Proud to share how my other half, Cyrus, is bringing literacy to the clinic experience, collaborating with muralists. See Ruben Dario’s poemA Margarita Debayle (To Margarita Debayle) put into mural form in a pediatric clinic waiting room in Washington Heights, New York City, a predominately Latino neighborhood that now sees itself reflected on clinic walls and storytelling. A great follow-up to his Inwood mural project that brought Julia Alvarez’s The Secret Footprints to life to another pediatric clinic with graffiti artist legends.
A not-to-be-missed exhibit detailing the history of Salsa in New York. The birth of salsa is much more than music: it’s politics, it’s social movements, it’s culture… it’s definitely New York, and immigration, colonial legacies and commonwealth existence. And why so much of my on-the-market novel is an ode to this era.
Location: Hi-Arts Gallery 304 East 100th Street, 2nd Avenue Exhibit Run: October 20th – November 22nd
Gallery Hours: Tues, Thurs, & Sat 2:00-7:00pm
A Survey Of The Artistic Career Of One Of The Salsa Generation’s Most Prolific Artistic Visionaries, Israel “Izzy” Sanabria. Mr. Sanabria Is A Cultural Icon Whose Work Throughout The 1970’S Helped Promote And Illustrate The Look Of The New York Latin Sound Through His Numerous Album Covers, Poster Designs, Promotional Designs. Izzy Is Also Known For Hosting Salsa, A Show Akin To Soul Train And His Publishing Of Latin N.Y. Magazine. He Is Widely Recognized As Mr. Salsa, A Multidisciplinary Artist, Writer, Actor, Dancer, Photographer, Publisher, Philosopher Whose Contributions Endure To This Day. The Exhibit Showcases Sanabria’s Work Which Encapsulates An Important Period Of Music, Politics And Culture In Its Seminal Years.
Have a great night watching, learning, listening (and dare we say, dancing to) the Afro-Puerto Rican dance and music form called Bomba y Plena, performed by Grammy-nominated and Smithsonian-recoginized Los Pleneros de la 21. And for a good cause. These steal-of-a-deal tickets ($15 regular, $10 students and children) directly fund the student-run CoSMO clinic (speared by Columbia University medical students) to buy medicine for uninsured patients in Washington Heights (100% of ALL proceeds go towards buying medicine for these patients). Everyone of all ages (families that means you too!) is welcome for a night of drums, dancing skirts, Afro-Latino history and good company. Don’t you want to learn about a dance form where your dance partner (and who you often square-off with) is the drum?
Those with an eye for art and graffiti legend will be happy to know that BlusterOne has designed a fundraising t-shirt for the event (light gray), $30 and fair-trade-made (100% proceeds go towards buying medicine for the clinic too). T-shirts available at the event, but if you are itching to ensure one is available, reserve one with Stephanie email@example.com
Okay, the details…
When? Thursday, February 25th at 7:30pm
Where? Alumni Auditorium, 650 W 168th Street on Fort Washington Avenue (A, C or 1 train to 168th or M5, B7, M100 or M4 bus. Check transit schedules/info beforehand).
“…Lastly, we end this week’s episode of Puerto Rican Voices with the spoken-word poet and hip-hop artist known as Chilo, as he walks through the streets of New York City. He performs two of his pieces while reflecting on how he came to appreciate his Puerto Rican heritage. Chilo’s work can be described as an homage to the experience of Puerto Ricans in the US as well as an attempt to reclaim the history of our ancestors. He also discusses El Grito de Poetas, the Latino poetry collective he founded in 2005.”
Nice piece on art, real estate, neighborhoods, displacement and the human story in gentrification.
Found this in Latina magazine, pointing out how Latino neighborhoods are most vulnerable, and particularly, ones with significant Puerto Rican rooted populations.
Wanted to pass along that the CoSMO Clinic (Columbia University medical student-run and faculty directed) that serves uninsured patients in NYC, mostly Latino immigrants, has a fundraising auction that ends this Saturday May 23rd. Besides the good cause (and home connection to the clinic) I wanted to point out a treasure at a decent price: Multiple signed copies of a poster tailored-designed for an event the group did. Made by the revered graffiti artist and muralist Cekis, featuring the guest of the evening Puerto Rican poet Martin Espada and the opener the incredible YERBABUENA Boricua Roots Music band, with a New York City Latin accented setting of the neighborhood of Columbia University campus. The event was memorable and so is this Latino trifecta treasure of artists. It’s really a steal and multiple copies are available. Here is a link to the auction.