Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 3:00 PM

to 8:00 PM (EDT)Brooklyn Tap House
590 Myrtle Ave. Brooklyn (Between Taffee and Classon Aves.)

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We’re Baaaaaaaaack!!!!!

Spring is in the air, and in honor of the rising temps, we’re calling on YOU to help us TURN UP at the Spring Edition of The “A” Game: a good old-fashioned card & day party! Once more, one of Brooklyn’s hottest day parties will bring you your favorite card games — spades, gin, UNO, and more — at the beloved Brooklyn Tap House. Awesome door prizes from Brooklyn businesses, and food (wing lovers will not be disappointed) and drink specials will be offered. The phenomenal DJ Monday Bluewill be spinning classic 80’s/90’s R&B, so there will be plenty dancing and merriment for non-card players to enjoy, too!


You asked for it, so we’re thrilled to announce The “A” Game’s first-ever SPADES TOURNAMENT!!! That’s right — to those who want to put their “A” Game to the test, we invite you to take part in this 3 round, bracket-style, rise-and-fly tournament. The tournament will begin at 4pm SHARP. Participants must register in advance. Tournament admission is $10 per person so that the winning team and 1st runner up team can be handsomely rewarded. ūüėČ Tournament Seating Is Strictly Limited. Registration by teams of 2 is strongly encouraged to ensure you can play with the person of your choosing. If not, a partner will be assigned to you (i.e., it’s on you if you get paired with a stranger who talks across the board instead of your usual ace…).


Whether you’ll be coming for the usual fun, or for the tournament, you’ll be sure to enjoy a wonderful day of connecting with old friends, and making new ones. Do yourself a favor and RSVP ahead of time.¬† Admission is FREE if you register by Friday April 22nd. Admission after that is $5 plus fees, and $7 at the door. As always, bring your crew, bring your appetites, and of course, bring your “A” game!


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We look forward to partying with you!

Gleennia and Dee Dee (via Denaka P. ‘ 04)


Poetry Event featuring Alumnus Tongo Eisen-Martin


 4/20/16 6 PM Р7:55 PM

Over the Eight

594 Union Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11211

The Ecstasy & The Ecstasy is excited to present:
Tongo Eisen-Martin
erica lewis
Morgan Parker
Jason Kirk

Please join us in celebrating these amazing poets!

3 out of town & one local reader feature:

Born in San Francisco, Tongo Eisen-Martin is a movement worker, educator, and poet who has organized against mass incarceration and extra-judicial killing of Black people throughout the United States. He is the author of “someone’s dead already” 2015. He has educated in detention centers from New York’s Rikers Island to California’s San Quentin State Prison. His work in Rikers Island was featured in the New York Times. He was also adjunct faculty at the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University in New York. Subscribing to the Freirian model of education, he designed curricula for oppressed people’s education projects from San Francisco to South Africa. His latest curriculum on extrajudicial killing of Black people, We Charge Genocide Again, has been used as an educational and organizing tool throughout the country. He uses his craft to create liberated territory wherever he performs and teaches. He recently lived and organized around issues of human rights and self-determination in Jackson, MS.

erica lewis lives in San Francisco where she is a fine arts publicist and curates the john oates house reading series. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in various anthologies and journals. Books include the precipice of jupiter, camera obscura (both collaborations with artist Mark Stephen Finein) and murmur in the inventory. daryl hall is my boyfriend, book one in the box set trilogy, is just out from Barrelhouse; mary wants to be a superwoman, book two, is forthcoming from Third Man Books in 2017. Recent chapbooks include publications from Ypolita Press and Lame House Press; chapbooks are forthcoming in 2016 from Belladonna, Lark Press, and After Hours/The Song Cave. She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Morgan Parker is the author of Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night (Switchback Books 2015), selected by Eileen Myles for the 2013 Gatewood Prize, and There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce, forthcoming from Tin House Books in 2017. Morgan is Cave Canem graduate fellow, winner of a 2016 Pushcart Prize, and poetry editor for The Offing. She also co-curates the Poets With Attitude (PWA) reading series with Tommy Pico, and with Angel Nafis, she is The Other Black Girl Collective. www.morgan-parker.com

Jason Kirk is an award-winning poet and editor, and the author of A Fabulous Hag in Purple on the Moor, The Other Whites in South Africa, and Reverb, as well as the composer of The Mirror of Simple Souls, an opera collaboration with librettist and poet Anne Carson. His most recent publication is a narrative poem about a wheelchair-bound mermaid who works in an adult-video store in Southern California, which appears in the story anthology Phantasma. He lives in Seattle.

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Alumni Updates for IRAAS Newsletter by 4/27

IRAAS is currently in the process of creating the second edition of their newsletter  and are seeking IRAAS alumni updates.  Please send any news and/or  publication information you would like to be featured in our upcoming newsletter to Zoraida Lopez at zl2432 <at> columbia.edu by Wednesday, April 27th.

Zoraida Lopez —

Special Projects Consultant and Grants Coordinator Columbia University
Institute for Research in African-American Studies (IRAAS)
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