comedy: Comedybeat (www.comedybeat.com) holds Inaugural “Quarterly Comedy Dialogue” series featuring a panel discussion on the current big issues in the comedy industry plus a spirited conversation with comedian and filmmaker Tom McCaffrey (producer of the upcoming movie “This is Comedy” ); and conversation and music videos with comedian/storyteller Rob Cantrell, maker of new comedy music album “Dreams Never Die” ( Last Comic Standing and Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn). This event is free to the public and starts 7:00 pm. Book Culture, 536 West 112th Street, Manhattan10025 (between Broadway and Amsterdam St., near Columbia University)
comedy: “No Name… & A Bag O’ Chips” comedy and variety show producer, Eric Vetter will present performers Mick Diflo (The Huffington Post), Chris Griggs (New York Underground Comedy Festival), Grant Cooper (Morrison Motel), Megan Sass (New York Funny Songs Festival), sketch comedy collective Kokomo (Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre) at 7 pm. The “No Name” house band The Summer Replacements, including Carl (BabyFreak) Fortunato and Fernando (Dr. Sandman) Morales Gonzalez, will perform a set of old school R&B and rock standards at 8:30 pm. No cover, no minimum. Otto’s is located at 538 E 14th St. between Avenues A and B. For more information, call (212) 228–2240 or go to: www.ottosshrunkenhead.com. Performers subject to change. For more “No Name,” information, contact (347) 885–3466 or e-mail NoNam[email protected]hotmail.com.
SAT, Nov. 22
performance: “Ruth: God’s Plan at work,” is a musical depicting how God took a woman that men rejected and used her to change a nation. This production will take place at Calvary Cathedral of Praise located at 45 E. Eighth St, Brooklyn, NY 11218 at 5 pm. For more information and for tickets, call (718) 435–2731. www.ccopny.org.
Music: New York-based blues favorites Renee & The Derelicts perform classic and original blues, rock and soul tunes at popular LURA Restaurant NYC on the Upper West Side at 949 Columbus Ave between 106th & 107th Streets, on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. Featuring the vocals of the multitalented actress and playwright Renee Flemings, the band Sal Carolei (blues harp), Paul Bauman (guitar) Trevor Brown (bass) and Bernard Devlin (drums) will kick things off at 9 pm. No cover, great Mediterranean food and drink available. For more information, call (212) 866–7500. To hear samples of “Renee & The Derelicts” — including tracks from their new EP Devil’s Kiss,” visit www.reneeandthederelictsredux.com
fri., nov.21 & sat., nov.22
performance: Afaliah Tribune and the Soul Rebel Dance Company presents “Bigger Than Hip Hop – Confronting America’s Past and Present.” The Actor’s Fund Art Center located at 160 Schermerhorn St.will host the two-night event. Doors open at 7 pm. Bigger than Hip Hop is the brain child of Afaliah Tribune, who choreograped and performs in the production inspired by Dr. Joy DeGruys’s book and lectures series Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome and Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing. With excerpts featuring music from Kanye West’s “Yeezus” album; Tribune explores the underlining impact slavery has on modern society and hip-hop. Ticket prices are $12 at the door or can pre-ordered online at soulrebeldancecompnay.org. For more information please contact Vanessa Grayman at companymanagerafalia[email protected]il.com.
sun., nov. 23
performance: The Queens Faith Temple of Seventh-day Adventists Church will host a drama production entitled “The Basket of Flowers” on Sunday, Nov. 23 at 3 pm at the York College Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center. The drama production is based on an 18th century tale written by Christoph von Schmid, which centers on a young woman who grows up with her father and learns about humility, purity, and forgiveness. Their lives change for the worse when a prized possession belonging to a landowner’s wife disappears and the young woman is blamed unjustly for the crime. Tickets are $20 and doors will open at 2 pm. For more information or to order tickets, call (516) 967–5003 or (917) 519–1430.
mon., nov. 24
zumba: Join us for a dance-fitness class that’s friendly and fun from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. It uses the Zumba formula, with modified moves and pacing for active older people and those just starting their journey to a fit and healthy lifestyle. Be sure to let your doctor know you’ll be taking part in an exercise class. RSVP:(866) 539–0999 206-20 Linden Blvd, Cambria Heights, NY 11411
Rhythm & Flow Yoga: This Vinyasa yoga class teaches us to create a union between our mind and our body, allowing our mind to focus on what our body is experiencing during yoga practice from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. This union can relieve stress, promote mental clarity and help to create balance in our lives. Yoga can help increase flexibility, lower blood pressure, and improve circulation and respiration, plus reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Wear comfortable loose-fitting clothing and plan to arrive 10 minutes early to settle in. Be sure to let your doctor know that you will be taking part in a yoga class. RSVP: (866) 539–0999 206-20 Linden Blvd Cambria Heights, NY 11411
tues., nov. 25
food demo: Learn the benefits of eating for your health, especially if you are dealing with a chronic illness or condition from 4 pm to 5:30 pm. You will also discover how to eat right while still enjoying your meals. Topics will include: healthier versions of popular ethnic recipes (with recipe handouts), healthy eating on a budget, how to read food labels (can I eat it?), and fun and interactive cooking demos. RSVP: (866) 469–0999 215 W. 125th Street New York, NY, second floor.
wed., nov. 26
support group: Diagnosed with a life-threatening illness? Overwhelmed with caregiving? Heartbroken over the death of a loved one? If so, you may be feeling frightened, powerless, overwhelmed and alone. How do you ease the fear and reconnect to possibility? Start by coming to the Friends In Deed support group. It’s a safe and welcoming space where you can hear and speak the truth — so you can begin to live life in the moment. From noon to 1 pm. RSVP: (866) 469–0999 215 W. 125th St. New York, NY, second floor.
thurs., nov. 27
Dinner: The LCG Community Services invites senior citizens to its 27th annual senior citizens Thanksgiving dinner hosted by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. The dinner will take place between 11:30 am and 2:30 pm. Doors open at 11 am. There will also be music and raffles. Boys & Girls High School, 1700 Fulton St. Brooklyn.
Canned food drive: Councilman Jumaane D. Williams and students seek help assisting needy families this holiday season. Donations will be given to local food pantries and charitable organizations. Donations will be collected at district office at 4517 Avenue D in Brooklyn until Dec. 22, 2014.
flood relief: Donations are being accepted at the Friends of Crown Heights Center located at 671 Prospect Pl., Brooklyn. Donations will also be accepted by Mirtha Colon, a Garifuna from Honduras, who operates Hondurans Against Aids out of Casa Yurumein in the Bronx. Casa Yurumein is located at 874 Prospect Ave. in the South Bronx, corner of Westchester Avenue. Anyone in the Long Island area who wishes to make a donation but cannot drive to Brooklyn, please call (347) 488–4395 to arrange a drop off or to arrange for Colon to pick up the donation. Items needed include medical supplies, non-perishable food, clothes, shoes, candles. Monetary donations can be made in the form of checks or money orders addressed to “SVG Community Inc.”
Insurance policy review: Are you covered adequately by your homeowner’s insurance? Are you paying too much? Nieghborhood Housing Services will review your policy free of cost. We also speak to community groups about how the changing flood maps will impact your policy and flood insurance. For more information, call (718) 469–4679. Sponsored by Neighborhood Housing Services of East Flatbush is a not-for-profit housing organization. www.nhsnyc.orgSponsored by Neighbor Works of America, Neighborhood Housing Services and Freddie Mac.
passport application center: Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) has launched a second Passport Application Center at the Kings Highway Library providing a convenient facility for Brooklyn residents and new immigrants to apply for passports. Hours are temporarily set for 10 am–3 pm. from Monday through Friday and Sunday by appointment. The center is closed on Saturdays. The library is located at 2115 Ocean Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11229. To make an appointment, call (718) 230–2292 or (718) 375–3037 ext. 128.
Home REpair: Is your boiler, water main, or roof need fixing? Do you need major repairs done but lack the finances? Now is the best time to fix it. Neighborhood Housing Services of East Flatbush, a not-for-profit housing organization can assist you. For more information on the Home Improvement Programs, call (718) 469–4679 or visit www.nhsofeastflatbush.org.
Foreclosure: Are you behind in your mortgage or seeking a modification? Come in for free services and assistance. We will help you as much as possible to keep your home. Referrals for free legal assistance are also available. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call (718) 469–4679. Sponsored by Neighborhood Housing Services of East Flatbush and the Center for New York City Neighborhoods, not-for-profit organizations. www.nhsnyc.org.
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— compiled by Natalie Y. Henry