The cast of "Comfort Women: A New Musical" in a dress-rehearsal at St. Clements Theatre (Photo by Aaron J. Montes for Voices of NY)

‘Comfort Women: A New Musical’ Debuts in NYC

Culture, East Asian, Featured Posts, History July 30, 2015 at 5:00 pm

“Comfort Women: A New Musical,” about a difficult and controversial episode in history, debuts in NYC.

The entrance to the Spanish Benevolent Society on 14th Street in Manhattan. (Photo from Celia Novis via El Diario)

Documentary Tells the Story of La Nacional and Little Spain

Culture, History, Western European July 30, 2015 at 3:42 pm

A filmmaker is raising funds to finish a documentary about La Nacional, a mainstay of the city’s Spanish immigrant community, El Diario reports.

The cast of the New Brooklyn Theatre production of "Rachel," a play written in 1920, which draws parallels between the lynchings of that time and racially-motivated violence happening today. (Photo by Stefano Giovannini via Brooklyn Daily)

‘Rachel': Drawing Parallels Between Lynchings and Today’s Killings

Black, Brooklyn, Culture July 30, 2015 at 1:14 pm

New Brooklyn Theatre is mounting the production of a 95-year-old play, “Rachel,” with audio clips of today’s violence against unarmed Black men, reports Brooklyn Daily.


The ‘Dirty Laundry’ of Timothy Liu

Culture, East Asian July 29, 2015 at 6:09 pm

SinoVision speaks to poet Timothy Liu, an openly gay Mormon whose latest book, “Don’t Go Back To Sleep,” explores for the first time the “dirty laundry” of growing up as a Chinese American in the ’70s and ’80s.

Rendition of the new Irish Arts Center, planned for completion in 2016 (Image courtesy of the Irish Arts Center)

A $1 Million Pledge for the Irish Arts Center

Culture, Manhattan, Western European July 29, 2015 at 3:01 pm

Irish actress Roma Downey has pledged $1 million toward the new Irish Arts Center planned for Manhattan’s West Side, Irish Central reports.

Majah Hype: Connecting the Caribbean One Joke at a Time

Majah Hype: Connecting the Caribbean One Joke at a Time

Brooklyn, Caribbean, Culture, Featured Posts, Video July 28, 2015 at 7:46 pm

Former MTA employee turned comedian Majah Hype has amassed a large social media following of fans eager to watch him portray the accents and mannerisms of people from across the Caribbean.

"Nations market" at Park Peter Francisco in the Ironbound (Photo by Alexandre Soares)

How Samba and Saudade Found a Place in Newark

Immigrants keep coming to the Ironbound, home to the largest Portuguese and Brazilian communities in the tri-state area.

At the Colombian Day Parade in Queens (Photo by Andrea González-Ramírez via El Diario)

A Weekend of Parades

Bronx, Culture, Dominican, Queens, South American July 27, 2015 at 7:39 pm

Three national parades – of the Dominican, Peruvian and Colombian communities – took place last weekend in the tri-state area, El Diario reports.

(Photo by Diana Zeynab Alhindawi via Brooklyn Daily)

A Traditional Bear Dance in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Culture, Traditions July 22, 2015 at 10:30 am

Photographer Diana Zeyneb Alhindawi hopes her photos of a regional Romanian traditional bear dance, on display at Brooklyn Bridge Park, will “somehow help to keep it alive,” reports Brooklyn Daily.

The Giglio (Photo by Corazon Aguirre via Home Reporter)

Longstanding Italian Feast Celebrated in Williamsburg

Brooklyn, Culture, Traditions, Western European July 16, 2015 at 3:36 pm

The annual 12-day Giglio Feast in Williamsburg, now in its 128th year, features the lifting of an 80-foot-tall Giglio statue, at the top of which stands the figure of St. Paulinus of Nola, the festival’s saint of honor, report The Greenpoint Gazette and Home Reporter.

Nigerian artist Moses Tuki recently graduated from the New York Academy of Art. Photo by Carl Glassman via Tribeca Trib)

Making Art from Scrap: A Nigerian Student Sculpts

African, Culture, Long Island, Manhattan July 15, 2015 at 3:48 pm

Moses Tuki, a Nigerian artist, made a giant sculpture from bike shop scrap and other cast-offs, using a “breakthrough” to avoid welding, Tribeca Trib reports.

Mongolian wrestling during Naadam festivities in Central Park. (Photo by Yue Li via World Journal)

New Yorkers Try Wrestling at Mongolian Festival

Asian, Culture, Manhattan July 14, 2015 at 7:08 pm

The third annual Naadam festival brought Mongolian wrestling, music and dance performances, and other traditional activities to Central Park, reports World Journal.

"Horseman with Bow," 2012, by Dashi Namdakov. (Image courtesy of Russian-American Foundation via Russian Heritage Month event schedule)

History and Art at Russian Heritage Month

Culture, Eastern European, Jewish, Manhattan July 13, 2015 at 5:17 pm

Some of the exhibits which opened during Russian Heritage Month in June can still be seen. Russkaya Reklama and RUNYweb report on some of them.

Bastille Day on East 60th

Bastille Day on East 60th

On July 12, crowds gathered on East 60th Street to celebrate the French national holiday, Bastille Day, two days early with food, drink, music and dance.

David Glukh (Photo courtesy of David Glukh)

Performing Polkas in Flushing

Culture, Eastern European, Queens July 10, 2015 at 7:49 pm

Russian-born musician, musicologist and educator David Glukh performs polkas with his band at Flushing Town Hall on July 12.