05/21/16: The Sweet Spot Festival + Okay Africa Present ELECTRAFRIQUE

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Sweet Spot Festival + OKAY AFRICA present
MAY 21, 2016 from 2-9PM
West Harlem Pier

It’s FREE community affair! Pack a picnic and bring the family out for a day of great music, dance, Food & Artisan Vendors, Kids Art Workshops, Free Yoga & SO much more. Presented in collaboration with Summer On The Hudson.

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Harlem’s 2nd Renaissance: Restaurants that Match its Jazz Legend | USA Today

By Maria Lisella

Streetbird Harlem

Photo courtesy of Streetbird

Once described as the community that gave “cool” an address, Harlem is home to cultural and now culinary legends. Passions run high in Harlem as do stylish surroundings, warm welcomes, earthy and innovative menus – attributes that could apply to all the members of this list. Its locals have deep roots and pride in this once-edgy neighborhood that is now one of the most attractive places to live and dine.

Recently the dessert at The Cecil was described as “somewhere between Harlem and Heaven.” And, Frederick Douglass Blvd. – Eighth Ave. north of 110th St. – is now known as Harlem’s Restaurant Row. But there is plenty to sample off that particular street.

And that pride gets passed from one generation to the next: Harlemite Melba Wilson, who owns Melba’s just happens to be the niece of Sylvia Woods’ of the iconic Sylvia’s that opened its doors in 1962. Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson opened Red Rooster, named after the legendary Harlem speakeasy that was located at 138th Street and 7th Avenue and more recently, Streetbird.

Come on uptown for a journey around the world reflecting the African diaspora. Check out the rich gastronomic heritages of Spain and Italy at Vinateria, the Afro-Asian-American fusion at Chef “JJ” Johnson’s The Cecil and yes, down-home comfort food.

Entertainment at Supper Clubs will vie for your attention. You cannot go wrong trying out the early arrivals either – Zoma and Chocolat helped anchor the welcoming you’ll feel on Harlem’s Restaurant Row, part of an old neighborhood whose time has come. Naturally, arrive hungry!

Read more: Harlem’s 2nd Renaissance: Restaurants that Match its Jazz Legend | USA Today


The Elixir: The 2016 Dirty Dozen & Clean Fifteen List

BY Eileen Z. Fuentes (@EileenZFuentes)


Every year I look forward to the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Dirty Dozen/Clean Fifteen list. This handy guide helps you avoid non-organic fruits and vegetables that are highest in pesticide residues and choose non-organic items from the Clean Fifteen List. As someone who works with patients, I rely on it to assist them in making better choices during and after cancer treatment to reduce their toxic load.

The 2016 edition of EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ elevated strawberries to the top of the Dirty Dozen list. This is particularly disturbing when you take into account that organic strawberries represent less than 10% of the market nationwide. This year, EWG is putting extra focus on conventionally grown strawberries since Americans eat nearly eight pounds of fresh strawberries a year, most of which is contains dozens of pesticides, including chemicals that have been linked to cancer and reproductive damage or are banned in Europe. USDA tests found that strawberries even after they are picked, rinsed in the field and washed before eating, are most likely to be contaminated with pesticide residues. As disturbing as this is, you should note that this does not violate U.S. laws and regulations on pesticides on food.

Many chemicals are linked to cancer, reproductive and developmental damage, hormone disruption and neurological problems.

For more: EWG’s 2016 Dirty Dozen | Clean Fifteen List


‘Hamilton’ Makes History With 16 Tony Nominations | NY Times


Hamilton 16 Tony Award Nominations

“Hamilton,” the groundbreaking hip-hop musical about the nation’s founding fathers, has been nominated for 16 Tony Awards, the most in Broadway history.

Tony nominators singled out the show in every category of theatermaking — acting, writing, directing, dance, music and design. A whopping seven “Hamilton” performers received nominations; in two categories, “Hamilton” actors will be competing against one another.

“It’s unbelievable — it’s absolutely humbling and incredible,” said the show’s creator and star, Lin-Manuel Miranda, who watched a broadcast of the nominations early Tuesday morning from his apartment, where he gathered with his parents, wife, son and a fellow Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist, his longtime friend Quiara Alegría Hudes.

“When I had the idea, I did say to myself, ‘I can’t believe no one’s done this yet,’ because it felt to me like a good idea — Hamilton’s life was uniquely suited to the things that are my strengths: hip-hop and musical-theater storytelling,” he said. “What I’m really thrilled about is that the nominators spread the wealth among our amazing troupe of actors and our amazing design team.”

Read more: ‘Hamilton’ Makes History With 16 Tony Nominations – The New York Times


Spread Love: Catch Wild Style @ The United Palace


Friday, May 20, 2016
6:30pm doors, 7pm breakdance battle royale, 8pm Q&A, 8:30pm movie
United Palace (4140 Broadway @ 175th Street)
Tickets: Adults $10 online/$15 at the door; children under 17 not admitted

The United Palace is taking you back to 1983 with the classic hip-hop film, Wild Style. Not only will you get to see the genre defining film in all it’s big screen glory but you will also be treated to a Q&A with the filmmaker Charlie Ahearn as well as music provided by the one and only Grand Wizard Theodore. Did I mention the break dancing battle? That’s right, the top 2-person team will win a cool $500. (email keithf@unitedpalace.org to register for battle). Get your tickets now or forever hold your peace.

Get Tickets: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/10087561


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