Workshops, Readings, Book Clubs, Concerts and More Set for La Casa Azul Bookstore, Aug 2014

Workshops, Readings, Book Clubs, Concerts and More Set for La Casa Azul Bookstore, Aug 2014

La Casa Azul Bookstore has released the program schedule for August 2014. The events include workshops, readings, book clubs, and the summer concert series! Scroll down for details.


Summer concert series: Boleros with Cassandra Oliveras Saturday, August 2, 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Cassandra Oliveras considers the Bolero repertoire a blazing counterpart to the American Songbook; its melodies timeless, and truths universal. She has performed as a soloist and choral singer in venues throughout NYC and in Paris. Tickets: $10, free for children under 4 years of age.

Reading of Remedy for a Broken Angel by Toni Ann Johnson Saturday, August 2, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

About the book: Serena is a Bermudian jazz singer whose mental health problems lead her to abandon her daughter "Artie." Artie's anger and curiosity eventually drive her to seek out Serena's younger lover, Jamie L'Heureux, a jazz superstar. The spirit of Charles Mingus thrums throughout the story as these two women tangle in the complicated mess that is a mother-daughter relationship. Free event.

Workshop for artists: Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Wednesday August 6, 4:00pm - 5:30pm

LMCC's Manhattan Arts Grant programs provide technical support to applicants and awards of up to $5,000 to enable hundreds of arts projects in all disciplines, serving communities from Inwood to The Battery. These grants are often among the first awards an artist or group receives and can help recipients to leverage additional support from other sources. Free event, pre-registration suggested.

Rice and Beans Book Club: Ruins by Achy Obejas Wednesday, August 6, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Ruins follows the despair of Usnavy and his family in a disintegrated Cuba. This novel allows you to witness how one man confronts life's tragedy with a small glimpse of hope.

Summer Concert Series: Los Pleneros de la 21 Saturday, August 9, 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Los Pleneros de la 21 is an East Harlem traditional performing arts nonprofit organization that fosters awareness and appreciation of Puerto Rican traditional expressions-particularly those of African descent: Bomba & Plena-as indispensable to a healthy community life.

Bomba and Plena are the core of Los Pleneros de la 21's musical production yet música jíbara (mountain music of Puerto Rico), jazz, salsa, rock, rap, and other genres are appreciable influences in their repertoire. Los Pleneros de la 21 brings this interaction to the stage during their performances, as well to the community with their dancing and drumming workshops for people of all ages.

Tickets: $10, free for children under 4 years of age.

Book drive: Unaccompanied Latin American Minor Project (U-LAMP)

Card making for detained children Sunday, August 10, 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Film screening of Sin Nombre Sunday, August 10, 3:00pm

La Casa Azul Bookstore, in collaboration with the Unaccompanied Latin American Minor Project (U-LAMP) at John Jay College of Criminal Justice/Safe Passage Project is launching a book drive for children who were apprehended and detained at the Mexico-US border and are currently in deportation proceedings in the New York City area. These children and teenagers are living in both local shelters and residing with legal guardians and need new and gently used Spanish-language books in good condition. Buy books at La Casa Azul Bookstore for the book drive, mention that the books are for the Unaccompanied Latin American Minor Project and receive a discount on your purchase.

La Casa Azul bookstore will be accepting books from Thursday, July 10th - Sunday, August 10, 2014. We will be delivering books to local shelters and providing them directly to children and teenagers who are currently in deportation proceedings.