GREECE, Athens : Women walk past shut down store with graffiti on it  in central Athens on March 30, 2015.  Cash-strapped Greece wrangles with its eurozone partners over a new package of economic reforms needed to unlock a vital 7.2-billion-euro tranche of bailout funds ahead of a crucial week of negotiations.AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI                        

For this month’s #TargetFirstSaturday, we celebrate the opening of Basquiat:The Unknown Notebooks.To properly pay homage to the life of such a creative individual, we had to get in his mindset and bring in everything Basquiat loved: from jazz, to poetry, to graffiti and more. The evening kicks off with a performance by the James Francies Trio , a jazz band with a set influenced by 1980s NYC. Once you’re in that downtown mood, head upstairs to learn more about Basquiat—either by hearing curator Tricia Laughlin Bloom discuss the creation of the exhibition, or by catching Tamra Davis’s intimate documentary, Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child

In Basquiat’s notebooks, even more than in his text-laden paintings, we can see the mind of a poet at work. Cave Canem presents Poetry Meets Art, featuring readings from LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs and Roger Reeves. You may just be moved to pen your own poetry afterwards. Luckily, we’ve got the Writhing Society here to line-break it down for you in a writing workshop. And because Basquiat got his start in that most public poetry forum of all, graffiti, you’ll also have the chance to contribute to a collective mural with Slackgaze.

For those folks with little ones out there, take a parenting tip from Queen Bey and start getting your kids into Basquiat now. Children’s author Javaka Steptoe presents his book Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Join us for a hands-on art workshop—making crowns inspired by Basquiat’s famous logo. Beyoncé, if you’re reading this, some of us here in Education think Blue Ivy would look adorable in one, so feel free to stop by!

The night closes out with a set by Lion Babe, an r&b duo Rolling Stone thinks is one of the “10 New Artists You Need to Know.” Yes, we are here to help keep y’all in the loop. Join us this Saturday for these events and more. You’ll leave with very little left Unknown about the legendary Brooklyn artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. 

Posted by Sam Kelly
Photo: Edo Bertoglio (Swiss, born 1951). Jean-Michel Basquiat on the set of Downtown 81, 1980–81. 35mm slide. © New York Beat Films, LLC. Courtesy Maripol. By permission of the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, all rights reserved