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Friday, February 17, 10:00-11:00am.      Event for Kids!
Story Time - Growing Activists!

A Special Story Time in Support of Activist Communities! Counting on Community, Cows on Strike -- Social Justice Warriors: start ‘em young and grow ‘em strong.

Friday, February 17, 2:00-5:30pm.
On Fridays, We Fight Back!

The Resistance continues! Every Friday afternoon we're hosting community members who come together to organize and agitate for racial, environmental, political, and economic justice. Join us! Bring your phone! We'll have materials, tea, toys for kids, and community.
Click here for the list of this week's actions, including Philly schools, criminalizing the right to protest, ties with Russia, and electoral integrity. We'll also have a speaker from Fair Districts PA at 4:00 (see next listing).

Friday, February 17, 4:00-5:30pm.
Fixing the Voting Process! Learn About Creating Fair Districts in PA.

This week, as part of On Fridays, We Fight Back, Big Blue Marble will be hosting Robert Maliff from the organization Fair Districts Pennsylvania. He’ll be talking with us about their efforts to reform PA redistricting and sharing ways we can plug in to the effort.

Fair Districts PA is a coalition of citizens and organizations working to ensure that political district maps are drawn in a fair and transparent way through a process that allows voters to choose their legislators rather than legislators choosing their voters. With leadership from Common Cause PA and the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania, groups from across the state have endorsed strong redistricting principles and passed resolutions in support of redistricting reform.

Saturday, February 18, 7:00pm.
Book Launch with Elliott batTzedek and Faith Paulsen.

Join Philly poets Elliott batTzedek & Faith Paulsen as we each celebrate publication of our first chapbooks! Faith's book, A Color Called Harvest, came out from Finishing Line Press in late 2016, and Elliott's book, the enkindled coal of my tongue, is coming out from Wicked Banshee Press in January 2017. Both books will be on sale during the event. Poetry! Fun! Beer! Cake! Celebrating women artists! What more could you want?!!
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Sunday, February 19, 11:00am.
Hankus Netsky, author of Klezmer: Music and Community in 20th century Jewish Philadelphia.

Big Blue Marble is happy to welcome Hankus Netsky, founder of the Klezmer Conservatory Band and author of Klezmer: Music and Community in 20th century Jewish Philadelphia! Klezmer presents a lively and detailed overview of the folk musical tradition as practiced in Philadelphia's twentieth-century Jewish community. Through interviews, archival research, and recordings, Hankus Netsky constructs an ethnographic portrait of Philadelphia’s Jewish musicians, the environment they worked in, and the repertoire they performed at local Jewish lifestyle and communal celebrations.

At 8:00PM that night, we'll also be selling books at the concert/dance "The Sound of (Klezmer) Philadelphia," directed by Mr. Netsky. This event is at Temple Beth Sholom, 8231 Old York Road in Elkins Park, PA. Performers will include NEA 2007 National Heritage Fellow Elaine Hoffman Watts, Veteran Philadelphia Jewish bandleader Bobby Block, trumpeter Susan Watts, banjoist and guitarist Barry Wahrhaftig, trombonist Dan Blacksberg, violinist Diane Monroe, bassist Steve Beskrone, and clarinetist Bob Butryn. Tickets for that concert: $25 Adults, $18 for Students, Seniors over 65, and Weavers Way members. For tickets and more information, visit the event website at www.PhillyKlezHeritage.bpt.me or contact: Barry Wahrhaftig at 215-380 2588.

Sunday, February 19, 4:00-6:00pm.
On Sundays, We Write!
Writing From the Tarot with Sibelan Forrester.

The symbols of the tarot allow us to access stories, dreams, the unconscious, and the pre-conscious. Sibelan Forrester will lead an exploration of the cards, with each writer creating their own small spread to use as a writing prompt. All are welcome, whether you are writing poetry, prose, fiction, creative nonfiction, or journaling. Writing From the Tarot is particularly useful if you are facing writers block.
On Sundays We Write! is a new series of writing workshops at Big Blue Marble Bookstore. On every 1st and 3rd Sunday, from 4-6 pm, we'll be offering classes from some of Philly's best writing teachers.
Registration is required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/writing-from-the-tarot-with-sibelan-forrester-tickets-31655037068.

Wednesday, February 22, 7:00pm.
Poetry Is Not a Luxury Book Club -- with poet on hand!

A monthly book club led by Elliott batTzedek, MFA, where we'll use the best contemporary poets to explore the most urgent social issues. Each month we'll focus on a different book, along with individual poems from other poets addressing similar issues. We will meet fourth Wednesdays of the month from 7:00-8:30pm. January's book: Monk Eats an Afro by Philadelphia Poet Laureaute Yolanda Wisher, who'll be joining us!
More details on our Book Clubs page.

Thursday, February 23, 4:30pm.
D&D@BBMB!

Big Blue Marble is now hosting two Dungeons & Dragons tables for players ages 9 and up, playing every Thursday from 4:30-6:30pm!!
Event for kids and teens: More details below.

Friday, February 24, 2:00-5:00pm.
On Fridays, We Fight Back!

The Resistance continues! Every Friday afternoon we're hosting community members who come together to organize and agitate for racial, environmental, political, and economic justice. Join us! Bring your phone! We'll have materials, tea, toys for kids, and community.
Actions TBA.

Friday, February 24, 7:15pm.
Poetry Aloud & Alive. Featured reader: Don Riggs.
Everyone's favorite neighborhood poetry gathering. Hosted by local poet Mike Cohen, with a featured reader and an open reading to follow. For more information, please contact the Mad Poets Society.

Saturday, February 25, 10:30am.
Fixing the Demcratic Process! Learn About Reforming the Party Structure in Philly.

All politics start local – join us to learn how to reform party politics, starting in your own neighborhood. Big Blue Marble welcomes Karen Bojar, author of Green Shoots of Democracy within the Philadelphia Democratic Party, Laura Wentz, President of the Philadelphia Coalition of Labor Union Women, and Philadelphia NOW president Natalie Catin. Together, they’ll educate us about Ward politics in Philadelphia, and help us prepare to JOIN IN by learning how to run for Election Board positions in 2017 and committeeperson seats in 2018.
When you vote in Philadelphia, you meet people who check your name and voter registration status – these are members of the Election Board. They are supposed to be non-partisan, but have the power to selectively require ID and to suppress votes in other ways. We can fill those slots with citizens committed to transparency!
Committeepersons control how political parties in Philly function, including how money is spent and who gets on the lists of “recommended candidates.” Activism at the committee level is urgent if we want to advance progressive, reform-minded candidates at the local, state, and national levels.
Don’t just wish the system were better – come learn from dedicated activists how YOU can make it better.
Sponsored by Philly CLUW & Philly NOW.

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Friday, March 3, 10:30am.
Shabbat Storytime with jkidphilly & Germantown Jewish Center.

Kids' event: More details below.
Come in costume for Purim!

Saturday, March 4, 4:00-6:00pm.
Rahul Mehta, author of No Other World.

Big Blue Marble welcomes home our very own one-time staffer Rahul Mehta as he celebrates the release of his second book, No Other World. His first book, the short story collection Quarantine, won a Lambda Literary Award and the Asian American Literary Award for Fiction. No Other World seems destined for similar greatness. Check out these reviews!

“NO OTHER WORLD is deeply satisfying, a novel so moving that I worried about its main characters for weeks after I finished reading it. Rahul Mehta is a writer with astonishing emotional subtlety and generosity; I loved this beautiful book.” (Lauren Groff, author of FATES AND FURIES)
“What a compelling, magical, big-hearted, lyrical book. Rahul Mehta is an expansive and mesmerizing talent – he sees things generously, from all angles, and makes the reader care, and feel, deeply.” (George Saunders, author of TENTH OF DECEMBER)
“NO OTHER WORLD is a tough and touching master class on being. Kiran’s life is a remarkable catalogue of the many brands of love, some painful, some nourishing, all of them necessary.” (Brian Leung, author of TAKE ME HOME)
“NO OTHER WORLD is a profound and engrossing family saga about the immigrant experience. Mehta is a confident, empathic storyteller, his rendering of brutal scenes of pain, lust and love on two continents is fearless but forgiving, and this is just his début novel. I impatiently await his next.” (Bharati Mukherjee, author of JASMINE)
“NO OTHER WORLD is a luminous novel about desire and dislocation, about the lives we lead within the privacy of our homes and the secrets we guard even there. Rare is the book that explores so compassionately how the love within families can fail; rarer still is one that shows so movingly how, and against what odds, it can survive.” (Garth Greenwell, author of WHAT BELONGS TO YOU)

Sunday, March 5, 4:00-6:00pm.
On Sundays, We Write!
Seeing the Angel in the Marble with Bernadette McBride.

Michaelangelo thought of his sculpture as his seeing what wasn’t apparently there and chipping away till what he intuited emerged in all its beauty, in form that others could recognize. What moves you to write? Serves as your guide in expressing what you know? How do you define intuition, “recognition,” spirit? This workshop will address these questions and focus on effective ways of capturing in your poetry those “glimpses” that are so often hard to put into words—which is, after all, the work of a poet.
On Sundays We Write! is a new series of writing workshops at Big Blue Marble Bookstore. On every 1st and 3rd Sunday, from 4-6 pm, we'll be offering classes from some of Philly's best writing teachers.
Registration is required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/seeing-the-angel-in-the-marble-with-bernadette-mcbride-tickets-31662533490.


Classes at Big Blue Marble

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Friday, February 17, 10:00-11:00am.
Story Time - Growing Activists!

A Special Story Time in Support of Activist Communities! Counting on Community, Cows on Strike -- Social Justice Warriors: start ‘em young and grow ‘em strong.

Wednesdays, 10:00am.
Big Blue Marble Story Time with Sarah Rose

Come sing songs and read some of the best new and classic kids' books!

Thursdays, 4:30pm.
D&D@BBMB!

Big Blue Marble is now hosting two Dungeons & Dragons tables for players ages 9 and up, playing every Thursday from 4:30-6:30pm!!
For either game, you'll need the 5th Edition Players Handbook, which we have in stock! We also carry dice sets.

Dungeons & Dragons is a fantasy role-playing game that's been around since the seventies. Each player designs a character according to their interests. Perhaps you're a wizard, a bard, a rogue or an assassin. And maybe you'd like to play an elf, a human, or a halfling. We'll lead you on a series of adventures through fantastical realms with all kinds of interesting creatures. Your character will fight ghouls, assist oppressed people and collect magical items. You can read more about Dungeons & Dragons here, or contact us for more information: outreach@bigbluemarblebooks.com.

Fridays at 10:30am: 10/14, 11/4, 12/9, 1/20, 2/3, 3/3 (in costumes for Purim!), 3/31 (pre-Passover!), 5/5
Shabbat Storytimes with jkidphilly & Germantown Jewish Center.

Babies, toddlers, and young children and their grown-ups (parents, grandparents, nannies, etc.) are invited to join us for a special storytime, focusing on the joy of Shabbat. We'll read stories, sing songs for Shabbat, and make an easy activity to take home. Juice & challah to enjoy! Led by jkidphilly Center City Director Gabby Kaplan-Mayer and GJC Education Director Rabbi Alanna Sklover.
Questions? Contact Gabby at 215-320-0376.


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