By Led Black
June 1 – June 6
The United Palace (4140 Broadway) is the place to be in June. First of all, there will be a free screening of the poignant Selma on Friday, June 12th at 7:30 pm. Then on Sunday, June 14th at noon there will be a can’t miss Q&A with Amelia Boynton Robinson, one of the courageous heroines of the Civil Rights movement and a participant in the “Bloody Sunday” March that led to the historic Voting Rights Act of 1965. That same day, The Collective Benefit Concert takes place at 6 pm. Come out to see the first opera in the 85 year history of the United Palace Theater performed by the American Lyric Opera Company and the United Nations Orchestra.
Then on Tuesday, June 16th the People will storm the palace. The People’s Theatre Project annual benefit/extravaganza will honor Zabryna Guevara and Monica Klehr. The event will be hosted by Michael (Juan Bago) Diaz and Mino Lora and will feature the People’s Theatre Project’s inter-generational community actors performing highlights from the 2014 – 2015 season of community-created art.
Dance/NYC, dedicated to promoting the knowledge, appreciation, practice, and performance of dance in the metropolitan area, is showing love to Uptown with it’s NEW YORKERS FOR DANCE campaign spotlighting local residents, community leaders, and artists in Upper Manhattan. This is the latest in a video series by Dance/NYC that celebrates dance’s role in advancing local vibrancy.
Dominican Rap heavyweight, Mozart La Para, came Uptown recently to perform at the annual Carnaval del Boulevard. After a long hiatus, the Roc Cast Podcast is back. Roc Belushi and Robin The Girl Wonder discuss everything from Caitlyn Jenner to police brutality to race and Bill Cosby. This is a must listen folks. You may not agree with Roc Belushi but you will certainly be entertained and perhaps enlightened. Chloe Fischbach is back with the hilarious Sh*t We Say in Washington Heights. Our Monday Mood Music selection comes to us from the decidedly dope Break Out The Crazy, For This Love.
Thanks to Cole Thompson of My Inwood we took a trip back to the turn of the 20th Century to take in the Fort George Amusement Park, which was located in what is now Amsterdam Avenue between 190th and 192nd Streets.
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.