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Redefining “native New Yorker”

cache_4094891730Redefining “Native New Yorker”
Thurs., Feb. 23 @ 7:30 PM
$10/$8 Reliquary members

For many people, the term “native New Yorker” usually refers to someone born and raised in one of the five boroughs. While this is one way of understanding what it means to be a native in New York, this group of presentations and performances will offer a broader and more inclusive look.

Three guests will discuss different ways of understanding native culture in NYC:

Matt Levy, a Brooklyn-born New Yorker and co-owner of the Levy’s Unique New York! tour company. He will share a vibrant history of how New York City has become a place of tolerance, multilingualism, ambition, and drive.

Ryan Victor “Little Eagle” Pierce, a member of the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation and Founder and Artistic Director of The Eagle Project. He will perform a Lenape prayer song and some of his poetry, including “Survivor of Genocide.” The Lenape land included southeastern New York State as well as all of what is now New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania, northern Delaware and a small section of southeastern Connecticut.

Our final guest is Kaina Quenga. Kaina Quenga is a native Hawaiian, from Hawaiʻi and lives in New York City.  She will share a performance of traditional Hawaiian Hula and chant.

Space is limited! Reserve your seat now!

This event is part of Beyond Patience & Fortitude, a series sponsored by The City Reliquary to promote advocacy and civic action while celebrating the diversity of NYC.

American Life Through Muslim Eyes: Perspectives From Mother & Son

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American Life Through Muslim Eyes
Perspectives From Mother & Son

Thursday, March 2 @ 7 PM
$10/$8 Reliquary Members

Join us as Sabeeha Rehman reads from her highly acclaimed book, Threading My Prayer Rug. This collection of Sabeeha’s memoirs presents humorous and poignant moments from her life as a Muslim woman who immigrated from Pakistan to the US. The evening will include a discussion with Sabeeha and her son, Asim Rehman, about their personal experiences and perspectives as Muslim-Americans.

“Rehman lends a strong and compelling voice to moderate Muslims, and her discussion of her faith and the areas she believes need modernization illustrate the different opinions within the Muslim community.”—Library Journal

“With sparkling anecdotes . . . Rehman’s spirited debut memoir illuminates the challenges of living an authentically Muslim life in America.”—Publishers Weekly

“Rehman’s personal journey is her own, but speaks broadly to all immigrant journeys in contemporary America. With so much discussion about immigrants from Muslim in the national conversation, it’s good to have a story with this unique perspective. . . . we see how she navigates American society, retains her identity and passes it on to her children and community, accepts becoming an American, modifies some of her traditions while manufacturing new ones, and enriches her own life and the lives of those around her—thus weaving her contribution into the fabric of America, and enriching the American tapestry.” — Booklist (starred review) & Top 10 Religion & Spirituality Books of 2016

Booklist also listed Threading My Prayer Rug as one of their Top 10 Diverse Nonfiction Books for 2017.

Space is limited for this event. We strongly suggest buying tix in advance thru Artfully.

This event is part of Beyond Patience & Fortitude, a series sponsored by The City Reliquary to promote advocacy and civic action while celebrating the diversity of NYC.

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About the speakers:

SabeehaSabeeha Rehman was born and raised in Pakistan. She came to the United States in 1971, after a hurried arranged marriage to a Pakistani doctor in New York. With a bachelor’s degree in Home Economics, she settled into the life of a homemaker. Once both her sons were enrolled full-time in school, she went back to school to get her master’s in Healthcare Administration, and began her 25-year career as a hospital administrator. Her career spanned hospitals in New York, New Jersey, and Saudi Arabia. Raising children Muslim in the absence of a Muslim community was a daunting challenge. With time running out, in the early 1980s, she began the work of establishing a Muslim community on Staten Island, which culminated in the building of a mosque. She has spent the last several decades in engaging in an interfaith dialogue with faith communities. She volunteered as the Director of Interfaith Programs at the American Society for Muslim Advancement; and served as the Chief Operating Officer at The Cordoba Initiative, a multi-faith organization dedicated to building bridges between Muslims and the West.

Asim RehmanAsim Rehman is a Co-Founder and former President of the Muslim Bar Association of New York, through which he worked on various police accountability issues. An expert on civil liberties issues, he has testified before the United States Commission on Civil Rights regarding government engagement with Arab and Muslim communities in a post 9/11 world. Mr. Rehman received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and undergraduate degree from Haverford College.

Letters From A Barstool

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Letters From A Barstool
Organized by Write the Wrong 
President’s Day, Feb. 20, 5 – 8 PM
Free & Open to the Public!

Calling all Civic New Yorkers!

We’re teaming up with Write the Wrong on President’s Day, Feb. 20, for Letters from a Barstool! Sip on suds as you write your reps! Enjoy a beverage and commiserate, plan, or debate with fellow concerned New Yorkers as we hold our political leaders accountable.

Postcards, postage, and pens provided. We’ll share politicians’ names and office addresses, and we’ll list specific current issues if you need help focusing your thoughts.

Admission is 100% free! Beverages available by suggested donation. Thanks to our sponsors at Brooklyn Brewery!

For those attending a certain rally on Feb. 20, fear not!–this event goes til 8 PM.

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The 10th Annual Panorama Challenge

Contestants at Pano Chal 9 in 2016.

Contestants at Pano Chal 9 in 2016.

The 10th Annual Panorama Challenge
Saturday, March 4, 2017

The City Reliquary Museum, Queens Museum, & The Levys’ Unique New York! Partner for a Unique Evening of Trivia!
Queens Museum: New York City Building
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens, NY 11368

Tickets Available Now!!
General Admission: $15 online/$20 at door
City Reliquary & Queens Museum members: $12 online/$15 at door

SEEKING KNOW‐IT‐ALL NEW YORKERS AND LOVERS OF NYC! Meet us at the world’s largest architectural scale model – The Queens Museum Panorama of the City of New York – for a most unusual evening of trivia with the whole city at your feet! Proceeds support The City Reliquary Museum and Queens Museum.

Panorama Challenge quizzes participants about our city while judges highlight clues on the Panorama with laser pointers. Teams of 10 (or so) will use those clues and musical hints to answer questions about our fair city.

Jonathan Turer, in his sixth year as Quizmaster, has devised brand-new questions! New for 2017: Open House New York has joined us to create a category based on their upcoming series Getting to Zero: New York + Waste. Other categories include: Seinfeld, Snow in the City; Traveling by Subway; Mills, Mills, Mills; and Forts of NY. In light of BREXIT and the 2016 Presidential Election, the Halftime Quiz will feature questions based on British NYC and the Trumps.

Teams may be organized as a Panorama Challenger or Panorama Pro. Challengers are first‐timers who may not have dedicated their lives to the study of NYC. Their questions will be easier! Pros are returning contestants who are die‐hard students of our city’s hidden corners. They answer twice as many questions each round (60 total!) Worry not, friendly guides from The Levys’ Unique New York! will help match contestants to teams.

The winning Pro team will join the ranks of legendary past winners when its name is etched on the Panorama Challenge Trophy at the Queens Museum!

This year’s impressive panel of judges includes award‐winning Dean of NYC Guides Lee Gelber; author and award‐winning webmaster of Forgotten NY Kevin Walsh; author and urban explorer Moses Gates; two-time Panorama Challenge winner Mitch Paluszek; and Manhattan Borough Historian Michael Miscione.

While scores are tallied, there will be an electrifying performance by Batalá New York — an all-woman Afro-Brazilian samba reggae percussion band!

Beverages, sandwiches, and snacks available for purchase with beer from our friends at the Rockaway Brewing Company. Proceeds from admission and concessions support The City Reliquary Museum and Queens Museum. A free shuttle will travel between the Queens Museum and underneath the Mets‐Willets Point 7 stop from 5-6pm and from to 9-10 pm.


The Levys’ Unique New York! NY’s First Family of Tour Guides, is a family-run business of native New Yorkers: Mark and Matt Levy. The Levys’ Unique New York creates engaging, entertaining, educational and energetic private tours of NYC. From New York City Highlights to Architecture, Ethnic Eating Tours of Chinatown & the Jewish Lower East Side to Brooklyn’s Beat, we are passionate about our great city. Website: levysuniqueny.com

The Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows Corona Park features contemporary art, events of hyperlocal and international impact, and educational programs reflecting the diversity of Queens and New York City. Changing exhibitions present the work of emerging and established artists, both local and global, that often explore contemporary social issues, as well as the rich history of its site. In November 2013, the Museum reopened with an expanded footprint of 105,000 square feet, a soaring skylit atrium, a suite of daylight galleries, 9 artist studios, and flexible event space. The Museum works outside its walls through engagement initiatives ranging from multilingual outreach and educational opportunities for adult immigrants, to a plethora of community led art and activism projects. The Museum’s educational programming connects with schoolchildren, teens, families, seniors as well as those individuals with physical and mental disabilities. The Queens Museum is located on property owned in full by the City of New York, and its operation is made possible in part by public funds provided through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

The Museum’s hours are: ThursdaySunday: 11am – 5p.m. Admission to the Museum is by suggested donation: $8 for adults, $4 for seniors, Free for children 18 and under. For general visitor information, please visit queensmuseum.org or call 718-592- 9700.

The City Reliquary Museum & Civic Organization preserves the everyday artifacts that connect visitors to the past and present of New York City. It was originally established as an apartment window display in 2002 at the corner of Grand and Havemeyer Streets and relocated to 370 Metropolitan Avenue in 2006. The Reliquary also hosts public events that invite neighbors and visitors to meet, exchange ideas, and celebrate the diversity of our city.

Location: 370 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211; Hours: Thursday–Sunday, 12pm–6pm. Admission: $5 general; $4 college students/educators/seniors; children 12 & under free. Website: cityreliquary.org Phone: 718.RU.CIVIC (782.4842)

Charlie Chaplin’s “The Great Dictator”

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Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator
Saturday, Feb. 18 @ 7 PM
Tix: $8/$5 Reliquary members

Join us Saturday, February 18 for Charlie Chaplin’s classic film, The Great Dictator (run time: 2 hrs, 6 min). This 1940 comedy-drama, the first talkie that Chaplin ever made, is a political satire that mercilessly targets anti-Semitism and the fascist regimes of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini. The film is praised today as an historically significant work of satire. The iconic final monologue of the film is a call for humanity and kindness to defeat hatred.

There will be one intermission during this screening. Tickets available online or at the door. Seating is limited!

Nazi anti-Semitism has become especially emboldened in the current day. Chaplin’s film is therefore extremely relevant now. Its message reminds us that the only thing preventing hate from overtaking society is the resistance of those willing to fight for a peaceful world.

Defining Heritage: A Night of Performance

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Defining Heritage: A Night of Performance
Jan. 28 @ 7 PM
Tix: $8/$5 Reliquary members

Join us for this intimate event that explores the concept of heritage through poetry and music. A diverse group of NYC-based artists will use their art to meditate on sexuality, class, race, gender identity, and other life issues that factor into forms of heritage.

Performances by:
Ali Dineen
Marlee Miller
Trumpet Grrrl
Henry Gonzalez
Sagiv Galai

Speak Out! Rise Up! Podcast Workshop w/Keisha “TK” Dutes

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Speak Out! Rise Up! Podcast Workshop w/Keisha “TK” Dutes
Thurs., Feb. 16 @ 7 PM
Tix: $10/$8 Reliquary members

Broadcast your message and get your voice heard! Keisha “TK” Dutes will show us how to create a podcast, from the required equipment to interview techniques. After learning the basics, you can tape your own live 30-minute podcast! Try engineering, hosting, producing, or whatever role suits you best. Space is limited, so reserve your space now! Tickets available through Artfully.

This event is part of Beyond Patience & Fortitude, a series sponsored by The City Reliquary to promote advocacy and civic action while celebrating the diversity of NYC.

Keisha is a former host of Rise Up Radio on WBAI. This program addressed issues such as police brutality, race, and independent music. She was also a video correspondent for Society HAE, a website on art, fashion, and culture in the African diaspora. After 7 years at WBAI, Keisha co-founded Bondfire Radio where she hosts her morning show, TK in the AM.

Normalizing Hatred: The Nazi Germany Snapshots of Dan Lenchner

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Normalizing Hatred: The Nazi Germany Snapshots of Dan Lenchner
Thursday, Feb. 2 @ 7 PM
Tix: $10/$8 Reliquary members

Dan Lenchner will present a selection of snapshots that capture moments in the lives of Nazis. He has amassed a collection of over 500 images. His presentation will reveal shockingly relatable human experiences in the lives of people who committed one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century and how propaganda can bend people toward unspeakable acts. Tickets on sale now through Artfully.

Dan’s collection was published in 2015 as Normal: How the Nazis Normalized the Unspeakable and has been reviewed in VICE.

Space for this event is very limited. Secure your spot now!

Guest performance TBA.

This event is part of Beyond Patience & Fortitude, a weekly series intended to educate and empower while celebrating the diversity of New York.

Welcome to the Big Time: Vintage Vaudeville on Film

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Welcome to the Big Time: Vintage Vaudeville on Film
Friday, January 27 @ 7 PM
Tix: $8 general/$5 Reliquary members

Join us for an astonishing selection of vintage vaudeville performances curated by local film/video archivist Russell Scholl! Tickets on sale now!

Experience some of the most exciting entertainment of a bygone era! Russell’s selections will transport us to The Palace Theatre for a variety show like no other. Singing, Dancing, Juggling, Feats of Strength, Cross-Dressing, Acrobatics, Trained Animals, Contortionism, Comedy, Mishegaas and Magic (not to mention great artistry) will all be on display!

United In Anger w/Jim Hubbard & Miz Cracker

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Screening of United In Anger: A History of ACT-UP
With Miz Cracker and Jim Hubbard
Thursday, Jan. 26 @ 7 PM
Tix: $10 general/$8 Reliquary members

Join us for a screening of Jim Hubbard’s United in Anger: A History of ACT-UP. This film chronicles the AIDS activist movement from the perspective of those on the front lines of fighting the epidemic. Oral histories of members of ACT-UP and rare archival footage illustrate the efforts of ACT UP to combat corporate greed, social indifference, and government neglect.

The evening will begin with a short performance by drag queen, writer, and activist Miz Cracker. Following the film, there will be a discussion with Miz Cracker and Jim Hubbard, who is a veteran in the battle for LGBTQ rights and in the fight against AIDS and the founder of the ACT-UP oral history project.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the founding of ACT-UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), an international direct action advocacy group working to impact the lives of people with AIDS. The group was founded in March 1987 at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center in New York City’s West Village.

This event is part of “Beyond Patience & Fortitude,” The City Reliquary’s series in political advocacy and in education and appreciation of the diversity of NYC.

Space is VERY limited for this event! We strongly urge you to buy tix in advance thru Artfully.

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