A special holiday celebration of a Puerto Rican Christmas musical procession, parranda, with the Garifuna musical genre of paranda featuring Garifuna musician and educator James Lovell leading the Garifuna musicians, and the Puerto Rican parranda led by Bobby Sanabria, Jorge Vazquez, and Mathew Gonzalez. Local vendors and artists will add to the festivities.
Latinos are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population, and among the most diverse -- accounting for one-sixth of all Americans and tracing their origins to more than 20 countries. They are also a rising force in American politics. Yet across the American media landscape, from the broadcast airwaves to cable television and Hollywood film, the reality and richness of the Latino experience are virtually nowhere to be found. In Latinos Beyond Reel, filmmakers Miguel Picker and Chyng Sun examine how US news and entertainment media portray -- and do not portray -- Latinos. Drawing on the insights of Latino scholars, journalists, community leaders, actors, directors, and producers, they uncover a pattern of gross misrepresentation and gross under-representation -- a world in which Latinos tend to appear, if at all, as gangsters and Mexican bandits, harlots and prostitutes, drug dealers and welfare-leeching illegals. The film challenges viewers to think critically about the wide-ranging effects of these media stereotypes, and to envision alternative representations and models of production more capable of capturing the humanity and diversity of real Latinos.
Followed by a Q&A with filmmakers Miguel Picker and Edwin Pagán
The Fires is a story about computer modeling, urban planning and New York City's 1970s fire epidemic and fiscal crisis. Despite the disastrous consequences, New York City in the 1970s set the template for how a modern city functions -- both literally, as the RAND Corporation sold its computer models to cities across the country, and systematically, as a new wave of technocratic decision-making took hold, which persists to this day. In The Fires, Joe Flood provides an X-ray of these inner workings, using the dramatic story of a pair of mayors, an ambitious fire commissioner, and an even more ambitious think tank to illuminate the patterns and formulas that are now inextricably woven into the very fabric of contemporary urban life. The Fires is a must read for anyone curious about how a modern city works. The Fires has won the Bronx Recognizes Its Own (BRIO) Award and been named an Amazon.com Book of the Month.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. BMHC programming is made possible with support from The Kresge Foundation, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, and The Rockefeller Foundation Cultural Innovation Fund.
City Lore was founded in 1986 and its mission is to foster New York City's – and America’s – living cultural heritage through education and public programs. The mission is to document, present, and advocate for New York City’s grassroots cultures to ensure their living legacy in stories and histories, places and traditions. City Lore works in four cultural domains: urban folklore and history, preservation, arts in education, and grassroots poetry traditions. In each of these realms, City Lore sees itself as furthering cultural equity and modeling a better world with projects as dynamic and diverse as New York City itself. Its programs include the People’s Hall of Fame, the Place Matters Awards, Arts in Education programs in the schools, and an interactive story map of New York, cityofmemory.org.