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Felicidades en 2008

Felicidades en 2008 Originally uploaded by Jorge Rodriguez . Saludos a todos los amigos. Adornos navideños en Jayuya, Puerto Rico. Jorge Rodriguez
PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Sery Colon @ Cemí Underground (212) 860-2820 Cemí Underground Kicks Off 2008 with ‘Un Caribe en Nueva York’ EAST HARLEM — Cemí Underground presents “Un Caribe en Nueva York” photo exhibit from January 4-18, featuring a collection of images from Puerto Rico and New York City. The exhibit explores Puerto Rican culture through the lens of New York City-based boricua photographers Chris Lopez, Eliud Martinez and Clarisel Gonzalez (who is also the exhibit’s curator). "When we launched Cemí Underground it was with the goal of establishing an entity that would add another voice to the desperately few voices promoting and proclaiming our art and artists to the world," says Luis Cordero, co-founder of Cemí Underground, a cultural haven in El Barrio. "Our weekly events and art exhibitions give an opportunity to our artistic community to share their talent and hone their skills as wel
Featured article Mint to Give Puerto Rico a Quarter Puerto Rico will soon get its own peseta or quarter, now that Congress has approved a bill extending the U.S. Mint's popular state quarter program. For more, go to
Fun Things to Do to Ring in 2008 El Taller Boricua & Jimmy Delgado Invite You To The New Year's Eve Salsa Bash! December 31, 2007, Monday 9pm - until At La Julia De Burgos Cultural Center 1680 Lexington Avenue (105th & 106th St.), NYC's El Barrio Admission $35 per person To Reserve A Table with A New Year's Eve Package: 1 Bottle of Champagne, 6 Whistles & 6 Hats. This offer is Limited - Call Immediately 212-831-4333

Luces en Plaza de Armas

Luces en Plaza de Armas Originally uploaded by Jorge Rodriguez .


IMG_5208 Originally uploaded by clarisel .
Looking for Fun Bring in the New Year at CAMARADAS - Caribbean style! On Monday night, December 31, say goodbye to 2007 with a buffet dinner 8-11:30 p.m., a complimentary drink, a champagne toast on New Years, the sounds of DJ I-Storm and, with a live performance by Conjunto Café! Just $25. Purchase tickets in advance at CAMARADAS el barrio. 2241 First Avenue/ 115 Street, El Barrio, NYC, (212)348-2703, (NY Latino Journal's Official New Year's Eve spot) We wish everyone Happy Holidays and wonderful, enjoyable and successful New Year! - New York Latino Journal

Feliz Navidad

IMG_5016 Originally uploaded by clarisel . Puerto Rico Sun wishes you a Feliz Navidad y Prospero 2008. Thanks for your continued support of the Puerto Rico Sun project. We are planning new things for the new year. See you here. Peace, love, happiness, health and success. Clarisel P.S. This is Browny, my beautiful border collie that I adopted in Puerto Rico. She now lives with me in NYC. I love my boricua dog as you can tell.
Upcoming Photo Exhibit: 'Un Caribe en Nueva York' Cemí Underground presents "Un Caribe en Nueva York" A photo exhibit by three talented Puerto Rican artists Clarisel Gonzalez, Eliud Martinez and Chris López. Opening reception Friday January 4, 2008 at 6:00 PM. The exhibit runs until January 18, 2008. Cemí Underground 1799 Lexington Ave. @112th St. El Barrio, Nueva York 212-860-2820 Felíz Navidad, Sery

The Old San Juan Bar

The Old San Juan Bar Originally uploaded by Moliniano .

Atardecer en el noreste II

Atardecer en el noreste II Originally uploaded by Jorge Rodriguez .

Rincon Criollo Stage

Rincon Criollo Stage Originally uploaded by clarisel . Opportunity Internships with the Rincón Criollo Cultural Center, Inc. in the South Bronx Part of Rincon Criollo's collaboration with local residents and institutions is through internships and short-term independent projects. The Rincón Criollo Cultural Center has been an oasis of Puerto Rican history and traditions in the South Bronx for over 30 years. Founded in 1987, this incredible community garden also serves as an important cultural center, which is internationally recognized as a "school and performance" space featuring bomba and plena, traditional musical expressions of Puerto Rico's African legacy and it's current working class. Rincón Criollo is regularly visited by community leaders, foreign dignitaries and students of Puerto Rican and Latino culture. Because the Rincón Criollo Cultural Center has a limited staff and is growing rapidly, interns have the opportu

Bohio at the "Centro ceremonial indigena Tibes"

Bohio at the "Centro ceremonial indigena Tibes" Originally uploaded by Fernando Cuevas .

Picture-Perfect Playa

Picture-Perfect Playa Originally uploaded by Jose Kevo .

Spotlight: Being Big Works for Actor Lou Torres

tn Originally uploaded by prsuncom By Robert Waddell Actor Lou Torres has the curse of most character actors: the viewing audience knows his face but doesn’t know his name. This burly Puerto Rican from the Bronx is recognizable from films such as the first “Spiderman,” “Shaft,” “Taxi” with Queen Latifah, “The Fantastic Four,” “Night at the Museum,” “El Cantante” and “Music and Lyrics.” “Now people look at me (on the street) like they know me or they’ve seen me or they don’t believe it’s me,” said Torres who is large and magnetic with sensitive eyes and a brusque voice. He attended DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx and studied at Queens College’s Aaron Copland School of Music. He used to be a New York City music teacher and a caseworker at Planned Parenthood. He also served at one point as assistant chief of staff to Councilman David Rosado. But in the late 1990’s, things changed. Torres recalled that he saw a Spanish newspaper classif
Photography One of my Bronx photos made the Schmap New York guide. Check out the guide. Here's an excerpt of an e-mail I received from the editor: I am delighted to let you know that your submitted photo has been selected for inclusion in the newly released fourth edition of our Schmap New York Guide: Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto Thanks so much for letting us include your photo - please enjoy the guide! Best regards, Emma Williams, Managing Editor, Schmap Guides
In the Mailbox Save the Date. Friday, January 11 at 7:00 PM. Joe Falcon, Bobby Gonzalez & Ricardo Strobert "Encuentros" Jazz and Poetry live performance and the new CD available to purchase. More information coming soon. Cemi Underground 1799 Lexington Avenue (nr.112th Street). El Barrio, NY

Portrait of Loisaida Talk

5 Originally uploaded by prsuncom The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center is pleased to invite you to a free panel discussion and film screening on Monday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m., with the photographers Clayton Patterson and Marisol Díaz, both featured in the exhibition: Portrait of Loisaida. In addition to the two photographers, the panel will include the documentary filmmakers Ben Solomon, Daniel Levin, and Jenner Furst, the force behind the documentary film CAPTURED which profiles Patterson's odyssey from voyeur to provocateur, and from activist to renegade archivist. This fast-paced documentary includes Patterson's rare and renowned footage of the Tompkins Square police riots, and provides a close-up look at a fascinating character and chapter of urban culture. Selections from the film will be screened for the public. The event will take place in the Milagro Theater, CSV Cultural Center, 107 Suffolk Street. Portrait of Loisaida Exhibition on view until Jan. 12, 2008 C
Parranda Time Visit the Viejo San Juan group for a parranda navidena in photos.

Artisan Olga Ayala

Artisan Olga Ayala Originally uploaded by clarisel . @ the Fiesta de Flores in '06 Bronx Botanical Garden
Support our Artesanos Featuring OLGA AYALA HANDICRAFTS (HECHO A MANO) Functional Art In Polymer (718) 448-0730 (718) 709-6574 cell
Community Calendar 112 Anos del Nacimiento de Nuestra Bandera sabado, 15 de diciembre 6 p.m. Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture 450 Grand Concourse, Bronx Entrada gratis con boleto Un concierto de gala con Choco Orta y su Orquesta Roy Borwn Giovanni Lugo y Grupo Guarayson Para informacion y taquilla 718 933-2204 y 718 518 4455
Dear Friends, I have just read and signed the petition: "Stop Big Media From Getting Bigger!" Please take a moment to read about this important issue, and join me in signing the petition. It takes just 30 seconds, but can truly make a difference. We are trying to reach 10,000 signatures - please sign here: Once you have signed, you can help even more by asking your friends and family to sign as well. Thank you! Clarisel Gonzalez

Crash Boat Beach

Crash Boat Beach Originally uploaded by Coast Guard BM .
Saludos Photos of Puerto wants to take a few minutes to wish you all Feliz Navidad y Prospero Año 2008. All the best and may all your wishes come true. We take the opportunity to invite you to our site and sign up to our Spanish Forums/Foros. There you can interact with us, family members and friends. It is easy, fast and free. Visit our site and click on the forum banner or the FORUMS link on the site's menu. Again our best wishes for your holidays and new year. Warm Regards, George Collazo & Jeannette Valle

Talla de Santos

Talla de Santos Originally uploaded by Moliniano .
In the Mailbox Familia, December 7-8th I'll be at Amherst College for the 10 year Anniversary of Voices for the Voiceless, one of the largest diaspora poetry events in the Western MA area. I founded the poetry concert 10 years ago when I was still a student at Umass to focus attention on the work of Diaspora Poets. This year we are honoring Fay Chiang with a Louis Reyes Rivera lifetime achievement award. All are welcome to come to this free event. If you get there early, around 5:45 p.m. to get a seat, you can even eat for free.The event is usually standing room only so please, please, get there early. Poets will be selling and signing books, CD's and more. Here is the info: Voices for the Voiceless Ten Year Anniversary December 7 & 8th, 2007 Discussion on the 7th (Location to be announced) Poetry Concert on the 8th (Locations: Friedman Campus Center Front Room) Saturday: Amherst College - Amherst, MA Campus Center Front Room 5:45 pm - 9:45 pm Free Event Free Mex
In the Mailbox Support Fruta Extrana TV When: December 8, 2007, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Where: 44 East 32nd Street, 11th Floor, Manhattan (Btw Park & Madison) Admission: Free (However, we hope you’ll make a donation to help us raise money for our upcoming Cable TV show. All donations tax deductible so bring your checkbooks and cash. Also available for sale, "The Latina Kama Sutra" written by Dr. Charley Ferrer, a fantastic new addition to the FXTV family this past season as segment co-host and producer of Caliente! with Dr. Charlly Ferrer. Space is limited. Please RSVP and join us on this special day as we raise funds for our new Cable Show and celebrate our Nomination of Best TV Talk Show 2007. Prizes & Giveaways: (more coming in daily) Artwork – Daniel Delvalle, Hector Canonge, and Pepe Villegas * Hair Makeover – Oscar Da Silva * Day Spa sessions--Oasis Spa * Chicas Gift Basket – Caridad Pineiro * Beverages – Inca Kola & NYGLT Chamber of Commerce

Calle San José

Calle San José Originally uploaded by Jose Kevo .

'No Face'

'No Face' Originally uploaded by clarisel . Arts If you have an opportunity, go check out an exhibit at the Queens Museum of the Arts called Framing AIDS. On World AIDS Day (Dec. 1), I went to photograph the exhibit's opening reception for the curator Hector Canonge who is documenting the event for his site and other projects. It is an interesting mix of artists featured. For those of us into the visual arts, this is right up our alley. Here's more related info. on the exhibit: ART EXHIBITION Queens Museum of Art: Community Gallery Saturday, December 15, 5 -7PM (Artists Talk) [ + i ] Selection of works created by established and emerging artists living with HIV/AIDS. The exhibition presents their visions and concerns through works that not only raise awareness about de disease, but explore representations of Self, gender, identity, and constructions of sexuality. Curated by Hector Canonge from the Visual AIDS' Frank Moore Archive Project. S.T.A.R. Inspired


Vieques Originally uploaded by Gypsy Crackr (summertime all the time) .


Migration Originally uploaded by clarisel . BRONXNET DOCUMENTARY FOCUSES ON PUERTO RICAN HISTORY IN THE BRONX BronxNet premieres a groundbreaking documentary: "Migration: The Puerto Rican Experience" for Puerto Rican Heritage Month . The documentary will also be telecast throughout New York City for the first time, on Friday, November 30 as follows: BronxNet , Channel 67 ( 6:00 p.m.) Brooklyn Cable Access TV, Channel 69 ( 6:00 p.m.) Staten Island Community TV, Channel 57 ( 6:00 p.m.) Manhattan Neighborhood Network, Channel 34 ( 6:00 p.m.) Queens Public TV, Channel 34 ( 7:00 p.m.) The BronxNet produced documentary "Migration: The Puerto Rican Experience " is the first feature of a four-part series to take a closer look into the origins and success stories of the Puerto Rican community in the Bronx. From the first arrival of the Pioneros through present-day elected public office holders, Puerto Ricans have played a prominent role in the development of

Plaza del Quinto Centenario

Plaza del Quinto Centenario Originally uploaded by Jose Kevo .

Fontana de las Raíces

Fontana de las Raíces Originally uploaded by Jose Kevo .
In the Mailbox Hola! Just would like to inform everyone that our founder Jose Medina will be on WBAI 99.5FM radio in New York City. He will be interviewed on the biweekly show Despierta Boricua hosted by Benjamin Ramos of The ProLibertad Campaign. Jose speaks about how Boricuation came about and the recent popularity of the website and upcoming events. He also touches on Boricuation artists G Positive, Adele Ramos, Poeta Guerrera and Taina. It airs this Friday November 30th anytime between 6:30 - 7 a.m. You can listen to it on the radio or online by going to . Thank you for your continued support of Boricuation! -- Educate your Thinking! ______________________________
FILM A Media Justice Film & Video Screening Thursday, Nov. 29 6:30-8:30pm @ Manhattan Neighborhood Network - Open Studio, 1st Floor 537 West 59th Street (between 10th & 11th Avenues) (light refreshments included) THIS IS A FREE EVENT! Join Media Action Grassroots Network (MAGNet) and Global Action Project (G.A.P.) for a night of social justice and media justice films, and poetry featuring local political poet Roopa Singh aka Naxal. Here's the Line-up for of media justice and social change films: "Silenced by the Media" (11 minutes) by Papertiger Television In support of Arab Women Active in the Arts and Media (AWAAM) youth media program, Paper Tiger contributed a video mentor to assist the youth at AWAAM in producing this 11-minute piece debunking the myths of the corporate media around the Khalil Gibran International Academy controversy. The video includes interview with young Muslim women who talk about the impact of negative media stereotypes of the M

Arte -- dos-ceres-02

dos-ceres-02 Originally uploaded by prsuncom LA 15, un nuevo espacio para las artes contemporáneas inaugura este miércoles 28 de noviembre con una muestra colectiva. Aaron Salabarrias Valle Fernando Colón González Carlos E. Rivera Villafañe José Jorge Román __________ 6 PM en adelante calle Ernesto Cerra # 703, Santurce Puerto Rico
In the Mailbox Dear Friends, I will be presenting a paper entitled " Reconfigured Perspective: History of a Memory " at the Contemporary Museum of Art of Puerto Rico in San Juan on Friday, December 7, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. If you can make it, I would love to have you there. I look forward to a dynamic and thought provoking discourse of ideas. Estimados Amigos, Estaré presentando una ponencia titulada "Perspectiva Reconfigurada: Historia de una Memoria" en el Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico en San Juan el Viernes, 7 de diciembre de 2007 a las 7:00 p.m. Si pueden asistir, me encantaría verlos esa noche. Espero que tengamos una dinámico y provocante discurso de ideas. Diógenes Balllester


Sunset Originally uploaded by Jose J Gonzalez .
Activism Campaign in Chicago against gentrification in Humboldt Park and to Save the Puerto Rican flags Note: Next year, I am hoping to visit Chicago and one of my stops will definitely be Paseo Boricua.
Community Calendar la suprema definición: O Yanquis ó Puertorriqueños? -Don Pedro Albizu Campos Today Rebelarte visual arts charla with artist Yasmin Hernandez at Cemi Underground, El Barrio If you are in NYC for the long weekend, please join me at the second presentation of my Rebelarte series which take place the last Saturday of each month at Cemi Underground in East Harlem. These are not exhibits, but slide presentations and discussions on different topics inspired by themes of resistance, struggle and liberation. November is usually known as "Puerto Rican Heritage Month". Though I believe everyday should be about Puerto Rican heritage and all our ancestry, this presentation will look at the things that make us uniquely who we are and why, in spite of our nebulous political state, we are clearly our own nation. We will also highlight those who over the centuries have battled to defend Puerto Ricanness and why we have not and won't accept a "yanqui" ide
Film HISPANIC NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL – 2nd EDITION Presented by Columbia University and Instituto Cervantes in collaboration with the Film Society of Lincoln Center Curated by Marcela Goglio and Claudio Iván Remeseira Also visit our website, Programming Tuesday, Nov. 27, Instituto Cervantes, 211 East 49th Street. 6-8 p.m.: EL CANTANTE, Dir. Leon Ichaso, 2007, 116m. Q&A with filmmaker Leon Ichaso will follow. The rest of the screenings will take place at Davis Auditorium, Columbia University, 530/533 West 120th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue). Wednesday, Nov. 28, 8-10 p.m.: THE KRUTCH, Dir. Judith Escalona, 2004, 29m. Preceded by TWO DOLLAR DANCE, Dir. Yolanda Pividal, 2006,17m. and LA BRUJA: A WITCH FROM THE BRONX, Dir. Felix Rodriguez, 2005, 50m. Q&A with the filmmakers Judith Escalona, Yolanda Pividal and Felix Rodriguez will follow.*** Thursday, Nov. 29, 8-10 p.m.: SOY ANDINA, Dir. Mitch Teplitsky, 2007, 67m. Q&A

Isla Verde

Isla Verde Originally uploaded by Gypsy Crackr (summertime all the time) .

Happy Day

IMG_4652 Originally uploaded by clarisel . Happy Thanksgiving. Thank you for your ongoing support of the Puerto Rico Sun project. God bless. Feliz Dia de Accion de Gracias Gracias por su apoyo del proyecto Puerto Rico Sun. Dios los bendiga. With love, Clarisel
EHBCCflyer Originally uploaded by TatoBrujo . Community Calendar Click on flyer for more info. and visit TatoBrujo's page on flickr.


IMG_0196.jpg Originally uploaded by jbratteson .
Pensamientos On public radio public radio covers hispanics better than even spanish media public radio is very culturally sensitive -- samaris Samaris Ayala lives in the Lower East Side and contributes her pensamientos to Puerto Rico Sun. She may be reached at
Community Calendar Part of Borimix Discussion: The Puerto Rican Woman in Theater 6 p.m. Nov. 20 Teatro Pregones 575 Walton Avenue, the Bronx @ 6 PM - Train 2, 4, 5 to 149 Street/Grand Concourse Four acclaimed theater artists (Tere Martinez, Carmen Rivera, Rosalba Rolon and Eva C. Vasquez) gather for a discussion on the self-representation and portrayal of Puerto Rican women on stage, as characters, as playwrights, and beyond. Cuatro reconocidos talentos del teatro se reúnen para hablar sobre la imagen y representación de la mujer puertorriqueña en sus roles de actriz, personaje, escritora y más. For more info., or .

Comite Noviembre Artisan Photos

IMG_4593 Originally uploaded by clarisel . Images taken at the 2nd Annual Puerto Rican Artisans Exhibition and Fair posted at my photo site at Or, just click on photo.

Todus mexicanus

Todus mexicanus Originally uploaded by yasmapaz .
Art CSV Gets $250,000 for Building Improvements The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center in Manhatttan's Lower East Side was rewarded with a $250,000 grant to make improvements to its building. The grant will also allow CSV to do more community outreach through surveys, town hall meetings and interviews to identify and define what needs Lower East Side residents would like to see integrated into the programs and renovation plan of the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center; hire a staff member to focus on the center's newsletter and web presence and retain the services of an architect. Council Member Alan J. Gerson made the announcement recently to a packed audience attending the opening of two exhibitions at the center: Portrait of Loisaida and PSA: Public Service Announcements. The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation rewarded the grant. Founded in 1993, the CSV Cultural Center is the largest arts incubator in New York City and houses 53 visual artists in working studios, 16

Latino Health

ShowLetter Originally uploaded by prsuncom The State of Latino Health and Mental Health go to for more info.
No where else By Samaris Ayala fiction is the photograph of our soul it tells a truth found no where else Samaris Ayala is based in the Lower East Side and she contributes her poetry to Puerto Rico Sun. She may be reached at
Sports Cotto Magic at MSG By Ismael Nunez There seems to be magic when Boxer Miguel Cotto comes to New York City. He’s never lost a fight at the “Mecca of Boxing” Madison Square Garden and he faced his biggest challenge Nov. 10 when he met Sugar Shane Mosley. The fight started slow for Cotto. Then in the mid-rounds he stood toe to toe with Mosley throughout the fight. Cotto won a unanimous 12-round decision. For Cotto, it was a real test too. Mosley did hurt him in the earlier and middle rounds, but eventually did not have enough firepower to KO Cotto. Cotto never lay low. When Mosley moved in for a KO, Cotto kept his guard up and fought back like a fighting rooster. After the fight, boxing announcer Max Kellerman asked, “Are you ready to fight bigger name opponents?" Cotto replied, “I'm ready to fight." The real challenge for Cotto: moving up in the weight class and winning. Let’s see what happens. Other Puerto Rican athletes making headlines: Ivan Rodriguez, cat

Tito Kayak

Tito Kayak Originally uploaded by yasmapaz .
Community Calendar Second Annual Comite Noviembre Puerto Rican Artisans Exhibition and Fair Saturday, Nov. 17 Hunter College of The City University of New York West Building 695 Lexington Ave., Manhattan 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Free For more info,
From the Mailbox Earlier this year, I went to Nashville, Tennessee for a journalism seminar. I took my camera to photoblog, of course. I shot a series of photos of Nashville, and I'm happy to report that one of my photos has been selected to be part of a guide. -- Clarisel Here's an excerpt of a letter I received from Emma Williams, managing editor, Schmap Guides: I am delighted to let you know that your submitted photo has been selected for inclusion in the newly released fourth edition of our Schmap Nashville Guide: Music Row Thanks so much for letting us include your photo - please enjoy the guide! Best regards, Emma Williams, Managing Editor, Schmap Guides

at the beach -paper sculpture

at the beach -paper sculpture Originally uploaded by paper art . More pictures of paper art's paper sculpture show. Go to the Oct. 27 entry in this blog for more info. on his current exhibit in NYC or visit his site at flickr.
Arts Featured article "Rotund" and "review" seem to go together. This episode brings you new paintings by Diógenes Ballester, plus a couple of leisurely days in Ballester's hometown of Ponce.
REMINDER CINE_REAL: Two exhibitions about film. * Judith Escalona's "Bx3M: A work in process" * Hector Canonge's "IDOLatries/IDOLatrías" Opening Reception: TONIGHT, Thursday, November 8, 6PM - 8PM Exhibition: November 8 - December 20 Gallery hours: Wed - Sat, 3pm - 7pm MediaNoche 1355 Park Avenue, entrance on East 102nd Street, Storefront (the Northeast corner of East 102nd Street and Park Avenue, El Barrio) For more info, go to the Nov. 3 entry in this blog.
In the Mailbox PR Freedom Album The Welfare Poets, The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign, Boricuation, Raza NYC and other concerned organizations and individuals have come together to collaborate on a fund raising project to directly aid the current Puerto Rican Political Prisoners, incarcerated for fighting for the independence and self-determination of Puerto Rico. Additionally, we also want to assist past political prisoners who have been freed and are now attempting to survive in a system where many channels are closed to them, and even possibly future political prisoners. The Freedom Album with be a musical cd/compilation dedicated to the welfare of our political prisoners. We have united under the name The Puerto Rican Freedom Project. The Puerto Rican Freedom Project has begun to contact Puerto Rican artists of all genres across the US, on the island and elsewhere to let them know about the project and to initiate the process of song submission. Our desire to get a wide range of P
PRSUN TV in the BETA's PRSUN TV has been nominated for a BETA (Bronx Excellence in Television Access) award at Bronxnet, which is this community station's version of the Emmys. The awards show will be tonight at Lehman College, the Bronx. Bronxnet usually airs the show on Channel 67, its signature channel. Wish me luck. PRSUN TV was nominated last year for a BETA in the talk show category. PRSUN TV is a cultural arts show that airs on Bronxnet's Channel 69, the culture channel for independent producers.
Community Calendar Portrait of Loisaida The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center invites you to join us for the opening reception of two exhibitions: Opening reception 6:00 - 9:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 8 Portrait of Loisaida CSV Cultural Center invited two accomplished photographers, Clayton Patterson and Marisol Díaz, to capture a community in transition. The Lower East Side of Manhattan, long referred to by its Hispanic residents as "Loisaida", is presently experiencing the shearing forces of gentrification -- multi-million dollar condominium projects sprouting in the midst of neighborhoods that have housed the city's immigrant poor for generations. This exhibition is an opportunity to discuss the tensions that these economic and social changes introduce in the community, and the photos of Patterson and Díaz, two photographers with impressive histories of documenting this community, share their images of the people, institutions, and architecture of a neighborhood in

Justice for Jayson

Justice for Jayson Originally uploaded by prsuncom Commentary Senseless Killing of an Unarmed Man in El Barrio Text and Photo by Ismael Nunez Friends and family of an unarmed man killed in late October in a road rage incident involving an off-duty police officer are demanding justice. Even the Reverend Al Sharpton has come out in support of Jayson Tirado's family. Tirado's relatives and friends have questioned why Officer Sean Sawyer was not immediately arrested when he turned himself in after the shooting on Oct. 22. Sawyer has been suspended without pay and is out free, while a grand jury investigates possible charges. Tirado apparently refused to let the officer's SUV merge with traffic onto an exit ramp in East Harlem. He also apparently gestured at the off-duty officer as if he had a gun. But Tirado of the Lower East Side didn't have a gun. And, he was killed anyway. He was only 25. Elected officials and Tirado's friends and family have voiced their a

Behind the Scenes -- Bx3M

Behind the Scenes -- Bx3M Originally uploaded by clarisel . Our DP Ted


Community Calendar CINE_REAL: Two exhibitions about film. * Judith Escalona's "Bx3M: A work in process" * Hector Canonge's "IDOLatries/IDOLatrías" Opening Reception: Thursday, November 8, 6PM - 8PM Exhibition: November 8 - December 20 Gallery hours: Wed - Sat, 3pm - 7pm MediaNoche 1355 Park Avenue, entrance on East 102nd Street, Storefront (the Northeast corner of East 102nd Street and Park Avenue, El Barrio) For info: or 212-828-0401 ADMISSION: Free Project Descriptions: Judith Escalona's "Bx3M: A work in process" Witness firsthand the ongoing editing of this New York City epic. The director and invited guests (Director of Photography Ted Ciesielski and Actor Jaime Sanchez for starters) go through a performative process of editing. Visitors watch and interact with them. Behind the scenes footage also on display. Hector Canonge's "IDOLatries/IDOLatrías"" An interactive new media work util
071031img_4080s Originally uploaded by Ola Lola .

Arte Ríopedrence

Arte Ríopedrence Originally uploaded by Moliniano .

Arcoiris Vegetal 1

Arcoiris Vegetal 1 Originally uploaded by Luis Mo. .
Community Calendar Jimmy Bosch & Jimmy Ray Bosch Live Jam and Poetry!!!!! Thursday, November 1, 7PM - 10PM PRdream/MediaNoche 1355 Park Avenue, (entrance on East 102nd Street) El Barrio (Two blocks away from Museum Mile) A note from Jimmy Bosch Father and Son team up with PRdream/MediaNoche (Judith Escalona) for a good cause. On Thursday November 1st, my son and I will be performing together for the first time ever. Jimmy Ray will be reading some of his very own poetry. He has been writing for years and has read at various Barnes and Noble poetry nights as well as for private events such as the Children's Aid Society and the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in the Lower East Side. I will have a quartet to do a jam session along with guests who arrive to sit in and donate their time. We will be raising funds for CURA Inc. which is dedicated to saving lives through their many programs and services designed to help the Latino community members who suffer from drug and alcohol abuse p
Politics From the Serrano report: Serrano's PR Bill Passes Out of Committee Congressman Serrano’s bill to finally resolve Puerto Rico’s status, H.R. 900, was considered by the House Committee on Natural Resources this week and won passage after several amendments. Serrano was pleased with the markup and congratulated the members of the Committee on Natural Resources for taking this vital first step in resolving Puerto Rico’s status once and for all. The bill would have the U.S. government ask the people of Puerto Rico a simple question: Do you support the present status or would you like to change the relationship between Puerto Rico and the United States? With the answer to this question, interested parties can begin meaningful negotiations about the future of the relationship between the U.S. and the island. “There have been many criticisms of my bill from people who oppose change. I worked closely with Mr. Rahall and Mr. Fortuño to craft a compromise bill addressing the co

'Paper Sculptures'

CarlosNMolinaShow Originally uploaded by paper art . by Carlos N. Molina, a member of the Puerto Rico Sun group at flickr Go support. Molina reports that about 30 people attended the opening. The show will run until November 21. Click on the photo for more details.

Albizu Campos

Albizu Campos Originally uploaded by paper art . Paper art says: Street art on the San Sebastian Street in Old San Juan. This is Albizu Campos, a national hero.
La Casa's Leticia Rodriguez Continues Legacy By Ismael Nunez Leticia Rodriguez, the new executive director of La Casa de la Herencia Cultural Puertorriqueña, Inc. in NYC's El Barrio, is working hard to keep the legacy of this cultural institution alive. La Casa at 1230 Fifth Avenue is a non-profit community based cultural institution. Its main objective is to promote the development of the Puerto Rican culture and to preserve, enrich and disseminate cultural and literary heritage to the Puerto Rican community and others. La Casa has a Heritage Library, which includes a collection of books, documents and other materials related to Puerto Rican and Latin American history. Rodriguez said people who visit come to research many different topics. Popular research subjects include Arturo Schomburg, Julia De Burgos, and Simon Bolivar. La Casa also provides cultural heritage workshops and classes that are open to the public. They include learning how to play cuatro and ot
Community Calendar The Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA) and the En Foco Touring Gallery present an evening to meet photographer Enid Alvarez at her Puerto Rico Series exhibition in Pregones Theater’s lobby gallery on November 7th in conjunction with BCA’s First Wedensdays/Bronx Culture Trolley. Alvarez will be on hand from 6-8 p.m. to greet her visitors and talk about her work which will be on view through December 9th. For more info.


games Originally uploaded by davelightseer . Lajas, Puerto Rico
Featured news report Pets hurled off bridge in Puerto Rico By OMAR MARRERO, Associated Press Writer SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Animal control workers seized dozens of dogs and cats from housing projects in the town of Barceloneta and hurled them from a bridge to their deaths, authorities and witnesses said Friday. Mayor Sol Luis Fontanez blamed a contractor hired to take the animals to a shelter. "This is an irresponsible, inhumane and shameful act," he told The Associated Press. Fontanez said the city hired Animal Control Solution to clear three housing projects of pets after warning residents about a no-pet policy. He said the city paid $60 for every animal recovered and another $100 for each trip to a shelter in the San Juan suburb of Carolina. Raids were conducted on Monday and Wednesday, and residents told TV reporters they saw the animal control workers inject the animals.


OLD HOUSE Originally uploaded by suapr .

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In the Mailbox OPENING NIGHT! A One Woman Art Exhibit By Puerto Rican Lower East Side Artisan: Isabel Christina Rivera-Almonte Thursday, October 11, 7-9 p.m. Isabel C. Rivera-Almonte is an accomplished Puerto Rican Artisan. Her art expresses many aspects of Puerto Rican history and culture. All of her beautiful and important art will be in display. This will be the first time that Isabel's total works will be on display. Enjoy wine n cheese soft music , a wonderful crowd of people, artist, poets, musicians, photographers, live radio show. Boricua College 186 N. 6 Street (Williamsburg area) Brooklyn, NY, 11211 Tel:1718-782-2200 L Train Bedford Ave Stop One stop from 14th street @ 1st Avenue This is a sponsored event! -- Jose Medina

Tania Ochoteco

Tania Ochoteco Originally uploaded by prsuncom Frees Herself with Art, Community and Big Hopes By Robert Waddell In 2002, Bronx actress Tania Ochoteco was taking classes at the Raul Julia Training Unit of the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre and working with dramatists. Today, she works for a Bronx politician, but she is not all about politics. She is still an artist at heart who is pursuing her love for acting and writing. “I have gained more experience and joined a company," she said about her acting. "I’m a member of the Puerto Rican Intercultural Drama Ensemble, the Pride Theatre Company and I’ve had the opportunity to work with Frank Perez, Eugene Rodriguez, Rene Valentin, Lou Torres.” She studied with the late artist Raul Davila and did a staged reading of Nuyorican poet Pedro Pietri’s play “Come in We’re Closed.” Serving her community in the Bronx is important to her. She’s currently deputy director for Council Member Annabelle Palma o

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Casa de las banderas Originally uploaded by Jorge Rodriguez . Guayama, Puerto Rico

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In the Mailbox News from the Artists Foundation _______________________________________________ FROM Dear Media Reformer, If you're getting this e-mail, you already know that universal, affordable high-speed Internet access is critical to our future. Unfortunately, most of us have been left out of the debate over the future of the Internet that is happening right now in Washington. High-priced lobbyists have no trouble bending the ears of lawmakers in Washington. But you and I rarely get the chance to be heard. That's about to change. On Wednesday, Senator Kerry is holding a hearing on improving Internet access for all Americans. He has pledged to listen to your ideas and respond via the blog. It is crucial that you add your voice to this debate. Join Senator Kerry in a Conversation about the Future of the Internet: "It's almost hard to wrap your head around the fact that seven years into this

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El Morro's Defense Originally uploaded by donnacorless . El Morro's Defense. San Juan, Puerto Rico. Digital watercolor artwork by Donna Corless.