Fall 2018 Season

Roots for Resilience

Uptown Summer Showcase and NATURE Lab Prototype Reveal

Join us for the final celebration of the 2018 Uptown Summer youth employment program and see what we’ve been working on! At 1pm, architect Cameron Toler will be presenting the […]

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10 August 2018 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm


A deep roots trio made up of guitarist and vocalist Pascal Danae, Rafgee on sousaphone and drummer Baptiste Brondy, blending French Caribbean and New Orleans’ musical styles for a contemporary […]

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26 September 2018 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

StoryHarvest With Rootbrew & Special Guest Jenny Marie and Derrick Horton & The Jay Street Band

The eighth consecutive year of this community celebration, with free music, food and arts activities outdoors at Freedom Square. Just as farmers reap the harvest, providing sustenance for all, it […]

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29 September 2018 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Roots for Resilience Exhibition Opening with Catherine Rafferty

Exhibition Opening Wednesday, Sept. 26, 6-7pm, with photographer Catherine Rafferty! During her internship at The Sanctuary for Independent Media, Catherine Rafferty photographed the images in this exhibition during the Uptown […]

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29 September 2018 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

NATURE Lab Workshop with Maya Sanders: Deconstructing Science

Join us on Tuesday October 2nd, as we kick off the Fall 2018 NATURE Lab Open Hours season with an awesome workshop about what science is, who gets to do […]

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02 October 2018 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Be The Media! Workshop: Hudson Mohawk Magazine New Producer Orientation, with WOOC.3 Staff

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 […]

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04 October 2018 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

NATURE Lab Workshop: Fresh Water Exploring

Something is in the water! Learn how and what life’s like under the water surface. Includes hands on manipulations and live critters to explore. Hope you like getting your hands […]

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09 October 2018 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

NATURE Lab Workshop with Byron Rich: Hormone Hacking- Harvesting Endocrine Disruptors

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 […]

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10 October 2018 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm


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, sisters in song, rhythm and […]

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12 October 2018 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

NATURE Lab Workshop with Nathalie Dubois Calero: Hacking GMO – Pant Tissue Culturing

In this workshop, we will take a piece of plant and multiply it in vitro. Learn how to multiply plants, including Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).  We'll also learn a lot […]

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16 October 2018 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Be The Media! and Hudson Mohawk Magazine Workshop with Elizabeth Press: 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!

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16 October 2018 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

“Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope” Film Screening and Panel

At 5pm, join us for a community potluck. Then, at 6pm, there will be a screening of the groundbreaking documentary Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope, a film examining […]

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18 October 2018 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

NATURE Lab Workshop: Mealworms, Pillbugs, Critters, Oh My!

Learn about the value of bugs in farming and their potential as “microlivestock.” We promise they don't bite! Includes experiments for kids. Open to all ages. About the NATURE Lab: […]

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23 October 2018 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

NATURE Lab Workshop with Leila Nadir and Cary Adams: Feral Fermentation

This class shares ancient practices of fermentation, followed by the reaction of edible bio-art that will take two weeks for microbes to cook for you. Open-Source education contra the neoliberal […]

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24 October 2018 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Vusi Mahlasela and His Band

The Sanctuary for Independent Media welcomes acclaimed South African artist Vusi Mahlasela back to the Capital Region with his full band for a concert at The Egg in Albany to benefit […]

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25 October 2018 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm

NATURE Lab, Collard City Growers and the Next Epoch Seed Library Workshop: Seedy Social

Join our fall seed swap and social to learn seed keeping methods, acquire seeds and bring your own. Learn seed keeping methods from local gardeners, acquire seeds to grow, bring […]

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28 October 2018 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Leah Penniman, Farming While Black: Book Release

Join us as we celebrate the release of Leah Penniman’s new book, Farming While Black. The Black Kreyol farmer/peyizan, author, and food justice activist from Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, NY […]

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01 November 2018 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Chris Hedges: “America: The Farewell Tour”

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author shows an America that should shame us: a land of rampant and deadly drug addiction, of escape into gambling, sadism and pornography, of […]

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03 November 2018 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

NATURE Lab Workshop with Natalie Dubois Calero: Wearing Bacteria

Take a peek into the tiny world around us! Ever wonder what’s lurking on and around you? Learn about what microorganisms live on your skin and in the air. We […]

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06 November 2018 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Trumpeter Chris Pasin performs music inspired by free jazz icons in a CD release party with Harvey Sorgen, Michael Bisio, Adam Siegel, and Creative Music Studio founders Karl Berger and […]

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10 November 2018 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

NATURE Lab: Lawn Lab, Preserving Plants

Learn some basic plant ID skills and an archival method for storing dried, pressed plants to add to the NATURE Lab herbarium. Open to all ages. About the NATURE Lab: […]

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13 November 2018 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Be The Media! Workshop with Stephen Maing: Storytelling at the Margins

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. The focus of this informal conversation […]

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14 November 2018 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

“Crime and Punishment” with Filmmaker Stephen Maing, Manuel Gomez (Private Investigator) plus George Weddington (Justice for Dahmeek)

Stephen Maing's film Crime and Punishment chronicles the struggles of a group of black and Latino whistleblower cops and the young minorities they are pressured to arrest and summons in […]

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14 November 2018 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

NATURE Lab Workshop with Maya Sanders: Plastic Sucks

Learn why plastic is bad for the environment and our health. We will discuss and brainstorm ways to reduce plastic in our everyday lives. Includes fun eco-friendly craft! Maya Sanders […]

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27 November 2018 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

NATURE Lab Workshop with Heather Dewey-Hagborg: Who Do You Think You Are- DNA Ancestry and Biosurveillance

How much can you learn about a stranger from a stray cigarette butt? Our DNA can reveal stories about us—including our ancestry, disease risks, physical characteristics, and predispositions. These stories […]

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28 November 2018 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Author Ronald Kitchen Presents “My Midnight Years”

My Midnight Years: Surviving Jon Burge’s Police Torture Ring and Death Row tells the story of Ronald Kitchen's 21 years in prison–including more than a decade on death row–and, finally, […]

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30 November 2018 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

NATURE Lab Workshop with Nathalie Dubois Calero: Tabletop Composting

Life is a cycle, let's experience it by eating over decomposing food! Learn what can be composted and how to compost it. We will show you how to use bokashi […]

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04 December 2018 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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 […]

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08 December 2018 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

NATURE Lab Workshop with Dylan Rees: Using Fish Poo to Feed a Family

NATURE Lab educator Dylan Rees will lead a workshop on Fish Poo. Aquaponics uses fish poo to grow plants. See a small tabletop system, learn how it works, and how […]

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11 December 2018 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

7th Annual North Troy Justice and Peace Holiday Celebration

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Join us at the Sanctuary for the seventh annual North Central Holiday Justice and Peace Celebration. We’ll have free portraits (special appreciation […]

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15 December 2018 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

NATURE Lab and Collard City Growers Workshop: Fruit and Berry Propagation

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 […]

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15 December 2018 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

NATURE Lab: Futurology

Join us for a potluck social to reflect on our great fall and to postulate the bright future to come. We will display all we have worked on and more! […]

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18 December 2018 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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