By Led Black
September 15 – September 20
Listen, you can thank me later but you are going to want to purchase these tickets. Tony-Award-winning playwright and performer, Sarah Jones, is previewing her latest opus, Sell/Buy/Date for a super limited run at the Nuyorican Poets Café. More than a mere preview, the show is an intimate, first look at the defining work of a genius. This is a master working on her masterpiece in real time. The uncannily real and multi-dimensional female and male characters you might encounter may differ from performance to performance as Sarah reworks and retools this sweeping, epic and heady dissertation on the past, present and future of feminism, sex and male domination. You only have 7 more shows to take in this tour-de-force, so I suggest you get on in it.
William Finnegan penned a must-read piece in the New Yorker on some of the local folks involved with the nascent labor activism that is galvanizing fast-food workers across the country. We are introduced to such people as Rosa Rivera; a grandmother of four that makes eight dollars and fifty cents per hour at the McDonald’s on 181st and is barely making ends meet.
Our Time Travel Tuesdays post took us back to an article published in the NY Times on November 5th, 2009 that waxes eloquent on the proper Uptown celebration that erupted after the Yankees won a championship that year. Friend to the UC, Carolina Contreras of MissRizos.com, has an Indiegogo campaign to fund and further her important of work of helping women and young girls appreciate their natural hair and African ancestry.
Did you know that LG, the Korean electronics behemoth, is in the process of creating an expansive corporate headquarters directly across the river from The Cloisters? In other words, the breath-taking vistas you now enjoy and take for granted are in jeopardy for future generations. C. Griffith Mann of the Metropolitan Museum wrote an excellent article on the origins of The Cloisters and Fort Tryon Park and the impact that LG’s plans would have on the place that John D. Rockefeller referred to as a “well of beauty”.
Pastor and recording artist, Rich Perez, released a really cool video for the song Uptown. We also dropped another UC exclusive from GDA entitled Early produced by RedArmy.
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.