Talking the Bronx 09.04.13
Orchard Beach: The Bronx Riviera
“Orchard Beach: The Bronx Riviera” will premiere at the Bronx Museum of the Arts on Sun., Oct. 13th. The exhibit is a collection of portraits taken by photographer Wayne Lawrence of beach goers in Orchard Beach. Lawrence’s portraits of these summertime regulars are meant to celebrate the pride and dignity of those who frequent Orchard Beach. Wayne Lawrence is a St. Kitts-born documentary fine art photographer based in Brooklyn, New York.
Wayne’s photographs have been exhibited at the Open Society Institute, The African American Museum of Philadelphia, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, The George and Leah McKenna Museum of African American Art, The Corridor Gallery and The Calumet Gallery and have been published by The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, The Sunday Times Magazine, Mother Jones, Mare, Newsweek, British Journal of Photography, COLORS, Communication Arts, Photo District News, Le Monde, Gioia, GUP and Marie Claire.
For more information, please visit www.bronxmuseum.org/exhibitions/orchard-beach-the-bronx-riviera.
Free Tree Giveaway
On Sat., Oct. 26th, Herbert H. Lehman High School, in collaboration with the New York Restoration Project’s Million Trees NYC, will host a Free Tree Giveaway Event. Any community resident living in the five boroughs can register to pick up a free tree to plant. Please register for the Free Tree Giveaway Event by Wed., Oct. 23rd.
To register, please visit www.nyrp.org/Greening_Sustainability/MillionTreesNYC/Tree_Giveaways/Bronx_Tree_Giveaways.
El Canario in Concert
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts is proud to present the return by popular demand of José Alberto “El Canario” in a new and completely different show as “The Showman”. He is one of the most successful and respected artists on the salsa music scene with a recording history spanning 37 years and 21 solo albums. Born in the Dominican Republic in 1958, Alberto moved with his family to Puerto Rico at age 7 and went on to polish his singing at Las Antilles Military Academy. After relocating to New York City in the early ‘70’s, he sang with several orchestras, receiving international attention in 1977 as the lead vocalist of the ground-breaking ensemble Tipica 73. The concert, as produced by Lehman Center and José Raposo, will showcase his artistic career of 37 years on Sat., Oct. 12th at 8 p.m. Joining Jose Alberto for this evening of world class salsa will be special surprise guests. Lehman Center for the Performing Arts is on the campus of Lehman College/CUNY at 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West.
Tickets can be purchased by calling the Lehman Center box office at 718.960.8833 (Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and beginning at 12 noon on the day of the concert), or through online access at www.LehmanCenter.org.
Congressman José E. Serrano and State Senator Gustavo Rivera will host a Bronx Housing Forum on Sat., Oct. 7th to help address many of the key housing issues facing Bronx residents.
The forum will offer attendees access to government agencies, community organizations and advocacy groups that will be able to connect residents with local resources to help guide them when faced with a spectrum of common housing issues. The forum will begin at 10:00 a.m. and run until 3:00 p.m. at Monroe College’s King Hall, located at 2501 Jerome Avenue.
Operation Cleaner Streets kicks off
All Bronx residents, especially those in the Northeast Bronx’s District 12, are invited to come out on Sat., Oct. 12th for Operation Cleaner Streets, a program headed up by City Councilmember Andy King, which strives to encourage community residents to pick up trash in front of their homes, bus stops and subway stations and heavily trafficked streets. NYC Department of Sanitation Superintendent for District 12 Mark Williams will help coordinate Saturday’s cleanup efforts. The Baychester Youth Council, Baychester Quality of Life Council, the 222nd Street Block Association, students from Equality Charter School and the Bronx Youth Empowerment Program will join the cleanup from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at several designated locations.
In the past, Operation Cleaner Street has tackled business corridors along Gun Hill Road, White Plains Road, Boston Road and Dyre Avenue.
All volunteers are asked to meet on Sat., Oct. 12th at 10:00 a.m. at the intersection of Gun Hill and White Plains Road. Work will commence at the Garden Spot on the sidewalk near White Plains Road and the 700 block of 222nd Street at 11:00 a.m. near the Laundromat.
For more information, please call Councilmember King’s District Office at 718.684.5509.