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NY Arab-American Comedy Festival & more

*Lisa's note: My friend Joanne Zuaiter gave me this information for the a comedy festival happening right now in the city at The Zipper Theatre. Her husband Waleed Zuaiter is one of the comdedians. Jan 20-21st is Sketch Night where he appears & tickets are still available. You can also call 866-811-4111.
Check it out!

Sketch Comedy Shows:
Sunday, January 20 at 6:00 and 8:00 p.m.
Monday, January 21 at 7:00 and 9:00 p.m.

-"New Faces" Stand-Up Comedy show
(featuring the best upcoming Arab-American comedians):
Tuesday, January 22 at 7:30 p.m.

-"Best of the Festival" and Closing Night Party:
Wednesday, January 23 at 7:30 p.m.
- The best acts from the festival and comedic short films,
followed by party at 9:00 p.m.

(Free admission to Party with purchase
of Film Night tickets.)

The Zipper Theater
336 W. 37th street
New York, NY 10018
Between 8th & 9th Avenues

Subway: A, C, E to 34th or 42nd Street stations
and 1, 2, 3, N, R, Q, W, S to 42nd Street.

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On Sunday, February 10, 2008, at 2:00 p.m., the Museum of the Moving Image will present a tribute to St. Clair Bourne, the prominent African-American filmmaker and activist, who died in December. The program will include a selection of clips from his films and a panel discussion about his life and work featuring cultural critics and scholars George Alexander, Esther Iverem, Clyde Taylor, and Armond White. The panel will be moderated by Chief Curator David Schwartz and DV Republic founder and chief Warrington Hudlin, who organized the program and is a Museum Trustee.

A prolific filmmaker, St. Clair Bourne (1943-2007) made more than 40 films, mainly documentaries about African-American culture and politics. His subjects included Paul Robeson, John Henrik Clarke, Gordon Parks, Amiri Baraka, Langston Hughes, and the making of Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing. He began his filmmaking career at Black Journal, the first black public affairs show in the nation, in 1968. From there he formed the independent production company, Chamba Mediaworks, where he produced all his own projects as well as documentaries for HBO, PBS, NBC, BBC, and National Geographic.

"St. Clair Bourne played a pivotal role in the contemporary black independent film movement as both a filmmaker and organizer,” said Mr. Hudlin. “The Museum is pleased to host this review and tribute to his considerable body of work.”

About the panelists:
-George Alexander is a business entertainment columnist at Black Enterprise magazine and author of Why We Make Movies.
-Esther Iverem is a journalist, author, and poet. Her reviews regularly appear on, a web site she founded in 2001 for the dissemination of reviews, news, and commentary from an African-American perspective. She is the author of The Time: Portrait of a Journey Home.
-Clyde Taylor is Professor at the Gallatin School and in Africana Studies at New York University. A leading scholar of African and African American literature and film, Taylor also wrote the script for the PBS documentary, Midnight Ramble: The Life and Legacy of Oscar Micheaux.
-Armond White is a film critic at New York Press. He is the author of two books about popular music: he Resistance: Ten Years of Pop Culture That Shook the World and Rebel for the Hell of It: The Art-Life of Tupac Shakur.

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