New Yorkers have lots of opportunities to find out more about the reality of immigration this week: a documentary Wednesday about longtime Brooklyn resident RoxRoy Salmon, the opening Friday of a play written and performed by immigrant youths and based on their experience, and an ongoing exhibit of art by and about immigrants.
From the NY Activist Calendar, July 11, 2009:
Through 2/12 FRI – Exhibit: Travelling Immigrants Art Exhibit 2009. An opportunity for immigrant artists to respond artistically to this time in history in which immigrants are being persecuted & deprived of their rights. Info: 201-344-9856.
--Through 7/24 FRI: At Rio II Gallery, B’way Housing Communities, 583 Riverside Dr (corner 135th St, 1 to 137th St-City College). No children. Info: 212-568-2030, x208.
--7/26 SUN, 2 pm-8/7 FRI: At Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center, 2785 Frederick Douglass Blvd (near 148th St, A/C, B/D to 145th St). Info: 212-862-ARTS (2787).
--11/13 FRI, 7 pm-12/13 SUN: At South Ocean Art Gallery, Unitarian Universalist Church, 228 South Ocean Ave, Freeport, NY.
--1/31 SUN, 2 pm-2/12 FRI: At Shore Institute of the Contemporary Arts, 20 3rd Ave, Long Branch, NJ. Info: 732-263-1121.
7/15 WED, 7 pm – Film/discussion: “RoxRoy.” W/filmmaker Zach Fox. The everyday life of a family is shaken by an ongoing deportation case. At 1st Presbyterian Church, 12 W 12th St, 5th Ave (N/Q/R/W, 4/5/6, L to Union Square, F/V to 14th St). Sponsors: 1st Presbyterian Church, New Sanctuary Movement. Info: 212-995-0844, http://www.newsanctuarynyc.org
7/17 FRI-8/1 SAT – Performance: “Las Escenas de la Cruz.” Powerful play by NYC immigrant youths about their own & their friends’ experiences coming to US & living & working here. Part of Midtown Int’l Theatre Festival. Eng/Sp. Times: 7/17 FRI, 7 pm (sold out); 7/18 SAT, 3 pm; 7/19 SUN, 4 pm; 7/21 TUE, 6:30 pm; 7/25 SAT, 1 pm; 8/1 SAT, 7 pm. At Dorothy Streslin Theater, 312 W 36th St (A/C/E to 34th St-Penn Station). Sponsor: Ipower IdoTheater. Info: http://midtownfestival.org & http://ipoweryouth.org & http://myspace.com/idotheaternyc