Third Thursday Poetry Reading

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September 2019

John Fahey and the Old Blues Greats

September 5, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - September 21, 2019 @ 9:00 pm
Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave
Takoma Park, 20912
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Third Thursday Poetry Reading

Known as the father of the American primitive guitar style, former Takoma Park resident John Fahey forged connections between acoustic guitar, country, bluegrass, and the Delta blues, influencing a generation of musicians who would follow him. In a lecture and solo guitar performance, Max Ochs will share poetry, pictures, and live music in appreciation of some blues greats who befriended him and Fahey in the 1960s. Ochs and Fahey were part of a group of musicians called the “East Coast…

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The Art of Evolution Closing Reception

September 8, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave
Takoma Park, 20912
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Third Thursday Poetry Reading

The Art of Evolution is a group exhibition which explores the underlying connections between art and science and how beauty can reach down even to the cellular level. Five talented local artists use a wide range of mediums to reveal unseen microscopic worlds that connect all living things. The featured artists include Michele Banks, Jessica Beels, Mei Mei Chang, Pat Goslee, and Shelley Lowenstein. Please join the artists on Sept. 8 for a closing reception from 1 pm - 3…

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Altering the Future/Reshaping the Past Opening Reception

September 12, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave
Takoma Park, 20912
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Third Thursday Poetry Reading

What does the future hold and how does our past influence us? We are living in uncertain times fueled by fear and anxiety about the state of the world and our place in it. In the "Altering the Future/Reshaping the Past" exhibition, four artists explore these concepts through different lenses, including Kristine DeNinno, Jeffrey Gangwisch, Christopher Kojzar, and Tara Youngborg. As a printmaker and teaching artist, DeNinno is fascinated by the manipulation of two-dimensional surfaces to spark a dialogue in…

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Vintage Movie Night with Richard Hall: Films About Immigrants and Refugees

September 12, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave
Takoma Park, 20912
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Third Thursday Poetry Reading

From early 20th century silent films encouraging immigrants to assimilate to World War II films about refugees and post-war classroom films about the topic, see how America's ideas about immigrants and refugees have changed -- and not changed -- over the the past century. ABOUT THE PRESENTER​ In addition to being Co-Host of the Documentary Roundtable and a Docs In Progress teaching artist, Richard Hall is also a documentary shooter, editor, producer, and history buff. He is co-producer of American…

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Poems of Migration and the American Immigrant Experience

September 19, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave
Takoma Park, 20912
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Third Thursday Poetry Reading

Four poets from different ethnic backgrounds who are immigrants or the child of immigrants will read their poetry about the joys and pitfalls of immigration, a sense of exile or welcome, and struggles against discrimination. Indran Amirthanayagam is an award-winning poet who was born in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) who moved to London and then Honolulu half a world away. His poetry collections include "Ceylon, R.I.P." and "Coconuts on Mars." Zeina Azzam, the daughter of Palestinian refugees, spent her childhood…

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November 2019

Night of Music and Storytelling with Georges Collinet

November 22, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave
Takoma Park, 20912
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Third Thursday Poetry Reading

In a festive night of music and storytelilng, legendary African radio host Georges Collinet will share some engaging stories and rare unseen footage from his life of more than 50 years on the air. Eme and Michael, hosts of the popular Jolly Papa African music program on Takoma Radio, will then lead their DC Highlife Stars and Friends band in a rousing performance. The musicians from Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, and the United States will play their unique blend of…

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January 2020

The Power of Music: By the People, For the People

January 31 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave
Takoma Park, 20912
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Third Thursday Poetry Reading

The Patagonia Winds will take chamber music out of the drawing room and to the public in an engaging concert by this professional wind quintet. This dynamic concert incorporates multi-media visual elements and commentary to draw audiences into the intimacy of chamber music. The concert, which is sponsored by the Takoma Park Arts cultural series, is free and no tickets are required. A $10 donation is suggested to support the performers.

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March 2020

Third Thursday Poetry Reading

March 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave
Takoma Park, 20912
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Third Thursday Poetry Reading

Local poets Catherine Allen, Jamie Ferrugia, Ginnie Hartman, and Gary Stein will read their original work branching across a diverse array of topics. Allen, an anthropologist, retired from teaching at George Washington University to devote herself to creative writing. She has published poetry, creative non-fiction, ethnography, and ethnographic drama inspired by her extensive fieldwork in the Peruvian Andes. Ferrugia retired from Morgan Stanley as a senior vice president to pursue songwriting, poetry, and prose. His poetry and songs have appeared…

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