Feb
19
Tue
BOOK LAUNCH! Blake J. Harris on The History of the Future @ The Astoria Bookshop
Feb 19 @ 7:00 pm
BOOK LAUNCH! Blake J. Harris on The History of the Future @ The Astoria Bookshop | New York | United States

Join in on Tuesday, February 18th for the launch of local author Blake J. Harris’s new book The History of the Future! Harris is the author of the bestseller Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo and the Battle that Defined a Generation, which both NPR and Slate named a Best Book of the Year (2014).

Blake J. Harris is the bestselling author of Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo and the Battle that Defined a Generation, which is currently being adapted into a feature film by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Scott Rudin. He has written for ESPN, IGN, Fast Company, the Huffington Post, /Film, and The AV Club. He is also a regular guest on Paul Scheer’s How Did This Get Made? podcast, where every week he interviews some the biggest names responsible for some of the worst movies ever made. Harris lives in New York with his wife.

Mar
2
Sat
Free Writing Class: Using the Cosmos to Write Poetry of the Self @ Queens Library at Woodside
Mar 2 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Free Writing Class: Using the Cosmos to Write Poetry of the Self @ Queens Library at Woodside | New York | United States

Attention Queens writers—both experienced and new-to-writing: free creative writing classes taught by the best in Queens!

Newtown Literary Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting prose and poetry in Queens, in partnership with Queens Library, is offering free creative writing classes.

The next class will be led by Joey De Jesus

“You Found a Poem in the Stars: Using the Cosmos to Write Poetry of the Self”

In this interactive workshop, participants will read poems by Jerome Rothenberg, Vievee Francis, and dg nanouk okpik to discuss how each poet draws from cosmology to compose metonym, metaphor, and grammar in poems of self-formation. We will also read and discuss specific poetic procedures used by Robin Coste Lewis and LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs and, using these poets’ techniques, compose poems of the self using language literally found in astrological/mythological texts and glossaries from across cultural traditions.

Joey De Jesus edits poetry for Apogee Journal and is a recipient of the 2017 NYFA/NYSCA Fellowship in Poetry and lives in Queens. Poems have appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, the Brooklyn Rail, Brooklyn Magazine, the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, and several other venues in print and online. Poems have been performed and installed in Artists Space, The New Museum, and elsewhere.

This program is made possible, in part, with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, as well as with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

 

Mar
10
Sun
It’s Electric – STEM Family Workshop @ Alley Pond Environmental Center
Mar 10 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
It's Electric - STEM Family Workshop @ Alley Pond Environmental Center  | New York | United States

PEC and SunPower by EmPower Solar bring this workshop to Queens families to celebrate Solar Appreciation Day. This STEM workshop covers the basics of energy, electricity, electric vehicles, batteries, and includes a lesson on how to build your own solar-powered toy car. The workshop will also help children explore how our energy and transportation choices can affect our natural environment and local wildlife. This workshop will be based in our rustic Log Cabin.

Mar
12
Tue
Just Hatched! March Registration @ Alley Pond Environmental Center
Mar 12 @ 11:15 am – 12:00 pm
Just Hatched! March Registration @ Alley Pond Environmental Center  | New York | United States

Nature based playtime for babies and caregivers! Enjoy singing songs, moving to music and hands-on activities that spark curiosity and discovery. Little ones will meet a special animal guest in each class.

Mar
13
Wed
Standing With Standing Rock: Allyship And The Environment @ Kupferberg Holocaust Center @ Queensborough Community College
Mar 13 @ 12:00 pm
Standing With Standing Rock: Allyship And The Environment @ Kupferberg Holocaust Center @ Queensborough Community College | New York | United States

Speakers: Rabbi Mordechai Liebling, director of the Social Justice Organizing Program at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College & Rachel Waters, graduate student at the New School’s Milano School of International Affairs

The Dakota Access Pipeline protests, also known as #NODAPL or the Standing Rock protests, began after Energy Transfer Partners gained approval to build a pipeline that passes beneath near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. Its construction results in devastating environmental impact and threatens the region’s waters as well as ancient burial grounds and sacred sites. In reaction, the Standing Rock Sioux tribe began a series of grassroots movements against the pipeline’s constructions, and were joined by protestors from across the country. The presenters will address the ongoing resistance movements lead by indigenous people and allies of different cultures and faiths not only at Standing Rock but also around other sites of possible oil pipelines and where resource extracting threatens land, water, sacred sites and lives.

Mar
16
Sat
Free Poetry Writing Class for Kids: Our Heroes, Ourselves @ Queens Library at Jackson Heights
Mar 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Free Poetry Writing Class for Kids: Our Heroes, Ourselves @ Queens Library at Jackson Heights | New York | United States

Attention Queens parents, teachers, and kids: free creative writing classes available again at Queens Library!

Newtown Literary Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the writing of prose and poetry in Queens, in partnership with Queens Library, is offering free creative writing classes for kids.

For kids ages 8-12

“Epic Poems: Our Heroes, Ourselves”

We are all heroes in our own stories, and this connects us to the long history of humans trying to make sense of the world through narrative. We will read a few examples of poems that tell a story, and study images of myths and folktales, unearthing the stuff of legend in our own lives. It will, of course, be epic.

Pichchenda Bao is an emerging writer and poet in Queens, NY. She was born in Cambodia at the end of the Khmer Rouge regime and came with her parents to the United States as refugees in the 1980s.

This program is made possible, in part, with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, as well as with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

 

Apr
7
Sun
Circuits and Currents: Its Electric! @ Queens Historical Society
Apr 7 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Circuits and Currents: Its Electric! @ Queens Historical Society | New York | United States

Ever wondered what makes all the lights in your house turn on? Here at the Queens Historical Society we are looking for bright minds to join us in an exciting family workshop to help us illuminate the past and shine bright into the future. Electricity is all around us and powers almost everything we use in our daily lives, from our cellphones to our televisions. But what makes a light bulb turn on, how does electricity work? Not only are you going to learn the answers to these magnetic questions, but we are going to help you build your very own electrifying circuit! Join us for Circuits and Currents: Its Electric!

Apr
11
Thu
Performing Survivance: Native American Theatre In New York City @ Kupferberg Holocaust Center @ Queensborough Community College
Apr 11 @ 5:00 pm
Performing Survivance: Native American Theatre In New York City @ Kupferberg Holocaust Center @ Queensborough Community College | New York | United States

Speakers/Performers: Muriel Miguel and Gloria Miguel, Founders of Spiderwoman Theatre

Founded in 1976 in New York City, Spiderwoman Theatre is the oldest indigenous people’s theatre company in the United States. Muriel Miguel and Gloria Miguel as well as their sister Lisa Mayo, are from the Kuna and Rappahannock nations and have formed the core of Spiderwoman Theatre since the beginning. Spiderwoman questions gender roles, cultural stereotypes, and sexual and economic oppression and address issues of sexism, racism, classism, and the violence in women’s lives within their innovative work. Their work bridges the traditional cultural art forms of storytelling, dance, and music and the practice of contemporary Western theater. Born in Brooklyn, their work springs from their own lives and experiences as “city Indians”. Muriel Miguel and Gloria Miguel will speak about their work and present a short two-person performance titled, “I am still here.”