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Writers Against Racism: "Playing for Change"

If you’re in the NYC area on Thursday, January 14, my friend David Alpert from The Calhoun School would like to invite you to a Q&A and screening of PLAYING FOR CHANGE with filmmaker Mark Johnson.

The Calhoun Performing Arts Series presents

Playing for Change
A documentary film about the unifying power of music

Thursday, January 14, 2010, 7:00pm

Q&A follows the screening with filmmaker Mark Johnson.

Tickets: $5/students & seniors; $10/adults
Where: The Calhoun School, 433 West End Avenue at 81st Street

The award-winning documentary “Playing for Change: Peace Through Music,” lands at Calhoun this January after its whirlwind tour of film festivals and benefit concerts.  “Playing for Change” is more than just a film, it is an exciting multimedia movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music.

After creating a portable recording studio, filmmaker Mark Johnson visited countless countries around the globe to facilitate cross-continental collaboration on songs like “Stand by Me” and Bob Marley’s “One World.”  The ongoing endeavor has featured more than 100 artists from around the world performing “together;” the documentary is a celebration of how music can unite people from different backgrounds.

To learn about the film, listen to songs, and find out more about the Foundation, go to their Web site:

The Calhoun Performing Arts Series presents documentary films, lectures, music, dance and children’s theater. All events are open to the public. For a complete schedule, go to


  1. George Edward Stanley says:

    Amy, I’m coming up for air, getting ready for the spring semester, and I wanted to thank you for this posting with all its links. Do I wish I were in NYC for a few days so I could attend the screening. We need this more than ever now. Thanks so much!

  2. B Herrera says:

    Just got through looking at the video. It took my breath away and showed how we may be thousands of miles apart physically, but we are right next to each other emotionally. Thanks for the uplifting moment.