Symposia Community Events – May 2012

Symposia is looking for volunteers to help out at the Art and Music Festival in Hoboken on May 6th, 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.

Also, during the month of May, a couple of Symposia employees will be away, so any amount of time you can volunteer to help us out would also be greatly appreciated!
Thank you for your continuous support!

 Free Yoga Classes at Symposia Bookstore – Every Tuesday and 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 totally 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.

Certified Yoga Instructor Carmen Rusu
Pre-registration is required by phone, 201-805-1739 or by email:

”Breaking Down the Big Project” – Writing Class

Do you want to write a novel, a memoir, create a collection of short stories or essays?  You have the idea, but you’re not sure where to start…or how to finish.

Author and teacher John McCaffrey will help you work toward your dream, providing instruction on the foundation of good writing, such as believable characters, sharp dialogue and a strong sense of place, while addressing issues such as writer’s block, time limitations and other stumbling blocks common to “people of the pen.”

Each class will include writing exercises and group discussion of student work.  Strategies on how to break into different writing markets will also be given.  Students will have the chance to read their work at an end-of-the-term event.

Monday evenings, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
May 7 – July 2, Seven Week Course
Fee: The course is $100
Register at or by phone (917.239.5306)
Learn how to photograph your children and love it! – Thursday, May 10 at 7 pm

 This one-hour class with certified professional photographer, Marie Papp, will teach you how to capture amazing images of your children.

Bring a photo of your child to enter to win a complimentary portrait session from Marie Papp Photography.

To view Marie’s work visit her website at or contact her at

The event is FREE, but registration is required. Call 201-805-1739.

 Hoboken Holistic Parenting & Family Wellness – Thursday, May 17 at 7 pm

Are you a parent or an expecting parent? We are developing a great new community, just for you.

Our new discussion group is designed specifically to help foster introductions between like-minded parents, build social and health connections, and establish a safe and supportive forum for discussing topics related to family wellness.

Join us for the Hoboken Holistic Parenting & Family Wellness group’s inaugural gathering on Thursday, May 17 from 7-8:30p at Symposia Bookstore.

For more information and details on how you can join our community, please check out our website at :
The Book of Drugs by Mike Doughty – Talk and Signing – Friday, May 18 at 5.30 pm

A musician who lives in Brooklyn , Mike Doughty has written articles for the New York Press, Paper, and the Village Voice, among other publications. His new live album, The Question Jar Show, came out January 31, 2012.

His memoir, The Book of Drugs, was published by Da Capo Press the following day. Rock and roll lore is full of stories about artists getting sucked into the drug-fueled, sex-crazed underworld of stardom—and Mike is no exception.
His memoir chronicles his struggle to survive his own lifestyle and offers insight into the world of addiction, at the same time it provides a window into the alternative rock scene of the 1990s.

For more information, contact Lissa Warren at

What to Look for When You Look at Art – Sunday, May 20 at 5 pm

This fact-filled, entertaining talk explains how an artist establishes the mood of a painting and/or makes a statement using a strictly visual method of communication.  The individual elements of composition such as line, color, and space are discussed, while participants view works that illustrate the points being made.  Features over 80 works of art.

Speaker Gene Wisniewski received his art education at the New York Academy of Art, The National Academy of Design, The New School, and L’Ecole Albert Defois in Vihiers, France.  He has exhibited in galleries nationwide, including New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. He has twelve years’ experience teaching and lecturing on visual art, and is the author of The Three Big Questions About Art, Answered, being released in 2012


For more information, call  (201) 963-0909

The Evolved Urbanite – Creating a Social, Cultural & Intellectual Renaissance in Hudson County – Thursday, May 24 at 7 pm    

 Founded by educator John Bredin, this is a new project designed to ameliorate the sense of urban alienation and, at the same time, create a vital space to learn about culture and the arts.  A typical Evolved Urbanite gathering (or cultural party) will take place in somebody’s home, an art gallery, or bookstore like Symposia.  The structure is very simple.  One or two creative people (artists, writers, educators, etc) will present an aspect of their work for our edification and reflection.  Then, to help us think about what we just learned, we’ll have an open dialogue (about 20 minutes), followed by a mingling session for random social encounters.

Of course, musicians are also most welcome to add to the aesthetic atmosphere.

For more information, contact  John Bredin at
Guitar Circle – every Wednesday 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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