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On the Occasion of the
Publication of BAsics:
A Celebration of Revolution and the Vision of a New World

April 11, 7pm
Harlem Stage at Aaron Davis Hall
on the campus of the City College of New York


The Event

Be part of something that can be a source of great inspiration, puncturing the atmosphere and impacting the societal discourse with revolution and envisioning a whole other way the world can be.

An evening of music, visual art, poetry and readings including musician Guillermo Brown; singer Maggie Brown; Richard Brown, former member Black Panther Party and co-founder of The Committee for the Defense of Human Rights, founded by the SF8; Ruby Dee; poet and playwright reg e. gaines; Moist Paula Henderson, baritone sax player and composer; Justin Long-Moton, spoken word artist; Maluca; jazz musician David Murray; Outernational; Abiodun Oyewole from The Last Poets; Ted Rall, cartoonist and author; Rebel Diaz; excerpts from Tapsploitation; and jazz musicians Matthew Shipp and William Parker. Readings of letters from prisoners and others by Aladdin, Bridgit Antoinette Evans, Raul Castillo, Brian Dykstra and Nitya Vidyasagar. Directed by Leah Bonvissuto.

A visual arts exhibition specially curated for the night will include the work of Derrick Adams, Wafaa Bilal, Emory Douglas, Richard Duardo, Skylar Fein, Kyle Goen, The Guerilla Girls Broadband, Steve Lambert, Wangechi Mutu, Dread Scott, SenOne, and Hank Willis Thomas.

The April 11 Host Committee, in association with Revolution Books, includes Aladdin, actor and playwright; Rafael Agustin, writer and actor; Rafael Angulo, Professor of Social Work, University of Southern California*; Paul Von Blum, Senior Lecturer Emeritus, African American Studies and Communication Studies, UCLA *, Herb Boyd, journalist and author; Elaine Brower, National Steering Committee of World Can't Wait* and anti-war military mom; Dr. Robert Keith Collins, anthropologist; The Committee For the Defense of Human Rights, founded by the SF8; Carl Dix, founding member of the Revolutionary Communist Party; Jessica Green, media maker and co-director, Maysles Cinema*; Nicholas Heyward, Sr., father of Nicholas Heyward, Jr. (murdered by the NYPD in 1994); Russ Jennings, theatre producer and writer; Erin Aubry Kaplan, journalist and author; Rev. Earl Kooperkamp, St. Mary's Church*, Harlem; Mike Ladd, poet and music producer; Harry Lennix, actor; Philip Maysles, visual artist, co-director, Maysles Cinema*; John Santos, musician; Matthew Shipp, musician; Dr. Tolbert Small, co-founder and physician at the Harriet Tubman Medical Office in East Oakland, CA and former physician to the founding chapter of the Black Panther Party; Clarence Taylor, professor of History, Baruch College*; Cornel West, Professor of Religion, Princeton University*; Robert M. Young, film maker and David Zeiger, film maker.
(* for identification purposes only)

BAsics, from the Talks and Writings of Bob Avakian is a book that speaks powerfully to questions of revolution and human emancipation being released on April 5. This release will be an opportunity to bring people together from different arenas and perspectives in a celebration of revolution and the vision of a whole new world.

Bob Avakian is a serious revolutionary leader and wide-ranging thinker. He is the leader of a party and a movement aiming to make revolution when the possibility opens up. He is someone who, in the words of Cornel West, "is a long distance runner in the freedom struggle against imperialism, racism and capitalism."

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Buy Tickets on the Harlem Stage box office or at the door


Donate here to make this event a game-changing reality:

Here is the basic budget:

Harlem Stage Rental   $5000
Sound Equipment       $1700
Visual Arts Exhibition $1100
Palm Cards (75,000)   $2800
Posters (1200)            $1300
Program (8-page)       $1000
Press materials           $  200
Artist Travel + misc.   $  500
Video (with editing)     $6000

$21,000 - TOTAL