Spread Love: One Book, One New York

One Book One New York

Okay folks, you have until February 28th to vote for the book that will kick off the One Book, One New York citywide book club in March. The NYC Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment has chosen 5 outstanding titles for the inaugural installment of the book club. We are partial to Junot Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao but you really can’t go wrong with any of the awesome books chosen, which include such stellar reads as Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, The Sellout by Paul Beatty and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. Check out the really cool celebrity endorsements below and then vote.

Vote Here: Spread Love: One Book, One New York

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Uptown Talk: Latinos Out Loud – Que Rapido Corren Los Carros Por El Ferrocarril

(Photo: Emmanuel Abreu)

This week the crew is joined by the first Dominican-American elected to the United States Congress, Uptown’s own Adriano Espaillat.

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02/26/17: The N-Word Goes On Trial @ The Apollo Theater

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The Apollo collaborates with creator Kyle Bowser to present Apollo Uptown Hall- Trial By Jury: The Case of the N-Word, an interactive community conversation to investigate one of the most provocative, polarizing, and debated words in America. This dramatically staged program includes a fictional case and the audience serving as a jury to decide the outcome. Special guests including radio personality EMEZ, psychologist Dr. Jeff Gardere, comedienne Stephanie McRae, CCNY Black Studies Director Dr. Cheryl Sterling, filmmaker Darryl Stith and writer, TV host and podcaster Touré will join the discussion to explore the word’s historic and current day resonance.

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Alice Neel’s Love of Harlem and the Neighbors She Painted There | NY Times

By JASON FARAGO

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Horace Cayton, from 1949. (Estate of Alice Neel, David Zwirner, New York/London)

“I love you Harlem,” the American painter Alice Neel wrote in her diary around the end of World War II, and really, she loved everything in it. Neel celebrated Harlem — specifically its ethnically mixed section known as Spanish Harlem or El Barrio — for “your poverty and your loves.” And what Neel eulogized in her diary, she immortalized in oils: street scenes, interiors and, above all, portraits of the men, women and children in a neighborhood far from the suburban Philadelphia of her youth, which the artist adopted as her own.

Little heralded in her lifetime, Neel (1900-1984) has won posthumous acclaim as one of America’s most inventive and peculiar portraitists. Her later paintings, especially, made her sitters strange through thick outlining and unelaborated backgrounds. But behind Neel’s experiments with form were New York lives — of writers and revolutionaries, lovers and petty criminals.

Two dozen of her portraits are on view in “Alice Neel, Uptown,” an affectionate, rooted, and at times achingly nostalgic exhibition at David Zwirner gallery that concentrates on her relationships with fellow Harlemites, most of them black, Latin American or Asian. The show was organized by the writer Hilton Als, who also has written a series of wistful essays for the catalog.

Read more: Alice Neel’s Love of Harlem and the Neighbors She Painted There | NY Times

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Uptown Video: Room 28 – Pa Pa Land

Room 28 reimagines the Oscar nominated movie “LA LA LAND” as a magical (and kind of annoying) place called “PA PA LAND”.

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Cheesecake for the Soul: A ‘Golden Girls’ Cafe Opens | NY Times

By ISAAC OLIVER

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Inside the Rue La Rue Cafe, a themed restaurant in Washington Heights honoring Rue McClanahan and the other actresses from the television sitcom “The Golden Girls.” (Photo: Jessica Lehrman | NY Times)

Picture it: Manhattan, 2017. A crisp Saturday morning. Every table in Rue La Rue Cafe — a new restaurant in Washington Heights dedicated to Rue McClanahan and her hit television series, “The Golden Girls” — was occupied, including one in a replica of the kitchen set from the show. The pumps Ms. McClanahan (Blanche) wore in the pilot episode are displayed in a glass case. Mannequins draped in her gowns surrounded a pianist and guitarist playing mellow jazz on a corner stage. Behind them, on a pedestal, was her 1987 Emmy for lead actress.

When the musicians took a break, a mounted television was turned up so customers could watch episodes that play steadily. Conversation happily quieted as Bea Arthur (Dorothy) and Hal Linden were heard saying good night after a sixth-season date.

“This is a museum!” said a woman in line to order.

From behind the counter, the co-owner, Michael J. LaRue, replied, “It’s a museum with good food.”

Read more: Cheesecake for the Soul: A ‘Golden Girls’ Cafe Opens | NY Times

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