A Flourish for the Stroll’s Finish

On Mon., June 27, those involved with this year’s Uptown Arts Stroll celebrated their success with a closing reception at Apt. 78, a lounge that is turning into a beacon for the arts on Broadway near W. 191st Street. Guests lingered around the food, sipped drinks from the bar, and chit chatted about the 114 events that took place throughout June. … read more »

Bookstore to “Pop Up” in Washington Heights

If you’ve ever bemoaned Washington Heights’ lack of bookstores, you’ve got one month to show your support for “Word Up,” a community bookstore orchestrated by locals that will occupy a vacant Broadway storefront from June 17 to July 14. A dedicated troupe of writers, bloggers, publishers, and artists have begun filling the former pharmacy at 4157 Broadway near W. 175th Street will all manner of books, comics, posters, and other printed material in time for Friday’s grand opening. … read more »

Audience Packs House for Performances of “Down These Mean Streets” and “The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao”

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz waxed philosophical during a Q&A with hundreds of audience members after a riveting performance of his novel “The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.” Staring out at the packed house at the Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz Cultural Center on Sat., June 11 and seeing the hundreds of beaming Latino faces staring back, Díaz spoke about the need for literature and art to include the lives of all Americans equally. … read more »

Video: Arts Stroll Promo: One Word

Arts Stroll Promo: One Word. … read more »

The Cutting Edge of Art in Northern Manhattan

Hector Canonge circles a mirror placed on the floor that is covered in his hair that he and invited guests just clipped. He grunts at the audience and pounds his chest, sticky from the hair he pasted there. Looking upwards, he pauses and bows. The audience claps in appreciation. He calls this performance art piece “Hombre de Pelo en Pecho.” … read more »