Fifty years ago, a young man named Fred Hampton was gunned down by Chicago police while lying in bed. He had been an outspoken leader in the international revolutionary proletarian struggle as a member of the Black Panther Party and his death was seen by many, including author Jeffrey Haas, as the result of coordinated efforts to silence the movement to bring justice and equality to minority communities through militant self-defense. Haas shares his research and his book The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther at a public conversation and signing on Friday, Nov. 22 at 6pm at Bookworks (4022 Rio Grande Blvd. NW). For more information on this free, all-ages event, see bkwrks.com.
Deep in the chilliest part of the Cold War, the Soviets shot down pilot Francis Gary Powers over the Soviet Union, captured and publicly tried him for espionage, spawning international consternation and possibly a horrible Dublin band. On Friday, Nov. 22 at 5:30pm the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History (601 Eubank Blvd. SE) welcomes that pilot’s son, author Francis Gary Powers, Jr., to the museum for a signing of his book detailing his father’s account of his experience, Spy Pilot, and a screening of the Steven Spielberg movie about the incident, Bridge of Spies. Tickets are $25 for general audience or $15 for museum members. For more information or to purchase tickets, see nuclearmuseum.org.
Trapdoor Projects (1120 Tijeras Ave. NW) brings the photography of Mariah Renae Allen, Miranda Chun, Katie Harkins, Elleott Herrera, Delaney Hoffman, Ben Lane, Jiayi Liang, Mia Montanez, Philip Spuhler and Tim Stanley to its gallery walls for intrinsic-discipline-withholding-rebirth-embodied-overlap-re/identify-Samsara-rebirth-communal. The opening reception on Friday, Nov. 22 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm promises to be excellent-glorious-major-remarkable-superior-commanding-re/markable-grand-sublime-nifty. For more information on this free, all-ages event, see trapdoorprojects.com.
Are you ready to “savor the flavors and the aromas of the 21st century?” If not, then get ready because for two nights, Friday, Nov. 22 and Saturday, Nov. 23 at 9:30pm, Tricklock Company (110 Gold Ave. SW) brings to the stage the performance art project So This Is Art. For more information and tickets for this performance, see tricklock.com.