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Oct
25
7:00 PM19:00

Small Talk @ Small Friend

Join us on the last Thursday of the month for SMALL TALK, an ongoing series at Small Friend Records & Books. Inspired by previous events like Presentation Party Night and Drunk TED Talks, presenters will give short lectures about a topic of their choosing. If you'd like to do a presentation, email info@smallfriend.org with your topic.

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Rebellious Mourning with Cindy Milstein
Oct
21
6:00 PM18:00

Rebellious Mourning with Cindy Milstein

We are excited to announce that on October 21 at 6 PM, Small Friend Records & Books will host author Cindy Milstein for a discussion of her book, Rebellious Mourning.

The event will include a presentation from Cindy on the intimate relation between structural losses, mourning, and resistance. After a short break, Cindy will then hold space for people to share similar stories.

Copies of Rebellious Mourning will be available for purchase from Small Friend Records & Books. Some of Cindy's other materials will be available on a sliding scale or by donation.
Admission is free, but we encourage donations to support the touring author.

More about Rebellious Mourning:

The edited anthology itself, as Silvia Federici, author of “Caliban and the Witch,” puts it, “uncovers the destruction of life that capitalist development leaves in its trail. But it is also witness to the power of grief as a catalyst to collective resistance.” Via first-person and/or frontline stories, the collection’s thirty-seven contributors illuminate, bittersweetly, that we can bear almost anything when it is worked through collectively. Grief is generally thought of as something personal and insular, but when we publicly share loss and pain, we lessen the power of the forces that debilitate us, while at the same time building the humane social practices that reduce suffering and accentuate quality of life for everyone. Addressing tragedies from Fukushima to Palestine, incarceration to eviction, AIDS crises to border crossings, and racism to rape, the intimate yet tenacious writing in this volume shows that mourning can pry open spaces of contestation and reconstruction, empathy, and solidarity.

About the author:
Cindy Milstein is the author of Anarchism and Its Aspirations, co-author of Paths toward Utopia: Graphic Explorations of Everyday Anarchism, and editor of the anthology Taking Sides: Revolutionary Solidarity and the Poverty of Liberalism.

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RVA Booklovers' Festival
Oct
20
10:00 AM10:00

RVA Booklovers' Festival

Small Friend will be vending at the inaugural RVA Booklovers’ Festival in Jefferson Park!

The Festival will serve as an opportunity for writers and readers across the state of Virginia to come together, share ideas, and celebrate their love of the written word. In addition to featuring many Brandylane Publishers and Belle Isle Books authors, the Festival will include authors from across Virginia, vendors of excellent local Richmond cuisine, and literary-inspired crafters. A children’s area, a poet-tree, and a main stage will feature a variety of readings and presentations.

Click here for more info on the festival.

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Beauty Is in the Street: A Visual Record of the May '68 Paris Uprising
Oct
5
6:00 PM18:00

Beauty Is in the Street: A Visual Record of the May '68 Paris Uprising

For the fourth installment of Beauty Is in the Street, we'll be screening Stanley Nelson Jr.'s The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (2015).

From Vietnam to Detroit, 1968 was a year of global revolution.
Popular struggles for liberation reconstituted left politics along
anti-authoritarian, decolonial, feminist, and ecological lines. On
the 50th anniversary of 1968, we invite you to join us for an evening
of radical film and critical discussion as we reassess the legacy of

’68 in light of contemporary struggles. We present these films as
cinematic artifacts encapsulating the tensions and contractions
of this era – artistic, linguistic, aesthetic, cultural – as well as
devices for raising our political consciousness and rebuilding a
collective memory to better wage struggles for liberation today.

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Sep
27
7:00 PM19:00

Small Talk @ Small Friend

Join us on the last Thursday of the month for SMALL TALK, an ongoing series at Small Friend Records & Books. Inspired by previous events like Presentation Party Night and Drunk TED Talks, presenters will give short lectures about a topic of their choosing. If you'd like to do a presentation, email info@smallfriend.org with your topic.

The September edition of Small Talk will include presentations on Chaos Magic Theory, Women in Botany, Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, and more.

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Beauty Is in the Street: A Visual Record of the May '68 Paris Uprising
Sep
7
6:00 PM18:00

Beauty Is in the Street: A Visual Record of the May '68 Paris Uprising

For the third installment of Beauty Is in the Street, we'll be screening Costa-Gavras' State of Siege (1972).

From Vietnam to Detroit, 1968 was a year of global revolution.
Popular struggles for liberation reconstituted left politics along
anti-authoritarian, decolonial, feminist, and ecological lines. On
the 50th anniversary of 1968, we invite you to join us for an evening
of radical film and critical discussion as we reassess the legacy of

’68 in light of contemporary struggles. We present these films as
cinematic artifacts encapsulating the tensions and contractions
of this era – artistic, linguistic, aesthetic, cultural – as well as
devices for raising our political consciousness and rebuilding a
collective memory to better wage struggles for liberation today.

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Beauty Is in the Street: A Visual Record of the May '68 Paris Uprising
Aug
31
6:00 PM18:00

Beauty Is in the Street: A Visual Record of the May '68 Paris Uprising

For the second installment of Beauty Is in the Street, we'll be screening Li Wenhua's Breaking with Old Ideas (1975).

From Vietnam to Detroit, 1968 was a year of global revolution.
Popular struggles for liberation reconstituted left politics along
anti-authoritarian, decolonial, feminist, and ecological lines. On
the 50th anniversary of 1968, we invite you to join us for an evening
of radical film and critical discussion as we reassess the legacy of

’68 in light of contemporary struggles. We present these films as
cinematic artifacts encapsulating the tensions and contractions
of this era – artistic, linguistic, aesthetic, cultural – as well as
devices for raising our political consciousness and rebuilding a
collective memory to better wage struggles for liberation today.

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Beauty Is in the Street: A Visual Record of the May '68 Paris Uprising
Aug
24
6:00 PM18:00

Beauty Is in the Street: A Visual Record of the May '68 Paris Uprising

For the first installment of Beauty Is in the Street, we'll be screening Jean-Luc Goddard's Tout Va Bien (1972).

From Vietnam to Detroit, 1968 was a year of global revolution.
Popular struggles for liberation reconstituted left politics along
anti-authoritarian, decolonial, feminist, and ecological lines. On
the 50th anniversary of 1968, we invite you to join us for an evening
of radical film and critical discussion as we reassess the legacy of

’68 in light of contemporary struggles. We present these films as
cinematic artifacts encapsulating the tensions and contractions
of this era – artistic, linguistic, aesthetic, cultural – as well as
devices for raising our political consciousness and rebuilding a
collective memory to better wage struggles for liberation today.

 

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Jul
26
7:00 PM19:00

Small Talk at Small Friend

Join us on the last Thursday of the month for the first installment of SMALL TALK, an ongoing series at Small Friend Records & Books. Inspired by previous events like Presentation Party Night and Drunk TED Talks, presenters will give short lectures about a topic of their choosing. This month, presentations include:
Ecstatic Trance Dancing in Southern Italy
Wood Block Type
Reality Show Reunion Episodes
and George Washington Carver

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Extant/Nevin Kight/Real Daggers
Jun
23
7:00 PM19:00

Extant/Nevin Kight/Real Daggers

The first ever show at Small Friend Records & Books!
6/23 7–10PM in THE BOTTOM

• Extant:
Experimental percussive multimedia improv from Philadelphia-based educator Josh Laskin.
https://youtu.be/9h8b7zXfDP8

• Nevin Kight: "Music for Human by Human"
Solo project of Zone Lord founder Kevin Knight. Experimental folk with heavy percussive elements. Joined for this performance by drummer/percussionist Danny Shyti.
www.nevinkight.bandcamp.com/

• Real Daggers:
Danny Shyti combines live drumming and electronics, pretending that the hand is not the hand. Ambience corrupted by rhythmic intent.
www.realdaggers.bandcamp.com

All this and more for:
FIVE DOLLARS

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Jun
4
7:00 PM19:00

Free the 58! Updates on the J20 Trials

On 1/20/17 230 people were mass arrested during demonstrations against the inauguration of Donald Trump. Despite facing up to 75 years in prison for what the state defines as "conspiracy to riot" among a number of other felony charges, most defendants have refused any collaboration with the state. To date this massive outpouring of solidarity has seen all charges dropped for the first trial block as well as 129 additional defendants. For now, 58 people remain.

More info @ http://defendj20resistance.org

Join us for recent updates on the development of the trials, what this case means for state repression of other social movements and to learn about ways you can help support the remaining defendants.

Event is free but $1-10 donations are encouraged with proceeds going to J20 support. Some refreshments provided.

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Beach House 7 Listening Party
Apr
28
11:00 AM11:00

Beach House 7 Listening Party

Beach House's new album 7 won't be out until May 11, but you can get a sneak peek this Saturday! We'll play the entire album starting at 2:00. One lucky participant will win a Loser Edition of the album, but we'll also have plenty of posters and some prints featuring album art. We'll have copies of previous Beach House albums available for purchase, and you can sign up to preorder a copy of 7.

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