Bronx Book Fair, Saturday May 30

This Saturday, May 30, 2015 the Bronx Book Fair will be held at the Bronx Library Center featuring workshops, talks, and readings from local authors. Plus, it’s totally free!

Read below for more information:

The Bronx Book Fair is dedicated to engaging and growing the
community of poets and writers in the Bronx and to connecting those
literary artists to readers and booklovers of all ages. Through
readings, workshops, and presentations our goal is to engage the
community with a variety of literature and programs that will broaden
access to Bronx literary artists, increase library usage, and
encourage a love of books and reading.

• Music: NuyoRican School Poetry Jazz Ensemble is a performance
ensemble grounded in the idea of providing creative literature in

• Poetry performance by Grammy Award-winning poet J. Ivey
• Storyteller Thelma Ruffin Thomas

• Contributors to the Bronx Memoir Project will read personal
selections from the book.
Bronx Heroes ComicCon! Connect with great comic book artists from
the Bronx and NYC area.

Bronx-born Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa will read from her book
Daughters of the Stone.
• Workshop: Writing Womanhood: Telling Our Stories in Our Voice,
facilitated by Peggy Robles Alvarado and Lorraine Currelley

• Legacy Women, an all-women’s traditional musical group rooted
in Afro-Dominican and Afro-Puerto Rican rhythms and traditions, bring
their unique blend of drumming, song, and dance

• Librarian Panel Discussion: Engaging Readers: Adults, Teens and
Children. Presented by the Bronx Library Center/NYPL

• Poetry Reading: Urayoán Noel of Canto Mundo, Brian Francis of
Cave Canem and Cathy Linh Che of Kundiman Poetry Reading

• BRIO Reading: Bronx Recognizes Its Own award winners Froilan Kali
Ramirez and Nahshon Ratcliff read from recent work.
• Open Mic hosted by Five Boro Story Project. Poets, register
early, limited space.

No Plans Tonight? Take a Short Trip to Harlem to See Melanie Fiona for FREE

If you’re free tonight, check out a free live performance by R & B singer Melanie Fiona, just a few stops away in Harlem. See below for details. Happy Friday! BPO NYC Social Flyer

NYBG Wine Weekend


I’m nowhere near a wine connoisseur, but I certainly do enjoy drinking it – unrefined palate and all. So when I heard that the New York Botanical Garden was having a wine tasting weekend, I made sure my schedule was clear.

The wine tasting took place last weekend featuring wineries solely from New York State, visitors were able to visit each booth for a tasting with a special souvenir NYBG stemless wine glass.

Of all the wine I sampled (which was a lot!), I most enjoyed Brotherhood Winery‘s Riesling and ginger cider and the sweet red from A & P Grape Distributors, which bottled the wine upon request, so you know it’s fresh.

After the tasting, it was such a beautiful day, Boyfriend and I took a walk around the garden, checking out the wetlands and azaleas.

It was the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.


Jane’s Walk Bronx Art Spaces was a Success!

As tired as I was after the Jane’s Walk of Bronx Art Spaces last weekend, I was really pleased with how everything turned out. People from all over New York City and even from overseas, visited the No Longer Empty exhibit at the Old Bronx Courthouse, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx Art Space, and House of Visual. Even local restaurants Mott Haven Bar and Don Pancho’s Steakhouse offered specials to participants of the walk. The Saturday walk serendipitously coincided with Ceetay’s third anniversary celebration and an opening at Wall Works gallery, so some participants decided to stick around for that, which was amazing. Below are some of the pictures from the weekend. :)

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PEN World Voices Literary Conference THIS THURSDAY, May 7, 2015

This Thursday at the Bronx Museum, join writers from across the world for a day of writing workshops and author discussions featuring authors such as Chantel Acevedo, Billy Kahora (pictured below), and Boubacar Boris Diop. And did I mention it’s free?

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“The Bronx is an immigrant borough and deserves worldly literary programming,” says Bronx Writers Center Director Charlie Vázquez. “The Bronx Council on the Arts was extremely excited to participate on this project and we’ll continue this win/win/win partnership for the benefit of Bronxites borough-wide.” Info and RSVP: http://bronxarts.orgBillyKahora

Mixed Feelings about Jonathan Adler’s Bronx Warehouse Sale

When I came upon Jonathan Adler’s post on Instagram about a warehouse sale this week in the Bronx, I had to do a bit of research. Where? How? And most importantly, why?

Before I began my research, the name seemed vaguely familiar, but I couldn’t tell you much more than that. I found that Jonathan Adler, a designer, make some cute, albeit very expensive stuff. Like $100 picture frames.

Anyway, I decided to check the interweb to see what the buzz was on the event before I headed down to Port Morris.

When I saw this post:


Note how it says “massive trek”.  So, immediately this made it clear to me that this secret warehouse sale is so secret that people in the Bronx are obviously not expected to go. I assure you that my 20 minute journey from Westchester Square to the warehouse on 138th was not massive or grueling in any way.

Now, once I got there, I recognized that there were some cute pieces – kitschy lion piggy banks, a gold-colored fox statue, and  a cool, Greek-inspired mug – but I was less moved by the price tags associated with the majority of the items (to be transparent, there were some mid priced items as well.) There’s no way I’m paying almost $600 for one chair or $70 for some pottery. It’s just not happening. Especially while I’m renting an apartment like a good chunk of the borough, I’m simply not willing to invest that much into my rental apartment, however cute it may be.

While I was there, I realized that I was having a moral dilemma. Some questions arose in my head:

  • Why would this company hold this warehouse sale in a neighborhood where the median income is $19,542?
  • Isn’t it a good thing that the Bronx should be the location of a sale of high end design products? However, there are some Mr. Moneybags Bronxites out here, don’t forget that. Maybe they want some of these designs and it’s nice that they can buy them in their home borough.
  • Isn’t it a bit of a slap in the face of the community, though? and further, what is this company actually doing for the Bronx? Are they simply just using us for our cheap warehouse space? (yes)

I picked up a few items and considered purchasing them – the snake mug ($10), a giant lion eraser (I just really like lions) – but in the end, it just didn’t sit right with me to give my money to this company. I thought – they didn’t even expect me, a Bronxite to be here, so why should I give them anything? So I left.

But I did snap some pictures, so if you are curious  and decide to stop by, you’ll have an idea of what to expect. Further, I’d love for someone from the Jonathan Adler camp to reach out to me and see if we can address some of these questions.

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5 Reasons to go to the Jane’s Walk Exploring Bronx Art Spaces this Weekend

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1. You love art. 

The Bronx is filled with so many wonderful artists. This walk introduces you to what’s current in the borough and you’ll have a chance to speak with some of the artists themselves!

2. You love the Bronx.

The Bronx is awesome (obviously.) But maybe you want to get to know it a little more. This walk will make you fall in love with the Bronx all over again.

3. The only time you have ever been to the Bronx was to go to a Yankee game.

That’s quaint, but expand your horizons. There’s so much more to the Bronx than a baseball team!

4. You didn’t know the Bronx even had an art scene.

We do. And it’s amazing.

5. Your weekend plans involve spending a copious amount of time watching Netflix.

The weather’s going to be nice. Come outside and experience something new.

Bonus:  After the walk, local restaurants Don Pancho’s Steakhouse and Mott Haven Bar  will be offering specials to participants. And, though they weren’t able to be a part of the walk, Wall Works gallery’s having an open house on Saturday AND Ceetay will be celebrating 3 years in Mott Haven. It’s just going to be an overall awesome weekend to be in the Bronx.

Check out the details here. 


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