Monthly Archives: June 2010

Torey M in the Daily N

Torey on the Fest Stage (Photo: Edwin Anglero)

We got to meet Torey Maldonado in the lead-up to this year’s Red Hook Fest, where he conducted a reading and discussion about his book, Secret Saturdays (my mom bought a copy for her students down in Richmond, VA, and is loving it so far!).

Today, Torey’s in the Daily News, continuing to get a ton of attention for this unique new piece.  Check it out, and check out these snapshots of the Fest (where you’ll get a real quick glimpse of Torey!).

Upcoming Events

Music & movies on the dock:

Baby Gramps (Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday) With a gray beard the size of small shrubbery, a raspy Popeye voice and manic skills on the steel guitar, Baby Gramps plays a cartoonish variation on the role of hobo troubadour in old-timey songs like “Big Rock Candy Mountain.” But he really shines in his hilarious and ingenious wordplay, as in his palindrome song (“Go hang a salami, I’m a lasagna hog”). On Sunday at 8 p.m., Jalopy Theater, 315 Columbia Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn, (718) 395-3214; (Via NY Times)

Red Hook Films on Tuesday evenings in Valentino Park. The free line-up, which was just announced, will kick off with the 80’s classic Goonies on July 13th at 8pm. (Via Brownstoner)

And a bit down the line, DTE will be producing Maria Irene Fornes’s “What of the Night?” here in Red Hook.  Stay tuned for details (shows are July 30-31) or send me an email to get involved (all ages & experience levels welcome).

Tropical Image @ The BK Salsa Congress

Tropical Image, led b y Arelis Beato, did an awesome job at the Red Hook Fest the last two years.

Now they invite the DTE family (that’s you , if you’re reading this!) to the Fourth Annual Brooklyn Salsa Congress. This event raises funds to support and maintain the “GKOTS”  Get the Kids off the Street” Project, a community, family-oriented program that helps keep our youth involved in the arts and educate them in different cultures through the art of dance.

Beacon Talent Show Tonight

Check it out:

DTE Honored by Bailey’s Cafe

From the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center Blog:

Saturday, June 19th Bailey’s Cafe, will be hosting Voices of Change, a fundraiser featuring dinner, theater, live music by Michael Hill’s Blues Mob, and dancing in honor of Brooklyn Change Makers at the Hattie Carthan Garden from 5:00-9:00 pm. The garden is on Marcy Avenue between Clifton Place and Lafayette Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

The Mediation Center is appreciative to be among this year’s list of deserving honorees, which also includes Black Veterans for Social Justice, Dance Theatre Etcetera, Yonnette Fleming, Groundswell Community Mural Project, 651Arts, and Urban Bush Women.

DTE is honored (of course) to be honored, especially alongside such great organizations.  Get your tickets at the Bailey’s website and while you’re there check out the cool stuff they’ve been up to lately.

Something (kinda) Old, Something New

Check out some of Edwin Anglero’s awesome photos and be taken back…about a week ago, to the Red Hook Fest.

And when you’ve had your fill of nostalgia, look to the future- tomorrow (weather permitting) is the neighborhood-wide stoop sale.  Here’s a map with all (most?) of the locations.

Fight Cuts to Arts Funding

From the Alliance of New York State Arts Organizations:

We MUST get our legislators to speak out in support of arts funding and against the 40% cut in CONFERENCE COMMITTEE TODAY!!!!!!!

Get in touch with your democratic legislators directly or their chief of staff, in both the Assembly and Senate.

We must get a critical mass speaking out in conference committees TODAY.  The Speaker and Majority Leader will respond to that pressure.

If we do not get a significant number of members speaking out, we will fall through the cracks.  The smallest state agency is facing the biggest cut.

Call your electeds NOW. Speak with them directly or their chief of staff….do not leave a message with the receptionist.

The Red Hook Fest Starts Tonight

If you didn’t know the Red Hook Fest starts tonight, you do now. Come support local students tonight @ Coffey Park!

For the “on-the-horizon” department: Next Saturday Red Hook brings Brooklyn the biggest stoop sale…EVER.