Mark Degarmo & Dancers Host 23rd Anniv. Dance Party

Mark Degarmo & Dancers will host their 23rd Anniversary Benefit Dance Party, Dance for Dance, this Friday in the Flamboyan Theater at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center. The non-profit organization’s mission brings dance and the arts to public schools and under-served communities.  The evening will include live dance with Mark DeGarmo and Marie Baker-Lee, live music with Abrazos Latin dance band and free mambo lessons with latin dance teacher Joan Arnold.

Clemente Soto Velez Hosts Show by One of the Cuban 5

Che With Cigar - Airbrush by Antonio Guerrero

A month-long show of paintings by Cuban Five political prisoner Antonio Guerrero entitled “From My Altitude” will open tomorrow at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center. Guerrero began painting and writing poetry in 2003, after after serving his first year of a lifelong prison term in Florence, Colorado. Known as one of the Cuban Five, Guerror (along with four other Cuban intelligence officers) was indicted by the US government on 25 different counts, including charges of espionage, in 1998.

Fwacata! Closing Night Reception Tonight at Clemente Soto Velez

Fwacata! will host a closing night party/reception and mural unveiling tonight at the Abrazo Interno Gallery of the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center Abrazo Interno Gallery of the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center.  

My LES: Jan Hanvik

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What do you do?

Work-wise, I run the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Center on Suffolk Street.  It’s a 98,000 square foot former P.S. 160. GORGEOUS. Built in 1897.  It fell on hard times when the City, which still owns it, more or less abandoned it in 1973.