To celebrate Baldwin’s life and work, Lewis Latimer House Museum hosts a special virtual Reading & Discussion program for adults this fall.
About this event
Participants are welcome to join any number of the five virtual sessions. This series takes place biweekly on Wednesday evenings in September – November 2021.
Sep 22 – Baldwin’s Fire-Baptized Truth: Notes on a Native Son
What does it mean to be American? Reading excerpts from essays “Everybody’s Protest Novel,” “Many Thousand Gone,” “Carmen Jones” and “The Harlem Ghetto,” we will discuss Baldwin’s speaking truth to the power of America’s myths, stories and media, which often obscures and warps the realities of the daily lives of Americans, especially Black Americans.
Oct 6 – Baldwin’s Fire-Baptized Truth: Nobody Knows My Name
What does it mean to be American? Continuing Baldwin’s exploration of the constructions and delusions within American mythos, and the contradictions and complexities of American identity, we will read excerpts from essays like “The Discovery of What It Means to Be American,” and “In Search of a Majority.”
Oct 20 – Baldwin’s Fire-Baptized Truth: Fire Next Time
Reading the two letters in Fire Next Time, we will discuss how Baldwin’s letter-writing is a variation on the theme of the “voice in the wilderness,” and a continuation of the Black prophetic tradition.
Nov 3 – Baldwin’s Fire-Baptized Truth: Queer Theology
Further utilizing themes from Baldwin’s essay, “Down At the Cross,” and referencing the work of Ashon Crawley, we will look at stories and essays, like “Sonny’s Blues,” “The Outing,” “Notes on a Native Son,” and “Male Prison,” to discuss queerness, gender norms, and the erotic in Black community, the Black church, and Black music within Baldwin’s work.
Nov 17 – Baldwin’s Fire Baptized Truth: To Be Pentecostal Preacher and A Questioning Artist
Despite not having as much of a focus in many studies about Baldwin, his religious, specifically Pentecostal, background influenced and shaped much of his writing. We will look at previous works and excerpts from Go Tell It On the Mountain to discuss how the tensions between religion and art shaped much of Baldwin’s views on truth and love, and how the two shape our current cultural politics.
Monthly Jazz Jams return live at Flushing Town Hall the second Wednesday of every month! Open to professional jazz musicians, graduate students studying jazz, music educators and serious hobbyists, Louis Armstrong Legacy Monthly Jazz Jams invites musicians to perform at Flushing Town Hall. All are welcome, regardless of instrument (vocalists, too!). Our Steinway baby grand and drum kit are available at each Jam. House Band and Jam Sessions are led by Carol Sudhalter, with Joe Vincent Tranchina, Scott Neumann, and Eric Lemon. Don’t play, but love jazz? Come listen!
$10/FREE for Members, Students, & Jamming Musicians
Queensborough Performing Arts Center
Weekly Live-streaming VIRTUAL entertainment!
View on YouTube or directly through our website (www.visitQPAC.org).
10/14 – MICHAEL HOLLAND: BROADWAY’s ARRANGER
10/19 – NAME THAT TUBE/Bingo
10/21 – ROBERT KLEIN – Legendary Comedian!
10/28 – Brian Wilson & Theresa Sareo: What The World Need Now!
For Information: www.visitQPAC.org
Retired Admiral Ami Ayalon, a former director of Israel’s Shin Bet security agency, shares his own thoughts and philosophy about what Israel needs to do to achieve relative peace and security and to sustain itself as a Jewish homeland and a liberal democracy. In Friendly Fire, Ayalon shares his deeply personal journey of discovery, seeking input and perspective from both Palestinians and Israelis whose experiences differ from his own and from each other.
Join Commonpoint Queens, along with Prof. Mark Rosenblum who will moderate the discussion, to hear how Ayalon has come to realize that the sustainable and democratic Jewish homeland for which he repeatedly risked his life can only be realized side-by-side with a Palestinian state whose citizens have genuine hope for their own bright future.
A former Flotilla 13 (Israel’s navy SEALS) commando, a commander of the navy, cabinet minister, Knesset member, Ami Ayalon was the recipient of the Medal of Valor, Israel’s highest military decoration.
An expert on the Middle East, Prof. Mark Rosenblum is Director of the Ibrahim Student Leadership and Dialogue Middle East Program with Queens College, and Director Emeritus of the Center for Jewish Studies and the Center for Ethnic, Racial, and Religious Understanding.
$8 members / $10 non-members
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Cuban piano phenomenon from Havana Dayramir González brings a special program titled “Havana Today, Afro Cuban Jazz” a tribute to Chucho Valdes, Chico O’Farrill and Chick Corea featuring his Habana enTRANCé quartet with Dayramir González on piano, Juan Chiavassa on drums, Dean Torrey on bass, and Christian Moraga on percussion. Representing the young generation of Afro-Cuban jazz, Dayramir González performed in 15,000-seater stadiums with legends like Chucho and Bebo Valdes and headlined Carnegie Hall.
Rooted in zapateado jarocho, the traditional dance from Veracruz, Mexico, Julia del Palacio premieres “Golpe de Mar” (Struck by the Sea). A reflection on son jarocho dancers’ intentional movement, agency, and individual style, “Golpe de Mar” unpacks this 300-year-old style and proposes new ways of approaching it, enhancing the role of the dancer within the musical ensemble and celebrating dancers’ contributions to the preservation and growth of the genre.
This concert is made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Join Kollective366 for our Inaugural Concert at the beautiful Trinity Lutheran Church in Astoria, Queens on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 7:30pm. Music Director Bar Haimov conducts the orchestra in works by Mozart and Hadyn, featuring soloists ShanRong Tuo (violin) and Micaela Fruend Haimov (viola).
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Admission is free. Masks and proof of vaccination are required.