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 City Lore                                                                  July 30, 2013  


City Lore Documenary Institute Free LecturesLive from the POEMobile
Bronx Rising!Bushra Rehman’s CoronaHaiti’s Folktales
The Italian-American Writers’ Word Feast

Hi, Citylorists,

Please enjoy our Tours and Tales July-September 2013 e-letter!


City Lore Documentary Institute Post Card

City Lore Documentary Institute Lectures On Monday August 12th, the City Lore Documentary Institute launches, training a new generation of cultural documentarians. As part the Institute, we offer several lectures with guest speakers to the public for FREE.

Please click each lecture title for more information.

Lecture: Nick Spitzer, producer and host of American Routes
When: Thursday, August 15th, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Where: Manhattan Neighborhood Network, 175 E 104th St., New York, NY 10029

Lecture and Screening: Our Latin Thing, with Q&A by Academy Award winner director, Leon Gast (this is a part of Bronx Rising! August programs. See below.)
When: Friday, August 16th, 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Where: The Bronx Music Heritage Center, 1303 Louis Nine Blvd, Bronx, NY 10459

Lecture: Henry Chalfant & Martha Cooper, Filmmaker & Photographer discuss their works in Hip Hop
When: Wednesday, August 21st, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Where: Manhattan Neighborhood Network, 175 E 104th St., New York, NY 10029

Photo by Abby Ronner

Live from the POEMobile: Sekou Sundiata Revisited Harlem loomed large for Sekou Sundiata throughout his life, as both home and inspiration. This 65th birthday celebration reflects on his deep connection with poetry and music. The POEMobile, the poem-bedecked art truck, will project Sekou and Sekou-inspired poems on to the surrounding walls, performed by the youth poets of Urban Word. Additional performances include West-African drumming and dances by Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy with special guest Abiodun Oyewole, poet, teacher and founding member of the American music and spoken-word group The Last Poets.

When: Thursday, August 22nd, 8:30pm – 10:00pm
Where: Marcus Garvey Park, 18 Mt Morris Park W, New York, NY 10027; enter on 125th Street
Admission: FREE!
For more information: Please see our calendar event.

Bronx Rising August 2013 flyer

Bronx Rising!: Music, Film, & Spoken Word of the Borough in August and September The Bronx Music Heritage Center (BMHC) Laboratory’s Fall/Winter 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).

Please click each program title for more information.

August - Bronx Rising! upcoming events include:
Music: Ray Martínez and Cuerda y Tambo
Thursday, August 15th, 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Film: Our Latin Thing and Q&A with director Leon Gast
Friday, August 16th, 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Palabras/Words: Reading from Mambo Diablo: My Journey with Tito Puente by author Joe Conzo
Saturday, August 17th, 7:30pm – 9:30pm

September - Bronx Rising! upcoming events include:
Music: Jacqueline Flowers & her Quintet
Thursday, September 19th, 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Film: Salty Dog Blues and a Q&A by directors Al Santana and Denise Belén Santiago, and Porto Rico Steamship Line collector Ralph Méndez
Friday, September 20th, 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Palabras/Words: Presentation of the book, Speak English!: The Rise of Latinos in Baseball with author Rafael Hermoso and photographer Rita Rivera
Saturday, September 21st, 7:30pm – 9:30pm

And in case you didn't get a chance to check out this month’s Sense & the City…

You’ve all heard of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Over the centuries, numerous sevens lists have been compiled for sites both ancient and modern, terrestrial and underwater. For the seventh month of 2013, Caitlin takes us on a tour of seven wonderful New York City sights.


Bushra Rehman’s Corona (and I’m not talking about the beer) Longtime City Lore collaborator, the multi-talented Bushra Rehman, launches her first novel, Corona, drawing on her experiences growing up in the home of the Lemon Ice King, Spaghetti Park, and Paul Simon’s "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard". Join Bushra and friends for a celebration with readings by Bushra and sonic selections by DJ Rekha.

When: Saturday, August 3rd, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Where: 163 Plymouth St., Brooklyn, NY 11201
Admission: FREE
For more information: Please see our calendar event.

Haiti Cultural Exchange Celebrates the Island’s Folktales Haiti Cultural Exchange presents the third event in its annual series honoring Haiti’s verbal arts with Kont ak Mizik Anba Tonèl: Ochan pou Mimi Barthélémy. The evening includes Haitian folktales by the late Mimi Barthélémy, presented by Melissa Beauvery, Jennifer Celestin, Atibon Legba, Laura Simms & music by Riva Nyri Precil.

When: Saturday, August 24th, 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Where: FiveMyles Gallery, 558 St. Johns Place, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Admission: $10 Suggested Donation
For more information: Please see our calendar event.

The Italian-American Writers’ Word Feast at the Festival of San Genarro Join the Italian American Writers’ Association and the Mulberry Street Branch of the New York Public Library as they celebrate New York’s Italian heritage and Naples’ patron saint during New York City’s oldest and biggest religious street festival. As part of Little Italy’s festivities, The Mulberry Street Branch of the New York Public Library is hosting the Italian-American Writers Association for a literary reading. Writers include Gil Fagiani, Gerry La Femina, Patricia Leuzzi, Rosalind Palermo Stevenson, Maria Terrone and others. The reading series includes book signings by participating authors.

When: Saturday, September 21st, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Where: New York Public Library Mulberry Street Branch, Corner of Mulberry and Prince Streets, New York, NY 10012
Admission: FREE
For more information: Please see our calendar event

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