New York City’s 60th annual Puerto Rican Day Parade is this Sunday, June 11th. Nearly two million people come out to witness the giant event which celebrates Puerto Rican heritage and honors those who have made a lasting impact on the culture. This year, the parade’s organizers have chosen to emphasize unity in these divisive times. The 2017 parade theme is “Un Pueblo, Muchas Voces (One Nation, Many Voices).”
In honor of the NYC Puerto Rican community, Point Green Zine’s weekend guide for the first week of June includes happenings that feature PR institutions, artists and musicians for the best events leading up to the parade.
FRIDAY, JUNE 8th
Femme Nation @ Taller Boricua Gallery
12 - 6pm
1680 Lexington Avenue, NYC 10029
Taller Boricua first began as the Puerto Rican Workshop in 1969 in El Barrio. It helped fuel the Nuyorican Movement and today continues its legacy of providing a platform for marginalized artists who have typically been ignored by the mainstream art world. The gallery’s current show, Femme Nation, features Lizzy Alejandro, Sandra Ayala and Maria Extevez. The three artists use photography to explore themes of femininity, sexuality, and motherhood. Femme Nation was curated by L.C. Stephenberg and runs through June 30.
The Whitney Biennial
10:30am - 10pm
99 Gansevoort Street, NYC 10014
The Whitney Biennial is one of the foremost exhibitions in contemporary art. It closes this Sunday so check it out on Friday before the weekend crowd descends. This year’s roster features many Hispanic and female artists, including Sofia Maldonaldo. See her piece in Occupy Museums’ Debtfair ahead of the opening of her solo show at Point Green on Saturday.
Friday Night Poetry Slam @ Nuyorican Poets Cafe
236 East 3rd Street, NYC 10009
The Nuyorican Poets Cafe began in 1973 in the East Village living room of poet and writer Miguel Algarin. It soon began a haven for marginalized writers, visual artists, and musicians of color. Today the cafe continues to use performance as a means of social empowerment and is especially known for spoken word and poetry events. This week marks the perfect moment to check out the Friday Night Poetry Slam or head over on Sunday night for some post parade revelry.
SATURDAY, JUNE 10TH
Fem Trap @ Point Green
5 - 9pm
260 Java Street, BK 11222
Puerto Rican artist Sofia Maldonado returns to her graffiti and skater roots with Fem Trap, her solo show at Point Green, a new gallery in Brooklyn. The exhibition is an exploration of young Hispanic female trap musicians and features new drawings, a visual playlist, skate decks, and a special pop-up shop stocked with special edition merch. Fem Trap opens Saturday and runs through June 30.
33rd New York Salsa Festival @ Barclays Center
620 Atlantic Avenue, BK 11217
After checking out the ladies of trap at Sofia’s show, keep the music going at the New York Salsa Festival which is part of the annual programming of the Puerto Rican Day parade. This year’s lineup features Eddie Palmieri, Tito Nieves, Grupo Niche, Fruko y Sus Tesos, Tito Rojas, DLG, Eddie Santiago, Frankie Negron, Domingo Quiñones, and Nuyorican legend, Willie Colón.
SUNDAY, JUNE 11TH
Puerto Rican Day Parade
11am - 5pm
Fifth Avenue from 44th to 86th, NYC
Don’t miss the main event of the weekend! Dubbed “America’s largest cultural celebration,” the parade is a choice way to set off summer in the city vibes. Since its 1958 debut, the Puerto Rican Day Parade has attracted massive crowds so get to Fifth Avenue early to secure your spot. This year’s edition marks the 60th anniversary of the event so it’s bound to be one for the books and the Snaps.