Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 7:00pm


An Open Call to Performance Artists of All Genres - Singers, Musicians, Poets, Comedians.
Open Mic and Business Networking Event exposing Local Artists to Local Businesses. 
Hosted by SiStar Myrrh HerShe.

Sign-up @ 6p. The line-up is determined the day of and on a first-come basis. Artists receive between 5-7 minutes of stage time but this may vary. There is a 1 Drink Minimum per talent or performers are required to Donate What They Can Afford at Sign In.

Friday, September 2, 2016 - 3:00pm

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 8:00am

Presentation & Discussion


Christopher Bollyn will be speaking on the topic, “Our Political Crisis: Ending the Twin Deceptions of 9/11 and the Fraudulent War on Terror.” He makes clear that 9/11 and the War on Terror are dual deceptions imposed on our nation by the Israeli/Zionist and Neo-Conservative cabal that controls our government and media. Our nation has suffered under this deception for 15 years. It’s time for us to raise our voices and stop the wars!

Christopher Bollyn is an investigative journalist and author of "Solving 9/11: The Deception That Changed the World."

 

Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 7:00pm


The New York Review of Science Fiction Readings begins it 26th season on Star Date [-27] 04610.00 marking the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, which broadcast its first episode Sept. 8, 1966.  Guest curator Keith R.A. deCandido has put together an evening of luminaries from the Star Trek literary universe(s) to read, discuss, and even act out a sketch. Join us for this landmark event.

As always, the Cafe will see to your wining, dining and other worldly needs; and the Jenna freebie table will offer books and goodies, as will the raffle for any who donate.

After the event, please join us as we treat our readers for...

Friday, September 9, 2016 - 7:30pm

 

Revisiting Foucault and the Iranian Revolution in the Era of ISIS and Islamophobia

We will discuss in light of today our 2005 book on Foucault and the Iranian Revolution of 1978-79.  His fervent opposition to the Shah and US imperialism and his astute assessment of Iran as a new type of revolution, neither liberal nor leftist, were marred by a surprisingly uncritical stance toward the upsurge of radical Islamism and an untoward silence on the issues of gender and sexuality. We also discuss Marxist and feminist critiques of Foucault at the time, and their implications for today.

Janet Afary and...

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 8:00pm

Katie Halper, co-host Gabe Pacheco & engineer Reggie Johnson bring you a free monthly taping of The Katie Halper Show, the weekly WBAI radio show that takes a humorous look at the news, politics, and culture. Past  guests include Ta-Nehisi Coates, Margaret Cho, Nate Silver, Dar Williams and more. Drink, nosh, laugh and think.

FB: https://www.facebook.com/thekatiehalpershow/

Podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-katie-halper-show/id1020563127?mt=2...

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 7:00pm


Conservative America has lost its mind, swooning into the short-fingered grasp of a corrupt reality-TV strongman. But among liberals, there’s a distressing absence of passion and moral imagination. 

What accounts for this prolonged state of liberal exhaustion? We at The Baffler propose that it’s a product of managerial liberalism—an approach to government that regards our leaders as results-driven professionals. Managerial liberals are fierce advocates of technocratic personal advancement, and approach our politics as the dominion of a knowledge elite. If they were the type of political actors to have slogans,...

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 7:00pm


Does NATO make Europe and the U.S. more or less secure? 
Is NATO's military buildup dangerous? 
How should the peace movement respond to NATO?

Join Brooklyn For Peace for a community forum with Joseph Gerson, Director of the Peace and Economic Security Program of the American Friends Service Committee.

Moderated by Molly Nolan, Professor of History, NYU.

Visit brooklynpeace.org or call 718-624-5921 for more information.

It's on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/1854382564790103/...

Friday, September 16, 2016 - 6:00pm

14 Session Class

Hegel’s philosophy has had a great influence on much of what has happened in the world since his time (1770-1831) and is crucial to understanding much of modern social thought and philosophy as well as to understanding Marxism and the socialist tradition in its varied aspects.

Hegel himself died in 1831. In Berlin, where Hegel had taught for nearly a decade-and-a-half up to his death, a small group of philosophers – the so-called “Young Hegelians” – struggled with questions of interpreting Hegel in terms of the actual conditions of life in Germany and Europe at that time. The questions that...

Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 1:00pm


Intro Lecture on Honeybees and Organic/Biodynamic Beekeeping

Learn about the lives of honeybees that live in complex and beautiful communities.  HoneybeeLives encourages a gentle approach to honeybees and beekeeping that respects the instincts and group soul of the hive, including natural comb building for the health of the colony.  A visit into a working colony will offer an experience of the honeybee community.  For the general public and wanna-beekeepers.

Limited to 20 attendees. Pre-register at nychoneyweek.honeybeelives.org. This event will happen rain or...

Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 10:00am


Are you a former Catholic, a Roaming Catholic, curious about the Roman Catholic Tradition, tired of the Catholic right? Want to know where the Roman Catholic left is? Feeling rejected by the Roman Catholic Church? All are welcome to an inclusive community celebrating an inclusive Roman Catholic Mass. The only requirement is an open heart.

Rev. Gabriella Velardi Ward, a Roman Catholic Woman Priest and pastor of St Praxedis Catholic Community, will be the celebrant.

Gather at 9:30 for Mass at 10 AM. Sistership and fellowship will follow at the café. If there is interest, a Q&A will follow. If all goes...

Monday, September 19, 2016 - 7:00pm


Please join Jacobin for a discussion and party as they celebrate the release of their latest, Issue 22: Rank and File, covering the decline of the American union movement and what it would take to revive it.

https://www.jacobinmag.com/

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 7:30pm

This ongoing study group considers how Marxists and other critical thinkers address the nexus of capitalism, science, threats to human existence on planet Earth, and the fight for climate justice and ecosocialism. For the Fall 2016 session we will take up works by Andreas Malm (Fossil Capital), Jason Moore et al. (Anthropocene or Capitalocene?), and Ian Angus (Facing the Anthropocene).

Steve Knight is involved in eco-advocacy as a member of 350NYC, a GreenFaith Fellow working with faith communities, and a certified energy efficiency auditor for multifamily buildings. He has been...

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 10:00am


Permaculture And Bioregional Design: Restoring Our True Health and Wealth

Permacuture is an ecological design science that offers insights and practical techniques for living fruitful and abundant lives. 

Permaculture is addressing the major issues of our day from a whole systems view. It is a worldwide movement that is helping to regenerate local ecologies and economies.

Permaculture incorporates traditional methods, intuition, and in-depth site analysis. Learn how to create beneficial interrelationships in landscapes and infrastructures, create microclimates and design cultivated ecosystems...

Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 12:00pm


THE ANNUAL ATLANTIC ANTIC is the oldest and largest street festival in New York City! On this beautiful autumn day in Brooklyn, the Atlantic Antic brings together hundreds of thousands of people to Atlantic Avenue to celebrate the longstanding tradition of food, art, music, shopping, festivities, and fun!

The Atlantic Antic is a living tribute to the myriad of heritages that coexist in Brooklyn. Spanning four neighborhoods (Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill and Downtown Brooklyn) from Hicks Street to Fourth Avenue, the Atlantic Antic brings together people from all ages and diverse backgrounds to celebrate in the...

Monday, September 26, 2016 - 7:00pm


The Brooklyn Commons invites you to come watch the first of several train wrecks and commiserate with likeminded progressives.

Drown your sorrows in our local draft beer and organic wine.
Or eat the pain away with our delicious snacks and sandwiches.
We're here for you.

And if you feel the need to vent, come early and share your thoughts about this election at our Presidential Debate Open Mic.  3 minutes each.

Open Mic at 7p.  Debate at 9p.

Monday, September 26, 2016 - 7:30pm

13-Week Session

At the end of 1918, the workers of Germany rose up and overthrew the Kaiser. The Bolsheviks thought that the success of the Russian Revolution hinged upon the rapid unfolding of the a world revolution, and placed their hopes for its beginning on Germany more than any other country. For the next five years, fractious German revolutionaries agitated for and launched a series of uprisings aimed at the creation of a workers’ state: the Sparticist uprising in 1919, in which Luxemburg and Liebknecht were killed; the March Action in 1921; the “German October” in 1923. They fought, but they lost. In the process, the working...

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 5:30pm

This Fall we plan to read three novels by the Franco-Russian writer and revolutionary Victor Serge. The period covered (1933-1941) begins with Serge’s arrest by the GPU and deportation to the Urals (the setting of the novel Midnight in the Century), continues through the Moscow Trials and the Civil War in Spain (the background to Serge’s fictional Case of Comrade Tulayev), and ends with the Fall of France  (experienced by Serge and fictionalized in The Long Dusk). The group is open to all, and no prerequisite familiarity with Serge is expected.

Richard Greeman is best known for his...

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 6:30pm

Benefit for Ramsey Orta

To “bear witness” is to speak truth in the face of power. For many, the Black Lives Matter movement and moment have been defined by everyday folks who have used the tools of social media to document police brutality. These actions have sparked protests and demands of police accountability, while developing a visual record of violence faced by communities of color.

In See Something, Say Something we take the advice of the MTA in asking how ordinary New Yorkers are using community patrols, documentaries and community mapping to make our hoods safer.

This event is a benefit for Ramsey Orta, who videoed the...

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 7:00pm


Young Jibwe is making the long haul from South Dakota and will perform his own style of hip hop and genre crossing music with special guest Fast Cloud. These two Native artists will make their NYC debut as John Kane's guests.

Young Jibwe - Native Pride (Put Em Up!) 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxmTNeRlmXw

Young Jibwe - Hello (Can You Hear Me?) 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiDcQcwzRDQ

Young Jibwe on Facebook:
...

Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 5:30pm

10 session class

Over the past 40 years, many of us have needed to work longer and longer hours—and often more than one job—in order to survive. This longer working day has also become more intense and saps more of our energy. These trends, which Marx predicted and analyzed in Capital, also make it harder for workers and activists to read Capital all the way through. Therefore, we are trying a new approach and highlighting the main sections and concepts of Volume I in a 10-week course. 

Key topics that we will cover include: use-value, value and commodity fetishism; the labor process, the working day...

Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 7:30pm

10 sessions

Join the Indigenous Studies Literature and History Group for a 10-week study of several award-winning contemporary Native American novelists. We will begin with Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony followed by Louise Erdrich’s Plague of Doves and Sherman Alexie’s Indian Killer.

We will give attention to uniquely Native themes, such as ceremony and ritual, land loss and relocation, rural and urban indigenous differences, tribal and gender politics, and what Alexie calls “reservation blues”— rage and survival strategies on the modern-day reservation in response to centuries of...

Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 10:00am


Transform your life and the city you live in to be healthier and more connected to nature.

Andrew Faust, NYC’s renowned Permaculture scholar, will share his life experience of applying ecological design thinking to the city of New York and beyond! You will gain a wealth of information about redesigning your home, your lifestyle and your neighborhood with permaculture in mind.

Some topics we will discuss:

Rooftop gardening
Home water systems
Composting methods and techniques
Closing the loop of urban metabolisms
Diet and healthy food sources
Looking for land with permaculture...

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 7:30pm

co-sponsored by TOPLAB

In this talk, writer and researcher Basuli Deb will discuss some of the issues addressed in her book, Transnational Feminist Perspectives on Terror in Literature and Culture, which offers a transnational feminist response to the gender politics of torture and terror from the viewpoint of populations of color who have come to be associated with acts of terror. Using the War on Terror in Afghanistan and Iraq, this Deb revisits other such racialized wars in Palestine, Guatemala, India, Algeria, and South Africa. Her research draws widely on postcolonial literature, photography, films, music,...

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 7:30pm

We live in the twilight of neoliberalism: the ruling classes can no longer rule as before, and ordinary people are no longer willing to be ruled in the old way. Pursued by global elites since the 1970s, neoliberalism is defined by dispossession and ever-increasing inequality. The refusal to continue to be ruled like this — "ya basta!" — appears in an arc of resistance stretching from rural India to the cities of the global North.

We Make Our Own History — a book co-written by Laurence Cox and Alf Gunvald Nilsen — investigates this scenario through an exploration of how social movements are...

Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 10:00am


Learn to Use the Patterns of Nature to Create Social and Ecological Change!
10am-5pm on Saturdays and Sundays
October 22&23; November 5&6, 12&13, 19&20; December 3&4, 10
Tuition - $1100; Register Before September 10 - $950 (flexible scheduling and payment plans available)

Our Permaculture design course provides a positive and empowering vision for social and ecological transformation. Come be inspired by the possibilities of today and not by the fear of tomorrow!

Primary Permaculture Design Applications:

  • Bioregional design science that provides a new model...
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 7:30pm

A talk and discussion with visuals 

The RCP [Revolutionary Communist Party], RSB [Revolutionary Student Brigade], and its front groups...represent a threat to the internal security of the United States of the first magnitude. —FBI Internal Assessment, 1976

Between 1968 and 1978 the FBI conducted a far-reaching “Internal Security” investigation against the largest Maoist organization to arise in the United States out of the sixties, the Revolutionary Union – later named the Revolutionary Communist Party. As a result of research conducted by author and historian Aaron Leonard and Conor...

Friday, November 11, 2016 - 7:30pm

Jason Moore and Christian Parenti introduce a new essay collection from PM Press, Anthropocene or Capitalocene?  Runaway climate change, the sixth great extinction of planetary life, the acidification of the oceans—all point toward an era of unprecedented turbulence in humanity’s relationship within the web of life. But just what is that relationship? The book challenges the theory and history offered by proponents of the “Anthropocene” and stresses how climate change and related crises are rooted in the rise and domination of capital - hence the “Capitalocene.” This work offers a more nuanced and...