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 City Lore                                                                  March 29, 2013  


City Lore Documentary InstitutePoetic VoicesBronx Rising!
Sounds of Southern FranceSeason of CambodiaTato Laviera
Three Trees

Hi, Citylorists,

Please enjoy our Tours and Tales March-April 2013 e-letter!

City Lore Documentary Institute Postcard

Spread the Word!: City Lore Documentary Institute Don’t forget to SIGN UP FOR and TELL YOUR NEIGHBOR about the City Lore Documentary Institute, a three week (August 12 – 30) intensive immersion program through which current and aspiring artists, activists, and cultural documenters advance their skills in multimedia storytelling. Working hands-on with veterans in the fields of radio, photography, and video documentary, participants will go through the soup to nuts process of producing a photo essay, radio or film short to tell a story of importance to the world. In addition, the institute provides an introduction to folklore– and oral history–based approaches to culture and cultural activism; writing for the media; interviewing and field research; and fundraising from government sources, foundations, and individuals, including crowd-sourcing. The institute is designed to work intensively with participants on creative initiatives which they would like to fund, bring to fruition, and use to advance their careers. We are charging tuition, but have scholarships available based on need. Faculty and guest speakers for the institute include Dave Isay, Michael Kamber, Rob Rosenthal, Nick Spitzer, Pam Sporn, and Benh Zeitlin. Our partners include the Bronx Documentary Center and the Manhattan Neighborhood Network. Application deadline is April 30th. For more information click here.

Poetic Voices of the Muslim World Website Homepage

Bridging Cultures: Poetic Voices of the Muslim World After over a year of planning and hard work by our very own Director of Poetry Programs, Catherine Fletcher, City Lore is proud and excited to announce the launch of Poetic Voices of the Muslim World, a two-year initiative funded by NEH’s Bridging Cultures grant comprising programs and performances presented against the backdrop of a traveling exhibition and companion website, that will be presented in six cities across the country.

Incorporating dialogue and performance, music and visual art to celebrate poetry of rare power and beauty — including ancient oral traditions still practiced today, literary forms that have flourished for more than a millennium and contemporary poetic arts — Poetic Voices of the Muslim World was developed in collaboration with national poetry library and literary center Poets House to fully explore the crucial role that poetry plays in Muslim cultures.

The initiative opened in Los Angeles and Jacksonville, Florida, in March 2013; Washington, D.C. and Milwaukee in September 2013; and Detroit and New York City in March 2014.

See the website (still in progress) and explore the exhibit here.

The Nariachi Academy of New York
Coutesy of Mariachi Academy of New York

Bronx Rising!: Music, Film, & Spoken Word of the Borough The Bronx Music Heritage Center (BMHC) Laboratory’s Performance Series curated by City Lore Folklorist Elena Martínez and Grammy-nominated musician Bobby Sanabria.

The recently opened BMHC Laboratory in Crotona East is a 1,400 square foot performance, gallery, and retail space where Bronx artists can innovate and showcase their work, even before the permanent home to the BMHC opens in 2015. The Lab is a music incubator that hosts artists-in-residence, concerts, open mics, film screenings, galleries, arts retail, wellness events and roundtable discussions for musicians, artisans, and the community to enjoy. It is run by WHEDco (Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation).

April upcoming events include:
Music: The Mariachi Academy of New York
Thursday, April 18th, 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Film:The Golden Age of Mexican Cinema in Bronx Theaters with Paulina Suarez-Hesketh
Friday, April 19th, 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Palabras/Words: Rock & Read - Retun to the Bronx with author & musician Larry Kirwan
Saturday, April 20th, 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Please click each program title for more information on our calendar events.

The Sounds of Southern France NY’OC Trobadors, a collaborative project between artists based in France and New York, brings the riches of southern France’s troubadour tradition to an American public. This unique gathering of bi-continental poets, musicians, singers & translators will present an introduction to what will become both a fully staged bilingual (Occitan-English) multimedia performance and a bilingual anthology of Occitan poetry with texts, poems & song lyrics spanning the 11th century to the present. With performances by Joan Francés Tisnèr, Domenja Lekuona, Nicole Peyrafitte, and Pierre Joris with special guest Michael Bisio. To sustain this rich tradition, please click here or join us at the event!

When: Sunday, April 21st, 3:00pm
Where: Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery (between Houston and Bleecker), New York, NY 10012
Admission: FREE with 1 drink minimum
For more information: See this event on our calendar!

Season of Cambodia: A Living Arts Festival This April & May, New York City will host more than 125 artists from Cambodia for a major celebration of Cambodian arts, culture, and humanities when Season of Cambodia lights up the city’s cultural landscape in April and May 2013. Distinctive works from master and emerging artists and scholars—in ritual, music, visual arts, performance, dance, shadow puppetry, film, and academic forums—will be presented by 30 of New York’s most renowned arts and educational institutions, marking an unprecedented city-wide partnership initiative to celebrate one of the world’s most vibrant and evocative cultures.

For more information visit their website.

Tato Laviera at the POEMobile event in 2011

Tato at the POEMobile event in 2011, courtesy
of City Lore

Please help our Dear Friend: Benefit for Tato Laviera Tato, a long-time friend and supporter of City Lore, has been in the hospital for six weeks and the benefit will help raise funds toward hospital bills and other expenses. Many poets and musicians will be on hand to honor Tato with their poems and music including: Sery Colón, Maria Aponte, Bob Holman, Felipe Luciano, Jesús Papoleto Meléndez, Myrna Nieves, Willie Perdomo, Rebel Diaz, and more.

The event takes place Thursday, April 4th from 5:00pm – 7:00pm at Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture Art Gallery at Hostos Community College, 450 Grand Concourse, Bronx. $25 donation at the door. See the City Lore calendar events for more information.

If you can’t make the benefit, but still want to donate, City Lore is accepting donations on his behalf. Just mail a check made payable to City Lore with "Tato Laviera" in the Memo line to:

City Lore
72 E 1st St
New York, NY 10003

Below, please enjoy an excerpt of a poem that Tato wrote especially for City Lore’s exhibit last year, I’d Rather Be Puerto Rican, Even if Born on the Moon: Puerto Rican Migration Through the Arts. Tato once wrote that he was a poet brandishing two guns — English and Spanish. A number of his poems like this one are written in both languages.

By Tato Laviera

Aqui estoy en la luna
Comiendo el cheesecake
prepared by my migration
I arrived en bicicleta
in the company of Toño el fugitivo.
I’m migrant, Imigrante, Imigracion
Migration, Immigration, it’s all the same.

I came by plane
The first modern migration
Puerto Ricans in the hemisphere
that gave us the right to free transfer para la luna
Pero se acabo la gasoline
So I’m arriving in bicicleta

See the play and join the conversation! Our good friend Alvin Eng’s exploration into the meaning of life and art continues through April 14th at the Pan Asian Theater. Following the Sat, March 30 2:30pm Matinee performance, ticket buyers are invited to be part of an exclusive conversation among artists & art historians. Join panelists Alvin Eng (playwright of Three Trees), Shirley Kaplan, Gian Marco Lo Forte (set designer, Three Trees) and Laurie Wilson as they discuss Three Trees, Giacometti and Paris in the 50’s.

When: Saturday, March 30th, 2:30pm
Where: West End Theater, 263 W 86th St. New York, NY 10024
Admission: $45; $35 (seniors 65+); $25 students (25 & Under)
For more information and purchasing tickets: Please click here or call 212-352-3101.

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Steve and Abby


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