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Harlem – News June 15, 2012

New York City's 2012 Edition of Summer Streets to Take Place in Early August
New York City’s 2012 Edition of Summer Streets to Take Place in Early August (TreeHugger)
New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan has announced that the fifth edition of NYC’s Summer Streets, which is a bit like Bogota’s car-free Ciclovia, will take place in early August on 7 miles of Manhattan streets: Summer Streets runs from 7:00 am to 1:00 PM



Uptown Festival of New Plays (Thursday, through June 24) This four-day playwright festival, hosted by Morris-Jumel Mansion in partnership with the Peoples Theater Project, will showcase works in progress inspired by the Washington Heights neighborhood. The opening reception on Thursday begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by a performance of An Alien in Inwood, written by Kimberly Barrante. Performances are followed by a discussion with the playwright, director and actors. Admission is pay what you can. Morris-Jumel Mansion, 65 Jumel Terrace, at Sylvan Terrace, Washington Heights, (212) 923-8008, morrisjumel.org.

Wave Hill: Fathers Day T-Shirts, Tour and Exhibit (Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday) Inspired by Fathers Day, Ts for Dad and Me, is a family activity in which participants can sketch summer scenery onto T-shirts with fabric markers as they walk through the nature center, on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. To 1 p.m. On Saturday, starting at 11 a.m., Deirdre La Porte, a guide at Wave Hill, will lead a history walk through the gardens. Gallery tours of the exhibition, Tending Toward the Untamed: Artists Respond to the Wild Garden, featuring painting, photography, animation and sculpture, take place on Saturdays and Tuesdays at 2 p.m. (Tours through Aug. 18.) West 249th Street and Independence Avenue, Riverdale, the Bronx, (718) 549-3200, wavehill.org; events are free with admission to the grounds: $8, $4 for students and 65+, $2 for children 6 to 18, and free for children under 6 and members. Free on Saturday and Tuesday until noon.

Cathedral Music: Drums of Illumination: Sacred Drumming in a Sacred Space (Saturday) This music program features drumming, trance dances and chants from three cultural traditions: Southern Italian, American Indian and Afro Brazilian. The musicians include the vocalist Alessandra Belloni, who also directs this collaborative work; the drummer Sergio Bellotti, the percussionist Davi Vieira; and the Silvercloud Singers and Dancers. At 8 p.m., Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue, at 112th Street, Morningside Heights, (212) 316-7490, stjohndivine.org; $25, but reservations are required.

New Haarlem Arts Theater: Ma Raineys Black Bottom (Friday through July 8) This play, written by August Wilson and directed by Eugene Nesmith, explores the blues and race relations in America. Friday, Saturday and Thursday at 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday a 2 p.m., Aaron Davis Hall, Theater B, 135th Street and Convent Avenue, Harlem, (212) 868-4444, newhaarlemartstheatre.org; $30, $25 for 60+, $15 for students, $10 with CUNY ID.

Spanish Harlem Salsa Tourtout-app-button.png (daily) This tour focuses on the neighborhoods cultural roots and includes stops at botanicas and the homes of noted musicians. Led by Jose Obando, an ethnomusicologist, the tour meets at 10 a.m. And 6 p.m. On the southwest corner of Fifth Avenue and 110th Street; $25; reservations,lubonacorp.




* Three Republican candidates are vying to run against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in November, but few New Yorkers seem to be paying attention to the June 26 primary, the New York Times says: http://nyti.ms/LoDwAS

* Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state teachers-union leaders have struck a deal that would only allow parents to see evaluations of their own childrens current teachers at meetings with school principals. The governor has signaled that he will veto any bill that diverges from that plan, the Post says: http://nyp.st/LQ0XWz

* New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has been notably silent about the controversial Chelsea Market project in her district, which pits the business interests supporting her mayoral run against the activists who propelled Quinn to prominence, the Times reports: http://nyti.ms/MaSRST

* After funding cutbacks ended a New York City rental-assistance program called Advantage earlier this year, hundreds of recipientsmost of them childrenhave returned to the homeless shelter system, the Wall Street Journal reports: http://on.wsj.com/KGlCZi

* A federal judge in Manhattan raised questions about aspects of the governments corruption case against New York City Councilman Larry Seabrook, saying the governments theory of how Seabrook received kickbacks from a non-profit was unclear, the Times writes: http://nyti.ms/L8VTLK

* Rep. Eliot Engel took out a six-figure mortgage from a major campaign contributor rather than a bank, a move that would require clearance from the House Ethics committee: http://nydn.us/NCWqr2

* Civil Service Employees Association President Danny Donohue is eligible to receive three different pensions worth more than $130,000, the Post writes: http://nyp.st/LpdXQ2