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Sunday Platform – Richard Koral: Is There an Ethical Culture Spirituality?
Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 11:00 am
NY Society for Ethical Culture
2 W 64th St
Ceremonial Hall – 4th floor
As we seek meaning and connection in our lives, the concept of “spirituality” can serve as a defining element of that search. But the term itself defies definition. Over 100 years ago, Ethical Culture founder Felix Adler offered a way of looking at spirituality that can help us bring alive the ideal of one’s interconnectedness with the web of life. Can it serve as a guide for today?
Presider: Barbara Carlsen
Shared Charity: Social Service Board
At Native Cinema Showcase in New York,
Theme of “Narrative Sovereignty” Returns the Voice to Native Storytellers
Women Filmmakers, Indigenous Languages Highlighted in this Three-Day Festival
The Native Cinema Showcase in New York will take place at the National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center, March 29–31. The three-day celebration of films by Indigenous filmmakers will serve as a preview of the museum’s annual showcase every August in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This year’s theme is “narrative sovereignty.” A combination of full-length features and shorts, dramas and music videos, the films represent contemporary perspectives and themes of Indigenous people as they experience the world. All screenings are free, and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. All programs are subject to change. The full schedule is available on the museum’s website.
Elevating the Voices of Women
Of the 46 films selected for the showcase, 22 were made by women, including the opening and closing films. The films were selected by a panel of three Indigenous women whose stated goal is to empower Native storytellers to share their own cultural narratives: Rebekka Schlichting (Ioway Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska), assistant director of Vision Maker Media; Génesis Mancheren Abaj (Kaqchikel), co-founder, producer and writer for Tierra Narrative, a multimedia storytelling platform and production house; and Sally Kewayosh (Walpole Island First Nation), who recently founded her own production company, Achimowin Films.
Affirming the Power of Indigenous Languages
The festival opens with SGaawaay K’uuna (Edge of the Knife). Winner of Best Canadian Film at the 2018 Vancouver International Film Festival, SGaawaay K’uuna is the first feature-length film to be spoken only in the Haida language. Set in 19th-century Haida Gwaii (the homeland of the Haida people), the film is an adaptation of one of Haida’s most popular stories of pride, tragedy and penance. The feature will be followed by a discussion and Q&A session with director Helen Haig-Brown (Tsilhqot’in) and members of the cast. The closing film, Vai, incorporates languages of Oceania as it follows the journey of one woman across eight Indigenous communities throughout the Pacific Islands. In all, the showcase includes dialogue and narration in 19 Indigenous languages.
Native Cinema Showcase in New York is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Additional funding provided by the James Simmons and Karen Rudolph Fidelity Charitable Fund and support from the Consulate General of Canada in New York.
About the National Museum of the American Indian
The National Museum of the American Indian is committed to advancing knowledge and understanding of the Native cultures of the Western Hemisphere—past, present and future—through partnership with Native people and others. The museum’s George Gustav Heye Center is located at One Bowling Green in New York City. For additional information, including hours and directions, visit AmericanIndian.SI.edu. Follow the museum via social media on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
7th Annual Queens Jazz Overground Spring JazzFest 2019
Sunday, March 31, 2019
12:15 – 9:00 pm
FREE – All Ages Welcome
At Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, NY
The Queens Jazz OverGround is excited to announce the lineup for our 2019 Spring Jazz Fest. This is our seventh annual Spring Jazz Fest, and we’re excited to bring you more music every year, and as always, all of the bandleaders call Queens their home.
3:00 pm: Lauren Lee Trio/Open Jam Session
Lauren Lee, piano/vocal; Brad Mulholland; alto sax/flute/clarinet; Marcos Varela, bass
3:45 pm: Ken Fowser Quartet
Ken Fowser, tenor sax, Steve Einerson, piano; Peter Brendler, bass; Aaron Seeber, drums
6:15 pm: Sam Bevan Quintet
Evan Francis, alto sax/flute; Kenny Brooks, tenor sax; Phil Robson, guitar; Sam Bevan, bass; @Jerrad Lippi, drums
6:45 pm: Coalescence
Kenny Shanker, guitar; Daisuke Abe, guitar; Mike Eckroth, piano; Yoshi Waki, bass; Brian Fishler, drums
7:30 pm: Hashem Assadullahi Quartet
Hashem Assadullahi, alto; Andrew Washburn, piano; Peter Brendler, bass; Brian Woodruff, drums
8:00 pm: Stafford Hunter’s Continuum, featuring Taeko Fukao
Stafford Hunter, trombone/sea shells; Taeko Fukao, vocals; Davis Whitfield, piano; Paul Beaudry, bass; Darrell Green, drums
Sunday Platform – Jason Haber: Robert Moses, Jane Jacobs, and the Battle for New York
Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 11:00 am
NY Society for Ethical Culture
2 W 64th St
Ceremonial Hall – 4th floor
Jane Jacobs called it a ballet. It was a soaring, stimulating, and safe place. Neighborhoods had density. Buildings had character. Streets had eyes. By the 1960’s, urban planning had changed. Led by Robert Moses, the ballet of the City would come to a grinding halt. It was replaced by the superblock, the highrise and the highway. The wrecking ball sealed the fate of neighborhoods. What implications did this have on life in New York and how do those fateful decisions still impact us today?
JASON HABER is a serial and social entrepreneur. His extensive career has intersected the worlds of business, politics, academia and technology. In 2010 he co-founded Rubicon Property, a social entrepreneurial real estate firm based in Manhattan. Warburg Realty acquired Rubicon in 2013. He has vast experience in government and public policy. Haber has worked as an adviser for several elected officials and candidates in New York City and in Washington, D.C. Haber was an adjunct professor at John Jay College where he taught public policy courses. In 2016, his first book, The Business of Good, became a best seller in 3 different categories on Amazon and has since become a must-read for social entrepreneurs. Haber is a frequent commentator on CNBC and Fox Business News and has been covered in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Communication from The George Washington University and a master’s degree from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Haber currently lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.
Presider: Hazel May
Shared Charity: Charity Water
21st Annual Tartan Day Parade 2019
Saturday, April 6, 2019
West 45th Street and marches up 6th Avenue to 55th Street
Featuring solo pipers, drummers, full pipe bands, highland dancers, Scottish clans and Scottish dogs.
This year’s Grand Marshal will be comedian, artist, musician, presenter, actor and artist
New Yorkled’s attended this parade a couple times and it’s quite the delight…what with all the pipes and drums marching up the avenue!
At 2:00 pm, beginning at 45th Street, the parade marches up along 6th avenue to 55th street.
At Fort Tryon Park:
Annual Shearing of the Heather Celebration
April 13, 2019
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
“”The three-acre Heather Garden is the site of our annual rite of spring – the Shearing of the Heather by members of the Northeast Heather Society and Heather Garden staff.
Bring your musical instruments and join in our community parade through the Heather Garden led by NYPD bagpipers. Learn why Fort Tryon Park has the largest heath and heather collection in the northeast, and how to propagate your own heathers with clippings from the shearing.””
Tuffy Tiger’s Family Festival in Park Slope
Saturday, April 27
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
4th Street at 5th Ave near Old Stone House
Free and open to the public
Tuffy Tiger’s Family Festival is a free community event for the whole family filled with arts and crafts and Tuffy Tiger! Hosted along 4th St at 5th Ave rain or shine 11:00 am – 3:00 pm on April 27th. Admission is free. Activities are $2-$5 including tote decorating, spin art, and puppet making. Local and National businesses will host free activity booths and tons of giveaways! Free gift bags for first 200 kids. The event is sponsored by the 5th Ave BID of Park Slope and will host visits by the 501st Empire City Garrison, Empire Saber Guild and performances by Tuffy Tiger himself. Spin the prize wheel to win a free autographed copy of Tuffy Tiger’s new album “Songs & Music For Me!”
For information or to contribute to the organization’s mission visit www.puppetryarts.org or call 718-578-8471