By Led Black
February 10 – February 15
Okay folks, you have until Friday, February 21st at 5 pm to turn in your submission for the 2014 Uptown Arts Stroll poster contest. Just in case you didn’t know, the Uptown Arts Stroll is a month-long celebration of Uptown arts and culture. The winner will receive $500 greenbacks as well as exclusive graphic representation on all 2014 Uptown Arts Stroll related materials. Last year’s winner was designed by Andrew Short of the 83 Mark Collective brand. Community residents will vote for the official 2014 Uptown Arts Stroll Poster on Monday, March 10th from 6 to 8 pm at The Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Center (3940 Broadway).
Our wellness contributor, breast cancer survivor and my better half, Eileen Z. Fuentes, has once again kicked off The Wellness Series at the Columbia University Medical Center. The Wellness Series is a weekly program that teaches cancer patients and survivors about integrative therapies and how to empower themselves to take charge of their own health. The classes take place every Wednesday through June. To learn more and to register, please call 646.543.4611 or email BLB18@cumc.columbia.edu.
Do you know what Barstarzz is? Barstarzz is an international workout team, based in Washington Heights, put together to inspire the world to workout. Barstarzz train their bodies through Creative Calisthenics, which is a much different workout than most people are familiar with. Check out their latest video and be ready to be amazed by what these guys and gals can do.
We also spread substantial love on Valentine’s Day. First off, Tellie Floydd dropped his latest song featuring GTO entitled Go Down to mark the occasion. Our Bronx contributor, Jenni Ruiza, penned a primer on what do in the BX on Valentine’s Day. To mark next month’s 25th anniversary of the release of their groundbreaking debut album 3 Feet High and Rising, iconic Hip-Hop group De La Soul made all of their releases available to their fans for free on Valentine’s Day for 25 hours.
Don’t forget to stop by the Shabazz Center to catch the Smithsonian’s incredible InDivisible exhibit. Also, from February 21st– 23rd, the People’s Theatre Project (PTP) is putting on Domestic Disturbance. Lastly, the Up Theater Company has their Dead of Winter Reading Series on Sundays at the UpstART Gallery (93 Cooper Street).
Keep checking us out at www.uptowncollective.com.
The Uptown Collective
The UC’s mission is to become “the” definitive, transformative and community-based force impacting the arts, culture, business and New York City’s overall perception of Upper Manhattan. Its objective is to reset, reboot and positively redefine Uptown’s artistic, political, cultural and business spheres via the online space as well the collective’s initiatives and functions.