06/25/17: Coming To America @ The United Palace

On your mark, get set, go. Click below to get your tickets to see this classic film on the massive screen at the venerable United Palace. To sweeten the deal, the Pre-Show festivities include music by American Idol finalist Anwar Robinson and a dramatic reading of “Coming to America’s” famous barbershop scenes by comedy troupe Room 28. So there you have it folks, get your tickets pronto.

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United Palace (4140 Broadway @ 175th)
4pm doors, 4:30pm pre-show, 5pm screening
Adults: $10 online/ $15 at the door
Seniors (65 years and older): $5 online/ $10 at the door
Contact: 212-568-1157

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A White Soundtrack in a Black Neighborhood | Eater

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by Michael Arceneaux

Illustration by Vance Lump

I was drinking my day away at Harlem brunch spot the Grange — ask for a passionfruit Bellini and thank me later — when I looked around and wondered if I had been teleported to Williamsburg. The crowd here in Upper Manhattan had always been diverse, but that day it seemed noticeably whiter.

I just wanted to get some hot sauce and eat the Grange’s bomb-ass sweet potato and kale hash with duck in peace — not ponder the racial politics of new Harlem, that of gentrified brunchers versus old Harlem, the historic mecca of blackness. But there we were, me and two friends, looking like three lonely blacks at a Journey concert.

Read more: A White Soundtrack in a Black Neighborhood | Eater

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Uptown Video: Bridesmaid Draft

Forget the NBA Draft! Screw the NFL Draft! This draft is all about Jasmine Ortega’s special day. SHE gets to choose who her bridesmaids are by selecting from a pool of eligible friends on a live TV broadcast in the first ever BRIDESMAID DRAFT.

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Uptown Tonight: Songs and Offerings for the Solstice Sun | Manhattan Times

By Gregg McQueen

The rites are coming.

This week, a Northern Manhattan playground will be transformed into a place of ancient Taino rituals and traditional music.

On Wed., June 21, Anne Loftus Playground at Broadway and Riverside Drive in Inwood will host “Songs and Offerings for the Solstice Sun.”

Produced by IgniVox and presented by the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) and Make Music New York, the special performance will feature a procession, sand paintings and a concert of Dominican folk accordion music.

It is led by singer/songwriter/musician Irka Mateo, who will sing and play accordion.

The Dominican-born Mateo said the performance is steeped in spiritual traditions designed to celebrate the summer solstice.

“The procession will mix several traditions that celebrate the sun and St. John the Baptist,” said Mateo. The performance will focus on Taino rituals of song with masks and props.”

“It’s artistic and traditional, all at the same time,” she added.

Read more: Uptown Tonight: Songs and Offerings for the Solstice Sun | Manhattan Times

“Offerings and Songs to the Solstice Sun” will be held on Wednesday, June 21 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Anne Loftus Playground in Fort Tryon Park.

For more information, please visit irkamateo.com.

The event is free.

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Rowhouse Residents Want Historic District Expanded | NY Times

By JAMES BARRON

Houses among a row of 12 on West 158th Street in Washington Heights. With at least two sales pending, admirers of the block fear that developers could damage its architectural unity. (Photo: Dave Sanders | NY Times)

Houses among a row of 12 on West 158th Street in Washington Heights. With at least two sales pending, admirers of the block fear that developers could damage its architectural unity. (Photo: Dave Sanders | NY Times)

“What we have is 12 houses,” Matthew Spady said, walking down a ski-slope-steep street in Washington Heights, in Upper Manhattan — 12 houses that have stood together in an unbroken row since the president was William McKinley and the mayor was Robert Van Wyck, who tends nowadays to figure in rush-hour rants on the expressway named after him in Queens.

Mr. Spady is worried that the row, described several years ago as “a tiny Alamo” that had managed to avoid demolition when apartment houses were going up nearby a couple of generations ago, may not remain unbroken much longer. He is a project manager with a consulting company and an amateur historian who set up a website for the Audubon Park Historic District. He also organized the Audubon Park Alliance, a loose coalition of residents who share his concern about the rowhouses, Nos. 626 to 648 on West 158th Street.

It is the worry of people watching a neighborhood going through its latest transformation. Two of the 12 houses, Nos. 636 and 640, are listed on the real estate site StreetEasy as being under contract for $2.35 million each. There is talk in the neighborhood about offers for No. 638, the house between the two. Mr. Spady said it would be a prize for a developer, because it comes with a buildable lot behind the others.

Read more: Rowhouse Residents Want Historic District Expanded | NY Times

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Danza Debuts: A Q&A With Cassie Nordgren

In keeping with the United Palace’s mission of becoming a crucial cultural hub for the neighborhood, Danza Debuts is a next generation dance event. Once of the choreographers involved with the project, Cassie Nordgren, chopped it up with us regarding the dance extravaganza. Danza Debuts goes down tonight! Get your tickets ASAP!

Q. What can people expect from the inaugural Danza Debuts?

A. Tonight’s show will definitely show a variety of styles and approaches to choreography. My piece is a 30 minute narrative about finding love where you least expect it. I wanted to shed some light on how expectations for women and men differ in our society, and how our culture has chosen to normalize this dynamic. I chose to tell my story from the viewpoints of two contrasting women. They start together as singles at a wedding, and their stories separate from there.

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