- Created on Sunday, 27 July 2014 19:39
The Los Angeles-based Rhythm Arts Alliance, a project of UPCA, participated in a day of educational arts activities for more than 70 Los Angeles County Probation Department field officers on July 16, allowing them to experience the transformative power these programs provide to youth in juvenile detention camps.
"There were formerly incarcerated individuals performing alongside our staff and in the audience. By the end of the event, the parole officers were on stage performing for us," said RAA Executive Director Peter Walden. "I am struck again and again by how, when you strip away all the socially imposed roles and categories we carry about each other, we are all in the end just people wanting to express who we truly are to the world.
"Hopefully it's just the beginning of a coalition that might really be able to shift the paradigms of how juvenile prison effects our youth in Los Angeles," he added.
Read more about the event on the Digital Journal website: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/2065422#ixzz38LP1HpOd
- Created on Friday, 18 July 2014 19:09
Thank you to everyone who helped make the last 10 months a great season of events for UPCA.
We are taking a break during July and August and will be back with a new season of arts programming in September.
Have a great summer.
- Created on Thursday, 10 July 2014 17:16
Thank you to Halstead Property and its agents for supporting "The Concert" on June 28. Their support helped fully fund the cost of the event, allowing us to donate all funds raised at "The Concert" - nearly $5,000 - to the El Sistema-inspired programs who participated.
Halstead Property, as well as all the sponsors, will enjoy a full year's worth of promotion with their sponsorship for the new "Crackalackin' Season of Classical Music at the Palace." Look for an announcement of the entire calendar in the coming weeks.
These are the Halstead agents who pitched in for the sponsorship. Please consider reaching out to them when doing business in Northern Manhattan:
- Created on Sunday, 01 June 2014 19:45
During our Indiegogo crowdsourcing campaign to Raise a New Screen at the Palace, Toshiba Business Solutions NYC generously offered a $1,000 challenge donation that helped us get halfway to our $20,000 goal.
Then on April 27, right before we screened "King Kong," Toshiba Senior Account Executive Froy Perez, a Washington Heights resident, delivered the symbolic check on stage. (In the photo, that's Lin-Manuel Miranda in the gorilla suit, following up on his promise to don the costume if contributions to the campaign hit $15,000 before showtime.)
Later in the evening Perez chose the winning name of one audience member who got to choose between a Toshiba laptop, tablet, or TV.
Toshiba has been a great partner to UPCA during the new screen campaign, helping to arrange the installation and ensuring it came in on time and on budget. We look foward to continuing our partnership as new projects develop at the Palace.
- Created on Sunday, 01 June 2014 17:45
Opening reception for Mike Fitelson's "Message Delayed"
Friday, June 6; 6-8pm
The 4th installment of the 10-year project by Mike Fitelson, UPCA's executive director, photographing passersby during the Juan Pablo Duarte street festival in June. These 114 black and white photographs were taken in 2013.
Kids Fashion Week — Spring Collection Showcase
Sunday, June 8; 5pm doors, 6pm show
Uptown Fashion Week presents its first annual Kids Fashion Week, a community event showcasing local children's fashion designers.
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis presents "Uptown Family Swing"
Saturday, June 14; 5pm doors, 6pm show
In collaboration with award-winning choreographer Aubrey Lynch II, an original cast member of The Lion King and protégée of Alvin Ailey, and director of dance and musical theatre at Harlem School of the Arts, Jazz at Lincoln Center presents a toe-tappin' spectacular celebrating the timeless music of Duke Ellington.
- Created on Sunday, 01 June 2014 17:10
Saturday, June 14; *** NEW TIME *** 4:30pm doors, 5pm show *** NEW TIME **
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis goes UPTOWN! In collaboration with award-winning choreographer Aubrey Lynch II, an original cast member of The Lion King and protégée of Alvin Ailey, and director of dance and musical theatre at Harlem School of the Arts, Jazz at Lincoln Center presents a toe-tappin' spectacular celebrating the timeless music of Duke Ellington.
Featuring over 50 dancers from ten different schools, including Lynch's young performance ensemble "Mr. Aubrey's Show Kids" and students from the Harlem Children's Zone, the concert will entertain the entire family with foot-stompin' favorites, including "Happy Go Lucky Local" and "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)." The performance includes a special opening set by The Jazz Ambassadors of The U.S. Army Field Band, the official touring big band of the United States Army.
- Created on Sunday, 01 June 2014 17:04
Sunday, June 8; 5pm doors, 6pm show
Tickets: $10-$40 Purchase here.
Uptown Fashion Week presents its first annual Kids Fashion Week, a community event showcasing local children's fashion designers. Featured designers include Audris Rijo, Lemonade Amsterdam, The Bowtie Kids, My Lil Boy Closet, Sophisticated Kidz, D'Davanna Kids Collection and Rocket Clothing. International runway models Rosa Gough and Sal Garcia will participate in the event and will be in attendance, along with several other public figures in the fashion industry.
The mission of Uptown Fashion Week, which also stages fashion shows in February and September, is to educate and inspire locals about fashion as well as to support fashion designers within Northern Manhattan. The initiative also provides financial support and drives awareness for Hogar Sanisi, a nonprofit organization that helps HIV positive children in the Dominican Republic.
- Created on Sunday, 01 June 2014 16:58
Friday, June 6; 6-8pm
For the past four years Mike Fitelson, UPCA's executive director, has taken portraits of passersby during the Juan Pablo Duarte street festival in June. Each person holds up a sign upon which they have written what they were thinking about at the time. No one sees the photos until they are exhibited at the following year's street festival when the participants are invited back to see the nearly life-size canvas prints. Then the cycle continues as new photos are made.
"Message Delayed," which Fitelson imagines to be a 10-year project, has been called the "anti-Facebook" by the Village Voice. For additional details about "Message Delayed" visit: http://www.mikefitelson.com/blog/
The portraits taken in 2013 will be exhibited at the United Palace through June. The exhibit will be in the Palace annex. Enter through the green awning on Broadway in the middle of the block.
- The People Storm The Palace
- Thanks for The Warriors gear from Etsy.com artists
- We raised a new screen!
- There Will Be Blood Screening + live film score
- Thank you to the artists of Etsy.com
- Opera arrives at the Palace
- PAST EVENT-The Concert
- PAST EVENT-"The Warriors" with Lin-Manuel Miranda
- PAST EVENT-"Manhattan" with Lin-Manuel Miranda
- Make Lin-Manuel wear a gorilla suit to "King Kong"