For, literally (not the figurative "literally," but actually-literally) the first time ever the Museo del Barrio and the Museum of the City of New York are linking up for a joint-series in Harlem featuring live music, art workshops, break-dancing shows, guest DJs and even more shit (if you can imagine) all wrapped up in a culturally meaty (mmmmm, arts) block party. They're calling it Uptown Bounce: Summer Nights, and the first one is this Wednesday at 104th Street & Fifth Avenue, right in between the two museums. From 6 to 9pm, you'll get to drink sangria on the streets, dance to Puerto Rican DJ duo D’Marquesina, see sidewalk art by Murcielagos Fumando Collective and of course eat the foods from local vendors.
July 30th's party is running with the theme "Roots," which means you also get to take your brain back in time with a conversation with folklorist Elena Martínez from City Lore, who will mystically map out the journey of Latino artists and musicians who have paved the way for the creative works we see today; because leaving a party knowing more cultural facts than your, slightly obnoxious artist friend is always a fun confidence booster. Also, since the museums happen to be right across from each other, they're offering free admission and extended hours, which means you can use that extra $9 to buy more food.
Make sure to RSVP because free museum-hosted block parties don't grow on trees. They're usually on city streets, near museums. And did we mention it's free?
Jul 30, 6-9pm Uptown Bounce:Roots
Aug 6, 6-9pm Uptown Bounce:Throwback
Aug 13, 6-9pm Uptown Bounce:Remix