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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 5-19 to 5-24

By Led Black

May 19 – May 24

I am writing this newsletter from the enchanting city of New Orleans. This place practically pulsates with art in all its wondrous incarnations. Art is ubiquitous here. It is part of the very fabric of New Orleans. The arts are one of the things that make this city so special. Art is also very important to Uptown. With that said, the month-long celebration of the arts Uptown that is the Uptown Arts Stroll kicks off where it all began at Highbridge Park on Thursday, May 29th. Make sure you are in attendance for the event that will be chock full of surprises and check out for a complete listing of all the 2014 Uptown Arts Stroll has to offer.

Back in April of 2012, we ran an article on the Indiegogo campaign to fund the making of a documentary film about the kids that fearlessly dive off of the enigmatic C-Rock. Well, the film, C-Rock, recently screened as part of the Rooftop Films 2014 Summer Series. Check out their FB page,, to find out about the latest screenings of the documentary.

Uptown’s own Up Theater Company is in the running for an Innovative Theater Award for the truly brilliant Broad Channel. I was completely and utterly blown away by this theatrical tour de force.

The 12th Annual Drums Along the Hudson Native American Festival will take place on Sunday, June 1st, 2014 in Inwood Hill Park from 11:00 am until 6:00 pm, rain or shine. This is one of our favorite events of the year and is the proper precursor to an Uptown Summer.

The final installment of Sunday Movies at the Palace with Lin-Manuel Miranda will feature the classic Woody Allen film, Manhattan on June 22nd. In addition, we have the privilege of screening our short film, The Incredibly Spectacular Dyckman Fireworks Company, prior to the feature film. The short film, directed by Jon Ullman of Trouble In The Heights fame, is about how Uptown celebrates the 4th of July. It is Independence Day like you have never seen it before. The film will be released online on June 23rd. Please help us spread the word by telling your friends about the film and sharing it on social media.

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Led Black
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.

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