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Mar
26
Sun
Ukulele for Social Change
Mar 26 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month to learn ukulele! All skill levels are welcome. We will teach folks how to play songs from different historic cultural and social movements. We will try to focus on music which is consistent with a vision of collective liberation and solidarity. The bookstore has one communal ukulele that anyone can use, but folks are encouraged to bring their own ukulele to the workshop. We will provide some supplementary materiel for practicing the music and studying its social significance. Some of the music we will look at includes the blues of Bessie Smith, Brazilian bossa nova, French goguettes, the nueva cancíon of Víctor Jara, and others. We do not know everything, but we will try to pass on what we do know, and to help you flourish as a musician and human.

Woman to World: International Female Writers on Local and Global Identities
Mar 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Our reading will provide a unique opportunity for the Bluestockings audience to
hear seven poets working across a variety of forms, cultures and borders. Poets hail
from Ireland, Quebec, Cape Verde and locally from NYC, and their work highlights
both specificity and difference through the exploration of universal and culturally
specific concerns. Reflecting on local and international perspectives, their poetry
both confronts global power structures and explores the nuances of gender, race
and sexuality in culturally specific contexts. These poets routinely interrogate how
power and the status quo manifest and affect members of their various communities
in different geographic, cultural and political spaces. Their work questions how
poets can construct new spaces for our various selves in the context the economic
and social systems that surround us.

Mar
27
Mon
Digital Privacy Workshop for Activists
Mar 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Governments and corporations use mass surveillance to discourage dissent and resistance. Many fear this will only worsen for Americans under Trump’s regime. This workshop aims to illuminate the wider political context of surveillance and some of the nuances of privacy and its ethos, teach the practice of threat modeling, and finally, offer some practical steps to using digital devices safely for activists and community groups. No prior knowledge is required.

Mar
28
Tue
Kundalini Yoga with Ursula Scherrer
Mar 28 @ 9:30 am – 10:45 am

Kundalini Yoga is also called the Yoga of Awareness. It combines the physical practice of Asanas with Pranayama (breathing) and Meditation/Chanting – it targets the whole body system (nervous system, glands, mental faculties, chakras) to develop awareness and consciousness, strength and flexibility.

Everybody is welcome, no previous knowledge of Yoga is necessary. Please bring a Yoga mat and possibly a blanket and a shawl.

Shortly after she moved to New York, from her native Switzerland in 1988, Ursula Scherrer started exploring different styles of Yoga for her own spiritual and physical well being before she did her first teacher training in 2002 and has been teaching ever since. In addition to her skills and expertise as a Yoga teacher (Hatha and Kundalini Yoga) she is also a Pranayama Healer and certified Qi Gong instructor.

For more information please contact Ursula Scherrer: uscherrer@verizon.net

Mar
29
Wed
Salon with Feminist Writers from Latin America
Mar 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Join feminist writers from Latin America in a literary salon organized by AFEST, a conference of Latin American writers. AFEST aims to intervene in the complicity between literature, the literary market, violence, and femicide, to create a common language with which to explore the poetics of protest and to build alternative bridges on which to circulate, read, and come together without exclusions: in short, a common literary language that traverses borders and registers.

Mar
30
Thu
Women’s / Trans’ Poetry Jam & Open Mike
Mar 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

WOMEN’S/TRANS’ POETRY JAM & OPEN MIKE Hosted by Vittoria Repetto—the hardest working guinea butch dyke poet on the Lower East Side—the jam has showcased the famous, the infamous, the unknown for over a decade. Come out and deliver (up to) 8 minutes of your poetry, prose, songs and spoken word. Visit vittoriarepetto.wordpress.com for more information.

Open mike ( for women & trans only) – sign-up at 7 pm
Bring your poetry, your prose, your songs, and your spoken word.

Mar
31
Fri
Guided Journaling: Leda Rafanelli’s Mystic Feminism and Feminility
Mar 31 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Bruna Leda Rafanelli (1880-1971) was an Italian writer, editor, and publisher. An outspoken anarchist, Rafanelli conformed to neither customary nor radical conventions in her perspectives on sexuality and spirituality. Her published and unpublished work reflects an evolving inquiry into the essence of womanhood and femininity. During this event, we will use translated excerpts of Leda’s work to springboard journaling and discussion on theosophic, transnational, and spiritual approaches to women’s liberation.

Apr
1
Sat
Krane Talks
Apr 1 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

A platform and environment for discussions, ideas and proposals addressing the societal issues & dangers facing humanity. Specifically: racism & race relations, class warfare, war and humanitarian crisis overseas, income inequality, LGBT community and more.

Performing ZAZU DREAMS Between the Scarab and the Dung Beetle, A Cautionary Fable for the Anthropocene Era
Apr 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Please join us in NYC for the launch of Cara Judea Alhadeff’s gloriously illustrated book for adults and children about regenerative climate justice and the sacred as told by Cara Judea Alhadeff (www.carajudea.com). with paintings by Micaela Amateau Amato.

Zazu is a ten-year old mystic storyteller who journeys the world’s oceans on the back of a humpback whale. Zazu is a biracial Sephardic Arab-Jewish child who defies hypocrisy and apathy, and witnesses the connection between the erasure of ethnic minorities and global ecological extinction. Zazu Dreams highlights the intersections of the sciences and storytelling through two seemingly unrelated topics: Jewish/Arabic philosophies juxtaposed with convenience-culture. Zazu’s encounters with Rachel Carson, Jacques Cousteau, Harriet Tubman, Doña Gracia Nasi, Spinoza, Maimonides, and ibn Sina, among many other historic heroes, challenge 21st century villains such as Nestlé, Merck, Exxon, Monsanto, and Bayer, corporate giants that stalk the planet.

Apr
2
Sun
Feminist Book Club
Apr 2 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

The Feminist Book Club reads and discusses feminism. We make no claims to any particular feminist platform. We read theoretical texts, literature and primary works. All are welcome inclusive of gender, political persuasion, and familiarity.

For more information, email feministbookclubnyc@gmail.com.

This month’s book: Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

Apr
3
Mon
Death Cafe
Apr 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Death Cafe is a place to wonder together about the mystery and meaning of life and to discuss death comfortably and openly, a free-wheeling, self-facilitated conversation around death and dying, inevitably touching upon life and living. Death Cafe is not a bereavement group. Snacks will be provided and as a thank you to Bluestockings participants are encouraged to enjoy a beverage from the Bluestockings Cafe. The first Death Cafe was held in London in 2011. Depending on the number of people that participate, you will meet in groups of 3-4 and talk about whatever compels you about death and dying. It is asked that people participate with an open mind and spirit, respect all points of view, and speak and listen with no agenda, objective, or themes.

Apr
4
Tue
Kundalini Yoga with Ursula Scherrer
Apr 4 @ 9:30 am – 10:45 am

Kundalini Yoga is also called the Yoga of Awareness. It combines the physical practice of Asanas with Pranayama (breathing) and Meditation/Chanting – it targets the whole body system (nervous system, glands, mental faculties, chakras) to develop awareness and consciousness, strength and flexibility.

Everybody is welcome, no previous knowledge of Yoga is necessary. Please bring a Yoga mat and possibly a blanket and a shawl.

Shortly after she moved to New York, from her native Switzerland in 1988, Ursula Scherrer started exploring different styles of Yoga for her own spiritual and physical well being before she did her first teacher training in 2002 and has been teaching ever since. In addition to her skills and expertise as a Yoga teacher (Hatha and Kundalini Yoga) she is also a Pranayama Healer and certified Qi Gong instructor.

For more information please contact Ursula Scherrer: uscherrer@verizon.net

College in Prison: Reading in an Age of Mass Incarceration @ Prison: Reading in an Age of Mass Incarceration
Apr 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Drawing on fifteen years of experience as a director of and teacher within the Bard Prison Initiative, Daniel Karpowitz tells the story of BPI’s development from a small pilot project to a nationwide network. Through examining the transformative encounter between two characteristically American institutions—the undergraduate college and the modern penitentiary—College in Prison makes a powerful case for why liberal arts education is still vital to the future of democracy in the United States.

Apr
5
Wed
Bluestockings Education Project presents the Icarus Project Radical Mental Health Workshop Series: Explorations in Personal Transformation and Collective Liberation
Apr 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

The Icarus Project NYC is a local chapter of http://theicarusproject.net, a radical mental health a support network and media project by and for people who experience the world in ways that are often diagnosed as mental illness. We envision a new culture that allows the space and freedom for exploring different states of being, and recognizes that breakdown can be the entrance to breakthrough. We aim to create a language that is so vast and rich that it expresses the infinite diversity of human experiences. Our monthly workshops explore these themes through peer-based discussion, guest presentations, art, forum theater and more. For more information about this month’s event see: http://nycicarus.org

Apr
7
Fri
Burning The Mask
Apr 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

In Burning the Mask, Baltimore-based artist Kondwani Fidel will perform and read excerpts from his new book, Raw Wounds. The event will also include performances by spoken word poets and singers.

Apr
8
Sat
Off the Binary
Apr 8 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Come and meet people who are just as confused as you are about public restrooms and getting dressed in the morning! We provide a safe space for anyone with a non-binary gender identity to discuss one’s experiences as we defy society’s mainstream conception of gender.

We welcome gender identities that include but are not limited to: androgynous, agender, bigender, demigender, gender non-conforming, gender variant, genderfluid, genderqueer, non-binary, transmasculine, transfeminine.

Fordham University’s Feminist Alliance Presents Open Mic Night
Apr 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Fordham University’s Feminist Alliance Presents Open Mic Night, a night to commemorate the female experience and celebrate women of all backgrounds and perspectives. Any and all artists are invited to perform. 100% of proceeds will be donated to Girls Educational and Mentoring Services, an organization that supports survivors (ages 12 to 24) of sexual exploitation and domestic abuse.

Apr
9
Sun
Radical Educators Book Club
Apr 9 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Sunday, DAY DATE @ 12:30PM – Free
Radical Educators Book Club
Join a group of educators engaged in inquiry of critical texts for a meetup and collaborative discussion of pedagogical values and practices.
Please contact bluestockingsraded@gmail.com for more information.

Reading: Women, Race, and Class by Angela Davis

Radical Educators Book Club
Apr 9 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Sunday, DAY DATE @ 12:30PM – Free
Radical Educators Book Club
Join a group of educators engaged in inquiry of critical texts for a meetup and collaborative discussion of pedagogical values and practices.
Please contact bluestockingsraded@gmail.com for more information.

Reading: For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood by Christopher Emdin

Ukulele for Social Change
Apr 9 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month to learn ukulele! All skill levels are welcome. We will teach folks how to play songs from different historic cultural and social movements. We will try to focus on music which is consistent with a vision of collective liberation and solidarity. The bookstore has one communal ukulele that anyone can use, but folks are encouraged to bring their own ukulele to the workshop. We will provide some supplementary materiel for practicing the music and studying its social significance. Some of the music we will look at includes the blues of Bessie Smith, Brazilian bossa nova, French goguettes, the nueva cancíon of Víctor Jara, and others. We do not know everything, but we will try to pass on what we do know, and to help you flourish as a musician and human.