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Thursday, February 20, 2020
3:15 pm4:15 pm
RSS - 2600 Netherland Avenue, Bronx NY 10463
Drumming Circle Demonstration

Drumming Circle Demo with Joan DiBlasi, LCSW, PhD writer, and Bodhran (Irish drum) teacher

The Drumming Circle will be a demonstration and participants will use cardboard and sticks and there will be some drums to try

Joan plays the Irish goat skin drum, the bodhrán, and has taught both children and adults the basic skills to accompany a wide-range of music. She has taught at the Irish Arts Center, NYC, Tara Circle, Westchester County, and at various music festivals on the east coast. For years she was a member of the Connaught Regional Airport Band, Fiddlesticks and Celtic Odyssey.

NOTE: If enough participants want the class we will purchase drums and run a weekly program in March.

This is a free event.

Thursday, February 20, 2020
4:45 pm7:00 pm
RSS, 2600 Netherland Avenue, Bronx NY 10463
Online Dating for Women 55+

* How to pick sites
* How to create your profile
* How to avoid the "wrong match"
* First dates
* Avoiding scammers
* Learning to enjoy the journey!!

Led by Selina Ng and Mary Speciale - who found their perfect match online!

A Woman's Circle Event

Reserve Your Spot!
In RSS Office or Call 718.884.5900 or Online with the form below
Suggested $5 donation for light dinner after the event.

Friday, February 21, 2020
2:15 pm4:15 pm
RSS, 2600 Netherland Ave. Bronx NY 10463
The Great Migration: Jacob Lawrence's "The Migration Series"

Jacob Lawrence was just 23 years old when he painted the 60-panel Migration Series on cardboard in the 1930s during the Harlem Renaissance. He received money from a grant to focus on his art and he would go to the 135th Street Branch of the New York Public Library (now the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture) to do research and also recounted his parents’ journey from the south in his paintings of Negroes leaving the crumbling cotton economy in the early 1920s of the south but also entering the discrimination that was faced in search of new labor opportunities in NY, Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia Detroit, and St. Louis. It was The Great Migration." (Tiffany Charbonier, AFROPUNK Contributor)

Susan Landgraf is an artist, writer, and a professor for 30 years.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
4:00 pm5:30 pm
RSS - 2600 Netherland Avenue, Bronx NY 10463
Slavery in the Bronx

Dr. Adam Arenson will present findings from his recent classes on Slavery in the Bronx, investigating the unmarked burial grounds of enslaved people in Van Cortlandt Park and Hunts Point. He will discuss the mix of historical research, archaeology, geographic analysis, and genealogical research that has been used to find and document the history of slavery in the Bronx, and the ways in which our landscape is still marked by the era of slavery. He will also discuss how his class has found living descendants of those African and Native American people enslaved in the Bronx.

Adam Arenson is an associate professor of history and the Director of the Urban Studies Program at Manhattan College and author of two award-winning books.

This is a free event. No tickets are needed.

Friday, March 6, 2020
2:15 pm4:15 pm
RSS - 2600 Netherland Ave., Broxn NY 10463
Dorothea Lange and The Farm Security Administration Project 

During 1935-1943 Roy Stryker headed the Historical Section of The Farm Security Administration., a New Deal program. He compiled some 270,000 photographs of American life taken by a team of photographers whom he supervised. Dorothea Lange was one of many. Some of the others were Marion Post Wolcott, Gordon Parks, Arthur Rothstein, and Walker Evans. I will talk on this program and its relation to the events of that time.How does that time relate to our time?

The Museum of Modern Art has just opened an exhibit on the work and times of Dorothea Lange. It is significantthat the curators have titled the exhibit Dorothea Lange: Words and Pictures as the importance of text in relation to imagesestablished the meaning intended by the photographer and also, in the case of FSA photos, the government agency commissioning the work. Presented by Susan Landgraf who is an artist, writer, and a professor for 30 years.

Thursday, March 19, 2020
5:30 pm7:30 pm
RSS - 2600 Netherland Avenue
Women's Poetry Night

An Evening of Poetry, Verse, Comedy, and Performance By Women
For Women, about Women. Hosted by Lucy Aponte.

$5 to attend event Includes Dinner & Drinks. If you are not having dinner, you can just attend the event. Please call the office at 718.884.5900 to register.

Reservations in office, call 718.884.5900 or with the order link below.

If you are interested in performing please contact us at

Friday, March 20, 2020
2:15 pm4:15 pm
RSS - 2600 Netherland Ave., Bx NY 10463
Mary Frank: An Ever-present Urge for Direct and Honest Expression

Born in London, England, in 1933 Mary Frank moved to the United States with her family in 1940. In the early 1950s, she studied with Hans Hoffman and Max Beckmann. Frank works across disciplines as a sculptor, painter, photographer and gifted ceramic artist.  Without allegiance to any particular way of working or medium, Frank is fueled by her ever-present urge for direct and honest expression.  Frank's process begins with some form of abstraction from which she teases out what she describes as a pre-existing time and atmosphere where events can take place. Her recurring imagery act as an alphabet, combined in order to evoke feelings of grief, love, sorrow, ecstasy, mourning, and exultation." (Text from D.C. Moore Gallery site)

Presented by Susan Landgraf who is an artist, writer, and professor for 30 years.