Sat16Jan201610:00 amSchomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library
The Schomburg Center's 4th Annual Black Comic Book Festival celebrates the rich tradition of black comix in a full day event featuring panel discussions, film screenings, hands-on workshops and exhibit tables with premiere black comic artists from across the country. Join us and check out the mind-blowing afrofutrism art and design exhibition Unveiling Visions: The Alchemy of the Black Imagination curated by John Jennings and Reynaldo Anderson.
The Schomburg Center's Black Comic Book Festival is presented by Deirdre Hollman (Schomburg Education & Junior Scholars Program) in collaboration with Jerry Craft (Mama's Boyz) and John Jennings (SUNY Buffalo/Black Kirby).
Fun for all ages!
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Wed24Feb2016Fri26Feb2016tbaJackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi
The Planning Committee of Planet Deep South invites you to attend the 2016 Planet Deep South Colloquium: Speculative Cultural Production and Africanisms in the American Black South. This conference will be held on the campus of Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi, Wednesday, February 24th – Friday, February 26th, 2016.
Planet Deep South is an interdisciplinary colloquium open to all scholars, artists, and students that explore the intellectual and creative expression of African people through a series of panel discussions designed to inspire the inquiry of southern Black cultural production through a historical and speculative lens. Through an Afro-futuristic outlook, thinkers, writers, musicians and artists envision a Pan African world that is diverse yet specific; imagined, yet real, grounded yet unlimited, extending beyond region, space, and time.
For additional information or if you have any questions regarding the conference, visit: http://www.jsums.edu/hamerinstitute/planet-deep-south/
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Wed24Feb2016Wed02Mar2016tbaLive Worms Gallery, San Francisco, CA
An Exhibition of New Worlds in Honor of a Legendary Writer (Octavia E. Butler).
"Octavia's Attic: ARTifacts From Our Possible Futures" is a curated exhibition of new works by established and emerging artists on the theme “Predictions of the Past, Memories of the Future.”
The show will culminate in "Parables of the Future," a one-night TWO-NIGHT live event on February 27 and February 28, 2016.
Fri26Feb2016Sun28Feb2016tbaSpelman College, Atlanta, Georgia
Conference 2016: Celebrating Letters, Life, and Legacy
February 24, 2016 will mark the tenth anniversary of the passing of Octavia E. Butler. To commemorate her contributions to the world of letters, the Octavia E. Butler Society invites you to a special conference to be hosted by Spelman College February 26-28, 2016. Featuring plenary speaker, Marlene S. Barr and opening session speaker Sandra Govan.
Sat27Feb20168-11pmClockshop 2806 Clearwater St Los Angeles, CA 90039
Join Clockshop for a night of celebration to kick off Radio Imagination.
The evening will open with a call-and-response Earthseed ritual by the Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network, inspired by the religion Butler created in Parable of the Sower. Brief tributes to Butler will be presented by writers Tisa Bryant, Ashon Crawley, Robin Coste Lewis, Rasheeda Phillips, and Yolo Akili Robinson, followed by music, food, and drinks.
Music by DJ Lynnée Denise of WildSeed Cultural Group
Forage–themed snacks by elysian
Cocktails by Mark Hendrix
Select Octavia E. Butler titles available for purchase courtesy of Skylight Books.
Organized in collaboration with the Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network.
Thu10Mar20167:15 pm - 9:15 pm Los Angeles Public Library Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W 5th St. Los Angeles, 90071
Writer Tisa Bryant moderates a conversation on Octavia E. Butler's legacy and the dystopic Los Angeles that she often described in her short stories and novels. Panelists include Ben Caldwell, Ayana A. H. Jamieson, Douglas Kearney and Nisi Shawl and is hosted by ALOUD, presented by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles. This event is part of Clockshop’s Radio Imagination, a series of programs and artist commissions exploring the legacy of Octavia E. Butler.
Fri22Apr2016Sat23Apr2016tbaRutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey
The 21st century has been marked by the proliferation of access to digital platforms and social media sites that have completely refigured the terms and terrain of racial representation, politics, cultural expression and scholarly research.
Whether we are speaking of the explosion of web-based series that are distributed through YouTube, the formation of a the broad social media community known as Black Twitter, the #BlackLivesMatter movement, or the on-line Queering Slavery Working Group, profoundly new questions have emerged concerning how the digital has reshaped the meaning, understanding, performance, representation, and reception of Blackness.
What we might call the digital turn also has significant implications for how we study Blackness within and across fields and disciplines. What does Digital Black Studies mean? What are its methodological proclivities and its analytic investments? What are the possibilities of Digital Blackness? What are its limits? This two-day conference Digital Blackness will bring together scholars, students, activists, and artists from a range of fields and disciplines to interrogate the many new modes, customs, and arrangements of racial identity as they are mediated through digital technologies.
Sat23Apr20167:30–9 pmClockshop 2806 Clearwater St Los Angeles, CA 90039
Writers Tisa Bryant, Lynell George, Robin Coste Lewis, and Fred Moten will premiere new works of poetry and creative nonfiction commissioned for Radio Imagination. For these commissions, each writer spent an extended period of time working in the Octavia E. Butler archive at The Huntington Library. The works will later appear in a publication slated for 2017. A Q&A with the writers will follow.
Sat07May2016tbaGrand Park 200 North Grand Avenue Los Angeles, 90012
Writers Tisa Bryant, Lynell George, Robin Coste Lewis, and Fred Moten will share selections from new work commissioned for Radio Imagination as part of Grand Park Downtown BookFest, Downtown Los Angeles. Co-organized with Writ Large Press.
Wed11May201612am - 3amhttp://www.wbai.org/playernew.html
Fri20May2016Sat21May20166-9pm; 11am-7pmThe Enterprise Center - 4548 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA
Fri03Jun2016Sun05Jun2016tbaCSD Cross-Cultural Center 2 Fl Price Center East, La Jolla, California 92093
Join us in a celebration of Octavia E Butler’s life and work for the “Shaping Change: Remembering Octavia E. Butler Through Archives, Art, and Worldbuilding” from June 3-5, 2016 at UCSD.
Featuring talks by:
Adrienne Maree Brown, Aimee Bahng, Alexis Lothian, M. Asli Dukan, Ayana Jamieson, Krista Franklin, Lisa Bolekaja, Melanie West, Moya Bailey, Nisi Shawl, Ola Ronke, Rasheedah Phillips, Shelley Streeby, Sophia Echavarria, Ted Chaing, Walidah Imarisha
The Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination, the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop at University of California, San Diego, and the Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network invite proposal submissions for a three-day conference June 3-5, 2016 in honor of Octavia Butler. We invite proposals for papers, poems, performances, playlists, prescriptions, potions, procedures, and processes in celebration, admiration, and analysis of Butler that highlight her life, published work, engagement with her archives, and explorations of her impact on humanity.
Her experiences as a working-class, quirky Black girl growing up in southern California profoundly shaped her life and writing. This regional gathering endeavors to engage these intersecting identities through multiple mediums and fields of study. We would like participants to consider how Butler’s work helps us imagine a future where justice is attainable and differences are celebrated and consider the following questions:
100 years from now, how have we shaped change (through art, activism, and archives) in the world? What have we left behind that that we can draw from our presents and pasts? What lessons in Butler’s life and writing will help forestall what seems like the inevitable collapse of human civilization?
Sat11Jun2016Sun12Jun2016tbapin Hide Map Southwest Arts Center 915 New Hope Rd SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30331
The State of Black Science Fiction Convention is a Science Fiction/Fantasy Convention focusing on African/African Diaspora culture! Where will YOU be June 11th and 12th!?
Invisible Universe producer/director, M. Asli Dukan will be making an appearance at this event.
Mon20Jun20167–9 pmBowtie Project 2800 Casitas Ave Los Angeles, CA 90039
The Women’s Center for Creative Work will present an outdoor evening of Octavia E. Butler-inspired programs at the Bowtie on the eve of the longest day of the year. Details to be announced.
Sat01Oct20166–7 pmLevitt Pavilion 85 E Holly St. Pasadena, 91103
Courtesy the Artists (Malik Gaines and Alexandro Segade) will collaborate with local singers to create a live multimedia choral performance based on texts drawn from Octavia E. Butler’s novels and archive. The event will take place at Levitt Pavilion in Pasadena’s Memorial Park and coincide with the opening of exhibition Radio Imagination at Armory Center for the Arts.
Sat01Oct2016Sat07Jan2017tbaArmory Center for the Arts 145 N. Raymond Ave Pasadena, 91103
This exhibition will premiere new work by Laylah Ali, Mendi + Keith Obadike, Connie Samaras, and Cauleen Smith. Commissioned and curated by Clockshop, these works were created in response to the Octavia E. Butler Papers at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. The opening will be the occasion of Earthseed Choir a new performance by Courtesy the Artists (Malik Gaines and Alexandro Segade) and a local choir.
Sat08Oct2016Sun09Oct2016tbaArmory Center for the Arts 145 N. Raymond Ave Pasadena, 91103
Scholar Ayana A. H. Jamieson will lead a bus tour through Octavia E. Butler’s hometown of Pasadena, California. Stops will include the writer’s former home, gravesite, and other locations key to Butler’s biography and writing. Tours will begin and end at the Radio Imagination exhibition at the Armory Center for the Arts.
Mon17Oct20168–10 pmLos Angeles Filmforum.
Let it Be Known is a collection of experimental short films that explores the confluence of intersectionality and speculative fiction. The program includes works by Adebukola (Buki) Bodunrin and Ezra Clayton Daniels, Wura-Natasha Ogunji, Jamilah Sabur, Suné Woods and others to be announced.
Thu03Nov20167–8 pmHuntington Library 1151 Oxford Rd. Los Angeles, 91108 United States
Philosopher Amy Kind and scholar Shelley S. Streeby discuss notions of family and radical reproduction as represented in Butler’s writing with special focus on the short story “Bloodchild.”