(June 14, 2009) A rush of ashé got me to The National Puerto Rican Day Parade 2009, just in time to catch about 90min. of the “rabito” (tail-end). This is the part when all the TV cameras have powered down. But the Puerto Ricans stayed en masse to the very end. One never knows what life can throw at you. Remembering that can be a good thing. Location: Fifth Avenue, New York City.
(June 13, 2009) EL GRAN COMBO is the longest surviving Latin music group from Puerto Rico. The veterans made the scene @ the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts to launch a super-charged weekend of events honoring the Puerto Rican community nationally. They were joined by an exciting young group called LA EXCELENCIA.
(June 6, 2009) The Annual Hunt’s Point Fish Parade theme was “Riding The Wave of Change.” The activities included a Children’s Arts Corner, boat rides, bird watching, a day-long basketball tournament, face painting, print-making, tons of great food and activities, live music and performances, a talent show and raffle. and info about all of your favorite Bronx-based organizations.
(May 30, 2009) NuyoRican School Original Poetry Jazz Ensemble, Inc. presented: ¡VAYA! A Celebration of Poetry, Theater, and Music, (Part 3) Memorial Performance In Honor of Manny Oquendo. The memorial brought together current and former members of the musical institution known as LIBRE.