Yesterday was history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift, that's why it's called the present. And so those preceding words were to be found as a quote in someones email that I received and elsewhere in life as one of those parables. And I still find myself reading, watching and listening to the news this past week of the latest natural disaster of an earthquake that has taken many lives along with it here on planet earth that has afflicted the city of Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. And it seems to be a tragic event with images of devastation that represent the fragility of life as human beings that seem as if they are taken from the apocalypse. And in commentary of those photos of Haiti in the newspapers this past week, of armed military guards guarding piles of rubble, I am unable to comprehend, for what reason does one guard a pile of rubble. And in response to the tragedy in Haiti Jeff Stark's nonsensenyc list has events for Haiti this week as follows:
* Mutual Aid Disaster Relief
XXXXX SUNDAY, JANUARY 24 XXXXX
Horns for Haiti
On Sunday, NYC's best, most badass brass bands will blast out tunes to uplift and support our Haitian brothers and sisters. Come join the Hungry March Band, Raya Brass Band, and more for a night of dancing in support of Haiti.
Special guest performances by Mikerline Afro Haitian Dance and Drum Troupe, Peniel Guerrier, and more. And a special moment with the Rev. Billy and the Life After Shopping Gospel Choir.
The Living Theatre
21 Clinton Street, Manhattan
7p-midnight; $20 or more please, every dollar (from the door, the bar, dvd sales, etc.) will be donated to the Haitian relief efforts: 50 percent goes directly to the evening's Haitian performers who have family in Haiti and 50 percent to Doctors Without Borders
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
The Brick Theater presents:
Garage Sale for Haiti
All proceeds will go to MSF/Doctors Without Borders' Haitian relief efforts. We have an amazing selection of items to buy and bid on including books, movies and music, clothing, vintage furniture and housewares, life coaching sessions, interior design consultation, and original signed art prints.
575 Metropolitan Avenue, just off Lorimer, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
9a to 1p; $free
***** Also on SUNDAY *****
Haiti Matters to Brooklyn
An emergency fundraiser for the victims of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. The event is a unified effort on the part of Brooklyn's musicians, artists, organizations, creative minds, and caring individuals.
We've had only 36 hours to put this thing together so far, and it would mean so much for you to show your support by blogging, posting, listing, or otherwise spreading the word. We're having a raffle of prizes donated by corporate sponsors and local businesses as well as works donated by local artists, live music all day/night, screenings, dancing, and an open bar courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery. All proceeds go to the American Red Cross' Haitian relief fund.
Performances by Jaleel Bunton of TV on the Radio, Yellowbirds, Aman Ellis, VulpesVulpes, Green Street Records, Photon Dynamo and the Shiny Pieces, Ellis Ashbrook, and My Cousin the Emperor.
Short film premieres Jason and Helena Madera The Little Birth That Could, Andrew Raab and Co, and a two-tier raffle.
114 Troutman Street, Brooklyn
J,M,Z trains to Myrtle-Broadway or L train to Morgan Avenue
9p; $10 minimum suggested donation, all proceeds benefit Red Cross
627 852 8986
Peace on earth and goodwill to all mankind.