scheduled to air on WLIW on the following times: 4/27 1:00 AM and 3:30 PM, 4/28 8:00 PM, 4/29 1:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 6 PM and 4/30 6:00 PM.

The documentary, written by Todd Whitman to coincide with the 35th anniversary of these events, makes extensive use of archival footage and contemporary interviews to reveal how a debate over First Amendment rights inspired Holocaust survivors to become activists.


May 1, Thursday - May 31, Saturday Lower East Side History Month ()
at Lower East Side, New York NY
Admission: Free

This May, more than fifty Lower East Side-based cultural and community groups are collaborating to launch Lower East Side (LES) History Month, an annual celebration of the rich, diverse history of New York City’s Lower East Side.

During May 2014, dozens of public events, exhibits, tours, and learning opportunities will take place at more than thirty sites, all within in the historical definition of the Lower East Side—which includes the East Village, Chinatown, Little Italy, and Alphabet City.

Conceived and launched by LES-based cultural and community groups, LES History Month aims to connect our present to our past, exploring how our history can inform and inspire our future.

Special kickoff activities will include a community picnic at Pier 42 with performances and activities for all ages on Sunday, May 4; and ‘Chalk LES’, an interactive project running from Friday May 2nd through Sunday May 4th, encouraging anyone and everyone to share memories and images of the Lower East Side on the city’s pavements.

Following these two kickoff events, there will be dozens of ways to engage with the history of the LES. Sample events include:

-- ‘THE NEWS,’ an outdoors music-theater work performed by teens from Downtown Art at multiple sites in the LES, based on a dozen neighborhood newspaper articles from 1914.

-- Presentations by both Good Ole Lower East Side (GOLES) and the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space on the history of activism in the Lower East Side.

-- Walking tours by the Museum of Chinese in the Americas, Lower East Side History Project, Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy, and The Lower East Side Tenement Museum.

-- FABLES, a mural series produced by Fourth Arts Block, exploring the Lower East Side’s living cultural heritage, rich history, and current issues in storytelling through public art.

-- Conni’s Avant Garde Restaurant’s Illyria/Loisaida, a modern language take on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, presented as theatrical and historical walking tour of the LES, led by characters from the play and featuring visits to local establishments and iconic locations.

-- Weekly Television and Livestream broadcasts of 28-minute biographies from the best of the The Lower East Side Biography Project.

A calendar of events, upcoming news and a list of participating groups will be available at the Lower East Side History Month website: www.leshistorymonth.org. Interested individuals and organizations are welcome to participate. Please send your inquiry at http://www.leshistorymonth.org/invitation-to-participate/.


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May 3, Saturday - May 4, Sunday Sleep that Sacred Flower: A Healing Retreat at Poets House (Poets House)
at 10 River Terrace, New York NY
Admission: Free for members

A new take on a Poets House tradition: An overnight of poetic and spiritual cleansing, with guided meditations and intuitive writing sessions, massage, and other activities designed to clear and comfort the mind and body, and open up new space for creativity. Treat yourself to relaxed inspiration, led by poet and certified hypnotherapist Kristin Prevallet and other trained healers, in the context of our 60,000 volume library.

This event is for Poets House Members only: Join today to reap the expansive benefits of this retreat as well as free admission to all regular Poets House events -- and much more. For more information, email krista@poetshouse.org.  


May 6, Tuesday Take Action for 20 MPH (Transportation Alternatives, Families for Safe Streets)
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM at Albany, NY
Admission: Free

Will you speak up for a speed limit that could save 133 lives every year?

On May 6th, join Families for Safe Streets -- a new group of crash survivors and families who've lost loved ones in traffic -- on a powerful day of action in Albany. We demand elected officials lower New York City's speed limit to 20 mph. This simple change can save lives and prevent thousands of life-altering injuries.

You can help turn the tide of this critical legislation. Here’s how:

Reserve your spot on the bus to Albany.
Make a donation to support the fight for 20 mph.

Buses will depart from each borough at 6 am and return by 6 pm. After you reserve your spot, Transportation Alternatives will contact you with details about meet-up locations.


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August 9, Saturday - August 10, Sunday 2014 Long Island Blues Festival at Freeport, NY (The Long Island Blues Relief Fund)
1:00 pm at Cow Meadow Park & Preserve
Donation: $35   Tickets: Online

The 2014 Long Island Blues Festival At Freeport, NY is a blues music festival hosted by the Long Island Blues Relief Fund. This year's event will be fundraising money to benefit Long Islanders that are still in disarray from Hurricane Sandy. We are asking you to join us for a great cause and some great music.


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August 15, Friday C'mon, Get Happy! ()
9:30 PM - 11:00 PM at The Duplex Cabaret Theatre, 61 Christopher Street, NYC
Donation: Free;2 Drink Minimum   Tickets: http://www.theduplex.com/~thedup/webcalendar/month.php?date=20140801

Join Lisa Hancock and Cedric Jones for an evening of inspirational pop, standards and show tunes. There is no cover, but all donations go to the 2014 BRAKING AIDS® RIDE, which benefits Housing Works.


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December 3, Wednesday Hidden In Plain Sight: The Engines That Drive Human Trafficking (L.O.V.E. Task Force on Non-Violent Living)
7:00 PM at 316 East 88th Street, New York, NY 10128
None: Free To The Public   Tickets: None necessary

The L.O.V.E. [1]  Task Force on Non-Violent Living will present a panel discussion on human trafficking, “Hidden in Plain Sight: The Engines That Drive Human Trafficking,” during the 58th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW58). The discussion will be preceded by a drama, dance and song performance by Girl Be Heard.

Panelists participating in “Hidden in Plain Sight” will include: The Hon. Nana Oye Lithur, Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection of the Republic of Ghana; Ms. Linda Oalican, Co-founder, Damayan Migrant Workers Association; Dr. Pam Rajput, Chairperson of the Government of India’s High Level Committee on the Status of Women; Ms. Deborah S. Sigmund, Founder/Director, Innocents at Risk; Ms. Jessica Greer Morris, Executive Director of Girl Be Heard, a non-profit theatre company that brings stories of trafficking to light through performance; and Ms. Melanie Thompson, Performer/Writer, Girl Be Heard. Academy Award-winning actress Ms. Mira Sorvino, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Goodwill Ambassador to Combat Human Trafficking, has been invited to participate on the panel. The panel’s moderator will be Janelle T. Marshall, Esq.

The organizers of “Hidden in Plain Sight” believe that the theme of the upcoming CSW session – “The challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls” – as well as the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) themselves must directly address the human rights of victims of human trafficking. "There is no better voice to activate MDG promises than that of a girl,” says Jessica Greer Morris, executive director of Girl Be Heard. “Giving a girl a stage to speak out for change is the first step in stopping the cycle of gender-based silence and violence for future generations."  

[1] Liberate Ourselves, Value Everyone


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