Uptown Culture

Historian Sheds Light on Harlem’s Gay Past | DNAinfo

Historian Sheds Light on Harlem's Gay Past | DNAinfo

By Gustavo Solis HARLEM — The term “Harlem Renaissance,” which captured the social, cultural and artistic tidal wave that catapulted the area to international recognition in the 1930s was coined by Alain LeRoy Locke, a gay man who was not only a professor at Howard University but became the first African-American to be named a […]


6/16/15: The People Storm the Palace

6/16/15: The People Storm the Palace

The People will storm the palace on Tuesday, June 16th. The People’s Theatre Project annual benefit will honor Zabryna Guevara and Monica Klehr. The event will be hosted by Michael (Juan Bago) Diaz and Mino Lora and will feature the People’s Theatre Project’s inter-generational community actors performing highlights from the 2014 – 2015 season of […]


Dance/NYC Celebrates Dance Uptown

Dance/NYC Celebrates Dance Uptown

Dance/NYC, dedicated to promoting the knowledge, appreciation, practice, and performance of dance in the metropolitan area, is showing love to Uptown with it’s NEW YORKERS FOR DANCE campaign spotlighting local residents, community leaders, and artists in Upper Manhattan. This is the latest in a video series by Dance/NYC that celebrates dance’s role in advancing local […]


Epic Poetry – The Review

Epic Poetry – The Review

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Since time immemorial, the higher classes have sent those from the lower rungs of society to distant locales to wage wars for land, gold and glory. It has always been thus. For those at the top, war is a no-brainer. It is the gift that keeps on giving. War begets unity, […]


Epic Conversation – Director and Playwright Speak

Epic Conversation - Director and Playwright Speak

Director Gregory Wolfe posed a few questions to James Bosley, playwright of Epic Poetry, which opened Wednesday, April 29th at the Hebrew Tabernacle (551 Fort Washington Ave). (The words ‘muse’ or ‘archetype’ never came up. Not once.) GW: Some people, literally, “Brush up their Shakespeare” before seeing one of his plays. Should I dig out my crib-notes on Greek Mythology to […]


Spread Love: The Colored Museum @ Harlem School of the Arts

Spread Love: The Colored Museum @ Harlem School of the Arts

Welcome to The Colored Museum, where each exhibit comes to life and takes you on a journey through the Black American experience. An unforgettable cast of characters brings George C. Wolfe’s “personal exorcism” of Black cultural myths to life through the humor, pain, and shockingly brutal honesty of Wolfe’s writing. This production of the 1986 […]


5/15/15: Harlem Afro Cuban Roots @ CCNY

5/15/15: Harlem Afro Cuban Roots @ CCNY

Harlem Afro Cuban Roots @ CCNY FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2015 | 8:00 PM AARON DAVIS HALL (138 Convent Ave @ 135th Street) Grammy-award-nominee saxophonist and composer Yosvany Terry headlines the exciting extravaganza, Harlem Afro-Cuban Roots, a concert production that brings together traditional and contemporary music celebrating the indelible footprints left by Harlem based Cuban legends […]


Uptown Play Features ‘Feminist Epic Journey’ Through Post-Apocalyptic NYC | DNAinfo

Uptown Play Features 'Feminist Epic Journey' Through Post-Apocalyptic NYC | DNAinfo

By Lindsay Armstrong HUDSON HEIGHTS — Crossing the George Washington Bridge, taking the A train to 42nd Street and visiting a souvlaki shop in Astoria may sound like routine trips in the life of a New Yorker, but in the hands of one Uptown theater company, it’s the stuff of Homeric legend. The Northern Manhattan-based UP Theater Company will […]


Spread Love: Marjorie Eliot’s Theatre Matinee Series @ Word Up Books

Spread Love: Marjorie Eliot's Theatre Matinee Series @ Word Up Books

Marjorie Eliot is well known in Upper Manhattan for the remarkable Sunday afternoon concerts she has hosted in her Edgecombe Ave living room for 20+ years: Parlor Jazz. Her piano-playing, band-leading and hostessing are internationally renowned. Recently, she has occasionally extended these concerts, to include performances of her original one-act plays. Word Up is hosting […]


Spread Love: The UP Theater Company Presents Epic Poetry

Spread Love: The UP Theater Company Presents Epic Poetry

A teenage girls’ odyssey to find her father, a hero from a legendary war, takes her on a dangerous journey through the squalor of a mythic NYC. UP Theater Company Presents EPIC POETRY by James Bosley Directed by Gregory Wolfe April 29 through May 16 Wednesdays – Saturdays, 8pm The Hebrew Tabernacle – 551 Ft […]


Call For Submissions: The Higher Ground Festival

Call For Submissions: The Higher Ground Festival

This summer is shaping up to be a doozy. The first annual Higher Ground Festival is going down on June 27th as part of the always grand NoMAA Uptown Arts Stroll. The HG Festival is looking for artists of all stripes to take part in this community-affirming, cultural extravaganza. That means: music, dance, visual, spoken […]


2/26/15: La Galeria Presents A Discussion About Blackness In The Dominican Republic & The Diaspora @ Word Up Books

2/26/15: La Galeria Presents A Discussion About Blackness In The Dominican Republic & The Diaspora @ Word Up Books

A Word From La Galeria Join us for a discussion on negritud/blackness in the Dominican Republic and the Diaspora. Using articles, social media, and other resources, we will discuss what it means to be black in the Dominican Republic and the Diaspora We are providing a space for dialogue. We claim a general understanding of […]


Put You On: We Like It Like That

Put You On: We Like It Like That

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Do you know what Latin boogaloo is? While it was eventually eclipsed by Salsa, Latin boogaloo was the sound of the Latino barrios of New York City in the 1960’s. It was funky, it was brash and it was bi-lingual. We Like It Like That tells the story of this somewhat […]


Uptown Tonight: Face Out – Crossing Broadway by Robert W. Snyder @ Word Up Books

Uptown Tonight: Face Out - Crossing Broadway by Robert W. Snyder @ Word Up Books

Crossing Broadway: Washington Heights and the Promise of New York City by Robert W. Snyder, is a book about the civic and social history of Washington Heights from the 1930s to (nearly) the present. In a chapter that begins at the dawn of integration, he examines pivotal moments in the histories of George Washington High […]


Uptown Video: The Holiday Turn Up – The Hip-Hop Nutcracker of Washington Heights

Uptown Video: The Holiday Turn Up - The Hip-Hop Nutcracker of Washington Heights

What happens when you take a classic and you add the vibrancy and energy of Hip-Hop, you get The Hip-Hop Nutcracker of Washington Heights. Iconic rapper Kurtis Blow took part in the making of a new holiday classic. Check out the really cool video below courtesy of the good folks at Elite Daily. Check out […]


Art, Culture & Dialogue @ The Schomburg Center

Art, Culture & Dialogue @ The Schomburg Center

By Led Black (@Led_Black) Photography by Alex Weber Art, at it’s best, is a catalyst for deep contemplation, conversation and introspection. Such was the case at the recent unveiling of the innovative and interactive installation Plata or Plomo (“Money or Lead”) by emerging artist Eduardo Palma at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Palma’s […]


The Hip-Hop Nutcracker of Washington Heights – The Review

The Hip-Hop Nutcracker of Washington Heights – The Review

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) When we first started talking about the Uptown Renaissance back in 2010, it was but a blip on the radar. It was a phenomenon that was stirring and just starting to coalesce into something significant. On Sunday, December 7th, that nascent artistic, cultural and social movement bore beautiful fruit. The Hip-Hop […]


12/13/14: Circle Up! Family Wellness Day

12/13/14: Circle Up! Family Wellness Day

The People’s Theatre Project has united a dozen Upper Manhattan organizations to present the first “Circle Up Family Wellness Day”, an afternoon featuring performances, wellness role models, healthy activities and opportunities to get involved in the community. Event organizer People’s Theatre Project will kick off the proceedings with the premiere of “Powerful People Everywhere”,
a new […]


11/23/14: Crossing Broadway Book Bash @ Coogan’s

11/23/14: Crossing Broadway Book Bash @ Coogan’s

This is a big deal folks. Please make your way to neighborhood institution, Coogan’s, on Sunday, November 23rd to mark the publication of Crossing Broadway: Washington Heights and the Promise of New York City, the engrossing new book by author and historian Robert Snyder. CROSSING BROADWAY tells the story of Washington Heights from the Great […]


Uptown Theater Group Tackles Gentrification With Community-Created Show | DNAinfo

Uptown Theater Group Tackles Gentrification With Community-Created Show | DNAinfo

By Lindsay Armstrong WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — An Uptown theater group is back with its fifth interactive play created in collaboration with community members — and this year it’s putting the focus on gentrification. The nonprofit People’s Theatre Project works with residents to help them create and perform unique theater pieces for its Uptown Action project, […]


Bill’s Place in Harlem Bringing Bebop Back Home | NY Times

Bill’s Place in Harlem Bringing Bebop Back Home | NY Times

By PHILLIP PANTUSO Around 8 p.m. on a recent Saturday, a few dozen people were gathered in a narrow, dimly lit Harlem brownstone. Couples smoked in the backyard beneath Christmas lights; a group of Chilean expats sought a corkscrew; a man and his young son searched for seats. From the basement downstairs, Bill Saxton, a […]


Spread Love: The People’s Theatre Project Presents Pardon Our Appearance

Spread Love: The People's Theatre Project Presents Pardon Our Appearance

PEOPLE’S THEATRE PROJECT presents “PARDON OUR APPEARANCE” A new bilingual and interactive theatre event based on the performer’s true stories of gentrification.  November 21 & 22, 2014 at the Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center.  A group of Northern Manhattan residents are taking to the stage with their new play Pardon Our Appearance to speak out about […]


The Hip-Hop Nutcracker – A Preview

The Hip-Hop Nutcracker - A Preview

The Hip-Hop Nutcracker will be making it’s Uptown debut on Sunday, December 7th at 6 pm at the venerable United Palace. Check out the first public performance of new scenes from “The Hip Hop Nutcracker” at “Voices of New York” sponsored by NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito. For more info: http://unitedpalace.org/hip-hop-nutcracker


No Me Diga! Meet the Cast of the Dominican Republic’s Upcoming Spanish-Language In the Heights | Playbill

No Me Diga! Meet the Cast of the Dominican Republic's Upcoming Spanish-Language In the Heights | Playbill

By Matthew Blank A Spanish-language production of the Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights, which brings to life the characters of New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood, will premiere in November at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Santo Domingo. Featuring a Tony-nominated book by Quiara Alegría Hudes and a Tony-winning score by Lin‐Manuel Miranda, […]

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