Join Me for a Jane’s Walk Exploring Bronx Art Spaces May 1st and 2nd!

I’m so excited to announce that I’ll be leading a Jane’s Walk on art spaces in the south Bronx next Friday (May 1st) and Saturday (May 2nd). We already know that our borough is home to a plethora of beautiful art spaces and artists and this walk will highlight some of them. We’ll be visiting the new No Longer Empty exhibit at the Old Bronx Courthouse, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx Art Space, and House of Visual. In short, it’s going to be awesome and best of all, it’s FREE!

Check out the details here.

Bronx Museum’s 40th Anniversary Celebration

The Bronx Museum of the Arts has got to be one of my favorite places in the Bronx. I’m mad I didn’t get to explore it until adulthood. In elementary school, we schlepped almost every year downtown to the Met, but couldn’t go across the borough to visit  the art museum practically in our own backyard? *scratches head in bewilderment*

Regardless, I wish the museum 40+ more years of awesomeness. There were so many different things going on Friday evening – three different stages and food and drinks downstairs. Here are some of my favorites: Sophie Calle’s The Bronx, Rigoberto Torres’ Daze, the Latin Jazz Quartet, and Annie Lanzillotto (who I am really partial to because we grew up in the same neighborhood).

As usual, check out the pics from the event below:

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The Spotlight: Ray Felix

I’m really excited to present a new feature on the blog called The Spotlight. Here’s where I’ll shine the digital spotlight on a Bronxite who’s doing awesome things in the borough. For the inaugural edition, I interviewed the Director of Bronx Comic Con, Ray Felix!

What part of the Bronx are you from?

I grew up on Carpenter Ave and 226th street in a private house. My dad was from Puerto Rico and lived in Spanish Harlem, then moved to University Ave with my mom who was Colombian. When I was born he moved to the North Bronx.

 How did the idea for Bronx Comic Con come about? What was the planning and launching process like?

The idea for heroes based in the Bronx borough came through my growing up reading white heroes that didn’t represent me as an individual and frustration with trying to break into the comic book industry after high school and through college, which led me to self publishing my own comics. The Bronx Heroes Comic Con came about through an art show in which I curated called, “Dream Sequence”. It was composed of both fine art and comics. Bronx Heroes followed the opening of that show as an extension of the exhibit featuring exclusively comic artists.

How was this year’s Comic Con different from last year’s?

This Year’s Bronx Heroes Comic Convention was more focused on careers in the comic industry even more so, because we just didn’t do workshops on drawing or technique, but we  included panels such as “Women in Comics” hosted by Regine Sawyer and “Making it Happen: How to get into the comic industry” hosted by Rob Taylor with guest Eric Battle and N.Steven Harris.
My assistant Vanessa also spearheaded a blood drive which was something we had talked about doing for about a year, since I had returned from Africa with Alex Simmons and Eugene Addams of Kids Comic Con.

 What are your top 3 favorite places in the Bronx?

My three favorite places to go in the Bronx are 1) Bedford Diner, 2) Bruckner Bar and Grill, 3)Home. Because home is where the Heart is. I also like hanging at the Longwood Art Gallery and the Bronx Museum.

 Any upcoming projects or events we should look out for?

I plan to be showcasing the Bronx Heroes at this years “Latin Mixx Conference” in Manhattan this July.(www.latinmixx.com) New York Comic Con in October and hopefully we’ll be cooking up with something for the fall, but I can’t say. It’s Top Secret. Stay tuned to our site for updates www.bxhcc.com

 

Know someone who should be in The Spotlight? Shoot me an email at Lisa@thebronxsocialite.com!

‘Bronx Stories’ Showcases Borough’s Best

Friday marked the last Bronx Stories event of the year and it being my first time, I wasn’t sure what to expect. To fill you in, Bronx Stories is a storytelling event (including various mediums like music, poetry, fiction, spoken word, etc.) that’s run by the Bronx Museum of the Arts.  It features artists with ties to Bronx in some way, shape, or form and opens the floor up to any brave soul willing to share their work at the end. This Friday’s line up included author and executive director of BAAD!, Charles Rice-Gonzalez, poets Skye Cabrera and Latanya DeVaughn, and musician Craig Tindal.

Each storyteller chose a piece or exhibit in the museum to reflect upon and performed their interpretation of it. As corny as it sounds, I was moved by each performance. They each had something unique and poignant to offer and you should definitely look them up and show some love to these awesome Bronxites.

Oh, did I mention that all of this was free? Yep. The next Bronx Stories event will be in February, I’ll be sure to upload a remider post. I consider the Bronx Museum to be one of the borough’s best hidden gems and though I wish I could keep it to myself, I think it’d be better if even more people knew about it, especially in the Bronx.

Of course, I forgot my camera so I had to use my my Lackberry, but here is one that came out somewhat decent, featuring Charles-Rice Gonzalez.

 

 

Riverdale Festival of the Arts

It was a gorgeous day in the Bronx yesterday giving the borough the opportunity to show off a bit. The Tour de Bronx gave residents and visitors alike the chance to check out historic districts and neighborhoods. According to NY1, over 6,000 people participated this year, which is awesome.

I, unfortunately, don’t own a bike, so I travelled cross-borough to the Riverdale Festival of the Arts to see what was happening.

Most of the activities were geared towards kids, so I walked around to check out some of the paintings up for sale and a performance by Alma and Rale  Micic.

I stopped by the Bronx Museum of the Arts table (the representative was super nice) and got some info on the Bronx Stories series, which I had heard about, but never got a chance to go to. That’ll change come December 9th for the next installment, I’m really looking forward to it.

First Annual Bronx Hip Hop Block Party: A Briefing

Music lovers gathered at the Bronx Museum of the Arts for the first annual Bronx Hip Hop Block Party.

The crowd was a varied mix of young and old, proving that hip hop’s reach knows no bounds. Among the many artists present were Large Professor, Grand Wizard Theodore (who at one point closed his eyes and balanced a record on his head while mixing), and Lord Finesse. My personal favorite was DJ Leesy T.

The event was topped off with a surprise visit from Jim Jones and a performance by Cuban Link (check out his performance below).

Maya the B interviewed Jones, who discussed the importance of representing where you’re from and the artists that influenced him growing up. He seemed genuine and the kids were really excited to take pictures with him and get his autograph.

Overall, the event went well and I was exposed to some unknown-to-me great talent.

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