Symposia Community Events – February 2011
Spoken Word Series – Poetry/Prose Reading and Open Mic
Sunday, February 6th at 3 pm
Featured poets: Tara Jepson and Danielle Rose
Presenting artists from academia and industry, with voices from traditional to modern, co-hosts Siobhan Barry-Bratcher and David Vincenti will introduce you to a panorama of poetry that will stretch not only your view of the art, but your view of your world as well.
Each featured writer will read selections from their collection and then the microphone will open to the public to share their work. This series is at 3 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month at Symposia Bookstore.
Organized and performed by ROGER ANSANELLI
When: Monday, Feb 14th
Where: St. Matts at 8th and Hudson, Hoboken , NJ 07030
Most of the proceeds go to the charity.
Author and teacher John McCaffrey leads students in a comprehensive writing course exploring the core components of Flash Fiction, from story concept to completion. Each class will include a brief lecture, writing exercises, and group discussion of student work. Strategies on how to break into the Flash Fiction market will also be given. Students will have the chance to read their work
Besides nurturing our souls, let’s nurture our bodies as well. Feel free to bring your dinner and have it here with us, or if moved, bring a dish to share with everyone and celebrate the diversity of our spirits!
For more information, call Carmen at 201-805-1739 (email@example.com)
Saturday, February 26th, at 7 pm
It’s a club that:
Reminds you that books can be just as interactive as the internet!
Encourages you to say more than just “Hi” to a colleague, roommate, or stranger.
Makes you think outside the box.
Increases your confidence.
Transforms you to feel as if you’re just as good a public speaker as Obama (okay, well, maybe not, but pretty darn close!)
Encourages you to USE the information in the real world.
Allows you to bond with others.
Requires you to have FUN!
Organizer: Robin Sampson, 201-527-8630 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Guitar Circle – every Wednesday at 8 pm
As is our practive, we will sit in a circle and share–through the ancient but forgotten art of dialgoue–our latest thinking on culture, politics, and the critical issues of our time. I’m sure many of us will have a thing or two to say about the democratic euphoria new sweeping Egypt, and the joy we’ve seen in Tahrir Square over the past 2 days. What implications might this have for freedom seekers in other parts of the world, including here in America?
On our panel we’ll be joined by CUNY Professor Costas Panayotakis, whose recent Augusto Boal-style agitprop in a NYC subway car also produced joy, questions, and even some liberating laughter in the public space. Costas, some of you may recall, offered a brilliiant analysis of the current political situation on a previous episode of Public Voice Salon, noting how economic inequality itself produces a health danger for millions of uninsured poor Americans.
To enrich our cultural imaginations, we have Farah Tanis and some of her collagues from the Brooklyn theatre group “The Mother Tongue.” Their social justice-oriented project empowers women of color, helping them find their voices, through the creation and performance of staged monologues.
Keep in mind that, since we care about celebrating the joys and possiblities of human dialogue, we don’t necessarily have to start with or follow or be limited by a particular theme. And, for those who feel unsure about being on a show that doesn’t have a concrete theme spelled out in advance, in effect we really do have a theme: learning how to use our voices, dialogically, in the public sphere. Along with that, we have an opportunity to say things (in the realm of politics, the arts, or even personal stories) that mainstream corporate media doesn’t deem important–but nevertheless is nourishing for the community.
Finally, if there is an over-arching theme of our show (which is still very much a work in progress, emerging, like democracy itself–according to John Dewey–“in the making.”) it’s to create a rare space for humane public discourse that’s connecting and that builds community. Shouldn’t this be enough?
Where: Symposia Community Bookstore, 510 Washington St., Hoboken, NJ
When: Friday, 2/18, 7:30 pm
- John Bredin
“It’s All About LOVE!” –Pre-Valentine Party
Feb. 10 at 7 pm
And we don’t mean only romantic love, the type that gives you butterflies in your stomach and an unnatural craving for heart-shaped chocolates. We mean ANY kind of bond of friendship, mutual respect and affection between human beings. LOVE creates community, it brings us closer together, and ultimately shapes our lives.
So come celebrate LOVE with us at Symposia at our annual Valentine’s Day Party!
Bring some delicious food to share, as well as some thoughts on what love means to you. It could be anything – a favorite poem, a drawing, a photograph, a craft, a song, a story, or a talent. Let us know how love has impacted your life, and why you couldn’t imagine living life without it!!!
For more information or to let her what you plan to bring, call Carmen at 201-805-1739