The Lower Eastside Girls Club is celebrating the work of diverse and accomplished women as part of its Tough Broads Film Festival. In addition to screening some of the most illuminating documentary work created by women in the past few years, the festival will feature panel discussions with media creators and community activists in hopes of inspiring future generations of female leaders.
Here’s the schedule for the festival, which runs from Oct. 12 to Oct. 14. Tickets are free, but registration is required. Scroll down for more free events.
Friday, October 12, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m: Screening of “RBG,” a documentary about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, followed by a panel discussion with Ginsburg biographers Shana Knizhnik and Irin Carmon, and attorneys from the ACLU and Thacher & Bartlett LLP.
Saturday, Oct. 11, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m: Screening of “BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez,” about the life of the uproarious comedian and poet, followed by a panel discussion on poetry with co-director Sabrina Schmidt Gordon and spoken word artist Likwuid Stylez.
Saturday, Oct. 13, from 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m: Screening of “The Rest I Make Up,” about a woman’s struggle with dementia, followed by a panel discussion with actress Carmelita Tropicana and producer Katie Pearl.
Saturday, Oct 13, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.: Screening of “Dolores,” about the co-founder of the country’s first farmworkers union, followed by a conversation with representatives from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and Alliance for Fair Food.
Sunday, Oct. 14 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Screening of “Chavela,” about the inspirational life of the Mexican singer, followed by a conversation between Reynaliz Herrera and Neyda Martinez and members of the Lower Eastside Girls Club.
Sunday, Oct 14, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m: Screening of “What Happened, Miss Simone?” about the recording artist and icon Nina Simone, followed by a conversation and performance by Rev. Jacqui Lewis and the Middle Collegiate Church.
Here are four other free events happening this week throughout New York City:
Ivy Haldeman: The Interesting Type
Downs & Ross, Manhattan
Through Oct. 21
Following successful exhibitions in Oakland, California and Aarhus, Denmark, painter Ivy Haldeman returns home for a show of her work at Downs and Ross on Bowery until Oct. 21. The artist is known for her aptly-nicknamed “hotdog lady” series, which surprises audiences with its sensuality and tangerine colorwork.
Madeline Bohrer Solo Exhibition
Spoonbill Studio, Brooklyn
Through Oct. 20
Figures of anonymous women in Victorian dress appear in Madeline Bohrer’s latest paintings, now showcased in a solo exhibition at Spoonbill Studio. When asked why she included the oppressed women in her bold yet serene paintings, Bohrer told ALL ARTS that she hoped to give them “freedom to go wherever they want.” Read a full interview with the painter here.
The Socrates Annual
Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens
Through March 10
The annual exhibition features new public art designed to address current events and political topics. This year, artists Joe Bochynski, Paul Branca, Tanda Francis and more will debut original work that was funded with The Socrates Annual Grant, which has helped more than 250 artists develop original work since first established in 1995.
Warhol, Basquiat, Haring and More
Peninsula New York Hotel, Manhattan
Through Oct. 31
If you find yourself wandering around midtown, pop into The Peninsula New York Hotel to take a peak at some of the hotel’s art collection. To celebrate the establishment’s 30th anniversary, a free exhibition featuring works by Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Barbara Kruger and others will be on display throughout the hotel’s public spaces.
Top Image: Courtesy of The Socrates Annual, "The Fort-Dress" by Amy Brener