Archive for July, 2011

BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

Okay, it’s official; The New York International Latino Film Festival has announced the dates for the World Premiere of GWB. The dates are as follows: Friday, August 19th at 10:30pm and Saturday, August 20th at 9:30pm. Both showings will take place at AMC Empire 25 (Times Square/234 West 42nd St. New York). Tickets are scheduled to go on sale on Tuesday, August 2nd.

Now that we got the dates and times out of the way, let’s get to the essence of this missive. These tickets are going to sell out fast and there will be only a limited amount available, if you don’t cop them early and get yours, well then, you won’t get to see the movie until the theatrical debut. The choice is yours. See the movie that the whole hood is buzzing about when it premieres or at some still undetermined date. Plain and simple!

May I add, the importance of supporting and patronizing the artistic output that is made by, and is about our, neighborhood. “GWB is a film about our neighborhood, made by folks from the neighborhood, that viscerally documents the drama, joys, highs and lows of this dynamic, diverse and vibrant community. With a cast that includes Rayniel Rufino, Antonio Ortiz, Luis Ramos, Raul Esparza, Alexandra Metz and Olga Merediz among many others, this movie aims to capture the sights, sounds, colors and energy of this often forgotten and misrepresented part of Manhattan.” Remember folks “Spread love it’s the Uptown way.”

Site: http://www.gwbthemovie.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GWBmovie

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/GWBthemovie

Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/gwbthemovie

GWB Trailer from GWB on Vimeo.

Also check out:
The GWB Trailer Premiere Party – The Recap

The GWB Trailer Premiere Party & After Party As Seen By Dj Boy

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1pm to 4pm

4157 Broadway near 176th Street

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Remember how Word Up was going to close in mid-July? Delightfully, it has not! We’re still here through the end of September, and hopefully beyond. So it’s time to celebrate!
Come join your neighbors, Word Up volunteers, authors, artists, and musicians, for a party. There will be books and awesome company (as usual), music, food, revelry, and a few surprises!
Kids are welcome throughout, but be sure to bring them from 2-3pm, when Word Up’s treasured volunteers and beloved authors Robin Glasser and Ellie Little will read from their selection of children’s stories.
Hope to see you at the party!

Word Up
a community bookshop in Northern Manhattan
4157 Broadway @ 176 Street
June 17 – July 14, 2011
Word Up on New York Times | Manhattan Times | Uptown Collective | Fbook

Also check out: A Few Words of Praise for Word Up Books

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Presenting the Uptown Tweet of the Week, our pick that represents the good, the bad, and the lovely in this week’s UC Twitterverse…

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The Sound of Art presents COMPLEJO

New York artist M. Tony Peralta delves into controversial territory for  his new ‘Complejo’ exhibit.

NoMAA Gallery
August 4th-25th, 2011

Opening Reception: Thursday, August 4th, 6-8pm

Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA)
The Cornerstone Center
178 Bennett Avenue, 3rd Floor (at 189th St.)
New York, NY 10040
212.568.4396 | info@nomaanyc.org | www.nomaanyc.org

Complejo – M. Tony Peralta art exhibit from Ruben Henriquez on Vimeo.

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BY Michael J. Feeney

Photo Credit: Mariela Lombard | NY Daily News

When 13-year-old Martin Sosa was asked what he’d be doing this summer his answer was simple: “At home. Watching TV.”

And likely scarfing down junk food like chips, cookies and popcorn, he said.

As for his dinner: he rattled off the names of several fast food joints, including McDonald’s, Burger King and Domino’s Pizza.

But a new program in Washington Heights has Martin – who is 5-foot-1-inch and 130 pounds – exercising and keeping track of his new healthier eating habits in hopes of dropping a few pounds.

Martin is just one of many overweight kids in the upper Manhattan community. Nearly half of the children in Washington Heights were found to be obese or overweight in 2008-’09, according to program organizers.

Catarina Rivera, the co-organizer behind “Healthy Kids in the Heights,” got a firsthand look at the child obesity problem as a schoolteacher in Harlem and the Bronx.

Read more: A punch and a kick in fight against childhood obesity.

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BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

Q. How did it feel to be one of the honorees of the Uptown Arts Stroll?

A. It is always wonderful to be honored by members of your own community. It feels like your own family is proud of your accomplishments. It’s extremely uplifting and empowering.

Q. Did being an actor first, help you become a better director?

A. Absolutely. 100%. My foundation as an actor has shaped the way I approach writing and directing. I know how to talk to actors, and pull performances from them they didn’t know were there. None of that would have been possible if I hadn’t trained as an actor first.

Q. The movie seems to be perfectly timed with the passing of the Same Sex Marriage Law in NY State just recently. Your movie is poised to add cinematically to that discussion. In lieu of that, why is this movie important?

A. Yes, there are many things happening on the societal front with regards to LGBT issues that makes our film timely. Ultimately, however, this movie is about a family, a family struggling to understand each other. They learn that the only way to do so is through love and acceptance.

Q. How did being a teacher in the South Bronx inform your work?

A. I love working with young people. As a result, I hear and see many of the problems affecting the youth in our communities. My heart breaks for them because they are more susceptible to their environment. With my art, it is the group I try to target most of all.

GUN HILL ROAD Opens August 5 in NYC at the Angelika Film Center on Houston, AMC Empire 25 on 42nd St., and AMC Bay Plaza in the Bronx.

More info at http://gunhillroad.com & http://www.facebook.com/gunhillroad.

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On August 26th, 1971, New York gives birth to a sound that would change the face of Latin Music forever. That evening the legendary label Fania, presented an ensemble of its best artists – The Fania All-Stars. The show was  billed as “Our Latin Thing.” In the decades ahead the All-Stars would become the ambassadors and juggernauts of Latin Music around the world. They became the musical reflection of the times, needs, and struggles of New York’s Latino community. The music was influenced by American jazz, soul, and rock-and-roll. Their music became part of Americana. Today, taking up the mantle of Our Latin Thing, an ensemble of seventeen musicians pays tribute to this legendary group, performing an assortment of the All-Stars’ top hits and taking the audience on a musical and poetic journey.

The Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra is unlike any band you’ve heard before, a traditional 11-piece Latin band which plays dynamic, thrilling arrangements of indie rock tunes. With an ever-evolving set list that includes songs by YeaseayerJapantherAnimal CollectiveThe Yeah Yeah YeahsTV On The Radio, The Mars VoltaArcade Fire, and many more, the WSO will make a salsa-believer out of you! Lead by percussionist/arranger Gianni Mano, (from the Brooklyn Latin-funk legends Radio Mundial), the WSO contains some of the best young players on the scene including a full compliment of horns and percussion. With the attitude of a rock band, and the grooves of classic New York salsa, not to mention a brand new album, we hope the WSO is here to stay.

DJ Ron Zilla and DJ Dres will be joining the salsa acts.

Our Latin Thing: FacebookTwitter

WSO: FacebookTwitter

DJ Dres: Official / Facebook / Twitter

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