Veteran’s Day is next Tuesday (Nov. 11), and this weekend is a great time to celebrate and honor our veterans with a performance of Basetrack Live. The show is Saturday (Nov. 8) at 7:30 p.m., and we’re excited to bring several free corresponding events to enrich your experience even further.

Kicking off the weekend on Friday is a photo installation featuring stunning images by photojournalist Balazc Gardi that will bring Basetrack Live right into our Grand Lobby (here’s a sneak peek of two of his images). You’re invited to experience the installation and follow Basetrack Live’s progress online. The photo installation will be on view Friday-Sunday. Click here for hours.

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From Basetrack Live:

“In the current decade, more American soldiers have returned home from war than we have seen in a generation.  They face an uphill battle reintegrating into a society where less than 1% of the population shares the experience of serving in the military, and even well-regarded cultural representations of war – such as The Hurt Locker – reinforce fictional stereotypes.  Despite significant nationwide support for veterans of the post 9/11 era, an absence of genuine understanding contributes to isolation and depression that are unacceptably common obstacles to successful reintegration into civilian life.”

Basetrack Live follows ordinary people transformed by extraordinary circumstances. Learn so much more in this recently released trailer for the performance.

Before the performance, join us for Stories We Carry with Scott Thompson, M.S., M.Div., LMHC, on Friday (Nov. 7) at 6 p.m. Right or wrong, acknowledged or not, civilian or soldier, every citizen carries the moral burden of war. And yet, there are few resources for civilians and veterans to confront the moral and ethical challenges together. Stories We Carry aims to start conversations that create community. Stories We Carry is a guided conversation series that brings together veterans and civilians to openly share their stories, misperceptions, and experiences about war. Stories We Carry is not: Therapy. Counseling. Political. Judgment.

Made possible by a grant from the The New York Community Trust, Stories We Carry is a project of Mental Health Association of New York City; co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Rhetoric in Society. Stories We Carry is free, but registration is required. Sign up here.

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By the time the performance is over and the cast and musicians take a bow, we’re sure you won’t want the Basetrack Live experience to end. Luckily, you can join us in the Cube for a fascinating post-performance panel discussion on the myriad impacts of war. Panelists include local veterans, servicemen and women, mental health professionals, and faith leaders.

Tickets for Basetrack Live are still available–you can get yours today right here.