broadway to remain closed through may 30, 2021. sad, but unsurprising news. >>
mon thru 10/29: halloween-themed food history classes: unwrap creepy confections and dreadful delicacies as culinary historian sarah lohman teaches you about the history of chocolate (10/12), food history horror stories (10/14), a history of candy and halloween (10/27), and food of the dead: a culinary history of funeral food (10/29). presented by brooklyn brainery. online, $6-7. >>
mon thru sun (ongoing): sidewalk screenings at syndicated: bushwick’s syndicated bar and restaurant continues its sidewalk movie screening series with the witch, a girl walks home alone at night, hocus pocus, rosemary’s baby, the love witch, and hereditary. weather permitting. free admission, with food and drinks available for purchase. >>
mon thru sun (weekly): the metropolitan opera streams: this week’s series of encore ‘live in hd’ presentations includes donizetti’s anna bolena, maria stuarda, don pasquale, and more. online, free. >>
mon 6pm: write funny/write smart: desus + mero: three of the late-night talk show’s writers–mike pielocik, josh gondelman, and heben nigatu–discuss the show’s impact on the national conversation, and how the series carries on during the pandemic. gates preserve founder syreeta gates moderates. online, free. >>
mon 7pm (+ 10/19): books beneath the bridge: read all about it–the annual books beneath the bridge series goes virtual with weekly readings by authors selected by six brooklyn-based indie bookstores. the authors will share works reflecting on current events and exploring themes of migrant voices, gender-queer perspectives, black girl culture, protest poetry, and more. tonight: fort greene’s greenlight bookstore presents the quarterly greenlight poetry salon, hosted and curated by angel nafis and featuring readings from khadijah queen (anodyne), carlos andrés gomez (fractures), and elana bell (mother country). online, free. >>
mon 8pm (monthly): franklin park reading series: this month’s installment features readings from mychal denzel smith (stakes is high: life after the american dream), jason diamond (the sprawl: reconsidering the weird american suburbs), and morgan jerkins (wandering in strange lands: a daughter of the great migration reclaims her roots). online, free. >>
mon 8pm: honor her wish: a tribute to ruth bader ginsburg: leading voices in politics, music, and entertainment join forces to celebrate the notorious rbg and fight to uphold her dying wish–no confirmation of a new supreme court justice until the next presidential inauguration. the evening’s lineup includes hillary clinton, nancy pelosi, stacey abrams, elizabeth warren, gloria steinem, regina king, miley cyrus, kristen bell, kathleen hanna, and more. presented by demand justice. online, free. >>
mon 8pm (weekly): shufflinsanity: while we wait for the day we can go shufflin’ at royal palms shuffleboard club again, the beloved venue is pushing through with its chicago and new york league championships, streamed online with commentary by founders ashley albert and jonathan schnapp. online, free. >>
During the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020, the U.S. Constitution has been invoked in various ways: privacy issues surrounding contact tracing, democracy issues about election rules (including 24th and 26th Amendment litigation), equity issues arising from the disproportionate impact of the virus and of the enforcement of health measures like social distancing and mask requirements, reproductive freedom, and so on.
Some contend that the Constitution prevents our government from mandating health measures like wearing masks, ordering non-essential businesses to close, limiting religious assembly, or requiring vaccinations. Polling suggests that a majority of Americans disagree, believing that our highest goal should be protection of the people in our community. But, interestingly, community – or what the French constitution calls fraternité – is not one of the values embodied in our Constitution. In that light, Susan Herman of the ACLU argues, now is an ideal time to consider adding a 28th Amendment to the Constitution, borrowing from Article I of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to declare commitment to one another as one of our fundamental values. As the 2020 Kahn Humanities lecturer at Brooklyn Public Library, Herman will also engage questions about particular constitutional issues like those mentioned above. Following her talk, Herman will be interviewed by the ACLU’s Emerson Sykes.
Susan N. Herman is President of the American Civil Liberties Union and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, specializing in constitutional and national security law.
Emerson Sykes is a staff attorney with the ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, where he focuses on First Amendment free speech protections.
Please register here for this free program. Registered audience members will receive a Zoom link for the Tue, Oct 13 7-9pm event.
Photo by Kathryn Gamble
The 2020 Kahn Humanities Lecture with ACLU President Susan Herman is made possible by the Kahn Endowment for the Humanities.
tues thru 11/8: it can’t happen here radio play: tune in to a ‘timely what-if of presidential politics, power, and peril’: oscar nominee david strathairn stars as a journalist fighting to save america from a monomaniacal leader in berkeley rep’s new audio adaptation of sinclair lewis’s 1935 play, it can’t happen here. over 100 theaters across the country will broadcast the play. online, free. >>
tues thru sun: rent the runway sample sale: get your fashion fix with women’s ‘pre-loved’ designer evening-wear, ready-to-wear, handbags, jewelry, and accessories at discounted prices. 260 fifth ave (bet. 28th + 29th sts). >>
sponsored tues thru sun: visit parklife (gowanus) for tasty tacos, house margaritas and outdoor programming this week: nerd nite trivia (tues 7pm), john trivialta movie trivia + a screening of edward scissorhands (weds 7pm), a screening of idiocracy + the biden town hall (thurs, time tba), and a screening of shaun of the dead (sun 7pm). food purchase is required, and patrons are required to wear masks when not eating and drinking. >>
tues 12pm: eater talks: who gets to cook what?: is it possible to cook and make money from someone else’s cuisine without it being problematic? eater staff writer elazar sontag moderates a conversation between chef sohla el-waylly, writer navneet alang, and chef aaron stewart about what it means to respect another culture’s cuisine, why chefs of color are often limited by diners’ expectations, and the issues surrounding unbalanced and improper representation. online, free. >>
tues 2pm: faces in stone: come face to face with gargoyles, grotesques, and other overlooked stone and terracotta artworks on new york city buildings during a virtual walking tour led by architect robert a. king. presented by the national arts club. online, free (donations welcome). >>
tues 2:30pm: timestalks: feeding the world: chef josé andrés joins new york times food correspondent kim severson to discuss the state of the restaurant industry and how his charitable organization, world central kitchen, is putting restaurant workers back to work by preparing meals for communities in need. plus, new york times tech writer shira ovide talks with gro intelligence founder and ceo sara menker and lineage logistics president and ceo greg lehmkuhl about how data, a.i., and robotics work to make the food supply chain safer and more efficient. online, free. >>
tues 7pm: new york city’s wild side: the non-human neighbors in our midst: from parrots to pizza rat, get to know nyc’s motley assortment of non-human citizens when author thomas hynes discusses his new book, wild city: a brief history of new york city in 40 animals, in conversation with brooklyn historical society historian nalleli guillen. presented by the brooklyn historical society. online, free. >>
tues 7pm: who matters in america 2020?: united states of anxiety host kai wright talks with andrea bernstein, trump, inc podcast host and author of american oligarchs: the kushners, the trumps, and the marriage of money and power), about the state of democracy, the encroaching oligarchy, racism, nativism, voter suppression, and the impact of trump’s ‘us vs. them’ rhetoric on american government. presented by the greene space at wnyc. online, free. >>
tues 7pm (monthly): pen parentis: writers who are parents present their work at the pen parentis literary salon. tonight’s gathering features wendy s. walters, andrew simonet, and darin strauss, followed by a q+a. free ($10 suggested donation). >>
tues 7pm (+ 11/10, 12/8): school of visual arts mfa photography, video and related media alumni film fest: stream an eclectic array of recent films created by 30 sva mfa alumni during this three-part film festival, which includes short form narrative, documentary, abstraction, environmental, music videos, installations, and more. online, free. >>
tues 7:30pm: the supreme court, census, gerrymandering, and the constitution: former attorney general and chairman of the national democratic redistricting committee eric h. holder, jr. and omg wtf does the constitution actually say? and omg wtf is gerrymandering? author ben sheehan unpack this crucial moment in history in a conversation with the next 50’s zak malamed. presented by 92y. online, free (donations welcome). >>
tues 8pm: all we can save: women at the forefront of climate justice: a panel of women scientists, activists, journalists, and artists take on the climate crisis during a discussion on the new book all we can save: truth, courage, and solutions for the climate crisis. moderated by the book’s co-editor, ayana elizabeth johnson. presented by the new york public library. online, free. >>
tues 8pm: ultimate (virtual) nyc trivia night: from architecture and theater to transportation and pop culture, put your knowledge of the city’s 400-year history to the test during the museum of the city of new york’s trivia night. online, free ($5+ suggested donation). >>
weds thru 10/28: editions/artists’ books fair: visit the virtual viewing rooms of over 60 publishers and dealers as you browse new and contemporary prints, multiples, and artists’ books from emerging and mid-career contemporary artists. online, free. >>
weds thru sun: double exposure film festival: the first and only film festival in the u.s. dedicated to investigative reporting on film returns for a sixth season with 19 feature-length documentaries available for on-demand streaming. select highlights include 76 days, a film about healthcare workers and patients in wuhan at the beginning of the covid-19 pandemic, and mlk/fbi, about the fbi’s surveillance and harassment of dr. martin luther king, jr.. online, $15. >>
weds 1pm: work/cited episode 1: this is what democracy looked like: hit the books with works/cited, a new series highlighting the latest scholarship supported by the collections at the new york public library. today, author alicia cheng discusses the evolving graphic design of american ballots and what they can tell us about the history of voting and elections as she delves into the research behind her new book, this is what democracy looked like: a visual history of the printed ballot, in a conversation with nypl’s meredith mann. online, free. >>
weds 6:30pm doors, 7pm show: served up presents: women for women: support the business ‘fem-pire’ during tonight’s event from served up, a socially distanced, live outdoor event series focused on sparking conversation around meaningful topics. between live musical performances, six women entrepreneurs will pitch their businesses shark tank-style to a panel of judges from freelancing females. food and drinks available for purchase. the plaxall gallery (lic), free (rsvp). >>
weds 7pm: eileen myles: for now (why i write): poet and writer eileen myles reflects on their creative process and evolution as a writer in a conversation on their latest book, for now (why i write). presented by mcnally jackson booksellers. online, free. >>
weds 7:30pm: on america: kendrick lamar’s powerful storytelling in song: music journalist michael j. moore chronicles rap superstar kendrick lamar’s rise to fame and the cultural impact of lamar’s work in a talk on his new biography, the butterfly effect: how kendrick lamar ignited the soul of black america, with writer, cultural critic, and podcaster touré. presented by the center for fiction. online, free. >>
weds 8pm: covid and restaurants: where do we go from here?: what can restaurants learn from each other to stay afloat during the pandemic? new yorker food correspondent helen rosner leads a panel of chefs, operators, and industry professionals from around the country as they discuss how restaurants can continue to survive the pandemic with little government support, how they are rebuilding their models, and how equity is an integral part of sustainability. presented by the museum of food and drink. online, free. >>
weds 8pm: secretformula’s 80s + 90s tv party: learn the facts of life while hanging with mr. cooper as secretformula’s streaming party revisits classic tv shows from the 80s and 90s. online, $5. >>
weds 9pm: live spinal tap cast reunion: comedian patton oswalt hosts a livestream this is spinal tap cast reunion with rob reiner, christopher guest, michael mckean, and harry shearer to benefit the pennsylvania democratic party. online, donation-based. >>
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