Issues: Arts and Culture

December 29, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Senator Serrano Reads from Handel's Messiah

On Sunday, December 13, 2009, Senator José M. Serrano participated in the annual reading of George Frideric Handel’s Messiah at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts. This event, which draws large crowds from all around New York City, has become a holiday tradition in the Bronx. Music was performed by the Bronx Opera Chorus and conducted by Michael Spierman.“It is an honor to have been, once again, selected as an orator for this year’s performance,” said Senator Serrano, who is a proud supporter of the Bronx Opera Company.

December 13, 2009

Statement from Senator Serrano on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation

(Albany, NY)- On Wednesday December 2, 2009, Senator José M. Serrano (D- Manhattan/Bronx) and his Senate colleagues worked with Governor David Patterson to approve a bipartisan Deficit Reduction Plan (DRP)  aiming to protect jobs, prevent tax hikes and save critical school funding. "Responsible cuts were necessary, but we were able to 'cut with care' by protecting funding for health care and education- without placing an additional burden on the taxpayer," said Serrano.

December 8, 2009

Monk In Motion

Joe Sanders, First Runner Up in the 2009 Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition

December 19, 7:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Monk In Motion

Matt Brewer, Second Runner Up in the 2009 Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition

December 12, 7:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Jack Kleinsinger Presents: Highlights in Jazz: Celebrating the Swing Masters

Ken Peplowski recalls Benny GoodmanTerry Gibbs recalls Lionel HamptonFreddie Bryant recalls Charlie Christian

December 10, 8:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Monk in Motion

Ben Williams, First Place Winner in the 2009 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition

December 5, 7:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Dialogues In The Visual Arts

$5 – Includes Reception   This panel commemorates the Asian American Arts Centre (AAAC)'s recently launched digital archive, The archive reflects 60 years and several generations of artistic production by Asian American artists from AAAC’s original archive and beyond. This fall, Out of the Archive includes contributions from several essayists, online interactive features and the panel featuring artists Nathalie Pham, Eun Young Choi and Triple Edwards.

December 9, 7:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Recycled Arts Workshops!

Recycled Arts Workshops! Join us for Recycled Arts Workshops on Thursdays from 7-9pm at our DUMBO location! Learn to make critters, dreamcatchers, jewelry, inner tube wallets and more! All are welcome to participate in these free art making events!

December 3 - Fun with Inner Tubes (Spoke flowers, inner tube wallets, belts)

December 3, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Senator Diane Savino Speaks at the Calandra Institute's 30th Anniversary

 Senator Diane J. Savino spoke at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute's 30th Year Anniversary, on November 30, 2009.  

The Institute works to foster higher education among Italian-Americans. Senator Savino spoke about the importance of promoting the rich cultural and intellectual history of Italians and Italian Americans.

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November 25, 2009

2009 Mid Year Report on Receipts and Disbursements

November 5, 2009

Concert: Celebration of Praise and Thanksgiving - Free Concert (but tickets are required)

For information call 718 284 4700.  Tickets are free but required.

November 15, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

500 Years of Latin American Poetry

with Mónica de la Torre, LaTasha Nevada Diggs, Michelle Gil-Montero, Bob Holman, Simon Pettet, Rodrigo Toscano, Cecilia Vicuña & Molly Weigel Introduced by Cecilia Vicuña

Cecilia Vicuña, co-editor of The Oxford Book of Latin American Poetry: A Bilingual Anthology, introduces an evening of acclaimed poets reading 500 years of Latin America poetry, from the oral poetries of the Guaraní and Tzotzil women to César Vallejo and Carlos Drummond de Andrade.

$10, $7 for students and seniors, Free to Poets House Members


November 18, 7:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Passwords: Kit Robinson on "Time is/Was: Writing Memory in the Discontinuous Present"

In a discussion of the improvisational text, Berkeley poet Kit Robinson draws on his recent work as well as resonant writings by Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector.

$10, $7 for students and seniors, Free to Poets House Members



November 17, 7:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Transfer: A Seminar with Naomi Shihab Nye

Poet Naomi Shihab Nye, the author and editor of over 20 volumes, leads a round- table session for adults that explores how poetry can help us navigate the different phases of our lives—from youth to old age—while examining such issues as absence and presence, loss and discovery. Nye will share her own work about the death of her father and her experience editing an anthology of poems by young poets.

$10, $7 for students and seniors, Free to Poets House Members



November 14, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Buzz with Naomi Shihab Nye

In this workshop of reading, writing and discussing poems about our lives, Naomi Shihab Nye, author of the recent young-adult poetry collection Honeybee, explores how poetry functions as the honey of the hive.

Admission Free

November 14, 11:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Correspondences: A Reading & Conversation with Angela Jackson & Patricia Spears Jones

Chicago writer Angela Jackson joins poet Patricia Spears Jones for a reading and conversation about their respective writings, including Jackson’s new novel Where I Must Go. Cosponsored by Cave Canem.

$10, $7 for students and seniors, Free to Poets House Members and Cave Canem Fellows

November 12, 7:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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