Rising China: What It Means for the World
Wednesday, October 24, 7pm
Central Library, Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Cultural Center
For the first time in more than two hundred and fifty years, we are witnessing a change in the world order, going from Euro-American predominance to the one where Asia—led by China and to a lesser extent by India and Japan—is again ascendant. Yet, it’s fair to say that Americans’ understanding of Asia remains limited: rooted in western assumptions on the one hand and somewhat distant knowledge of Asian realities on the other. This conversation series is designed to explore ideas and perspectives that bring Asia and the West, especially America, in close contact.   
Dr. Vishakha N. Desai joins China experts Howard French, Jiayang Fan and Arthur Kroeber to ask questions and explore possibilities.  How should we think about the contemporary power dynamics in Asia in the context of their millennial cultures? What are the implications of this power shift on the global stage?

Dr. Vishakha N. Desai is President Emerita of Asia Society and senior Advisor for Global Affairs to the President of Columbia University where she also teaches in the graduate program on global thought.

Howard French teaches at the Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University and is the author of Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past helps shape China’s Push for  Global Power, and China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants are Building a New Empire in Africa.

Jiayang Fan, Staff Writer, The New Yorker, writes frequently on China, U.S.-China Relations and Chinese American issues.

Arthur R. Kroeber is founding partner and head of research at Gavekal Dragonomics, a China-focused economic research consultancy with offices in Hong Kong and Beijing and the author of China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know.

The event is free and open to the public while tickets last. Please register here

About the series:
In this four part conversation series, Dr. Vishakha N. Desai brings together scholars, writers, artists and activists to spark new thinking about rise of Asia and its implications for the world. Designed to explore timely issues from a broader historical and cultural perspectives, the series will focus on rise of China, perceptions and misperceptions of Muslim cultures, issues of rising wealth in Asia, and the role of Asian Americans in redefining cultures.

Asia in the World: Geocultural Conversations with Dr. Vishakha N. Desai is supported by Brooklyn Public Library’s Fund for the Humanities, established through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Hearst Foundation, Inc., Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Starr Foundation, the Leon and Muriel Gilbert Charitable Trust, Henry and Lucy Moses Fund, Inc. and a gift in memory of Samuel and Pauline Wine.

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around town today

ippudo ny celebrates 10 years in new york with free ramen for 1,000 folks at its east village location. >>

thru 10/21: the annual architecture and design film festival, the largest of its kind in the country, returns for its 10th iteration at cinépolis chelsea. $16.50 general, $14 students. >>

sponsored: 6pm: keeping the american dream alive: former secretary of housing and urban development under president obama, julián castro, will discuss his new book, an unlikely journey, and how to make the economy more fair, help future generations of americans escape poverty, and keep the american dream alive. moderated by maria hinojosa, npr latino usa anchor and executive producer. nyu school of law (greenwich village), free (rsvp). >>

6:30pm: beyond the kremlin: new yorker editor david remnick and pro-democracy campaigner vladimir kara-murza will discuss the pro-democracy movement and what the russian people are really thinking in a talk at  the new school. 12th street auditorium (greenwich village/union square), free. >>

7pm: founders of march for our lives, emma gonzález, jaclyn corin, david hogg, and others discuss glimmer of hope: how tragedy sparked a movement, their new book chronicling how a group of teenagers channeled their rage and sorrow into action. gramercy theatre (gramercy/flatiron), free for students, $20 includes a copy of the book and a meet + greet. >>

7pm (monthly): video sketch and improv group physically bold brings you a dose of comedy at their variety show, tonight featuring guests josh gondelman (last week tonight), mary beth barone (the exhibition), dylan adler, and bailey swilley. pine box rock shop (bushwick), free. >>

7pm doors, 8pm show (weekly): seth herzog’s long-running sweet comedy show returns with performances by nikki glaser (not safe with nikki glaser), michael kosta (the daily show), melanie maras (brash girls club), and greg barris (heart of darkness). the slipper room (les), $10. >>

7:30pm (monthly): this month’s ‘spooky ‘scopes’ installment of the astronomy on tap discussion series explores all things telescope-related. trivia at 7:30pm, talks at 8pm. the way station (prospect heights), free. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): puzzle master, game theorist, and fivethirtyeight columnist oliver roeder shares the tricks to statistical thinking, every-day math, and puzzles from his new book the riddler at this month’s installment of the secret science club lecture series. the bell house (gowanus), free. >>

8pm (monthly): saurin choksi hosts the brown privilege comedy show, with performances by seaton smith (conan), joyelle nicole johnson (seth meyers), daniel simonsen (bbc), mamoudou n’diaye (mtv), and sachi ezura (the new yorker). friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

just added: 9pm doors, 9:30pm show: astronaut training: a space camp game show for lunatics: two teams comprised of a scientist and a comedian compete at this ‘space exploration crash course meets 90’s nickelodeon game show,’ hosted by corinne caputo (how to success) and loren grush (space reporter at the verge). caveat (les), $8 with promo code ‘skint’ (reg. $10 adv, $12 door). >>


Music Video Time Machine presents rock & pop music videos of the 80s/90s on The Bell House front bar’s big screen on Friday from 10pm till close, and don’t miss a special midnight showing of MICHAEL JACKSON’S THRILLER to celebrate the award-winning video’s 35th anniversary.

We’re also celebrating VJ Stephen Pitalo’s birthday (it’s a big one), complete with birthday surprises, giveaways and more!



coming up

10/17-28: get tickets to radiotheatre’s h.p. lovecraft festival at st. johns lutheran church for $12 (plus ticket fees, reg. $24). >>

10/17-21: twenty-four galleries all within walking distance of each other will showcase a female artist or artists as part of the focus for the inaugural l.e.s. arts week. free. >>

10/17 7pm (thru 10/27) 7pm: czechoslovak american marionette theatre performs duke oldrich + washerwoman bozena, the true story, a non-traditional staging of a 374 year-old marionette play based on a story of love at first sight. jan hus church (ues), $10-19 general, $10-14 students/seniors. >>

10/17 2-3pm (ends today): enjoy free tastings, demos, and deals from grand central market merchants at the seasonal taste of grand central market. grand central terminal (midtown east). >>

10/17 7pm (+ 10/19): the momenta quartet presents its annual music festival with four distinct programs curated by each member. americas society and the tenri cultural institute, free. >>

sponsored 10/17 7:30pm: uptown showdown: two teams of comedians, writers and performers square off in a battle of wits about which is superior, millennials or gen x. tonight’s guests: rosebud baker (two less lonely girls), ronny chieng (the daily show), jessica delfino (funny songs festival), christian finnegan (the fun part), dylan marron (conversations with people who hate me), and yedoye travis (dark tank). hosted by matthew love. symphony space (uws), $16. >>

10/17 7:30pm (monthly): get an earful at the told you so comedy show, with stand up by nicole calasich (comedy central), harrison greenbaum (conan), kate willett (netflix), shanti charan, chris conatser, katie compa, chad opitz, and valerie vernale. hosted by jessica pilot and jeff zamaria. zinc bar (greenwich village), $5 + a one-drink min. >>

10/17 7:30pm (thru 10/19): three live performances of david bowie’s ‘berlin trilogy’ of albums will be performed by past and present members of deerhoof, xiu xiu, shearwater, dirty projectors, battle trance, and the wordless music orchestra as part of the ‘new sounds live’ music series, curated by wnyc’s john schaefer. brookfield place winter garden (fidi), free. >>

10/17 8pm (monthly): the ditmas lit reading series returns with katya apekina (the deeper the water the uglier the fish), kirstin chen (soy sauce for beginners) monica lewis (sexting the dead, and sampson starkweather (pain: the board game). hinterlands bar (kensington/flatbush), free. >>

10/17 8pm: comedians will reminisce on some of their most cringeworthy moments using powerpoints, photos, and old facebook statuses at the nostalgia! comedy + storytelling show. friends + lovers (crown heights), free. >>

10/17 8pm (weekly): the let’s see, what else? comedy show features monroe martin (comedy central), daniel simonsen (bbc), liz barrett (gotham comedy live), rasha bashir (ucb), and benjy himmelfarb. hosted by courtney maginnis and tom delgado. poco restaurant and bar (alphabet city), free. >>

10/17 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): stay in the loop with the comedians you should know show. tonight: seaton smith (conan), adrienne iapalucci (colbert), rebecca o’neil (netflix), dan sheehan (@sickofwolves), tim mclaughlin, and jeff steinbrunner. hosted by mike lebovitz (last comic standing). gutter bar (williamsburg), $5. >>

10/17 9pm (+ 10/24): win drinks and eleven-inspired waffles at stranger things bingo, occuring every wednesday leading up to halloween at videology (williamsburg). free admission. >>

10/17 9pm (weekly): comedy is served at the too many cooks comedy show, with some help from judah friedlander (30 rock), marcella arguello (comedy central), nore davis (conan), kenice mobley (night train with wyatt cenac), michelle biloon (2 dope queens), and raghav mehta (airplane mode comedy). lucky jack’s (les), free. >>

10/17 10pm: it’ll be a hot mess drag competition at house of yes (bushwick). free. >>

10/17 11pm doors: pictureplane plays an album release show at public arts (les). free. >>

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“Are we going to prom, or to hell?” – Veronica Sawyer, Heathers.

This Halloween season, the answer is both- at the skint’s Prom From Hell Halloween Party!

On Frightday, October 26 at 10:30pm, Brooklyn’s littlefield exorcises the demons of proms past with a Halloween blowout featuring music of the 1980s-2000s spun by DJs Brendan & Bianca, horror movie projections by Music Video Time Machine, a strange and unusual photo booth by Nikki, and spiked drink specials. You want candy? Of corpse you do. We’ll have 100 pounds of the stuff.

What to wear? Dress as Dragula, a Black Magic Woman, Laurie Strode, dead ringers, a broken subway tile. It’s Halloween, so anything goes. Those who conjure the best looks can enter the costume contest and be rewarded with prizes.

Tickets are just $7 in advance or $10 at the door. Get your tickets now.

the skint presents:
Prom From Hell Halloween Party
Friday, October 26 at 10:30pm
635 Sackett Street (between 3rd and 4th Avenues), Brooklyn (directions)
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