Monday, May 2, 2011

First Wednesdays Bronx Culture Trolley - May 4th Schedule and Activities

For those that are not aware of the the First Wednesday Bronx Culture Tour, please see the post below taken from their web site. Each first Wednesday of each month, the Bronx trolley takes individuals to specific points of interest mostly in the Mott Haven / Grand Concourse Section of the Bronx. The event is organized by the Bronx Council of the Arts. This Wednesdays tours seems to be especially vibrant. Please do see the information below and please do log onto their web site at the very end of the blog for additional details. The mixture of events and time of year should make the experience extra special.


First Wednesdays Bronx Culture Trolley
Hop on the trolley and enjoy attractions at some of the hottest cultural spots along the lower Grand Concourse

Catch the trolley on the first Wednesday evening of each month (except January & September) at Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos, on the campus of Hostos Community College at 450 Grand Concourse. The trolley departs at 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30pm for other venues in the South Bronx Cultural Corridor. The trolley ride and admission to participating venues along its route are free. The Bronx Culture Trolley vehicle is wheelchair accessible.

Directions: Hostos Community College is located at 450 Grand Concourse near 149th Street in the Bronx. Take the 2, 4 & 5 trains or Bx1, Bx19 buses to Grand Concourse and 149 Street. More detailed directions.

Group Reservations: Call 718-931-9500 x33 or e-mail

Wednesday, May 4, 2011
*note: programming and venue information subject to change

Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos
bronxArtworks Artisans Collective
Hostos Repertory Theater
Bronx Museum of the Arts
Peace Love Café
Bruckner Bar & Grill

8:30pm Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos

450 Grand Concourse at 149th Street

Bronx NY 10451


Observed, Imagined and Recreated

Observed, Imagined and Recreated features works by 2009 Urban Artist Initiative Grant (UAI NYC) winners in visual arts and media. Curated by Juanita Lanzo, the show focuses on the politics of representation, gender, national identity, migration, post-colonial history and politics and their impact on the construction of the self. On view in the Main Gallery.

Artists: Golnar Adili, Melissa Calderon, Cecile Chong, David Antonio Cruz, Sonjie Feliciano-Solomon, Laura Gadson, Florencio Gelabert, Tamara Kostianovsky, Lisa Iglesias, Hong Seon Jang, Jason Lujan, Kimberly Mayhorn, Algernon Miller, Annysa Ng, Shani Peters, Lina Puerta, and Heeseop Yoon. All of these artists were 2009 Urban Artist Initiative Grant (UAI NYC) awardees in visual arts and media.



EYE AM A MAN: MAN-HOOD in the GAY-HOOD by the ART-HOOD, curated by Ivan Velez Jr., includes painting, photography, drawing, sculpture and video. It explores gender constructions, religion, machismo, popular and street culture and how they shape our notions of queerness, and homosexuality. On view in the Project Room. EYE AM A MAN contains Adult Content.

Artists: Chad Boss, Jennifer Camper, Ricardo Osmondo Francis, Jr., David Goldenberg, Louis Kwong, La Buruquena, Steve Macisaac, Harry Medina, Aaron Mustamaa, Kei Otani, Carlo Quispe, Joseph Radoccia, Jean Segarra-Rosa, Soulivanh Thammavong, and Ivan Velez Jr.

Both shows are on view thru May 4, 2011. Admission is free and all are welcome. For additional information, call 718-518-6728 or visit


6:00 pm The Mermaid’s Feet

A dialogue in song across the oceans. The Mermaid’s Feet is a collaborative effort between East Harlem-based vocalists Catarina dos Santos and Raquek Z. Rivera who highlight women’s experiences with musical traditions the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Portugal, Cape Verde and Angola. This performance is a presentation of Hostos Center’s Young Roots Performance Series.

Information: 718-518-4455



Outside the Gallery

bronxArtworks Artisans Collective

Imaginative bronxArtworks creations in all price ranges are available for browsing and buying.

Items include:

Illustrations, cards, and scarfs by Diane Davis
Knit artwear by Valerie Irizarry
Drawings, pins, and crafts by Fran Marino
Metal works by Hector Melendez
Handmade silver jewelry by Elizabeth Ortiz
Ethnic jewelry and crafts by Ester Pagan
Handmade jewelry and crafts by Diana Pucci


8:00pm Hostos Repertory Theater

450 Grand Concourse at 149th Street

Bronx NY 10451

My Words, My Way / Poetry Slam

BCA's Bronx WritersCorps’ fifteenth annual preliminary Youth Poetry Slam in which young poets perform original poetry raising their voices to reveal the truth of their lives and their dreams for the future. Winners of this evening’s slam will compete in the May 11th poetry slam finals at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. This evening’s slam is hosted by writer/performer Earl Majette and features Abiodun “DUNE” Oyewole of “The Last Poets” and a special performance by SideTrack Boyz.

SideTrack Boyz is a unique R&B/POP vocal performance group made up of three individually talented young men, Lonique, Wyane and Vaugn, who sing, dance and put on
an invigorating performance.

They write and produce music, and are currently recording their own original music. They perform regularly, citywide, and are well received by their audiences. Learn more about them at:

Information: or 718-409-1265 x10

The trolley bell rings at 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30pm,

just before the Bronx Culture Trolley departs for other destinations.

View First Wednesdays Bronx Culture Trolley: December 1 in a larger map


along the trolley route


7:45pm Bronx Museum of the Arts
1040 Grand Concourse at 165th Street

Bronx, NY 10456


Tour the museum and view the exhibitions:

Stargazers: Elizabeth Catlett
in Conversation with 21 Contemporary Artists
A new exhibition of more than 40 sculptures and prints by Ms. Catlett will explore her career from the 1960s to the present as a pioneering African- American female artist and her relationship to later generations of contemporary artists. Stargazers will also include works by 21 international contemporary artists whose ideas and practices will be examined in conversation with Catlett’s life and work. (on view thru May 29).

Alexandre Arrechea: Orange Tree
A 20-foot steel sculpture created by Cuban-born artist Alexandre Arrechea, with multi-limbed basketball hoop "branches" surrounded by scattered basketballs to mimic fallen fruit. Orange Tree shifts familiar structures to engage viewers' perceptions of form and function, while raising questions about the role of street sports in urban culture (on view in the Bronx Museum Terrace thru June 6).

A project by Acconci Studio.

Artists: Vito Acconci, Adam Jakubowski, Taylor Levy, William Mowat, Brad Rosenberg, Che-Wei Wang, and Marina Zurkow (on view thru June 6).

Urban Archives: Happy Together
This exhibition features work by Asian and Asian-American artists from the museum's Permanent Collection.

Artists: Tomie Arai, Xu Bing, Paul Chan, Tseng Kwong Chi, Albert Chong, Zhang Hongtu, Ik-Joong Kang, Dinh Q Lê, Nikki S. Lee, Chihcheng Peng, Carol Sun, Martin Wong, and Lynne Yamamoto (on view thru June 6).


9:00pm Peace Love Café

617 Melrose Avenue, btwn 151st & 152nd Sts

Bronx, New York 10455


Shooting the Bronx

A multi-media exhibit by photo-bloggers who document the Bronx online, highlighting the people, places and events. Through their photography, they help change perceptions and share the Bronx with a global audience on a regular basis. Artists: Mario Burger, Eileen McNamee and Clarisel Gonzalez (curator), Steven Maginnis, Ismael Nuñez, Loretta D'Orsogna and Samantha. View the exhibition, stick around and enjoy the fine food and drink at the Peace Love Café, the South Bronx's first healthy food internet cafe.


9:00pm BronxArtSpace

305 East 140th Street

Bronx, NY 10454


Synthetic Zero Multi-Disciplinary Event

Synthetic Zero Multi-Disciplinary Event featuring art, film, music, and performances.

Encore presentation on Saturday, May 7, 7:00-10:00pm.


Bruckner Bar & Grill

1 Bruckner Blvd

Bronx, NY 10451


9:00pm Art Exhibition
by Bronx artists Jeffrey Acae and Freddy "DIA "Diaz.


Live Band Karaoke
A live band plays and you sing.


The Bronx Council on the Arts thanks Capital One Bank, Crown Trophy of the Bronx, Fox Networks, Montefiore Medical Center, and The Throgg's Neck Merchants Association for supplying the give-aways we used this past trolley year for our Bronx Culture Trolley Bronx Trivia Contest


A Special Thanks to our
Funders and Supporters

The Bronx Culture Trolley is a program of:

The Bronx Council on the Arts’ South Bronx Cultural Corridor,
The Bronx Cultural Card, and
The Bronx Tourism Council.
It is made possible with funding from:

Lambent Foundation
The Scherman Foundation,
The New York City Department of Small Business Services,
The Bronx Empowerment Zone,
The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs,
The New York State Council on the Arts, and
Council Member Maria del Carmen Arroyo.

Log onto the following web site for more information:

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