• Protest in Support of Jailed Indonesian Atheist Alexander Aan

    Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia

    NYARBB endorses the following protest organized by the Center for Inquiry (http://cfinewyork.net/events/70843712/):

    On June 14th an Indonesian court sentenced 30-year-old atheist Alexander Aan to two years and six months in prison for allegedly “spreading information inciting religious hatred and animosity.” Aan was also reportedly fined 100 million rupiah (equivalent to US $10,600).

    Aan did nothing more than exercise the most basic of human rights — the liberty to express his beliefs — yet he is now in great danger. Not only has he lost his freedom, but many people in Indonesia are calling for his death.

    In support of Aan — and the rights to freedom of belief and expression —the Center for Inquiry is organizing a protest outside the Office of the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in New York City on Friday, July 6th, at 12:30 p.m. The office is located at 5 East 68th St, between 5th Ave and Madison Ave, near the 68th St/Hunter College stop on the 6 train.

    For more information, see the Meetup site of the Center for Inquiry (http://cfinewyork.net/events/70843712/).

  • Film "Mrs Goundo's Daughter" (human rights, women's health, immigration, asylum)

    The YWCA of Brooklyn and The Metro NY Chapter of the US National Committee for UN Women present a film screening of "Mrs. Goundo's Daughter" followed by discussion with film co-producer Sabrina Gordon Schmidt.

    Checkin at 6p, Screening at 6:30p. Suggestion donation is $15 general, $10 members, $7 students. RSVP here: http://goundos-daughter.eventbrite.com/

    Film Overview: Sensitive and moving, "Mrs. Goundo's Daughter" reveals how women are profoundly affected by the legal struggles surrounding immigration, as issues of asylum, international law and human rights collide with female genital cutting (FGC) and its devastating health consequences.

  • Dinner meeting in Manhattan - general discussion

    We'll have a general, informal discussion in which we each share our own concerns about religion-based bigotry and the religious right wing. (Your thoughts will help us set our agenda for the coming year.)

    Location and how to find us: We'll be meeting at a Chinese restaurant on 7th Avenue, near Rockefeller Center. (The exact address, and other details, will be visible to you once you join this Meetup group.) The nearest subway stop is 49th Street on the N, R, and W lines (7th Avenue). Other nearby subway stops are 50th Street on the 1 line (Broadway), 50th Street on the E and C lines (8th Avenue), 47th to 50th Street on the B, D, F, and V lines (6th Avenue), and 7th Avenue on the B, D, and E lines (53rd Street). For those coming from outside the city, Pearls is also approximately a 15-minute walk from Penn Station.

    Ask a waiter for "New Yorkers Against Religion-Based Bigotry."

    We'll be at a table in the UPSTAIRS part of the restaurant. There will be some NYARBB literature on the table.

  • La Serenissima: Music of Venice and Her Others

    St Bartholomew's Church

    Salon/Sanctuary Concerts presents:

    La Serenissima (http://www.salonsanctuaryconcerts.org)

    Music of Venice and Her Others (http://www.salonsanctuaryconcerts.org)

    The Most Serene Republic maintained an extraordinary level of civil peace throughout its long reign as the dominant power of the Mediterranean. With an economy fueled by diversity, an Arabic School, an Armenian Church, and Dalmatian colonies provided just a few of the non-western voices of the Venetian seicento. Motets of Strozzi, Rigatti, and Monteverdi performed in alternation with music of the Turkish, Armenian, and Dalmatian communities offer a window onto the Venetian mosaic.

    Jessica Gould, soprano: Daniel Swenberg, theorbo: Bradley Brookshire, harpsichord


    The Rose of The Compass Ensemble Nina Stern, recorders & chalumeau: Ara Dinkjian, oud: Glen Velez, percussion

    Tickets $25/$15 students, seniors, members of the Columbia University Community and Early Music America

    For tickets, go to http://www.salonsanct... (http://www.salonsanctuary.org/)

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  • Benefit for Americans United for Separation of Church & State w/ Matthew Modine

    The Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium

    Internationally renowned actor

    Matthew Modine

    TONY Nominee and Broadway Star

    Melissa Errico

    More between Heaven and Earth:

    A benefit for Americans United for Separation of Church & State

    The Clarion Society and guest soloists soprano Jessica Gould and tenor Karim Sulayman

    Stage Director Erica Gould

    Protean genius and primary architect of the Doctrine of Separation of Church and State, Jefferson was also an accomplished violinist and four-year resident of Paris before he became our third President.

    His romance with the married, Italian-born painter/composer/ musician Maria Cosway during his post as Minister Plenipotentiary to France leaves a trove of letters which render the soundscape of the French Revolution with startling precision.

    Matthew Modine and Melissa Errico star in a dramatic presentation drawn from the Jefferson/Cosway letters, intertwined with the performance of music mentioned in their correspondence, including works by Sacchini, Hewitt, and compositions by Cosway herself.

    Tickets $100 front, $50 rear, $35 students (with ID) [masked] (212)[masked]

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    A gala reception will follow the performance.

  • From Ghetto to Palazzo: Music of Salamone Rossi Hebreo

    Congregation Shearith Israel

    If you missed it this past January or if you wished you could see it again, please join us for From Ghetto to Palazzo, Salon/Sanctuary's original program of vocal works by the Jewish-Italian composer Salamone Rossi, (c. 1570 – 1630). Back by popular demand, the program is performed once again by members of the Clarion Music Society, Steven Fox, Music Director.

    The concert will feature both liturgical works in Hebrew composed for the synagogue and secular Italian madrigals composed for the Gonzaga court, penned by a brilliant composer who invented the trio sonata but disappeared from history for several centuries.

    The concert takes place in the exquisite and historic Spanish-Portuguese Synagogue, with windows designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany, and home to New York's first Jewish congregation, Shearith Israel, founded in 1654.

    Sunday, November 20th, 4:00pm

    Tickets $25/$15 for students, seniors, Early Music America, Shearith Israel congregants & members of the Columbia University community

    Congregation Shearith Israel, 8 West 70th Street, NY, NY 10023



    Elohim hashivenu
    Haleluyah Haleli
    Kaddish Shaleim


    Anima del cor mio
    Ohime, se tanto Amate
    Tu parti, ahi lasso
    Udite, Lacrimosi
    Gradita Liberta
    Rimanti in Pace
    Tirsi mio, caro Tirsi
    O Quante volt'invan
    Eftach na sefatai


    Sherezade Panthaki and Molly Quinn, sopranos
    Luthien Brackett, alto
    Steven Fox, tenor and director
    Cantor Daniel Pincus, tenor
    Jesse Blumberg, baritone
    Matt Boehler, bass
    Gabe Shuford, harpsichord
    David Walker, lute, theorbo, and baroque guitar

  • Pagan Pride Day festival

    Battery Park

    Information about the festival itself here (http://www.nyc-ppp.org/). Details later on what we will be doing.

  • SlutWalk NYC

    Needs a location

    Here is a news story about the "Slut Walks": MSNBC (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42927752/ns/us_news-life/t/cops-rape-comment-sparks-wave-slutwalks/). And here is a preliminary event announcement on Facebook: SlutWalk NYC (https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=217999508215558). Details later.

  • Manhattan LGBT Pride parade

    New York City LGBT Pride Parade kickoff

    The LGBT Pride Parade itself begins at 12 noon. We'll be distributing literature to parade participants as they line up, before they march. We'll need to begin doing this at 11 AM.

    More information about the parade here (http://www.nycpride.org/march.php).

    We will coordinate by cell phone. If you would like to help us, please email us your cell # at least 24 hours in advance (https://www.meetup.com/nyarbb/suggestion/), in addition to RSVP's here (by clicking "Count Me In," etc.).

  • Queens Lesbian and Gay Pride parade

    Queens Pride Parade kickoff

    The Queens Lesbian and Gay Pride Parade itself begins at 12 noon. We'll be distributing literature to parade participants as they line up, before they march. We'll need to begin doing this at 11 AM.

    Our literature will most likely contain information on how to contact one's state senator in support of marriage equality and possibly other GLBT-rights issues as well. To the members of a few select contingents, we'll also distribute literature on how to learn more about our enemies, the religious right wing.

    The parade starts at 85th Street and 37th Avenue, and goes down 37th Avenue, ending at 75th Street.

    More info about the parade here (http://www.queenspride.com/QueensPride2011/prideinfo.php).

    We will coordinate by cell phone. If you would like to help us, please email us your cell # at least 24 hours in advance (https://www.meetup.com/nyarbb/suggestion/), in addition to RSVP's here (by clicking "Count Me In," etc.).