This week at Blues Union

Virtual Union: April 15

Behind the Blues: Lecture 2 with Dr. Matthew Morrison (8:00-9:00pm EST)

Join us for another lecture session, this time with Dr. Matthew Morrison, on “The politics of enjoyment and pleasure: Appropriation and Exploitation.

“Suggested donation $5-25. Your donation funds this and future lectures in the series. You can donate more or less (including $0 if that’s what’s doable for you). Donate here: https://withfriends.co/…/behind_the_blues_lecture_2…

This is the second in a series of refreshers on Blues history, context, & culture, to help us better understand the blues genre and to inspect how we participate in this art form.

Matthew D. Morrison, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, is an Assistant Professor in the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Matthew holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from Columbia University, an. M.A. in Musicology from The Catholic University of America, and was a Presidential music scholar at Morehouse College, where he studied violin and conducting. His research focuses on the relationship between (racial) identity, performance, property, copyright law, and inequities within the history of American popular music and beyond. https://tisch.nyu.edu/…/clive-davis-institute/918859097

This event is brought to you by the Blues and Jazz Dance Book Club, Blues Union, Bluetopia, Powerhouse Blues, Terminus Blues Dance, Wilkerson Blues Dance, Fireside, BluesPort HK, and other blues dance organizations.

Virtual Union: April 1

Monthly check-in on personal goals related to anti-racism. (8:00-9:15pm EST)

We check in on what we each did last month for anti-racism actions & then set our goals for next month. Each person sets their own goals, but can get help from the group if needed (can be around work, neighborhood, personal education/growth, family, dance, etc.).

The group goal is to help us all stay on track or get back on track with our anti-racism work, and to be in community around these actions.

Everyone is encouraged to join, regardless of whether you joined the previous months or not and whether you met your goals or not ❤

If you don’t have an idea for what to set as your goal/actions, we have something you can do! https://blacklivesmatter.com/black-lives-matter-global…/

Zoom meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/76971193890…

Virtual Union: March 11

Monthly check-in on personal goals related to anti-racism. (8:00-9:15pm EST)

We check in on what we each did last month for anti-racism actions & our goals for next month. Each person sets their own goals, but can get help from the group if needed (can be around work, neighborhood, personal education/growth, family, dance, etc.).

The group goal is to help us all stay on track or get back on track with our anti-racism work, and to be in community around these actions.

Everyone is encouraged to join, regardless of whether you joined the previous months or not and whether you met your goals or not ❤

If you don’t have an idea for what to set as your goal/actions, we have something you can do! https://blacklivesmatter.com/black-lives-matter-global…/

Zoom meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/76971193890…

Virtual Union: March 4

Behind the Blues: Lecture 1 with Dr. Les Gray (8:00-9:00pm EST)

Join us for an online lecture with Dr. Les Gray, about where our current concept of race comes from.

Suggested donation: $5-25
https://withfriends.co/…/behind_the_blues_lecture_1…
Donations fund this and future lectures in the series.

This lecture is the first in a series of refreshers on Blues history, context, & culture, to help us better understand the blues genre and inspect how we participate in this art form.

Dr. Gray’s primary research area focuses on Black cultural production and its relationship to trauma and terror. They approach framed and unframed events ranging from plays and blues dancing to police brutality videos through the lens of performance. Dr. Gray considers performances of spectacular Black pain as well as considering the potential for joy, healing, and solidarity. While they pursue scholarship deeply invested in what it means to be ethical cultural producers, Dr. Gray’s work and theory is continually underscored by embodied knowledge and highlighting representations of intersectional identities which include race, sexuality class, disability, and gender. Their work is embedded in and indebted to Black radical feminism, queer theory, and disability studies. Dr. Gray is a dramaturg, collaborator, writer, and occasional performer.
Full bio: https://theatre.missouri.edu/people/gray

This event is brought to you by the Blues and Jazz Dance Book Club, Blues Union, Bluetopia, Powerhouse Blues, Terminus Blues Dance, Wilkerson Blues Dance, Fireside, BluesPort HK, and other blues dance organizations.

Virtual Union: February 25

Join us for a Blues and Black History Trivia Night, as a fundraiser for Campaign Zero. (8:00-10:30pm EST)

Questions will be about Blues, Black History, and where they intersect.

Blues Union will be matching donations from the night, up to $250! All donations plus matching will go to Campaign Zero.

Campaign Zero is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that analyzes and tracks policing practices across the country, conducts research to identify effective solutions to end police violence, provides technical assistance to organizers leading police accountability campaigns and the development of model legislation and advocacy to end police violence nationwide. Learn more at https://www.joincampaignzero.org/

Form a trivia team of 2-5 people. Use this as an opportunity to connect with old friends and make a few new ones! (We’ll give you time at the beginning of the event to form a team if you don’t have one by then.)

The winning trivia team will win pride and the glory of being announced on Blues Union’s Facebook page ❤