Free events in NYC: The Schomburg Center’s Black Comic Book Festival, gallery openings and more

Free events in NYC: The Schomburg Center’s Black Comic Book Festival, gallery openings and more

Each week, ALL ARTS rounds up a selection of free performances and presentations taking place in New York City and beyond. Find this week’s top picks below.

“Places Have Their Moments”
George Adams Gallery, Manhattan
Opening reception Jan. 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; exhibition runs through Feb. 29
Working with acrylic paints, Andrew Lenaghan presents a series of carefully considered skylines and landscapes. This show marks his 14th exhibition with the gallery.

Art Inspired by Banksy (and others)
Asser Levy Recreation Center, Manhattan
Jan. 17; 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Learn how to emulate Banksy’s distinct style in this free workshop. The Manhattan Borough Office is providing supplies. (If Banksy isn’t your style, stay tuned for February and March events focusing on the work of Georges Seurat and Grace Hartigan.)

8th Annual Black Comic Book Festival
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manhattan
Jan. 17 to Jan. 18
Creators, illustrators, writers and independent publishers will gather to celebrate and discuss Black leads and representation in comic books. The two-day event is brimming with panels, talks, expos and more.

Edgar Allan Poe Birthday Bash: All Things Poe
Poe Park Visitor Center, Bronx
Jan. 18; 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Is there a better place to celebrate the macabre poet and writer than Poe Park? No, probably not. Actor Elizabeth Shepherd and other notable names will deliver readings from some of Poe’s work.

A Feminist and Queer Art Book Fair
A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn
Jan. 18; 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The fair prioritizes feminist and queer history. Participating publishers and book artists include Belladonna, Dancing Foxes, GenderFail, Litmus Press, MOMMY, Pinsapo Press, Precog Magazine, Siglio Press, Visual AIDS, WW3 Illustrated and more.

 

 

Top Image: Black Comic Book Festival; The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.