Events throughout borough, from Woodlawn Cemetery to Orchard Beach
Drummer Angel Rodriquez (right) performs as part of last year’s SalsaFest in the Bronx
SalsaFest returns Friday with a monthlong celebration of Latin music and culture.
“This is the borough that gave birth to what has become an international phenomenon, and it is only fitting that we celebrate ‘El Condado de la Salsa’ together,” said Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
This marks the second year of the festival. The opening weekend will include a screening of the documentary, “From Mambo to Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale” at Pregones Theater, a block party at Casita Maria and a special tribute to the “Queen of Salsa” Celia Cruz at Woodlawn Cemetery.
Each Sunday will bring a free concert at Orchard Beach. by such acts as Nelson Gonzalez, a former member of the Fania All-Stars, and Papo Vázquez Mighty Pirates Troubadours.
Olga Luz Tirado, who heads the Bronx Tourism Council, is excited about this year’s lineup.
“I’m a salsera from way back. I was born dancing,” she laughed. “For me it’s in my blood. But to see other cultures and people enjoying this genre, it’s a wonderful thing.”
Last year’s festival drew hundreds of spectators to celebrate Latin culture. Tirado expects similar crowds this time around.
. “So everybody needs to bring their dancing shoes,” she said.
For a full listing of SalsaFest events, visit ilovethebronx.com.
n Made in the Bronx
Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos is hosting “Made in the Bronx: The Designer’s Bazaar Edition.”
The bazaar will feature several borough designers who will be making and displaying original and one-of-a-kind clothing, home and personal accessories, jewelry, and paper goods.
Participating artists include Fran Marino, Star Nigro, Gail Sharbaan, Patricia Nelson, Diana Pucci, Valarie Irizarry and Elizabeth Ortiz.
The bazaar will run 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, and Monday through Wednesday at the gallery, 450 Grand Concourse. To learn more, call (718) 518-6728 .
n ‘ Virtual’ Art Tour
The Bronx River Art Center (BRAC) is launching “Virtual/Monumental,” a series of guided tours that will use quick response (QR) codes to explore special art projects in West Farms.
The daylong event kicks off at 10 a.m. on Aug. 11 at BRAC, 2064 Boston Road. The center will provide iPads during the tours. There will also be a BBQ.
Artists David Abecassis, Jason Eisner, Katherin McInnis, Maria Mocerino and Nathan Koch, Heidi Neilson, Stephanie Rothenberg and members of the center’s Teen Project Studio will make project presentations.
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