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The 9th Annual Schomburg Center Black Comic Book Festival: Comics, Afrofuturism, & Beyond

In 2021 the prestigious Schomburg Center celebrates its 95th anniversary, and they kick off the year with the ninth annual Black Comic Book Festival. Running January 13 to 16, the event—this year reimagined as a digital gathering—brings together writers, illustrators, publishers, and readers of all ages. Events include a tribute to actor Chadwick Boseman, a workshop with illustrator Tim Fielder, the launch event of John Jennings's Megascope imprint, and more! 

Each year, the Schomburg Center’s Black Comic Book Festival brings creators, illustrators, writers, and independent publishers together with thousands of collectors, blerds, and nerds celebrating works by Black creators.

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The 9th Annual Schomburg Center Black Comic Book Festival
January 13 - 16, 2021

APAP|NYC+ 2021: Dr. Anthony Fauci & Yo-Yo Ma Diagnose the Future of Performing Arts

APAP, the Association of Performing Arts Festival, has its 2021 instalment of APAP|NYC+ scheduled for January 8 to 12. Dr. Anthony Fauci, Yo-Yo Ma, and other luminaries address issues such as health, advocacy, anti-racism, the climate crisis, and how the performing arts are facing them. . Additionally, from January 6-8, APAP will hold many pre-conference networking events and affinity group meetings, and on January 13-14, select post-conference forums. Pre-conference and post-conference events are free and open to the entire performing arts field.

APAP looks to address how 2020 has impacted the world of performing arts and how things can change and grow going forward. Day one of programming for the main APAP|NYC+ conference kicks off with leaders in the performing arts field demonstrating how they are pivoting in “The Art of Going Virtual: Digital Innovations in Live Performance” on Friday, January 8, 2021 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. (EST). Lisa Richards Toney will then set the stage for the five-day main event in a “State-of-the-Field” opening plenary session from 4:30-5:30 p.m. (EST) during which she will reflect on the year that has been and the future that lies ahead.

On Saturday, January 9, 2021 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. (EST), Dr. Anthony Fauci will be in conversation with Maurine Knighton of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation in a plenary session titled “Public Health and Re-Opening the Live Performing Arts”.

This is a sampling of the events, all of which will be held online and accessible to conference registrants. View the complete schedule-at-a-glance here.

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January 8 - 12, 2021

Variety Virtual FYC Fest Gives a Sneak Peek into Oscar Season

Variety is hosting an online meeting of the minds with the Variety Virtual FYC Fest. Running December 15 - 17, the event includes speakers such as Billie Eilish, Bong Joon Ho, Lee Isaac Chung, Hans Zimmer among other show biz luminaries.

Hosted on a virtual platform, each conversation will be moderated by a Variety journalist. Each night, an FYC evening session will take place featuring the year’s contenders in the Adapted Screenplay, Original Screenplay and Animation categories. 

Panels include:

  • Adapted Screenplay Roundtable
  • Directors in Conversation: Patty Jenkins with Aaron Sorkin
  • 10 Actors to Watch
  • Directors in Conversation: Lee Isaac Chung with Bong Joon-Ho
  • Music for Screens: The Making of "No Time To Die"

...and more.

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Variety Virtual FYC Fest

December 15 - 17, 2020

New York International Auto Show Slated For August 2021

The New York International Auto Show
has announced that it’s 2021 installment shall be held August 20 to 29thMark Scheinberg, President of the New York Auto Show, has stated that the change in date “ not only the responsible thing to do, but it puts us in a unique position to occupy the expanded Javits Center with an additional 100,000 sq. ft. of new exhibit space on the main floor and much more.” The extensive Javits Center expansion plans include a 53,000 square-foot special event space that will accommodate up to 5,000 guests, a 480,000 square-foot, 4-level marshaling facility, 27 new loading docks, 107,000 sq. ft. of new meeting room space, 113,000 sq. ft. of pre-function space, a rooftop pavilion accommodating 1,500 guests and a one-acre rooftop farm. No other details regarding the possibility of online programming have been released.

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New York Auto Show
August 20 - 29, 2021

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