HADAS GALLERY

Celebrate Chanukah right in your own backyard at Hadas! Hosted by Pratt Rabbi Simcha Weinstein and Vesper Stamper Illustration, this will be a night of art, music and festivities you’d be a schmuck to miss. See you there on Monday, December 3 from 8:00 p.m. to midnight at 541 Myrtle Avenue!


PRATT CREATIVE MARKET

Hosted by Program Board, Pratt is holding its first ever Creative Market for students to buy and sell their original work! Come out to the Student Union on Saturday, December 8 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and support your fellow Prattlers!


THE TANK

Anna & Kitty, Inc. and The Tank present “The Russian and The Jew,” a “political fairy tale that explores anti-Semitism and misogyny through a female friendship in the Soviet Union in 1968, underlining the eternal question of fidelity to one’s self, one’s partner, and one’s country.” There will be 15 chances to see a performance between December 4th and 20th, so get your tickets before it’s too late!


THE GRADUATE CENTER, CUNY

“If tomorrow is another day, which and whose?” Join Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative and The Center for the Humanities in “Radical Writing & Black Futures: Rankine, Martin, Hunt, Hartman,” a public conversation on “visionary writings exemplifying the practice of such a radically self-present revolutionary imaginary.” Head into Manhattan on Thursday, December 6 to catch this talk from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.—tickets are free but attendees should RSVP.

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Photo by Samuel Herrera



PIONEER WORKS

The Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation is returning to Pioneer Works for the sixth year this Monday, November 26! Regarded as a “mind-melding cinematic spectacle,” the festival features historic masterpieces as well as contemporary works and rising artists to keep on your radar. Right here in Brooklyn from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m., you won’t want to miss this event.


THE WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART

Outside of Andy Warhol’s commercial art of the ‘50s, he also made more avant-garde and homoerotic pieces. “Art historians Trevor Fairbrother and Nina Schleif discuss Warhol's depictions of queer desire, his collaborations with the photographer Otto Fenn, and the social milieu of New York’s gay subculture during the McCarthy-era” in “Becoming Queer,” a conversation and screening on November 30 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Whitney.


NEW YORK TECH ZINE FAIR

The School for Poetic Computation proudly hosts the 2018 New York Tech Zine Fair, a platform for over 40 creators and publishers to showcase work that examines our modern framework of technology. Take a trip into Manhattan to catch this day of artistry from 12:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 1.


BROOKLYN BAZAAR

With vendors from all over the country, the Oddities Flea Market returns for a special Holiday edition at the Brooklyn Bazaar! “Feast your eyes on medical history ephemera, anatomical curiosities, natural history items, osteological specimens, taxidermy, obscure home decor, jewelry, one of a kind dark art, and more,” even flash tattoos if you get there early enough! Tickets are available for Saturday (12/1) and Sunday (12/2) via Atlas Obscura, so don’t hesitate to get yours now.


MURMRR THEATRE

“On November 1st, the New York arts community was shaken by the discovery of anti-Semitic graffiti on the walls of the Union Temple of Brooklyn, a historic synagogue in Prospect Heights. The evening's event, a progressive discussion between comedian Ilana Glazer and Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman, was canceled in concern for the safety of its attendees.


Hate speech is not welcome in New York. So Murmrr Theater, the Union Temple's music venue, is responding with an evening of unity and love. All proceeds from the evening's ticket sales, silent auction, and record raffle will go to the Southern Poverty Law Center, who monitor hate speech and fight for civil rights across America, and help pay for the temple's much-needed additional security.”


Join Murmrr on December 1 at 8:00 p.m. for performances by an array of musical guests including Frankie Cosmos and Deafhaven, comedy readings, and even a DJed afterparty! This week, like always, we can turn out for love.

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Photo by Samuel Herrera




MONDAY FINALS - COLLEGE NIGHT POETRY SLAM

Bowery Poetry presents Monday Finals: a slam venue specially for college students, hosted by NYU CUPSI slam champion Ugochi Egonu. “There will be prefixed pairings of the contestants, American Idol style judging, and the judges will use colored paddles to choose a winner of every bout in lieu of points.” Come on out on November 19; tickets are $5 at the door with student ID!

THANKSGIVING PARADE FLOAT INFLATION TOUR + LATE NIGHT PARTY

Grab a bite on the Upper West Side on November 21 and see for yourself how the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade prepares for one of the most anticipated events of the year! Then join the group at a nearby tavern for food and drinks to finish off the night! Find tickets and information at bit.ly/ThanksgivingFloat.

CATACOMBS BY CANDLELIGHT

“Beneath the Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral are the only catacombs in Manhattan, and one of only a handful that exist in the entire United States.” Now you can explore the crypts under this 200-year-old church on November 22 on a candlelit tour! Book tickets at bit.ly/CatacombsByCandlelight.

ROOM FOR TEA EXHIBIT

“Like a great cup of tea, NYC is an amazing blend made with ingredients from all around the globe. Tea has the power to bring people together. It stands for different cultures. Every culture has its own version, and here in NYC, we celebrate that!”Experience 18 exclusive highlights on November 24 as you make your way through the delicious world of tea! Reserve a spot at bit.ly/RoomForTeaNYC.

YAS QUEEN SUNDAYS

On November 25 at The Phoenix, a $3 cover will get you a whole evening of music, drag, and festivities galore! One of my personal favorites will be performing: Dreama Belle, a Virginia queen who, when she isn’t reading to children or headlining Charlottesville Pride, pops into NYC to deliver a show to remember!

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Photo by Samuel Herrera

I grew up in Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania, a city where people generally ignored each other. It was a place plagued with many problems such as drugs, violence, corruption, and poverty, all of which contributed to an atmosphere of mistrust between neighbors. I was prepared for Brooklyn to operate similarly, but I was proven wrong as early as my first day there.

The day my family dropped me off at Pratt we went out for dinner at a small cafe just a block or two away from campus. We were all consumed with the impending goodbye, so our table was fairly quiet. During one of the lulls in our conversation we were approached by an old man who introduced himself as Mr. Elliot.

“If you don’t mind me asking,” he said in a friendly voice, “are you all new to the neighborhood?”

My mother told him they were dropping me off at college. He welcomed me to Brooklyn, and shared with us the story of how he and his wife had just celebrated their 60th anniversary. He was a charming man, and he left us all in higher spirits.

There are millions of differences that separate Brooklyn from my hometown, but if I were to sum up the gap between the two places in one word, it would be hope. People in Brooklyn are working with the assumption that if things are bad, they can get better, and if someone is a stranger to you, they may someday be your friend. Wilkes-Barre was never like that. Hope does not flourish in a place where the ground can collapse under your feet at any moment; however, I can see it thriving in Brooklyn, even in the unlikeliest of places. It may be because in an area where everyone is so close together, you have no choice but to put your faith in your neighbors. Regardless, I hope that someday I will be able to bring some of this community back home with me.

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Illustration by Sarah Beth Inman


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