News From Underground: “Christianist Infiltration of America’s Public Schools”

Mark Crispin Miller will moderate a panel discussion, “Christianist Infiltration of America’s Schools”, with Katherine Stewart (The Good News Club), Frank Schaeffer (Sex, Mom & God), Jonathan Zimmerman (Small Wonder: The Little Red Schoolhouse in History and Memory), and Jeff Sharlet (Sweet Heaven When I Die).

7 pm at mcnally jackson books
52 Prince St

Documenting Women’s Prisons in the United States

The Oral History Master of Arts program (OHMA) and the Human Rights Institute at the Columbia Law School will host authors Ayelet Waldman and Robin Levi as part of the Oral History Seminar Series. Waldman and Levi will discuss and read from their new book, Inside This Place, Not Of It, an extraordinary account of women’s lives both inside and out of prison in their own voices, revealing the egregious human rights violations within women’s prisons in the United States. Their testimonies illustrate the seemingly insurmountable odds that women in prison overcome to survive.

6 pm at Columbia Law School
Columbia Law School, 701 (Case Lounge) on the 7th Floor of Jerome Greene Hall. 435 W 116th Street


Inside This Place, Not of It

According to the Justice Department, the United States has the highest documented incarceration rate of any country in the world. People in U.S. prisons are routinely subjected to physical, sexual and mental abuse. While this has been documented in male prisons, women in prison often suffer in relative anonymity. Voice of Witness’ new book, Inside This Place, Not Of It, illuminates the experiences of incarcerated women in the US in an effort to address this critical social justice issue. The book is a forum for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women to share the stories that have previously been silenced. Please join Inside This Place, Not of It editor Robin Levi and narrator Francesca Salavieri for a reading and talk at NYU.

6 pm to 8 pm at NYU
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor, IPK Main Conference Room

the murder of emmett till

In August of 1955, a 14 year-old black boy from Chicago, unschooled in the racial customs of the south, traveled to Mississippi to visit relatives. With adolescent bravado, he whistled at a white woman. Three nights later, Emmett Till was killed. His death was a powerful catalyst for the civil rights movement: three months after Till’s body was found, the Montgomery Bus Boycott began. This powerful documentary inspired authorities to the reopen the investigation of the murder. 55 min, directed by Stanley Nelson.

6:30 to 8:30 at the brooklyn public library/dweck center
10 grand army plaza

Invisible Dialogues

Curator of Indivisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas, Dr. Gabrielle Tayac (Piscataway), will host a conversation with
Dr. Heriberto Dixon (Tutelo) about the history and contemporary cultures of mixed heritage Native people. A book signing will
follow the discussion.

6pm at the National Museum of the American Indian
American Indian Museum Heye Center
Diker Pavilion

Ladies of the Lower East Side with Rev Jen, Michele Carlo, and Rachel Shukert

These three downtown performers claim to be inspired and influenced by the LES. They are also authors of critically acclaimed memoirs and they join together to share how each began in the downtown performance art scene and emerged as provocative writers.

6:30 at the Tenement Museum
103 Orchard Street


Reading: Valentine’s Day Edition! “Best Gay Erotica 2012″ & “Best Lesbian Erotica 2012″

With Richard Labonté, Sinclair Sexsmith, and Kathleen Warnock
Find A Valentine at the sexiest reading of the month! In “Best Lesbian Erotica,” women are looking for a little bit of everything: love, lust, and that special someone who brings both to bed. Lammy-nominated editor Kathleen Warnock and 2012′s guest judge, sex blogger Sinclair Sexsmith, have curated a collection that is waiting to lay bare your deepest desires. “Best Gay Erotica” captures the tension and raw energy of man-on-man desire in this collection of the hottest, freshest and most literary erotic fiction of the year. Editor Richard Labonté shares tricks of the trade in this outstanding volume of craftsmanship and cockmanship. Start practicing your pick-up lines…

7 pm at Bluestockings
172 allen street

BORROW: The American Way of Debt

In BORROW: The American Way of Debt—How Personal Credit Created the American Middle Class and Almost Bankrupted the Nation, economist Louis Hyman delivers an accessible and informed history on the rise of personal borrowing in the United States, demonstrating that today’s problems are not as new as we think.  Hyman describes the evolution of personal loans, finding that our borrowing patterns are similar to our grandparents, but higher basic expenses, stagnating wages and increased economic competition from abroad have made it harder to repay our debts.

6:30 to 8:30 pm at Cooper Union
Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square (entrance on 7th St at 3rd Ave)


Dear Wayne …

The cheeky and ever interesting CUNY professor Wayne Koestenbaum(John Waters is a big fan) struts his literary self at KGB Bar’s NYU Emerging Writers Series.
7 to 9 pm at the KGB bar
85 east 4th street

Reading: Kevin Rashid Johnson’s “Defying the Tomb”

Featuring John “Mac” Gaskins
Soledad Brother-esque, “Defying the Tomb: Selected Prison Writings and Art of Kevin Rashid Johnson” is a collection of letters between revolutionary New Afrikan prisoner Johnson and a fellow prisoner, Outlaw, as well as essays written by Johnson discussing Marxism and Maoism, the Five-Percenters, Dialectical Materialism, Dead Prez, Capitalism, Racism, Imperialism, Class Struggle, and more. Johnson’s book will be read by John “Mac” Gaskins was in a neighboring cell with Johnson, and was recently released from the tombs of Wallins Ridge State Prison in southwest Virginia. Original artwork produced by Johnson will be displayed.

7 pm at Bluestockings
172 allen street

The Wilmington Ten/1898 Massacre in Brooklyn

Chapel Hill, North Carolina-based author/radio announcer Larry Reni Thomas, whose Associated Press photograph was featured in a June 2006 Washington Post article on The Wilmington (NC) Race Riot of 1898 report, is scheduled to appear, February 12 and 13, 2012, at The True South Bookstore, 492 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, for a lecture, book signing and film screening, from 3 pm to 6pm, to sign copies of his latest books: “The True Story Behind The Wilmington Ten” and “Rabbit! Rabbit! Rabbit!: A Fictional Account of the Wilmington Ten Incident of 1971. Thomas, a Wilmington native, has a M.A. in History from UNC-Chapel Hill and is the founder of ICROW, Inc. (The International Organization for Compensation and Rep arations for the Victims of the Wilmington Massacre of 1898, Inc.). He was one of the first to call it a massacre and to advocate compensation for that event.

“I contend,” said Thomas, in an interview several years ago, “that the Wilmington Ten incident in 1971 was black retaliation for the black deaths, devastation and damages that occurred in 1898 and that such violent incidents will happen again until changes are made in Wilmington, as well as America.”

3 to 6 pm at True South Bookstore
492 Nostrand Avenue

Investigate This: Conversations with ProPublica: Money Well Spent?

Eye on the Stimulus: Money Well Spent? Did the stimulus/Recovery Act save the economy or was it a waste of money? ProPublica’s Michael Grabell, the New York Times’ Michael Cooper and VP Biden’s former economic adviser Jared Bernstein share their thoughts.

6:30 at the Tenement Museum
103 orchard street

shameless self promotion

i (the curator of this site) am djing this evening.  while you will not get any smarter or bone up on random facts to impress someone with at a party, you will hear good music.  plus i usually bring cookies.  this month it is a valentine’s day dance party, so dress sharp and get ready to shake your thang.  and come say hello while your at it, it would be nice to meet you.

9 pm until…
one last shag

348 franklin street in brooklyn


discussion with photographer Frank Jump, who has long been documenting the fading ads adorning buildings etc., throughout nyc.

7 pm at the brooklyn historical society
128 pierrepont street at clinton street in brooklyn

virtual dating

In the not-too-distant past people found love through real-world social networks: family, friends, jobs, and social groups. But online dating has completely changed the way we find love and shifted matchmaking to a mathematical science. Now millions of singles turn over large amounts of personal data to computers, hoping an algorithm will find them the perfect mate. One leading online dating site is using that data to uncover the anthropology of human mating.

7 to 8:30 at the new york academy of sciences
7 World Trade Center
250 Greenwich Street, 40th floor

A conversation on Black Cool

Black Cool explores the ineffable state and aesthetic of Black Cool. From the effortless reserve of Miles Davis in khakis on an early album cover, to the shock of resistance in black women’s fashion from Angela Davis to Rihanna, to the cadence of poets as diverse as Staceyann Chin and Audre Lorde, Black Cool looks at the roots of Black Cool and attempts to name elements of the phenomena that have emerged to shape the global expectation of cool itself.  Rebecca Walker, editor of the anthology, will be joined by Margo Jefferson and Miles Marshall Lewis, contributors to the book.

7 pm at mcnally jackson books
52 prince street

We have them, and zombies want them. But as scary as the zombie apocalypse is, there’s nothing more terrifying than when our brains go wrong on their own, and nothing more extraordinary than what they do right. Join us for six personal stories of brains.

7:30 pm at Union Hall
5th Avenue at 702 Union Street
$8 advance ($10 at the door)

i thought i would just die!

Mortified is a comic excavation of the strange and extraordinary things we created as kids. Witness adults sharing their most embarrassing adolescent journals, letters, poems, lyrics, plays, home movies, and art… in order to reveal stories about their lives. Hear grown men and women confront their past with tales of their first kiss, first puff, worst prom, fights with mom, life at bible camp, worst hand job, best mall job, and reasons they deserved to marry Jon Bon Jovi.

7 pm at the 92Y Tribeca
200 Hudson Street
$15 ($18 at the door)

mr. funny pants!

The man responsible for bringing us The State, Wet Hot American Summer and other comedies you probably own, returns to WORD for the paperback release of his dubiously honest, thoroughly engaging chronicle of struggle to write a book, Mr. Funny Pants. Hilarity guaranteed to ensue.

7 pm at word bookstore
126 franklin ave

From High Line to Low Line: Building an Underground Park Beneath Delancey Street with Dan Barasch and James Ramsey

Explore the history, current state, and potential future of the abandoned trolley terminal below Delancey St. Can it be transformed into a cutting edge subterranean green space for the LES?

6:30 pm at the tenement museum
103 orchard street

Testament to History Film Series: Freedom Riders

In 1961, segregation seemed to have an overwhelming grip on American society. That is, until an integrated band of students decided, en masse, to risk everything and buy a ticket on a Greyhound bus bound for the Deep South. They called themselves the Freedom Riders, and they managed to bring the president and the entire American public face to face with the challenge of correcting civil-rights inequities that plagued the nation. This film documents their personal conviction and their courage to organize against all odds. 120 min, directed by Stanley Nelson.

6:30 to 8:30 at the brooklyn public library dweck center
10 grand army plaza

Hermitage Film Program

Screening of the 10th installment of the Hermitage Film Program at The Arm in Williamsburg.
James Benning – Chicago Loop                         1976    16mm (8 minutes)
Stan Brakhage –  Two:Creely/McClure            1965    16 mm (5 minutes)
Larry Jordan –     Visions of a City                     1957    16mm  (8 minutes)
Bruce Baillie –      Mass for the Dakota Sioux  1964    16mm  (20 minutes)

8 pm at The Arm
281 north 7th street

Discussion: Henry Flynt “Autopsy of the Left”

The classic promise of communism appeared in texts by Marx and Engels. Henry Flynt says that promise was as crackpot as flying to the moon by flapping your arms like a bird. The twentieth century saw the creation of a world system styling itself as Communist. Two centuries have passed, and by now the world Communist system has basically disavowed itself. What happened? We are heirs to two centuries of profound historical experience; a decisive appraisal of the outcome is overdue. Join Flynt, author of “Blueprint for a Higher Civilization,” in posing some questions and making some answers.

7 pm at Bluestockings
172 allen street
$5 suggested donation

Author Talk with Martha Southgate

In her new novel, The Taste of Salt, award-winning novelist Martha Southgate tells the story of a family tested to the limits by an unending cycle of addiction over the course of two generations, weaving together the four voices of the Henderson family. Southgate is the author of two acclaimed novels, The Fall of Rome and Third Girl from the Left.

4 to 6pm at the brooklyn public library dweck center
10 grand army plaza

Reading: Mary Romero “The Maid’s Daughter”

The Maid’s Daughter: Living Inside and Outside the American Dream” follows the life of “Olivia,” the daughter of a Mexican maid, who lives with her mom in the LA home of her wealthy employers, the “Smiths.” While her mother remains the help, Olivia is welcomed into the family’s fold. Acceptance into their world where Olivia perpetually feels she doesn’t belong, mixed with her hunger to discover her Mexican roots, provokes a sense of confusion of what it means to be both a second-generation immigrant and an American. Romero’s previous work includes “Maid in the U.S.A.”

7 pm at Bluestockings
172 allen street

DJ Spooky & the South Pole

Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, presents an exploration of Antarctica by performing pieces based on his travels there and discussing climate change and contemporary composition.

7pm at the brooklyn public library dweck center
10 grand army plaza

Reading: Maia Ramnath “Decolonizing Anarchism”

Decolonizing Anarchism: An Antiauthoritarian History of India’s Liberation Struggle” looks at the history of South Asian struggles against colonialism and neocolonialism, highlighting lesser-known dissidents as well as iconic figures. This approach reveals an alternate narrative of decolonization, in which achieving a nation-state is not the objective. Maia Ramnath studies the anarchist vision of alternate society, which closely echoes the concept of total decolonization on the political, economic, social, cultural, and psychological planes. Ramnath teaches at New York University and is a board member of the Institute for Anarchist Studies.

7 pm at Bluestockings
172 allen street

Black Gotham: A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth-Century New York City with Carla Peterson

Discussion of accepted “truths” from African American history, including the assumption that the “19th-century black American” means a slave and that “New York before the Civil War” was a place of freedom.

6:30 pm at the Tenement Museum
103 orchard street

playing hide and seek with sallie mae

a rather unusual way to deal with the post-graduation blues.  Pamela Olson reads from her new book Fast Times in Palestine

7 pm at the half king
505 west 23rd street (at 10th avenue)

mother russia

Sasha Rudensky’s photographs of her native country and a discussion of their documentation.

7:30 pm at pete’s candy store
709 lorimer street in brooklyn

Green Card Stories

“Green Card Stories” features the dramatic narratives of fifty immigrants to the U.S., uncovering their histories, hardships, and successes as they arrived from across the globe to work, love, study, invest, or escape persecution. The four contributors– journalist Saundra Amrhein, photographer Ariana Lindquist, and renowned immigration lawyers Laura Danielson and Stephen Yale-Loehr– come together for the first time since publication to discuss their work and the future of immigration in the U.S.

7 pm at bluestockings
172 allen street

The State of the Occupation Address

Join Dr. Benjamin Chavis, co-founder of Occupy the Dream; Allison Kilkenny, contributor for The Nation and co-host of Citizen Radio; Malik Rhasaan, co-founder of Occupy the Hood; Rachel Schragis, designer of the Flow Chart of the Declaration of the Occupation, Ryan Devereaux reporter for The Guardian by way of Democracy Now!; with Julie Gueraseva and Andy Stepanian of The Sparrow Project as they discuss where Occupy has taken us, where it can bring us, and what to expect in 2012.

7 pm at housing works bookstore
126 crosby street

this city ain’t what it used to be

an evening in the big apple proper brought to you by the folks from the observatory in brooklyn:
The Pornographic Arcades Project: Adaptation, Automation, and the Evolution of Times Square (1965-1975)

6 pm  at the cordelia cafe in manhattan, 29 cornelia street
$10 (includes a drink)

call me ishmael

who doesn’t love a big fish story?  talk and book launch for  The Sounding of the Whale, by D. Graham Burnett

5 to 7 pm at cabinet
300 nevins street (at union) in brooklyn

as above, so below

art opening for subway artist Enrico Miguel Thomas

7 pm at the city reliquary in brooklyn
370 Metropolitan Avenue

Revolution as an Eternal Dream

“Revolution as an Eternal Dream: The Exemplary Failure of the Madame Binh Graphics Collective” examines the political practice and visual propaganda of a now-obscure women’s anti-imperialist art collective, from the perspective of a founder. Based in New York City between 1975-1983, the MBGC produced beautiful multicolored silkscreened prints, note cards, banners, and print ephemera before withdrawing into the isolation of a sectarian and militaristic political line. Join author MarPatten in celebrating the release of this richly-illustrated book.

7 pm at bluestockings
172 allen street

a little bit like the view, but then not really at all…

“Talk Show IV: A Belated Christmas Special,” with David Levine, Eben Klemm, and guests
7 to 9 pm at cabinet
300 nevins street (at union) in brooklyn

use your words

free fiction writing class with anne-e wood

7:30 to 8:30 at book thug nation
100 north 3rd street (between berry and wythe) in brooklyn

guess who’s coming to dinner

a screening and discussion of the film Something New with sociologist Erica Chito-Childs

7 pm at the brooklyn historical society
128 pierrepont street at clinton street in brooklyn

the future of social security?

perhaps riding out your days in a retirement home is not such a bad idea after all?:
When elders in rural Japan reached age 70–or so an ancient legend would have it–their sons would carry them to the top of a holy mountain and leave them to die of exposure and starvation. Granny-dump mountain, or obasute-yama, was seen as a way to trim the population and make way for the next generation in cold mountain villages where food was short and winter was long. It is referenced by the obscure eleventh century diarist Lady Sarashina, master haiku poet Matsuo Basho and a 1983 Palme d’Or winning film, yet most anthropologists doubt the practice ever actually existed.

8 pm at the observatory
543 union street in brooklyn

it all happened so fast…

SMITH Magazine founding editor Larry Smith comes to Greenlight to present his new book, The Moment: Wild, Poignant, Life-Changing Stories from 125 Writers and Artists Famous & Obscure, a collection of personal stories from writers both famous and obscure revealing how a single instant changed their lives forever.  Some of the contributors to the collection will be joining Larry Smith.

7:30 at Greenlight Books
686 fulton street in brooklyn

keep fighting the good fight
This panel discussion features graphic design legend Milton Glaser and award winning designer/illustrator Mirko Ilic focusing on graphic design’s ability to convey how power is effectively used and distributed, and justice is fulfilled.
8 to 10 at the open center
22 east 30th street

my home is the sea

Panel and Book Launch / The Sea-Image, with Keller Easterling, Vyjayanthi Rao, Alex Villar, Guven Incirlioglu, and Hakan Topal
7 to 9 pm
Cabinet, 300 Nevins Street, Brooklyn
forward russia!
German filmmaker Cyril Tuschi examines Russian political power games in this sympathetic documentary portrait of the persecuted Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who ran afoul of the former Russian president Vladimir Putin. The former owner of Yukos petroleum company was imprisoned in 2003 on fraud and tax-evasion charges and remains in jail today.
7 to 9 pm at the dweck center in the brooklyn public library
10 grand army plaza
forward russia?
Tibet and the Occult
Prof. Znamenski details the zealous Bolshevik commissar Gleb Bokii’s and renowned occult writer Alexander Barchenko’s attempts to use Tibetan Buddhist wisdom to conjure a divine era of Communism by tapping into a power of mysterious Shambhala, a prophecy about a land of pure mystical bliss where inhabitants enjoyed god-like capabilities .
7 pm at the rubin museum of art
150 west 17th street