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


CANON

Head to 107 Grand Street to experience Canon’s free “Portals” photo-walk workshop. Using a Canon camera, there you can discover new photographic techniques, learn from on-site experts, and even have the chance to win a camera and travel prizes. This event is occurring until November 18, from 3:00-9:00 p.m. on weekdays, 12:00-9:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 12:00-8:00 p.m. on Sunday.

PRATT LECTURE SERIES

Pratt’s Communications Design “Image as Communication” lecture series will feature Nate Pyper, an alphabet artist engaged in ongoing research practice on the queer-anarcho punk zine movement. See him speak at Memorial Hall from 6:00-7:30 p.m. on November 14.

WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART

Come to “My Life with Warhol” to hear close peers and friends of the late Andy Warhol reflect on the artist’s life and art. The dialogue will be on November 16 from 6:30-8:00 p.m, and tickets are $12 for students.

BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY

Hosted by BPL Presents, noted poet, translator, essayist, and classics professor Anne Carson will speak on aesthetics in a two-part lecture series. The talk will take place at 10 Grand Army Plaza on November 17 & 18 at 3:00 p.m..

BROOKLYN CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL

For just $10 you can explore over 50 chocolate exhibits, try free samples and purchase treats to take home too! The Brooklyn Chocolate Festival will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Brooklyn’s Aviator Sports & Events Center on November 18.

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Photo by Samuel Herrera

Based in Bushwick, the Brooklyn Do-It-Yourself (DIY) music scene brings a continuing life to the local arts community. These environments are lively, filled with the smell of hot sweat and noise that makes your ears ring. However, they are also physically and figuratively taken up by cishet white men— leaving no space for women and femmes in the scene.

Women and femmes, who have often been neglected by those who dominate the landscape, play an integral part in the scene as they bring the marginalized and disenfranchised to the forefront. Frankie Cosmos’ Greta Kline ignited the genre of ‘Bedroom Pop’ from the comfort of her room to Brooklyn venues. Pratt student and DIY participant Marbling’s Basia Kurlender expresses her complex emotions through a shy alto tone and upbeat acoustic guitar. She believes “for anything to be inherently good it has to be inclusive.” DIY venues have even served as housing for QTPOC homeless musicians, but only after a feminist push for inclusivity.

Kurlender explains that it was easier for her to be taken seriously and felt safer when playing with male-identifying bandmates. However, she describes the worthwhile moments in the collective as she eventually befriended those who supported her work, gaining a powerful sense of belonging.

Basia Kurlender of Marbling

A similar experience is shared with Emily Yacina, Philadelphia native and Brooklyn-based artist, in terms of finding communities through DIY. Yacina always found herself wanting to be included in the scene. When she moved to New York all the way from Philadelphia, conversations of inclusion were placed into the scene and prioritized in Brooklyn DIY. When she played music in local DIY venues in Brooklyn, she felt more comfortable and supported in these inclusive spaces. However, as she describes, the process of devoting herself to music was more challenging: “When I decided to devote myself to music, my relationship with music became a little unhealthy as I got to be more in head, over analyzing my approach to songwriting. It took me a while to foster a healthier relationship with it and make boundaries for myself. Since doing that and making this distinction, it has made me liberate myself writing based off of what people would deem good— making music special and personal once again.”

Emily Yacina playing a recent show in the Student Union

The term punk, which emerged from prison slang, gave space for a more aggressive take on rock. It was about seeking change and women involved saw this as a platform to vocalize injustices faced in a space that suffers the same oppression. Through the surfacing of small DIY labels, handmade punk zines, and the second to fourth wave feminism, this conglomerate granted women and femmes visibility and amplified the DIY scene around the country for generations to come.

It’s crucial that we continue representing local minority musicians who are still fighting for visibility. Their deafening voices have proven to make a difference for the better, keeping the punk alive through resistance of -ias and -isms and securing safe environments. Always combating the status quo, the artists fight on, despite consistent oppositions and pressures embedded in a patriarchal society.

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Photography by Katixa Espinoza


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