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DISSIDENT ARTS FESTIVAL 2018: SEPT 8

DISSIDENT ARTS FESTIVAL 2018:
DAY 1: Sept 8, 7-11pm at 17 Frost Theatre of the Arts, 17 Frost Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. - Benefit for the Rosenberg Fund for Children - “CABARET OF DISSENT”.
DAY 2: Sept 15, 7-11pm at 5C Cultural Center and Cafe, Ave C/East 5th Street, New York, NY - Benefit for the NYC Jericho Project

The 2018 Dissident Arts Festival—our thirteenth!—begins a new direction for our programming. As of this year, the Festival will function as a fundraising vehicle for relevant progressive causes.

Day 1 is dubbed CABARET OF DISSENT, dedicated to the fight against fascism through the decades. Produced in partnership with the Rosenberg Fund for Children this year, all of the event proceeds will serve as a benefit to this wonderful organization which offers financial and community support to the children of political prisoners. Guest speakers will include RFC leadership—family members of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg as well as Abel Meeropol, poet and composer of “Strange Fruit”.
An array of revolutionary musicians and poets will be featured performers:

-BEYOND GROUP w CHERYL PYLE, JUDI SILVANO, LARRY ROLAND
-CHRIS FORBES’ HARMOLODIC WEILL SONGSPIEL
-THE RED MICROPHONE’S BRECHT/EISLER CONSPIRACY
-Bassist & Poet LARRY ROLAND
-Poets RAYMOND NAT TURNER & ZIGI LOWENBERG
-LINDSEY WILSON & THE HUMAN HEARTS TRIO
....and more—-watch this space for updates

The statements by artists and speakers alike will be decidedly Left and loud, with messages for organizing against the hateful, divisive “new normal” of Trumpolitik. We are particularly excited to bring the Festival to the newly renovated @17frost Theatre of the Arts in Williamsburg Brooklyn.

—DAY 2 will be a Benefit for a pair of vital organizations on the forefront of prison reform, the Alliance of Families for Justice and the NYC Jericho Project. Our theme will simply be LIBERATION and performers include:
-Celebrated jazz drummer WILLIAM HOOKER in a solo performance
-Pianist/Composer TRUDY SILVER premiering a new work
-RAS MOSHE’s Music Now!
-Rad spoken word and music duo JOHN PIETARO & LAURIE TOWERS
-Singer-Songwriter MARTINA FISEROVA
And more
Organizer and host: John Pietaro
www.DissidentArts.com www.rfc.org www.17frost.com

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DISSIDENT ARTS FESTIVAL 2017
The overall theme of this year's Festival is the fight for free speech. It will be a loud and proud speak-out against the neo-fascist, coldly capitalist Trump administration and assorted brownshirt minions

<DAY 1: Saturday August 19 at 5C Cafe and Cultural Center 68 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009

featuring...

*AMINA BARAKA & THE RED MICROPHONE
*TRUDY SILVER'S WHERE'S THE OUTRAGE?
*LINDSEY WILSON & the Human Hearts with special guest DANIEL CARTER
*Poet STEVE DALACHINSKY
*Performance Artist CRYSTAL SHIPP
*Poet BERNARD BLOCK
*Poet RAYMOND NAT TURNER

DAY 1 SCHEDULE:
SAT AUG 19
7:15-7:55PM: Trudy Silver's Where's the Outrage?
Trudy Silver- piano, compositions; Tony Williams-drums; Scottie Davis/Kathryn Hall-actors, Sanae Buck-dance; Raymond Nat Turner/Zigi Lowenberg-poets + 50 years of revolutionary film

8-8:10: Raymond Nat Turner-poetry

8:15-8:55: Amina Baraka & the Red Microphone
Amina Baraka-poetry/voice; Ras Moshe Burnett-tenor and soprano saxophones, flute; Rocco John Iacovone-alto and soprano saxophones, piano; Laurie Towers-electric bass; John Pietaro-drums, hand drums, percussion, musical direction

9-9:10: Bernard Block-poetry

9:15-9:35: Crystal Shipp-performance art

9:40-9:55: Steve Dalachinsky-poetry with John Pietaro, drums, and other guests

10-1040: Lindsey Wilson & the Human Hearts
Lindsey Wilson-voice, songs, poetry, guitar; Michael Trotman-bass guitar; Reggie Sylvester-drums; special guest Daniel Carter-reeds, trumpet

10:45-11 finale -all poets and musicians in the house!
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<DAY 2: Saturday August 26, 7PM, Henry Winston Unity Hall 235 W 23 Street, 7 floor, NYC. Fused with the New Masses Nights series which is also produced by John Pietaro, this evening serves as a fundraiser for the family of the late guitarist BERN NIX, whose final performance was on the New Masses Nights stage in late May. Bern was a great friend to the series and it with this in mind that we pay him tribute. ALL PROCEEDS OF ADMISSION WILL BE DONATED TO HIS FAMILY'S FUNERAL EXPENSES.

*THE BERN NIX TRIBUTE TRIO (3/4 of Bern's Quartet)
*THE BEYOND GROUP (which Bern was a founding member of)
*RAS MOSHE'S MUSIC NOW!
*plus: various friends and comrades of Bern will offer remembrances

DAY 2 SCHEDULE:
SAT AUG 26
7:15- Guest Speakers

7:30-8:10- The Beyond Group (Bern was a founding member)
Cheryl Pyle-flutes; Ingrid Laubach-saxophones; Newman Baker-drums, percussion

8:10-Guest Speakers

8:25-9:05: Bern's Band (3/4 of his Quartet)
Matt Lavelle-trumpet, flugelhorn, alto clarinet; Francois Grillot-bass; Reggie Sylvester-drums

9:05-Guest Speakers

9:20-10- Music Now!
Ras Moshe Burnett- saxophones, flute; Lee Odom-saxophones, clarinet, flute; Dave Ross-guitar; Larry Roland-bass; Charles Downs-drums; John Pietaro-hand drums, percussion, spoken word

MANY THANKS TO THE ROSENBERG FUND FOR CHILDREN FOR ITS GENEROUS DONATION TO HELP THIS EVENT TO BECOME A REALITY

FESTIVAL PRODUCER/FOUNDER: John Pietaro

FESTIVAL HISTORY:
Since its inception in 2006, the Dissident Arts Festival has been a powerful vehicle to bridge radical arts to progressive socio-political activism. Increasingly, the Festival has gained media attention over the course of its decade-long history as evidenced by press in TimeOut NY, the Indypendent, the Villager, Downtown Express, Peoples World, Chronogram and others. In 2013, noted jazz journalist Howard Mandel offered kudos in his remarks on social media. Over the years the Dissident Arts Festival has been endorsed by the Rosenberg Fund for Children, the Len Ragozin Foundation, Local 802's Justice for Jazz Artists campaign, Occupy Musicians, the Howland Cultural Center and DooBeeDooBeeDoo music blog.

Originally based in the Hudson Valley city of Beacon NY and moving to New York City in 2010, the Festival’s performers and speakers over the years included actor/raconteur Malachy McCourt, late great trumpet player Roy Campbell, folk legend Pete Seeger, filmmaker Kevin Keating, spoken word artists Steve Dalachinsky and the late Louis Reyes Rivera, the late reeds player/composer Will Connell, political satirist/activist Randy Credico , multi-instrumentalist Daniel Carter, hip hop ensemble ReadNex Poetry Squad, labor leader Henry Foner, punk-folk artist Lach and many more. Films screened included ‘Giuliani Time’, ‘Cultures of Resistance’, ‘Salt of the Earth’, ‘Battleship Potemkin’ and ‘Metropolis’. Other special features were tributes to Paul Robeson, Bertolt Brecht, Woody Guthrie, and Phil Ochs. The Dissident Arts Festival has also offered a voice to progressive political candidates, the Occupy movement and radical labor organizations.

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