Fantastic Fiction at KGB is a monthly speculative-fiction reading series held on the third Wednesday of every month originally at the KGB Bar in New York City, and now on YouTube, hosted by Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel.
All genres welcome — fiction, non-fiction, poetry, music, comedy, storytelling, other. Open Mic will give you an opportunity to share your talents in a nurturing, comfortable space with some great people. Bill Buschel is your host.
This is a course designed for writers looking to create screenplays, stage plays, and teleplays for one-hour televisions shows. Paramount in this effort, we will focus on an approach which is necessary in all dramatic writing — the importance of conflict. How we define, pinpoint and create interesting, unusual characters. How structure is the backbone of a dramatic piece, and how narrative drive and the understanding of the elements of the construction of a story are critical to any piece of dramatic writing. The course will include insights and address the specific individual demands inherent in the writing of screenplays, stage plays and one-hour television shows.
For this contest you are challenged to write a Tanka poem. Tanka is a form of poetry that often follows a specific syllable count.
line 1 – 5 syllables
line 2 – 7 syllables
line 3 – 5 syllables
line 4 – 7 syllables
line 5 – 7 syllables
So it contains five unrhymed lines of five, seven, five, seven, and seven syllables. (5, 7, 5, 7, 7). This format is not required but a helpful guide. To approximate the Japanese model, some poets use approximately 20-22 syllables and a short-long-short-long-long structure or even just a free form structure using five lines.
Peaceful solitude (5)
intrinsic to our spirit (7)
lost in pensive thought (5)
standing on the edge of time (7)
the road to nowhere special. (7)
– by Cheri L. Ahner
Write about anything using this format. A tanka poem usually only has one stanza.
A 5-7-5 follows the structure of a Haiku but without any limitation to the topic. While a Senryu, is primarily concerned with human nature. A Haiku, primarily concerned with physical nature. A 5-7-5 poem is a free form with the only limitation being the syllable count.
So have fun with the 5-7-5 poetry type. But it must follow the proper syllable count. A 5-7-5 poem has three lines. The first line has 5 syllables. The second line has 7 syllables. The third line has 5 syllables again.
Don’t eat yellow snow (5 syllables)
It’s not healthy as you know (7 syllables)
Besides, it tastes bad! (5 syllables)
– written by starkat
The winner takes away a $100 cash prize.
Discover the history and significance of a traditional tea ceremony, Chadō (The Way of Tea). This intimate tea ceremony, which will take place in-person at the Museum, will involve a live tea demonstration and lecture by Marybeth Welch, an expert on the Urasenke Tea Ceremony, along with her associate Aya Takamoto, who comes from a family of tea practitioners dating back to the 15th century. Limited capacity; attendees will be socially distanced.
Landscapes in Watercolor is a 6 week class that explores techniques for creating bold, passionate landscape paintings in watercolor. The instructor will provide demonstrations and best practices for painting in watercolor.
A series of weekly classes designed to train students to master foundation skills. The exercises include rendering the value scale, gradients, using a viewfinder, sight-sizing, composition, various painting techniques (under-painting, glazing and alla prima), and still-life.
Have you always wanted to learn Japanese, but were unsure where to start? Come for a Japanese Trial Lesson for Beginners, taught by Japanese instructors at the Language Center. These lessons are meant for persons with no previous knowledge of Japanese.
Japan Society Film screens a diverse selection of classic and contemporary Japanese cinema throughout the year — including retrospectives of seminal directors, thematic series, and special screenings of international, U.S. and NY premieres — and organizes JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film, the largest festival of its kind in North America.
Three: Documentary filmmaker Tokachi Tsuchiya follows a moving company employee who takes action to change his illegal and humiliating conditions at work.
An Ant Strikes Back: A mesmerizing documentary that reveals the pivotal role Japanese artists of the Edo era played in setting the stage for the “modern art” movement in the West.
Tomoyasu Murata: Stop Motion Master: Two decades of boundary-breaking stop motion animated films from one of Japan’s most prolific independent animation artists, Tomoyasu Murata.
Koshien: Japan’s Field of Dreams: On the 100th anniversary of the popular national high school baseball championship, documentary filmmaker Ema Ryan Yamazaki follows two promising teams as they undergo rigorous training.
Touching the Skin of Eeriness: In this moody and mystery-laden drama, two young men practice a unique form of modern dance while a tragedy slowly builds in their small riverside town.
Passion: Hamaguchi’s debut feature film, made while he was still a film student, follows the entangled relationships of a group of friends who struggle to address their individual desires.
In this event, you’ll join a live streaming tour and visit a real brewery located in Japan!
Also, you’ll actually try their sake from the Japanese brewery while enjoying the tour.
The sake will be delivered directly to you!!
Chattacon has gone Virtual, and that means you can still enjoy all of the programming you look forward to every year… with just a bit more of a technical flare. But at it’s heart, Chattacon remains the same gathering that you have always known and loved.
Taught by Shaun Manning, who has written comic book stories for series including Star Wars Adventures, Garbage Pail Kids, Dark Horse Presents, and more. He is the writer and co-creator of three original graphic novels, most recently the historical fiction epic Macbeth: The Red King… This 8-week course will address the fundamentals of writing for comics, covering aspects unique to the medium such as the importance of page turns, the advantages and pitfalls of captions, working with an artist, and more.