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A Special Film Screening of At Home In Utopia with Director Michal Goldman and a Performance by Peter Apfelbaum and New York Hieroglyphics Are Among Free November Programs at The New York Public Library


Throughout November, patrons of all ages will have the opportunity to attend a variety of free programs at The New York Public Library. Notable events include a special screening of At Home in Utopia, a film documenting the early history of the United Workers Cooperative Union in the Bronx, shown on November 7 at the Allertown Branch. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss this historical housing complex in the Bronx with director Michal Goldman, producer Ellen Brodsky, and residents of the colony. Known for their unique fusion of world music and jazz, Peter Apfelbaum and New York Hieroglyphics will perform selections of “Aural Histories” as part of the Duke Jazz series on October 13 at The New York Public Library of the Performing Arts. The Library presents more than 20,000 free public programs throughout its 87 branches in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island annually, complementing its broad collections and other services.A complete listing of events is available at More information on young adult programs at the Library is available at

Highlighted Programming for The New York Public Library in November

Film Screening: At Home In Utopia
Saturday, November 7, 2009, 2:00 p.m.,
Allertown Branch, 2740 Barnes Avenue, Bronx
At Home In Utopia chronicles the early history of the United Workers Cooperative Colony (the “Coops”), a trailblazing housing complex located in the Allertown Avenue area of the Bronx. Present at the screening will be producer/director Michal Goldman, co-producer Ellen Brodsky, and past and present residents of the complex interviewed in the film to answer historical questions and questions about the making of the documentary.

INDELIBLE: Bilal Produced by Jill Newman Productions
Monday, November 9, 2009, 2:00 p.m.,
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard, Manhattan
Melding hip-hop aesthetics with neo-soul vocals and clear jazz influences, Bilal Oliver is a powerful force as both a bandleader and guest vocalist across varying genres. Trained at New York City’s Mannes Music Conservatory, Bilal is able to sing opera in seven languages, and possesses an extensive music vocabulary. He emerged as part of the loose-knit Soulquarian collective, which included the likes of Erykah Badu, The Roots, and Mos Def. A skilled vocalist, Bilal has worked extensively with icons like The Roots, Common, Gary Bartz, Erykah Badu, and Jay-Z. His debut album held a Billboard top ten spot, and he’s releasing an incredible, new recording in early 2010! Program will be held in Langston Hughes Auditorium. INDELIBLE, conceived and produced by Jill Newman Productions, is a series dedicated to inspiring youth. Artists and people, who continue to make a difference in the world, will enlighten young audiences via speaking, discussion and performance. INDELIBLE will be presented by The New York Public Library, Fall 2009.

New York City: What’s Your Story? Six Word Memoirs at the New York Public Library
Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 5:00 p.m.,
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 5th Avenue at 42nd Street, Manhattan
The “New York City: What’s Your Story” event engages audience members in the memoir-writing process through an evening of stand-up storytelling. Participants will be faced with the challenge of limiting their life story to six words: a rewarding exercise for writers of all levels. Editors of SMITH magazine and past contributors to the magazine SMITHTeens will also discuss their experiences in memoir-writing to complement the storytelling session. Attendees can submit their unique six word memoir ahead of time through email and Facebook or bring their piece to the event to share. The event will be held in the South Court Auditorium. Submissions should be emailed to or through the Facebook page,

Peter Apfelbaum and New York Hieroglyphics
Friday, November 13, 7:30 p.m.,
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Manhattan
Peter Apfelbaum and NewYork Hieroglyphics will perform selections from the commissioned work “Aural Histories” as part of the Duke Jazz Series. Apfelbaum formed the New York Hieroglyphics, an 11 piece group, in 2003 from his sextet he started in 1998 after moving to Brooklyn. Their album, It is Written, was recorded in 2004.The New York Hieroglyphics group was based off Apfelbaum’s first Hieroglyphics group, which was created as a vehicle for composing and exploring non-traditional musical forms during his senior year at Berkeley High. As a composer and multi-instrumentalist, Peter Apfelbaum has performed with Steven Bernstein, Trey Anastasio, Dafnis Prieto, Josh Roseman, and Kamikaze Ground Crew.

Meet the Author: Malinda Lo
Wednesday,November 18, 4:00 p.m.,
96th Street Branch, 112 East 96th Street, Manhattan
This Meet the Author session will feature Malinda Lo as she discusses her novel, Ash. In her first novel, the main character (Ash) faces a choice between responsibility and love as she is torn between the world of Faerie and the world of the Huntress. Find out what's next for Ash and Kaisa, as Malinda Lo talks about her writing and answers questions. Malinda Lo, as the managing editor of, the largest entertainment news website for lesbian and bisexual woman, won the Sarah Petit Memorial Award in 2006 for Excellence in LGBT Journalism from the National Gay and Lesbian Journalist s Association. The program is for ages 12 to 18.

Highlighted Movie Screenings for the November

Comedy Film Series: Cheaper By the Dozen (1950)
Friday, November 6, 2:00 p.m.,
58th Street, 127 East 58th Street, Manhattan
The 1950s classic Cheaper by the Dozen, based on the real life story of the Gilbreth family, is known for its collection of amusing anecdotes, tracing the lifestyle of a large family.

10 (2002)
Monday, November 9th, 6:00 p.m.,
Jefferson Market, 425 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan
10, from Iranian filmmaker, Abbas Kiarostami, follows an Iranian woman as she drives around the streets of Tehran, interacting with various passengers she takes on along the way.

Comedy Film Series: Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
Friday, November 13, 2:00 p.m.,
58th Street, 127 East 58th Street, Manhattan
Theatergoers will not want to miss this film adaptation of Bye Bye Birdie, especially considering the musical’s recent return to Broadway after a fifty year hiatus.

Sweet 16 mm Film Series Presents Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Tuesday, November 24, 4:00 p.m.,
Mott Haven, 321 East 140th Street, Bronx
As part of the sweet 16 mm Film Series, the library presents a viewing of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, starring Harrison Ford. Viewers will have the opportunity to watch the loved archaeology professor in action, complete with the ambience of an old-time movie outing.

Family Film Night: Indian in the Cupboard (1995)
Thursday, November 12, 5:00 p.m.,
Huguenot Park, 830 Huguenot Avenue, Staten Island
Based on the children’s novel by Lynne Reid Banks, Indian in the Cupboard tells the story of a young boy with an unlikely companion, an Iroquois Indian figurine come-to-life through the strange powers of a family heirloom.

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