Thirty years ago, students marched, tanks rolled, and blood spilled in the center of Beijing. A passionate movement towards democracy, free expression, and peace was born in Tiananmen Square, before the rapt attention of audiences around the world. Despite the Chinese Communist Party’s ongoing efforts to erase this event from historical accounts, Tiananmen’s legacy echoes with activists and artists today, as young people demand truth and democracy in Brazil, Venezuela, Hungary, the United States, and beyond. The PEN World Voices Festival, Humanitarian China, and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine are proud to present a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of the dauntless courage and youthful defiance that challenged China’s authoritarian establishment. This event will feature key student organizers of the 1989 Tiananmen Square movement who fight to preserve its memory against censorship including poet Liao Yiwu, novelist Ma Jian, Zhang Boli, Wang Dan, Zhou Fengsuo, and Fang Zheng. Joining us for an unforgettable evening of poetry and song are the Reverend Dr. William J. Barber, II, one of today’s leading social justice advocates, translator Michael Martin Day, and artists such as Fogo Azul, Sonia Guiñansaca, Jesse Paris Smith, Aja Monet, Martha Redbone and Aaron Whitby, poet Huang Xiang, Julia de la Cruz and Alex Schelle from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, and Students for a Free Tibet Board Member Chemi Lhamo, as we remember the dissidents who marched in 1989, and honor those who continue the fight around the world today. At a time when totalitarianism has extended into the digital realm, the struggle to protect freedom of expression remains as vital today as it was thirty years ago in Tiananmen Square.
Directed by Elena Rodriguez
Script by Catherine Filloux
Please plan to arrive at 6pm to see The Value of Sanctuary, which uses the Cathedral’s sacred space as a canvas to illuminate the intersections between spiritual and social identity, and the ways in which personhood and community cohesion speak to and are formed by notions of dignity, inclusion, and exclusion.
Presented with Humanitarian China and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, with production support from the Poetry Foundation.
This event is presented in conjunction with The Value of Sanctuary: Building a House Without Walls, on view at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine through June 30. Beginning with the historic framework of the Cathedral as a site of welcome and refuge, this multidisciplinary exhibition explores the question of sanctuary through the work of modern and contemporary artists, illuminating the intersections between spiritual and social identity and the ways in which personhood and community cohesion speak to and are formed by notions of dignity, inclusion, and exclusion.
Photo Credit: Zhou Fengsuo
This event is part of the World Voices Festival My Story stream, supported by Amazon Literary Partnership.
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Free and open to the public! First come first serve. Join us, from early-morning yoga to special performances, visitors will be immersed in art, science, and culture at this festival honoring Earth Month. Participate in hands-on activities, join special music guest stars on our Main Stage, and celebrate the beautiful planet we call home.
**Main Stage Event**
Pathway to Paris in Concert—1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, and 4 pm
Irma and Paul Milstein Family Hall of Ocean Life
Join us for this rolling concert featuring performances by Patti Smith, Patrick Watson, Michael Stipe, Harlem Gospel Choir, Pablo Sainz Villegas, Founders of Pathway to Paris Jesse Paris Smith and Rebecca Foon, and other friends. Pathway to Paris is an organization dedicated to turning the Paris Agreement into reality through innovative and ambitious solutions for combating global climate change.
Concerts are all first-come, first-served, with tickets to each performance available free of charge at the entrance to the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life on the day of the event.
Learn more: http://bit.ly/2HQ7OSB
Very excited to be a panelist at the Music and Sound for Picture Conference at Ithaca College on April 6! If you are in the area please join us, or if you know anyone who might be interested please do share with them, too. There will be so many interesting panels including a director/producer presentation with the hilarious and fascinating @bohare13x who I worked with on a film about LoganMadsenFineArt by @nathanmeierart 💖 Also if you are in NYC on April 4, the film is being screened at NYU - more about that very soon. Thank you Ithaca College for hosting this conference. Looking forward! All of the information about registering, and about all the other panelists and presentations are on the website.
Join us at the City Winery NYC on February 21 for “Remembering Jonas,” an evening of poetry, films and music, with performances by John Zorn, Richard Barone, Lee Ranaldo, David Amram, Glenn Mercer - and special guests.
Tickets are available here:
Proceeds will go to benefit Anthology Film Archives, continuing Jonas's work in the preservation, restoration, and exhibition of independent and avant-garde cinema from around the world.
A limited edition Jonas Mekas wine will also be available, with 100% of net proceeds going to Anthology Film Archives.
Note: A public memorial is being planned for mid-May in New York. Details will be announced here when confirmed.
Speaking about Pathway to Paris and actions for London !
From the venue site: An Evening of Words and Music’ combines spoken word interwoven with music from Smith’s beloved catalogue of songs. Known for her wit and warm rapport with her audiences, Smith shares personal stories from her illustrious career, providing an insight into one of music’s most revered and influential artists.
OCD Awareness Week is here, and I am so honored and excited to be part of this evening happening this Wednesday October 10th here in NYC. Here is the link to register: http://yeshiva.imodules.com/s/1739/2-yu/index.aspx… If you are in town and able to join, please do! It will be a great opportunity to dispel the myths and misinformation around OCD and to join together with compassion, understanding, love, and support. And if you haven't seen UNSTUCK yet please check it out - more info at: https://www.ocdkidsmovie.com/
#OCDWeek and #worldmentalhealthday screening. Join us for a screening and panel discussion with OCD advocates @michiganmanhattan, Mental Health Facts and Amie from @pandasnetworkofficial. • Wednesday, Oct 10
• Riverside Memorial Chapel
• New York City
PATHWAY TO PARIS
September 16th 2018
The Ace Theatre, Los Angeles
PATTI SMITH • BILL MCKIBBEN • KAREN O
TONY HAWK • FLEA • ERIC BURDON • STEVEN SEBRING
IMANY • TENZIN CHOEGYAL • REBECCA FOON • JESSE PARIS SMITH
+ SPECIAL GUESTS
Doors: 18:00 Show: 19:00
Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 20th at 10:00 a.m. PST at AXS.com
PATHWAY TO PARIS
September 14th 2018
The Masonic, San Francisco
PATTI SMITH • BILL MCKIBBEN • BOB WEIR • FLEA
OLAFUR ELIASSON • ERIC BURDON • PENNIE OPAL PLANT
TENZIN CHOEGYAL • IMANY
REBECCA FOON • JESSE PARIS SMITH
+ SPECIAL GUESTS
Doors: 18:00 Show: 19:00
Pathway to Paris, together with 350.org and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today announced a special concert on September 14th at the historic Masonic in San Francisco. Set to cap off the Global Climate Action Summit, the concert will focus on the potential for cities to push for, achieve, and go beyond the climate targets highlighted in the Paris Agreement.
Bringing together leading musicians, artists, thinkers, and policymakers, this concert will serve as a call to action, urging the international community to ramp up ambition towards a climate safe future for all.
This marks the fourth collaboration between the partners who previously joined forces for concerts in each of the last three years. The first concerts, in Paris in 2015, coincided with the adoption of the Paris Agreement, while events in 2016 and 2017 served to celebrate climate action by state and non-state actors. Most recently, 2017 saw the partners host a concert at New York City’s historic Carnegie Hall where Pathway to Paris announced the launch of the ‘1000 Cities’ initiative. The initiative invites all cities of the world to transition off fossil fuels and move to 100% renewable energy by 2040 in order to turn the Paris Agreement into reality.
“In the world of music, the best way to improve is through collaboration. This is the same with the critical issue of climate change. We must join together to make this the most ambitious collaboration of our century. We will not be able to implement crucial and challenging solutions to climate change, plastic pollution, and all urgent environmental problems as long as we stand divided. Inseparable from the issue of climate change is the need for world peace, global communication, and an international collaboration unmatched by any event in human history.”– Co-Founder of Pathway to Paris, Jesse Paris Smith
“Cities play a critical role in transforming our world out of the era of fossil fuels and into a renewable world. This is our time to make this shift and transform our cities to become sustainable, resilient cities for us all and future generations. This is our chance as our window of time is narrowing.” – Co-Founder of Pathway to Paris, Rebecca Foon
Along with Patti Smith and Bob Weir, the concert will also feature Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tenzin Choegyal, French pop-soul singer Imany, renowned artist Olafur Eliasson, and Pathway to Paris Founders Jesse Paris Smith and Rebecca Foon. Speakers also include 350.org’s Bill McKibben.
Artist Olafur Eliasson will turn the whole audience into artists by creating an interactive collective artwork. Eliasson leads a choreography that motions its audience to hold up a Little Sun solar lantern. The result is a visually striking solar-powered ‘sunrise’ which raises awareness for climate action and energy equality.
All proceeds from this evening will be donated to 350.org, Pathway to Paris, and the United Nations Development Programme.
I hope you’re doing well! I am proud to let you know that on June 3rd I am participating in the 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk to help raise awareness for OCD and related disorders. This cause is incredibly important to me and very dear to my heart and I am so proud to be an OCDAdvocate. The Walk also raises money for the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) in support of their work to help everyone affected by OCD and related disorders to live full and productive lives.
It is estimated that 1 in 100 adults live with OCD. This is roughly the number of people living in the city of Houston, TX. In children and teens, estimates are as high as 1 in 200, or about the same number of kids that have diabetes. Despite its prevalence, OCD is often misunderstood and misrepresented in the media, joked about, portrayed as a personality quirk or helpful trait that keeps people organized and tidy. In reality, OCD is debilitating and severely impacts those living with the disorder, as well as their friends and family.
The IOCDF is the largest non-profit organization focused solely on improving the lives of those impacted by OCD and related disorders. This June, I will join members of the OCD community from across the country and around the world as we walk to raise awareness, hope, and funds to support the important programs of the IOCDF and their partnering local affiliates.
I am committed to raising as much funding as possible in donations for the Walk and need your help! Every donation makes a difference, no matter how small. I am also so deeply thankful to everyone who has already donated! It is so moving and encouraging and you are helping so much. :)
Thank you in advance for your support!
All the best to you,
I will be giving a 5 min talk on climate action during the Indigo Girls set at Motor City Casino!!!
The ENTRANCE to the march will be at W 72nd Street entering onto Central Park West. We will be marching south. The NYPD will move the entrance up north as needed depending on crowd size (So if you get there later, you make have to go up to 79th). The exact details of the planned route will be discussed at our press conference on the steps of City Hall on Thursday, March 15. This announcement will be led by students.
**This is a ticketed event.**
Literati Bookstore of downtown Ann Arbor is thrilled to welcome artist, performer, and author Patti Smith to the DIA's Detroit Film Theatre at theDetroit Institute of Arts on Wednesday, February 14th. Patti will be joined by her son Jackson and daughter Jesse for an eclectic and intimate evening of readings, personal stories, and songs related to her new book Devotion. A Q&A will follow.
Tickets are $20 (service fee not included) and include a hardcover copy of Devotion, to be picked up at the venue. Seating is general admission. Literati will be on hand for additional book sales. There will be no signing following the event.
About the Book:
A work of creative brilliance may seem like magic--its source a mystery, its impact unexpectedly stirring. How does an artist accomplish such an achievement, connecting deeply with an audience never met? In this groundbreaking book, one of our cultures beloved artists offers a detailed account of her own creative process, inspirations, and unexpected connections.
Patti Smith first presents an original and beautifully crafted tale of obsession--a young skater who lives for her art, a possessive collector who ruthlessly seeks his prize, a relationship forged of need both craven and exalted. She then takes us on a second journey, exploring the sources of her story. We travel through the South of France to Camus's house, and visit the garden of the great publisher Gallimard where the ghosts of Mishima, Nabokov, and Genet mingle. Smith tracks down Simone Weil's grave in a lonely cemetery, hours from London, and winds through the nameless Paris streets of Patrick Modiano's novels. Whether writing in a café or a train, Smith generously opens her notebooks and lets us glimpse the alchemy of her art and craft in this arresting and original book on writing.
About the Author:
Patti Smith is a writer, performer, and visual artist. Her memoir Just Kids received a National Book Award, and her recent book M Train is a critically acclaimed New York Times best-seller. Smith was awarded the prestigious title of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres by the French Republic. Her seminal album Horses has been hailed as one of the top one hundred albums of all time, and in 2007 she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Smith lives in New York City.
Patti Smith & Family, Mollie O'Brien & Rich Moore, a Tribute to Little Jimmy Dickens feat. Tim O'Brien, Charlie McCoy and more
Watch the livestream tonight at www.wvpublic.org !
Patti Smith & Family, Mollie O'Brien & Rich Moore, a Tribute to Little Jimmy Dickens feat. Tim O'Brien, Charlie McCoy and more
February 11, 2018 7:00 PM
Culture Center Theater - Charleston, WV
Patti Smith & Family
Mollie O'Brien & Rich Moore
with Brigid and Lucy Moore
Tribute to Little Jimmy Dickens
Featuring Tim O'Brien & Friends
A Special Appearance by
We are excited to announce the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame’s 2018 class of inductees.
Once again, these artists represent the quality and the diversity of West Virginia talent, and the impact they have made on the music of the state and the nation.
The six inductees are: Hasil Adkins, Ann Magnuson, Frank Hutchison, The Morris Brothers, Fred “Sonic” Smith, and Michael W. Smith.
There will be performances by Patti, Jackson, and Jesse Paris Smith; Lenny Kaye; Ann Magnuson, Michael W. Smith; WVMHoF inductees Tim O’Brien; Charlie McCoy, John Ellison and Russ Hicks; Ann Magnuson; Mollie O'Brien; Southern Culture on the Skids; Alan Griffith; John Morris; and Jack Morris.
The induction ceremony will be held February 10, 2018, at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston. Tickets are $75 in advance; $95 at the door. VIP tickets are $250 each and are limited to 100.
To order your tickets, choose your ticket type below. To inquire about special prices for larger groups, please call 304-342-4412 or email us at email@example.com
New York City Public Advocate Tish James has announced a Public Hearing on Climate Change on November 29th. New York City has an important role to play on climate and we’re making this our city’s time to DIVEST FROM FOSSIL FUELS.
On the 5th anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, 5,000 people joined together to remember the victims of the storm and rose up to demand New York City take bold climate action, including divestment.
The New York City pension funds currently pour billions of our public funds into oil, gas and pipeline corporations – the very same corporations fueling storms like Superstorm Sandy and Harvey, Maria and Irma, whose business model will drown our city if we don’t stop them.
Join us for a rally before the hearing at 8:30 am and help us pack the hearing room at 9:30. Bring your signs and your energy to the rally, and get ready to send a loud and clear message – it’s time to #DivestNY!
Inksplash: The Art of Impressions is an invitational exhibition of artists who make impressions. Printmakers are capable of producing multiple images from the same plate or matrix. Each print produced is not a copy but considered an original impression, revealing unique qualities and variations.
The RAA Press Printmaking Studio is the heart of the printmaking community in Rockaway, Queens. We will be exhibiting prints by the many local artists who have taught and attended our printmaking workshops as well as the many printmakers who have contributed to our ongoing print community at RAA.
Curators: Christian Le Gars and Victoria Barber
Chris Ann Ambery, Carolyn Antonucci, Victoria Barber, Gabriel We Beghi,Margaret Burke, Deena des Rioux, Esther Grillo, Neddi Heller, Jason Heuer, Carmela LaGamba Bode, Christian Le Gars, Luanda Lozano, Peter A Modica, Jesse Paris Smith, Renee Radenberg, Melissa Rubin, Christopher Saucedo, Caryl St Ama, Onnie Strother, Beth Vendryes Williams, Stu Watson, Kyung You
InkSplash: The Art of Impressions will feature works using a variety of printmaking processes ranging from traditional (intaglio, relief, lithography, solarplate, bookmaking and screen printing) to experimental (textile, sculpture, and installation). These works address a variety of topics concerning design, representation, and abstraction.
The BEasy Band and friends will be on hand to play for us!
Pathway to Paris: Concert to Fight Climate Change
Pathway to Paris, a climate change initiative focused on turning the Paris Agreement into reality, will partner with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and 350.org for a concert on climate action, to be held at Carnegie Hall in New York City on November 5, 2017.
Pathway to Paris promises to be a night of incredible musical performances and rousing speeches aimed at advancing the important work of fighting climate change while offering innovative solutions.
Set to take place on the eve of COP 23 - the United Nations conference on climate change that kicks off in Bonn, Germany - the evening will feature internationally recognized musicians and speakers, including Patti Smith, Joan Baez, Bill McKibben, Dr. Vandana Shiva, Tanya Tagaq, Flea, Talib Kweli, Cat Power, Michael Stipe, Tenzin Choegyal, and Pathway to Paris founders Rebecca Foon and Jesse Paris Smith, and more.
Tickets for the concert are on sale now and can be purchased by calling Carnegie Charge at 212.247.7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website: https://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2017/11/5/0700/PM/Pathway-to-Paris/
Pathway to Paris will also be celebrating the launch of its latest project. The bold new initiative, to be unveiled next month, will encourage the world to go above and beyond the targets of the Paris Agreement.
“This is our moment to move towards a renewable, resilient future as we are running out of time,” Rebecca Foon said. “We can achieve this by working together to create resilient cities that are no longer dependent on fossil fuels and create a world we want to live in.”
“We believe in the power of music and its ability to heal and unify citizens in a time of crisis. We must make this fight our biggest most ambitious collaboration of all time. The world must work as a team, and the cities of our planet must join together to lead the way,” added Jesse Paris Smith.
Since its inception, Pathway to Paris has partnered with UNDP and 350.org, leaders in environmental action. This alliance has created an unstoppable force in the effort to slow climate change by contributing to a multitude of initiatives globally; from benefit farmers in the Sahel, to preparing for rising sea-levels and expanding the use of renewable energy.
“Like the Paris Agreement itself, this concert and this partnership – bringing together artists, innovators, and policymakers– is a message to the world that sustainable development and shared prosperity go hand-in-hand with protecting our planet,” notes Achim Steiner, Administrator of UNDP. “Each of us, each of our communities, our cities, and our companies has a role to play in achieving this shared objective. We’re very excited to partner with Pathway and 350.org to help make this a success.”
ABOUT PATHWAY TO PARIS
Founded by Jesse Paris Smith and Rebecca Foon in 2014 after the People’s Climate March in New York City, Pathway to Paris is an initiative that, in partnership with the United Nations Development Program and 350.org, brings together musicians, artists, activists, climate change experts, academics, politicians, and innovators, to participate in a series of events and dialogues to help turn the Paris Agreement into action through innovative solutions. To learn more, visit http://pathwaytoparis.com/
ABOUT UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
The UN Development Programme works in nearly 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. A leader in climate action, UNDP maintains a portfolio of nearly $3 billion climate initiatives, ranging from renewable energy to community level climate adaptation to the protection of forests.
Jesse Paris Smith
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The Rockaway Artists Alliance, Inc. (RAA) is pleased to announce an exhibition of recent artworks by Christopher Saucedo. Collectively titled Flood Brothers, this water-centric exhibition will present sculpture, drawings and tapestries. The opening reception for the exhibition will be held on Sunday, October 29, 2017, 12pm - 5pm in RAA’s sTudio 7 Gallery in Fort Tilden, a former United States Army installation on the coast in the New York City borough of Queens. The fort is now part of the Jamaica Bay Unit of the National Park Service.
October 29th marks the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, the harrowing storm that devastated the Rockaway Peninsula and damaged thousands of homes, including the artist's. Saucedo’s exhibition title, Flood Brothers is intended to remind us all of the irrevocable bond that storm-ravaged communities all share and the complexities of living on the water’s edge. Hurricane Sandy was not Saucedo’s first flood, as Hurricane Katrina destroyed his home and studio in New Orleans seven years prior. The artist has been preoccupied with the multifaceted relationship we all have with water, and his artwork asks us to contemplate both the good and the bad in water.
Flood Brothers remains on view until November 12, 2017 and is open weekends 12 pm – 5 pm and by appointment. Check the RAA website:www.rockawayartistsalliance.org/exhibitions for dates and times of additional programming on the subjects of Hurricane Sandy, Jamaica Bay and our relationship with water to be scheduled during the run of Flood Brothers. An exhibition catalogue is in production, documenting all of Saucedo’s hydro-centric artwork.