Thursday, June 25, 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:
Emboldened by the return of Lord Voldemort, the Death Eaters are wreaking havoc in both the Muggle and wizarding worlds and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Harry suspects that new dangers may lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching. He needs Harry to help him uncover a vital key to unlocking Voldemort’s defenses—critical information known only to Hogwarts’ former Potions Professor, Horace Slughorn. With that in mind, Dumbledore manipulates his old colleague into returning to his previous post with promises of more money, a bigger office…and the chance to teach the famous Harry Potter.
Meanwhile, the students are under attack from a very different adversary as teenage hormones rage across the ramparts. Harry’s long friendship with Ginny Weasley is growing into something deeper, but standing in the way is Ginny’s boyfriend, Dean Thomas, not to mention her big brother Ron. But Ron’s got romantic entanglements of his own to worry about, with Lavender Brown lavishing her affections on him, leaving Hermione simmering with jealousy yet determined not to show her feelings. And then a box of love potion-laced chocolates ends up in the wrong hands and changes everything.
As romance blossoms, one student remains aloof with far more important matters at hand. He is determined to make his mark, albeit a dark one. Love is in the air, but tragedy lies ahead and Hogwarts may never be the same again.
David Yates, who directed the 2007 summer blockbuster “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” returned to direct “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.” David Heyman, the producer of all of the Harry Potter films, produced the film, together with David Barron. Screenwriter Steve Kloves, who scripted the first four installments of the film franchise, adapted the screenplay based on the book by J.K. Rowling. Lionel Wigram served as executive producer, with John Trehy co-producing.
Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Heyday Films production, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” the sixth installment of Warner Bros. Pictures’ Harry Potter film franchise based on the beloved novels by J.K. Rowling. Once again heading the cast, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson reprise their roles as young wizards Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, who are facing new challenges and dangers following Lord Voldemort’s return.
Other returning Harry Potter cast members include: Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix Lestrange; Robbie Coltrane as Rubeus Hagrid; Warwick Davis as Professor Filius Flitwick; Michael Gambon as Professor Albus Dumbledore; Alan Rickman as Professor Severus Snape; Maggie Smith as Professor Minerva McGonagall; and Julie Walters as Molly Weasley.
A number of young stars also reprise their roles as Hogwarts students, including Tom Felton as Harry’s longtime nemesis, Draco Malfoy; Evanna Lynch as Luna Lovegood; and Bonnie Wright as Ginny Weasley, the youngest of the Weasley clan.
Two award-winning actors join the cast in their first Harry Potter film. Academy Award® winner Jim Broadbent (“Iris,” “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”) plays Potions Professor Horace Slughorn. BAFTA Award winner Helen McCrory (“Streetlife,” “The Queen”) appears as Narcissa Malfoy, mother to Draco Malfoy and sister to the evil Bellatrix Lestrange. Additionally, several young newcomers are making their feature film debuts in “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”: Jessie Cave plays the role of Lavender Brown, who only has eyes for Ron Weasley; Hero Fiennes Tiffin is seen in the role of Tom Riddle at age 11; and Frank Dillane plays the 16-year-old Riddle, who is already on the path to becoming the evil Lord Voldemort.
Collaborating with David Yates behind the camera, two-time Oscar®-nominated director of photography Bruno Delbonnel (“A Very Long Engagement,” “Amelie”) on his first Harry Potter film. The behind-the-scenes team also reunites such Harry Potter veterans as production designer Stuart Craig, editor Mark Day, composer Nicholas Hooper, visual effects supervisor Tim Burke, and costume designer Jany Temime.
“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” is being distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

If you are not a lucky winner, see HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE anyway in theatres everywhere on Wednesday, July 15.

UPDATE: There are no more movie ticket giveaways available.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Fiesta de San Juan Bautista at Battery Park

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Celebrate the 57th year of the Fiesta de San Juan Bautista (St. John the Baptist Festival)
1-6:30 p.m. Sunday
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 Committee also has other programs, including la Gran Fiesta Anual y la Fiesta de las Octavitas.
To help support the work of the Committee, you are welcome to make a $10 donation and mail to Comite Fiesta de San Juan Bautista, Hispanic Affairs, Archdiocese of New York, 1011 First Avenue, Suite 1753, NY, NY  10022. Your name would be included in the committee's future programs with your donation.

(photo by Clarisel Gonzalez of St. John the Baptist at the Cathedral in Old San Juan, P.R.)

Happy St. John the Baptist!

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 the first legal and organized wall for graffiti writers to showcase their skills. Created during the early 1980s, the "Wall" has become a formidable means of artistic expression for a group of artists led by the Tats Cru. Manny Vega's internationally acclaimed Julia de Burgos mosaic on East 106th Street does not appear to have been defaced, nor have any works by artist James de la Vega. East Harlem Preservation has reached out to elected officials and other neighborhood agencies to address the matter and hopes to engage in public forums to highlight the importance of preserving local artwork. Stay tuned for further updates. For more information,
Photos and text courtesy of Marina Ortiz of East Harlem Preservation

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.

Source: "Raices: Latin Music Museum: Danza Fiesta #3," mediamanny53 at YouTube

UPDATE: To listen to my interview with Danza Fiesta,

Friday, June 19, 2009

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

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Concert: 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 own and has appeared as a sideman in more that 15 others.



Miguel Zenón, residente de Washington Heights, nació y se crió en San Juan, Puerto Rico. Allí estudio saxofón clásico en la afamada Escuela Libre de Música. Fue en la Berklee School of Music donde comenzó formalmente su aprendizaje del jazz. Zenón continuó su formación en la Manhattan School of Music donde recibió un Master en Interpretación de Saxofón.


En el 2008 Zenón recibió una beca de la fundación John Simon Guggenheim. Ese mismo año, se convirtió en una de las 25 personas distinguidas con una beca “genio” MacArthur. Esta beca significa otro prestigioso logro en la meteórica carrera que Zenón ha desarrollado fusionando el jazz con distintas formas de música puertorriqueña, como la bomba o la jíbara. Hasta la fecha, Zenón ha publicado cuatro álbumes propios y ha participado como acompañante en otros quince.


Tuesday, June 23, 7pm

Hispanic Society of America

Broadway between 155th and 156th Street

New York, NY 10032


Free Admission

RSVP: 212.568.4396 -




Tuesday, June 16, 2009

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,

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@ 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.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

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.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Live Music @ El Maestro on PR Parade Day

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5 p.m., Sunday, June 14

EL MAESTRO, INC., 1029 E. 167th St., Bronx

For more information, (646) 337-6775.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

'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


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 Guavate Region, where they pig out on roasted pork. There are a dozen of lechonaras that serve pork along the so called “Pork Highway”, but the original is El Rancho Original. In Andrew's own words, "That little bite that I had there is the best pork I've ever eaten in my life!".

Tonight at 10 p.m. on the Travel channel.

source: TravelChannelTV on YouTube

Monday, June 08, 2009

El Rev. Pedro Pietri Hand Awards

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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

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Friday, June 05, 2009

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 Puerto Rican music for many years. Cepeda's unique jazz style he coined as “Afrorican Jazz.” He has produced all the music for “Boogie Rican Blvd: The Musical”.

The multi-faceted De La Luz gives life to seven colorful characters such as “Don Jose”, the owner of the bodega, patriarch of the family and father of three daughters. 

For more, go to my blog at

(Click on the photo to learn more about La Bruja.)

UPDATE: To listen to my interview with La Bruja:

Thursday, June 04, 2009

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 Willie Rodriguez. Our guest speaker will be Diane Edelson of NYC Business Solutions. She will be talking about many of the free services that are available to area businesses and entrepreneurs. There will be passed hors d’oeuvres and desserts, and beverages including wine, soda, coffee, and tea. Free valet parking will be available. Our sponsors and Premier Members will be providing giveaways. A cash bar will be available where TheNetWorks will be introducing our new signature drink – The NetTini. Puerto Rico Sun Communications will be displaying a Bronx-themed photo exhibit by local photographers. Each guest (until supplies run out) will receive a promo bag which will contain materials from our sponsors and Premier Members as well as complimentary magazines provided by Entrepreneur and Minority Business Entrepreneur. In addition, there will be a special appearance by the WFAN Fan Van Crew from 5-7 p.m. with Fan Freebies.

The event is open to both individuals and businesses in the NY Metro area. There will be a charge of $10 at the door for those who RSVP in advance on our website, and $25 at the door for those who do not RSVP. Golfing is additional and is available at a discounted rate of $45 for 18 holes.

Our organization offers exposure to business professionals as well as potential customers, entrepreneurs, and other individuals. We assist with networking, advertising, marketing, consulting, and other support services for both individuals and businesses. We offer many free services including membership on our interactive networking website. We also host and sponsor networking events and we participate in various types of events that benefit both businesses and individuals.

For more information or to RSVP, please visit our website at We can also be contacted at 914-302-2598 with any questions or requests to participate. To reserve a tee time please contact Elizabeth at Pelham/Split Rock directly at 718-885-1258 ext. 232. Be sure to mention that you are attending our event in order to qualify for the discounted rate.

source: The NetWorks release

Editor's note: Puerto Rico Sun is a project of Puerto Rico Sun Communications. I'm honored to be part of this lineup for Bronx Week.

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:

Monday, June 01, 2009

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.