Here’s a preview of items appearing in A&C’s upcoming March newsletter. (If you’re not signed up for it email us: artists [at] brooklynpeace dot org).
Interference Archive is a Brooklyn collective that ‘explores the relationship between cultural production and social movements.’ Check out their events page for upcoming dates.
‘The 2nd AfroLatin@ Shorts Festival will screen a series of short films representing various perspectives on Afro-Descendants across Latin America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Each film will be introduced and the event will conclude with an audience Q & A.’ The festival is held March 13, in Manhattan.
Brooklyn Movement Center has put out this call to Brooklyn residents: ‘We’re asking Central Brooklynites to come together under a new Police Accountability Working (PAW) Group similar to BMC’s education, anti-street harassment and food sovereignty action teams. The mission of PAW is to design and lead strategies and campaigns that ensure public safety through policy action, communications, political education and self-defense trainings.’
A&C favorite Irka Mateo is currently playing shows in the Dominican Republic, so if you happen that way check her out!
A&C January Newsletter- Out!!!
Catch up on what’s happening! A&C Newsletter!!!!! Arts & Culture events, opportunities, news, and the Greenpoint Oil Spill.
NSA Listening Party! – Arts & Culture’s First CD!
That’s right! Arts & Culture recently release a compilation CD! NSA Listening Party! An art in the community project presented by Charity Case and Brooklyn For Peace.
This album was inspired by the Edward Snowden leaks. It features 14 wonderful artists, 12 who are based right here in Brooklyn.
The concept of the CD is around the idea that the NSA was or at least could be listening, so why not give them something to listen to. Let’s make it a party! Are they monitoring…our conversations, communications, locations, gyrations and good vibrations? Then turn up the monitor!!!!!
If you don’t have a copy, you need to get this Limited Edition now. There are a few ways you can do this.
Become a member of Brooklyn For Peace at the $30 level we will send you a copy or
Email us and for a small donation (suggested $2-5), we will send one to you. (In instructions to merchant box, indicate that this donation is for the CD). Click here to donate.
All proceeds support the peace and justice work of Brooklyn For Peace.
Jan 30, 2015 – An Evening with Poet Jan Clausen & Musician John O’Connor
Our 4th Annual WORD bookstore event!
Come out this Friday, January 30 from 6:30–8:15 pm to WORD Bookstore and spend an evening with Poet Jan Clausen and Musician John O’Connor.
posted January 12, 2015
Join us on Friday, January 30 at 6:30 pm, as the Arts and Culture Committee sponsors our 4th collaboration with WORD Bookstore to present to you a reading by poet and writer, Jan Clausen, reading from her new book: Veiled Spill: A Sequence.
We are delighted to have Professor Clausen back. Back in January 2012, we had the honor to have Professor Jan Clausen participate in an event titled “The WORD On Peace” which was also held at WORD Bookstore. The event brought together artists, writers and musicians with the Greenpoint community – both those interested in peace and justice, and those interested in books and culture.
The event will feature Professor Clausen reading from her new book, Veiled Spill: A Sequence, and talking about her work as an artist and activist from the environmental movement to Occupy Wall Street; followed by a Q&A. Musician John O’Connor will also perform.
About Professor Jan Clausen
Jan Clausen has been a resident of Brooklyn since the 1970s, and is the author of a dozen books in a range of genres, including Veiled Spill: A Sequence, from GenPop Books (2014). Other recent poetry collections are From a Glass House and If You Like Difficulty. Prose titles include the story collection Mother, Sister, Daughter, Lover; the novels Sinking, Stealing and The Prosperine Papers; and the memoir Apples and Oranges: My Journey Through Sexual Identity.
Clausen’s poetry and creative prose are widely published in journals and anthologies; her book reviews and literary journalism have appeared in Boston Review, Ms., The Nation, Poets & Writers, and The Women’s Review of Books. Jan Clausen is the recipient of writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts Jan has taught for many years in the undergraduate creative writing program at Eugene Lang College, the New School. Currently she teaches in the Goddard College MFA in Writing Program and at New York University.
About the Book
Poetry – Veiled Spill: A Sequence by Jan Clausen. Begun as a response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster and European laws banning the full face veil. Veiled Spill unfolds a meditation on the links and gaps between interior glimpses and sprawling histories, between the beauty of the moment and the terror of the plot.
We will also excited to have with us musician, poet and activist John O’Connor. He will be performing some songs from his CDs.
About John O’Connor
John O’Connor began his involvement in the labor movement right out of high school when he went to work in the factories of Waterloo, Iowa. An interest in folk music and Woody Guthrie led to a 30-year career as a folk singer and a cultural educator, performing in concerts, coffeehouses, schools and colleges, union education programs and political action events.
O’Connor began sending out his emotionally-charged poems in 1999 to the world of literary journals. Since then he has seen his work published in dozens of lit magazines, such as Indiana Review, Cold Mountain, Rattle, Sycamore Review, St. Ann’s Review, Columbia: A Journal of Literature, MARGIE, DoubleTake and Baltimore Review. He has won the Associated Writer’s Program’s Prague Prize and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
About WORD Bookstore
WORD is a neighborhood independent bookstores with locations in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and Jersey City. Read more
When: Friday, January 30, 2015 Time: 6:30 pm -8:15 pm
126 Franklin Street, corner of Milton (near the Greenpoint Ave G train stop in Brooklyn).
Brooklyn, NY 11222
718-383-0096 • firstname.lastname@example.org
There will be refreshments and snacks. Free and all are welcome.
NSA Listening Party started with the writing of charity case’s song “the only one,” and with these lyrics:
they’ve got my calls and letters recorded since i was born
sometimes i say ‘hello’ or write them but they never write back
they’ve got all kinds of ways to make you think you’re the only one
and i won’t be the only one
We wondered: who else would join us in a musical reaction to the Snowden leaks and the beginning of the unmasking of the surveillance state?
With Brooklyn For Peace, we found 14 artists, all but 2 Brooklyn-based.
We wanted the content and attitude and perspective of the album to be true to Roger Waters’ promise: “If I’m in I’ll tell you / What’s behind the wall.” If you find out even an inkling of what’s happening, let everyone know.
Giosafari affirms the role of the artist in his song “Sing At the Top of Your Lungs”:
What’s the reason in the schools the arts are first to go?
Well, you know, it’s we the artists’ job always to show
the way things are; we artists must choose never to ignore
the violence, incompetence, injustice, endless war.
John Munnelly sings of the mental madness of being held back from knowledge:
Life today has too much dis-information
distract and distort from the ills in our nation
feel dis-empowered, have a sense of frustration
‘bout things they don’t want us to know
Dave Lippman seems confident and hopefully not quixotic in his tribute “The Interdictedcalle”:
Arise ye pris’ners of surveillance
Arise phone callers of the earth
For Google swipes your information
Of privacy there is a dearth
And Spiritchild is on lyrical fire with “Surveillance Society (Free Tarek)”:
Beyond tap phones and emails.
Coded text red flags And details.
They don’t need that.
They’ll take your grandma if she utters the fact “something wrong” Handcuffs slap clap.
. . . . .
We good at letter writing we good at freedom fighting.
This song is my post card stamped delivered.
We can’t say how many musical genres are on this compilation: jazz, rock, pop, raram, folk, rap, hip-hop, balkan folk, traditional, antifolk, indie, psychedelic . . .
Hey Kids, what do you say?
We don’t want to live – in a surveillance state.
Limited Edition CD available
suggested donation $2 – $5
to obtain a copy of the CD please email
artists [at] brooklynpeace dot org
if you cannot make a donation but want a copy
please contact us or you can stream here
not all album tracks are available online
but the webpage has non-album:
outtakes music video links &.!
Who We Are
Our mission is to bring together cultural workers and artists working in all media and performance arts with the focus on contributing to building the peace and justice movement in Brooklyn. Read more
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