02/22/17 2:58pm

It’s Wednesday again, which means it’s time for a new installment of Your Ideal Week, which now and for the foreseeable future will necessarily involve a smattering of #resist and #persist activities.

Speaking of which, I owe a debt of gratitude to whoever put the “refugees welcome” sign on the Statue of Liberty yesterday–that small, peaceful yet powerful act injected some hope into my day and that’s something to give thanks for. The fight for inclusion, diversity, and basic fairness marches on, but the news this week is that we are heading towards 70 degrees for the next several days…in February! Sure, it’s another sign that we are deep in the throes of a self-inflicted climate crisis that will only be hastened along by the cabal of short-sighted, incompetent goons who hold our fate in their hands, but it doesn’t mean you can’t take the opportunity to get outside and feel the warm sun on your face. Maybe it’s time to treat your vile winter hooves to a pedicure (or the revolting/fascinating experiment that is Baby Foot), or take the bike in for a tune-up, or head upstate for a hike.

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with staying in either–there are still probably a few movies you need to cram in before the Oscars on Sunday, and tomorrow is National Chili Day so it’s great time to cook up a pot of warm, stick-to-your-ribs goodness (or pick some up at The Brooklyn Star or whatever joint you prefer in your nabe). If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary to do tonight, the Greenpoint YMCA is hosting rope jumping phenom and double-world-record-holder Adrienn Banhegyi, who has performed with Cirque du Soleil and at the Rio Olympics, tonight at 7:30pm. And planning ahead for Ideal Weeks in the near future, you can count down to March Madness in person when the ACC Tournament hits the Barclays Center from March 7-11, or score a ticket to LoftOpera’s upcoming performance of Rossini’s Otello at LightSpace Studios in Bushwick on March 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, and 27. 

But until then, take a peek at our list of happenings in and around town between now and next Wednesday, and have yourself an Ideal Week, friends!


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02/18/14 4:00pm
Tue February 25, 2014
Head to Clinton Hill on Feb. 25 to hear filmmaker Spike Lee speak at Pratt Institute for Black History Month. Photo: Spike Lee

Head to Clinton Hill on Feb. 25 to hear filmmaker Spike Lee speak at Pratt Institute for Black History Month. Photo: Spike Lee

The Knicks must be away next week, because instead of finding Spike Lee court side at MSG on Tuesday night, the filmmaker will be in Clinton Hill, speaking at Pratt Institute in honor of Black History Month. Show up at Memorial Hall Auditorium by 6:30pm on Feb. 25 to hear what Lee has to say as part of Pratt Presents, an ongoing series in which distinguished guests are invited to the school to discuss different topics throughout the year. Lee’s 37-year film career has covered everything from race relations, gentrification, urban issues of crime and poverty to the historical contributions of black culture that rarely make it to the big screen. Email here to reserve free tickets to his talk. Include contact names and phone numbers. Space is limited to two tickets per person.

01/30/14 4:00pm

Shirley Chisholm (USPS)

“I’d like them to say that Shirley Chisholm had guts. That’s how I’d like to be remembered,” the late Democratic Rep. Shirley Chisholm once said. And it’s somewhat of an understatement given her historical importance as the first African-American woman to be elected to Congress in 1968, and the first African-American woman to seek the Democratic nomination for president in 1972. Known for her campaign motto, “unbought and unbossed,” Chisholm was an independent, anti-establishment-minded politician as well as an advocate for her community.

On Friday, Chisholm’s native Brooklyn and the country will be paying tribute to her with the release of a new commemorative postage stamp depicting the congresswoman, as part of the United States Postal Service ongoing Black Heritage series. A ceremony for the stamp’s first day issue will be be held Friday at Brooklyn Borough Hall at 11 a.m. with scheduled guests the Rev. Al Sharpton, actress Anika Noni Rose,  Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young, and Deputy Postmaster General Ronald Stroman. The stamp’s artwork is by Robert Shetterly and the design is by Ethel Kessler.

Chisholm was born in 1924 in Bedford-Stuyvesant. At Brooklyn College, she was prompted to consider a political career due to her debating abilities. An educator, she was elected to the New York State Legislature in 1964; four years later, she ran and won a seat for the 12th Congressional district. As part of her uncompromising spirit, Chisholm demanded to be reassigned from the Agriculture Committee (given that she is from the city) and challenged the system within the House; she got her wish and served on the Veterans Committee and then later the Education and Labor Committee. Chisholm was also a founder of the Congressional Black Caucus.