We had a great time listening to Batala New York pass by in a parade while tabling at Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space – MORUS during The 36th Annual Loisaida Festival this past Memorial Day weekend. Viva Loisaida!
And those are the words I find myself typing on this blog the day after that Memorial Day weekend of events that has since come to pass in that City of New York.
And if I were to copy and paste that 36th Annual Loisaida Festival Facebook event invite and the participants of this Loisaida Festival event, it would read something like as follows:
“For the 36th Annual Loisaida Festival, we’re taking it back to our streets! Join us for a day of community on Sunday, May 28th on Avenue C!
We are gearing up to celebrate the The 36th Annual Loisaida Festival, every year on the Sunday before Memorial Day, Loisaida, Inc. celebrates our Latino and Hispanic culture, heritage, food, music and art by turning the Avenue C – Loisaida Avenue corridor into a one-of-a-kind block party spanning across 14th Street to 5th Street inside the historic district known as the East Village/Alphabet City/Loisaida neighborhood.
DāSo+ DJ Drestar, Batalá New York, Dorill Initiative Teens, Eljuri Power Rock Trio.
Kinto Zonó Plena & Bomba, VIVA Loisaida! Awardees Recognition, Lower East Salsa, NaboriNyah
Theatre Lab at La Plaza Cultural
Line-Up & Schedule
12:00 pm – The Island School (short play)
1:00 pm – Brentwood High School Bilingual Theater – (short play)
1:45 pm – Westbury School Bilingual Theater – (short play)
2:00 pm – DJ Sunny Cheeba (music)
2:30 pm – Alejandra Rosa (poetry, performance)
3:00 pm – Adriana Devers (poetry, dance, stories)
3:30 pm – Teatro Yerbabruja (short play)
4:00 pm – Teófilo Torres con Pateco (performance)
4:30 pm – Jota Erre (music)
5th Street – 12th Street
Conjunto, Los Fascinantes, Casa Adela Rumba with Jip Jop Jibarito, PRIDA Artisan Block, Charlie Rosario Exhibition, Bouncy Houses, Bio Bus, Pony Rides, Thrive Collective * Community Mural Painting in honor of Jean Michel Basquiat, LES Sports +, PSA – 4, Kids vs Cops, Basketball Game, Loisaida Inc. & Listening Lab Activation”
And then there’s MORUS, that Lower East Side radical history museum that finds itself in that city of New York, whose Facebook event invite reads something like as follows:
“Come celebrate the The 36th Annual Loisaida Festival. Join us for a day of community on Sunday, May 28th, 11:30 am – 5 pm, an all day festival of food, music artists, activists and vendors on Avenue C. MORUS will be tabling outside our space between 9th and 10th Street.’
And if I were to copy and paste their May/June mailing list , their upcoming events are:
DESIGN WITHOUT AUTHORITY
Pop-up design exhibit at the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space
155 Ave C, NYC
May 19 through June 11
Opening: Friday May 19, 6-9pm
Viewing Hours: Fri-Sun, 2-6pm
“Design Without Authority” speaks to autonomous action, and building without authority in architecture and design. The project borrows lessons from an ad hoc approach often seen in the urban environment, where an abundance of improvised decisions, broken rules, unauthorized additions and constructions participate in the realization of the built environment. Can tacit architectural knowledge become ubiquitous, entering everyday life?
Featuring Work by Catherine Grau + Nathan Kensinger, Fly, George Bliss, John Szot, Kotti & Co, LOT-EK, Marwan Kaabour, Mohamed Nahleh, Nina Cooke John, Nof Nathansohn, Ross Martin and Xavier Delory.Curated By Renan Teuman.& ABC No Rio In Exile
Screening: Saturday May 27 at 7:00Pm
DEVASTATING SOUNDWORKS Presents
SQUAT or ROT
HONEY BEE WORKSHOP
Sunday, May 21…………12:00pm
Green Oasis Community Garden, 8th St between Avenues C and D
Come learn the basics of beekeeping for city honey bees and their importance to the urban environment. From pollination to good tasting honey, learn from bee expert Dan Rothschild of City Bees and Peas.
POP-UP FREE SAILING SCHOOL
Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space. 155 Ave C
Thursday May 25th…………6pm-9pm
La Plaza Community Garden
One of the cleanest forms of transportation is the wind. Come learn how to sail and let the world be your new home! Once you complete your free sailing classes you will have the opportunity to sail you own boat on the East River.
THE 36TH ANNUAL LOUSAIDA FESTIVAL
Come celebrate Latino and Hispanic culture, heritage, food, music, and art by turning the Avenur C – Loisaida Avenue corridor into a one-of-a-kind block party spanning across 14th Street to 5th Street inside the historic district known as the East Village/Alphabet City/Loisaida neighborhood. Mesuem of Reclaimed Urban Space with be tabling outside our space between 9th and 10th Street.
FULL MOON CELEBRATION
Saturday, June 3…………8:00pm
Wednesday, July 5…………8:00pm
La Plaza Community Garden, SW corner of 9th St & Ave C NYC
Celebrate the light of the full moon in La Plaza. Pause and be guided into unconscious bliss under the healing light of the moon with a meditation. Then reconnect sonically with ourselves and the planet. Get up and move with the moon in a moon circle of healing, sounds and higher consciousness. Release your limitations and step into nature.
COMMUNITY GARDEN VOLUNTEER DAYS
Help local communities as we help cultivate these beautiful community gardens
PROSPECT PARK MOON AND MAGIC HOUR RIDE
Last Saturday of the Month
Grand Army Plaza Entrance to Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Meets at 7:15pm at Grand Army Plaza entrance to Prospect Park, Brooklyn, across the street from the arch where the Saturday Greenmarket takes place. Discover Prospect Park at night with a peaceful ride that visits the park’s little-known treasures. Bicycle lights are recommended.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SKATE NYC
Meet every Wednesday at the south side of Union Square, 8pm, April through October. Weekly social skate through the streets of NYC, since 1996.
THURSDAY NIGHT SOCIAL BIKE RIDE
Every Thursday 7pm meet at Columbus Circle entrance of Central Park.
Hosted by Social Cycling NYC.
CRITICAL MASS – MANHATTAN
Last Friday of the Month
Union Square Park-North
This Critical Mass bike ride will be a celebration of future renewable energy and non-polluting transportation. Critical Mass meets the last Friday of every month in over 200 cities around the world. NYC’s Critical Mass and group bike rides increased bike riding and created the sustainable, safe infrastructure that we now enjoy today in NYC.
8-Ball Zine Collective Outdoor Zine Fair
St. Marks Place between 1st and Avenue A
Saturday, June 24th…………..12pm
MoRUS and Time’s Up! will be tabling and leading a free radical outdoor walking tour starting at 2pm, meeting at our table.
NEW TIME’S UP LOCATION
626 E 14th St between B & C Manhattan.
FIX YOUR OWN BIKE WORKSHOP
Sundays at 4:00pm-8:00pm & Wednesdays at 4:30pm-8:00pm. New indoor space will open after Easter.
Come check out the new TIME’S UP space: 626 E 14th St between B & C Manhattan
Open shop – you use our tools and stands to work on your bike. Experienced mechanics will be present to answer questions but you do the work. Bike workshops are free but we strongly encourage you to make a donation or become a Time’s Up member to help support our efforts. If you have a big project in mind please be considerate of the time and plan ahead.
OUTDOOR BIKE REPAIR CLASS
La Plaza Community Garden. 9th St & Ave C, East Village
Come and learn how to fix your bike and do simple maintenance and tune-ups. This is a class, not a workshop, so you do not have to bring your bike. If you want to repair your bike you should be attending the indoor bike repair workshop which is every Wednesday and Sunday.
First and Third Saturday of the Month.”
And in the midst of reading headline news of the day, some stories do not end as you expect and the only thing constant is change. Have a great Loisaida, Lower East Side Festival, Memorial Day weekend and more.