Banks, Government, Home Foreclosures & Occupy
For three weeks only the three-time-winner of the national slam championship, Urbana Poetry Slam, takes up residence at IMPACT 2012. A quirky and eccentric series, Urbana features all kinds of poetic voices: political, confessional, musical, and spiritual.
Tickets ($10) at the door.
Tue. July 17, 24 & 31; 7:00pm
Conversation on Economy, Chris Hedges Book Signing + Performance by The Civilians
Sam Seder, comedian, writer, actor, director, producer and political talk show host of The Majority Report, moderates a conversation on banks, government, housing crisis & Occupy. With Pulitzer Prize-winning author Chris Hedges (journalist, author, war correspondent & columnist for Truthdig), Robert Johnson (Executive Director of the Institute for New Economic Thinking and a Senior Fellow and Director of the Global Finance Project at the Roosevelt Institute), Taylor Jo Isenberg (National Director, Roosevelt Institute Campus Network), and Patrick Markee (Coalition for the Homeless).
The Civilians, a noted Obie award-winning theater company, will share performances from their Occupy Your Mind grassroots project that is dedicated to collecting the living history of the Occupy movement through interviews and live performances. The Civilians will perform monologues crafted from interviews they conducted with Occupy demonstrators over the year offering a unique glimpse into the personal stories behind this current exercise of democracy that is leaving its mark on our nation’s history. Performers for this event include: Matt Dellapina, Dan Domingues, Erika Rose and Jordan Mahome. Learn more about their LET ME ASCERTAIN YOU quarterly cabaret at: TheCivilians.org
Join Chris Hedges in the lobby after the event, where he’ll be signing copies of his latest book Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, a collaboration with cartoonist Joe Sacco. This searing on-the-ground report on the crisis gripping underclass America will be available for purchase both before and after the event.
Wed. July 25, 7pm
IMPACT: The Comedy Edition
The “smart, funny, and fascinating” (The Wall Street Journal) comedian and writer, Negin Farsad, recently named one of the 50 funniest women by The Huffington Post, curates an evening of young and fiery comedy and political satire. With Lee Camp (Showtime, MSNBC); Nato Green (FX); Sabrina Jalees (Last Comic Standing, Montreal’s Just For Laughs Fest) and Dean Obeidallah (Comedy Central, ABC).
Thur. July 26, 8pm
Plunder: The Crime of Our Time screening
Plunder is a hard-hitting investigative film by Danny Schechter. The “News Dissector” explores how the financial crisis was built on a foundation of criminal activity uncovering the connection between the collapse of the housing market and the economic catastrophe that followed.
Fri. July 27, 7pm
The Jon Braman Band
Since finding (literally) his instrument of choice in 1995, NYC-based singer-songwriter Jon Braman carries and plays the ukulele everywhere he goes. The Jon Braman Band is a truly one-of-a-kind musical experience going down right now in NYC. Without exaggeration, you have never heard anything quite like this, and are almost guaranteed to get hooked on the first listen. Braman was dubbed ‘Father of ukulele hip hop’ in 2007 by the Washington City Paper, has opened for reigning ukulele world champion, Jake Shimabukuro at Gramercy Theater, is the resident songwriter for WBAI’s Artsy Fartsy show (99.5 FM) and co-hosts’ NY’s hottest underground cross-genre jam-session, ‘The Melting Pot’ at Pianos in NYC’s Lower Eastside.
Fri. July 27, 9pm
Artists in Residence
Gabby Creery, Dacyl Acevedo & Jay Stull explore real life experiences resulting from the 2008 economic collapse including: unemployment, foreclosure, and the Occupy movement.
Foreclosure by Gabby Creery – one woman’s journey through foreclosure
Strange Heart by Jay Stull – first person account of the raid of Occupy Wall Street and of the things lost in the mayhem
Untitled solo piece by Dacyl Acevedo – an absurd, funny, satirical look at one woman’s adventures through unemployment
Sat. July 28, 7pm.
Reserve seats (free)