5 Free Events: Art talk in Spanish and the Black Comic Book Festival

5 Free Events: Art talk in Spanish and the Black Comic Book Festival
SchomCom Art by Micheline Hess.

Looking for something to do? Here is a selection of free events taking place in-person and online this week.

Wednesday

Taylor Harris + Nicole Chung: “This Boy We Made”
When: Jan. 12 at 8 p.m. Eastern
Where: Online via the Strand Book Store; link sent with registration

Author Taylor Harris discusses her new book “This Boy We Made: A Memoir of Motherhood, Genetics and Facing the Unknown” with fellow writer Nicole Chung. The memoir explores the bond between mother and child, especially when things in life do not go as expected.


Thursday

Virtual Hablemos de Arte
When: Jan. 13 at 6:30 p.m. Eastern
Where: Online via the Brooklyn Museum; link sent with registration

Practice your Spanish skills in an informal conversation with other participants with this virtual talk that focuses on a chosen work of art. All levels of Spanish proficiency are welcome to join this discussion. Space is limited, so be sure to register on the Brooklyn Museum website.


Thursday Through Saturday

10th Annual Black Comic Book Festival
When: Jan. 13 to Jan. 15; various times
Where: Online via the Schomburg Center; link sent with registration

This virtual, three-day celebration brings artist and fan communities together to honor the rich, illustrious tradition of Black comic books and graphic novels. The festival marks its 10th anniversary this year with a wide range of programming that includes panel discussions, workshops and cosplay showcases. Registration links and program schedules for each day of the festival can be found on the New York Public Library website.


Monday

Drum Major Instinct: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
When: Jan. 17 at 7  p.m. Eastern
Where: Online via Theater of War Productions; link sent with registration

To celebrate the historic legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Theater of War Productions presents a dramatic reading of Dr. King’s “The Drum Major Instinct” — a powerful sermon that details our subconscious desire to always be first. Featuring performances from acclaimed actors and elected officials, “The Drum Major Instinct” seeks to establish a dialogue on race, inequality and how we can create positive action.


Tuesday

Course on Contemporary Art: Subjecthood in Painting Today
When: Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. Eastern
Where: Online via the Whitney Museum; link sent with registration

This three-part program (which continues on Jan. 25 and Feb. 1) is held in conjunction with the exhibition “Jennifer Packer: The Eye Is Not Satisfied With Seeing” and offers participants a comprehensive look into the paintings on view. The course will examine how a new generation of artists is focusing on the interpersonal, subconscious and dreary in their work.

Top Image: SchomCom Art by Micheline Hess.