Birmingham 1963 performing at Downtown Art 2/19 – 2/27


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BIRMINGHAM 1963 is the story of the struggle for civil rights based on oral histories and interviews of those who were there.  Performed by an ensemble of young women, ages 14-17, BIRMINGHAM 1963 highlights the critical role of young people in the campaign.

“Young people today ask me .. ‘When are we all gonna be able to get together like you all were in the 60’s?’  Nobody was together in the 60’s.  It was a small group of dedicated people who got it started… and then the kids took it over.” – Andy Young, Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Please join us for performances:

Fridays – February 19 & 26
Saturdays – February 20 & 27
All shows 7:30pm

One hour performance followed by dessert & conversation with the company.

Downtown Art, 61 E. 4th Street, NYC
Adults $10 / Youth 18 and under $8
Purchase Tickets

Company members include: Juanita Andrade, Sanique Delpesche, Zola Gray, Mae Hardman Hill, Sierra Christine Johns, Samantha Levine, Fatou Niang, Anais Quiles-Lewis, Mariah Rivera, and Yelena Virovlyanskaya.

Directed by Ryan Gilliam, and music by your friendly Man About Town.

On Whiteness


Good solid two feet of snow last week in Brooklyn, Dear Reader, and it’s gotten me thinking about whiteness.

I mean, I’ve been thinking about whiteness for some time, but it’s a very quiet early morning at the Man About Town Brooklyn redoubt, with only the whistling of the radiators and the desultory, distant scraping of cars being dug out to break the silence.  It’s a good time for a blog post.

And I’m white.  This will not come as a surprise to any of you who’ve met me, and probably to most of you who haven’t.  I’m white, and I try very hard to think about the impacts of race and racism on my life, on the lives of my friends and colleagues, on the lives of the people I work to support through my job, and on the society as a whole.  At the risk of wearing my political correctness like a suicide vest, I feel very compelled to talk a little bit about the popular demagoguery of The Donald. Continue reading