BronxNoise Festival Showcases Independent Music

This Saturday, the BronxNoise Music Festival was held at the Andrew Freedman Home. Featuring singers and musicians from all over, the space was filled with support and appreciation for everyone’s (AMAZING!) talents. It was such a beautiful sight to see and a wonderful way to spend a Saturday night right here in the Bronx. Shout out to Yurby for putting it together!

Below are just a few pictures I took during the show:

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Bronx Fashion Week

I wanted to post this earlier, but I took so many pictures at Bronx Fashion Week that it took a while to sort through them all. In the slideshow below, there are about  32 pictures and that’s after I eliminated a bunch of others! If you follow me on Instagram, you caught a small glimpse of what it was like. I attended the grand opening on Friday, Sept. 5 and the Casual Wear show on Saturday, the 6th.

Opening night, the crowd was almost as fashionable as the models themselves with pseudocelebs The Mob Wives – in attendance. Councilman Andy King and Culinary Ambassador Baron Ambrosia were also attendance looking particularly dapper.

Jo Lance (Friday) and the hilarious Qurrat Ann Kadwani (Saturday)  hosted as models of all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds strutted down the runway.

As a Bronxite, I felt a real sense of pride seeing all of these talented designers’ work be displayed in the borough, again reaffirming that the Bronx is a place where all sorts of industries are welcome and can thrive here, including fashion!

 

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Finally! It’s time for Bronx Fashion Week!

When Fashion’s Night Out was put on hiatus last year (apparently it wasn’t generating enough revenue…maybe it was all the free champagne I drank while wandering into stores I’d never heard of before…), I was definitely a bit bummed, because while I don’t need to have the latest trends and fashions, I really like to know what’s in each season. This is why Bronx Fashion Week couldn’t have come any sooner. I need a fashion fix!

This week, starting Friday, September 5, audiences will be treated to runway shows, networking opportunities, and even a skateboard competition. Bonus – it’s being held at one of my absolute favorite places in the Bronx, the Andrew Freedman Home!

Needless to say, this  event is huge for us and a first for our borough. It spans three days so you have multiple opportunities to check it out. For tickets, click here. Interested in bringing a friend and saving some cash? Check out the Groupon deal here.

See you all on the runway!

P.S. Okay, I will not actually be on the runway, unless I happen to get lost. But I will be there and if you can’t make it, make sure you’re following me on Instagram to stay up to date with all of the events!

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Mark Your Calendars: 141ST COMMEMORATION OF THE ABOLITION OF SLAVERY IN PUERTO RICO 3/22/14

No plans this weekend? Problem solved! Check out this awesome event that’s happening at one of my favorite places in the Bronx – the Andrew Freedman House! And it’s FREE!

On Saturday, March 22nd, 2014 at 6:00pm, at The Andrew Freedman Home in the Bronx: 1125 Grand Concourse.

BombaYo will be honoring the sacrifice and contributions of ethnic Africans to the music, art, language, and heritage
that have become instrumental to Puerto Rican culture on the island and the Caribbean.

Performing Live will be:

Las Perlas de BombaYo– is a collective of adult women that have been committed to the BombaYo community workshops. The
workshops have been based on the “Consciousness of Bomba” a cultural journey of awareness through song, drum and dance.

The Andrew Freedman Youth Conga Symphony– is a group of young people directed by Jose Ortiz aka Dr. Drum, that are
dedicated to using the power of the conga drum to inspire change and bring awareness of world music to their NYC
communities.

BombaYo– is a youth project dedicated to preserving the rich Afro Puerto Rican tradition of Bomba. The group emerges
from the streets and schoolyards of the Bronx, where salsa and hip-hop were born. Under the direction of Jose Ortiz aka
Dr.Drum and  Melinda Gonzalez, BombaYo’s members bring new energy to a centuries-old Afro Puerto Rican music and dance tradition.

Be sure to join us for a night of traditional Afro-Caribbean rhythms and a touch of Latin Jazz with a mix of Afro-beat.

For more information about this event, go to www.bombayo.org
of BombaYo on Facebook.

New Art Exhibit at the Andrew Freedman House

Another great exhibit debuting at the Andrew Freedman House this week! Check out the details below:

From the West Harlem Art Fund

BRIMMING ON THE EDGE

May 2nd – May 16th 2013
Andrew Freedman House, 1125 Grand Concourse, nr 167th Street, Bronx, NY 10451
Meet & Greet on May 3rd at 5pm

 

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Featured Artists

L.W. Antonius, Alta Berri, Linda Byrne, Thomas Callahan, Marco Castro, Robin Kang, Suprina Kenney, Jongil
Ma, Tomo Mori, Anca Pedvisocar, Roberto Sandoval, Chris Smith, Dianne Smith, Nancy Steinson

Brimming on the Edge is a group exhibition that marries the disciplines of art, design and technology together.
Produced by The West Harlem Art Fund in partnership with the Andrew Freedman House, Brimming on the
Edge coincides with NYCxDesign, and the Frieze Art Fair located nearby on Randall’s Island. There is a budding
movement revolutionizing the Western world. The public is demanding more customized experiences that reflect
their personal lifestyle and appreciations. Yes, it’s easy to purchase a picture frame or a wine rack from a large
retailer that’s inexpensive and probably made in China. But now, the public wants a unique work that’s made in
the United States for which they can showoff in their home or keep as an heirloom. We wish to show the public
these new possibilities in a number of combinations. Brimming on the Edge is curated by Savona Bailey-McClain,
Executive Director, The West Harlem Art Fund, Lisa Banner and Linda Griggs, Independent Curators.

About the Organizations

The West Harlem Art Fund is uniquely positioned to offer this experience. A fifteen year old public arts
organization, we have produced numerous exhibitions and special events with artists and creative
professionals wishing to share their talent with residents around the city. Public art for the West Harlem Art
Fund has included traditional exhibitions, digital installations, storefront windows and live performances. The
West Harlem Art Fund encourages audiences to not only think outside of the box – but to live outside the box.
Our heritage symbol is the double crocodile from West Africa — Funtunmmireku-Denkyemmirreku which means
unity in diversity.

Mid-Bronx Senior Citizens Council (MBSCC), one of the leading non-profit, community development
organizations in the Bronx has been the owner and operator of the Andrew Freedman since 1984. This
majestic building has been home to a “one stop” social service center which provides a vast array of programs,
resources and referrals for residents of the entire community. It is expanding into a new and exciting
destination for art, culture, learning and creativity.

A Bronx Paradise

Last night, was the extremely successful opening reception of No Longer Empty’This Side of Paradise at the Andrew Freedman Home. I can’t even express how much I loved this event. From the flappers and dapper gentlemen ready for the speakeasy fundraiser to the wide variety of exhibits, there was something for everyone. And I really mean everyone, the place was packed! It was cool to see so many people in the Bronx for an art event like this (though, as you’ll see below there’s a Post-It note someone left on a mirror. I’m inclined to agree.)  For a little background info on what’s going on, check out my post about the Andrew Freedman Home’s makeover.

I took a ton of pictures (the longest slideshow on the blog to date!), look closely and you may see a piece that made an appearance from my visit to Linda Cunningham’s studio a couple of weeks ago.

Plus, I got to hang out with Adrien Brody.*

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*This is a lie. I did not hang out with Adrien Brody. I stood a few feet away from him and smiled awkwardly.

Andrew Freedman Home Gets Revamped

Nice to be back after a slow blogging week. What do you guys know about the Andrew Freedman home over on the Grand Concourse? The West Side is like another world! Luckily,  the Bronx Bohemian has a really great write up from ’09 that sums up its history nicely.

In short, Freedman was a wealthy man during the early 20th century who helped fund the first subway line. He enjoyed the finer things in life, as a true socialite would (I can totally relate), such as wine, theater, music, and art. In his will, he dedicated some of his money to a place that would house and assist elderly citizens who loved the arts like himself. The money ran out in the ’80s and then the Mid Bronx Senior Citizens Council took over.  They still use part of the building, but now there are new plans to use other parts of the building for a variety of activities. (Yay!)

The nonprofit, No Longer Empty has a dance performance event called Dance Here coming up on 4/28 as well as cooking demonstrations during ‘What’s Cooking in the Bronx’ weekend beginning 4/21. They have a lot of other things going on to, so it’s worth it to check out their website.

And, according to The Tourist Traps, there are also plans to turn part of it into a bed and breakfast. Interesting.