Sanctuary Fall 2018 Schedule!

A deep roots trio blending French Caribbean and New Orleans’ styles for an all-new sound. The trio is made up of guitarist and vocalist Pascal Danae, sousaphonist Rafgee and Baptiste Brondy on drums. Delgrès is named for Officer Louis Delgrès, a biracial man who spent his life actively resisting colonial forces in Guadeloupe and died in battle fighting Napoleon’s enforced reinstatement of slavery in 1802. 

SATURDAY, SEPT. 29 3-6PM free
8th Annual StoryHarvest 2018 with Rootbrew and special guest Jenny Marie and Derrick Horton & The Jay Street Band
It’s that time again – time for our annual StoryHarvest Festival at Freedom Square in North Troy! The celebration features free music, food, art and more.

FRIDAY, OCT. 12 7PM $20
LADAMA is a group of four women, virtuosic musicians, and educators — Lara Klaus, Daniela Serna, Mafer Bandola and Sara Lucas—each from a different country and culture of the Americas, who are sisters in song, rhythm and spirit.

THURSDAY, OCT. 18 5PM Community Potluck, 6pm Screening, followed by panel
Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope
Co-sponsored by Urban Grief. Join us for a screening of the groundbreaking documentary Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope, a film examining the emerging science around toxic stress and how it negatively alters the brains and bodies of children if left untreated. Following the screening, Urban Grief will host a panel discussion on the subject of trauma and resilience.

THURSDAY, OCT. 25 7:30PM $29.50
Vusi Mahlasela
Presented by The Egg in cooperation with The Sanctuary for Independent Media as a fundraising concert for our radio station WOOC 105.3 FM. Additional support provided by the African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region.

Known simply as “The Voice” in his home country of South Africa, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and poet Vusi Mahlasela and his band will perform “Township”–an uplifting special tribute to the music of Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Dorothy Masuka, and Brenda Fassie–and celebrating the 100th birthday of global peacemaker Nelson Mandela and nearly 25 years of freedom from apartheid.

Farming While Black: Book Release
Leah Penniman of Soulfire Farm in Grafton, NY exposes a global network of farmers working to increase farmland stewardship by people of color, restore Afro-indigenous farming practices, and end food apartheid.


Chris Hedges “America: The Farewell Tour”
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author shows us an America that should shame us: a land of rampant and deadly drug addiction, of escape into gambling, sadism and pornography, of xenophobic scapegoating and of plundering by the rich and powerful. 



“Absolutely thrilling,” “sonic joyride,“ freewheeling & invigorating” are how folks are describing trumpeter Chris Pasin’s reworking of music inspired by free jazz icons Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, and Albert Ayler. Featuring: Chris Pasin (trumpet), Harvey Sorgen (drums), Michael Bisio (bass), Adam Siegel (alto saxophone) and Creative Music Studio founders Karl Berger (piano/vibes), and Ingrid Sertso (vocals).

“Crime + Punishment” with Filmmaker Stephen Maing
A film chronicling the struggles of a group of black and Latino whistleblower cops and the young minorities they are pressured to arrest and summons in New York City. There will be a discussion following the screening of the film,  with the film’s director Stephen Maing.

FRIDAY, NOV. 30 7PM $10
Ronald Kitchen Book Discussion
In 1988, Ronald Kitchen was tortured by Chicago Police detectives into confessing to a murder he did not commit. After 21 years in prison and more than a decade on death row, he was finally exonerated. In “My Midnight Years: Surviving Jon Burge’s Police Torture Ring and Death Row,” Kitchen and co-authors Thai Jones and Logan M. McBride tell his story.


Ras Moshe
A multimedia performance of “Peace Be With You: Letters from Rap” with the Music Now! Unit. Theodore Burnett III performs music based on letters written by his father during deployment in Vietnam from 1968-1970. Funded in part by New Music USA.

7th Annual North Troy Justice and Peace Holiday Celebration

Join us at the Sanctuary for the seventh annual North Central Holiday Justice and Peace Celebration. We’ll have free portraits, arts activities, toys for tots, free food from Unity House, Troy Bike Rescue bike give-away, tours of our new NATURE Lab gallery, on-demand typewriter poetry, the lighting of the tree at Freedom Square (where 101st Street and 5th/6th Avenues meet), and more!!



Workshop admission functions on a sliding scale: $10-$40, nobody turned away for lack of funds. Donations accepted at the door.

Please register for any and all workshops you’d like to participate in by clicking here.

THURSDAY, OCT. 4 7-9:30PM 
Be the Media! Workshop– Hudson Mohawk Magazine: New Producer Orientation

Help us produce an hour a day of local news and public affairs content for the Capital Region. there are many ways to get involved (regardless of your interests, skill level and time available). We’ll show you how!

NATURE Lab workshop — Hormone Hacking: Harvesting Endocrine Disruptors with bioartist Byron Rich
Working with simple DIY tools and protocols, participants will learn to extract and identify estrogenic compounds in liquids ranging from waterways to common foods. We will construct our own scientific tools using readily available components that we will use to collect estrogenic compounds from the water and liquids around us.

TUESDAY, OCT. 16 7-9:30PM 
Be the Media! Workshop– Sculpting a Story Through Audio Editing
The art of creating powerful radio, podcast and video productions requires skillful sound editing. The tools are more accessible than ever; learn the techniques!



NATURE Lab workshop: Feral Fermentation with bioartists Leila Nadir and Cary Adams
We will be reading about and discussing ancient practices of fermentation, followed by the creation of edible bio-art in the kitchen that will take two weeks for microbes to cook for you.

SUNDAY, OCT. 28 12-3PM 
NATURE Lab workshop– Seed Collection Tutorial with Collard City Growers and The Next Epoch Seed Library
Join us in a fall seed swap and social to help wrap up the growing season. Learn seed keeping methods from local gardeners, acquire seeds to grow, bring your own seeds to show and share. Bring food and stories to share too! With seeds from: Collard City Growers, The Next Epoch Seed Library, and… you?

Be the Media! workshop — Storytelling at the Margins with Stephen Maing
The digital revolution has us awash in a sea of media. Award-winning filmmaker Stephen Maing addresses the challenge of documenting underrepresented individuals and communities. This is an opportunity for filmmakers and aspiring documentarians to have an informal conversation with a dedicated, cutting edge filmmaker, to learn his strategies and experiences as a creative artist.

NATURE Lab workshop– Who Do You Think You Are? DNA ancestry and biosurveillance with bioartist Heather Dewey-Hagborg
We will walk through MinION analysis, explore large data sets, and reveal the ancestry of a mystery individual. We will then dive deeper into the DNA sequences to uncover some of their dark secrets. 

NATURE Lab Workshop– Fruit & Berry Propagation with Collard City Growers

Experience the magic of sticks to propagate fruiting shrubs: grow our food forest with elderberries, blackberries, raspberries, grapes and cuttings you bring to experiment with!

Afterward, join us inside the Sanctuary for the Holiday Celebration!