We Spoke & They Listened! #NoMoreGhettoTours

The Post has reported that the Real Bronx Tours company is no longer providing the “GHETTO” tours they once boosted, in fact they are not providing any tours in the Bronx — and we have YOU to thank! Between Melissa and  Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.’s letter to the tour company and your shared outrage, sparking more vocal support (like through Change.org), we have influenced change. You can find the Post’s original article detailing the insulting and demeaning tour at this link. Going forward we hope all tour companies conduct tours that highlights the Bronx’s “diverse ethnic groups and neighborhoods, cultural institutions and surprising natural beauty,” as Real Bronx Tours’ website claimed. The fact is that there are many tours you can take around the borough that do just that.

I-Love-The-BronxThe Bronx Tourism Council highlights many great guided tours throughout the borough (ilovethebronx.com/tours). One unique tour is the Bronx Culture Trolley that takes place on the first Wednesday evening of every month – check out the flyer for the schedule of stops on the upcoming tour on Wednesday, June 5th. And don’t forget to check out the Bronx Tourism Council calendar for upcoming events throughout the borough.

If you know of any other fun or informative tours or activities that highlight the South Bronx, please feel free to comment with the website and contact information! Or just let us know what you LOVE about the Bronx. What we love about the South Bronx is you – our constituents! We asked for your help yesterday and you not only helped but spread the word fast. There’s nothing greater than a community that sticks together for a good cause.

Take Advantage of Free Performances at Lincoln Center

One of our favorite things about living in NYC is having so many free cultural events made accessible to us across the five boroughs. Lincoln Center is one of the organizations that provides extraordinary free performances for all New Yorkers. Here is their upcoming schedule for weekly events and free performances  at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center:

WEEKLY EVENTS:

Target Free Thursdays: Taking place every Thursday night at 8:30 pm, all year long, Target Free Thursdays provide free public performances that represent a diverse cross-section of musical genres, including pop, Latin, rock, soul, country, spoken word, and world music. Performers come from Lincoln Center’s resident organizations including Jazz at Lincoln Center and The Julliard School, as well as independent artists from across the five boroughs.

Meet the Artist Saturdays: On the first Saturday of each month at 11:00 am, Lincoln Center offers Meet the Artist Saturdays free-of-charge to the public. Meet the Artist offers a unique blend of performance, participation, and education that is specially created for family appeal. Each program provides audiences of all ages with the opportunity to experience the arts firsthand with world-class performers and every presentation includes a Q&A with the artists.

FREE PERFORMANCES:

When: Thursday, August 30th, at 7:30pm
What: Target Free Thursdays / “Lysander Piano Trio” / Grand Prize winner at the 2011 Coleman Chamber Music Competition, Lysander Piano Trio performs an exciting cross section of the most beloved piano trio repertoire.

When: Tuesday, September 4th, at 7:30pm
What: Special free performance / “The Tres Amigos: The Spicy Special” / The Tres Amigos deliver earnest, often comic originals and innovative takes on a range of classics, all tightly arranged to suit the group’s unique mix of alto sax, accordion, acoustic guitar, and hollerin’ voices.

When: Saturday, September 15th, at 11:00am
What: Meet the Artist Saturdays / “Classical Jam” / A vibrant ensemble of flute, percussion, violin, viola and cello, Classical Jam (CJ) brings five of the most highly demanded soloists and chamber musicians together.

When: Thursday, September 20th, at 7:30pm
What: Target Free Thursdays / “The Donations” / The Donations is comprised of Lincoln Center staffers — a singing group originally commissioned by Reynold Levy, President of Lincoln Center, to perform at Board functions.  Friends and colleagues will accompany the group on an eclectic selection of songs ranging from Broadway to the King of Pop. We hope you’ll join us for an evening of merry music-making!

When: Thursday, September 27th, at 7:30pm
What: Target Free Thursdays / “Stevy Mahy” / Float away on the enchanting voice of Stevy Mahy whose lyrics flow seamlessly over rich acoustic melodies that envelop and warm the soul. Growing up in a musical household, she spent her time between her birthplace, Paris and Guadeloupe. Stevy’s music is distinctly influenced by her global childhood. Singing in English, French, and Creole, her hushed tones and intimate style are complemented by the hints of Caribbean rhythm.

When: Saturday, September 29th, at 2:30pm
What: Meet the Artist Saturdays / “Lincoln Center Local Final Series Performance” / Journey across Latin culture with Alexander Wu and the Zigzag Quartet to find the threads of salsa, samba, and tango in classical jazz and modern musical compositions. This performance features ballroom dancers and will be broadcast live to selected libraries in Queens.

When: Thursday, October 4th, at 8:30pm
What: Target Free Thursdays / “Ne(x)tworks: John Cage’s Variations IV” / To celebrate iconoclastic American composer John Cage’s centenary, local creative music ensemble Ne(x)tworks (with special guest R. Luke DuBois on video) presents the evening-length work Variations IV (1963). Fourth in a series of classic indeterminate works from the 1960’s, Variations IV is a seminal exploration of simultaneity and site-specificity, and is Cage’s composerly representation of the Hindu/Buddhist concept samsara or “the world of everyday life.”

When: Saturday, October 6th, at 11:00am
What: Meet the Artist Saturdays / “NewSong Music: Songwritting workshop with James Maddock” / British born James Maddock was first recognized in the U.S as leader of the band Wood (Songs From Stamford Hill – Columbia Records). Songs From Stamford Hill, which remains a fan favorite 10 years later, produced a Top 5 Triple A hit, “Stay You” and was included in the first Dawson’s Creek compilation.

When: Thursday, October 11th, at 7:30pm
What: Target Free Thursdays / “O Sole Trio: From Prima Donna to Post-Madonna
How Italy and Italian-Americans influenced American Popular Music” / A vibrant musical ensemble featuring the lush voices of soprano Erin Shields and baritone Giuseppe Spoletini along with the amazingly versatile David Shenton on violin and piano. The night will offer a blend of some of the most popular Italian opera, Neapolitan and classic jazz standards with a concentration on the Italian language.

For additional performances in October and beyond, check out their schedule.

The David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center is located between West 62nd and 63rd Streets with entrances on Broadway and Columbus Avenues.