Save The Date: 03/05/18 – The Up Theater Company Honors Elizabeth Ritter

It’s that time again folks. The Onward & Upward annual shindig is going down on Monday, March 5 from 6:30 to 9:00 pm at the Fort Washington Collegiate Church (729 West 181st). Seriously folks, there is no better way to bring in the Spring than with this annual celebration of the arts Uptown. This year’s honoree is Uptown dynamo Elizabeth Lorris Ritter. She has been putting it down for the neighborhood for decades. So there you have it folks, click it below for your tickets ASAP. Advance tickets start at just $40.

Check out: Save The Date: 03/05/18 – The Up Theater Company Honors Elizabeth Ritter

Related: Onward And UPward – The Recap

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Uptown Jazz Festival Debuts | Manhattan Times

Story by Gregg McQueen

It’s uptown for the swing.

The jazz standard “Take the A Train” was first composed in 1939, and it became one of Duke Ellington’s signature songs once he and his band introduced it in 1941.

It’s taken a few years, but the first-ever Washington Heights Jazz Festival has arrived.

The weekend-long event will be held from March 9 to 11 and will feature 12 different bands performing at three venues across three days.

It is presented by JazzWahi, a cohort of uptown jazz musicians and educators that formed in 2014 over a mutual love of jazz.

Louise Rogers, who co-founded the festival as well as JazzWahi with her husband, musician and composer Mark Kross, said the goal of the festival is to foster a greater appreciation for the genre in Northern Manhattan.

“We want to show people that jazz can be accessible, and also spotlight the talented musicians that are right here,” said Rogers. “About 50 musicians are performing at the festival, and most of them are from the local community.”

The festival will kick off on March 9 with a performance at Kismat Bar from a jazz trio led by Rogers, a longtime vocalist and recording artist. She also works as a music teacher and has written several books on jazz.

Other performances will be held at local restaurants Le Cheile and Las Tapas, with Saturday’s schedule featuring a concert for kids.

Read more: Uptown Jazz Festival Debuts | Manhattan Times

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Uptown Talk: Latinos Out Loud – Baby Doll Playtime

On lucky episode #7 of the new season on ReVolver, the crew chops it up about juicing, hanging with the boys and the “F” word, foodie. This week’s special guest is VH1’s “Love + Hip Hop Miami” reality star and artist Amara La Negra.

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Uptown Tonight: Defend Puerto Rico Exhibit | Opening Reception

On Thursday, February 15th, in the spirit of resistance and resilience, you’re invited to the opening of Defend PR, CCCADI’s first art exhibit of 2018 at their new, historic Landmark location.

Curated by Mikey Cordero of the Defend PR project, the Defend PR Exhibit explores the creative documentation and stories told through the Defend Puerto Rico Transmedia project with a compilation of photography, video, design, and immersive media. An exhibit experience that guides the audience through the past, current, and future dialogue of Puerto Rican identity, culture, and diaspora relationships.

The Defend PR Exhibit is a 6-part exhibit consisting of a compilation of photography, video, design and immersive 360º media that provides the public with access to the current resistance movements and the artists who are documenting their voice and identity in the shadows of U.S. colonization and the current economic crisis.

The opening reception will debut the exhibition and will feature remarks by the project founders Mikey Cordero, Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi and Adrian “Viajero” Roman.

For more info: Uptown Tonight: Defend Puerto Rico Exhibit | Opening Reception

Related: CCCADI Opens Doors to its New Historic Location

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Say Hello To The Venezuelan Burger

Eating a maracucha without it falling apart is a challenge. (Photo: Robert Sietsema | Eater NY)

Eating a maracucha without it falling apart is a challenge. (Photo: Robert Sietsema | Eater NY)

Robert Sietsema of Eater NY introduces us to one of the most over-the-top burgers you will ever encounter. The Maracucha boasts not just a third-pound patty but also pernil, ham, bacon, cheese, French fries as well as sauce of their own concoction. If you are feeling adventurous hit up Tu Cachapa (4195 Broadway) to check it out for yourself. Click below for more.

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