Windup Space, Everyman Theatre, Al Sharpton and more

The WindUp Space posted this announcement on its website, saying it would close its doors June 1. (Screenshot)

Windup Space to close June 1

The Windup Space, a multi-use arts space that has anchored the Station North arts district for more than a decade, will close on June 1, the venue announced May 13, according to Baltimore Fishbowl. “We’ve had the pleasure of sharing our love for the strange and beautiful things that Baltimore has to offer with our own special blend of programming,” the venue posted. “We hope you found the things you were looking for and discovered some new things that you will never forget.” Russell de Ocampo, a bartender and local music scene veteran, opened the space in 2008, joining the ranks of the Metro Gallery, Club Charles, Charles Theatre and Joe Squared as early destinations in the Station North neighborhood.

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Everyman Theatre
Everyman Theatre (Photo by ClintonBPhotography)

Everyman Theatre receives NEA grant

National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s second major funding announcement for Fiscal Year 2019, according to a release sent out May 16. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $10,000 to Everyman Theatre to support the development and production of Caleen Sinnette Jennings’ autobiographical play “Queens Girl: Black in the Green Mountains,” the third installment of her “Queens Girl” series. The series explores Jennings’ story as a young African-American girl from Queens and her journey into adulthood. Through its array of characters, the new play will explore race, class, and gender issues, as well as cultural and political forces of the Civil Rights era.

Read more: More than $80 Million in Arts Funding Awarded Across the Nation

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Baltimore Veterans Job Fair

For National Military Appreciation Month, Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and RecruitMilitary host the Baltimore Veterans Job Fair  May 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Dundalk Armory. This free event for veterans, military spouses, transitioning military, National Guard members and Reservists features nearly 50 employers ready to hire. Event exhibitors include Maryland State Police, Lockheed Martin Corporation, DeVry University, Department of Veteran Affairs and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

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Al Sharpton
Al Sharpton speaking at the Reform movement’s Religious Action Center conference in Washington, D.C., May 20, 2019. (RAC)

Al Sharpton’s ‘cheap’ rhetoric about the Jews

Al Sharpton appealed to Reform Jews for a united front in facing down anti-Semitism, racism and other forms of bias and acknowledged his role in stoking division, recounting how the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s widow reprimanded him for his “cheap” rhetoric. The civil rights activist and MSNBC host reportedly has expressed regrets privately to Jewish leaders for the incendiary rhetoric that helped fuel the deadly Crown Heights riots in 1991. But the May 20 remarks at the Religious Action Center’s Consultation on Conscience were the closest he has come in public in acknowledging his role. The invitation earned criticism for seeming to rehabilitate a figure at the center of a number of anti-Semitic clashes in the 1990s. After the accidental killing of a black child in Brooklyn by a car driven by a member of the Lubavitcher rebbe’s entourage, African-American protesters targeted religious Jews in the Crown Heights neighborhood.

Read more: Al Sharpton admits to using ‘cheap’ rhetoric about Jews

Workers at the Al Jazeera offices in Jerusalem, June 13, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Al Jazeera suspends 2 journalists for video questioning Holocaust

The Al Jazeera Media Network has suspended two journalists for making a video in which they said the Holocaust is “different from how the Jews tell it.” On May 19, the Qatar-based network distanced itself from the Arabic-language video posted a day prior on AJ+, an online channel owned by the media conglomerate. The network “completely disowns the offensive content in question,” said Yaser Bishr, executive director of Al Jazeera’s digital division, according to the news network.  The staff would undergo bias and sensitivity training, Bishr said in an email to employees. In the since-deleted video, reporter Muna Hawa said that the “statistics were inflated by the Zionist movement to help them establish Israel,” according to Haaretz. Hawa also said the Holocaust is “different from how the Jews tell it,” and that the Jews “exploited” the genocide to receive money from Germany. The managing director of AJ+, Dima Khatib, said the video had been produced without proper supervision and there would be a review of how content is edited.–JTA

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