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Events Calendar

  • 6th Annual BlackStar Film Festival

    August 3, 2017 through August 6, 2017

    6:00 PM-10:00 PM

    Leonard Pearlstein Gallery & Screening Room URBN Center Annex | 3401 Filbert Street Philadelphia

    • Everyone
    This year the BlackStar Film Festival will be screening over 60 films! The theme of this year’s festival is Resistance, examining political and social uprisings around the world and in the U.S., from the upheaval of the 1960s to the Los Angeles riots in the 1990s to the uprising in Ferguson and the current moment of unrest.
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  • Threading Body into World: A Poetry Reading

    Saturday, August 12, 2017

    6:30 PM-8:30 PM

    Leonard Pearlstein Gallery

    • Everyone

    How can poems clarify and fortify our visions for liberation, our practices of solidarity, and who we are to each other? Join us in exploring the transformative possibilities of queering and mothering strategies in a poetics that emerges from, and affirms, the racialized body. This event will have performances by Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, and Raquel Salas Rivera.

    This event is hosted by Cynthia Dewi Oka. Oka is a poet and community organizer. A two-time Pushcart Prize Nominee, she is the author of Salvage: Poems (forthcoming in 2017 from Northwestern University Press) and Nomad of Salt and Hard Water (Thread Makes Blanket, 2016). After the 2016 election, she created Sanctuary: A Migrant Poetry workshop for immigrant poets in Philadelphia with the support of a Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant. 

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