Recycle for Art

August 9th – September 27th   2:30 pm – 4:30 pm (Wednesday)

Learn to make art out of recycled materials at Poe Park. The workshops are part of a monthly program where guests use recycled materials to craft art. At an earlier workshop, attendees created their own puzzles using Popsicle sticks. This event will repeat every Wednesday through September 27th with a new theme every month.

Cost: FREE

 Location Details
Poe Park – Poe Park Visitor Center
2640 Grand Concourse
Bronx NY

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Citizen: An American Lyric Teen Talk presented by Schomburg Junior Scholars and Urban Word NYC

March 11, 2017 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm

american-lyricThe Schomburg Junior Scholars Program and Urban Word NYC join forces to produce this teen-centered creative examination of Claudia Rankin’s award-winning poetic masterpiece, Citizen: An American Lyric.

Reserve your seats here. Priority seating for youth. For ages 13 to 18 years.

For school groups and groups larger than 10, please contact schomburged@nypl.org for more information.

Cost: FREE – Register via schomburgcenter.eventbrite.com. First come, first seated. For free events, we generally overbook to ensure a full house. All registered seats are released 15 to 30 minutes before start time, so we recommend that you arrive early. Guests, please note that holding seats in the Langston Hughes Auditorium is strictly prohibited and there is no food or drinks allowed anywhere in the Schomburg Center.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture – 515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street

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The Harlem Bookstore on a Mission

Tucked away in East Harlem, Aurora Anaya-Cerda’s nearly 3-year-old shop attracts an eclectic array of patrons, including Bookshopparents who browse the gallery space for children’s illustrations, lawyers who congregate to discuss immigration policy and local car wash workers who hold meetings to chat about labor practices. Every month, Anaya-Cerda hosts around 15 different events. Oh, and she sells books too.

Here at La Casa Azul Bookstore, which is so well known for its collection of Latino literature that it has drawn Junot Díaz and Sandra Cisneros for special book readings, the innovative mix of offerings has brought in a growing group of customers and helped Anaya-Cerda gain national attention. The White House has even honored her with an award that recognizes community-oriented entrepreneurs. “You can’t walk into another bookstore and see a movie screen hosting an independent film festival, but those are things that have happened at La Casa Azul,” says Anaya-Cerda.

As the $27 billion American book industry vies for people’s attention in this digital age while trying to stem the closure of both independent shops and major retailers — R.I.P., Borders — some of its entrepreneurs are finding a bright spot among Latino readers. Baker & Taylor, a major nationwide book distributor, which wouldn’t release exact figures, has seen sales of its Spanish titles steadily climb since 2013. Meanwhile, a study from Northwestern University has found that 84 percent of Latino parents with young children prefer to give their kids a book before bed rather than a toy or a computer.

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By Alexia Nader | May 20, 2015

Eddie Allen Quartet – Harlem Afternoon Jazz Series

10448415_702117423157930_1727604032652864305_o (2)Trumpeter, composer, arranger, author … Eddie Allen is one of the more versatile musicians on the New York scene. He’s called upon to play everything from jazz (big band as well as small ensembles) to R&B/Pop to Latin to symphonic to Broadway, and everything in between. Eddie has worked with such jazz greats as Art Blakey, Billy Harper, Randy Weston, Dizzy Gillespie, Henry Threadgill, Bobby Watson, Jon Faddis, Benny Carter, Panama Francis, Joe Henderson and Steve Turre. He has recorded and performed with, as well as composed for Louis Hayes, Lester Bowie, Jack McDuff, Etta Jones & Houston Person, Mongo Santamaria, Chico Freeman, Charli Persip, and Vanessa Rubin. Eddie is currently leading a quartet, a quintet, a Latin/Brasilian project, and a large ensemble which brings together acoustic and electric/electronic instruments. He also leads a big band, who not only plays Eddie’s compositions and arrangements, but also the music of such jazz greats as Jimmy Heath, Bobby Watson, Muhal Richard Abrams and Rufus Reid as they come to lead the band.

Name of Band: Eddie Allen Quartet

Featuring:

Eddie Allen – trumpet

Oscar Perez – piano

Corcoran Holt – acoustic bass

Jerome Jennings – drums

DATE: December 23, 2014

WHERE: The series will take place at Rendall Memorial Presbyterian Church, 59 West 137th Street New York, NY 10037

WHEN: House doors open at 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday

1st set: Noon – 12:45pm; 2nd set: 1:00pm – 1:45pm

HOW MUCH: $15

House doors open at 11:30am

Uptown developer steps in to save endangered pieces by Harlem’s Picasso Franco (The Great) Gaskin

These endangered Harlem masterpieces may have a new home.

Legendary Harlem artist Franco "The Great" Gaskin painted famous murals on roll-down security gates on 125th Street.

Legendary Harlem artist Franco “The Great” Gaskin painted famous murals on roll-down security gates on 125th Street.

Forest City Ratner plans to showcase several murals painted by Franco (The Great) Gaskin at East River Plaza or somewhere nearby, a rep for the developer told the Daily News.

“Franco and his gates have a huge place in the culture of Harlem,” said Elizabeth Canela, project manager for Forest City Ratner, one of the developers seeking permission to build three residential towers atop the mall. “As the neighborhood is shifting, we want to pay homage to what came before.”

Gaskin came to the Big Apple in 1958. Decades later, the Panama-born artist started painting eye-popping murals on the dark-colored steel gates along Harlem’s 125th St. Most of the works featured African-American themes and helped make the bustling strip into an international tourist destination.

The renowned murals disappeared as the neighborhood evolved and corporate retailers moved in. Gaskin managed to save a about two dozen of the gates, which once numbered in the hundreds.

Gaskin came to the Big Apple in 1958. Decades later, the Panama-born artist started painting eye-popping murals on the dark-colored steel gates along Harlem’s 125th St. Most of the works featured African-American themes and helped make the bustling strip into an international tourist destination.

The renowned murals disappeared as the neighborhood evolved and corporate retailers moved in. Gaskin managed to save a about two dozen of the gates, which once numbered in the hundreds.

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NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Published: Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:01 PM

FUND TIMES: News surveys the city projects boosted by Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council

Projects awarded includ QueensWay, Brooklyn Brewery, Urban League Harlem redevelopment, N.Y. Wheel in Staten Island and Arthur Ave. Retail Market in the Bronx.

Staten Island hopes to attract tourists from across the globe when the New York Wheel comes full circle in early 2017.

Staten Island hopes to attract tourists from across the globe when the New York Wheel comes full circle in early 2017.

From the fantastical planned 60-story ferris wheel in Staten Island to an ambitious proposal for an elevated park in Queens, a diverse number of community and economic development projects received a vital infusion of money last week from the state.

Gov. Cuomo announced $709.2 million in funding through the the Regional Economic Development Council’s latest round of grants.

Cuomo developed the 10 regional councils in 2011 so that local business and community leaders will have a say in how state economic development monies are awarded. More than $2 billion in grants were distributed during the last three rounds of awards.

“Each council presented bold ideas for how to create jobs and new opportunities in their communities,” said Cuomo. He said the program has helped “drive an economic renaissance in every region of the state.”

More than 70 projects in the city will receive a collective $61.2 million — though critics were quick to note that several other regions across the state landed more moolah.

Some of the funds will be used locally to train unemployed workers and veterans, fix building facades and boost other needed programs.

There are some big-ticket winners in the five boroughs. The council aimed $1.5 million toward the redevelopment of the Victoria Theater in Harlem and $1 million toward the conversion of an industrial building at the Brooklyn Navy Yard into a technology and manufacturing hub. These and others are certain to garner citywide attention, as they take shape, and the Daily News decided to take a look:

DORAN JONES TESTING ($1.8M)

Here’s a tech-sector expansion that promises to benefit borough residents the old-fashioned way.

The Urban Development Center in Port Morris, run by Doran Jones Testing in partnership with nonprofit Per Scholas, will be staffed by 300 students, many of them Bronxites, who graduate the school’s Software Testing Education Program.

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NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Sunday, December 14, 2014, 2:00 AM

Carla Cook Quartet – Harlem Afternoon Jazz Series

CARLA%20COOK%2019Carla Cook is daring. She is a jazz singer/songwriter who sings standards beautifully — but she doesn’t stop there. Cook is willing to put a jazz spin on songs not written by traditional jazz composers. Songs that, until you hear her sing them, you’d never imagine could be interpreted as jazz. This native Detroiter, who grew up in a musically rich and diverse environment, brings all her influences to bear within her repertoire. In her songbook you’ll find elements of R&B, European classical, Motown, Blues and Gospel. Cook has always eschewed labels, and refuses to become a jazz purist or snob. That willingness to simply sing what she loves, bringing an earthy sophistication to every song, is what gives Cook her signature style. In 1999, Cook recorded her debut album; It’s All About Love. The CD enjoyed favorable reviews and received a Grammy nomination in the Best Jazz Vocal Performance category and was awarded the AFIM Indie Award for Best Jazz Vocal in 2000. In 2000, Cook recorded her second album, Dem Bones and in 2002, she recorded Simply Natural, both for MAXJAZZ. Her albums continue to receive critical acclaim.

Name of Band: Carla Cook Quartet

Featuring:

Carla Cook – Vocals

Adam Klipple – Keyboards

Calvin Jones – Bass

Jerome Jennings – Drums

DATE: December 9, 2014

WHERE: The series will take place at Rendall Memorial Presbyterian Church, 59 West 137th Street New York, NY 10037

WHEN: House doors open at 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday

1st set: Noon – 12:45pm; 2nd set: 1:00pm – 1:45pm

HOW MUCH: $15

House doors open at 11:30am

Jonathan Finlayson and Sicilian Defense – Harlem Afternoon Jazz Series

JONATHAN%20FINLAYSON%20PHOTOJonathan Finlayson has been recognized by the New York Times as “…an incisive and often surprising trumpeter,” who is “…fascinated with composition.” Born in 1982 in Berkeley, CA, Finlayson began playing the trumpet at the age of ten in the Oakland public school system. He came under the tutelage of Bay Area legend Robert Porter, a veteran trumpeter from the bebop era who took Finlayson under his wing; he was often seen accompanying Porter on his gigs about town and sitting in on the popular Sunday nights jam session at the Bird Cage. He subsequently attended the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music where he studied with Eddie Henderson, Jimmy Owens and Cecil Bridgewater.Finlayson is a disciple of the saxophonist/composer/conceptualist Steve Coleman, having joined his band Five Elements in 2000 at the age of 18. He is widely admired for his ability to tackle cutting-edge musical concepts with aplomb. Finlayson has performed and recorded in groups led by Steve Lehman, Mary Halvorson, Craig Taborn, Henry Threadgill and played alongside notables such as Von Freeman, Jason Moran, Dafnis Prieto and Vijay Iyer.

Featuring:
Jonathan Finlayson -Trumpet and compositions

Miles Okazaki – Guitar

Keith Witty – Bass

David Virelles – Piano

Marcus Gilmore – Drums

DATE: December 2, 2014

WHERE: The series will take place at Rendall Memorial Presbyterian Church, 59 West 137th Street New York, NY 10037

WHEN: House doors open at 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday

1st set: Noon – 12:45pm; 2nd set: 1:00pm – 1:45pm

HOW MUCH: $15

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Vincent Chancey Band – Harlem Afternoon Jazz Series

VChancey-RFeichtenschlagerOver the past 25 years Vincent Chancey has built a solid reputation as an accomplished and totally dedicated french horn player, performing in a wide variety of musical contexts, and as an increasingly active composer. He first came to prominence as a regular member of the Sun Ra Arkestra, later spending six years with the Carla Bley Band. In 1984 Mr. Chancey joined Lester Bowie’s Brass Fantasy and was featured on all nine of the group’s recordings. For many years Mr. Chancey played and recorded with the David Murray Big Band, in addition to performing with Chick Corea, Cassandra Wilson, Shirley Horn, Randy Weston, The Gil Evans Orchestra and The Mingus Orchestra. He has also performed with many popular artists including Ashford and Simpson, Maxwell, Aretha Franklin, The Winans, Elvis Costello, Charlie Haden Liberation Orchestra, and many more. In 2000 Mr. Chancey had the honor of playing a performance for Pope John Paul II’s 80th birthday concert. The french horn is Mr. Chancey’s natural voice and he is devoted to achieving wider recognition for the horn as a jazz instrument.

Featuring

Vincent Chancey – French Horn

Aruan Ortiz – Piano

Marika Hughes – Cello

Jeremy Carlstedt – Drum

DATE: November 25, 2014

WHERE: The series will take place at Rendall Memorial Presbyterian Church, 59 West 137th Street New York, NY 10037

WHEN: House doors open at 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday

1st set: Noon – 12:45pm; 2nd set: 1:00pm – 1:45pm

HOW MUCH: $15

House doors open at 11:30am

Jorge Sylvester and ACE Collective – Harlem Afternoon Jazz Series

JORGE%20SYLVESTER%20(978x1280)A unique innovator in the idiom of creative music, Jorge Sylvester’s sound is reminiscent of another time in jazz history when artists like Dolphy and Ornette were exploding on the scene and experimenting with concepts that would ultimately revolutionize music at large. A throwback to the future, Mr. Sylvester has been on the cutting edge of that scene since 1980 when he first came to New York City. His blend of African-Caribbean rhythms with new music is what gives Sylvester his distinguished voice. An impressive composer and arranger, Sylvester has performed with Stefon Harris, Rodney Kendrick, Karl Berger, the David Murray Big Band, poet Sekou Sundiata, the Black Rock Coalition Orchestra, the Oliver Lake Big Band, Kuumba Frank Lacy’s Vibe Tribe, the Next Legacy Orchestra, Joe Bowie’s Defunkt Big Band and Nora McCarthy, with whom he also co-leads several groups, namely The ConceptualMotion Orchestra and A Small Dream In Red. Mr. Sylvester performs frequently and conducts workshops throughout the United States teaching his unique approach to composition using Afro-Caribbean rhythms.

Featuring:

Jorge Sylvester – Alto Saxophone and Compositions

Nora McCarthy – Voice and Compositions

Pablo Vergara – Piano

Donald Nicks – Electric Bass Guitar

Kenny Grohowski – Drums

WHERE: The series will take place at Rendall Memorial Presbyterian Church, 59 West 137th Street

New York, NY 10037

WHEN: November 18, 2014 – House doors open at 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday

1st set: Noon – 12:45pm; 2nd set: 1:00pm – 1:45pm

HOW MUCH: $15

House doors open at 11:30am