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DECEMBER


 

SATURDAY
JAN 4

 
3pm

AUTHOR EVENT: TWO STATEN ISLAND HISTORIANS

"There is a dichotomy to history: a fluid destination that is forever fixed  in time."

Author JANET MEDORO
"OUR STATEN ISLAND"
    “This book tells the story of how two, 4th generation-born native siblings visited that history: what they’ve learned and how they learned it; making it all a wonderful journey within the journey.
    The author will explore the eight chapters of her book, paying particular attention to the first: for where “ETGBC is situated”, is to have a ringside seat where the written history of Staten Island began, with the arrival of the first European settlers – Dutch settlers – and the layers of life and profound events here that followed, up to this very day!

     
    Author PATRICIA SALMON   
"STATEN ISLAND'S BREWERY BARONS":
   Vast numbers of German immigrants arrived in America during the 1840’s. Their knowledge allowed for a major new industry to thrive. German lager beer soon became the favored beverage of many Americans.
"Staten Island’s Brewery Barons" features the major Staten Island brewers who perfected their brews at Stapleton, Clifton, and Manor Heights.
   Patricia M. Salmon is a Curator of History retired from the Staten Island Museum. A Staten Island resident for fifty years, Ms. Salmon has authored five books about the island. She is on the Board of Directors of the Tottenville Historical Society and the Friends of the Olmsted-Beil House. Ms. Salmon is an Adjunct Professor at the College of Staten Island and at Wagner College. 
 
FRIDAY
JAN 10
 
7:30 COMFORT CAT
  "Delightfully negative" Comfort Cat is an NYC-based songwriter and performer, primarily accompanying herself on the 6-string guitarlele. She is frequently backed by her friend, Jason Laney, on keys and other assorted instruments, as they perform her original material, which varies widely in dynamics and spans many topics, including cats, cars, feet, blood, and glass. She identifies as pop-punk, though others have described her as anti-folk.
 
 
8:30 EVIL KIM EVIL
Evil Kim Evil carries the torch for old school punk, doing things the way they are not done. A prolific songwriter with an outsider perspective, she has been playing since the early 90's in Baltimore. Growing up there, she was known for her powerful yet controversial writing, which she performed like fiery punk rock. Setting that to music was the obvious next step. She enjoys collaborating and has played with a vast variety of musicians including members of the Stooges and Dead Kennedys, but she has always been primarily solo, keeping that vagabond outlaw spirit alive. She knows no bounds, she knows no rules, and she always keeps it real. She does all of her own recording, all live and full of soul and imperfections. She doesn't want to be polished. She wants to destroy! And you're invited to join in.

For the past decade, she has been a one man band (also known as Kim Ew or Paisley Nightmare). She plays standing on two drum pedals, banging on the guitar, shouting, whispering, sometimes kicking everything over - whatever needs to be done! Noise is made to be had, not planned for!

As a songwriter, she maintains a quiet impact. Her style is familiar, combining country traditions with 60's and 70's punk. But of course, she puts her own eccentric spin on it. She counts Cowboy Junkies among her biggest influences too. Her songs are tragicomic and gritty. There are hardly any love songs, and yet it's somehow uplifting, even soothing. And she's not afraid to veer into noise-jazz! She likes to use different implements to elicit textured sounds from the guitar.

What could happen next? Anything! This will be a half electric, half acoustic show. And it comes with art!

 
SATURDAY
JAN 11
 
2pm NYPL BOOK DISCUSSION: ALBERT CAMUS "THE PLAGUE"
The haunting tale of human resiliance in the face of unrelieved horror, Camus' novel about a bubonic plague ravaging the people of a North African town is a classic of twentieth century literature.
 
   
   
 
THURSDAY
JAN 16
 
7pm TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES MEETING in 3rd room
 
 
7:30 LEXI ALÖN  a captivating songstress with a contemporary, yet
familiar sound. You’ll be ignited by the heat of her soulful voice
and the sincerity behind her lyrics. Catch this local singer songwriter, with her backing-track-productions, before she leaves S.I.
 

FRIDAY
JAN 17

 

8pm

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR TRIBUTE OPEN MIC
  You are invited to come and express thought and inspiration connected to the philosophy, the legacy, the murder, the future of this important human being. All genres.
  Find out about the King family's on-going effort towards a full Congressional Hearing in regards to the enormous amount of factual evidence for a conspiracy by FBI, police and organized crime to murder MLK and frame an innocent man for the crime.
  The King family filed a civil suit in 1999 to force more information into the public eye, and a Memphis jury ruled that the local, state and federal governments were liable for King's death. The full transcript of that trial
https://archive.org/details/MartinLutherKingJrWrongfulDeathTrialTranscript

  "There is abundant evidence," Coretta King said after the verdict, "of a major, high-level conspiracy in the assassination of my husband." The jury found the mafia and various government agencies "were deeply involved in the assassination. … Mr. Ray was set up to take the blame."

 

SATURDAY
JAN 18

 
3pm AUTHOR: JASON CIANCIOTTA "ME, YOU, AND HIM"

Bio:
Jason Cianciotta, born with an undiagnosed disorder, has been in a lifelong fight to defy the odds. Numerous fractures, skeletal deformities, surgeries, bone infections, and corrective procedures have taken their toll, and as a bilateral amputee, the fight continues. Blessed with a mind for learning, Jason holds degrees in Biology, Philosophy, School Administration, and Chemical Engineering, and has been an educator for +15 years. Affectionately known as MrC to his students, he has a unique way of inspiring, and relaying God’s Word - through math and science - to people of all ages.

Now reborn as Lazarus, his art serves as a platform to share his faith, and the moments in his life where God’s Grace has spoken profoundly to him. Lazarus lives today, through the limitless power of God’s Love, giving meaning to his suffering, and thankful for the people in his life that have helped heal him along the way.

Synopsis:
The poetry came so easy to me - it felt like it was already written. It was a spirited work where God guided my pen.

Now a synopsis?? I never intended to sit down to write the original book in the first place. It was a moment of transcendence, birth from a gift, which at once was lost - worn and weathered - but then later was found. It was waiting for me, the one who would recognize it and reclaim it, and make it new again. It came at a time in my life when I needed healing, and served as a reminder to share God’s Love through my suffering. No synopsis can qualify the impact writing this book had on me.

And so I ask of you to read this to someone you love, share your own pains, live the transformative power of empathy, and in His Image and likeness, continue to inspire and help each other heal along our collective journey to salvation.

 
 
7:30

MUSIC: TAKE 44
We are a classic rock band that covers music from the 60s to present, with quite a few surprises, including some original music. Three co-lead singers, two co-lead guitarists and great chemistry.

 

 

FRIDAY
JAN 24

 
7:30

NEW MOON AQUARIUS CEREMONY
   Please join AKASHA, EMELIO, BRIANA, and others for an evening of expression, awareness, astrology, and ritual fine tuned to bring us back into alignment with the natural world!  A night of setting intentions & clearing space for the new.
    Gathering together in ceremony builds energy and vibration while strengthening unity, utilizing the powers that be and opening the doorways to your own higher self and true healer. Help us create a sacred space so we may all heal and rise together! After the ceremony will be a DRUM CIRCLE, so please join us.
    This event is purely donation based. That means there is no set exchange to attend. Your generosity is a reflection of your experience so please give what you feel called. We need you more than we need the money! (Suggested Donation: $22)
*Doors open at 7*
**Please wear a white shirt if possible**
***Feel free to bring any items you would like charged on the alter, and/ or any native instruments***

 

SATURDAY
JAN 25
 
12:30 ECKANKAR Spiritual Philosophy Meet-up
What is Karma and how does it work in our lives?  Open discussion.
   "The Law of Karma, yet another facet of the Law of Love, purifies people by holding them responsible for their thoughts and deeds, both to themselves and others." Harold Klemp, Wisdom of the Heart
 
 
  7:30

OPEN MIC: ETG OPEN MIC Share YOUR Music, Words, Movies, More! Music: 2 songs, 8 min max.

Share YOUR Music, Words, Movies, More! Music: 2 songs, 8 min max. Open sign up POETRY, SONGS, VIDEO, COMEDY, IMPROVISATIONAL STORY-TELLING, etc. in a supporting attentive environment. Seasoned pros, beginners, and everybody in-between can enjoy sharing their gifts on our welcoming stage. We have microphones, PA, amps, projector, screen, and an interested MC.

 

SUNDAY
JAN 26

10am


QUAKER MEETING
All are welcome!
MEETING in 3rd room

STORE WILL BE CLOSED, and meeting will be happening back in the 3rd room.

   Staten Island Meeting of Friends is an unprogrammed meeting. Traditional Quaker testimonies (e.g., that of God within or the "inner light," peace, and simplicity) are held dear, but there is no dogma and no professional clergy.

   Meeting for Worship is not necessarily completely silent. Participants may be moved by the spirit to respectfully share vocal ministry. That includes you, even when it’s your first meeting; but please note that vocal ministry is not a sermon nor a debate, nor is it idle chatter. It’s only the concise expression of “that of God within.” It is customary for an individual to speak no more than once during a single Meeting for Worship.

   For more info: Please see https://statenislandquakers.org/ or call or text the clerk at 917-617-4207 or email t.lochwyn (at) gmail.com

 

FRIDAY
JAN 31

 

 
5pm

FATHERHOOD MATTERS
Stories to Teach and Balance, guided by DYVERSE

 
 
7-9 Wil Wynn’s Curiously Refreshing OPEN MIC Experience
   Poet Will Wyn is the conductor of this minty fresh event with the involvement of his extraordinary peers.

Following this first segment will be OPEN MIC, so bring your poems!

Suggested Donation-no one turned away

 
 
 

 

DECEMBER


 

SATURDAY
FEB 1

 
7:30

S.I. OUTLOUD: ORSON WELLES' "MOBY DICK REHEARSED"
   This is a stage reading of an unusual, and little-known play by the legendary Orson Welles. First presented on Broadway in 1955, the original cast included a young Rod Steiger. It had a brief run; Welles filmed the performance but it was never released, and the film has been lost.
   The play begins with actors milling around on a stage as audience members arrive and take their seats. Actors can be heard joking and gossiping and grousing about their director.
   Suddenly the director appears, bounds up onto the stage and announces that they'll rehearse his new adaptation of Herman Melville's "Moby Dick".
What happens next is ...

 

SATURDAY
FEB 8

 
2pm

NYPL READING DISCUSSION: MY SISTER THE SERIAL KILLER by Oyinkin Braithwaithe

 

FRIDAY
FEB 14

 
7:30


FORGIVENESS is the theme of this Alternative Valentines event.

 

DETAIL OF PAINTING BY JULIA SANE SIMONIELLO

 

SATURDAY
FEB 15

   
 

   > > > JONI MITCHELL TRIBUTE - postponed til April 10th

 
THURSDAY
FEB 20
 
7pm TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES MEETING in 3rd room
 

FRIDAY
FEB 21

 

7pm

 

 

7pm - Julia Sane Simoniello

8pm - Kevin Norton's Jazz Essence Trio:
Kevin Norton - vibes & drums
Noah Berman - guitar
Steve LaSpina - bass
w/ guest Julia Simoniello - vocals

 

SATURDAY
FEB 22

   
12:30 ECKANKAR Philosophical Discussion
   

7:30

 

 

- THE SNUGS
- SILVER STRINGS
 

SUNDAY
FEB 23

10:10am


QUAKER MEETING
All are welcome!
MEETING in 3rd room

STORE WILL BE CLOSED, and meeting will be happening back in the 3rd room.

   Staten Island Meeting of Friends is an unprogrammed meeting. Traditional Quaker testimonies (e.g., that of God within or the "inner light," peace, and simplicity) are held dear, but there is no dogma and no professional clergy.

   Meeting for Worship is not necessarily completely silent. Participants may be moved by the spirit to respectfully share vocal ministry. That includes you, even when it’s your first meeting; but please note that vocal ministry is not a sermon nor a debate, nor is it idle chatter. It’s only the concise expression of “that of God within.” It is customary for an individual to speak no more than once during a single Meeting for Worship.

   For more info: Please see https://statenislandquakers.org/ or call or text the clerk at 917-617-4207 or email t.lochwyn (at) gmail.com

 


FEB

   
   
 
 

DRUMMING CIRCLE

A game of drums for community spirit
Join us!

 

SATURDAY
FEB 29
   
4pm  
 
 
  7:30

ETG OPEN MIC
Share YOUR Music, Words, Movies, More! Music: 2 songs, 8 min max. Open sign up POETRY, SONGS, VIDEO, COMEDY, IMPROVISATIONAL STORY-TELLING, etc. in a supporting attentive environment. Seasoned pros, beginners, and everybody in-between can enjoy sharing their gifts on our welcoming stage. We have microphones, PA, amps, projector, screen, and an interested MC.

 
 
 

 

TiPPLE spontaneously combusts

 


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The Intentioneer's Bible




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