by Olga Luz Tirado


2017 is soon ending and some will agree not a moment too soon. But the New Year is for new beginnings and there is a lot to look forward to coming up in the Boogie Down.

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts’ 2018 season is filled with traditional favorites such as salsa, bachata, hip hop, symphonies and ballets. But on JANUARY 28, for the first time in over 35 years, the acclaimed Imago Theater will present a new fairy tale experience titled La Belle, Lost in the World of Automaton. This show meshes elements of steampunk and automata with the original classic Beauty and The Beast. See the entire 2018 lineup here.

In FEBRUARY Hostos Center for Arts & Culture will present a celebration of multicultural sharing for African American History Month! Come listen to the wit, wisdom, and humor of The African Drum as it reveals “How The Turtle Got Its Shell” and three more African folk tales woven into the shadow puppet adventures of little girl Kijana and her animal friends.

Linda’s Jazz Wednesdays brings us The Alma Micic Quartet in MARCH at the An Beal Bocht Café. Alma Micic is an internationally acclaimed jazz vocalist and the March show is comprised of nine selections, five original compositions and four standards. For tickets to this show and other Jazz Nights performances, click here.

APRIL is for the birds at Wave Hill with a new exhibit at the Glyndor Gallery. Avifauna: Interplay of Birds + Habitat features artworks that delve into the relationship between birds and their habitats—from the role birds play in propagating plants to changes in how the natural and built environment effects migration patterns. The exhibit opens April 7. But in the meantime, don’t forget that Wave Hill also offers a great concert series. See the 2018 lineup here. Photo caption: James Prosek, Cypress Swamp, North Carolina, 2015. Hand=painted acrylic on sheetrock, 142 x 304 3/4 inches.

In MAY the annual Bronx Week celebration of the best of The Bronx begins on the 10th and ends with a parade, food and arts festival and free concert on the 20th with lots of great events in between. Go to the Bronx Week page on ilovethebronx.com website for the latest news.

Also in May, the New York Botanical Garden will present Georgia O’Keeffe: Visions of Hawai‘i, a major exhibition exploring the artist’s immersion in the Hawaiian Islands in 1939 when she was commissioned by the Hawaiian Pineapple Company (now Dole Food Company) to paint a pineapple for an ad campaign. She painted a lot of beautiful foliage on that trip, but no pineapples. The exhibit will also feature Aloha Nights with Hawaiian entertainment perfect for date night. The exhibit ends in October.

The Bronx River Art Center will launch a new public art exhibit in Starlight Park to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Bronx International Exposition. The 2018 Bronx Exposition of Science, Art and Technology will open to the public on JUNE 30th and will feature several art installations.

And speaking of the Bronx River, the River House will also open in 2018 as a cutting edge environmental learning laboratory and base of operations for the restoration of the Bronx River and the development of the Bronx River Greenway. The building will incorporate high-level green design elements and will be heated and cooled by a geothermal system, powered with solar panels, and covered with a blanket of shading greenery. Rainwater will also be collected to help flush toilets, feed the landscaping, and wash canoes. It's been called the "Greenest Building in the South Bronx," by The New York Times! Check www.bronxriver.org for updates.

In JULY Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. will bring back the Bronx Summer Concert Series at Orchard Beach so get ready to dance on the sand under the sun while listening to local and top bands.

AUGUST is Bronx SalsaFest, a month-long, borough-wide festival of the music, the musicians and the dance. From walking tours to panel discussions to live performances and, of course, dancing – Bronx SalsaFest pays homage to our salsa legends many of whom hail from El Condado de La Salsa: The BX.

In SEPTEMBER, Arthur Avenue comes alive as thousands of locals and visitors descend upon the Real Little Italy to commemorate Ferragosto, an Italian holiday celebrating the Assumption of Mary. There will plenty of food, drink, music, street performers and fun.

Sunday, the 21st of OCTOBER is the 24th Annual Tour de Bronx, the largest free cycling event in New York State. It’s a great way to see the borough with thousands of other cyclists. Did we mention it’s FREE?

In NOVEMBER we savor the flavors of our diverse cuisine with Savor The Bronx Restaurant Week featuring a diverse array of multicultural cuisine. Go to our YouTube channel and check out some of the videos.

And that brings us back to DECEMBER. Make sure you subscribe to Go Bronx, the official eNewsletter for The Bronx Tourism Council to know what’s happening in the borough. 

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