Most New Yorkers have heard of Shakespeare in the Park, meaning the big festival in Central Park. I have had the fortune of attending performances the past two years and they were both spectacular. But a far fewer number have heard of or attended the free uptown iteration in Marcus Garvey Park. Not only does this company’s productions rival the renowned Public Theater’s shows, but … Continue reading The Scottish Play Strikes Harlem
The best things in life really are free, or cheap. The same is true for things to do in Santo Domingo. Living by the coast in a major city allows for plenty of fun things to do on a budget. As you know, I am living on a Dominican salary so I am doing my best to live within my means. Here are a few things that I do for fun, or things I would recommend for first-time visitors to Santo Domingo.
1) Stroll along the Malecon
The Malecon, or the esplanade along the sea along the southern stretch of Santo Domingo, is a beautiful place to relax or take photographs. While some sections can be a little questionable in the evenings, it is a gorgeous drive or walk. Top spots along the Malecon for me are Park Guibia and Adrian Tropical. Guibia has a gazebo on the water, a volleyball court, playground, little shops and food stands, and an outdoor gymnasium. At night, this park becomes a lively place to share drinks with friends. If you have some money to spend, head over to Adrian Tropical Restaurant for mofongo (mashed plaintains), seafood, a cold cerveza (beer), or mixed drinks.
This past Friday, I caught a free show at Juilliard, Beyond the Machine. Students in the film, music and dance programs came together to perform and showcase their multi-disciplinary projects. Friday’s show opened with Versions, with a drama student and violinist working together with a backdrop of altered images. The drama student spoke on how people prefer photoshopped images. The film displayed while they performed … Continue reading Beyond the Machine
The Koyas and Idasa Tariq had a show at Binghamton University late September. Keep your eyes out for Idasa and Kymel who are now working with the Project DCX label here in Binghamton. Continue reading The Koyas & Idasa Tariq at Binghamton University
My weekly radio show will be Thursdays from 8:30-10pm. You can listen live online at http://whrwfm.org or if you’re in the Binghamton area at WHRW 90.5 FM. This is going on year five for me as a DJ and over the years I have expanded from just playing music to having interviews and discussing current issues on campus and in the community. It has been … Continue reading Weekly Radio Show Thursdays 8:30-10pm
Toots and the Maytals perform at the Brooklyn Bowl July 25th. One of my favorite reggae bands! Continue reading Toots and the Maytals in Brooklyn
Oumou Sangare is an incredible singer from Mali. What an amazing, powerful woman. I am fortunate to have seen her perform twice at Caramoor, and what a fantastic night, and the stage was filled with more talent than I can imagine. I was lucky enough to meet her afterwards and have her sign my CD. Continue reading Oumou Sangare at Caramoor