‘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.