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Talking the Bronx- 02.13.13

Talking the Bronx- 02.13.13

Dominican Heritage Celebration

Dominican Heritage Celebration

The office of Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., together with The Bronx Tourism Council, invite all community residents to join in the Dominican Heritage Celebration to be held at Grand Slam, located at 478 East Tremont Avenue on Wed., Feb. 20th at 5:30 p.m.


To RSVP, please call 718.590.3989 or send an e-mail to


China National Symphony Orchestra comes to Lehman

The China National Symphony Orchestra will play at the Lehman Performing Arts Center.

The China National Symphony Orchestra will play at the Lehman Performing Arts Center on Sat., Feb. 16th. The orchestra will perform the opening movement from Guan Xia’s Requiem for the Earth, written in remembrance of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. Prodigy pianist Peng Peng joins the orchestra for Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1.

Founded in 1956, the China National Symphony Orchestra has spent the last half century promoting Chinese symphonic works to audiences across the globe while introducing Chinese audiences to an expansive repertoire of orchestral works by both Western and Asian composers.

For more information or for tickets, please call 718.960.8833 or visit



A Madagascar hissing cockroach, or at least naming rights to one, can be yours.

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo has thousands of new bugs in need of names just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Now in its third year, this tradition Name-A-Roach has attracted thousands of hopeless romantics from around the world who have named real live Madagascar hissing cockroaches at WCS’s Bronx Zoo after their loved ones, an “ex,” or even their mother-in-law. Each gift comes with a certificate emailed to your loved one announcing that a cockroach has been named in his or her honor.

Each name costs $10 and all proceeds will go to help the Wildlife Conservation Society save wildlife and wild places around the world.

Madagascar hissing cockroaches are the world’s largest roach species reaching nearly four-inches long.  The namesake hissing noise is emitted as a defense mechanism.  Like nearly every roach species, Madagascar hissing cockroaches are not considered pests and rarely enter homes.

Visit to place an order.


Winter Science Camp: Plant Pioneers

Children will be given the opportunity to explore botany and George Washington’s Carver’s legacy.
Children will be given the opportunity to explore botany and George Washington’s Carver’s legacy.

The New York Botanical Garden invites all community residents to be plant pioneers just like George Washington Carver, an American scientist, botanist, educator, and inventor. Using the grounds and resources of the New York Botanical Garden, children will explore the fascinating worlds of plants and participate in exciting experiments, hand-on activities, and fun science games and crafts.

Day 1: February 18th

Be a Plant Scientist!

Children will explore what it means to be a botanist like George Washington Carver in the heart of the Everett Children’s Garden. They will learn the basics of botany as they discover the ways in which George Washington Carver helped famers in the south. Campers will act like scientist by asking questions, making predictions, conducting experiments, and examining their findings.

Day 2: February 19th

Be an Inventor!

Campers will learn about many of George Washington Carver’s creations while exploring what invents and technology make gardens work. They will also interact with simple electronics to begin sleuthing how they can make their own inventions one day.

Day 3: February 20th

Be a Farmer!

Campers will celebrate farmers and food on the third day of camp. They will explore how George Washington Carver promoted healthy farming practices by introducing new types of plants to cotton farms. Children will learn how healthy farms work and will get to practice their skills by taking home their own growing projects.

Day 4: February 21st

Be an Artist!

Kids get to figure out what it means to find inspiration in nature at the New York Botanical Gardens. They will go on a contemplative walk through garden grounds to sketch nature scenes in their sketchbooks. And later campers will be able to use make natural pigments from various plants to add color to their art work.

Day 5: February 22nd

Be a Plant Advocate!

Campers will discover what it means to be a plant advocate and how George Washington Carver’s legacy continues to promote pioneering uses of plants. Kids will create their own stationary to set to write a letter to their families and friends about how they can continue to celebrate plant life at home.

For more information or to register please call 718.817.8181 or email


Performer Keith David at Manhattan College

 Emmy Award winner Keith David will perform at Manhattan College in celebration of Black History Month.
Emmy Award winner Keith David will perform at Manhattan College in celebration of Black History Month.

In celebration of Black History Month, renowned actor and singer Keith David will travel to Manhattan College on Tues., Feb. 19th to stage a medley of African-American-themed songs and historical readings.

The event will be held in Smith Auditorium from noon to 2 p.m., and is sponsored by the College’s Diversity Committee.

David, who boasts more than 150 film, stage and television credits, including roles in the blockbuster hits Crash, There’s Something About Mary and Platoon, will recite two notable Frederick Douglass readings, including the seminal 1852 speech What to the Slave is the Fourth of July? In addition, he will perform an assortment of classical songs popularized by civil rights icon Paul Robeson. Jazz/pop recording artist Frank Owens — a Broadway composer/conductor who served as the original musical director for The Late Show With David Letterman — will accompany David on piano.

A native New Yorker now living in Los Angeles, David has earned Emmy awards for his voiceover roles the Ken Burns documentaries The War and Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson. He has also received a Tony nomination in the Best Supporting Actor category for his role in the Broadway musical Jelly’s Last Jam.






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