Out & About: Parranda Comes to the Bronx

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Afro-Caribbean Holiday Comes to the Bronx
The public is invited to learn about and celebrate Kingsbridge Octavitas Community Parranda, Afro-Caribbean holiday caroling tradition, with Bomba Yo at the St. James Recreation Center, 2530 Jerome Ave. (between 190th and 192nd streets), on Jan 13. Events include history and singing practice from noon to 2 p.m. and Parranda on Kingsbridge Road from 2 to 4 p.m. Free hot chocolate and refreshments will be served. For more information and to RSVP, contact 

Out & About: Parranda Comes to the Bronx
LAST YEAR’S PARRANDA celebrations saw this musician (r) stop by several stores in Kingsbridge Heights. Expect to see that in St. James Park this year (see Editor’s Pick for more details).
File photo by Miriam Quinones

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, 250 Bedford Pk. Blvd. W., presents Hasta Siempre, featuring Luis “Perico” Ortiz, performing salsa music, celebrating his 55th anniversary, Jan. 20 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 to $65; $100/VIP (which includes pre-concert reception including hors d’oeuvres and drinks at 6:30 p.m.). For more information, call (718) 960-8833. 


The Bronx Library Center, 310 E. Kingsbridge Rd., presents Sonido Costeño in Concert, featuring Latin music, Jan. 13 at 2:30 p.m. For more information, call (718) 579-4244/46/57 or visit 

New York Botanical Garden’s Annual Holiday Train Show featuring model trains and miniature replicas of NYC landmarks ends on Jan. 15. For more information and to purchase tickets, call (718) 817-8512.

Montefiore Supporting Healthy Relationships will host a January Open House on Jan. 9 and Jan. 11 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 334 E. 148th Street, 2nd Floor. The event is FREE but RSVP is required. Call (718) 401-5050 ext. 253/207

Wave Hill, a Bronx oasis at 675 W. 252nd St. in Riverdale, offers Family Art Projects: Create Your Year – Hello 2018!, to create a garden of fruits and vegetables, Jan. 6 and 7; and Freedom Quilting Bee, to create a quilt from squares of fabric, Jan. 13 and 14; both in the WH House from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Also scheduled is Zig Zag Quartet, jazz concert on Jan. 14 at 2 p.m. in the WH House (tickets: $28 plus grounds admission; $24/members; $12/ages 8 to 18; ext. 251). Grounds admission is free until noon Saturdays and Tuesdays all year. For more information and a schedule of events including tours and walks, call (718) 549-3200.

Out & About: Parranda Comes to the Bronx
THE ZIG ZAG Quartet is scheduled to perform at Wave Hill on Jan. 12 (see Events section for more information).
Photo courtesy Wave Hill

The Bronx County Historical Society presents What Lies Beneath — Cemeteries of the Bronx, through April 8, at the Museum of Bronx History, 3266 Bainbridge Ave. (208th Street), For more information, call (718) 881-8900.

Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse (at 165th Street), presents Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitect, and Susannah Ray: A Further Shore, both through April 8. For more information, call (718) 681-6000.

Lehman College Art Gallery, 250 Bedford Pk. Blvd. W., presents free, Dark and Stormy Night Gothic Influence in Contemporary Art, Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., through Feb. 10. For more information, call (718) 960-8833.

Library Events
The Bronx Library Center, 310 E. Kingsbridge Rd., presents for adults: film: “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” a true story, Jan. 6 at 2:30 p.m.; and Microsoft for Beginners: Jan. 9 at 2 p.m. For more information, call (718) 579-4244/46/57 or visit

The Mosholu Library, 285 E. 205th St., offers for children: Toddler Bilingual Storytime at 10:30 a.m.: (ages 18 to 36 months), librarian will read, sing and play songs in English and Spanish, Jan. 8 and 16; and STEM: Kids Science at 3 p.m.: (ages 5 to 12), Jan. 9 and 16. Teens/young adults can enjoy: Craft-eens! at 3:30 p.m.: Crafts on Wednesdays, (all materials are provided), Jan. 10 and 17; and film: “Power Rangers,” Jan. 13 at 1:30 p.m. Adults can attend: Knitting Circle: Thursdays at 3 p.m. For more information, call (718) 882-8239.

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