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 City Lore                                                                March 27, 2011  


City Lore’s New Website Launch! Hats Off to Elaine Norman!
"Goodnight Sweetheart, Goodnight" LIVE from the POEMobile
New York City’s Paradise Lost The Magdalene Laundries

Dear Citylorists,

Please enjoy our Tours and Tales March-April 2012 e-letter!

City Lore New Web Site Home Page

City Lore’s New Website Launch We are so pleased to share with you our newly imagined, our revamped web site. Check out our new calendar of events which includes not only City Lore happenings, but the City’s array of ethnic celebrations, and an insider’s take on the best things happening in the city under the radar. Enjoy our Urban Traditions slideshow at the bottom of our home page for folklorist’s view of the city’s rich cultural traditions. Watch videos of our best education, grassroots poetry, and urban folklore programs highlighting artists who will knock your socks off. Discover not only what you can do for City Lore, but what City Lore can do for you! Many thanks to Paco Levine and Beth Higgins for their creative direction, New York City artist and diehard New Yorker, Elaine Norman for the beautiful backdrop, and Martha Cooper for many of the photographs. This is a soft launch – with many bells and whistles to come. Let us know if you have suggestions or find any glitches that slipped through the cracks!

Elaine Norman

City Lore EyeSpy — Win a dinner for two at Boca Chica or a free copy of Hidden New York Our good friend, Elaine Norman, is a wonderful artist and illustrator who creates magnificently decorated hats for special occasions throughout New York City. The Easter parade just happens to be one of those occasions. If you spot her hat, you may be one of City Lore’s winners! The first person to find Elaine Norman and her glorious hat at the Easter parade will win a dinner for two at Boca Chica (delicious South American cuisine on the corner of 1st Ave and 1st St) and the second two to glimpse her hat will win a free copy of Hidden New York, a City Lore guide for every culture-obsessed New Yorker. Just give Elaine your name and email address and the prize is yours!

What: Easter Day Parade
When: Sunday, April 8, 2012; 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: Manhattan, beginning 47th St and 5th Ave near St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Ronnie I's Music Store
Photo by CBS2

"Goodnight Sweetheart, Goodnight" Sorrowful lyrics for a sorrowful time in doo-wop music. March 2012 marks the end of an era for doo-wop’s most dedicated record store and fan club, Ronnie I’s Clifton Music. An integral part of a die-hard doo-wop community in the Northeast, Ronnie Italiano’s Clifton Music kept the doo-wop genre alive in New York as well as New Jersey, with an annual harmony festival. Ronnie was nominated for a People’s Hall of Fame Award, but passed away before we could honor him. City Lore is sad to see this doo-wop shop, such an enduring cultural icon, run by Ronnie’s wife, close its doors, but we are glad to share in its memories and celebrate the passion for doo-wop that fueled Clifton Music for so many years. To learn more about Ronnie I’s legacy and for more information on doing your doo-wop part read this New York Times article.

The POEMobile at the rollicking Persian New Year’s celebration last week, photo by Abby Ronner

Live from POEMobile – Garifuna Celebration Join City Lore as we embrace the beauty of Caribbean culture with our Garifuna POEMobile celebration entitled "Uyalu Bersu, Lunma Lanichigu Garifuna: Knowledge, Poetic Expressions, and Garifuna Wisdom." Listen to Garifuna poets recite their work to drum accompaniment, as you enjoy Garifuna treats and dishes. The Garifuna are descendants of Carib and Arawaks from the Caribbean and West African who today live primarily in Belize, Guatemala and Honduras. March 11th to April 12th is Garifuna-American Heritage Monthin New York which observes the 215th anniversary of the Garifuna people’s exile from St. Vincent on March 12th, 1797 to their settlement in Central America on April 12th, 1797.

When: Saturday, April 7, 7:00pm–9:30pm
Where: Biko Transformation Center, 1474 Bushwick Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11207, take the L train to Bushwick/Aberdeen make right then walk 5 blocks to Granite Street
Admission: FREE
For more information: 212.529.1955 ext 306 or, and follow us on Twitter @ POEMobile.

Funded by The Rockefeller Foundation’s NYC Cultural Innovation Fund

Andrew Freedman Home

New York City’s Paradise Lost There’s nothing more interesting for us at City Lore than bridging a cultural time gap to see the dual realities of a culture from a fresh perspective. Relinquish yourself to the exquisite past and conflicting present that coalesce at the Andrew Freedman Home in the exhibit, This Side of Paradise. No Longer Empty, a fellow public-service arts organization, champions the unique vision of Andrew Freedman’s home in the Bronx, which from 1924 to 1984 was a home, believe it or not, for rich people who had lost all their wealth. This unique art installation in the Home will show us the grandiose vision of an idealistic man who opened his heart, and his wallet, to care for those who had fallen from paradise.

When: Opening reception: Wednesday, April 4, 6:00pm–8:00pm followed by the Speakeasy After Party and Fundraiser sponsored by St. Germain and featuring the dance band, Bobby Sanabria + Ascención, starting at 8:30pm. Support No Longer Empty and future exhibitions by purchasing tickets here.
Where: 1125 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10452
For more information for Opening Reception: Please visit No Longer Empty website.

Place Matters Map

The Magdalene Laundries Over a period of 150 years, approximately 30,000 women were forced to work in the Catholic convent-run Magdalene Laundries of Ireland doing penance through the labor of laundering. Artist Cheryl Parry collaborates with choreographer/dancer Mary-Clare McKenna, and playwright/actor LuLu LoLo for an art installation, video, dance and monologue to explore this tragedy. Dancers include Janet Aisawa, with Kristin Hatleberg, Muriel Ote & Emily Winkler.

When: Friday and Saturday, April 6 and 7, 7:00pm–9:30pm
Gallery Hours: April 6, 6:30pm–9:30pm and April 7, 3:30pm–9:30pm
Performance: April 6 and April 7, 7:30pm
Where: Abrazo Interno Gallery, Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center, 107 Suffolk Street, 2nd floor, New York, NY 10002, between Delancey and Rivington Streets, Trains: F, J, M or Z trains to Delancey/Essex
Admission: FREE
For more information: 347.240.7086

All of events above are listed at City Lore' new website Events page. Please forward this email to your friends and encourage them to join City Lore’s email list!

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Steve and Abby


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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