Francisco Molina Reyes II
(October 8, 2016) The final concert for BomPlenazo 2016 brought to the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture mainstage a celebrated collaboration led by the recognized elder of the New York City bomba and plena tradition, Juan “Juango” Gutiérrez. The BomPlenazo Artists Collective returned to the biennial themed “Entre Generaciones” to deliver a dynamic repertoire of traditional and original music compositions.
(October 8, 2016) The damp weather would not discourage the tens of thousands that attended one of the most fun days at New York Comic Con. COSPLAY is the ultimate expression of fan-level participation with pop culture genres. Saturday’s at NYCC stands out as convergence point for cosplayers whether home-grown or professional class to engage the public stage. Here are some of the sights.
(October 6, 2016) The largest pop culture convention show is underway. The newest in comics, graphic novels, sci-fi, anime, manga, video games, collectible toys, movies and television will make the scene at New York Comic Con 2016.
(September 17, 2016) “La Casa de la Salsa” Lehman Center for the Performing Arts is back with its 36th Season calendar. Headlining the center’s premier event was Eddie Palmieri & Friends and Del Caribe Latin Jazz All-Stars.
(September 16, 2016) The legacy of celebrated composer, musician and orchestra leader Ernesto Antonio “Tito” Puente echoed throughout Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park, as the main stage event for the 1st Annual El Barrio Latin Jazz Festival.
(August 27, 2016) Fresh walls are going up at the NYC Graffiti Hall of Fame in East Harlem. The annual weekend event organized by Joey TDS & James Top Productions often brings together graffiti artists, including local legends and pioneers, with others from around the world. The walls are located in the Jackie Robinson Educational Complex playground, East 106th Street off the corner of Park Avenue, East Harlem.
(August 20, 2016) The Bronx Music Heritage Center whipped up more summer entertainment, this time as part of the month long celebration Bronx SalsaFest. ‘Women in Salsa’ featured a poetic recital by “La Madrina” Sandra Maria Esteves — one of founders of the Nuyorican Poetry Movement — accompanied by percussionist Bobby Sanabria.
(August 21, 2016) A new festival has sprung forth in New York City. The First Annual Harlem/Havana Music & Cultural Festival has brought world-renowned Cuban musicians, visual artists, dancers, film, chefs and educators to the U.S., as part of Harlem Week 2016 activities.
(August 20, 2016) A lot of new additions to Harlem Week 2016. Lots of vendors, many authentic artisans down three avenues along West 135th Street. Live performances at various spots along the venue, and an exciting collaboration with a Cuban cultural exchange program.
(July 31, 2016) The 49th Annual Festival de Santiago Apostol en El Barrio finale commenced with the traditional processional from Saint Cecilia Church (E.106th Street, between Lexington and Park Ave.), along a truncated route to the festival venue (109th Street, between Third and Second Ave). Weather conditions prompted the decision to shorten the route.