GARDENING GET UP AND GO! // Thursday, April 20, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Want to hear about our garden plan and help prepare Franklin Street Works’ three back yard beds for the new season? Get your hands dirty or just hang out on the patio for moral support while we clean out the garden beds, rake them, add fertilizer and plant the spring seeds/seedlings. Once we get the beds in tip top shape, we will gather around the picnic table to discuss next steps with garden volunteer extraordinaire Mark Nowotarski and tell stories about how gardening has enriched our lives. Complimentary regular coffee will be served and wine and beer will be available at the cafe for a discounted price of $5. Rain date Thursday, April 27th.
PWR BTTM Vinyl Listening Party with Danilo Machado //Wed. May 3, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
On the closing week of the show, we are excited to converse about Danilo Machado’s essay for the “Love Action Art Lounge” exhibition with the author and listen to some groovy music too! Like many of the artists and collectives in “Love Action Art Lounge,” the queer punk band PWR BTTM creates affirming, intentional music and spaces. Join us as we listen to their record Ugly Cherries (2015) (on real, cherry-red vinyl!) and discuss their music as it relates to Machado’s essay “PWR / Pulse / Glitter / Gunman” and to what social spaces can look like and achieve. This is a free public event, but our amazing members get a perk! You will also enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and house made (thematic) mini cherry scones. Since this is a public event too, please feel free to bring lots of friends.
Patio Wine Party and Tasting with Mary Schaffer! // Monday, June 5, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Our Summer exhibition will be freshly installed, the weather will be warm, so what better time to enjoy our back patio, see the new show and try six of the new wines we are featuring in the cafe with a wine aficionado Mary Schaffer, former owner of Napa & Co. This free tasting will have you exploring the wines’ subtleties and receiving insights into what sort of food pairings would complement the wine. If it rains we will have the event in our cozy cafe.
Tour of the exhibition “The Work of Love, The Queer of Labor” // Wed., July 12, 6:00 – 8:00pm
In this exhibition queerness is discussed through the lens of class and vice versa. The show’s works represent a desire for liberation through critically engaged connections between class, gender and sexuality. LGBTQ identities are reviewed from the class perspective in order to re-discover political potentialities within a countercultural paradigm of queerness. While exploring queerness through the relationship with class, the exhibition interrogates the possibility of love in a class-based society, in which the difference between work, as a productive force in capitalist economy, and labor, as a condition of biological life, is almost gone. Join Creative Director Terri C Smith and a special guest presenter for a casual walkthrough of “The Work of Love, The Queer of Labor”
Member + Volunteer and Donor Appreciation Field Trip!! Visit the Brant Foundation exhibition “Animal Farm” // Sat., August 5, 2:00 – 4:00 pm followed by wine at FSW
The Brant Foundation Art Study Center will be showing Animal Farm, a group exhibition curated by artist and musician Sadie Laska. The exhibition will include works from The Brant Collection and loans from museums, galleries, and other private collections. Artists in the exhibition will include pop icons Jean Michel Basquiat and Kenny Scharf alongside younger contemporary artists whose work speaks to the state of current politics. Artists will include Joe Bradley, Sarah Braman, Katherine Bernhardt, Keith Haring, Chris Martin, Tyson Reeder, and Kenny Scharf, among others.