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 City Lore                                                                October, 2010  


• POEMobile Rides Again • Roots of Broadway • Celebrating Celia Cruz
• Halloween • Place Matters Awards • Deaf Jam on Independent Lens
• City Lore awarded a Cobblestone

Dear Citylorists,

Please enjoy our Tours and Tales October 2011 e-letter!

POEMobile at Bring to Light Festival
Photo by Tal Bar-Zemer

• POEMobile Rides Again  City Lore’s traveling cinema of words illuminated Greenpoint on Saturday night as part of the 2nd Bring to Light Festival. Youth poets from Urban Word stood three stories tall as the POEMobile cast its magical spell of letters and words onto the brick behind them. The poets’ cries for social justice seem to echo the protestors on the Brooklyn Bridge just a little further south. Projecting words on buildings, the POEMobile, cosponsored with Bowery Arts & Science, frames a magical experience joining ancient oral traditions with modern technologies. Catch us if you can – thePOEMobile will be pulling up to the Nuyorican Poets Café on the evening of Tuesday, November 8th – stay tuned for more info.

A Tribute to Harrigan & Hart

• Roots of Broadway – Harrigan and Hart  City Lore is pleased to partner with the Irish Arts Center to present, A Tribute to Harrigan & Hart, The Original Men Who Owned Broadway. The concert features our good friend, master musician, and fellow folklorist Mick Moloney and an All-Star Line Up with Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, The Green Fields of America: Athena Tergis, Billy McComiskey, Brendan Dolan, and Niall O'Leary, Susan McKeown, Dana Lyn, John Roberts, Dave Ruch, Murray Callahan, Chris Simmons, Poor Baby Bree, Maureen Murphy, The Washington Square Harp and Shamrock Orchestra & more…

In the 1870s, decades before George M. Cohan burst onto the Broadway stage, the songs of his hero Edward "Ned" Harrigan were the toast of New York. Harrigan’s ballads of working class immigrants—filled with lovable characters like Dan Mulligan, John McSorley, the owner of McSorley’s Irish Ale House, Tammany Alderman Old Boss Barry, and Mary Ann, the schoolteacher—set the stage for an entirely novel genre of musical comedy.

When: Thursday, October 13, 8:00pm
Where: Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, Manhattan. #1,2, 3 train to 96th St Station 
Admission: Orchestra: $45 general / $35 City Lore members with code HARRIGAN; Tier 2: $38 general / $25 students
For more information: or 212-864-5400

Celia Cruz
Photo by Alexis Rodríguez-Duarte
• ¡Azúcar!: Celebrating Celia Cruz • Join us for two public programs celebrating Celia Cruz. On Sunday, October 9th, a panel discussion devoted to Celia Cruz’s early life in Cuba and Mexico is followed by a performance by The Celia Cruz High School of Music Latin Jazz Ensemble, and a tour of the Celia Cruz mausoleum. The panel will be moderated by Grammy-nominated musician Bobby Sanabria and will include Jazz Master Cándido Camero, vocalist Lupe O’Farrill and music agent Richie Bonilla.

When: Sunday, October 9, 1:00pm
Where: Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx. Take the #4 to Woodlawn station and enter at the Jerome Avenue entrance to the Woolworth Chapel.
Admission: Free!!!
For more information: Dr. Brian Sahd,

Then, on Thursday, October 20th, we present a celebration of Celia Cruz’s birthday, with a panel devoted to Ms. Cruz as a icon and her image in different media. The panel will be moderated by Elena Martínez of City Lore and will feature: filmmaker Leon Gast, who will show an assortment of clips from his films which feature Celia, Celia’s hairdresser, Ruth Sánchez, and scholar Licia Fiol-Matta. The opening reception of Alexis Rodríguez-Duarte’s photography exhibition, "Presenting Celia Cruz" will follow. Refreshments will be served.

When: Thursday, October 20, 6:00pm
Where: Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education, 928 Simpson Street, Bronx. #6 train to Hunts Point Station or #2, 5 to Simpson St Station. 
Admission: Free!!!
For more information: Joseph McCarthy,

These two events are sponsored by the Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation which has worked for nearly twenty years to build a more beautiful, equitable, and economically vibrant Bronx.

Halloween at Woodlawn Cemetery in 2010
Poet and artist Raúl Hurtado recites acalavera poem for Charles Lopez, a Mexican sculptor, in front of his tombstone at Woodlawn Cemetery in 2010.
Photo by Sergio R Reyes
• Halloween: The Mysterious, the Menacing and the Mesmerizing • The walking tour of Woodlawn Cemetery this coming Halloween will focus on individuals and themes relevant to the grave markers and mausoleums found at the Cemetery. We’ll learn about the Cuban sugar magnate Manuel Rionda and the legend of Devil’s Tower; Alva Belmont Vanderbilt and her family’s Spiritualist beliefs; and the industrialist Woolworth’s family mausoleum based on images from the Egyptian Necropolis (City of the Dead). Led by folklorist Elena Martínez from City Lore, the tour will come alive with performances by local actors.

When: Saturday, Sunday, & Monday, October 29, 30, & 31, 6:00pm and 7:00pm 
Where: Woodlawn Cemetery, meet at Jerome Ave Entrance, Bronx. Take the #4 to Woodlawn station.
For more information: Dr. Brian Sahd,

Place Matters Awards 2011

• Place Matters Awards and Dance Party Place Matters is thrilled to announce the recipients of the third Place Matters Awards. Join us for a celebration on Wednesday, October 26th at The Museum of Chinese in America for an evening of klezmer music provided by Hot P’stromi and a talk by writer T.J. English to celebrate these six extraordinary places in Lower Manhattan:

• Streit’s Matzos, 148-154 Rivington Street, Lower East Side
• The Bowery Mission, 227 Bowery
• Tenement at 109 Washington Street, Financial District
• Economy Candy, 108 Rivington Street, Lower East Side
• The Chinatown Senior Citizens’ Center, 70 Mulberry Street, Chinatown
• Ear Inn (The James Brown House), 326 Spring Street, Tribeca

What: The Place Matters Awards and Dance Party
 Wednesday, October 26, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Where: The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), 215 Centre St., Manhattan (N, R, Q, J, Z, and 6 trains to Canal St.)
Admission: Free, RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Call Molly at 212-529-1955, x303 or
Funded by American Express

Deaf Jam

• Deaf Jam on Independent Lens • In 2004, with funding from the Rockefeller Foundation and NEA, City Lore createdThe Poetry Dialogues in collaboration with Urban Word, assembling a series of "poetry teams" with youth poets and mentors who developed artful presentations designed to generate dialogues in community settings. Among these was a team of Deaf teenagers from Lexington School for the Deaf. Judy Lieff, who worked with us to develop the workshops recently directed a major documentary film that emerged from the project, coproduced by City Lore. The film will be broadcast on the PBS series Independent Lens on November 3 at 10 pm.

As Barbara Pokras wrote at the film’s North American premiere at the Woodstock Film Festival, "Aneta Brodski, a spirited and vivacious Israeli-born girl living in Queens, dreams of seeing the world, but for her and others at The Lexington School for the Deaf, communication with the hearing presents obstacles. How to bridge the divide? ASL Poetry, a powerful and passionate visual language in which body movement and expression create meaning, presents a possible path toward understanding… Delightful and endearing, utilizing upbeat music and clever graphics, Deaf Jam immerses us in the richness and complexity of deaf culture and gives us a unique perspective into a world so vibrant, so diverse, it may forever change the way we see the non-hearing " (Barbara Pokras, A.C.E.)

You can watch a trailer of the film here.

What: Deaf Jam documentary directed by Judy Lieff, cosponsored by City Lore
 Thursday, November 3, 10:00pm
Where: On TV! PBS, Indendent Lens

• City Lore awarded a Cobblestone  We hope that you took a moment to reflect back on 9/11 before the 10th anniversary. We were pleased to put up 9/11: the City Lore Chronicles, bringing together a number of our projects to document and present the poems, shrines, and memorials that helped city cope with and survive the tragedy. We were so pleased the 9/11 Memorial awarded City Lore a cobblestone with our name in perpetuity at the memorial in thanks for our work back then.

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Enjoy the City!


City of Memory is sponsored by City Lore and Local Projects.  It was funded by The Rockefeller Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

City Lore is part of a cultural coalition called CATCH, to promote the City’s cultural heritage. Check out the web sites of our wonderful partners, the Center for Traditional Music and Dance, the Latino Children’s Theater, SEA, and the World Music Institute.

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