May 2013

Join MOCA for a conversation with Scott Seligman, author of the new book The First Chinese American: The Remarkable Life of Wong Chin Foo, on June 13th. The Chinese in America endured abuse and discrimination in the late 19th century, but they had a leader and a fighter in Wong Chin Foo, whose story is a forgotten chapter in the struggle for equal rights in America. The first to use the term “Chinese American ” – it was the name he gave to New York’s first Chinese-language newspaper – Wong defended his compatriots against malicious scapegoating and urged them to become Americanized to win their rights.

My “obsession” with health food began in the early 60s. I had just given birth to my son Joshua and felt weak for the first time in my life. At least for the first time that I can remember, as the exhaustion continued for days on end, rather than rare, isolated incidents.

While many politically incorrect words point a strong negative stigma at the perpetrator who spoke it, calling someone a “retard” is a common practice that is seldom given much thought. We asked Anna Bzura, a special education teacher who works with mentally disabled youth, and Jaime and Erik Vice, father and son, their opinion on the controversial word and how it affects those in their lives.

While Bill Thompson seems like an underdog in the mayoral race at this point, there are some important similarities to his last run four years ago. The fact that he did not have access to something like $120 million in personal funds to edge out a billionaire definitely played out against him, and had the Democratic Party supported him wholeheartedly we’d now be discussing his re-election.

Pit masters from all over the country descend on Madison Square Park to sell their succulent smoky ribs, juicy pulled pork, mouthwatering sides, desserts and drinks on June 8 & 9. There are also cooking workshops, book signings and great live blues, but the main event here are the eats.

Catch the Grammy Award winning king of NYC kid rock, Dan Zanes, and beloved folk crooner Elizabeth Mitchell, on Sunday, June 9th, in a rare no-cost concert in Robert F. Wagner Park. Other entertainment includes Native American storytelling, lawn games, and nature and art activities.

On Monday, June 3rd, three of today’s acclaimed political-intrigue show runners discuss the new crop of Washington insiders on television—and what typifies these characters and their pursuits: ambition and corruption, cynicism and satire. Danny Strong, "Recount," "Game Change" (HBO), Joe Weisberg, "The Americans" (FX), Beau Willimon, "House of Cards" (Netflix). Moderator Stefan Forbes is the Writer/Director/Producer of Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story.


Named the Village Voice’s Best Outdoor Festival 2011, HOWL! Festival is the quintessential community event celebrating the history of the East Village and Lower East Side. Beginning, on Saturday, June 1st, with the signature group reading of Howl, the Festival’s talented performers—young and old—dig deeper into Allen Ginsberg’s legacy and mischievous sense of fun to celebrate freewheeling bohemia and creativity in poetry, music, dance, art, and a Carnival filled with funhouse activities, rides, games and art for families and kids.

DayLife will be returning to the Lower East Side on Sunday, June 2nd. Save the date for another full day of the best in LES food, fashion and fun on Orchard Street between East Houston and Delancey Streets. Unconventional Street Event with Pushcarts, Food and Fashion hits the Lowline Exhibit and then back home to Orchard Street. 

Famed for her lyrical storytelling, strong sense of Latin rhythms, and beautiful clear-toned voice, Afro-Peruvian singer Susana Baca shares the music of her vibrant tradition on stage at Highline Ballroom's Blue Note Jazz Festival, on Friday June 14th.

Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake seem to pop up on everybody's "favorite artists" list. At this year's Grammy Awards, Jay-Z hopped onstage and joined JT for the singer's latest, "Suit & Tie." Now you can enjoy both of these stars' biggest hits when The Timberfakes, the only Justin Timberlake tribute band, and Hard Knock Live, the premier Jay-Z cover collective, celebrate the Legends of Summer pn Saturday, June 8th.

Join the SoHo Alliance at Petrosino Square, Spring and Lafayette Streets, today, Saturday May 25, at 12pm for community action and festivities to restore our public art space and parkland. Various arts, civic, Italian-American and community groups are organizing the event, with free drawing classes and life models. The press and local electeds have been invited, and the community is counting on you to be there too!