Thursday, November 26, 2009

MUST SEES Art & Film/ November 27 - December 2

November 27 - December 15: 17th Annual African Diaspora Film Festival.  Featuring 101 films from 46 countries, and 63 world, U.S. and New York premieres, this festival created in 1993 by Reinaldo Barroso-Spech and Diarah N’Daw-Spech showcases contemporary visions on the black experience by filmmakers of every race or nationality. On view on six different locations throughout the city. For program, schedules, tickets, and further information, click here.

November 29 (2 - 6 pm) Going Up! MTA Subway Elevator Poster Project. Installation by Rosa Naparstek telling the story of Artists Unite - MTA Poster Project, an eight-year effort to bring art into the subway elevators. On view November 30th and December 2nd, 9 am-9.30 pm, December 5th 7-9 pm, and December 6th, 10 am-1 pm. At the Hebrew Tabernacle Congregation, 551 Fort Washington, at 185th Street. For more information, call 212-568-8304.

November 29 (3 -7 pm) The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Exhibit. As part of FRAMING AIDS 2009, Queens Annual Observance of World AIDS Day Through The Art, the show will feature works by local artists focused on how the current healthcare reform would impact people affected by the pandemia. Running through December 20th at the Queens Museum of Art Community Gallery, Flushing Meadows Park. For more information, email or call 718-592-9700.

December 1 (5.30 - 7.30 pm) AIDS in World Cinema. A collection of films reflecting communities affected by AIDS: Migration, by Mira Nair; Positive, by Farhan Akhtar, Beyond Outcasts, by Iván Arocha, Reporter Zero, by Carrie Lozano; and Walking on Sunshine, by Tracy Taylor. Q&A with filmmakers and representatives of AIDS Center of Queens County and Asian & Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV-AIDS (APICHA) after screening. At the Jackson Heights Branch of the Queens Library, 35-51 81st. Street, Jackson Heights. For more information, email or call 646-338-6301.
December 1 (7.30 pm) Screen Loud Film Festival. Organized by Pablo Herrán de Viu, this brand-new festival presents six new narrative shorts and a documentary by students of the New York Film Academy. Tickets are $10. At the Gene Frankel Theater, 24 Bond Street. For program and further information, click here.
December 1 (6.30 - 8 pm) CCCADI Film Series. Screening of Salud (Cesar de Leon, 2009), award-winning film explores the relationship between a womanizer father and his sensitive young son. Q&A with the filmmaker  and cast members after screening. Presented by The Caribbean Culture Center African Diaspora Institute  and La Menta Collective at the CCCADI, 408 West 58th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues. For more information, call 212-307-7420.

December 2 (5 - 9 pm) Anthem: An all-American Dystopia. Exhibition curated by Melissa A. Calderón and organized by the Bronx Council of the Arts in celebration of the 20th anniversary of its BRIO Award (Bronx Recognizes its Own). Opening reception, in conjunction with the Bronx Culture Trolley.  At the Longwood Art Gallery, Hostos Community College, 450 Grand Concourse (149th Street). On view through February 6, 2010. For more information, click here.

December 2 (5:30 - 9:30 pm) The Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives Film Festival. At 5:30, screening of  Spain Again (1969, directed by Jaime Camino), followed by a panel discussion with Román Gubern, Sebastiaan Faber, and Jo Labanyi. At 7:30-9:30, screeing of A War in Hollywood (2008, by Oriol Porta), followed by a panel discussion with screenwriter Oriol Porta and Román Gubern. Co-sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA) and the King Juan Carlos I Of Spain Center. At 53 Washington Square South. For more information, click here or call 212-998-3650 RSVP required here.

December 2 (6:30 - 8:30 pm). El Museo's Nuevo Cine Series. Screening of El Círculo (Uruguay, 2008, 96 minutes, Spanish with English subtitles). Directed by José Pedro Charlo and Aldo Garay, this documentary on the life of former Tupamaro guerilla leader Henry Engler, who was held hostage for thirteen years during the Uruguayan dictatorship, iluminates a painful period of Latin American history. At El Museo's El  Café, 1230 Fifth Avenue (at 104th Street). Admission Free, with RSVP required here

December 2 (6 - 8 pm) Natalia Botero: "That Abbandoned...Forgotten Race." Exhibition of the Colombian sculptor's recent work. Opening reception at the Consulate General of Colombia in New York, 10 East 46 Street. For more information, go to or call 317-427-4478.

On view through December 11th: Beyond Appearances.  A sampling of contemporary portraiture in a variety of media. At Lehman College Art Gallery, 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx. For more information, click here or call 718-960-8731.

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