Submitted by ub on Sat, 09/14/2013 - 12:24

Although it was the last of the 62 counties of New York State to be incorporated, The Bronx is rising once again.

The Bronx has an interesting history that can be divided into four periods: a boom period during 1900–29, with a population growth by a factor of six from 200,000 in 1900 to 1.3 million in 1930. The Great Depression and post World War II years saw a slowing of growth leading into an eventual decline. The mid to late century were hard times, as the Bronx declined 1950-85 from a predominantly moderate-income to a predominantly lower-income area with high rates of violent crime and poverty. The Bronx has experienced an economic and developmental resurgence starting in the late 1980s, which can be heard, seen and felt today.

The Bronx Music Heritage Center (BMHC) Laboratory’s Fall/Winter Performance Series curated by City Lore Folklorist Elena Martínez and Grammy-nominated musician Bobby Sanabria.

The recently opened BMHC Laboratory in Crotona East is a 1,400 square foot performance, gallery, and retail space where Bronx artists can innovate and showcase their work, even before the permanent home to the BMHC opens in 2015. The Lab is a music incubator that hosts artists-in-residence, concerts, open mics, film screenings, galleries, arts retail, wellness events and roundtable discussions for musicians, artisans, and the community to enjoy. It is run by WHEDco (Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation).

Music: Jacqueline Flowers & her Quintet
Thursday, September 19th, 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Film: Salty Dog Blues and a Q&A by directors Al Santana and Denise Belén Santiago, and Porto Rico Steamship Line collector Ralph Méndez
Friday, September 20th, 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Palabras/Words: Presentation of the book, Speak English!: The Rise of Latinos in Baseball with author Rafael Hermoso and photographer Rita Rivera
Saturday, September 21st, 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Information on upcoming October - Bronx Week programs (Thursday, October 17th - October 19th) please visit our October calendar events.

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