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Harlem Arts Festival’s 3rd Annual Gala Introduces Award in honor of Lynette Velasco

Morningside News - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 17:22

On Thursday, March 13th, the Harlem Arts Festival (HAF) hosted its third annual fundraising gala at MIST Harlem. The evening boasted a preview of some of the live talent to appear at this year’s festival, an inaugural award presentation, passed hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, silent auction and an all-night dance party. Almost 150 guests enjoyed the night, including HAF local artists and friends, along with community officials such as New York Councilwoman Inez Dickens, former Councilman Robert Jackson, Harlem CDC President, Curtis Archer, Community Board 11′s Diane Collier, Harlem Arts Alliance Chair Voza Rivers and art consultant Baraka Sele. 

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HAF Executives Neal Ludevig, J.J. El-far and Chelsea Goding with Councilwoman Inez Dickens. Photo: Waseem Ghattas

Launched in 2012, The Harlem Arts Festival is an annual multi-disciplinary event taking place every June at the newly-renovated Richard Rogers Amphitheater at Marcus Garvey Park. The two-day festival showcases local performing and visual artists that represent, inspire and invigorate the community of Harlem.

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The HAF Community Impact Award, created in honor of Lynette Velasco. Photo: Leah Diaz

One of The Festival’s earliest and fiercest supporters was the late Lynette Velasco, former Chief of Staff to Councilwoman Dickens. Velasco was integral to making the Harlem Arts Festival a success; taking a chance on a new organization by providing counsel and guidance to the HAF team, all on her own time. To honor Ms. Velasco’s legacy, HAF created the Annual Community Impact Award to recognize outstanding individuals for their inspiration and commitment to the community. The award was introduced at this year’s gala and presented to Harlem Arts Alliance Executive Director, Linda Walton along with musician and social activist, Fred Ho.

In a touching tribute, Councilwoman Dickens was humbled by the award named for Velasco, who often spoke about the importance of arts in the community. “Lynette was the one who encouraged me to invest in this festival,” said Dickens. “To her, any organization that provided a venue for local Harlem artists to perform, was a no-brainer. And now, thanks to the Harlem Arts Festival’s Lynette Velasco Community Impact award, her name will live on forever.”

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Harlem Arts Alliance’s Linda Walton with her HAF Award. Photo: Waseem Ghattas

“We are extremely grateful to everyone who has helped us turn our vision for the Harlem  Arts Festival into reality,” said Neal Ludevig, HAF’s Executive Director. “The money we raised at this year’s gala will go toward the festival’s production costs, park permits and artist stipends.”

The 2014 Harlem Arts Festival will take place on June 28th and 29th in the Richard Rodgers  Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park. For more information, visit harlemartsfestival.com.

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Talking Social Media Do’s and Don’ts on PIX11 NYC

Beccarama - Tue, 03/18/2014 - 10:06
Last week I talked to Kori Chambers, anchor for the PIX11 morning team about social media do’s and don’ts for parents. Covering apps that keep your family pictures private, social media shaming and creating a digital footprint for your kid before they can even walk – the segment covered a lot of advice for parents […]
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How to Tell a Hawk from a Handsaw

Out Walking the Dog - Mon, 03/17/2014 - 11:05
I am but mad north-north-west. When the wind is southerly, I know a hawk from a handsaw. Hamlet, Act II, scene ii But Hamlet, dear, this is easy. Hawk. Handsaw. More difficult in low light and at a distance is to know a hawk from a handbag, or more specifically, a plastic grocery bag. Many […]
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Roof Creatures

Out Walking the Dog - Sun, 03/16/2014 - 07:30
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Muggles Will Finally Get to Ride the Hogwarts Express!

Beccarama - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:15
I am so excited about the Diagon Alley expansion of  The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando!  And now, the creative folks at Universal Orlando have unveiled the incredible experience that will join the current Hogsmeade and Hogwarts experience with the new Diagon Alley experience: The Hogwarts Express. Not just an ordinary train […]
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Raccoons Again

Out Walking the Dog - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 07:30
On a mild, clear evening a few nights ago, the dog and I entered Riverside Park. It was a little after 7 PM and thanks to the recent arrival of Daylight Saving Time, there lingered still the faintest trace of light in the sky. Down by the river, the last of the rush hour traffic […]
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Peacocks By Design

Out Walking the Dog - Wed, 03/12/2014 - 07:30
New York City’s three Cathedral peacocks have already begun their annual spring courtship displays in which they unfurl their insanely long, dazzling tail feathers, hold them up in a giant fan, and rotate slowly to enchant the ladies. Here is a video I took a few years ago of one of St John the Divine’s […]
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Red-tail at Work

Out Walking the Dog - Mon, 03/10/2014 - 13:50
I’m not sure what to make of the collection of twigs amassed by the Cathedral Red-tailed hawks atop Saint Peter’s canopy. I posed the question on Twitter, and love the response I received from Robert of Morningside Hawks: “If they were predictable, they wouldn’t be wild. And sometimes they do weird stuff because they know […]
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MONDAY 2/24: “Person Of Interest” Filming On The Upper West Side Today

Upper West Side Blog MyUpperwest - Mon, 02/24/2014 - 11:49
CBS’ crime-drama Person Of Interest is filming in the neighborhood today. The show stars Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson, Taraji P. Henson, and Kevin Chapman. J. J. Abrams is an Executive Producer. Production is in the vicinity of W. 79th, between Broadway and Amsterdam.
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Modell’s Truck Giving Out Free Hot Chocolate & Hand Warmers At Columbus Circle

Upper West Side Blog MyUpperwest - Thu, 02/13/2014 - 12:09
If you happen to be out and about in the Columbus Circle area, apparently a truck from Modell’s is giving out free hot chocolate and hand warmers I’m not sure how long it’ll be there (I think it’s making a few stops around the city), but MUW reader @jmagNYC sent in the photo above around [...]
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WEDNESDAY 2/12: Monthly Casual “UWS Work From Home” Meeting/Networking/Social Event

Upper West Side Blog MyUpperwest - Tue, 02/11/2014 - 17:13
The February UWS Work From Home meeting/networking/social event will take place tomorrow, Wednesday 2/12. These monthly “meetings” serve as a great opportunity for people in the neighborhood who are self-employed, telecommute, freelance, or otherwise work from home to get out and meet people in similar situations from around the UWS. I’ve been a pretty regular attendee [...]
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2014 NYC Winter Restaurant Week Reservations Now Open — More Than Two Dozen UWS Options

Upper West Side Blog MyUpperwest - Tue, 02/11/2014 - 12:34
It’s that time of year again… Winter Restaurant Week is just around the corner (February 17 – March 7), and once again there are plenty of  Upper West Side options for you to sample the goods at. Unless otherwise noted, the restaurants listed below are offering their Restaurant Week menus for both lunch ($25) and dinner [...]
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THURSDAY 2/6: “Night At The Museum 3” Filming On The Upper West Side Today

Upper West Side Blog MyUpperwest - Thu, 02/06/2014 - 11:41
Looks like Night At The Museum 3 is filming on the UWS today. The cast features some big names, including Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Ben Kingsley, Owen Wilson, and Ricky Gervais. OLV reports production is taking place in two different areas of the neighborhood: 63rd & Central Park West and 77th & Central Park West [...]
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Upper West Side Openings: Marshalls

Upper West Side Blog MyUpperwest - Mon, 02/03/2014 - 21:50
There have been rumors swirling for months that Marshalls planned to open an UWS store in the retail space at The Larstrand development on Broadway, between 77th & 78th. So while perhaps it’s not exactly a surprise at this point, the signage recently became visible thanks to the construction site undergoing a bit of a [...]
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