Symposia Community Events –September 2016

Symposia is looking for volunteers to help out at the Art and Music Festival in Hoboken on September 25th 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!

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 Instructors Bridget Heavey and 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

How to Think and Talk about Art – A seminar with Prof. John Bredin – Monday, Sept. 12th at 7 pm

Ever get tongue tied when trying to explain what moves you about a film, play, novel, or painting? You’re not alone. In this practical, and potentially life-changing seminar, you’ll discover the art and film critic buried deep inside you waiting to flower into bloom.

Learn why most schools discourage students from “owning” their unique responses to literature, creating a dampening effect on freedom of expression that leads to the erosion of cultivated discourse among adults. And really boring dinner parties! Drawing on the best ideas in aesthetic philosophy, the psychology of art, and on his own experiences as a liberating teacher, writer, and talk show host, professor John’s seminar is designed to enrich and empower the way you think and speak about the art works that matter to you. Maybe you’ll even be the star of your next dinner party!

This seminar will also comment on the “civic imagination,” or the power of art to build community and make a better world.

Tuition $25

For more information or to register, contact John at

Musical Open Mic Night – Thursday, Sept. 15th 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


Ready to Write – Workshop by John Mccaffrey – Thursday, Oct. 6th 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, led by award-winning novelist and Hoboken resident John McCaffrey (, will be held once-per-month, Thursday evenings, starting September 8. Each session will be 75 minutes in length (7 pm to 8:15 pm) and will feature the following elements:

• A brief, motivational talk on various topics, such as working through writing blocks and staying committed to a project once started.

• A short meditation period to reflect and clear the mind for creativity.

• An in-class writing exercise based on a prompt related to the featured topic.

• A group discussion of the in-class writing exercise.

There is no need to R.S.V.P. , but if you do have questions, please contact John at or call him at 917-239-5306.

Location: SYMPOSIA BOOKSTORE, 510 Washington st

Date/Time: Sept 8th at 7 pm

Cost: Suggested donation of $10 to Symposia Bookstore

PUPPETONIA @ Symposia Bookstore – Puppet Shows for Babies and Toddlers

Facebook: Puppetonia Shows

Since its inception, Puppetonia has taught children so much more than just their ABC’s and 123′s. The music and puppet shows incorporate important social skills, early academics, thinking skills, motor skills, and self-expression.
The music is fun and upbeat, and the children are encouraged to move to the rhythm, follow verbal instructions, practice sequential movements, and have a great time. And there are bubbles galore!

For a sample of our shows, check these links:

PUPPETONIA SHOWS (Babies and Toddlers):
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri: 10 and 11 am
Thu at 4 pm.

BABY PUPPETONIA (Babies): Wed and Thu at 1.30 pm

YOGA FOR BABIES (6 weeks to crawling): Tuesdays at 1.30 pm

Two new shows every week.


$15 drop in
$10 second show the same week
$10 second child
Package Deal: 10 Admissions – $130 valid for 3 months.

No reservation required.
For more info, call or text: (201) 805-1739
Email: or visit

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