Monday, June 29, 2009

Bangin', Tree Museum, Summer Lit in the Park, Obama and plenty more at July trolley

There is still some time to view the "Obama! Reflections" exhibit at the Bruckner Bar & Grill. I am among the lineup of artists.
The Obama exhibit has been extended to be part of July's South Bronx Culture Trolley. Admission is free for the trolley and the attractions.
Here's the lineup for Wednesday night's trolley:



BCA’s LONGWOOD ART GALLERY @ HOSTOS (450 Grand Concourse at 149th Street / 718-518-6728) 

 Bangin’ – Drawings, paintings, photographs, sculpture and video by nine emerging women artists (Main Gallery) 

 Linger – An installation of video, sculpture and performance by Bronx artist Melissa Calderon (Project Room). 

Both shows are curated by Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz. 



BRONX MUSEUM OF THE ARTS (1040 Grand Concourse at 165th Street / 718-681-6000) 

 Artist in the Marketplace 29: Living and Dreaming features the works of 36 emerging artists from the New York metropolitan area. 

 Intersections: The Grand Concourse at 100 – A celebration of the Grand Concourse examining its past, present, and future. 

 Book Signing – This month’s featured author is Jackie Battenfield who will sign and speak about her book The Artist’s Guide: How to Make a Living 

Doing What You Love. 



THE TREE MUSEUM (Grand Concourse from 138th St to Mosholu Parkway / 212-729-1457) 

 The Tree Museum -- 100 trees run the length of the Grand Concourse and those with stories to tell can be identified by their sidewalk markers. 

Visitors can listen in on local stories and the intimate lives of trees offered by current and former area residents.  



ALEXANDER AVENUE ART & ANTIQUES DISTRICT: Books, Notes & News (137 Alexander Ave, 646-496-6178), Custom Design Studio (49 

Bruckner Blvd, 718-993-8370), Thrift World Antiques (122 Alexander Ave, 718-665-5619).  



LDR  STUDIO GALLERY (137 Alexander Avenue (#10, 4th floor) / 917-558-2389) 

 Five Points – A multi-media exhibition of five emerging Puerto Rican-American artists living and working in New York City. 



ST. MARY'S PARK (147th Street and St. Ann's Avenue) 

 Open City's Park Lit Reading Series – An outdoor summer reading series in New York City Parks. 



SYNTHETIC ZERO ART SPACE (305 East 140th Street #1A / 718-772-4961) 

 Interaction – Curated by artist Carey Clark, Interaction emphasizes the theater in art and how it actively engages the viewer. 


BRUCKNER GALLERY AT THE BRUCKNER BAR & GRILL (1 Bruckner Blvd. / 718-665-2001) 

 OBAMA! Reflections  A collection of work inspired by the campaign, election and inauguration of President Barack Obama. 

 Karaoke Night hosted by Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz. 

For more info., visit

(photo by Clarisel Gonzalez of a caller participating in the Tree Museum public art installation at Joyce Kilmer Park. By the way, I'm one of the audio guides in the Tree Museum outdoor project. I'm #59. Go to for more info. on this project along the Grand Concourse.)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Free Giveaway: New Harry Potter movie tix

Giveaway for Bronx Latino readers on a first-come first-served basis for the new "HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE" movie. Bronx Latino got a few giveaway tickets, courtesy of Harry Potter (OK, not really Harry Potter, but the folks promoting the film).

Winners will receive free tickets for a 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 13 screening at a Manhattan theater and/or a T-Shirt for a boy, girl and a man (sorry I was not offered a woman's T-Shirt).

Here's the official film site for more information about this upcoming summer movie.

To enter this giveaway, please e-mail clarisel (at) your name and mailing address and the Harry Potter folks will send you your prize. I'll give you a heads up if you are a winner, so you can pay extra attention to your mail.

The screening is only for the Manhattan theater. Please apply only if you can make the screening. Thanks and good luck.

Here's the movie's synopsis:
Emboldened by the return of Lord Voldemort, the Death Eaters are wreaking havoc in both the Muggle and wizarding worlds and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Harry suspects that new dangers may lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching. He needs Harry to help him uncover a vital key to unlocking Voldemort’s defenses—critical information known only to Hogwarts’ former Potions Professor, Horace Slughorn. With that in mind, Dumbledore manipulates his old colleague into returning to his previous post with promises of more money, a bigger office…and the chance to teach the famous Harry Potter.
Meanwhile, the students are under attack from a very different adversary as teenage hormones rage across the ramparts. Harry’s long friendship with Ginny Weasley is growing into something deeper, but standing in the way is Ginny’s boyfriend, Dean Thomas, not to mention her big brother Ron. But Ron’s got romantic entanglements of his own to worry about, with Lavender Brown lavishing her affections on him, leaving Hermione simmering with jealousy yet determined not to show her feelings. And then a box of love potion-laced chocolates ends up in the wrong hands and changes everything.
As romance blossoms, one student remains aloof with far more important matters at hand. He is determined to make his mark, albeit a dark one. Love is in the air, but tragedy lies ahead and Hogwarts may never be the same again.
David Yates, who directed the 2007 summer blockbuster “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” returned to direct “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.” David Heyman, the producer of all of the Harry Potter films, produced the film, together with David Barron. Screenwriter Steve Kloves, who scripted the first four installments of the film franchise, adapted the screenplay based on the book by J.K. Rowling. Lionel Wigram served as executive producer, with John Trehy co-producing.
Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Heyday Films production, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” the sixth installment of Warner Bros. Pictures’ Harry Potter film franchise based on the beloved novels by J.K. Rowling. Once again heading the cast, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson reprise their roles as young wizards Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, who are facing new challenges and dangers following Lord Voldemort’s return.
Other returning Harry Potter cast members include: Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix Lestrange; Robbie Coltrane as Rubeus Hagrid; Warwick Davis as Professor Filius Flitwick; Michael Gambon as Professor Albus Dumbledore; Alan Rickman as Professor Severus Snape; Maggie Smith as Professor Minerva McGonagall; and Julie Walters as Molly Weasley.
A number of young stars also reprise their roles as Hogwarts students, including Tom Felton as Harry’s longtime nemesis, Draco Malfoy; Evanna Lynch as Luna Lovegood; and Bonnie Wright as Ginny Weasley, the youngest of the Weasley clan.
Two award-winning actors join the cast in their first Harry Potter film. Academy Award® winner Jim Broadbent (“Iris,” “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”) plays Potions Professor Horace Slughorn. BAFTA Award winner Helen McCrory (“Streetlife,” “The Queen”) appears as Narcissa Malfoy, mother to Draco Malfoy and sister to the evil Bellatrix Lestrange. Additionally, several young newcomers are making their feature film debuts in “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”: Jessie Cave plays the role of Lavender Brown, who only has eyes for Ron Weasley; Hero Fiennes Tiffin is seen in the role of Tom Riddle at age 11; and Frank Dillane plays the 16-year-old Riddle, who is already on the path to becoming the evil Lord Voldemort.
Collaborating with David Yates behind the camera, two-time Oscar®-nominated director of photography Bruno Delbonnel (“A Very Long Engagement,” “Amelie”) on his first Harry Potter film. The behind-the-scenes team also reunites such Harry Potter veterans as production designer Stuart Craig, editor Mark Day, composer Nicholas Hooper, visual effects supervisor Tim Burke, and costume designer Jany Temime.
“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” is being distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

If you are not a lucky winner, see HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE anyway in theatres everywhere on Wednesday, July 15.

UPDATE: There are no more free tickets available. 

The Bronx River Festival

Things to do in the Bx

The Bronx River Alliance presents
The Bronx River Festival
entertainment, canoe rides, food, and the beautiful Bronx River!

Saturday, June 27, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
River Park: 
180th Street & Boston Road


Sonia Manzano 
Maria from Sesame Stree
and her friends from television!


7-piece Afro-Cuban/Brazilian Group
More information: 
718 430.4636 or

Monday, June 22, 2009

You are invited to artist dialogue and closing reception for Obama! Reflections exhibit

An artist dialogue and closing reception will take place on Sunday, June 28th from 5-8 p.m. at the Bruckner Bar & Grill at 1 Bruckner Blvd, Bronx. (I'm among the participating artists and am planning to attend the closing reception.)



Art Belongs to Everyone would like to invite you to the closing reception for OBAMA! Reflectionsa collection of work inspired by the campaign, election and inauguration ofPresident Barack Obama. A screening of the video poem Obama Time Will Be Our Time will kick off the reception, followed by an artist dialogue with featured artists. Refreshments will be served.


The works on view, drawn from an open call for submissions, reflect the multiplicity of experience and emotion surrounding this historical moment. The variety of media and subject matter, ranging from snapshot photographs to assemblage art to pen and ink, cartoon-style drawings, attests to this experiential spectrum, while collectively celebrating the impulse for creative expression in light of this significant event.



The juxtaposition of works by established and emerging artists speaks not only to the ways in which the vast, seemingly disparate nation was united by the 2008 presidential electionbut also to the curatorial mission of Art Belongs To Everyone. This program, facilitated by Art for Change, strives to encourage artistic production at all levels as well as to make such work available to communities in non-traditional settings.



Art for Change (AfC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing civic participation through art programs  and performances that provide equal access to information; inspiring reflection, discussion, collaboration and action. By merging art and community, AfC provides a space to explore social issues and celebrate the richness of cultural diversity.



To read the Village Voice’s review on OBAMA! Reflections, click the link:

source: Art for Change

(photo by Clarisel Gonzalez of artwork at the exhibit) 

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Secret gems

Earlier this month, I was contacted by the Daily News for a story the paper was doing on neighborhood bloggers from the different boroughs. The writer wanted to know what was my Bronx gem.

My gem: The waterfall at River Park at E. 180th and Boston Road, near the Bronx Zoo.

(photos by Milagros Gonzalez)

listen up!

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Grand Concourse. Make sure to visit the tree museum, which opens tomorrow.

Katie Holten created the tree museum to celebrate the communities and ecosystems along the Grand Concourse, a 100 year-old boulevard in The Bronx, New York. Visitors will be able to listen in on local stories and the intimate lives of trees offered by current and former residents: from beekeepers to rappers, historians to gardeners, school kids to scientists.

For more information,

Check out this video to get a taste.

source: Katie Holten on YouTube

On the Bronx Walk of Fame

New names will be added to the Bronx's Walk of Fame today.

This year’s Bronx Walk of Fame honorees are: Composer Charlie Fox; Actress Judy Reyes (from Scrubs); Grammy winning artist Melissa Manchester; Hip Hop Pioneer GrandWizzard Theodore; and Legendary Singer Tony Orlando, once a resident of Featherbed Lane and this year’s Honorary Bronxite.

Bronx Borough President Rubén Diaz, Jr will celebrate the first Bronx Walk of Fame induction ceremony at 10 a.m. today at the Court Building, 161 Street & Grand Concourse.

The inductees will be present to unveil permanent plaques carrying their names along the Grand Concourse. The event is a highlight of Bronx Day, the final day of Bronx Week, the annual tradition celebrating the best of the Bronx.

Other activities today include The Bronx Day Parade, which kicks off at noon at Mosholu Parkway North & Kazimiroff Boulevard and the Bronx Week Food & Arts Festival at 1 p.m. at Mosholu Parkway North & Van Cortlandt Avenue. Happy Bronx Week.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Bronx Summer Walks on 167th Street kicks off tomorrow

West Bronx LDC, WHEDCo and DOT to host Bronx Summer Walks on 167th St.

The Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDCo), a community-based organization working to build a more beautiful, more prosperous Bronx, is partnering with the West Bronx Local Development Corporation, the NYC Department of Transportation, and other community groups to take back the streets for Bronx residents by hosting Car Free community events on 167th Street to boost local retail and encourage pedestrian activity. For three Saturdays this summer, residents will enjoy free activities, games, entertainment, shopping and giveaways during the Bronx Summer Walks event on 167th Street.

“The first of its kind in our community, we hope Bronx Summer Walks on 167th Street will encourage local families to enjoy “car free” streets by taking a dance class, enjoying a musical performance or shopping at their favorite local merchant,” said Nancy Biberman, President of the Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation. “WHEDCo is thrilled to be a part of this important block party event to promote community spirit, physical fitness, and encourage commercial activity.”

“It is our attempt to create public spaces that enhance our neighborhoods, families, and businesses,” said Walter C. Houston, Chief Executive Officer for Local Development Corporation of West Bronx . “Bronx Summer Walks will encourage neighbors to stroll, shop, sit, or people watch as well as dance, exercise, or just listen to music; all just around the corner or up the block.” “The LDC of the West Bronx is grateful to have partners like NYCDOT, WHEDCo, G.A.ME, Haven Arts, Morrisania Diagnostic & Treatment Center , and all the 167th Street businesses; we could not have done it without them.”

The free event will be held on Saturdays, June 20th, June 27th, and July 11th from 12pm to 4pm on 167th Street between Gerard Avenue and Cromwell Avenue . West Bronx LDC and partners will close 167th Street to traffic on the two large blocks that host core businesses and provide tables and other amenities for people to socialize and participate in activities. Merchants will be displaying their goods on the sidewalk and local musicians and artists will perform and exhibit their work. The event will also include giveaways and contests, like the Battle of the Barbers”, dancing, exercise classes, food, Go “Green” demos, and Hip-Hop performances. Budding violinists and percussionists from WHEDCo’s Afterschool Program at MS 218 on 167th Street will also perform in a children’s symphony. The West Bronx LDC, WHEDCo and other partners are collaborating with the NYC Department of Transportation, to pilot this initiative.

source: WHEDCo release

Thursday, June 18, 2009

About the 'Shooting the Bronx' photo exhibit today

For Bronx Week, Puerto Rico Sun Communications, which publishes the Bronx Latino lifestyle blog at, joined forces with the NetWorks Organization to curate a Bronx-themed photo exhibit, showcasing the work of photographers with Bronx ties.


Participating photographers are:

David Greene

Elena "Mamarazzi" Marrero

Mario Burger

Joseph Dominick

Eileen McNamee

Jonathan C. Perea

Clarisel Gonzalez (curator)


Participating photographers are members of the Bronx Latino photo group, the Bronx photo group or the NYC Collective of the Puerto Rican Photographic Society.

Most of the participating photographers regularly document the Bronx, capturing the diversity of our borough from our people to our places to our events. The Bronx plays a role in their art of photography. The Bronx is a subject, setting, backdrop, or an inspiration.

Puerto Rico Sun Communications is a community-minded independent multimedia social entrepreneurship aimed at informing, empowering and building community. Bronx Latino is a project of Puerto Rico Sun Communications.

For more information about today's event, go to

Bronx News


Latino News