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UC Recap: September 8 – September 13

By Led Black

Get ready to be transported to the Middle Ages! The 30th Annual Medieval Festival returns to Fort Tryon Park on Sunday, September 28th from 11:30 am to 6 pm. The already majestic Fort Tryon Park is magically transformed to a medieval market town replete with ornate banners, authentic medieval music, dance, minstrels and jesters. Oh by the way, there is also a thrilling joust between knights on horseback. The event is free, there are no charges for admission or entertainment but bring a few schillings to partake in the wide variety of medieval crafts, food and drink that will be available. See you there…

O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo? It seems that the answer may be… Washington Heights. Mari en Maraña is a short film that takes the classic Romeo and Juliet tale and gives it a little Uptown swag with a little Dominican/Haitian historical baggage thrown in for good measure. The folks behind the project created a really cool Indiegogo campaign, with a bunch of awesome perks, to help make the movie a reality. You have until October 7th to contribute to this worthy endeavor. Spread that Uptown Love and get on it. 

The People’s Theatre Project (PTP) kicks off their latest season with Eddie’s Perejil, a searing solo performance from Edward Paulino about the brutal 1937 Haitian massacre on Saturday, September 20th at 7:30 at the Alianza Cultural Center (530 West 166th Street). Expect a night of art, activism, theater, culture and community. The PTP never disappoints. After the show stick around for a reception with a photo exhibit from the Haitian-Dominican border by Tony Savino.

Our popular Time Travel Tuesdays column took us back to a touching article published in the NY Times on September 10th, 2010 about the marriage of Lin-Manuel Miranda and Vanessa Nadal. Written by Lois Smith Brady, the piece paints a great picture of Lin-Manuel before he conquered Broadway and became a household name and hometown hero.

Our Uptown Video selection comes to us from NYC Parks Department and highlights the free West African drumming and dance classes offered by Bread & Yoga in Inwood Hill Park in the summer. Speaking of summer, check out our short film, The Incredibly Spectacular Dyckman Fireworks Co., for a brief foray back to Independence Day 2013.

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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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