Civil Rights Leaders Demand Action In Response To President Biden’s State Of The Union

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State of the Union 2023

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President Biden covered a gambit of topics during his second State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday night, highlighting some of his administration’s most notable achievements to date. 

Biden’s speech included plans to return the billionaire tax, do away with “junk fees” from banks and airlines, and plans to protect social security, Medicare, and Medicaid. 

With the parents of Tyre Nichols and the father of Michael Brown, in the audience, Biden expressed sympathy for the families and said America needs to “finish the job on police reform.”

“There’s no words to describe the heartbreak or grief of losing a child. But imagine, imagine if you lost that child at the hands of the law,” Biden said while addressing Nichols’ parents. “Imagine having to worry whether your son or daughter came home from walking down the street, playing in the park, or just driving in the car.”

He continued by sharing the pain and worry that many Black parents face every day their child leaves home.

“Most of us in here have never had to have the talk, the talk that brown and Black parents have had to have with their children,” said Biden.

“Imagine having to worry like that every day in America.”

Civil rights leaders seemingly had positive responses to Biden’s State Of the Union but demanded that his words be more than just words and turn into real action.

“Tonight, President Biden presented a vision for the future that spoke to many issues that are top-of-mind for Black Americans including police reform, voting rights, bolstering our economy, addressing climate change, and ensuring affordable and accessible health care,” said NAACP President & CEO, Derrick Johnson. “Though his remarks renewed his commitment to addressing racial inequality and protecting our democracy, we need more than words– we demand action.”

Others had a similar sentiment.  

“We applaud the President for calling out the national tragedy of police brutality and demanding accountability for violent officers; now we must finish the job by demanding passage of federal legislation – and supporting local reform with dedicated funding for innovative ideas,” said People For the American Way President, Svante Myrick.

Action over words seemed to be the theme of the night for civil rights leaders.

“We demand President Biden invest in communities and divest from deadly policing, including urging Georgia to halt Cop City and other police projects that take resources away from interventions that grant our communities real safety,” The Movement for Black Lives said in a statement. “We are also demanding he tells the Department of Justice to end the criminalization of protests. This Trump-era policy has significantly impacted those protesting for Black lives and environmental justice – this includes granting amnesty to those arrested due to these reactionary statutes and ordering their immediate release.”


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Common calendar, Packet papers, Feb. 9


New Jersey Blood Services (NJBS), a division of New York Blood Center, which provides blood for local patients, is looking for a few good volunteers.

The blood drive volunteer is an integral member of our team whose tasks include assisting donors with registration and/or at the refreshment area. No medical background necessary. Volunteers should be outgoing to provide friendly customer service, be able to perform tasks as needed and must provide proof of COVID Vaccination prior to volunteering. Must have transportation. All training is provided including additional precautions for the safety of our team and blood donors. For additional information call or text Sharon Zetts, manager of NJBS Volunteer Services at 732-850-8906 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday.

To apply online as a blood drive volunteer, go to

The Mercer County Nutrition Program for Older Adults has resumed in-person lunches at nine of its locations.

The Nutrition Program for Older Adults provides a daily nutritionally balanced meal Monday through Friday, except for county and/or municipal holidays.

All meals meet the required one-third of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) daily referenced intake of nutrients for an individual 60 years or older.

Meals are available to Mercer County residents age 60 or older and their spouses (regardless of age), any county resident with a disability whose primary caregiver is a program participant, anyone volunteering in the program, and the personal care aides of program participants when they accompany a participant to the site where the meals are provided.

In-person services will be hosted at: Jennye Stubblefield Senior Center and Sam Naples Community Center in Trenton, Lawrence Township Senior Center, Princeton Café for Older Adults, John O. Wilson Neighborhood Service Center in Hamilton, Hamilton Senior Center, Hopewell Valley Senior Center, Hollowbrook Community Center in Ewing, and Robbinsville Senior Center.

Most meal services begin at 11:30 a.m., although times may vary by location, so call 609-989-6650 or inquire at a local site.

No payment is required for a meal; however, there is a suggested donation of $1 for each meal provided.

Reservations are required; call 609-989-6650 to reserve a spot.

Monthly menus can be found on the Nutrition Program for Older Adults web page.

If transportation is a barrier to participating in the congregate meals, Mercer County TRADE may be able to help; call 609-530-1971 or email Some of the sites also may have transportation options for its participants.

There may be home-delivered options.

For more information, call 609-989-6650 or email

The Bordentown Township Police Department offers Straight to Treatment on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Insurance is not necessary to receive assistance. Neither is residency in Burlington County. No appointment is needed.

For more information visit or email

The Hightstown and the East Windsor Police Departments in partnership with Womanspace Inc. is currently accepting applications for volunteers from the greater Hightstown and East Windsor areas to become members of the Womanspace/Mercer County’s Domestic and Sexual Violence Victim Response Team.

Training of the response team is scheduled to begin on March 14, 2023. For those interested and for more information contact Womanspace at or Applications must be received by February 15, 2023.

Somerset County’s Volunteer Services and AARP are teaming up again to provide the Tax-Aide program to help residents prepare their taxes. The free tax-counseling service is available to all county residents, but designed specifically for older adults, residents with disabilities, and lower-income residents who need help preparing federal and New Jersey income tax returns. To make an appointment, call the Somerset County Office of Volunteer Services at 908-541-5710 after Feb. 1.

Registration is open for HEWYBL’s Spring 2023 flag football season. HEWYBL is open to boys and girls from all area towns, and has both co-ed teams and all-girls teams.

HEWYBL Flag Football is open to players who will be in grades K-9 this spring. The registration deadline is March 15 and the season will run from early April to early June. Games will be played in East Windsor.

HEWYBL flag football typically draws players from Allentown, Cranbury, East Windsor, Hamilton, Hightstown, Millstone, Robbinsville, West Windsor and other surrounding towns.

Season details can be viewed at To register, go to and select REGISTER at the upper right-hand corner. If you have any questions about HEWYBL Flag Football or the upcoming season, email

The 23rd season of Girls on the Run of Central New Jersey (GOTRCNJ) is underway as registration for the spring is scheduled to open March 1.  Volunteer coaches are always in demand and details can be found at

Coaches do not need to be runners or athletic. The goal of the coaches is not to teach the girls how to run. The key takeaway from the curriculum is for the girls to learn about confidence, character, caring, connection, and contribution to community. The girls learn to build self-worth, recognize their inner power to make positive decisions in their lives, while celebrating their uniqueness. These dynamic lessons instill valuable life skills including the important connection between emotional and physical health.

There is still time to volunteer as a coach or to start a new site for the spring season. For information go to or contact

La Shir – The Jewish Community Choir of Princeton is back to in-person rehearsals after a two-year “COVID interruption.” New members are invited to join the group as it launches its 40th anniversary season.

LaShir’s members come from Mercer, Middlesex and Bucks counties. Repertoire spans 500 years of Jewish choral tradition, with selections in Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino and English

LaShir rehearses from 7:30-9 p.m. on Thursday evenings at The Jewish Center, 435 Nassau
Street in Princeton. Experienced singers of all vocal ranges who are interested in joining are encouraged to contact

The Sourland Conservancy – this season and all year round – is thankful for every single member, volunteer, partner, and supporter for everything they do to save the Sourland Region’s important history and ecology.

Sourland Conservancy is at 83 Princeton Avenue, Suite 1A, Hopewell.

If you have planted any native plants and trees at your home or business, please email the Conservancy to let them know. They would like to highlight the efforts of private citizens in planting native to help connect green spaces and provide habitat for native and migratory species. For more information, visit their website or email

February and March at Gourgaud Gallery

In February, the Cranbury Arts Council and The Gourgaud Gallery will host the Princeton High School Emerging Artist Showcase 2023.

This exhibition features recent artwork from the upper-level studio courses from Princeton High School: 2D II, 2D III, 3D II, 3D III, Art of Craft and Studio IV. These emerging artists are beginning to explore advanced conceptual notions of design, identity, place, and more using a variety of media, including printmaking, painting, drawing, ceramics, and sculpture.

The exhibit began on Feb. 1 and runs through Feb. 26. An Exhibition Closing/Reception is scheduled for 1-3 p.m. Feb. 26.

The month of March celebrates National Youth Art. Cranbury School will be celebrating youth art at the Gourgaud Gallery at Town Hall. The show will run from March 4 to March 29 with a special opening date from 1-3 p.m. March 4.

Stacey Crannage, art teacher at the Cranbury School, has chosen art pieces from grades K-8 to be showcased. Student artwork will include paintings, drawings, clay sculptures, and more.

The gallery is located in Town Hall in Cranbury 23 A North Main Street and is free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The Gallery in Town Hall is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

As part of a non-profit Cranbury Arts Council, The Gourgaud Gallery donates 20% of art sales to the Cranbury Arts Council and its programs that supports arts in the community. Checks made out to the artist, or cash are accepted as payment. For more information visit and visit

Princeton Symphony Orchestra 2022-23 season

Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) 2022-23 season is open. Upcoming dates include:

March 11, 12 – Seven Decisions of Gandhi – Showtimes are 8 p.m. March 11, 4 p.m. March 12.

May 13, 14 – Harold in Italy – Showtimes are 8 p.m. May 13, 4 p.m. May 14.

The PSO’s 2023 Princeton Festival – June 9-25 – will include an opera, orchestral concerts, chamber music, Broadway tunes, a Baroque performance, and much more.

Silva Gallery of Art at The Pennington School

The Silva Gallery of Art at The Pennington School will host an exhibition – “The Bond of Inspiration” – featuring the work of internationally acclaimed artist J. Seward Johnson II through March 30.

The exhibit will feature Seward Johnson’s Midnight Snack Art trays, alongside India Blake Johnson’s photography, in the Silva Gallery of Art on the campus of The Pennington
School. A reception, open to the public, will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Feb. 9. The exhibit is also open to the public by appointment.

The Silva Gallery is located on the School’s campus at 112 W. Delaware Ave., Pennington. For further information, call the Silva Gallery at 609–737–4133 or email gallery director Dolores Eaton at or

Princeton Plasma Physics presents:

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory’s (PPPL) Ronald E. Hatcher Science Saturday lecture series began Feb. 4.

Feb. 11 – 9:30-11 a.m. – “Dogs and Humans with Williams Syndrome.”

Feb. 18 – 9:30-11 a.m. – “Saving the Sonorine: An Early 20th Century Form of Voice Mail.”

March 4 – 9:30-11 a.m. – “What’s Up with the Weather?”

March 11 – 9:30-11 a.m. – “High-field Tokamaks: The Fastest and Surest Path to a Fusion
Energy Power Plan.”

Visit for additional information.

Through Feb. 10

Bordentown Regional High School is seeking community nominations for its Academic Hall of Fame. Any community member who would like to nominate someone is asked to contact Melisssa Guido at the high school by Feb. 10. She can be reached by phone 609-298-0025 ext. 1102 or email

Nominees must have graduated from William MacFarland High School or Bordentown Regional High School and have distinguished themselves in their personal and/or professional life. A committee composed of community members, faculty and administrators reviews nominations and selects the alumni to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission mobile unit will be at the Suzanne Patterson Senior Center, 45 Stockton St., Princeton, through Feb. 10 issuing REAL IDs and offering registration renewals. Currently, there are no appointments available for REAL ID at this event. However, there are often cancellations so checking online for same-day appointments could be helpful. Appointments for Real IDs can be made online by selecting the Suzanne Patterson Senior Center –

Postmarked by Feb. 24

Nonprofit and community organizations will have the opportunity to score free tickets to 2023 Patriots home games and box seats in the Somerset County Board of Commissioners reserved seating at the TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater. Organizations must enter the annual 2023 County Commissioners Box Seat Drawing by Feb. 24. The commissioners will announce the winners in March.

To obtain an entry form, visit or call 908-231-7040. Entry forms must be received or postmarked by 4 p.m. Feb. 24.

Through March 4

Manifesting Beloved Community Art Exhibition

West Windsor Arts and Art Against Racism presents Manifesting Beloved Community, a juried exhibition of work exploring the relationship of community health with race, racism and efforts to create an antiracist society. Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., beloved community represents a global vision where all people share in the wealth of a healed planet.

The show opened Jan. 10 and will run through March 4. West Windsor Arts Council is located at 952 Alexander Road, Princeton Junction.

Feb. 21 – 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Community Conversation – Join Rhinold Ponder and artists from the exhibition “Manifesting Beloved Community” for this conversation and easy art journaling activity. To register visit

February at Hopewell Public Library

Feb. 13 – 10:30 a.m. – Preschool Storytime – The Hopewell Train Station.

Feb. 15, 2:30-4:00 p.m. – Creative Aging: Genealogy 1 – The Hopewell Public Library.

Feb. 20 – 10:30 a.m. – Preschool Storytime – The Hopewell Train Station.

Feb. 22 – 2:30-4 p.m. – Creative Aging: Genealogy 2 – The Hopewell Public Library. Register at

February 25 – 10-11 a.m. – Saturday Storytime with Local Author Barbara Valenza – 2 Railroad Place

Feb. 27 – 10:30 a.m. – Preschool Storytime – The Hopewell Train Station.

February at Princeton Public Library

Princeton Public Library presents authors, technology classes, book groups, job seekers sessions, kids and teens, writers’ groups and other events throughout February at the library 65 Witherspoon St., Princeton.

Some highlights:

Feb. 10 – 4 p.m. – Teens: P.S. I Like You: Celebrate Valentine’s Day with hands-on activities, crafts and a movie in the Teen Center.

Feb. 13 – 4:30-6 p.m. – Meet the Princeton Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Carol Kelley in Lobby.

Feb. 17 – 7 p.m. – Celebrate Mardi Gras in Community Room.

Feb. 25 – 2 p.m. – Chinese Flower Festival in Community Room.

Seeking Submissions for Youth Art Exhibit

Youth in grades K-12 are invited to submit original art or poetry for “See the Trees,” an exhibit in association with the Princeton Environmental Film Festival. Submissions expressing “why trees matter to you and our world” will be accepted through March 15. See for details.

For more information visit

McCarter Theatre Presents:

Between Two Knees, by acclaimed intertribal sketch comedy troupe The 1941’s and directed by Eric Ting. The production is on stage at McCarter’s Matthews Theatre, 91 University Place, Princeton, through Feb. 13. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Patron Services Office at 609-258-2787.

Gallery at Mercer County Community College

The Gallery at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) present “Paintings and Sculptures by Leroy Johnson.” The exhibition will be on view through March 24.

The Gallery is located on the College’s West Windsor campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road in the Communications Building. Gallery hours are Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from noon to 7 p.m.

In February

Princeton Senior Resource Center offers programs in-person, hybrid or virtual. Visit

Kelsey Theatre presents:

“The Fantasticks” runs weekends through Feb. 12. Kelsey Theatre is located at 1200 Old Trenton Road on the Mercer County Community College campus in West Windsor.

Performance Dates:

Feb. 10 at 8 p.m.
Feb. 11 at 8 p.m.
Feb. 12 at 2 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333.

Friday, Feb. 10

Lawrence Recreation will hold a Valentine’s Day Candlelight Walk and Food Trucks from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 10 at Colonial Lake Park, Brunswick Avenue.

Saturday, Feb. 11

The Cupid’s Chase 5k in Princeton will begin at 10 a.m. Feb. 11 at the Princeton High School Performing Arts Center at 16 Walnut Lane, Princeton. Get there early for registration and warm-ups at 8:30 a.m.

The Princeton Cupid’s Chase 5k is one of 41 events occurring on the same day across 10 states nationwide to raise funds and awareness for Community Options, a national nonprofit based in Princeton that develops housing and employment for over 5,000 people with disabilities.

Registration is open online at Runners can also register on-site at the day of the event. For more information or questions about the race, please contact Ida Bormentar at or 609-419-4418.

The Somerset County Park Commission is hosting a job fair from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 11 for nature lovers, people who want to change their vocation, or anyone seeking a full or part-time position. The events will occur at 355 Milltown Road, Bridgewater.

Join the Friends of Princeton Open Space (FOPOS) for a volunteer stewardship session Feb. 11.

The morning session runs from 10 a.m. to noon –

The afternoon session runs from 1-3 p.m. –

Help FOPOS continue to beautify the entrance to the preserve by removing invasive plants such as Japanese honeysuckle, bittersweet vine, and multiflora rose. Volunteers will learn how to identify invasive and native species, and to use tools safely. Registration is required, Bring your own water bottle and work gloves. Meet at the Mountain Lakes Preserve main parking lot.

Sunday, Feb. 12

Princeton Makes, a Princeton-based artist cooperative, and Ragged Sky Press, a local publisher focused on poetry, will hold a Second Sunday Poetry Reading at 4 p.m. Feb. 12.

The readings will take place at the Princeton Makes store in the Princeton Shopping Center, 301 N. Harrison St., Princeton.

Wednesday, Feb. 15

French American School of Princeton (FASP) is welcoming applications for its new Accelerated French Language Immersion program for grades 1-3 for the 2023-24 school year. No prior knowledge of French is required for entry. Information sessions will be held from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Feb. 15 and 9-10 a.m. March 4 from 9 to 10 a.m. or individually by appointment.

If you would like more information about French American School of Princeton, 75 Mapleton Road, call 609-430-3001 or email or visit the website at

Lewis Center of the Arts at Princeton University presents:

Feb. 16-18 – 8 p.m. – On Being, a dance concert, presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance.

Feb. 17, 18, 24, 25 – 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. – and Feb. 23 – 8 p.m. – Disorder, an immersive theatrical installation, presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater.

Feb. 21 – 7:30 p.m. – Reading by Rodrigo Toscano & Katie Kitamura, presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing.

Feb. 22 – 7:30 p.m. – Student Film Screening, presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Visual Arts.

Feb. 24 – 4:30 p.m. – Screening of documentary Lyra and discussion with director Alison Millar, presented by Princeton’s Fund for Irish Studies.

Feb. 24 – 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 25 – 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. – Lost Girl by Kimberly Belflower, presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater.

Through March 5 – Washitales, An Exhibition by Visual Artist Kyoko Ibe, presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts.

March 2-3 – 7 p.m. – and March 4 -2:30 p.m. – Special Presentation – Felon: An American Washi Tale, presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater.

For more information visit

Princeton University Concerts (PUC) presents:

Young violinist Alexi Kenney will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16 in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. As part of his time at Princeton, Kenney will also visit Trenton Public Schools with Trenton Arts at Princeton to work with high school music students in grades 10-12, as part of PUC’s “Neighborhood Music Project.” He will perform for and rehearse with students, as well as facilitate discussions around music.

PUC launched a brand-new initiative: Do-Re-Meet – Social events for Music Lovers. The first program of its kind, Do-Re-Meet encompasses a variety of pre-concert events including a speed dating session; Find Your Friends, a “speed friending” event for people seeking a concert-going community; and an LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) Single Mingle, presented in partnership with the Princeton University Gender and Sexuality Resource Center.

March 26 – 4-5:30 p.m. Find Your Friends social event – 6 p.m. concert featuring the Chiaroscuro Quartet

April 12 – 7-8:30 p.m. Speed Dating social event – 9 p.m. concert featuring jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant

For tickets or more information visit

Thomas Edison Film Festival

The 42nd season of the renowned Thomas Edison Film Festival (TEFF) will premiere with a screening, a virtual discussion with filmmakers, and films available to view on-demand, presented in collaboration with Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts. The festival is free and open to the public.

Feb. 17 – 6:30 p.m. – Reception, in-person screening, and Q&A in the James Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St., Princeton.

Feb. 18 – 6 p.m. – Online via Zoom (no advance registration required) for live-streamed discussion with filmmakers.

Feb. 18-25 – View all seven films on-demand at the Thomas Edison Film Festival website and click on “Watch the premiere on-demand.”

For more information visit

Friday, Feb. 17

The Jewish Center Princeton presents Cocktails in the Corridor featuring The Caracas Collection at 5:15 p.m. Feb. 17 at 435 Nassau St., Princeton.

Artwork presentation will be held at 5:30 pm by Rebecca Meurer before Shabbat Services, drinks, snacks and schmoozing.

To register visit

A team of assessors from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) on Feb. 17 will examine all aspects of the Hopewell Township Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services.

As part of this final on-site assessment, employees and members of the general public are invited to provide comments to the assessment team. They may do so by telephone or email. The public may call 609-737-0605 ext. 6660 on Feb. 17 between the hours of 10-11 a.m. Email comments can be sent to

Telephone comments are limited to five minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with the NJSACOP standards. Contact Lt. Louis Vastola at 609-737-3100 ext. 5320 for information about the standards.

Anyone wishing to offer written comments about the Hopewell Township Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation is requested to email the accreditation program director at or write the NJSACOP, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 751 Route 73 North, Suite 12 Marlton, NJ 08053.

Old City Hall – Bordentown:

Old City Hall is located at 13 Crosswicks St., Bordentown.

Feb. 18 – 4 p.m. – History Revisited: One Person’s Telling of the Voting Rights Act by Erik Daniels

Ongoing – Gina Guillen Yoga – check out class availability at

For more information contact

Black History Month events

Feb. 21 – 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Community Conversation – Join Rhinold Ponder and artists from the exhibition “Manifesting Beloved Community” for this conversation and easy art journaling activity. To register visit

Feb. 23 – 6 p.m. – New Jersey’s Tuskegee of the North: A Program on the Bordentown School at The Mercer County Library, Lawrence Headquarters Branch.

Feb. 26- 3-6 p.m. – The Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum (SSAAM), Central New Jersey’s first and only Black history museum, will celebrate Black History Month with the return of Oxtail Fest at Put’s Tavern – a celebration of African American, Caribbean and African Culinary Traditions.

The fest will be held at Antique Barn at Cahsel in Hillsborough. Reserve your seat at

Morven Museum & Garden presents:

The 2023 Grand Homes & Gardens Speaker Series: Trailblazers and Trendsetters sponsored by Hiltons Princeton.

Feb. 22- 6:30 p.m. – Exploring Manitoga: The Russel Wright House.

March 1 – 6:30 p.m. – Madam C. J. Walker’s Dream of Dreams: Villa Lewaro.

March 8 – 6:30 p.m. – Journey to Beauport: Expect the Unexpected.

March 15 – 6:30 p.m. – Discover Bartram’s Garden.

For all program related questions, please contact Greer Luce, Curator of Education and Public Programs at or 609-924-8144 ext. 106.

Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton St, Princeton, is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 23

Horticulture for the Health of It! Zoom presentation will be held from 7-8 p.m. Feb. 23 with Joel Flagler, Rutgers professor of Horticultural Therapy & Agricultural Extension Agent for Bergen County. Register in advance for the free program at

Sunday, Feb. 26

The Lawrence Historical Society annual meeting will feature David Price’s presentation of “The Most Pivotal Moment in the American Revolution?” from 1-3 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Lawrence Township Public Library, 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence.

Jewish Center of Princeton presents A Fresh Look at Pirkei Avot at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 26.
Feb. 26 – 9:30 a.m. – A Fresh Look at Pirkei Avot

To register, go to

West Windsor Arts

West Windsor Arts Council, located at 952 Alexander Road, West Windsor, is hosting a number of events.

Feb. 28 – 7:30-8:45 p.m. – Artist Meetup Collab at the Hightstown Cultural Arts Commission.

March 3 – 7:30-10 p.m. – Family Fun Night.

March 11 – 7-9 p.m. – Music Night and Super Jack and Guy DeRosa.

Call for Art for GR8 Works: A Fundraising Art Show – drop off dates Feb. 27 to March 3. For more information visit

Registration for Summer Arts Camps – June 26-Sept. 1 and Spring Break Camp – April 7, April 10-14 – are open.

For more information visit

Jewish Family Service of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties is offering a Job Seekers Success Group for active job seekers who are unemployed, underemployed or seeking a career change. The next group will be held from 7-9 p.m. March 1 via Zoom. The topic for this session is “Maximizing LinkedIn” presented by Ken Sher, Sher Coaching. To register or for information about Career Counseling Services, please contact Elise Prezant at or 908-725-7799 ext. 108.

Friday to Sunday, March 3-5

Greater Somerset County YMCA (GSCYMCA) is holding its next American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Courses on March 3-5 in an effort to increase water safety in the community. Participants can expect to gain the knowledge and learn the skills to perform water rescues, as well as prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies.

Participants must be 15 by the end of the course and must pass the pretest before taking the course. To meet pretest requirements, participants must swim 300 yards continuously; breaststroke and freestyle are the only strokes allowed. To learn additional requirements and to register, please visit

Saturday, March 4

The Somerset County Library System of New Jersey (SCLSNJ) will host the seventh annual Somerset County Bee Spectacular Spelling Bee at 1 p.m. March 4 in Council Chambers in the Montgomery Township Municipal Building, 100 Community Drive, Skillman.

Sunday, March 19

People & Stories/Gente y Cuentos will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan for this year’s Gala Benefit “Notable Words: An Afternoon with Jennifer Egan.” The Gala Benefit is the organization’s primary yearly fundraiser. It will be held at 2 p.m. March 19 in the Mackay Lounge on the campus of the Princeton Theological Seminary, 64 Mercer St., Princeton. The afternoon will include a talk and reception, followed by book signing. Tickets are available at this link 

Friday to Sunday, March 17-26

Pegasus Theatre Company will present its final show of the 2022-23 season — “Every Brilliant Thing” – from March 17-26 at the Old City Hall, 11 Crosswicks St., Bordentown.

Every Brilliant Thing stars Peter Alexander and is directed by Bordentown City resident Jonathan Martin.

Tuesday, March 21

Delaware River Greenway Partnership (DRGP) will host Paul W. Schopp, who will make a presentation on steamboats on the Upper Delaware River at 7 p.m. March 21. Visit pre-registration website at

The presentation is part of DRGP’s Delaware River Heritage Lecture.

Saturday, April 22

Hopewell Valley Bunny Hop 5K Run/Walk will be held rain or shine at 9 a.m. April 22 at Washington Crossing State Park. Proceeds benefit senior events for the Hopewell Valley Central High School Class of 2024.

T-shirts for all registrations received by April 1. For more information visit

Thursday, April 27

Neshanic Garden Club invites the public to its spring luncheon from noon to 4 p.m. April 27 at the Somerville Elks Lodge, 375 Union Ave., Bridgewater.

Special guest speaker is Anthony Lund of Bartletts Tree Experts. For tickets contact Barbara Zielsdorff at 908-229-8148 or


The American Repertory Ballet (ARB) will close its season at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, June 9-11, with PREMIERE3 featuring the company premiere and revival of Arthur Mitchell’s invigorating Holberg Suite set to the music of Edvard Grieg, as well as highly anticipated world premieres by Amy Seiwert and Ethan Stiefel.

For more information, contact Dan Bauer at or 609-921-7758.

Continuing events

Hopewell Township officials remind residents about annual pet licenses, which are required by the state for all dogs and cats. A proof of rabies vaccination is required for the license to be issued.

The township’s pet licensing fees are $22.20 for spayed or neutered dog, and $21 for spayed/neutered cats. If an animal is not spayed or neutered, the fee is $3 more. Pet owners received a notice back in October, with a deadline for payment at the end of January.

The Burlington County Sheriff’s Department will perform safety seat inspections every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5-8 p.m.

No appointment required.

The service is offered free of charge to improve child safety.

A typical inspection takes about 20 minutes.

Inspections are performed at the Burlington County Administration Building, 49 Rancocas Road, Mount Holly. Residents can call 609-265-3788 when they arrive and ask for the on-duty child safety seat technician.

Dove Hospice Services of New Jersey is seeking volunteers who are willing to make a difference with individuals who are experiencing the challenge of end-of-life.

Dove Hospice Services is looking for individuals who can dedicate a small amount of time each month to provide companionship-friendly visits, life review, play cards, sewing, knitting or craft projects, music enrichment, pet therapy and office or administrative assistance, according to a press release.

Dove Hospice Services is expanding its “We Honor Veterans” program and is seeking motivated veterans who are interested in providing compassion, support and outreach to fellow veterans and their families.

Visits can be made to individuals living in facilities or private homes. Ongoing training is provided. Volunteers must be 18 or older and a COVID vaccine is required. For additional information, contact Michelle Rutigliano at 732-405-3035.

This fall, Rider University will begin offering a cannabis studies certificate program. The 100% online program provides students with the credentials and expertise to enter the legal cannabis market.  

The program explores the biological, legal, ethical, business and practical aspects of the industry through four courses.

The capstone course is taught by an industry professional, allowing students to gain experience and learn about future internship and job opportunities.

The program is open to those interested in any aspect of the cannabis industry, with no prerequisites or previous degrees required.

Registration is required at

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Somerset, Hunterdon, and Warren Counties (CASA SHaW), which is dedicated to foster children in the region, is seeking applications from individuals in the community to serve on the CASA SHaW Board of Trustees.

Individuals who are interested in applying to become a member of the CASA SHaW Board of Trustees should send their resumes and credentials to CASA SHaW at

CASA SHaW is part of a statewide network of community-based, non-profit programs that recruit, screen, train and supervise volunteers to “Speak Up for a Child” removed from home due to abuse or neglect. CASA is the only program in New Jersey that uses trained volunteers to work one-on-one with children, ensuring that each one gets the services needed and achieves permanency in a safe, nurturing home.

For more information, visit

Hillsborough Township’s Senior Chapters A and B each provide an experience for seniors looking to get out, mingle and experience new things. Trips, theaters, entertainment, card games, speakers, hobbies, talent shows, restaurants, history, and health screenings are some of the activities.

The first and second Thursdays of each month are designated for regular meetings at the municipal building for Chapter A and Chapter B, respectively. 

Any Hillsborough senior age 60 or over who is interested in learning more can contact the Social Services Department at 908-369-3880.

The Monroe Township Jewish War Veterans Post 609 is collecting United States and foreign stamps, both on and off envelopes.

Stamps are used by veterans as a hobby and as therapy at VA medical centers nationwide.

The stamps are not traded or sold; they are forwarded to veteran patients at no charge.

Also requested are DVDs suitable for veterans at those locations.

Send all items to JWV Post 609, c/o Charles Koppelman, 6 Yarmouth Dr., Monroe Township 08831.

The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) and the Office of the New Jersey Coordinator of Addiction Responses and Enforcement Strategies (NJ CARES), which is responsible for overseeing addiction-fighting efforts across the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, have renewed their partnership to host the Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day Learning Series in 2022.

The Learning Series, which began in 2020 in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, features regular webinars focusing on various aspects of the opioid epidemic and its impact on New Jersey and the nation. It is a branch of PDFNJ’s Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day initiative, which is held annually on Oct. 6 to educate residents and prescribers on the risks of prescription opioids and to raise awareness of the opioid crisis throughout the state.

The 2022 Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day Learning Series will include a webinar every month on wide-ranging topics concerning the opioid epidemic, including medication-assisted treatment, harm reduction, the impact on families and addiction recovery.

To learn more about the Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day and for a schedule of this year’s webinars, visit

Volunteers are needed to help end domestic violence in Burlington County.

The Domestic Violence Response Team consists of volunteers who work with Providence House, domestic violence services and police departments to help people who experience domestic violence by empowering and advocating for survivors.

Must be 18 years of age or older, a resident or employee of Burlington County, have a valid New Jersey driver’s license and access to transportation, and no criminal history.

For more information, call 856-904-4344 or email

East Windsor residents can volunteer for appointment to various township boards and committees, including the Clean Communities Advisory Committee, Commission on Aging, East Windsor Municipal Alliance for the Prevention of Substance Abuse, Economic Development Committee, Environmental Commission, Health Advisory Board, Local Assistance Board, Planning Board, Recreation Commission, and Zoning Board of Adjustment.

The mayor and council will make appointments at the January reorganization meeting, as well as throughout the year as opportunities arise.

Residents interested in volunteering can obtain an application form from the Municipal Clerk or from the township website or send a letter of interest and a resume or information about their background to: Mayor Janice S. Mironov and Council Members, East Windsor Township Municipal Building, 16 Lanning Blvd., East Windsor 08520; or fax to 609-443-8303.

For an application form or further information, call 609-443-4000, ext. 238.

The U.S. State Department is experiencing longer than usual delays in the processing times of passports.

For those looking to travel and needing to renew their passports, it is advised to begin this process immediately. The current wait times for passport services is 10 weeks for expedited services and up to 14 weeks from the time of submission for a regular application. This delay is likely due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information regarding passports, visit the Mercer County Clerk’s website at or call the clerk’s passport office at 609-989-6473; for Spanish, call 609-989-6131 or 609-989-6122.

Appointments at the Mercer County Connection, located at 957 Route 33, Hamilton, are available weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. To schedule an appointment at the Mercer County Connection, call 609-890-9800.

All customers must have applications filled out, money orders and checks along with documentation and copies prior to appointment. Delays in appointment availability may be experienced due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Mercer County’s Swift911 system notifies the public in the event of an emergency or for sharing important information via phone, text or email.  

All calls will have the caller ID of “Mercer County Alert.”

Personal information will not be provided to any outside agencies or companies.

To sign up, visit

For assistance with registration, email

Mercer County posts regarding emergency closures are available at and 

Central Jersey Chapter 148 of the Korean War Veterans extend an invitation to any veterans, regardless of the branch of service, who served during the Korean War from June 25, 1950, to July 27, 1953, in any location, including Europe; or who have served in Korea from July 27, 1953, to the current date.

Other veterans may join as associate members.

The group meets at 10 a.m. the second Wednesday of every month, from May to December, at the Monroe Township Municipal Building, 1 Municipal Plaza, in the court room.

Requirements for membership include paying dues of $25 to the Korean War Veterans Association and $10 to the chapter per year.

Korean War Veterans National LIFE membership is available for those 80 and older, and is $75.

The chapter is involved in various functions during the year, including fundraising to help veterans at the New Jersey State Veterans Memorial Home in Menlo Park, the Lyons campus of the VA New Jersey Health Care System, and the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home at Vineland.

For more information, contact Charlie Koppelman at 609-655-3111 or

The Burlington County Lyceum of History and Natural Sciences is turning into a wedding venue.

Burlington County Clerk Joanne Schwartz will begin performing weddings every Wednesday afternoon from 1-4 p.m. by appointment only, in the historic and picturesque Lyceum building on High Street in Mount Holly.

Burlington County couples interested in being married can make appointments online at

There is no fee for the service, but couples must obtain a marriage license from the municipality where either the bride or groom resides or from Mount Holly, where the Lyceum is located. Obtaining a license typically takes 72 hours.

For more information, call the Clerk’s Office at 609-265-5142.

Bentley Community Services, a designated 501 (c) 3 charitable organization, has been helping working families in financial crisis regain self-sufficiency by providing a full range of grocery provisions and more each week, offsetting grocery bills.

Bentley creates access to healthy foods, facilitating healthy diets and nutrition for these families. The crucial monies that families save are applied toward their mortgages, rent, monthly bills and expenses, debt, medical bills and more as these families work toward financial stability and security.

Bentley also offers educational and informational workshops throughout the year facilitated by professionals.

Bentley Community Services is located at 4064 Route 1 north, Monmouth Junction section of South Brunswick, but helps families in communities from the entire central New Jersey region, including Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon, Somerset and Monmouth counties.

For more information, call 908-227-0684 or visit

Donations of perishable, non-perishable foods and toiletries are accepted throughout the year.

Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick has launched the Substance Abuse and Addiction Loss Support Group for families who are coping with loss due to addiction.

The free and confidential support group meets virtually on the second Thursday of every month from 7-8:30 p.m.

Inspired by Saint Peter’s Opioid Task Force, the Substance Abuse and Addiction Loss Support Group is for families and close loved ones of people who have passed away from addiction.

The support group is open to everyone in New Jersey and serves as a safe space for families to discuss their grief.

To join the Substance Abuse and Addiction Loss Support Group, call Jeanne Delacruz, a social worker at Saint Peter’s who facilitates the support group, at 732-745-8522 or email

The Anshe Emeth Community Development Corp (AECDC) Central Jersey Diaper Bank is collecting baby clothing sizes newborn-2T, diapers and books.

Donations can be picked up if within Middlesex County. Volunteers from the Rutgers School of Nursing will arrive between 10 a.m. and noon on the day indicated.

At this time, no shoes, equipment, toys, etc. can be collected.

NAMI In Our Own Voice (NAMI En Nuestra Propia Voz) is a program by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) New Jersey chapter geared toward community education and reducing the stigma of mental health, as trained volunteers share their lived experience of mental health recovery.

To schedule a presentation at a school, PTA meeting, congregation, town hall, support group or professional training, email

Presentations are available in English and Spanish.

Central Jersey SCORE, a non-profit resource partner of the Small Business Administration, is looking for volunteers to assist people looking to start a business or grow an existing small business.

The organization is recruiting business owners and executives, both current and retired, who want to share their experience and knowledge with today’s up-and-coming entrepreneurs.

The Central Jersey Chapter of SCORE serves Middlesex, Somerset and Hunterdon counties.

Central Jersey SCORE provides in-person mentoring and webinars, both offered virtually in line with current pandemic restrictions. In addition, the SCORE website offers tools and templates on a wide variety of topics and numerous online courses and webinars to assist small business owners through every aspect of business development and management. Services are offered free of charge.

Anyone interested in volunteering with SCORE or seeking additional information should email

The Mercer County Solidarity Network (MCSN) is a new mutual aid group designed to connect people in need throughout Mercer County with people who can help meet those needs.

The group is looking for individuals, families and businesses who would like to donate their time, resources or goods/services with people who have been affected by the pandemic and who request support. There is no minimum obligation – donors can specify whatever they feel they can provide and the group will match donors with individuals who have expressed a related need.

To sign up as a donor, visit or email

Send items to The deadline for submissions each week is 5 p.m. on Tuesday. For details, call 732-358-5200, ext. 8233.

Going Out, Feb. 9-17, 2023

Like a ray of sunshine, theater, dance and arts events glow for you, plus nightlife events, a few of which glow in the dark.

Clyde’s @ Berkeley Repertory Theatre  

(Click here for listings of LGBTQ movies, TV series, podcasts and community organizations.)

Black Choreographers Festival
19th annual festival of African American-created dances. Feb 11 at University Theatre, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward. Feb. 25 & 26, 7:30pm at Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St. $10-$30.

Cashed Out @ SF Playhouse
World premiere of Native American Claude Jackson, Jr.’s play about three generations of women living on the Gila River Indian Community Reservation in Arizona. $15-$100; thru Feb. 25. 450 Post St. (Read our interview with cast member Chingwe Padraig Sullivan.)

Clyde’s @ Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Nominated for the 2022 Tony Award for Best Play! Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage’s feel-good comic drama is about the formerly incarcerated kitchen staff at a truck-stop sandwich shop who attempt to rebuild their lives. $26-$93; thru Feb. 26. 2025 Addison St. (Read our review.)

Dance Lovers 11 @ Joe Goode Annex
James Graham Dance Theatre presents the 11th annual concerts of duets by couples, crushes and comrades. $25-$$5. Feb. 16, 17, 18, 8pm. 401 Alabama St.

Dance Mission Theater
Dance and performance space; also classes in many forms. Yemanja Arts Festival, Feb. 12, 7pm (also Feb. 11, 8pm at BrasArts, 1901 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley). $35. KAMBARA + Dancers presents IKKAI means once: a transplanted pilgrimage; Feb. 15, 12pm. Feb 17 at 8pm. 3316 24th St.

Dance Lovers 11 @ Joe Goode Annex  

Dear Evan Hansen @ Orpheum Theatre
Touring company of the six Tonys-winning musical about a shy teenager who uses a classmate’s death to gain popularity. $67-$169; thru Feb. 19. 1192 Market St.

Dear San Francisco @ Club Fugazi
The ‘high-flying love story’ weaves local history with acrobatic theatrics and live music by The 7 Fingers company, now with new cast members, and a full food and beverage menu, celebrated its one-year residency; extended thru Feb. 10. $35-$99. 678 Green St.

Everest: An Immersive Experience @ Z Space
New production, with immersive projections, of composer Joby Talbot and librettist Gene Scheer’s dramatic opera about Mount Everest hikers; thru Feb. 12. $20-$115 (opening night gala). 450 Florida St. (Read our advance article.)

Festival of Maha Shivratri @ Anubhuti Meditation & Retreat Center
Live music, a dance performance by Vandhana Dance Company, a theatrical drama depicting the life cycle of the Trimurti, a candle lighting ceremony, an uplifting talk, guided meditation, and a vegetarian dinner following the program. Feb 11, 5:30pm. 820 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato.

‘Getting There’ @ New Conservatory Theatre Center (photo: Lois Tema)  

Getting There @ New Conservatory Theatre Center
World premiere of Dipika Guha’s commissioned play about five women in Paris and how their lives suddenly entangle. Wed. night Parisian piano mini-concerts with Suzanne ‘Kitten on the Keys’ Ramsey. $21-$56; thru Feb. 26, Wed-Sat. 8pm, Sun. 2pm. 25 Van Ness Ave., lower level. (Read our interview with the playwright.)

The Headlands @ Toni Rembe Theater
American Conservatory Theatre’s production of Christopher Chen’s drama, set in the Marin Headlands, about a young man searching for clues about his father’s mysterious death. $25-$110. Feb. 9- March 5. 415 Geary St.

Hump Film Festival @ Victoria Theatre
Dan Savage’s annual diverse sexuality film festival cums, er, comes to town. $25. Feb. 10-18. 2961 16th St.

In Every Generation @ Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
West Coast premiere of Ali Viterbi’s Jewish multigenerational family saga. $30-$65; thru Feb. 12. 500 Castro Street, Mountain View.

Justice: A New Musical @ Marin Theatre Company
Playwright in Residence Lauren M. Gunderson and composer/lyricist duo, Bree Lowdermilk and Kait Kerrigan’s musical play about the Supreme Court’s first three women; Sandra Day O’Connor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Sonia Sotomayor. $25-$65. Feb. 16-March 12. 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley.

Mark Morris Dance Group @ Zellerbach Hall  

Little Shop of Horrors @ 6th Street Playhouse, Santa Rosa
The hit Off-Broadway musical by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman about a carnivorous alien plant gets another local production. $29-$43; thru Feb. 19. 52 W. 6th St.

Lockdown Comedy
Lisa Geduldig hosts the online gigglefest, with comedians Jason Stuart, Kate Willett, Myq Kaplan and Lisa’s mom, Arline. $15-$25. Feb. 16, 7pm.

Mark Morris Dance Group @ Zellerbach Hall
The acclaimed choreographer returns with his new work, ‘The Look of Love: An Evening of Dance to the Music of Burt Bacharach.’ $36-$135. Feb. 17 &18 at 8pm. Feb. 19 at 3pm. Bancroft Way at Dana St., UC Berkeley campus.

Mean Girls @ Golden Gate Theater
Touring company of Tina Fey, Jeff Richmond and Nell Benjamin’s hit musical is based on Fey’s screenplay about a teen girl and her new school frenemies. $66.50-$174.50; thru Feb. 26. 1 Taylor St. at Market.

Mostly British Film Festival @ Vogue Theatre
15th annual festival of mostly Britain-set (plus Ireland, Australia, India and more) films. Feb. 9-16. 3290 Sacramento St. (Read our feature article.)

ODC Dance @ Grace Cathedral
‘Path of Miracles,’ KT Nelson’s site-specific dance work set in the beautiful church, with vocal ensemble Volti. $88-$110. Feb. 10 & 11, 8pm; Feb. 12, 2pm. 1100 California St.

Picasso at the Lapin Agile @ Bus Barn Theater, Los Altos
Los Altos Stage Company’s production of Steve Martin’s erudite play about Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein’s imagined conversations on art and life. $20-$40; thru Feb. 19. 97 Hillview Ave.

Queer Valentines @
Queer Dance Festival’s free outdoor movement celebration of love. Feb. 12, 1pm-4pm. John Muir Elementary School playground, 1955 Claremont Ave., Berkeley.

Brian Copeland’s ‘Grandma & Me: an Ode to Single Parents’ @ The Marsh  

San Francisco Ballet @ War Memorial Opera House
In the ‘next @ 90’ festival, the company premieres nine new works by nine diverse choreographers in three programs, including former Principal Dancer Nicolas Blanc. (Read our interview with Nicolas Blanc.) $29-$448; thru Feb. 11. 301 Van Ness Ave.

Solo Shows @ The Marsh
New and return engagements with acclaimed local storyteller/performers. David Kleinberg’s ‘He Wants to Run,’ thru Feb. 12. Brian Copeland’s ‘Grandma & Me: an Ode to Single Parents,’ thru Feb. 25, then March 4-April 29. 1062 Valencia St. At The Marsh Berkeley: Dan Hoyle’s ‘Talk to Your People,’ thru March 11 (Fri. 7pm & Sat. 5pm). Don Reed’s ‘The Never Too Late Show,’ thru Feb. 19. 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley ($10-$35).

Who’s Your Mami Comedy @ Brava Cabaret
Marga Gomez, Chelsea Bearse and Carla Clay do stand-up, with host Riley Manlapaz. Feb. 16, 7:30pm. 2781 24th St.

Bettina Aptheker @ Bound Together Anarchist Bookstore
UC Santa Cruz Distinguished Professor Emerita, in a reading from and discussion about her new book, Communists In Closets: Queering the History 1930s-1990s, which explores the history of Gay, Lesbian and non-heterosexual people in the Communist Party in the United States, including such figures as Harry Hay, Lorraine Hansberry and Eleanor Flexnor, Feb. 17, 7pm. 1369 Haight St.

Bettina Aptheker @ Bound Together Anarchist Bookstore  

Body Language
onePULSE Foundation presents a free online screening and panel discussion of the short gilm “Body Language,’ which explores body image and body experience for Black gay, queer and same-gender-loving men. Feb. 15, 4pm PT.

LGBT Events @ Fabulosa Books
Author readings, in-store and online monthly book club group discussion of literary works. 489 Castro St.

No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics @ PBS
The fascinating documentary about the history of LGBTQ comics, based on the award-winning book.

Queer Words
Listen to online literary chats hosted by author Wayne Goodman, with guests Kelliane Parker, Brian Broome, Michael Nava, Vi Khi Nao, Anne Shade, Brontez Purnell, Christopher Castellani, the late Leslie Cohen and many others.

SF Public Library
Online and in-person author events. Also, check out books and DVDs, see various book-themed exhibits. 100 Larkin St.

Bobby Conte @ Strand Theater  

Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center
International music and dance concerts at the East Bay venue celebrating its 50th anniversary with a special schedule of concerts. 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley.

Bobby Conte @ Strand Theater
The Broadway singer-actor performs his acclaimed solo concert, ‘Along the Way,’ presented by Feinstein’s at the Nikko. $69-$94. Feb. 11, 8pm. 1127 Market St. (Read our interview.)

Cal Performances @ UC Berkeley
Music and dance concerts and more. Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft Way at Dana St., Berkeley.

Feinstein’s at the Nikko
The upscale nightclub presents cabaret concerts. Feb. 10 & 11, 8pm: Paula West sings jazz vocal classics with her band. Feb. 17 & 18, 8pm: two-time Tony winner Jennifer Simard. Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St.

Freight & Salvage
Music venue presents folk, rock, blues musicians and more. 2020 Addison St, Berkeley.

Paula West @ Feinstein’s at the Nikko  

Great American Music Hall
Enjoy live music at the classic venue. 859 O’Farrell St.

The Lost Church
Intimate music and theater venue presents local and touring performers in a variety of styles. 988 Columbus Ave.

Middle-Aged Queers @ Gilman, The Knockout
The super-gay band performs their third Valentine’s Gay show with Sissyfit, Closet Monster and Dropping In. $10-$12. Feb. 10, 7pm-11pm. 924 Gilman St., Berkeley. Then, a record release party Feb. 11, 5pm-9pm at The Knockout, 3223 Mission St.

Noe Music
In-person and online concerts in many genres; classical, folk, early music. 1021 Sanchez St.

Noise Pop Festival
Citywide festival of music and arts. Feb. 16- 26.

Noontime Concerts @ Old Saint Mary’s Cathedral
Enjoy concerts in a variety of genres, Tuesdays at 12:30pm. 660 California St.

Old First Concerts
Enjoy in-person, live-streamed and archived music concerts of classic, and contemporary music. 1751 Sacramento St.

One Night Only @ Marines’ Memorial Theater
Cast members from the touring production of ‘Mean Girls’ perform at the Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation’s benefit concert, with D’Arcy Drollinger and Shawn Ryan, plus auctions including a lavish travel package to the French Riviera. $45-$100 (VIP afterparty with the cast). 6:30pm mini-silent auction, show 7:30pm, 609 Sutter St.

Patti LuPone @ Bing Concert Hall, Stanford  

Patti LuPone @ Bing Concert Hall, Stanford
The Broadway legend performs her new concert, ‘Don’t Monkey With Broadway.’ $25-$165. Feb. 11, 7:30pm. 327 Lasuen St.

Philharmonia Baroque
The music orchestra performs works by Saint-Saens and Brahms; Feb. 9, 8pm at Herbst Theatre, SF; Feb. 10, 7:30pm at First United Methodist Church, Palo Alto; Feb. 11, 8pm & 12, 4pm at First Church, Berkeley. Feb. 16 & 17: ‘Sessions,’ Davóne Tines and conductor David Belkovski explore their personal connections to the music and art they make through the lenses of gender, race and sexuality; at ODC Theater, 3153 17th St.

Queer Vibes @ SF Center
LGBT musicians perform a variety of genres; in-person shows return. Feb. 10, 6pm: Lovey’s music dance and DJed grooves performance, ‘Copacetic Lovers.’

Sean Shibe and the Van Kuijk Quartet @ Herbst Theatre  

San Francisco Performances @ Herbst Theatre
Chamber music, classical, vocal concerts and recitals. Feb. 10, 7:30pm: guitarist Sean Shibe and the Van Kuijk Quartet. $45-$65. 401 Van Ness Ave.

San Francisco Symphony @ Davies Symphony Hall
In-person and online concerts. 201 Van Ness Ave.

SF Jazz
The acclaimed venue brings their concert series online with talented musicians, and has returned to in-person concerts. 201 Franklin St.

Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley
Intimate restaurant, nightclub and music venue presents all kinds of music, in the historical Masonic Lodge; 9 Corte Madera Ave.

The elegant nightclub-restaurant features jazz and R&B musicians. 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland.

‘Year of the Tiger’ @ 111 Minna Gallery  

111 Minna Gallery
Downtown gallery exhibits vibrant contemporary artworks. New: Seventh Son Tattoo presents ‘Year of the Tiger,’ a group exhibition of stunning contemporary tiger-themed art; thru March 23. 111 Minna St.

Acion Latina
Community organization sponsors events, and hosts exhibits in its gallery. 2958 24th St.

Angelic/Trimble Gallery
Unusual art exhibits; 1275 Minnesota St.

Arion Press Gallery
Print and design art exhibits. 1802 Hayes St., The Presidio.

Gallerists James Bacchi and Annette Schutz showcase multiple visual artists. 228 Townsend St.

Art Visit
Meet with visual artists in your area at their studios.

Art Works Downtown, San Rafael
Exhibits of works by local artists. 1325 4th St., San Rafael.

Asian Art Museum
‘Into View: Bernice Bing,’ 20 works by the contemporary artist, thru June 26. (Read our feature article.) ‘Color Trip: Yoshida Hodaka’s Modern Prints,’ thru May 1. ‘Bearing Witness: Selected Works by Chiura Obata,’ thru Feb. 27. Fri-Mon 10am-5pm. Thu. 1pm-8pm. 200 Larkin St.

‘Into View: Bernice Bing’ @ Asian Art Museum  

Berkeley Art Center
Diverse arts exhibits. 1275 Walnut St., Berkeley.

Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive
‘Endless Knot: Struggle and Healing in the Buddhist World,’ thru June 11. ‘Amalia Mesa-Bains: Archaeology of Memory.’ ‘Quilts, Blankets, and Tapestry: Contemporary Art and Textiles,’ ‘Ron Nagle: Handsome Drifter, Folk and Modern Art in Postcolonial India’ and art films streamed online and screened outdoors. 2155 Center St., Berkeley.

Cacophonies of Resistance @ Worth Ryder Art Gallery, Berkeley
Exhibition of works and performances by MFA students. 116 Anthropology and Art Practice Building, UC Berkeley.

California Academy of Sciences
The fascinating science museum includes live creatures (aquarium, terrarium) and educational exhibits. ‘Bugs,’ a fascinating giant-plants-scale insect-view exhibit. ‘Wander Woods,’ an outdoor kids and families play space. Also, ‘Living Worlds,’ a planetarium show. Mon-Sat 9:30am-5pm. Sun 11am-5pm. 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park.

California institute of Integral Studies
Art and culture center hosts classes, workshops, exhibits. ‘Karla Diaz: While You Were Sleeping,’ thru Feb 24. 1453 Mission St.

Cartoon Art Museum
‘Edward Gorey’s Eerie Art,’ a rotating exhibit of different works, thru Feb 12. Melissa Pagluica’s art, part of the Emerging Artist Showcase; also, ‘Yay Comics!: Hilo, Phoebe and Her Unicorn, and Friends,’ thru Feb 20. Open daily (except Wed.) 11am-5pm. 781 Beach St.

Catharine Clark Gallery
‘Sobremesa,’ a group exhibition thru March 18. 248 Utah St.

‘Gillian Laub: Family Matters’ @Contemporary Jewish Museum  

Chabot Space & Science Center
Programs include live science programs each Wed., 10:30am, virtual telescope viewings each Sat. 9pm. Free/$15. 10000 Skyline Blvd, Oakland (opens in Nov.).

Chinese Cultural Center
Exhibition of new work by Bay Area-based contemporary ceramic artist Cathy Lu. 750 Kearny St.

Conservatory of Flowers
Beautiful indoor and outdoor floral exhibits in the classic arboretum; special events and parties, too. 100 JFK Drive, Golden Gate Park. Free/$12.

Contemporary Jewish Museum
‘Gillian Laub: Family Matters,’ an exhibit of her family portraits. ‘Cara Levine: To Survive I Need You to Survive,’ February 16 – July 30. ‘L’chaim: Celebrating Our Building at 15,’ February 16— June 9, 2024. Free/$16. 736 Mission St.

David Ireland House
Home converted into an intimate gallery of unusual art projects. 500 Capp St.

de Young Museum
‘Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs,’ a fascinating multi-part exhibit of Egyptian antiquities, jewelry, sarcophagi, even cat mummies, and special virtual reality consoles; thru Feb. 12. Also, ‘Lhola Amira: Facing the Future.’ The Obama portraits by Kehinde Wiley; ‘Nampeyo and the Sikyatki Revival,’ thru Feb. Collections of American, African, Oceanic, costume arts, sculpture and more. Tue-Sun 9:30am-5:15pm. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive.

Entwined @ Golden Gate Park
The popular outdoor light installation returns, with special events, thru March 12. Peacock Meadow, 240 JFK Drive.

‘Out in the World: Ireland’s LGBTQ+ Diaspora’ @ GLBT History Museum  

Exhibits @ SF Public Library
Book displays at the James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center, 3rd floor. Also, book exhibits on the 6th floor. 100 Larkin St.

Exploratorium Events
‘Glow,’ and exhibit of light-focused installations, thru Jan. 29. Also, talks and demos with a science theme, including comet-cam and more; weekly After Dark nighttime parties have returned. Pier 15.

Gallery Wendi Norris
Contemporary artists’ works. 436 Jackson St.

GLBT History Museum
‘Out in the World: Ireland’s LGBTQ+ Diaspora.’ Online exhibits include ‘Stories of Our Movement: Bay Area Reporter at 50.’ Also, ‘Legendary: African American LGBTQ Past Meets Present, Fighting Back,’ a series that brings together community leaders, experts, historians and activists to explore lessons from the past that might be useful in formulating resistance efforts today; ‘Reigning Queens: the Lost Photos of Roz Joseph,’ curated by Joseph Plaster; and other exhibits. Online events as well. 4127 18th St.

Gregangelo Museum
Take tours at the 27-room mansion filled with eccentric unusual interactive artworks and performances.

Gray Area
Unusual and contemporary art exhibits and installations. 2665 Mission St.

Harvey Milk Photo Center
View exhibits of masterful photographic art; also online galleries. ‘Women in Color’ by Margot Hartford; thru March 18. 50 Scott St.

Headlands Center for the Arts
40th anniversary exhibits include ‘Process + Place,’ Mark Thompson’s ‘Semaphore,’ a striking installation at the scenic arts center (paired with Ann Hamilton’s ‘here • there • then • now’ at 500 Capp St. 944 Simmonds Road, Sausalito.

Mark Thompson’s ‘Semaphore’ @ Headlands Center for the Arts  

Jenkins Johnson Gallery
Contemporary art exhibits. 1275 Minnesota St.

Land’s End @ Former Cliff House
Group exhibit of artists’ varied works where their charge is twofold: to discover artwork in unlikely places and to consider the planet’s health. 1090 Point Lobos Ave.

Legion of Honor
New: ‘Sargent and Spain,’ an expansive exhibit of the (allegedly gay) painter’s works created during his Spanish residency, thru May 14. Also, ‘Michelle Erickson: Wild Porcelain,’ thru April 2, and ‘Papaerworks: Fifteen Years of Acquisitions, thru June 25. European and ancient art, giant Renaissance landscapes and historic paintings, plus classical sculptures and contemporary works, from Degas, Manet, Caillebotte and Vuillard to Egyptian, Greek and Roman artifacts; also, Wangechi Mutu’s fascinating modern outdoor and indoor sculptures. Tue-Sun, 9:30am-5:15pm. Free/$15.

Letterform Archive
‘Strikethrough: Typographic Messages,’ an exhibit of varies protest movement posters and graphics by Emory Douglas, Favianna Rodriguez, Jenny Holzer, W.E.B Dubois, ACT UP, Amos Kennedy, Jr., Corita Kent, Atelier Populaire, Guerrilla Girls, Ben Shahn and others. 2325 3rd St.

Lost Art Salon
Intimate gallery exhibits small and unusual works of note by contemporary and early 20th-century artists. 245 S. Van Ness. #303.

“Squint: Recent Photography by Chris Komater” @ MAG Galleries  

MAG Galleries
New art gallery presents its first exhibit, “Squint: Recent Photography by Chris Komater,” pixilated portraits. Opening reception Feb. 10, 5pm-7pm. Artists talk Feb. 25, 4pm. Exhibit thru March 26. 3931 18th St.

Manna Gallery
‘Flux,’ Elaine Maute’s exhibit of paintings. Also, Orlando Smith retrospective. 473 25th St., Oakland.

Minnesota Street Art Project
Multiple galleries -Nancy Toomey Fine Art, Municipal Bonds, The Jones Institute and more- host different artist exhibits. 1275 Minnesota St.

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
Exhibits of art by Latino artists, plus events. Also, ‘Afrolatinidad en la Bahia de San Francisco’ and Javier Perez’ ‘Heart-Speak: Dichos de Mi Padre,’ both thru March 4. $5. 2869 Mission St.

Museum of the African Diaspora
Exhibits include ‘The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion,’ thru March 5; also, award-winning films, talks and music performances focusing on Black artists in multiple media. Through February, Black History Month panels, lectures and film screenings. 685 Mission St.

Javier Perez’ ‘Heart-Speak: Dichos de Mi Padre’ @ Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts  

Museum of Craft & Design
‘Bull.Miletic: Proxistant Vision,’ an innovative, art and technology research project that explores the impact of new aerial imaging technologies and their influence and power in everyday life; thru March 19. $8-$10. 2589 3rd St.

Napa Lighted Art Festival
Colorful nighttime art installations, projections and sculptures at locations around Napa; thru Feb. 19, Mon-Thu 6pm-9pm. Fri-Sun, 6pm10pm.

NIAD Exhibits
The art studio for developmentally disabled adults shares in-person online exhibits and sells beautiful works of art; in-person window displays and weekly online exhibitions.

Oakland Museum
‘Angela Davis: Seize the Time,’ an exhibit examining the image, influence, and activism of the Oakland-based icon; thru June 11. ‘Black Power’ and ‘Dorothea Lange: Photography as Activism,’ both ongoing. Friday night interactive displays and live music. 1000 Oak St., Oakland.

Ordinary People @ Art Kiosk, Redwood City
Artist Peter Moen’s installation of 50+ portraits of LGBTQ subjects; thru Feb. 26. 2208 Broadway St.

‘The Power of Creativity and Community’ @ City Hall Gallery  

The Pink and Purple Church in the Castro
Online multimedia exhibit documenting the history of Metropolitan Community Church, its LGBTQ-inclusive services and outreach through the AIDS pandemic.

Pleasure as Art @ Good Vibrations
Dafne Blade’s sculptural window display installation made out of 100 decommissioned Magic Wand vibrators. 899 Mission St.

The Power of Creativity and Community @ City Hall Gallery
SFAC Galleries partners with Art With Elders for a group exhibition of works by diverse senior artists; thru Aug. 25. Ground Floor and North Light Court, 1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Place.

Pride and Progress
The Victory Fund’s online exhibit showcases a timeline of LGBT political history.

Queer Arts Featured
New LGBTQ-owned pop-up gallery set in the former site of Harvey Milk’s camera shop. 575 Castro St. Donate to their emergency rent hike fundraiser.

Queering the Crip, Cripping the Queer
Online version of a new group exhibit at Berlin’s Schedules Museum that explores the multiple historical, cultural, and political intersections of queerness and disability.

Robert Koch Gallery
Contemporary artists exhibits. 49 Geary St.

Schlomer Haus Gallery
New Castro/Duboce gay-owned art gallery; Colin J. Radcliffe’s ‘Love Spoiled,’ cute sexy ceramic figurative sculptures. 2128 Market St. Tue-Sat 12pm to 6pm and by appointment.

‘Legends of San Francisco’ @ Tenderloin Museum  

SF Botanical Garden
Beautiful spacious gardens with multiple plants, trees and flowers. Free entry for SF residents; others $3-$10. 1199 9th Ave., Golden Gate Park.

SF Museum of Modern Art
New: SECCA Art Award exhibition, with new works by Binta Ayofemi, Maria A. Guzmán Capron, Cathy Lu, Marcel Pardo Ariza, and Gregory Rick. ‘Joan Brown,’ a retrospective of paintings and sculptures by the SF artist, thru March 12. ‘Shifting the Silence,’ a group exhibit of 32 women artists, and ‘Speculative Portraits,’ an exploration of portraiture and identity. Diego Rivera’s massive 1940 mural ‘Pan American Unity’ on display during its restoration. Joan Mitchell retrospective’ ‘Constellations: Photographs in Dialogue,’ and Pop, Abstract, and Figurative art collections. Free/$25; reserved, timed ticketing. Mon 10am-5pm. Thu 1pm-8pm. Fri-Sun 10am-5pm. First Thursdays free. 151 Third St.

SOMArts Cultural Center
Various art exhibits and events. 934 Brannan St.

Southern Exposure
Unusual art and installations and online projects. 3030 20th St.

Stitching Communities and the AIDS Memorial Quilt @ Thacher Gallery
Exhibit of panels from The AIDS Memorial Quilt, which stands as an enduring monument to love, loss, and the power of art to bring communities together; thru Feb. 17. 2130 Fulton St. USF campus.

Tenderloin Museum
New and permanent exhibits of neighborhood history. ‘Legends of San Francisco,’ an exhibit of 81 drag performer portraits by Harry James Hanson, Deb Leal, and floral designs by Devin Antheus; thru April 1. Also, ‘Education for Action: California Labor School, 1942-1957.’ thru July 1. 398 Eddy St.

Tunnel Tops @ Presidio
New outdoor beautifully landscaped area with scenic views, recreation, ranger talks, murals, and visiting food trucks.

Walt Disney Family Museum
Located in The Presidio, the museum dedicated to the art of Disney films hosts online and in-person exhibits, classes and events. 104 Montgomery St.

We Were There
Online tours of art museums, showcasing hidden and overlooked LGBT themes, subjects and artists.

Online exhibit showcases photos and historic paintings of sex workers by 19 artists, from the late 19th Century of Edouard Manet and Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec to modern day contemporaries such as Felix Gonzalez-Torres, David Hockney, Nan Goldin, Bruce LaBruce and Margie Schnibbe. NSFW.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Unusual modern art exhibits; also, film screenings, murals, and tours. Lobby art: Taravat Talepasand’s ‘Peace in the Middle East.’ Also, ‘Brett Cook & Liz Lerman: Reflection & Action,’ a video, dance and multimedia installation, thru June 4. Alex Strada and Tali Keren’s ‘Proposal for a 28th Amendment? Is it Possible to Amend an Unequal System?’ thru March 19. 701 Mission St.

Beaux beauties (photo: Gooch)  

440 Castro
Friendly neighborhood bar has ample outdoor seating, and indoor drink specials, Monday underwear parties and two bars. 440 Castro St.

The Academy
LGBTQ social club offers membership, plus public events; art exhibits, music, community talks, wine-tastings and more. 2166 Market St.

After Dark @ Exploratorium
Evening cocktail parties at the interactive science museum, with different themes; Thursdays 6pm-10pm. Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green St.)

Asia SF
Dining, nightlife and classy drag performers mix at the popular SoMa club; dinner shows from $59-$79. 201 9th St.

Aunt Charlie’s Lounge
The intimate bar serves strong drinks and hosts frequent drag shows. 133 Turk St.

Popular Market Street club, with drag entertainers, gogo studs, drinks and food. Shangri-La second Saturdays. Latin Divas Live 4th Saturdays, You/nique 3rd Saturdays. Big Top Sundays and Friday Manimal with studly gogos. Drag brunch Sat & Sun, 2pm & 4pm. Pan Dulce Wednesdays, and weekly ‘Drag Race’ viewings. 2344 Market St.

Classy Duboce area bar known for its artisanal cocktails. 2124 Market St.

The Cafe
Popular Castro nightclub with a dance floor and lounge areas, two bars, drag shows and gogo dancers on select nights; Picante Latin night on Thursdays. 2369 Market St.

The Cinch
Historic bar in the Polk district. 1723 Polk St.

Club 1220
Walnut Creek’s gay bar, with drag shows, karaoke and dance nights. 1220 Pine St., Walnut Creek.

Club OMG
Intimate mid-Market nightclub includes DJed dancing, drag shows and a karaoke night. 43 6th St.

The Hole in the Wall Saloon  

Rexy hosts 12pm & 2pm drag brunch shows with Kylie Minono, Kipper Snacks, Bionka Simone and other talents. 775 Valencia St.

Castro bar and restaurant with pinball and arcade games; drag bingo Wed. nights. 2200 Market St.

Dirty Habit, Hotel Zelos
Hotel’s fifth-floor bar/restaurant hosts themed nights, plus Tuesday night street food and other rooftop events. 12 4th St.

DNA Lounge
SoMa nightclub hosts many queer-friendly events. 475 11th St.

The Edge
Musical Wednesdays, the weekly Monster Show, Beards & Booze and other events have returned to the popular bar. 4149 18th St.

The EndUp
Historic SoMa nightclub hosts straight, gay and whatever late-night dance events. 401 6th St.

SF’s queer sex club in a new location (site of the historic Bulldog Baths), open daily at 2pm to 10pm-12am; memberships available. 18+ only. $10-$30. 132 Turk St.

Fireside Lounge, Alameda
Woman-owned LGBT-friendly bar with live shows, outdoor lounge, cool cocktails. 1453 Webster St.

Golden Bull, Oakland
LGBT-friendly bar presents diverse live music acts; Queeraoke on 2nd and 4th Sundays at 7pm. 412 14th St.

Hi Tops
Popular sports bar with multiple TV screens, events, and an irresistible snack menu. 2247 MArket St.

The Hole in the Wall Saloon
Local rock DJs like Don Baird play at the SoMa ‘friendly neighborhood gay biker bar.’ 1369 Folsom St. Also, listen online:

SoMa queer and woman/trans-owned nightclub and restaurant; Coyote Queer, second Saturdays, with DJs Koslov & Livv, costume contest. Queer Karaoke Thursdays; UHaul SF, Fridays. Sunday brunch drag show 11am-5pm. 2700 16th St.

Dusty Pörn @ Martuni’s  

Last Call
Small, neighborhood bar with a fireplace and old school jukebox. 3988 18th St.

Castro bar with a panoramic view. Bounce (Sat. nights), Lips & Lashes Drag Brunch with host Carnie Asada (Sat. afternoons), Jock (Sunday nights). 3600 16th St.

Lone Star Saloon
DJed events at the historic bear bar, plus regular nights of rock music and patio hangouts. 1354 Harrison St.

Lyon & Swan
New gay-owned North Beach supper club with a diverse array of live cabaret acts; vocalists, jazz bands and comedy acts; also specialty cocktails and meals (closed Tue/Wed) . 124 Columbus Ave.

The intimate martini bar hosts music cabaret acts. Feb. 11, 7pm: Dusty Pörn’s ‘A Decade in Dusty Drag,’ with pianist Joe Wicht, Elsa Touche, and more; $25. Also, pianist Russell Deason hosts the fun weekly Monday Happy Hour open mic gathering. On last Sundays, 7pm, singer Carly Ozard hosts a monthly concert series (Read our interview). 5:30pm-8:30pm. 4 Valencia St. at Market.

Midnight Sun
The popular bar celebrates 50 years; Timeline Tuesdays, Honeypot Fridays with gogo studs; Galaxy Saturday nights with DJ Lu; K-Pop and drag shows like Munro’s at Midnight, 10pm Monday nights. plus Thursday Media Noche, and more. 4067 18th St. (Read our interview with Media Noche host Betty Fresas.)

Milk SF
Queer cafe in the Mission offers coffee, pastries, food, local drag shows. Sober Karaoke on 4th Wednesdays, 6pm-9:30pm. 302 Valencia St.

The Mix
Castro bar with pool table, jukebox, popular patio. 4086 18th St.

Moby Dick
Popular neighborhood bar known for its colorful aquarium and tasty drinks celebrates 40 years. 4049 18th St.

Muevelo @ Que Rico, Oakland
Enjoy the new nightclub’s weekly dance party with DJed grooves, drag divas, and gogo studs. Fridays, $10 and up, 9:30pm-3am. 381 15th St., Oakland.

Matthew Martin in ‘The Hand That Rocks the Crawford’ @ Oasis  

The multiple award-winning nightclub’s shows include: Feb. 9, a fundraiser for D’Arcy Drollinger’s sequel film, ‘Champagne White and the Temple of Poon,’ based on the wacky stage show, with strippers, live acts, auctions and more; $15-$250. Feb. 10 & 11, 7pm; Lady Bunny’s ‘The Greatest Ho on Earth;’ $30-$50. Feb. 16-March 4, 7pm: Matthew Martin and more in Michael Phillis’ wacky drag parody, ‘The Hand That Rocks the Crawford;’ $25-$50. eb. 17, 10pm-2am: Asheq, The Middle East North African LGBTQ+ Dance Party, $20. Also, Princess, the weekly Saturday night drag show, 10pm-2am. Reparations, the Fridays all-Black drag show, 10pm-2am (Feb 10 with LaTrice Royale). Karaoke & Cocktails with Emma Peel, Tuesdays, 7pm-11pm. 398 11th St.

Pilsner Inn
Historic neighborhood bar (since 1980) with an easy vibe, pool table, an excellent beer selection, and a spacious back patio. 225 Church St.

Port Bar, Oakland
Ongoing: Shake It Up Saturdays and Juicy (also Saturdays); Women’s night Sundays; Wednesdays are a Drag shows at 9pm, 10pm & 11pm; Big Gay Trivia with Jeremy Jones on Tuesdays; Thursdays, Karaoke Star hosted by Amoura Teese; also weekend drag brunch. 2023 Broadway.|

Powerhouse Bar
Popular cruisy SoMa bar; Underwear Thursdays; Juanita MORE’s Powerblouse (fun drag makeovers) 1st Saturdays, Glamamore’s Pillows drag show on Mondays; and Beat Pig, 3rd Saturdays. 1347 Folsom St.

Que Rico
LGBT Latinx nightclub features cute gogo guys and fun drag shows, DJed dance floor, brunch and dinner menus, too. 381 15th St., Oakland.

Leather men @ SF Eagle (photo: Steven Underhill)  

Queens & Comedy @ Cobb’s Comedy Club
Suzette Veneti hosts a night of laughs with Sydney Stigerts, Nicki Jizz, Kiry Shabazz, Nitrix Oxide, Jade Theriault and Dragon King. $25-$33. Feb. 9, 915 Columbus Ave.

El Rio
The popular bar with a spacious outdoor patio hosts multiple LGBTQ events, including Hard French; Daytime Realness, Mango, live bands, comedy and more. 3158 Mission St.

Rize SF @ Origin
New LGBTQ dance party with K-Pop and other styles, DJ DNZA, drag performer Miss Shu Mai; first and third Saturdays. Free/$250. 1538 Fillmore St.

Roller Disco @ Church of 8 Wheels
Roller-skating nights with groovy tunes, plus skate rentals. $5-$15. 554 Fillmore St.

SF Eagle
The famed leather bar has numerous events. BLUF Cigar Buddies 2nd Fridays; monthly Lair with host Suppository Spelling; Frolic cosplay/furry party, 2nd Saturdays, 8pm-2am, $8-$12. Sunday beverage bust, 3pm-7pm, $10-$15. ( 398 12th St.

Steamworks Berkeley
The award-winning bathhouse hosts special events, DJed nights, and a cruisy vibe. $5-$200 (6-month membership). 18+ only. Open 24/7 every day. 2107 4th St., Berkeley.

Suavecito @ Space 550
Valentino Presents and Club Papi present a weekly Latin dance night with DJs Mike, Mr. Biggs, and Lola; Sonora Tropicana band, drag acts, gogo guys, three dance rooms, outdoor lounge. Saturdays, $15-$25. 9:30pm-3am. 550 Barneveld Ave.

Friends @ Twin Peaks (photo: Steven Undderhill)  

Sundance Saloon @ Space 550
The (mostly) Country music line-dancing, two-stepping nights (Sundays and Thursdays) has returned. $5, 5pm-10:30pm. 550 Barneveld Ave.

Toad Hall
Spacious Castro bar with a small dance floor and back patio. 4146 18th St.

Historic Haight gay bar (since 1940!) serves up cheap and strong drinks. 1437 Haight St.

Twin Peaks
Enjoy a great view and strong drinks at the historic tavern, now in its 50th year. 401 Castro St.

Underground SF
Reopened and renovated intimate Lower Haight nightclub hosts varied DJed events, including LGBTQ nights like Hella Tight; also a cafe by day. 424 Haight St.

White Horse Bar
Enjoy outdoor dining and drinks at the famous Oakland bar; monthly music nights, 7:30pm. 6551 Telegraph Ave., Oakland.

Wild Side West
Historic lesbian and friends bar in Bernal Heights with an airy backyard garden (stairs). 424 Cortland Ave.

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Legend Making Legends: Larry Wilmore’s Mission To Highlight & Uplift Black Stories Is Lauded

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WGAW Sublime Primetime Emmy nominee panel, Los Angeles, USA - 15 Sep 2017

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A legend deserving of praise is none other than the phenomenal storyteller Larry Wilmore, who has an impressively stacked entertainment resume. Wilmore is also responsible for putting other legendary talents in a position to win, because of his sharp eye for talent. To continue our Black History Month celebration, learn more about our next legend making legends inside.

For more than 25 years, Emmy Award winning comedian, writer, producer and actor born Elister Larry Wilmore has served in front of the camera and behind the scenes, creating some of the most profound shows in television. His time as “Senior Black Correspondent” on “The Daily Show” from 2006 to 2014 led to him hosting his own late night show “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” from 2015 to 2016. Wilmore received critical acclaim for carving out a “uniquely powerful space” and providing “complex, destabilizing commentary on racial issues that were otherwise lacking in late-night.”

Wilmore is served as creator, writer and executive producer of popular sitcom “The Bernie Mac Show” starring the late, great comedian and actor Bernie Mac in the early 2000’s. It earned him a 2002 Emmy Award for “Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series” and a 2001 Peabody Award. This show speaks volumes to how impactful Wilmore’s work has been for the Black community and the next generation of storytellers.

Bernie Mac Show Season Premiere Party

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As a writer, Wilmore is known for his on the hit mocumentary series “The Office,” where he also made guest appearances as Mr. Brown and served as a “diversity consultant.” He has written for other classic shows like “In Living Color,” “The PJ’s (which he co-created),” and “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”

Off-screen, Wilmore served as co-creator and consulting producer on HBO’s hit series “Insecure.” The half-hour comedy series launched creator and star Issa Rae to mainstream fame.

'Insecure' TV Series Premiere, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 06 Oct 2016

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Wilmore also helped to launch ABC’s “black-ish” as an Executive Producer and is a co-creator of the spin-off “Grownish.”

Currently, Wilmore can be heard as host of “Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air” on The Ringer Podcast Network. The show features Wilmore’s unique mix of humor and wit as he weighs in on the issues of the week and interviews guests in the worlds of politics, entertainment, culture, sports, and beyond. Larry can also be seen in Netflix’s “Amend: The Fight for America,” where he also serves as Executive Producer.

The common thread in Wilmore’s thriving career is how he’s always put Black and authentic stories first. Wilmore has continued to uplift other Black creative up as he continues to climb an industry ladder that wasn’t built for Black artists.

We commend this legend making legends and honor him this Black History Month. Thank you Larry Wilmore for your thoughtful contributions to the entertainment business!

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CNY Inspirations: In honor of Black History Month

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Olivia Wilde flashes her toned abs in a white crop top

Olivia Wilde flashed her toned abs as she left the gym in LA on Wednesday after working up a sweat during another workout. 

The actress-turned-filmmaker, 38, kept her look low-key with an matching dark green sports bra and leggings set which she teamed with a white crop top.

Olivia completed her look with a padded cream jacket which she wore open to show off her taut midriff and kept her eyes shielded with a pair of sunglasses.

She added a pair of black Adidas trainers to the ensemble while propping a white tote bag over one shoulder. 

The star wore her long honey tresses freshly washed in a pony tail after her trip to the gym and looked in great spirits.  

Sporty: Olivia Wilde flashed her toned abs as she left the gym in LA on Wednesday after working up a sweat during another workout

Sporty: Olivia Wilde flashed her toned abs as she left the gym in LA on Wednesday after working up a sweat during another workout

Sporty: Olivia Wilde flashed her toned abs as she left the gym in LA on Wednesday after working up a sweat during another workout

Meanwhile she appeared bare-faced for the outing showing off her naturally clear complexion. 

Olivia has been enjoying some downtime in recent months following a tumultuous 2022, which saw the release of her film Don’t Worry Darling.

The psychological thriller thrust her into the centre of the spotlight as drama unravelled both on and off screen, with the director in a relationship with leading man Harry Styles.

Former One Direction star Harry and Olivia called time on their two-year relationship back in November, as the former was said to be focusing on his music and his tour.

And it appears he’s been successful in doing so already, after bagging the Album Of The Year  Grammy award for his 2022 release Harry’s House.

But the singer, who played Jack Chambers in Olivia’s Don’t Worry Darling, caused controversy during his acceptance speech.

He explained; ‘This is really, really kind. I’m so, so grateful. I’m going to pass it over to my collaborators who are – I’m just so this doesn’t happen to people like me very often. And this is so, so nice. Thank you very, very much.’ 

But while Harry said ‘people like’ him don’t win at the Grammys during his speech, fans pointed out otherwise, as in the 65-year history of the Grammy Awards only 11 Black artists have won Album Of The Year.

Chilled: The actress-turned-filmmaker, 38, kept her look low-key with an matching dark green sports bra and leggings set which she teamed with a white crop top

Chilled: The actress-turned-filmmaker, 38, kept her look low-key with an matching dark green sports bra and leggings set which she teamed with a white crop top

Chilled: The actress-turned-filmmaker, 38, kept her look low-key with an matching dark green sports bra and leggings set which she teamed with a white crop top

The look: Olivia completed her look with a padded cream jacket which she wore open to show off her taut midriff and kept her eyes shielded with a pair of sunglasses

The look: Olivia completed her look with a padded cream jacket which she wore open to show off her taut midriff and kept her eyes shielded with a pair of sunglasses

The look: Olivia completed her look with a padded cream jacket which she wore open to show off her taut midriff and kept her eyes shielded with a pair of sunglasses

‘It hasn’t been awarded to a Black woman since Lauryn Hill in 1999. Styles is the 33rd white man to accept the honor.

Taking to Twitter, shocked fans penned: ‘Harry styles said ‘this doesn’t happen to people like me very often’ and I gotta be honest I can’t think of a type of people this happens for more.’

‘harry styles, a WHITE MAN, standing up on the grammy stage with the aoty award in his hands talking about ‘this doesn’t happen to people like me’ is so sinister like sir??? I need you to be so f*king fr it only ever happens to ‘people like you.’

Out and about: She added a pair of black Adidas trainers to the ensemble while propping a white tote bag over one shoulder

Out and about: She added a pair of black Adidas trainers to the ensemble while propping a white tote bag over one shoulder

Out and about: She added a pair of black Adidas trainers to the ensemble while propping a white tote bag over one shoulder

Gym: The star wore her long honey tresses freshly washed in a pony tail after her trip to the gym and looked in great spirits

Gym: The star wore her long honey tresses freshly washed in a pony tail after her trip to the gym and looked in great spirits

Gym: The star wore her long honey tresses freshly washed in a pony tail after her trip to the gym and looked in great spirits

Another said: ‘Did harry styles just say ‘this doesn’t happen to people like me very often’ when winning album of the year.. like you’re a straight cis white guy lol’

”This doesn’t happen to people like me often’ -Harry Styles, the 35th white man (and the 50th white person) to win the award in the award’s 64 year history, lmao.’

More fans chimed in: ‘Harry said ‘this doesn’t happen to people like me often.’ Fam, yes it actually does. Every single year…’ 

Radiant: Meanwhile she appeared bare-faced for the outing showing off her naturally clear complexion

Radiant: Meanwhile she appeared bare-faced for the outing showing off her naturally clear complexion

Radiant: Meanwhile she appeared bare-faced for the outing showing off her naturally clear complexion

‘BEGGING Harry Styles to stop saying ‘people like me’ when he wins something. sir, I am ROOTING FOR YOU, but absolutely no one knows what you mean by that and it does not sound good!!’

Harry’s fans were quick to leap to his defense, claiming that he was referring to growing up as a working class boy in Cheshire, England. 

However, Harry- the son of a financial director and an office worker – has himself spoken of his ‘really nice upbringing’, previously stating that he could never ‘play the tortured artist part.’

Busy: Olivia has been enjoying some downtime in recent months following a tumultuous 2022, which saw the release of her film Don't Worry Darling

Busy: Olivia has been enjoying some downtime in recent months following a tumultuous 2022, which saw the release of her film Don't Worry Darling

Busy: Olivia has been enjoying some downtime in recent months following a tumultuous 2022, which saw the release of her film Don’t Worry Darling

Love life: The psychological thriller thrust her into the centre of the spotlight as drama unravelled both on and off screen, with the director in a relationship with leading man Harry Styles

Love life: The psychological thriller thrust her into the centre of the spotlight as drama unravelled both on and off screen, with the director in a relationship with leading man Harry Styles

Love life: The psychological thriller thrust her into the centre of the spotlight as drama unravelled both on and off screen, with the director in a relationship with leading man Harry Styles

Exes: Former One Direction star Harry and Olivia called time on their two-year relationship back in November

Exes: Former One Direction star Harry and Olivia called time on their two-year relationship back in November

Exes: Former One Direction star Harry and Olivia called time on their two-year relationship back in November

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Talib Kweli & Madlib Announce ‘Liberation’ Sequel Due Out Next Month

Talib Kweli and Madlib have teamed up once again and are gearing up to bring fans a sequel to their 2007 joint album, Liberation.

Much like the first album that dropped as a free download from Stones Throw’s Rappcats website, Liberation 2 will be released in a unique way. Instead of appearing on typical streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music, the project will only be available on subscription podcast network Luminary.

In a press release, Talib explained that he and Madlib have been working on the album for the last decade.

“This album was written, recorded and mixed over 10 years,” Talib said. “It’s expansive in concept but tight in its substance and approach. People today are taking stock of what is most important – family, health, wellness, love.

“The materialism and debauchery that is stereotypically associated with Hip Hop has lost some of its luster,” he continued. “Madlib and I have been consistent in our messaging. Never has there been a better time for such honest, message-driven music that pays tribute to the sounds that came before us.”

He added: “Our partnership with Luminary allows us to retain ownership, allowing us to create an exclusive experience for listeners. I’m excited to be at the forefront of Luminary’s foray into the music space, and we have a chance to change the industry for the better with the release of this album.”

Ahead of the March 6 release, the pair dropped their first single off the project. “After These Messages” featuring Talib’s son, Amani.

The project arrives just months after Talib accused Madlib’s longtime business partner Eothen “Egon” Alapatt of stealing MF DOOM’s rhyme book among a series of other allegations.

Sharing a screenshot of an email Egon had sent him as well as a few other related pics, Kweli wrote in an August Instagram post: “One day the hiphop community is going to have to discuss what a lying, stealing, conniving culture vulture Eothen Apalatt AKA Egon from Now Again Records is.”

“This is a non Black person who routinely takes advantage of Black artists and brags about it,” he added.

Talib Kweli Details Almost Being Arrested On AA Flight Due To Baggage Dispute

Kweli then talked about how a discussion needs to be had about how Egon allegedly tried to take advantage of J Dilla’s mother and “block” the release of Black Star’s most recent album, No Fear of Time.

The post’s final claim saw Kweli accuse Egon of stealing a rhyme book belonging to the late MF DOOM. Egon allegedly refuses to give the book to DOOM’s family.

While it’s unclear if there was an update in the matter, it seemingly didn’t sour things between Madlib and Talib Kweli.

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New Kensington Arts Center celebrating Black History Month with special display

By displaying works from his private collection, Hollin “Tommy” West is hoping to inspire other Black artists to show their work.

West, a New Kensington resident, is a painter, photographer and president of the New Kensington Arts Center on Fifth Avenue. The display, “BAM,” is meant to celebrate Black History Month and Black Art Month.

“My whole idea is to bring out the artists in the community and get them to participate in the arts center,” West said. “We want to create a place where artists can come, show their work and do their work.”

Pieces from his collection, including photos, drawings and paintings by Black artists, are on display in the lobby of the arts center, at 950 Fifth Ave., and in its Fifth Avenue Gallery. It will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays for the entire month of February.

Admission is free.

Bill Hall of Lower Burrell, a former arts center president and treasurer, has similar hopes for the display. There is room in the Fifth Avenue Gallery for works from multiple artists to be shown at the same time.

“We’re not seeing enough Black artists,” he said. “We’re hoping this will attract Black artists who will want to show their work. They don’t know what they have until they show it to someone else.”

Ernesto Camacho Jr., owner of The Manos Gallery in Tarentum, also has found it difficult to find Black artists to highlight in his gallery. Further complicating it is that, outside Pittsburgh, there are not as many places for artists to show their work.

“I’ve met a few, and I’ve been very fortunate to show their work here,” he said. “It’s just a matter of someone encouraging them to go and take that next step.”

Camacho said two Black artists will be part of an exhibit at his gallery in March.

“I like to have a nice variety of ethnicity and backgrounds. I’ve reached out to a couple organizations Downtown (in Pittsburgh) to let them know what we’re about and what we have to offer here for artists so they can participate,” he said. “The city has plenty of places for artists to go to. I meet people every day who walk in here and didn’t know we are here.”

A Tarentum native, West grew up with a love of art, from jazz to graphic design. He started his own sign painting business and enlisted in the Navy after high school, serving as a photographer on the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal from 1963 to 1967.

He moved to New York City, where he did darkroom work and photo retouching and worked for Coca-Cola Bottling as a technical artist. He majored in English composition and African American studies at New York City Community College.

The display includes photos West took while he was in college of Jesse Jackson and Coretta Scott King speaking at the Welfare Mothers March on Washington in 1975. A photographer for the college newspaper and yearbook, he went to the march with busloads of other students.

“It was just a bunch of college students gathering together and just demonstrating with the Welfare Mothers,” he said. “I was right in the midst of everything that was happening.”

In addition to West’s own work, pieces from at least 10 other artists are in the display. West said it represents about one-third of his personal collection.

The works on display are for sale.

“I’m up in age, and I’m trying to downsize,” said West, 76.

Heavily represented in the display are works by Glen Franklin, an artist from San Antonio who signs his pieces “Frank.” West came to know Franklin after becoming editor in 1987 of SNAP, a weekly newspaper serving the Black community in San Antonio. Franklin was a contributing artist.

An oil painting by Franklin, titled “Sister Love,” is featured on the flyer for the event. It shows two Black girls walking away down a dirt road in the South.

West said he appreciates the realism and color in Franklin’s work.

“He’s got a pretty fantastic imagination,” West said.

West met his wife, Carina, a native of Romania, at Washington Square Park in New York. They’ve been married since 1980. They moved to New Kensington from Houston in 2011 after he retired from working as a longshoreman.

“This is home. This is where I was born and raised,” he said. “I had been away from family for so many years. I had new family members I didn’t know. That’s what brought us back.”

Hall said he is excited West chose to display his collection and hopes seeing it will inspire local talent.

He encourages artists to show their work and put a value on it.

He also encourages artists interested in displaying art to drop in at the center or email them at They only ask that artists try to find a sponsor for printed programs.

“We know there are artists with work leaning against a wall 10 to 12 deep,” Hall said. “I hate to think anybody’s being held back and not developing their full capacity.”

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Brian by email at or via Twitter .

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What stories of ‘mundane’ traffic stops show about American policingCasey Blake 

Editor’s note: Following the death of Tyre Nichols, a 29-year-old Black man who was beaten by Memphis police officers and ultimately killed following a traffic stop, USA TODAY spoke with Black and biracial Americans about their experiences with police in routine stops. These essays and conversations with voices editor Casey Blake have been edited for length and clarity.

‘We carry the burden of ensuring that we are not murdered’

A traffic stop. Ostensibly a mundane event. For African Americans, however, it is anything but mundane. It could be a life-altering event at best; at its worst, it could be life-ending.

Compelled by yet another highly publicized traffic stop-related killing in yet another American city, Memphis in the case of Tyre Nichols, we tell each other our stories of what happened when we “got stopped.” The heart palpitations, the quick glance around the car for anything an officer could randomly deem “suspicious,” code switching the music to classical or silencing it. How many of us know this drill?

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In San Francisco in the early 1980s, my brother and I were in my mother’s car, a Mercedes, driving up Van Ness Avenue. Preparing to turn left onto Lombard, my brother was careful to use the turn signal because naturally – as one does – we had identified the motorcycle cop approaching from quite far behind us.

Predictably, he pulled us over once he caught up to us. My brother said, “Officer, I saw you so I …” He didn’t have a chance to finish the sentence. The cop said, “So you deliberately cut me off!” I kept murmuring, “Don’t say anything, don’t say anything.” 

The cop intended to escalate and could twist anything my brother said into something ugly to possibly drive the situation into an arrest, or worse. Our cousin had been beaten and blinded in one eye by a cop. He also had a plate in his head as a result of the assault.

That crashed into my mind as I tried to remain still and keep my brother calm. I believed that the officer may not have liked that two Black youngsters were in that particular car, another potential trigger for something bad to happen. We showed the appropriate paperwork, explained why we were driving the car, accepted the citation and were let go. We sat there for a while to recover from the shock, feeling angry yet grateful. Whether our mom would be annoyed by the ticket was not on our minds.

Years later, in Bethesda, Maryland, my former husband, a surgeon, was on Wisconsin Avenue driving down to Washington, D.C., to visit our kids. One of his lights was out because he was waiting for the replacement part to arrive at the Volvo dealership. An officer pulled him over and jumped out of her cruiser. She asked why his light was out. He used his soothing “delivering bad news to the family” voice and joked about the dealership delay. She became friendlier and said she had the same car. He knew instinctively to manage her perception of him without provoking her ire. He couldn’t afford to miscalculate.

Anneliese Bruner

Across time, across geography and across life circumstances, we carry the burden of ensuring we are not murdered with impunity by the state during traffic stops and other abuses. But like so much in America, what starts as a problem for Black folks is a test drive for what could happen to anyone. America has been asleep at the wheel.

— Anneliese M. Bruner, writer, mother and Tulsa Race Massacre descendant, Washington, D.C. 

‘Veterans have it easier than those who haven’t served, but it’s not like we’re safe’

I’ve been stopped so many times I couldn’t even tell you.

I was stopped in a Wawa parking lot, minding my business trying to enjoy my hoagie, because an officer said there were “a lot of thefts in the area” and needed to check my ID. I was stopped in front of my own house – I live in a cul-de-sac – by a cop who came up and asked me what I was smoking. It was a cigarette. He said, “I just wanted to make sure you weren’t smoking weed.” 

The time I was pulled that could have gotten me killed I kind of misunderstood that he was telling me to go, so I started pulling away and he had to flag me down to come back. He knew I was a veteran, and he straight up said, “Man if you hadn’t served, that might have ended a whole different way.” 

Freddy Wilkes

As a veteran, anyone who’s a minority knows there’s this kind of secret move. When you get pulled over, you get your wallet out and as you’re going for your license you try to slowly show your veteran card. You never want to say, “Well I’m a veteran, you can’t give me a ticket” – of course they can, and you need to be respectful – but it’s like saying, “Hey, I’m safe, I’m just as straight as you are and I’m thanking you for your service by letting you know I served, too.”

Veterans have it easier than those who haven’t served, but it’s not like we’re safe. 

We all know to do this. Minorities – I wouldn’t just say Black people – we just want to get that traffic stop or that interaction over as quickly as possible to get back into that safe space.

I think that’s what a lot of people don’t understand – that in that stop, in that moment – it’s a detainment. You’re being detained, and you just want to that to be over as quickly as you can. You want to get safe again.

For me, I’ve been able to use my military training to stay calm and to make rational decisions – to handle situations in that moment and set my emotions aside. But for a lot of people around me, they don’t have that, and something can just go off in them.

They’re just so tired. And they lose that respect in the moment. They just get tired – that’s the best way I can explain it – of this happening over and over and over. And something just breaks in them and they run, or they let their emotions take over because maybe they don’t have the training not to. I think that’s just a normal human thing.

There’s just no trust there. There’s this thing in communities that are heavily policed called “the twirl” – where if you’re standing outside of your buddy’s house and an officer rolls by, he’ll stop and twist his finger in a circular motion, and you’re supposed to lift up your shirt and twirl around to show him you don’t have a gun on you.

It’s that type of thing. It’s unconstitutional, it’s wrong, but they get away with it. And people just get tired of that over-policing, that constant hassle and harassment. At a community level, all the time, people just get tired of it.

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I’m not a part of the “all cops are bastards” bunch – that’s not me. I have police in my family. There are so many things that need to change, but personally I’ve got no problem with more training. They say it takes more time to become a barber than to become a police officer. 

I think the emphasis needs to be on training and field exercises in real-world situations to be able to set those emotions aside and not take them out on the job, with weapons in your hand. Until you get it right, you shouldn’t be out there with that huge responsibility. There has to be a change in the way policing is done, and the way they’re graded. If you fail, you fail, and if you’re not 100 percent trained you can’t be on the streets. 

In military, we say we’ll run you until you get it right. And policing just is not getting it right.

— Freddy Wilkes, entertainment publicist and Army veteran, Camden, New Jersey.

‘It’s these kinds of small indignities. …  They just wear you down over time.’

I owned a house in a gated community in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where I lived at the time. One day I’m driving up and as I’m approaching the first gate to enter my code, a police officer pulls up behind me. I stop, of course, and he asked, “What are you doing here? Where are you going?”

“See that house on the top of the hill?” I said. “That’s mine.”

You could see it on his face. He just found it so hard to believe that I owned a million-plus dollar home in a gated community. That was in 2008. I could tell you too many more stories about 1998, or 1978.

But it’s these kinds of small indignities that come up over and over again. They just wear you down over time.

Democratic attorney general candidate Bill Noakes in Sterling Heights, Mich., in 2018.

As a public defender, most of my clients are young, Black men. And the most common charges I see are assault, obstruct or resist arrest and concealed-carry charges. They’re all crimes related to the interaction from policing itself.

For these men, the police exist to keep order – they’re not there to protect and serve. And keeping order means, if necessary, they’re there to rough you up.

So when these men face police, that’s what they’re facing. In their minds, if they’re getting stopped, they’re facing either getting harassed or getting beaten or even killed, and for many of them they think, “I’ll take my chances and I’ll run.” But that’s the choice they see. And they face it over and over. And it carries on generationally.

In my life, I don’t know of any relatives or Black friends who haven’t been stopped for no reason. We all have these stories.

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At this point, so much needs to change. But most traffic stops would result in a ticket at most, so there’s just no reason why we can’t go to a ticket-by-mail system for so much of this policing that would reduce these interactions, this harassment. If we can take your tag number when you’re speeding and send you a ticket in the mail, why not for a broken taillight or a registration issue?

Police want to present the strategy and the image that they’re fighting crime by traffic stops and to talk about how many guns they’ve taken off street. I think we’re finally seeing what the cost of that strategy is, and what it isn’t solving.

— Bill Noakes, attorney and professor, Detroit.

‘My crimes? Driving a brand new car.’

We all have stories. As an Air Force captain, I was stopped 22 times in two years by both the military, local and state police. My crimes? Driving a brand new car. Never received a ticket. 

I resorted to hanging a uniform in the back of my car.

I was pulled over directly in front of the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey. This is about how it went.

Me: Good afternoon officer, why did you pull me over?

Trooper: You were speeding.

Me: Respectfully, I never speed, especially in light of the fact that I see an inordinate amount of military personnel being pulled over in this area (he seemed perturbed by my observation). And if I were speeding it would only have been 2 or 3 miles over the limit.

Trooper: 2 or 3 miles is still speeding.

At that point I knew what I was working with, so I remained silent. After checking my vitals, he wrote a ticket. Subsequently, I got home and wrote a letter to the judge on the back of the citation. I conveyed to the judge that as a military officer, I’m keenly aware of laws and the importance of adhering to the same. Additionally, I conveyed my dismay and disappointment by the inordinate number of traffic stops on the airmen and soldiers.

I also intimated that the stops were a way to increase the revenue of Wrightstown, New Egypt and Pemberton. All of these municipalities were contiguous to the said installations. Finally, I copied the wing commander, my commander, his boss, his boss (Donald Rumsfeld) and his boss – Ronald Reagan.

I walked into court nattily attired in my service uniform and when my case was called, the judge looked up at me and uttered, “Case dismissed.” I asked the judge if I could comment and he reiterated rather tersely, “Case dismissed.” I did not send copies to anyone, but I surmised that the jack-legged judge would not have been the wiser.

To this day military folk, especially the enlisted, are subject to these sort of actions. But as some are prone to say, “Homie don’t play that.” The trooper stopped the wrong fella that day.

Marvin Adams, political strategist and veteran, Florence, South Carolina. 

‘I do wish the indignity of having to explain myself mattered. But it doesn’t.’

Sometime in 1997, I was driving a new car my parents generously bought for me. It was around 2 a.m. and I was returning to my dorm room. I was going to college in Brentwood, Los Angeles, which is next to Bel Air and is infamous for the O.J. Simpson murders. My apartment was near campus. There are lots of steep hills there and windy roads. As I drove, a police car rolled up next to me and matched my speed for about a minute.

This unnerved me. To catch the eye of a cop is equivalent to being an antelope catching the eye of a lion. Then a bright white light shone at me that was almost blinding. I freaked out and swerved a bit. Then the car dropped back behind me, turned on the lights and hit the siren. Despite it being a residential area, the homes there are on large grounds. I rolled the window down and thought about how I would not be heard should I scream.

Nilsia Cadena

The officer walked up to my car with a flashlight in my eyes and said, “You know why I pulled you over?”

I shook my head.

“You were swerving.”

I wondered if I had been swerving before or after he flashed a light at me, but I knew better than to ask. “OK.”

He asked for and then received my license and registration. After he spent some time in his car, he came back with the flashlight still in my face. “So … What are you doing around here?”

“I go to Mount Saint Mary’s.”

“Oh yeah? What are you studying?”


He scoffed. “What are you gonna do with that?”

“I’m a writer.”

He stopped talking for a weird few seconds. The light hurt my eyes but turning my face away might be perceived as a nonverbal dismissal or some kind of disrespect, so I didn’t.

“What are you?”

“My dad is Mexican. My mom is half Black, half Sri Lankan.”



“Where’s Sri Lanka?”

“It’s the island off of the southern tip of India.”

“Where are you from?”

“The Bay Area.”

“Where in the Bay Area?”

“Fremont and Berkley.”

“And where are your parents from?”

“My dad is from Queens, New York, and my mom is from Philadelphia.”

“And where did they meet?”

“New York City.”

After another awkward silence, he handed my license and registration back to me and told me to drive more carefully from now on. He followed me up the mountain a bit before turning down a side street. I didn’t breathe normally until he was gone.

I got lucky. Nothing happened. I must say nothing happened because of perspective. Compared with Tyre Nichols, Patrick Lyoya and countless others, absolutely nothing happened. That being said, I do wish the indignity of having to explain myself mattered. But it doesn’t.

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The second I am not passive and responsive to these questions, people feel embarrassed or bad and they express those negative emotions by getting upset with me. Or by telling me I must be ashamed of who I am.

I can’t ever sigh deeply or simply not be in the mood to answer questions. It’s like that with regular people. I would never risk that happening with someone carrying a gun and qualified immunity. Every time I’m talking to a cop, I’m aware that my murder at their hands would only result in significant repercussions if their skin color was in any way similar to mine.

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Qualified immunity ending is essential to change. We also need a nationwide, up-to-date registry of officers who have been fired for criminal acts. There is nothing to stop a fired bad cop from going somewhere else to get another job as an officer with a gun. The police are not trained in de-escalating mental health crises. Programs have already been run in cities like Denver, where health care workers handle mental health, drug use and homelessness calls without requesting police backup.

These are just some of the ways we can begin to unclench the blue fist that is wrapped around the throat of every person of color in America.

— Nilsia Cadena, writer, freelance journalist and activist, Las Vegas. 

Education roundup: Museum on Wheels at Catawba tells African American history

Education roundup: Museum on Wheels at Catawba tells African American history

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 9, 2023

SALISBURY — The Sankofa African American Museum on Wheels was established in 1995 to be used as a tool to teach and educate African Americans about their rich and unique heritage. 

The Museum on Wheels is considered one of the foremost collections of African American history readily available and appropriate for all ages and races.  Spanning 1860 to the present, Sankofa takes audiences on a journey through slavery, the era of King Cotton and the days of Emancipation. 

It also tells the stories of Ida B. Wells, other famous African Americans, the Tuskegee Airman, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and our 44th president. It also features numerous inventions.

Never too young

GRANITE QUARRY – First graders at Granite Quarry Elementary School were treated to an unusual way to learn about financial literacy and change over time by visiting the new State Employees Credit Union. 

Lori Cinquemani, the branch manager of the SECU, created this opportunity to support the first grade math and social studies curriculums and the teachers. The students learned about coins and currency and the value of saving. 

They were able to visit with Fat Cat, the SECU mascot. Students made decorations for the tree display at the Granite Quarry branch. Upon returning to school, they stopped by the historic F&M bank and compared the new bank and one from long ago.

Local FFA poultry judging team impresses

SHELBY – The North Rowan Middle School FFA Poultry Judging Career Development Event Team had a successful and informative experience at the recent mock competition held at Cleveland Community College.

The students participated in a range of poultry-related activities, including judging the interior and exterior quality of eggs, further processed foods, ready-to-cook poultry carcasses and identifying key cuts of meat. 

The team’s performance and professionalism showcased their hard work and dedication to the FFA program.

“We are extremely proud of our students for their outstanding performance at the mock competition,” said Katie Dionne, FFA Advisor. “Their passion for the FFA and poultry industry shines through, and we know they will continue to make a positive impact in the future.”

The team will participate in the final state poultry competition on Feb. 15, where they will have the opportunity to showcase their skills against FFA members from across the state. 

Bible Bowl at Sacred Heart

SALISBURY – The fourth grade team of contestants vanquished all the other grade levels during Sacred Heart Catholic School’s Bible Bowl.

The event was part of the school’s spirit week which coincides with Catholic Schools Week, the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States.

It started the last Sunday in January and ran through the end of the week. The theme for National Catholic Schools Week 2023 was “Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service.”

Catawba in Ethics Bowl starting Friday

SALISBURY – A team of students from Catawba College will participate in North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities’ (NCICU) annual Ethics Bowl on Feb. 10-11 at the North Carolina Legislative Complex in Raleigh, NC.

The team includes Anna Armstrong, a senior studying history; Jennifer Carbajal, a first-year student studying politics; Rachel Davis, a sophomore studying politics/environment and sustainability; Suzie Rodriquez, a junior studying politics/pre-law; and Claire Vinskus, a first-year currently undeclared. 

Catawba College assistant professor of politics Dr. Norris Feeney coordinates the team. Feeney typically leads international relations and comparative politics courses while regularly offering courses in the college’s Honors and First-Year Experience programs. 

The Catawba College Alumni Association is sponsoring this year’s team.

Artificial intelligence, mental health, and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) in the art world are a few topics that may be debated under the umbrella of Ethics in Contemporary Society as part of the Ethics Bowl.

Students from 16 private colleges and university campuses across NC will participate.

“This is NCICU’s 12th annual Ethics Bowl and the first in-person event since 2020,” NCICU President Hope Williams said. “The broad theme of Ethics in Contemporary Society presents timely and important topics for discussion. The Ethics Bowl is both academically challenging and an individually rewarding experience for our students.”

Each Ethics Bowl team has four to six student members. A campus coordinator works with the students to help them prepare for the competition, which consists of four rounds over two days, plus semi-final and final rounds. 

In each round, a specially developed case study outlining a complex ethical situation related to the theme will be presented to the teams for debate. The competition is awarded to the team that makes the most sound, persuasive presentation.

Three judges and one moderator participate in each match.