By Led Black
January 5 – January 10
This is a big deal folks. 2015 is the 250th Anniversary of the venerable Morris-Jumel Mansion. So to mark that significant milestone they have joined forces with The Public Theater for a special benefit performance of Hamilton on February 5th, 2015. Understand this: tickets to the newest musical from hometown hero, Lin-Manuel, are already sold out. The Morris Jumel Mansion has the last tickets in town. But it gets better. Not only do you get to see the show but there will be a pre-performance cocktail reception as well as a meet and greet with Lin-Manuel and the director, Tony-award nominee Thomas Kail, at an intimate post-show Q&A.
We have all heard the phrase feeling like a million bucks. Well, ladies and gentlemen, after a one-hour massage at Columbia Acu-Herb (251 Fort Washington Avenue) recently that is exactly how I felt. I cannot overstate the profound sense of well being I experienced during and after my massage. I have to thank my wife, Eileen Z. Fuentes, for treating me to the massage and forcing me to take time out of my hectic schedule for a little self-care. Do yourself a favor and get there pronto.
Mark your calendars for La Lucha – Quisqueya & Haiti One Island Art Exhibit at the Rio Penthouse Gallery (10 Fort Washington Ave) on Friday, February 6th, 2015 from 6 to 9 pm. The exhibit will showcase the work of 26 artists from both sides of the island of Hispaniola. The aim is to spark a much-needed conversation between the two nations and it’s people.
While we are on the topic of Haiti and the Dominican Republic, Batéy 106: Portraits from a Dominican Sugar Cane Plantation by photojournalist Erica Simone is a must-see. Ms. Simone’s searing work shows the appalling poverty as well as the undeniable humanity of those invisible souls that toil in the sugar industry in the Dominican Republic.
Audubon is back with the long-awaited Lé Trap Affair. The wait was well worth it. Audubon delivers another super solid effort that showcases his immense talents. The man rhymes, sings and does double duty as a producer. Spread Love and put Lé Trap Affair on rotation. You won’t be disappointed.
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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.