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June 23: Jess Best Album Release Show

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Doors 7:00/Bria Monét 7:30/Jess Best 8:30
Admission: $10

Jess Best is a musical maven, vocalist and exciting new songwriter who tells stories through sound and emotion. Her upcoming album entitled “Saturday,” set for release on June 23, takes her soulful songwriting into infectious new pop territory. The album shimmers with R&B and electronic influences while never overshadowing Jess’s delicate, yet powerful vocals. Follow the process at jessbest.com

Bria Monét offers therapy through music that is relatable in its vulnerability. With a strong focus on dynamics and sensitivity, the 22-year-old’s composition and instrumentation create warm sounds that are dense with harmony. Bria’s music speaks openly and intensely about topics from loss and desire to joy and hope in a way that is unique and deeply empathetic. Through her intimate and inviting performances, audiences can find themselves encouraged and relieved by a reflective listening experience.

June 16: JAPAN Collective presents Chaos

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Friday, June 16
Doors 7 PM/
Show 7:30 PM
Admission: $10

The JAPAN Collective returns to the Reliquary with Chaos, featuring music from Midas, Rocky and the Goldstein, Isaac Namias and Waterlynx, poetry from Nicole Basta, and comedy from Sydnee Washington.

June 3: Opening Reception for Closet Archaeology: An Accidental Time Capsule

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Saturday, June 3 @ 2 PM
Admission: $5

In the winter of 2015 in the Children’s Workshop School in the East Village, a Manhattan fourth grader peered into the dusty crevices beneath his classroom closet floorboards. He wondered what treasures might have fallen there in the 104 years since the building was constructed. His classmates took notice and joined him in poking under the boards and pulling out artifacts of everyday life.

Through this “closet archaeology,” the students excavated an accidental time capsule built over a century by the students who had also once sat in their classroom. These junior archaeologists have unearthed love notes, spelling tests, caps from glass milk bottles, portraits of silent film stars, penny candy wrappers, and more. They have even found former students, now adults, who remember losing these items. The project was covered in The New York Times. Miriam Sicherman runs the Closet Archaeology Instagram account.

The City Reliquary is proud to present the first formal exhibition of Closet Archaeology after featuring it at Collectors’ Night 2017.

The Opening Reception on Sat., June 3 at 2 PM will include presentations from some of the junior archaeologists from the Children’s Workshop School as well as professional collectors and anthropologists:

Beverages available by suggested donation, with beer courtesy of The Brooklyn Brewery.

See the slideshow below for a selection of objects, and see even more of Miriam’s students’ finds on the Closet Archaeology Instagram.

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May 7: Heroes of the Knish Closing Reception

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Sunday, May 7, 2-5 PM
Admission: $5, available at the door

Join us as we bid farewell to our exhibition, Heroes of the Knish: Making a Living and Making a Life. This show traced the history of the iconic New York City street food from its origins in Eastern Europe to its arrival in the US with Jewish immigrants, to its popularization through early knish makers such as Mrs. Stahl, Mano Hirsch, Ruby the Knishman, and Yonah Schimmel.

The event will celebrate the knish in style, with live music from All That Jazz (Rachel Levine on vocals, Christopher Bandini on guitar) and a curator’s talk from Laura Silver, author of Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food.

We’ll serve an international spread of knishes and knish cousins such as dumplings from Vanessa’s Dumpling House, pierogi from classic Greenpoint spots, and more!

Photo credit: Barbara Pfeffer

May 6: Obscura Day Kickoff Party with NYC Trivia

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Saturday, May 6, 11 AM – 1 PM
Hosted by New York Obscura Society
Admission: $12

The City Reliquary is proud to host the kickoff party for Obscura Day 2017. Awaken your mind with a special morning session celebrating exploration and observation. Enjoy free coffee from Oslo Coffee Roasters and beer and shandy cocktails from The Brooklyn Brewery for a suggested donation from the treehouse bar in our backyard garden.

Test the obscurity of your NYC knowledge with trivia hosted by Atlas Obscura resident quizmaster and staff writer, Eric Grundhauser. New York know-it-alls of all ages are invited (but not required!) to participate. Topics will include the Reliquary collection, everyday New York sights, and the hidden wonders of our city. Trivia begins at 11:30 AM.

Join the Facebook event!

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Tickets available through Eventbrite. Advance Tickets Only. All Sales Final. No Refunds or Exchanges.

QUESTIONS?
Email Larissa Hayden at larissa.hayden@atlasobscura.com

May 19: FilmIndie Cinema Club Screening “Kicks”

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Friday, May 19
Doors @ 7, Film @ 8
Admission: $12

Release: September 2016
Directed by: Justin Tipping
Starring: Jahking Guillory, Kofi Siriboe, Mahershala Ali,
Christopher Wallace Jr., Christopher Meyer

Runtime: 80 minutes

We’re proud to welcome FilmIndie Cinema Club for a pop-up screening of Kicks, one of the hidden gems of 2016 and the directorial debut for Justin Tipping. The film sparks a conversation around male masculinity and violence, sneaker culture, and the coming-of-age experience of urban teens. It also beautifully showcases something we don’t often see in film: black male friendship.

Synopsis: An East Bay teen longs for a pair of the freshest sneakers that money can buy, in hopes of escaping the reality of being poor, picked on and ignored by girls. His prized kicks get snatched soon after he gets them and he embarks on a dangerous quest to get them back.


FilmIndie Cinema Club is a pop-up screening series aimed at (re)introducing audiences to must-see independent and cult black cinema. We screen the classics that you loved, the hidden gems that you missed, and the new releases that you need to see! Our mission is to provide a platform for discovering, elevating, and celebrating films created by, for, and about black people across the diaspora.

May 5: Rebel Women Remember the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

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A fundraiser for the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition
Friday, May 5, 7-9 PM
Online Admission: $7/$5 Reliquary Members
Door Admission: $10/$8 Reliquary Members


Join us at the closing of our front-room exhibition of Robin Berson’s Triangle Fire Memorial Quilt, for an evening of remembrance through performance, poetry, and song. This event takes place in the week of May Day, International Workers’ Day.


Event Program

Robin Berson: A presentation on the Triangle Fire Memorial Quilt

Bracha Nechama Bomze: Reading of the Triangle Fire segment from her book-length poem, Love Justice

Phyllis Capello: Telling the story of how she came to write her prizewinning poem: Factory Girls, Bangkok followed by performing a song inspired by the young women who perished in the Triangle fire.

Paola Corso: Reading from Once I Was Told the Air Was Not for Breathing.

Annie Rachele Lanzillotto:  Performing her iconic songs Ballad of Joe Zito (elevator operator at the Triangle Factory) and Girls Girls, Where Did You Work Last Night? 

LuLu LoLo: Performing an excerpt from her play Soliloquy for a Seamstress: The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire and Rose Schneiderman’s historic speech of April 2, 1911

Mary Anne Trasciatti:  Reading a brief excerpt from the autobiography of the original Rebel Girl, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn

April 28: Potluck with Reboot & Beyond Bubbie

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Admission Variable (See below)

The City Reliquary welcomes the Reboot initiative Beyond Bubbie for an informal Shabbat-style potluck dinner and storytelling event.

Celebrate the rich, diverse narratives of New York City food culture through a dinner in the Reliquary garden. Share tales of your grandmother’s casseroles, your favorite bodega bacon-egg-and-cheese, or your go-to dim sum spot. Marinate in stories from neighbors spanning boroughs and generations while noshing on dishes from kitchens in all corners of the city.

Potluck participants should bring a food that evokes a memory. All guests are invited to bring a prop, poem, or song–something non-edible to facilitate sharing a story with the group.

Scared to share? Contact Zoe Penina Baker from Reboot for help workshopping your story.

Admission:
If bringing a dish: $2 online/$5 at door. You must have the dish with you for entry at this price.

General admission: $9 online/$12 at door

City Reliquary members: $7 online/$10 at door

Online tickets available through Artfully.

This event is part of the public programs for the current Reliquary exhibition Heroes of the Knish. This show explores the intersections of memory, food culture, and the immigrant history of New York City.


About Reboot:

Reboot affirms the value of Jewish traditions and creates new ways for people to make them their own.

Inspired by Judaism’s embrace of the arts, humor, food, philosophy, and social justice, we produce creative projects that spark the interest of young Jews and the larger community. Among our productions are events, exhibitions, recordings, books, films, DIY activity toolkits, and apps.

Since our inception, 480 network members, 700 organizational partners, and hundreds of thousands of people have looked to Reboot to rekindle connections and re-imagine Jewish lives full of meaning, creativity, and joy.

Projects include The National Day of Unplugging/Sabbath ManifestoThe FRIDAY AppThe Kibitz Podcast10QreBarSix-Word Memoirs on Jewish LifeBeyond Bubbie, and Unscrolled.

 

April 22: Visible Poetry Project Screening

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Saturday, April 22 @ 7 PM
Artfully: $7/$5 Reliquary members
Door: $10/$8 Reliquary members

To inaugurate the new season of outdoor events in the Reliquary’s beautiful back yard, and in honor of National Poetry Month, we proudly welcome the Visible Poetry Project! See collaborative short films by select poets and filmmakers under the stars in the Reliquary garden.

Visible Poetry Project Trailer from Visible Poetry Project on Vimeo.

Discounted tickets online through Artfully! Admission will be slightly higher at the door.

The Visible Poetry Project is a non-profit National Poetry Month initiative bringing together a collective of thirty poets and thirty filmmakers to create videos that present poems as short films. Drawing from works created by renowned and emerging poets alike, the Visible Poetry Project strives to make poetry accessible, exploring how we can recreate and experience poems through the medium of film. The Visible Poetry Project releases visual poems daily throughout National Poetry Month (April) on their website.

Featuring poems by:
Sojourner Ahebee
Rabih Ahmed
Lena Blackmon
Peggy Ellsberg
Caroline Kaplan
Ilana Simons
Matt van Sol
In shorts directed by:
Michael Arce
Sarah Doody
Alexandra Galvis
Arya Liev
Reva Santo
Ilana Simons
Waley Wang

Jumpin’ Jive: Vintage Musical Shorts

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Friday, April 14 @ 7 PM
$10/$8 Reliquary members

Brooklyn-based film/video archivist Russell Scholl returns to the Reliquary with a program of musical shorts both ecstatic and sublime. See vintage jazz, pop, country and gospel performances through shorts, Soundies, and television and film appearances ranging from the late 1920s to the early 21st century. Join us for some of the rarest and finest examples of 20th-century popular music.

Run time: 80 minutes, with one intermission. Tickets available at the door and online through Artfully.


Russell Scholl is a Brooklyn-based film/video archivist and curator who screens moving image programs on a wide variety of subjects (the history of animation; early jazz shorts; educational and propaganda films, etc.) at venues in and around New York City. Working with the multimedia collective rev.99, his own video work has been screened at Anthology Film Archives in New York and The Hirshhorn Gallery in Washington, D.C. He is known for having produced a compact disc by noted American folk artist Howard Finster, “The Night Howard Finster Got Saved” (Global Village Music), and he appeared in the 2007 PBS television documentary “Soundies: A Musical History.”