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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 5-20 to 5-25

By Led Black

May 20 – May 25

Ladies and Gentlemen: Drumroll, please… The 10th Anniversary Uptown Arts Stroll kicks off at the venerable Morris-Jumel Mansion (65 Jumel Terrace) on Friday, May 31st at 6 pm. This year’s Uptown Arts Stroll features 177 events occurring in 62 venues across Washington Heights and Inwood. Make sure you get your copy of the Stroll Guidebook and get ready for the long awaited Uptown arts extravaganza.

The next installment of the photography exhibit, Message Delayed, returns to the Carnaval del Boulevard on June 1st from noon to 4pm. The exhibit will feature 87 portraits taken last year and the photo booth will be up and running to create a new set of images. The Carnaval del Boulevard will be one of the first events of this year’s Uptown Arts Stroll.

Do you know what a Vine is? No, not that kind of vine – Vine is a mobile app that enables its users to create and post video clips up to 6 seconds in length. Our Vine of the Times column features Vines about Uptown made by Uptown folks. This week we featured a Vine by Frankie Reese of MTV’s Washington Heights about the novel When Tito Loved Clara by Jon Michaud. Jon describes the must-read book as a love letter to his wife and Inwood.

In our Uptown Video section, we featured the series premiere episode of Destination Harlem TV. The show is all about highlighting the food, flavor, soul and history of Harlem. I am looking forward to the next episode. Our The Best of the Boogie Down column by Jenni Ruiza introduced us to Bronx filmmaker, Hannah Leshaw.

This also saw the debut post by Christina Bebeau entitled Inwood v. Inwood. The piece is really funny; get ready for more of her quirky, off-the-wall stories. New music also graced our pages this week. We had a banger by Rubi Rosa ft Reesee Boi, We Winning and we ended the week with a UC Exclusive; GDA’s latest video, Harlem Meets Uptown. Don’t forget to check the Drums Along The Hudson 2013 pictures courtesy of Paul Lomax. By the way, I am very excited about The Up Theater Company’s 4 – a quartet of new plays that will make their debut starting on June 5th at the Inwood Academy (108 Cooper Street).

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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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