WHEDco's Bronx Music Heritage Center Announces New Spring 2013 Season of the Groundbreaking Arts Series, Bronx Rising - Music, Film & Spoken Word of the Borough

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The Bronx Music Heritage Center Lab hosts premiere arts programming on the third Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays of each month, beginning March 2013

A performance by the Ghetto Brothers, a former street gang that became a group of peacemakers, will kick off the second season of Bronx Rising!

Bronx Rising looks to our roots and our future.

(Bronx, NY) – This spring, folklorist Elena Martínez of City Lore and Grammy-nominated musician Bobby Sanabria will co-curate the second season of the acclaimed arts series Bronx Rising! Music, Film & Spoken Word of the Borough at the Bronx Music Heritage Center (BMHC) Lab.

Building on the momentum from Bronx Rising’s fall/winter season, Bronx natives Martínez and Sanabria will continue to showcase the breadth of arts about the Bronx, by Bronx artists or significant to the Bronx Community, with live music, film screenings, comedy, poetry, literature and discussions.

“The Bronx has a long history of musical, artistic, and literary talent emerging from here,” says Martinez, the co-producer of the ALMA-award-winning film, From Mambo to Hip Hop, about the creative life of the South Bronx. Sanabria, whose name graces a Bronx street in recognition of his contributions to music and the arts, adds “Bronx Rising looks to our roots and our future; for a few months, it will make the BMHC Lab an epicenter for some of the always-swirling creative juices of the Bronx.”

The BMHC Lab will host Bronx Rising events on the third Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays of each month, beginning in March. Co-sponsored by City Lore, the series will focus on a different artistic form each night, with live music and jazz played on Thursdays from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm; film screenings and Q&A’s on Fridays from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm; and palabras/words -- comedy, poetry and literature -- performed on Saturdays from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

There is a suggested donation of $5 for each performance. The full list of programming is as follows:

MARCH | Season Kick-Off
Thursday, March 21, 2013 – 8:00 p.m.
Music: Ghetto Brothers

Friday, March 22, 2013 – 8:00 p.m.
Film: TATS Cru: The Mural Kings and a Q&A w/ director Mark Kotlinski and TATS Cru members BG183, Bio and Nicer

Saturday, March 23, 2013– 7:30 p.m.
Palabras/Words: In honor of Women’s History Month: Maria Aponte will read from her book, Transitions of a Nuyorican Cinderella, accompanied by members of Retumba!, Nancy Friedman and Yvette Martínez

APRIL
Thursday, April 18, 2013– 7:30 p.m.
Music: The Mariachi Academy of New York led by Ramón Ponce Sr. and Ramón Ponce Jr. of Mariachi Real de Mexico

Friday, April 19, 2013 - 8:00 p.m.
Film: The Golden Age of Mexican Cinema in the Bronx presented by Paulina Suarez-Hesketh

Saturday, April 20, 2013 – 7:30 p.m.
Palabras/Words: Rock & Read—Return to the Bronx with author and leader of the band Black 47, Larry Kirwan

MAY | Bronx Week
Thursday, May 16, 2013 – 8:00 pm
Music: Bronx Beat Masters featuring Bobby Sanabria and Rebel Diaz

Friday, May 17, 2013 – 8:00 pm
Film: 30th anniversary screening of Wild Style and Q&A w/ director Charlie Ahearn and film participants DJ Grand Wizzard Theodore and Rodney C! Stone

Saturday, May 18, 2013 – 7:30 pm
Palabras/Words: Reading from the play, The Drama of King Shotaway, in honor of the 12th anniversary of the Proclamation of the Garifuna Language, Music and Dance as Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO

JUNE | Women’s Voices
Thursday, June 20, 2013 – 8:00 p.m.
Music: Legacy Circle Drummers

Friday, June 21, 2013 – 8:00 p.m.
Film: Braggin’ Rights: Stickball Stories and a Q&A by director Sonia Gonzalez

Saturday, March 23, 2013 – 7:30 p.m.
Palabras/Words: Book reading: Breaking Ground/Abriendo caminos by
anthology editor Myrna Nieves and other writers featured in the book

JULY | Caribbean Carnival!
Thursday, July 20, 2013 – 8:00 p.m.
Music: Ilu Aye performing music of the Caribbean Carnival traditions

Friday, July 21, 2013 – 8:00 p.m.
Film: Caraballo, Masks and Carnival (The Ponce Carnival Masks, According to Miguel A. Caraballo García) and a mask-making workshop by artisan Felipe Rangel

Saturday, July 22, 2013 – 7:30 p.m.
Palabras/Words: TBD

AUGUST | Bronx Salsa Month
Thursday, August 15, 2013 – 8:00 p.m.
Music: TBD

Friday, August 16, 2013 – 8:00 p.m.
Film: Our Latin Thing and Q&A w/ director Leon Gast

Saturday, August 17, 2013 – 7:30 p.m.
Palabras/Words: Reading from Mambo Diablo: My Life with Tito Puente by author Joe Conzo with special guests

SEPTEMBER
Thursday, September 19, 2013 – 8:00 p.m.
Music: Jacqueline Flowers & her Quintet

Friday, September 20, 2013 – 8:00pm
Film: Salty Dog Blues and a Q&A by directors Al Santana and Denise Belén Santiago

Saturday, September 21, 2013 – 7:30 p.m.
Palabras/Words: Presentation of the book, Speak English!: The Rise of Latinos in Baseball with by photographer Rita Rivera and Rafael Hermoso

OCTOBER
Thursday, October 17, 2013 – 8:00 p.m.
Music: Valerie Capers

Friday, October 18, 2013 – 8:00 p.m.
Film: TBD

Saturday, October 19, 2013 – 7:30 p.m.
Palabras/Words: TBD

NOVEMBER | Puerto Rican Heritage Month
Thursday, November 21, 2013 – 8:00 p.m.
Music: Trio Los Platinos

Friday, November 22, 2013 – 8:00 p.m.
Film: The Borinqueeners and a Q&A with executive producer Noemi Figueroa Soulet and 65th Regiment veteran Eugenio Quevado

Saturday, March 23, 2013 – 7:30 p.m.
Palabras/Words: Reading from Chulito: The Novel by author Charles Rice Gonzalez and special guest

DECEMBER | Season 2 Closing Week
Thursday, December 19, 2013 – 8:00 p.m.
Music: TBD

Friday, December 20, 2013 – 8:00 p.m.
Film: TBD

Saturday, March 23, 2013– 7:30 p.m.
Palabras/Words: Presentation and reading from The Fires: How a Computer Formula, Big Ideas, and the Best of Intentions Burned Down New York City--and Determined the Future of Cities by author Joe Flood

Additions or changes will be posted on http://www.bronxmusic.org.

The BMHC Lab is located at 1303 Louis Niñé Blvd. in the Bronx. Take the 2 or 5 train to Freeman Street.

WHEDco has worked for twenty years to build a more beautiful, equitable and economically vibrant Bronx.

The Bronx Music Heritage Center celebrates the rich history and creative spirit that defines Bronx music, from jazz, salsa, R&B and hip-hop to new sounds coming to life across the borough.

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