Film to be screened at Yager Museum

HARTWICK COLLEGE — Hartwick College’s Yager Museum of Art & Culture will host a screening of the award-winning 2016 documentary “I Am Not Your Negro.” Directed by Raoul Peck, the film is based on “Remember This House,” an unfinished work by James Baldwin, a renowned African-American author, journalist and activist. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, the film uses Baldwin’s words, writing and actions to reflect upon issues of race, identity, and politics in America, according to a media release.

The film will be shown in the Yager Museum at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7. A discussion will follow, moderated by the museum staff and Harry Bradshaw Matthews, the college’s associate dean and director of intercultural affairs.

Admission to the screening and museum is free and open to the public.

“This screening resonates with and compliments our new exhibit Black Lives at Hartwick Then and Now,” says Quentin Lewis, the museum’s collections and programs manager., in the release “In addition to being a literary and artistic giant of the 20th century, Baldwin was a keen observer of the complex relationships between history, power, culture, and art. Here at the museum, we work to create spaces of contemplation around these same issues, both for the Hartwick community and our regional and national visitors.”

Black Lives at Hartwick Then and Now is an exploration of the history of African-Americans and African-American Life at Hartwick Seminary and Hartwick College from the 19th century to the present. The exhibition features photos and documents from the college’s Paul F. Cooper Jr., Archives and artifacts from the museum collections.

For more information, visit https://www.hartwick.edu/campus-life/arts-culture/yager-museum/ or https://www.facebook.com/yagermuseum/, call 607-431-4480, or email museum Coordinator Doug Kendall at kendalld@hartwick.edu.

Chicken parm dinner set at Elks Club

CHESTNUT STREET — Wednesday night dinners at the Oneonta Elks Club will continue this week with chicken Parmesan. The chicken will be served buffet-style with pasta, seasonal vegetables, soup of the day, tossed salad, rolls, dessert and various beverages.  Takeouts will be available. Service will begin at 6 p.m. The cost for adults is $12, a dollar of which goes to the Elks National Foundation.  The ENF supports various charitable programs such as those for the veterans and area youths.  The cost for youths 8 to 13 is half price, and children younger than 8 may eat for free.

Contributions to the Elks’  Children’s Dec. 15 Christmas Party can be made at the club that evening.  Reservations are recommended by calling 607-432-1312.

Local NAACP to elect officers

DOWNTOWN — The Oneonta Branch of the NAACP will elect officers and at-large executive committee members at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at 50 Dietz St., Suite L, in Oneonta.

To vote in a branch election, one must be a member in good standing of the branch for 30 days before the election, which is Oct. 9. Identification in some form is required. A regular meeting of the Oneonta Branch will follow. All those interested in the cause and the work of the NAACP may attend.

Writers Series to begin at college

HARTWICK COLLEGE — Fiction writer Stephanie King will read from her works at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in the first event of the Visiting Writers Series at Hartwick College in Oneonta. The reading will be in the Celebration Room of Shineman Chapel House on the college campus. Admission is free. The event is open to the public.

King is the interim coordinator of Hartwick’s Writing Center. Her stories have won the Quarterly West Novella Prize and the Lilith Short Fiction Prize and appeared in Loch Raven Review and Lumen. She received her Master of Fine Arts in writing and literature from Bennington College, where she was also editor of the Bennington Review. Originally from upstate New York, King now lives in Philadelphia. She serves on the board of the Philadelphia Writers Conference and as president of Kearny Friends, a public school advocacy group.

The reading is presented by the Department of English and the Visiting Writers Series at Hartwick College.

Contact Assistant Professor of English Bradley J. Fest at festb@hartwick.edu or 607-431-4921 for more information.

Group to sponsor evening fundraiser

EAST ONEONTA — Super Heroes in Ripped Jean will host Wags, Whiskers, Wine and Whiskey from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at My Father’s Place at 5690 State Highway 7 in Oneonta. An auction will start at 7:30 p.m. A $5 donation will be collected at the door.  Proceeds will be used to continue the group’s mission of helping pets and their owners in Oneonta. Call 607-441-3227 or visit superheroesirj.org for more information. 

Church to sponsor chicken dinner

DOWNTOWN — A chicken-and-biscuit dinner with all the trimmings will be served from 4:30 to 7 p.m Thursday, Nov. 8, at the First Presbyterian Church at 296 Main St. in Oneonta. Homemade pies will be available for dessert. Takeouts will be available. The cost will be $10 for adults and $5 for children. Proceeds will benefit the Jamaica Mission to Pringle Home Orphanage. Call 607-432-4286 for more information.