Sunday 1/15: Collage Portraits with The Laundromat Project!

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This Weekend!

Target Free Sunday January 15, 2012

1-4PM | Hands On: “I Have a Dream” Collage Portraits

Dave McKenzie, They Dreamed of Nefertiti’s Holiday, 2011. Courtesy the artist

Paying homage to artist Romare Bearden and civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., The Laundromat Project presents a portrait workshop that asks participants to employ Bearden’s iconic collage technique to create a portrait of the person that they aspire to be. Using some of Dr. King’s quotes as a source of inspiration, completed portraits will integrate color, Xerox copies, magazines, and textiles to creatively illustrate a figurative image that includes the qualities each participant wishes to embody in 2012.

1 PM | Gallery Tour: Collected. Ritual

Collected. Ritual (installation view), 2011. Photo: Adam Reich

Enjoy an interactive and informative tour of Collected. Ritual led by a knowledgeable Museum educator. Collected. Ritual explores the performative and process-oriented aspects of making art and examines ritual as an act of special and sometimes mythical significance. The works in this exhibition were chosen for the innovative ways in which the artists engaged with ritual—including through studio art-making and artistic practices that use symbolic actions. The tour will have something for everyone: adults, families and kids of all ages are welcome!

2-4 PM | Hands On: Community Quilt Project

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Join fiber and quilt artist Ife Felix for the second (of three) quilting workshops where participants will contribute to a community quilt. Participants will learn how to sew fabric swatches together and will assist with the stitching and construction of the quilt. Don’t miss this opportunity to contribute to the quilt and to celebrate creativity, culture and community.


Gas at the Pump Could Go To $20 If War Comes to the Straits of Hormuz

The New York Sun

Gas at the Pump Could Go To $20 If War Comes to the Straits of Hormuz

By YOUSSEF IBRAHIM, Special to the Sun | January 10, 2012

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Irans threat to close the Strait of Hormuz is a promise of heart attack for the worlds economy and a challenge for military planners.

Yesterday, Iran doubled its taunt by sentencing a former marine with dual Iranian-American citizenship to death, for spying.

The moves set up America and its Western allies for a confrontation with Iran.

A clash would be the third armed conflict after Iraq and Afghanistan. The former two began triumphantly until they transformed into quagmires. How is a new conflict likely to evolve?

Iran has used American hostages in the past to extract money. Whether it crosses this line to execute the 28-year-old Amir Mizraei Hekmati, who served in Iraq, remains to be seen.

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* The federal government sharply criticized New Yorks oversight of the developmentally disabled in a new report, and raised questions about whether the Cuomo administration has gone far enough to correct the problem, the New York Times reports:

* Bronx Surrogate Court Judge Lee Holtzman is fighting for his career amid charges that he allowed staff to charge excessive fees for estates handled under his watch, the Times writes:

* Cuomos plan to built a full-scale casino in Queens has roiled gaming interests in Las Vegas, which have begun plotting to kill the plan, the Wall Street Journal reports:

* Council Speaker Christine Quinn may be forced to choose between paid sick leave and living wage, two different bills cherished by labor advocates, the Post writes:

* New York City is lowering its expected rate of return for the citys five pension funds to 7 percent from 8 percent, which will add further strain to the citys already tight budget, the Post says:

* In a seismic shift, the MTA will begin entirely shutting down subway lines at night for repairs, the Times writes: