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Photo: Briana E. Heard

Click here for more of Briana E. Heard’s pictures of last year’s festival.


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A New Play by Radha Blank
Directed by Niegel Smith

Burnt-out social worker Anne Colleen Simpson decides to leave the field on a high note, with a book detailing her career, but when Chee-Chee, a gifted twelve-year-old from the ‘projects’ collides into her life, she’s forced to confront his young mother and the shadows of her past. Anne and Chee-Chee develop an unlikely friendship that leads to an explosive encounter threatening both their futures.

Infused with the vibrant rhythm and verse of Hip-Hop culture, Seed weaves through the fault lines of a gentrified Harlem, begging the question: How far are you willing to go to protect the future of a community and its children?

“The questions this play asks about race, social status, education, and family make it an important piece of theater.” -BACKSTAGE CRITIC’S PICK

“This masterpiece of theater explores, challenges, and provokes us to take some action” -NYTHEATER.COM

“the play illuminates the role of race, class, religion, the meaning of friendship and the breakdown of the nuclear family within the urban Black community in a realistic and insightful…manner.” -DOMINION OF NEW YORK

Site: http://seedtheplay.com/

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The UP Theater Company is looking for an experienced actor who can play young (teens) but has the chops to carry the piece. The role is of a street smart Dominican kid, born in NYC, with a touch of Hip-Hop and a lot of pubescent energy. He can rattle off some Spanish but English is his first language. It is UP’s mission to use as many UPtown actors as possible. Please send headshots, resumes and questions to James@UPtheater.org – auditions on Friday.

UP Theater Company is dedicated to presenting new and challenging works of drama and comedy relevant to our Uptown neighborhood. UP will not be afraid to be gritty, rambunctious and irreverent. UP will be for and by the community, taking advantage of the many theater artists who live among us; yet we also envision a theater that will be a destination for theatergoers from all across the area, drawn by work of quality and passion.

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The Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA), the nation’s longest running active arts advocacy organization for Latino actors, has announced that is honoring our good friends the New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) with a Special Recognition Award for their remarkable achievements in promoting the work of Latino filmmakers and actors throughout their distinguished history as the premier urban Latino film event in the country. Congrats to them for that achievement. This summer I came away with a greater appreciation for NYILFF and their long, consistent and impressive record of excellence.

In addition to NYILFF, HOLA will also honor film and television star Luis Guzmán, singer-actor-humanitarian Rubén Blades, “Law and Order” lead actor Danny Pino, and broadcast journalist Natalie Morales of “The Today Show”.

The Awards Gala and Benefit will take place on Monday, October 17, 2011 at 6:30pm at The Battery Gardens on the waterfront inNew York’s scenic Battery Park (opposite17 State Street).


2011 HOLA Awards to take place Monday, October 17, 2011
at The Battery Gardens in scenic Battery Park, NYC

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El Museo’s Bienal

The (S) Files 2011

June 14, 2011 – January 8, 2012

75 artists @ 7 venues


 Opening Reception: Tuesday, September 13, 6-8pm

Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance

178 Bennett Avenue @ 189th St., 3rd Floor

Washington Heights, NYC


Featuring: TOOFLY, J. Manuel Mansylla, FEEGZ, MARE139, Antonia Pérez, Edwin Gonzalez-Ojeda, Rider Ureña

El Museo’s Bienal: The (S) Files 2011 is El Museo del Barrio’s sixth biennial of the most innovative, cutting-edge art created by Latino, Caribbean, and Latin American artists currently working in the greater New York area. This year’s edition spreads all over the city, showcasing a record 75 emerging artists in seven different venues.

The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) is pleased to participate in The (S) Files 2011 as one of El Museo’s venues, featuring Northern Manhattan artists. This exhibition focuses more specifically on local graffiti writers and their newer “canvases,” focusing on artists of various generations and their contemporary contributions to street aesthetics. Their art explores the re-use of objects including street signs, cardboard, objects caught in the ocean, and plastic bags. An ephemeral installation extends the exhibition into a park in Northern Manhattan.

Featuring: Feegz / Carlos Jesús Martinez Dominguez, Edwin González-Ojeda, J. Manuel Mansylla (in Northern Manhattan park), MARE139/Carlos Rodriguez, Antonia A. Perez, TOO FLY/Maria Castillo, Rider Ureña

Curated by Elvis Fuentes, Rocío Aranda-Alvarado, and Trinidad Fombella, El Museo del Barrio; and guest curator Juanita Bermúdez, Biennial of the Central American Isthmus

Opening: Tuesday, September 13, 6-8pm
Artist Talk: Monday, October 3, 6:30-8:30pm (Part of NYC Latin Media & Entertainment Week)

Open and Free to the Public

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BY Carolina Gonzalez

Photo Credit: Getty Images

‘Where are the friends I had yesterday?”

The line from the song “Cuánto gané, cuánto perdí” by Cuban balladeer Pablo Milanés might be considered the theme for his current U.S. tour, his first since 1997. In his controversial performance in Miami on Aug. 27, Milanés dedicated the song to all Cubans living outside the island nation.

No matter what percentage of Cubans make up in the audience of his New York performance on Friday at United Palace in Washington Heights, Milanés will surely find in the city many friends from all periods of his long career. New York is the fourth stop in a seven-city U.S. tour which began in Washington and ends in San Juan, P.R., Sept. 17.

At 68, the nueva trova icon is still, with Silvio Rodríguez, the musician most closely identified with the new society promised by the Cuban Revolution. But while Milanés has said publicly that he is still committed to a Revolutionary Cuba, he has also been openly critical of oppressive measures taken against dissidents by Fidel and Raúl Castro’s governments.

Read more: Cuban singer Pablo Milanés back in New York after 14 years.

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