It’s 2015 and frankly you should stop using your well stored excuses not to step out and do something new, exciting and fun! What our myNewYorkeye team is proposing involves wine, books and a paintbrush.

See—the adventure is looking up! It’s a paint class being given at one of our favorite spots in the city, La Casa Azul Bookstore, and it’s BYOB! Saturday, February 21, 2:00pm - 4:00pm.

BYOB means bring your favorite bottle of wine and release your inner-artist at our painting class!

These classes are perfect for beginners, so grab your friends, co-workers, plan a unique date night, or fly solo and meet some creative people.

It's also a great way to decorate your apartment because you are sure to go home with a painting you can be proud of.

All materials included in art class. Paint class inspired by award winning illustrator, Christian Robinson.

Fee: $30 per person (2 hour class) - bring wine, beer or other drink of choice, must be 21 or above to attend event. Pre-registration suggested, limited seating!

To continue celebrating the rich heritage of African-Americans and to connect to interesting creative minds look no further than the Author Panel series. Please take a moment and reflect on the wealth of information that La Casa Azul Bookstore is offering this month.

Author panel: Celebrate Black History Month  

Saturday, February 21, 5:00pm - 7:00pm

This reading will feature the works of Clarissa Mendez, author of The Empowered Woman: Purpose, Passion, and Possibilities; Kevin Alberto Sabio, author of In My Lifetime: Funny Stories of Life Experiences; and Robert Oriyama'at, author Heaven O Hell: Black Omen

Information session for writers!

Friday, February 27, 6:00pm - 8:00pm 

Calling all writers and aspiring writers! 

Learn about residencies, grants and writing programs, meet local authors and get inspired to take your writing career to the next level. Hear from Luis Jaramillo, Director of The School of Creative Writing at The New School and author of The Doctor's Wife; VONA alumni Glendaliz Camacho and Emilia Fiallo; and Wo Chan from Poets & Writers.

VONA/Voices is the only multi-genre workshop for writers of color in the nation, brings writers of color from the margins to a community where their work is centralized and honored.

Poets & Writers is the nation's largest non-profit literary organization serving poets, fiction writers, and creative non-fiction writers.

Free event!