Despite the news of each new piece of horrendous legislation, it’s been helping me to remember that reading and writing are a form of social justice. April is National Poetry Month, and as celebrated poet Mary Oliver wrote in her new book of essays, Upstream, “…The poem was made not just to exist, but to speak—to be company.”
This spring, let your community be your company. Greenpoint is brimming with writers and artists who are using their voices to build spaces where you can share, listen, learn, and make a plan for moving forward; keep reading for three places you can join in the conversation.
Dhal, a food eaten “with equal relish by toothless toddlers, husky farmers and effete urban snobs.”
Join Greenpoint chef/playwright/physician Ankur Parikh at 7:30 pm this Friday, March 17 at Archestratus Food and Books (160 Huron St.) for “A Dhal’s House”, a 5 course vegetarian dinner celebrating the various types and ways dhal, the split pulse, can be used in a meal, and can bring people of various communities and socioeconomic classes together. And more importantly, the event will examine how an ingredient that is classically associated with the Indian subcontinent draws from its roots, but has depth and breadth. It’s an offering of dhal, a once before, never again secret.
All proceeds from the event will be donated to New Women New Yorkers—the first organization dedicated to empowering young immigrant women from all national origins in New York City. It offers them a safe space, a support network and the resources and opportunities to become role models and agents of change.
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♦ The Apprentices Group show @ The Hollows (151 Bedford Ave), 6pm, FREE, Group exhibition “The Apprentices” for which artist are reworking art historical pieces with the condition that the originals’ artists are alive, More info * Castrate the Patriarchy! @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St), 7pm, FREE, March is Women’s History month! What better way to celebrate than a variety show in support of Planned Parenthood?More info ^ American Life Through Muslim Eyes @ City Reliquary (370 Metropolitan Ave), 7pm, $10, Sabeeha Rehman reads from her award-winning book, Threading My Prayer Rug. This collection of Sabeeha’s memoirs presents humorous and poignant moments from her life as a Muslim who immigrated from Pakistan to the US, Buy tix
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*North Brooklyn Safe Streets Meet Up! @ Greenpoint Beer & Ale (7 North 15th St) 7pm, FREE, Discuss how we can work together to make our neighborhood streets safer for everyone, More info ^ Stories My Friends Tell Me @ Archestratus (160 Huron St) 7pm, FREE, Hosted series where friends have five to ten minutes each to tell an important story from their lives. By sharing our personal stories we encourage each other to write and be productive, RSVP ♫ BAE // intentions @ Tender Trap (66 Greenpoint Ave) 8pm, FREE, The INTENTIONS edition: with tools, techniques, visuals, spaces, and SOUNDS for arousing your best, lightest self in the midst of it all, RSVP
♦ United In Anger Screening @ The City Reliquary (370 Metropolitan Ave) 7pm, $10, Screening of Jim Hubbard’s “United in Anger: A History of ACT UP.” Short performance by drag queen, writer, and activist Miz Cracker plus a discussion with Miz Cracker and the filmmaker, Buy tix ^ January Depression-Fighting Group Reading @ WORD (126 Franklin St) 7pm, FREE, Celebration of new books and fantastic memoir/essay/literary nonfiction writers featuring Jason Diamond, Chloe Caldwell, Morgan Jerkins, Danielle Henderson and Kat Kinsman, RSVP * New Moon Sound Portal @ The Hollows (151 Bedford Ave) 7:30pm, by Donation, New Moon is a symbolic portal for new beginnings and it’s a perfect time to set intentions for things you’d like to create, develop, cultivate, and make manifest, RSVPContinue reading →
This Friday, December 16 at 7 pm, at Archestratus Food and Books (160 Huron Street), Ankur Parikh will be creating five vegetarian courses plus a cocktail celebrating and highlighting ingredients classically described as “bitter.” The dinner will explore the bitter part of our palate through items ranging from coffee to fenugreek to bitter melon to dark chocolate, and more.
The cost is $60 for the whole menu and all of the proceeds will be donated directly to an organization called The Young Center. They are a small but special organization doing important work with the most vulnerable of the many thousands of undocumented immigrants in this country—children. The Young Center serves as expert advocates in a relatively specialized line of work that many are just learning about now, in light of our recent political climate.
Get tickets for the dinner here, and check out the Facebook event and menu here.