Symposia Community Events –June 2017

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Symposia is looking for volunteers to help out at the Art and Music Festival in Hoboken on June 11th from 10 am to 7 pm. We need help moving books to and from the booth, manning the booth, shelving, or simply promoting the store. If you could spare an hour or two, please contact Carmen at 201-805-1739.

Donations are the lifeline of our business. If you have used books, CDs, DVDs, games, toys that you don’t want anymore, you can drop them off at our store and we’ll give you a tax-deductible receipt!

Welcome to the University of Hope – A Real Education at the Theater – with John Bredin – Friday June 9th at 7 pm

Professor John Bredin’s second one man show will transform Symposia into a mini theater university classroom.

Not to worry, though: there will be no grades, and no tests! The focus of the “curriculum” will be personal stories, along with creative and social growth. The desired outcome is to feel different after the play. Transformed into a better person and citizen. More likely to engage with literature and the various arts. More eager to share your story, and listen to the stories of others. More likely to make the world a better place.

And more hopeful. This work was inspired by Professor Bredin’s frustration with the corporate turn our universities have recently made, replacing the humanities with “marketing 101.” A question at the heart of Bredin’s work is: Why is education more concerned today with job training than in producing empathic, joyful, and thoughtful citizens?

Bredin has taught English at the college level for many years. With the help of his wife Claudia Canasto Chibuque, he co-produces a weekly TV show on education, the arts, and social change called Public Voice Salon. The show, launched at Symposia in 2010, has featured some of the world’s leading intellectuals and cultural figures.

Be sure to experience this provocative new “work in progress” piece now. Before it goes to Broadway! Running time 1.5 hours. Interactive and dialogic. The suggested “tuition” is 10 dollars.

Scholarships available.
Light refreshments
For more info or to register, contact John at

Spanish Conversation Group – Monday June 12th at 7 pm

Come join for an hour of conversation in Spanish more or less. A native speaker will be present to assist. All levels welcome.
For more info, contact Carmen at

Ready to Write – Workshop by John Mccaffrey – Thursday June 22nd at 7 pm

Do you have a desire to write but are not sure how to begin? Has your writing hit a wall and you want to break through? Or do you just want to develop further as a writer and land that publishing contract? “Ready to Write,” a new monthly writing series at Symposia Community Bookstore, will meet all these needs and, most importantly, you’ll have fun in a safe, supported and creative environment.

Sessions, are led by award-winning novelist and Hoboken resident John McCaffrey (

Suggested donation: $10
For more information or to register, contact John at

Indie Book Awards 2017 “The Northman’s Daughter” by E. Merwin & Ben Ressler 1st Place Winner for Regional Fiction –Saturday June 24th at 7 pm

On the west coast of Ireland 995 AD it is the eve of Samhain, the night that is “the wedge between two worlds, prying open the mouth of the hollow hills when the spirits from the Other Side coming spilling out all over Ireland.” But why should Svana fear the spirits when her own ancestors walk among them? “There are those who walk abroad on Samhain whose souls you’d not want for traveling companions.” By the fire of the hermit’s hut the beginning of the Northman’s tale will soon become her own, forcing Svana far beyond her home on the strand and deep into the mythical past. For the believers of folklore and fantasy alike, the tale of Dagda and Danu will strike a chord where the worlds of myth and reality reverberate, where all dimensions converge.

Refreshments will be served.

For more info, contact Eileen at

Musical Open Mic Night – Thursday, June 29th at 7.30 pm

Join us for a night of shared musical talent. Sign up and play some tunes, or just come by and cheer us on!

BYOB (Bring your own bottle, banjo, or balalaika) with some munchies provided. Feel free to bring your own snacks to share.

Sign up starts at 7:30pm. Everyone gets to perform at least two songs, and original songs are encouraged. Test out your new material or play some cool cover songs. This is mostly an acoustic setup, although a small amp can be made available.

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For more information, contact Carlos at

Free Yoga Class – Every Wednesday at 7 pm

Have you always shied away from Yoga because you thought you weren’t very flexible?
Symposia is now opening its doors to a new environment for yoga practice: small classes, taught in a supportive, non-competitive manner, with individual attention. Students will be gently guided through basic yoga postures, yogic breathing, meditation, and relaxation techniques.

Suggested donation: $8

Certified Yoga Instructor Carmen Rusu
For more information, or to register, contact Carmen: 201-805-1739 or

Salsa Dance Classes – Instructor Tracy Everitt, Liza Minnelli’s Dance Partner – Every Tuesday at 7 pm

Learn the actual, real “going-out” partner dancing but dress is informal for lessons : Wear your everyday attire…Learn to dance for weddings and events… a new start each week!…
Couples or singles…

$15 per person per hour each lesson, or $50 for 4 lessons.

Instructor: Tracy Everitt, Broadway and Hollywood dance partner of Liza Minnelli (watch Liza and Tracy in the youtube video “Steam Heat” and see Tracy at Lincoln Center and with Hoboken Chamber Orch. on YouTube as well.

Registration required. Space is limited. Please call 551-587-0121 or email Tracy

Guitar Circle – Every Thursday at 8.30 pm

Come jam with local guitar players in a casual, friendly atmosphere. Share your favorite songs and learn new ones. All playing levels and styles are welcome!
To register or for more info, contact Carlos at

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