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Exhibition Review: When Keith Haring Met Camera Obscura

The treasured moments of privacy, contemplation, and introspection can seem desperately rare in urban culture. The opportunity to quietly reflect during the daytime bustle of the city -- ensconced in a neighborhood surging with crowds, construction, and development -- may seem all but impossible. And yet a masterfully simple exhibit which pays homage to an … Continue reading Exhibition Review: When Keith Haring Met Camera Obscura

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Rabbi Rachel Timoner On Our Time Of Resistance And A ‘Great Awakening’

The sanctuary at Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope was hushed. Cantor Josh Breitzer was at the bima rehearsing with two B'nei mitzvah students. Breitzer, who surely has one of the greatest voices singing in the country's synagogues today, was helping them to find their portions in the actual Torah scroll they'll be chanting from. … Continue reading Rabbi Rachel Timoner On Our Time Of Resistance And A ‘Great Awakening’

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Powerful ‘RESIST’ Sign Illuminates Gowanus Building For Straphangers And Neighbors Alike

6 simple letters. 6 simple windows. 7 simple words. Volumes of complexity. When it comes to the minds and technical acumen of photographer Ashton Worthington and curator/producer/visual artist George Del Barrio, nothing should come as much of a surprise anymore. Walk along 9th Street just east of the Gowanus Canal at night, and you'll see a crisp, … Continue reading Powerful ‘RESIST’ Sign Illuminates Gowanus Building For Straphangers And Neighbors Alike

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With Arts Under Siege In The Age Of Trump, Irondale Ensemble Resists

President Donald Trump is seriously considering putting nine domestic spending programs on the chopping block in the name of budget cuts, including The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Legal Services Corporation, AmeriCorps, and the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities. Coming off a successful remounting of their impressive play 1599, Irondale Ensemble has … Continue reading With Arts Under Siege In The Age Of Trump, Irondale Ensemble Resists

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Rabbi Rachel Timoner Of Congregation Beth Elohim In Park Slope Among Rabbinical Group Arrested For Protesting Trump Travel Ban

When I first met and interviewed Rabbi Rachel Timoner for Park Slope Stoop back in 2015, she was still rearranging bookshelves in her new office at Congregation Beth Elohim of Park Slope. Rabbi Timoner had just begun her tenure as Senior Rabbi for CBE. "I want to take our social justice work to the next … Continue reading Rabbi Rachel Timoner Of Congregation Beth Elohim In Park Slope Among Rabbinical Group Arrested For Protesting Trump Travel Ban

Yemeni-Americans Stage ‘Bodega Strike’ And Rally In Response To Trump Travel Ban

Brooklyn Borough Hall was packed even before the night had begun. Thousands of Yemeni-Americans and supporters showed up in the late afternoon yesterday in Downtown Brooklyn for a prayer gathering and protest against President Donald Trump's Executive Order which he signed last Friday to block refugees and other "foreign-born individuals" from entering the U.S. from … Continue reading Yemeni-Americans Stage ‘Bodega Strike’ And Rally In Response To Trump Travel Ban

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Colossal Activist Heart Of ‘Small But Mighty’ Hootenanny Art House Is Overflowing

Strangely enough, Saturday was business as usual for Kira Smith and Pete Sinjin, co-founders of South Slope's Hootenanny Art House. The couple, who are known for their inspiring teaching and performance, have prioritized social and political activism for years. That spirit is synchronized with Smith's yoga and dance acumen and Sinjin's performance as both "Hootenanny Pete" … Continue reading Colossal Activist Heart Of ‘Small But Mighty’ Hootenanny Art House Is Overflowing