• Symposia Community Events – January 2006

    Puppet Show
    Monday to Friday at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
     
    Time: 10 to 10:50 a.m. and 11 to 11:50 a.m.
    Location: Symposia Bookstore
    510 Washington St.
    Hoboken, NJ 07030
    Map and Directions
    Information: Instructor: Kipley Wentz

    Two classes:
    *10 to 11 a.m.
    *11 to 12 p.m.

    For children up to 4 years old.
    The class consists of play time, singing, puppet show and crafts.
    Two different shows every week: one Monday to Wednesday, another Thursday and Friday.

    $12 per class or $8 when you attend two or more classes per week (sponsorships available).

    $30 weekly pass.

    Cancellation Policy:
    If you are registered and you cannot attend the class you can transfer your registration to another day. To do this you have to call Symposia (201 963 0909) the day before the class or the fee is forfeited.

    To register, visit Symposia Bookstore, we don’t take phone registrations.

    Contact: Corneliu Rusu
    Email: info@symposia.us

     


     

    Symposia Conversation Project
    Wednesday, January 25th, 2006
     
    Time: 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
    Location: Symposia Bookstore
    510 Washington St.
    Hoboken, NJ 07030
    Map and Directions
    Information: Topic: The Enemy Within
    Facilitator: Sam Ash

    Openness, consideration and respect are the foundation elements of vibrant community experiences. The Symposia Conversation Project is an experiment in community dialogue where people of different beliefs and points of view can engage in meaningful discourse that enlightens, challenges and enriches the participants.

    Food will be served at 7:30 and the conversation will start at 8 p.m.

    Suggested donation: $3

    All are welcome.

    Contact: Corneliu Rusu
    Email: info@symposia.us

     


     

    Film and discussion: The Dreams of Sparrows
    Friday, February 3rd, 2006
     
    Time: 7:30 PM
    Location: Symposia Bookstore
    510 Washington St.
    Hoboken, NJ 07030
    Map and Directions
    Information: On Friday, Feb. 3, at 7:30pm, Symposia hosts a showing and post-film discussion of The Dreams of Sparrows (released Jan. 2005), the first documentary on life in Iraq post Saddam from the IraqEye Group.

    Beginning just before his capture, this band of young indy filmmakers, led by first-time director Hayder Daffar, set out to show the beauty and truth of their countrymen’s experience of freedom. Their cameras take us through all walks of life and capture the contradictions in the “new Iraq” from many points of view. We meet street urchins and fresh-faced schoolgirls explaining their pictures, body builders and lunatics, doctors, veterans, cab drivers and the ‘man on the street,’ as well as Iraq’s cultural community–painters, sculptors, poets, musicians, filmmakers–in their living rooms and studios.

    As one poet at the writers’ guild puts it, the Iraqi people are like sparrows, just looking for a little piece of freedom or safety.

    As the months go by and chaos rises, the footage becomes more somber. The process of making the film is one of its subjects, but the team didn’t anticipate how making it would change them. Or that a team member would be killed fleeing by car from local insurgents on a dark road one night only to be gunned down at an unexpected U.S. checkpoint.

    Hayder Daffar received a graduate degree in film from the Baghdad School of Fine Arts, which had only still cameras for students to use. He then got a cashier’s job at the Palestine Hotel, offering his translation services to international journalists if only they would tell American producers about “the Iraqi filmmaker with NO camera.”

    IraqEye (www.iraqeye.org) is now a satellite company of Harbinger Productions, which supports independent filmmakers in 5 countries. Iraq’s movie industry was wiped out under ideological tyrrany and the economic sanctions, while Iranian film next door has thrived. IraqEye’s goal is “revitalizing Iraqi cinema within the international cinema community.”

    For reviews and interviews on CNN, MTV, and other places with Daffar and the producer, Aaron Raskin, see their web site or check out the Press Kit at www.harbingerpro.com.

    The film is 75 minutes. Discussion will follow.

    Contact: Corneliu Rusu
    Email: info@symposia.us
    Web: http://www.harbingerpro.com

     


     

    The Poetry of Voice, The Poetry of Voice
    Friday, February 10th, 2006
     

    Location: BAMA Galleries
    946 Bloomfield St.
    Hoboken, NJ 07030
    Map and Directions
    Information: A workshop with poet Fran Quinn.

    About The Workshop

    One of the oldest love stories is the love story of the Oral and the Written Traditions. They have been married since the beginning of the written word and they renew their vows again and again as each well-composed poem comes into existence. The attempt to divorce these two has caused confusion and that confusion has caused much of what is missing in contemporary poetry. This weekend workshop will begin to explore how we can rejoin these two traditions so that a newer and more powerful generation of poems may come into existence.

    Dates: Friday, February 10 to Sunday, February 12.

    Event organized by BAMA Galleries.

    For more info about this workshop visit: www.bamagalleries.com

    Contact: Chris
    Phone: 201 659 8873
    Email: Contact@BAMAGalleries.com
    Web: http://www.bamagalleries.com

     


     

    Creative Writing Workshop
    Monday, February 6th, 2006
     
    Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Location: Pronto Press
    303 First St.
    Hoboken, NJ 07030
    Map and Directions
    Information: Make your dreams come true. A four session series of workshops exploring how to turn ordinary writing into sparkling prose. Whether you want to write fiction or creative non-fiction this workshop will get you started. Work on your pet project. Write with passion about any subject. Grab readers’ attention.

    Beginner to Intermediate.

    For more info about this workshop call 201-795-3473 or email ahn.behrens@comcast.net or rozettac@aol.com

    Contact: Ahn Behrens
    Phone: 201 795 3473
    Email: ahn.behrens@comcast.net

     


     

    Poetry Workshops
    Thursday, February 9th, 2006
     
    Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Location: Pronto Press
    303 First St.
    Hoboken, NJ 07030
    Map and Directions
    Information: A four session series of “comfort zone” poetry workshops. Safe and supportive atmosphere. Woman friendly. Write from your core. Read your poetry out lout. Hot tips on how to make your poetry pop; combat writer’s block; self-edit. Make your poems better/stronger/more professional.

    Beginner to Intermediate.

    For more info contact Rosette Capotorto at 201 795 3473 or rozettac@aol.com

    Contact: Rosette Capotorto
    Phone: 201 795 3473
    Email: Rozettac@aol.com
    Puppet Show
    Monday to Friday at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
    Time: 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM and 11:00 AM – 11:50 PM
    Location: Symposia Bookstore
    510 Washington St.
    Hoboken, NJ 07030
    Map and Directions
    Information: Instructor: Kipley Wentz

    Two classes:
    *10 to 11 a.m.
    *11 to 12 p.m.

    For children up to 4 years old.
    The class consists of play time, singing, puppet show and crafts.
    Two different shows every week: one Monday to Wednesday, another Thursday and Friday.

    $12 per class or $8 when you attend two or more classes per week (sponsorships available).

    $30 weekly pass.

    Cancellation Policy:
    If you are registered and you cannot attend the class you can transfer your registration to another day. To do this you have to call Symposia (201 963 0909) the day before the class or the fee is forfeited.

    To register, visit Symposia Bookstore, we don’t take phone registrations.

     


     

    Symposia Conversation Project
    Wednesday, January 18th, 2006
     
    Time: 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
    Location: Symposia Bookstore
    510 Washington St.
    Hoboken, NJ 07030
    Map and Directions
    Information: Topic: Pop Culture: Movies and their influence
    Facilitator: John Bredin

    Openness, consideration and respect are the foundation elements of vibrant community experiences. The Symposia Conversation Project is an experiment in community dialogue where people of different beliefs and points of view can engage in meaningful discourse that enlightens, challenges and enriches the participants.

    Food will be served at 7:30 and the conversation will start at 8 p.m.

    Suggested donation: $3

    All are welcome.

    Contact: Corneliu Rusu
    Email: info@symposia.us

     


     

    Book Discussion: Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    Thursday, January 19th, 2006
     
    Time: 7:30 PM
    Location: Symposia Bookstore
    510 Washington St.
    Hoboken, NJ 07030
    Map and Directions
    Information: Economics is not widely considered to be one of the sexier sciences. The annual Nobel Prize winner in that field never receives as much publicity as his or her compatriots in peace, literature, or physics. But if such slights are based on the notion that economics is dull, or that economists are concerned only with finance itself, Steven D. Levitt will change some minds. In Freakonomics (written with Stephen J. Dubner), Levitt argues that many apparent mysteries of everyday life don’t need to be so mysterious: they could be illuminated and made even more fascinating by asking the right questions and drawing connections. For example, Levitt traces the drop in violent crime rates to a drop in violent criminals and, digging further, to the Roe v. Wade decision that preempted the existence of some people who would be born to poverty and hardship. Elsewhere, by analyzing data gathered from inner-city Chicago drug-dealing gangs, Levitt outlines a corporate structure much like McDonald’s, where the top bosses make great money while scores of underlings make something below minimum wage. And in a section that may alarm or relieve worried parents, Levitt argues that parenting methods don’t really matter much and that a backyard swimming pool is much more dangerous than a gun. These enlightening chapters are separated by effusive passages from Dubner’s 2003 profile of Levitt in The New York Times Magazine, which led to the book being written. In a book filled with bold logic, such back-patting veers Freakonomics, however briefly, away from what Levitt actually has to say. Although maybe there’s a good economic reason for that too, and we’re just not getting it yet. –John Moe (Amazon.com)

    Everybody welcome.

    Contact: Corneliu Rusu
    Email: info@symposia.us

     


     

    Concert: Eating the Apple
    Friday, January 20th, 2006
     
    Time: 8:00 PM
    Location: Symposia Bookstore
    510 Washington St.
    Hoboken, NJ 07030
    Map and Directions
    Information: Eating the Apple

    Improvisation by Mike Vallarelli (keyboard).
    Original compositions by Josh Dillard.

    Everybody welcome.

    Contact: Corneliu Rusu
    Email: info@symposia.us
    Web: http://www.purevolume.com/mikevallarelli

     


     

    Americana Family Jamboree – featuring The Demolition String Band
    Sunday, January 22nd, 2006
     
    Time: 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
    Location: Maxwell’s
    1039 Washington St.
    Hoboken, NJ 07030
    Map and Directions
    Information: The Americana Family Jamboree has been offering music, dancing and sing-alongs for the whole family for over three years now, with songs that children and parents both love! Hosted by The Demolition String Band with banjo, fiddle, mandolin and upright bass The Americana Family Jamobree features songs by The Carter Family, Woody Guthrie, Bill Monroe, Hank Williams, Buck Owens, Grandpa Jones and many others, as well as old time fiddle tunes and banjo breakdowns that anyone can dance to!

    Remember, it’s a “bring the whole family” type show, so don’t forget the kids. Wear your dancing shoes. Cowboy hats optional. In case you get hungry, Maxwell’s will be serving lunch in the front room, or hang out after the show for an early dinner!

    The Demolition String Band have released three albums, the third an acoustic tribute to the late great songwriter/banjoist, Ola Belle Reed, and have performed all over the USA and Europe.

    Event presented by:
    The Department of Human Services, Carmelo G. Garcia & the Division of Cultural Affairs, Geri Fallo.

    For further info call 201.420.2207 or online at www.hobokennj.com

    Admission is FREE.

    Contact: The Department of Human Services
    Phone: (201) 420-2207
    Email: info@symposia.us
    Web: http://www.hobokennj.com

     


     

    GIVING LIFE TO WORDS
    Sunday, January 22nd, 2006
     
    Location: DeBaun Auditorium
    Hoboken, NJ 07030
    Information: The Center for Performing Arts at the DEBAUN Auditorium presents: A Full Day of Workshops on Penning, Performing and
    Publishing Poetry and Other Creative Writing.

    DESCRIPTION

    Writers will have an opportunity to meet writing professionals and learn from their writing, teaching and publishing expertise through interactive workshops and discussions. Three separate workshops (all included in the entry fee) will cover creating new work, performing literary work aloud, and finding homes for that work in print. The cost to participate is $50 if you register by 1/13/06, after that it will be $60. This workshop is a presentation of The Center for the Performing Arts at DeBaun Auditorium and will take place on the campus of Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ on Sunday, January 22, 2006 from 11am-5pm. To see biographies for each of the main speakers, click here.

    WORKSHOP ITINERARY

    11am – Registration – Edwin A. Stevens Hall Lobby, 5th & Hudson Sts., Hoboken, NJ

    11:15am – Opening remarks, program overview, introductions

    11:30am – Penning It – Edwin Romond provides creative writing exercises to create the beginning of a poem.

    12:45pm – Lunch Break

    1:30pm – Performing It – Faith Vicinanza provides an introduction to what�s important in performing your poetry live and an opportunity for a few people to try out their new poems from Penning It.

    2:45pm – Afternoon break in the foyer – Meet the hosts and the artists.

    3:00pm – Publishing It – A poetry reading by poet and Saint Martins Press editor George Witte
    followed by Q&A and discussion on getting your own work published.

    4:15pm – Final break and signup for closing open mic.

    4:30 pm – Open mic

    LOCATION

    Registration in DeBaun Auditorium, Edwin A. Stevens Hall Lobby.
    Workshops throughout Stevens Institute of Tehcnology campus

    COST

    $50/person ($60 after 1/13/06)
    Pre-registration required.

    REGISTRATION

    Visit www.debauntickets.org OR contact Marisa Merrigan, 201.216.8960 ext. #2 or mmerrigan@debaun.org

    Contact: Marisa Merrigan
    Phone: 201.216.8960 ext. #2
    Email: mmerrigan@debaun.org
    Web: http://www.debauntickets.org
    Puppet Show
    Monday to Friday at 10 and 11 a.m.
    Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM
    Location: Symposia Bookstore
    510 Washington St.
    Hoboken, NJ 07030
    Map and Directions
    Information: Instructor: Kipley Wentz

    Two classes:
    *10 to 11 a.m.
    *11 to 12 p.m.

    For children up to 4 years old.
    The class consists of play time, singing, puppet show and crafts.
    Two different shows every week: one Monday to Wednesday, another Thursday and Friday.

    $12 per class or $8 when you attend two or more classes per week (sponsorships available).

    $30 weekly pass.

    Cancellation Policy:
    If you are registered and you cannot attend the class you can transfer your registration to another day. To do this you have to call Symposia (201 963 0909) the day before the class or the fee is forfeited.

    To register, visit Symposia Bookstore, we don’t take phone registrations.

    Contact: Corneliu Rusu
    Email: info@symposia.us

     


     

    Symposia Conversation Project
    Wednesday, January 11th, 2006
     
    Time: 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
    Location: Symposia Bookstore
    510 Washington St.
    Hoboken, NJ 07030
    Map and Directions
    Information: Topic: Conversation Crossroads – 2006
    Facilitator: Rafi Cordova

    Openness, consideration and respect are the foundation elements of vibrant community experiences. The Symposia Conversation Project is an experiment in community dialogue where people of different beliefs and points of view can engage in meaningful discourse that enlightens, challenges and enriches the participants.

    Food will be served at 7:30 and the conversation will start at 8 p.m.

    Suggested donation: $3

    All are welcome.

    Contact: Corneliu Rusu
    Email: info@symposia.us

     


     

    New Jersey Poets Reading Series: Murat Nemet-Nejat & Open Mic
    Friday, January 13th, 2006
     
    Time: 8:00 PM
    Location: Symposia Bookstore
    510 Washington St.
    Hoboken, NJ 07030
    Map and Directions
    Information: Murat Nemet-Nejat�s recent works include Eleven Septembers Later: Readings of Benjamin Hollander�s Vigilance (2005), Eda: An Anthology of Contemporary Turkish Poetry (2004), A Thirteenth Century Dream (2004), Diaspora: Homelands In Exile � Voices (2003) The Peripheral Space of Photography (2003), Steps (and 2003). Nemet-Nejat lives in Hoboken.

    Future Events:

    – Holly Scalera, February 10th
    – Joel Lewis, March 10th
    – Madeline Tiger, April 14th
    – Edward Foster, May 12th,
    – Burt Kimmelman, June 9th

    The Second Friday of the Month, at 8 PM

    Contact: Corneliu Rusu
    Email: info@symposia.us

     


     

    Book Discussion: Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    Thursday, January 19th, 2006
     
    Time: 7:30 PM
    Location: Symposia Bookstore
    510 Washington St.
    Hoboken, NJ 07030
    Map and Directions
    Information: Economics is not widely considered to be one of the sexier sciences. The annual Nobel Prize winner in that field never receives as much publicity as his or her compatriots in peace, literature, or physics. But if such slights are based on the notion that economics is dull, or that economists are concerned only with finance itself, Steven D. Levitt will change some minds. In Freakonomics (written with Stephen J. Dubner), Levitt argues that many apparent mysteries of everyday life don’t need to be so mysterious: they could be illuminated and made even more fascinating by asking the right questions and drawing connections. For example, Levitt traces the drop in violent crime rates to a drop in violent criminals and, digging further, to the Roe v. Wade decision that preempted the existence of some people who would be born to poverty and hardship. Elsewhere, by analyzing data gathered from inner-city Chicago drug-dealing gangs, Levitt outlines a corporate structure much like McDonald’s, where the top bosses make great money while scores of underlings make something below minimum wage. And in a section that may alarm or relieve worried parents, Levitt argues that parenting methods don’t really matter much and that a backyard swimming pool is much more dangerous than a gun. These enlightening chapters are separated by effusive passages from Dubner’s 2003 profile of Levitt in The New York Times Magazine, which led to the book being written. In a book filled with bold logic, such back-patting veers Freakonomics, however briefly, away from what Levitt actually has to say. Although maybe there’s a good economic reason for that too, and we’re just not getting it yet. –John Moe (Amazon.com)

    Everybody welcome.

    Contact: Corneliu Rusu
    Email: info@symposia.us

     


     

    Concert: Eating the Apple
    Friday, January 20th, 2006
     
    Time: 8:00 PM
    Location: Symposia Bookstore
    510 Washington St.
    Hoboken, NJ 07030
    Map and Directions
    Information: Eating the Apple

    Improvisation by Mike Vallarelli (keyboard).
    Original compositions by Josh Dillard.

    Everybody welcome.

    Contact: Corneliu Rusu
    Email: info@symposia.us
    Web: http://www.purevolume.com/mikevallarelli
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