April 2 | Casita Maria – Alumnus Talk: David Gonzalez in conversation with Elena Martínez

“Casita Maria: 80 Years of Inspiring the Future” Alumnus Talk: David Gonzalez in conversation with Elena Martínez | Thursday, April 2nd, 6 – 8 PM at Casita Maria, Free.

Location: Casita Maria, 928 Simpson Street, BX, NY 10459
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Photo – Left: David Gonzalez in a family photo taken at Ferry Point Park, 1960. David is the youngest in front with his mother Lillian, father Pedro and his older brother Peter behind him. Right: The New York Times’ staff photograph by Earl Wilson, The New York Times.

As part of “Casita Maria: 80 Years of Inspiring the Future,” an exhibition that celebrates Casita’s 80th Anniversary through its distinguished Alumni, New York Times Journalist and Photographer David Gonzalez will discuss growing up with Casita Maria and life in the South Bronx with Folklorist, Elena Martínez.

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AOF Blitz Ensemble 1

BLITZ Ensemble photographer credits: David Garten/O’Farrill, Bill Bernstein/Calhoun, Eliseo Cardona/Rodríguez, Carlos Rubin/Avilés and Ben Hoste/Rodríguez-Peña.

Arturo O’Farrill / BLITZ Guerrilla Latin Jazz

Date: Friday, March 27th, 7 PM at the Longwood Laundromat
Location: 860, Longwood Avenue, BX, NY, 10459
Collaborating Artist: W.A.F.F.L.E NYC
Featuring the premiere of two original compositions by Will Calhoun and
Kali Rodríguez-Peña inspired by the lives of Bronxites Anne Calhoun
and Dr. Hetty Fox. With food by Casita Kids and Master Chef Julio.

Date: Friday, April 24th, 7 PM at Monsignor Raul del Valle Square
Location: Hunts Point 6 Train Station, NYC Parks Plaza, BX, NY 10459
Collaborating Artist: Milteri Tucker
Including an opening parade with: THE POINT’s Cirque du Monde, The South Bronx Kings Baton Twirl Team and kite flying with Lucy Aponte
Featuring the premiere of an original composition by Alejandro Avilés
inspired by life of Bronxite Benny Bonilla.

Arturo O’Farrill and Casita Maria are proud to present BLITZ, a new Bronx-based Latin Jazz ensemble. They will be premiering original music inspired by local Bronxites and performing along with interdisciplinary artist collaborators in nontraditional venues throughout the South Bronx.

The musicians that form BLITZ are Arturo O’Farrill, Will Calhoun, Bam Bam Rodríguez, Alejandro Avilés and Kali Rodríguez-Peña. This cultural initiative and free concerts are made possible by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and are free, open to the public and for all ages.

For more information – http://www.casitamaria.org/blitz

MetOpera Photo Ken Howard

Introduction to the Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute, presented by the Metropolitan Opera and Opera Guild. Photographer: Ken Howard, Metropolitan Opera.

Casita Maria and Lincoln Center Boro-Linc Saturdays

Saturdays at 12 PM and 2 PM from March 7th through June 13th at Casita Maria

Location: Casita Maria, 928 Simpson Street, BX, NY 10459
Boro-Linc, a new borough-based initiative from Lincoln Center, is partnering with Casita Maria to offer special, free family events every Saturday through June 13, 2015. This new program presents a wide range of free performances, workshops, activities and exhibits that include both Lincoln Center and Bronx-based artists and organizations.

For more information – http://www.casitamaria.org/lincolncenterborolinc