Event calendar: march 2014
Register for all events via email: RSvp.firstname.lastname@example.org
Cooking class for kids: Picnic Baskets!
Saturday, March 1, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Enrich your child's curiosity with Culinaria Festival cooking classes creating a unique culinary experience with “Best Chef in America” chef Maria Katalina Velez!
Kids will create their own non-traditional canope with bread baskets sweet & savory w/ different fillings using traditional sandwich ingredients, ham, cheese, tuna and an assortment of veggies in a healthy and fun way. Perfect for children ages 6-10 years old.
Fee: $10 per child / includes all materials, Pre-registration is encouraged
Trance Paranormal Reading Series: New Moon, New Life Edition
Saturday, March 1, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Join Editorial Trance and Emily Stroia in this special paranormal reading. Three authors will present works about the unknown while psychic-medium Emily Stroia will provide a short 'new life predictions' reading for those attending. Participate in our open floor conversation and narrate your own paranormal experiences. To sign up for the reading please email email@example.com as there's a limit. Pay-what-you-can-donation (minimum of $5.00).
Rice & Beans Book Club: Rayuela by Julio Cortazar
Wednesday March 5, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
A classic in Latin American literature, Rayuela follows the life of Horacio Oliveira and the disheartening events that change his life. RSVP, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Comedy night! A night of laughter that tickles your intellect as well as your funnybone!
Thursday, March 6, 7:30pm - 9:00pm CANCELLED
Book Reading and Signing:
More Than Two to Tango: Argentine Tango Immigrants in New York City by Anahi Viladrich Friday, March 7, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Professor Viladrich will read excerpts and poems from her newest book on tango artists, for whom tango is both an art form and a means of survival.
“A pioneering contribution to our detailed understanding of the impact of globalization and immigration in shaping both the lives and work of South American immigrant dancers and musicians.”—Suzanne Oboler, John Jay College-CUNY
Q&A to follow; light refreshments will be served., free event!
Art opening and Book Signing / Reading with Children’s Book Illustrator John Parra
Saturday March 8, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Dia de los Niños is an annual celebration of children’s importance to society. Since 1996, the day has grown to focus on promoting literacy. The goals of the celebration is to honor language, culture, and childhood through books. La Casa Azul Bookstore is celebrating this day with a six week gallery exhibit of children’s book illustrators John Parra and Carla Torres. The exhibit runs from Saturday March 8 – Sunday April 27, 2014.
On Saturday, March 8, John Parra launches his new book “Green is a Chile Pepper,” at La Casa Azul Bookstore! "Green is a Chili Pepper” is lively picture book, where children discover a world of colors all around them: red is spices and swirling skirts, yellow is masa, tortillas, and sweet corn cake. Many of the featured objects are Latino in origin, but all are universal in appeal. With rich, boisterous illustrations, a fun-to-read rhyming text, and an informative glossary, this playful concept book will reinforce the colors found in every child’s day! Free event, perfect for families with children ages 3-8!
Saturday, March 8, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Join us for a round of speed community-building! It's all the fun of speed dating, but without the pressure!
Find a new mentor, friend, or connection while sharing your interests in literature and art, right here in El Barrio! Mingle and browse, you never know ... you might leave with a new book and a new friend!
This will be a safe space for LGBTQ people of color to meet other LGBTQ people of color.
Pre-registration required: $10 admission fee comes with a free drink! (Event is 21+)
Immigrant Voices Book Club:
Tuesday March 11, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban boy by Carlos Eire
In 1962, Carlos Eire's world changed forever when he and his brother were among the 14,000 children airlifted off the island, their parents left behind. In chronicling his life before and after his arrival in America, Mr. Eire's personal story is also a meditation on loss and suffering, redemption and rebirth. RSVP, email: email@example.com
Book Reading and Signing with Rolando Hinojosa
Wednesday March 12, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Join National Book Critics Circle award recipient Rolando Hinojosa as he talks about his various books and signs personal copies. He is the author of the acclaimed Klail City Death Trip Series, which examines relations between Mexican Americans and Anglo Americans in the fictional Rio Grande Valley town, Klail City, Texas. Free event!
Book Discussion with Gilda Ochoa
Friday March 14, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Academic Profiling: Latinos, Asian Americans, and the Achievement Gap
What’s happening in our schools, and why should we care? Join author Gilda Ochoa as she shares hundreds of interviews with high school students, teachers, and parents. In candid and heart-wrenching detail, students tell stories of encouragement and neglect on their paths to graduation. Separated by unequal middle schools and curriculum tracking, they are divided by race, class, and gender. While those channeled into top classes boast about easy access to counselors and stress-release sessions, students unequally labeled encounter differential policing and stereotypes based on their abilities. Following a presentation by the author, the evening will include an informal discussion and a call for strategies for abolishing academic profiling. Free event!
Family Day with Louie Miranda and children’s book authors from Editorial Campana!
Saturday March 15, 11am - 1:00pm
Bring the whole family to a reading/presentation with authors Annette Pérez, Cristina Louise, Tiphanie Yanique, and Rafael Landrón and their great bilingual children’s books, and also enjoy a fun and interactive music performance by Louie Miranda!
Free event, perfect for families with children ages 3-8.
Film screening of Cuban Roots/Bronx Stories
Saturday March 15, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
This film highlights the historical journey of an Afro-Cuban-American family from Jamaica, to Cuba, to the Bronx, revealing that the Cuban-American experience is more diverse racially and ideologically, than we are often led to believe. $10.00 fee
Be a Smartist: Social Media Workshop Series for Authors & Other Artists
Tuesdays in March 18, 25 and Tuesdays in April 1,8,15,22, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Now more than ever writers must be their own publicists, and thanks to social media, there are a variety of free online tools you can use to find your readership. Start with this workshop series where author Sofia Quintero will guide you step-by-step in developing and implementing a strategy including a 2-session crash course in building and maintain your own website using WordPress. This is a hands-on DIY course so bring your laptop and your dreams. Come to as many as you like or need.
Fee: $35 each workshop or $175 for the series.
Using Crowdfunding For Your Dream Project
Wednesday, March 19, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Are you an artist, author, an organization, or just someone with a really great idea for a product and you need funding? Join us for a practical crowdfunding workshop aims to enable you to understand what crowdfunding is and how it works and to learn from best practice in the field. It will help you to clarify your project or venture and how to start to plan a campaign using crowdfunding campaign.
Aurora Anaya-Cerda founder of La Casa Azul Bookstore, lead a successful campaign “40K in 40 days” via Indiegogo. The White House recognized Aurora as a Champion of Change based on her experience as an entrepreneur who is pioneering the use of crowdfunding.
Carla Torres raised $10,000 via Kickstarter to publish her first children’s book!
Cost: $15 online, $20 at the door
Wise Latinas Reading, co-sponsored by KWELI and La Casa Azul Bookstore
Friday, March 21, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Join Jennifer De Leon, editor of the groundbreaking creative nonfiction anthology, Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education, and contributors Toni Margarita Plummer, Gail Dottin, and Yalitza Ferreras as they share their
narratives and provide crucial insight into the complex intersection of race, class, and identity in higher education, dispelling myths and showcasing the diversity of one community’s experiences. Free event!
Book reading and performance with Anabella Lenzo / CANCELLED
Saturday March 22, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Book Reading and Signing of Gratuity not Included by Ricardo Estrada
Wednesday March 26, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Ricardo Estrada will read excerpts from his latest novel. It’s the uplifting story of three college-aged restaurant servers trying to find their way in the world—and the summer that would bear rewards for heroism, the bliss of romantic love, and the despair of insanity. Gratuity not Included is a moving tale of friendship, love, and unwavering loyalty.
Q & A to follow, free event!
Book launch and performance: Ameriscopia by Edwin Torres
Thursday, March 27, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Edwin Torres, legendary Nuyorican poet, will celebrate the launch of his newest book with a festive performance accompanied by members of Los Guapos Planetas. A no-wave, non-jibaro, anti-barrier music collective from CaBronx; featuring poet Urayoan Noel and musician Monxo Lopes. Willie Perdomo writes, "In Ameriscopia, Edwin Torres casts a passionate, ironic, diasporic lens from symbolic hair to linguistic heart; where disparate beauty finds a space in the most beautiful of Nuyorican hazes."
Q&A to follow, food and refreshments will be served, free event!
Celebrate Women’s History Month With Four Acclaimed Latina Authors:
Sonia Rivera Valdés, Paquita Suárez Coalla, Margarita Drago, and Myrna Nieves
Friday, March 28, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Join us for an exciting evening with award-winning authors Sonia Rivera Valdés (Stories of Little Women and Grown Up Girls), Paquita Suárez Coalla (So I Won’t Forget), Margarita Drago (Memory Tracks: Fragments from Prison (1975-1980), and Myrna Nieves (Breaking Ground: Anthology of Puerto Rican Women Writers in New York 1980-2012).
¡Si se puede! Family Day celebrating Cesar Chavez & Dolores Huerta
Saturday, March 29, 11:00am - 1:00 pm
Join the celebration honoring Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta at La Casa Azul Bookstore.
Cesar Chavez was an American farm worker, labor leader and civil rights activist. Dolores Huerta was a grammar school teacher who became a labor leader and civil rights activist after deciding she “could do more by organizing farm workers than by trying to teach their hungry children.” Together they co-founded the United Farm Workers, a union for agricultural workers and bring to pass many changes to the treatment of farm workers through peaceful non-violent protests and collective bargaining. We will be reading stories and engaging in activities that will teach children about the legacy of two great leaders and about activism and the changes it can bring to pass. Si se puede!
Free event! Perfect for families with children ages 4-10!
"Anything for Selena!": A Celebration
Sunday, March 30 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Do you love Selena as much as we do? Show off your best rendition of "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom" at La Casa Azul Bookstore's celebration of the life and career of Selena Quintanilla.
Events will include karaoke, BYOB (Bedazzle Your Own Bustier), Selena look-a-like contest, music, dancing, and a screening of the film Selena! $10 entry fee, pre-purchase recommended.
Thank you for supporting East Harlem’s local / independent bookstore!