Showing posts from June, 2009

Free Giveaway: New Harry Potter movie tix

Giveaway for Puerto Rico Sun readers on a first-come first-served basis for the new "HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE" movie. Puerto Rico Sun got a few giveaway tickets, courtesy of Harry Potter (OK, not really Harry Potter, but the folks promoting the film). Winners will receive free tickets for a 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 13 screening at a Manhattan theater and/or a T-Shirt for a boy, girl and a man (sorry I was not offered a woman's T-Shirt). Here's the official film site for more information about this upcoming summer movie. To enter this giveaway, please e-mail clarisel (at) your name and mailing address and the Harry Potter folks will send you your prize. I'll give you a heads up if you are a winner, so you can pay extra attention to your mail. The screening is only for the Manhattan theater. Please apply only if you can make this NYC screening. Thanks and good luck. Here's the movie's synopsis: Embold

Fiesta de San Juan Bautista at Battery Park

Community calendar Celebrate the 57th year of the Fiesta de San Juan Bautista (St. John the Baptist Festival) 1-6:30 p.m. Sunday Free Battery Park in Manhattan This year's "La Medalla" will go to Msgr. Lorenzo Albacete , an author, theologian and contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine. He is former president of La Universidad Pontifica de Puerto Rico. He is the author of "God at the Ritz: Attraction to Infinity." The event kicks off with a Spanish Mass celebrated by Father Eric P. Cruz , pastor of the Christ the King Church, the Bronx. The program also includes entertainment. Jose Alberto (El Canario) y su Orquesta , Wayne Gorbea's Salsa Picante and El Trio Los Platinos . There will also be artisan kiosks and typical foods on sale. This marks the 57th anniversary of the Comite de la Fiesta de San Juan Bautista, an nonprofit organization. This committee is the longest serving Hispanic ministry in the Archdiocese of New York. The Committe

Spirit of East Harlem Mural Defaced

East Harlem Preservation Calls for Community Action and Cultural Educational Campaign During the early hours of June 13, one of El Barrio's s most famous outdoor artworks, the Spirit of East Harlem mural, was mysteriously defaced. The landmark painting has significant historical roots in the history of  Spanish Harlem  and has served as a cultural attraction for thousands of students and tourists from around the country and the world.  Commissioned by Hope Community, Inc. in 1978, the four-story Spirit of East Harlem mural was created by Hank Prussing and featured local residents engaging in everyday activities. Artist Manny Vega, who'd served as Prussing's apprentice, restored the badly weathered mural in the mid-1990s. On June 24 , the main wall of the  Graffiti Wall of Fame  was also painted over; although the alteration may have been in preparation for a new project. Located on the northwest corner of 106th Street and  Park Avenue , the Graffiti Wall of Fame was th

Danza Fiesta chats with PRSUN Radio Tonight

The Danza y Fiesta Puerto Rican Dance Company's mission is to educate and present aspects of Puerto Rican culture in the US. My guest at 9 p.m. tonight on PRSUN Radio is Danza Fiesta. Visit . Source: "Raices: Latin Music Museum: Danza Fiesta #3," mediamanny53 at YouTube UPDATE: To listen to my interview with Danza Fiesta,

Concert: Miguel Zenón Trio at NYC's Hispanic Society of America

Community calendar Conc e rt: Miguel Zenón Trio   Featuring: Uptown Arts Stroll 2009 honoree Miguel Zenón playing new compositions with arrangements by  Puerto Rican  and Cuban composers.   Miguel Zenón, saxophone Ricky Rodriguez , bass Henry Cole , drums   Washington  Heights resident Miguel Zenón was born and raised in San Juan , Puerto Rico .  There, he studied classical saxophone at the famed Escuela Libre de Música.  It was at the  Berklee School of Music  that his formal jazz training began.  Zenón went on to attend the  Manhattan School of Music  and received a Masters in Saxophone Performance.     In 2008 Zenón received a fellowship from the  John Simon Guggenheim Foundation .  Later that year he was one of the 25 distinguished individuals chose to receive the MacArthur “Genius” Grant.  The fellowship is a prestigious addition in Zenón’s fast-rising career fusing jazz with various forms of music from  Puerto Rico  , like bomba and jíbara.  To date, he has four albums of his o

Interview: PR parade queen Crystal Rosa

Go to my site at for my latest article, featuring an interview with Crystal Rosa who on Sunday led the Puerto Rican Day Parade as its queen. She talks on her views on being Puerto Rican, her goals and more. To check it out, (photo by Clarisel Gonzalez)

Virtual Boricua Marina Ortiz chats with PRSUN Radio

My guest tomorrow on PRSUN Radio is writer, artist and community activist Marina Ortiz. Ortiz is the woman behind Virtual Boricua, a site dedicated to boricua culture, and East Harlem Preservation, a site dedicated to East Harlem community issues. To learn more about Ortiz, check out my blog at . The interview is at 5 p.m. tomorrow. UPDATE: To listen to my interview with Marina,

@ the parade

For more photos from the National Puerto Rican Day Parade in NYC, go to . Click on the PR in NYC '09 events set.

My photos featured at

Some of my photos from the Flag series are now featured at , a multimedia community dedicated to the Puerto Rican Diaspora - a place for discussion and learning, for stimulating imagination, and promoting solidarity.

Live Music @ El Maestro on PR Parade Day

Community calendar AFTER THE  PUERTO RICAN DAY PARADE MUSICA EN VIVO—LIVE MUSIC 5 p.m., Sunday, June 14 EL MAESTRO, INC.,  1029 E. 167th  St., Bronx For more information,  (646) 337-6775.

'Ay, Que Funny' finds humor in Latino life

AY QUE FUNNY Show Intro - 2009 from AYQUEFUNNY on Vimeo . Check out my interview with Jesenia Bailey at Examiner on her upcoming comedy show "Ay, Que Funny" at the Nuyorican Poet's Cafe in NYC's Lower East Side.

Bizarre Foods - Puerto Rico

ON TV The folks of Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods reached out to Puerto Rico Sun to let us know about this show airing tonight. Here's the info.: Andrew takes a tour of Puerto Rico where the flavors of the food tell the history of the island. From the deep-fried treats brought in by Africans, to the roasted pork made popular by the Spanish, Andrew tries a variety of traditional foods. Andrew's culinary tour kicks off with stops not usually seen by the average tourist. First is a local bakery in San Juan where he tries Mallorcas (a Spanish pastry) and Cocas (similar to pizza, but with vegetables and sardines). Next, he visits Plaza del Mercado de Rio Piedras to find some unique local products including: Algarobba, Mavi (a drink made from sugar and tree bark), Corazon, and Caimitos (a star shaped pulpy fruit). What would a trip to Puerto Rico be without pork? On Sundays, Puerto Rican families like to pile into the car and take a trip up into the mountains of the Guav

El Rev. Pedro Pietri Hand Awards

Community calendar The awards ceremony at Hunter College in Manhattan is Friday. Award winners are Puerto Rican Traveling Theater's Miriam Colon , the late boxer and writer Jose "Chegui" Torres (in memory), activist, filmmaker, writer, and artist Dylcia Pagan , poet/playwright Tato Laviera , poet/playwright and author Ntozake Shange and photographer, filmmaker and director Carlos Ortiz . The award honors the memory of the late Rev. Pedro Pietri, one of the most gift poets and playwrights of the Twentieth Century and co-founder of the Nuyorican Poetry Movement. The award was created to recognize significant artistic and cultural contributions by Puerto Rican/Nuyorican poets, artists and political activists working in their fields today. For more information, go to (Click on image to see larger text.)

Boogie Rican Blvd.'s Caridad De La Luz 'La Bruja' to chat with PRSUN Radio

My upcoming guest on PRSUN Radio is writer and actress Caridad De La Luz "La Bruja" who will speak on her newest project "Boogie Rican Blvd: The Musical." My chat with La Bruja is at 10 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, at . On Tuesday, June 30th, Urban Lifestyle Media (ULM) presents “Boogie Rican Blvd: The Musical” for a limited engagement at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre (304 W. 47th Street) in Manhattan, running from July 1st - July 26. Written and performed by La Bruja, directed by Nelson Vásquez and music by William Cepeda. Boogie Rican Blvd. in the Bronx is where the Pacheco family and their colorful collection of friends examine life, love and regret through words, song and dance in front of Don Jose’s bodega. Renowned composer and arranger, William Cepeda comes from a well-known family rooted in music. The Familia Cepeda is famous for their performances of folkloric music with African roots, and as keepers of traditional Puert

Business Day in the Bronx to include golf, networking, freebies and art

TheNetWorks Organization is celebrating its “ Bronx Week Golf Outing and Networking Event ” on Thursday, June 18, as part of the Bronx Week celebration. This date has been designated as “Business Day” by the Bronx Week organizers. The networking event will begin at 5 p.m. and end at approximately 9 p.m. Tee times are available from 1 p.m. The event will be held at the Pelham/Split Rock Golf Course in the Pelham Bay section of the Bronx. Pelham/Split Rock features a lavish renovation of the original clubhouse and a beautiful new pavilion with views of the course. Our co-sponsors and participants currently include the Pelham/Split Rock Golf Course, the Fordham Road Business Improvement District (BID), Banco Popular (Fordham Road), Bronxnet, Liberty Mutual, NYC Business Solutions, WFAN Sports Radio, Entrepreneur Magazine, Minority Business Entrepreneur Magazine, and Puerto Rico Sun Communications. The networking event will be hosted by Rhina Valentin and music will be provided by DJ

Viva Cultura in the Bronx

Go to my site at Examiner for my interview with the Bronx Council on the Arts' Leenda Bonilla and the upcoming Saturday Culture Trolley in the Bronx celebrating Puerto Rican heritage. Here's the link:

June is Puerto Rican party time in NYC

Read my article at The article focuses on some of NYC's upcoming festivals in celebration of Puerto Rican culture. Also see my photo slideshow.