Friday, April 12, 2013

Latino Alumni Group Theater Outing: El Amor en Los Tiempos del Cólera (Love in the Time of Cholera)

The Latino Alumni Group invites you to their Theater Night 2013 at El Repertorio Español on Saturday, April 20th at 8:00pm and with an optional pre-show dinner at Mexico Lindo on 459 and Second Avenue at 6:00pm. This year the Latino group will be attending the newly adapted staging of Gabriel García Márquez’s novel, El Amor en Los Tiempos del Cólera (Love in the Time of Cholera). Written for the stage by Caridad Svich and directed by José Zayas who brought us the adoption of Julia Álvarez’s In the Time of the Butterflies and Isabel Allende’s The House of the Spirits. Love in the Time of Cholera is a lyrical, imagistic play that focuses on an extraordinary love story between a poetically inclined man named Florentino Ariza and a sensual, practical yet somewhat elusive woman named Fermina Daza. This adaption has toured to sold-out shows around the world. $30 per person for the show, $57 per person for the dinner and show. Presented in Spanish with live English translation. Tickets are VERY limited. Contact the AA ASAP for tickets. 

Monday, September 24, 2012

5th Annual Simón Bolívar Award


Simón Bolívar 2012

Right to Left: Don Jordan, AA Exec VP, Laura V. OsorioSB 2012 Recipient,
Rafael Rivera-Viruet, SB 2012 Recipient, Edward Corcino, LAG President
This was our 5th Annual Simón Bolívar award held at City College, and the third one that I presided over. Each year I feel as if we raise the bar in how we plan an organize the dinner.

This years were are-

Rafael Rivera-Viruet 
2012 Simón Bolívar Award
Rafael was born in 1940 in the mountains of Utuado, Puerto Rico and is the product of a single mother. As a young boy he survived a rare case of tuberculosis and living in the mountains did not allow him to attend school, so at the age of nine he was put on a four engine plane and sent to New York. He lived in the South Bronx and quickly learned how ...  See More

Laura V. Osorio
2012 Simón Bolívar Award
Laura V. Osorio is a registered architect in the state of New York with experience in both the private and public sectors. She graduated from City University of New York obtaining a Bachelors of Science and a Bachelors in Architecture from CCNY School of Architecture and Environmental Studies, now renamed the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architectur...See More


Check out our facebook page for their full bios.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Latino Beat - Newsletter: Dreamgirls Theatre Outing










The twelve-time AUDELCO-nominated Harlem Repertory Theatre (HRT) is back with two shows also full of CCNY Latino stars. 

HRT, founded by past theater department head, Keith Lee Grant, is producing an intimate chamber version of DREAMGIRLS, the classic a musical based on the show business aspirations and successes of renowned R&B acts: The Supremes, James Brown and others. The musical is a classic, “rags to riches" tale of three young African American female singers who begin as innocents and ultimately triumph over jealousies, deceptions and a ruthless music industry. This blind casted rendition includes a number of Latinos in lead and supporting roles. 

Check the website or Facebook for cast info:
www.harlemrepertorytheatre.com
www.facebook.com/harlemrep

Join us for a special night of local dining followed by a performance, on October 7th starting 12:30pm for Lunch and 3pm for the show. We will be eating at the famous Sylvia's restaurant then walking a few short blocks to the theatre (not wheel chair accessible).  Tickets are $52 for premium tickets and the meal. For tickets contact Olga at the CCNY Alumni Association: 212-650-5343 or via email at omikhlina@ccnyalumni.org


HRT's DREAMGIRLS
Performances started August 17th – September 15th and continue October 5th – October 7th, Fridays at 7pm, Saturdays at 2 and 7pm, and Sundays at 3pm. 133rd Street Arts Center, 308 West 133rd St, NY, NY. Running time: 2:20 with intermission. $20 general seats, $15 seniors, students and artist, $40 premium seats.

Featuring NY Times, Theatermania and Backstage acclaimed performer Dion Millington as Effie White, Natalia Peguero as Deena Jones, Isis Kenney as Lorrell Robinson, Eric Myles as Jimmy Early, Oscar Aguirre as Curtis Taylor Jr., Darilyn Castillo as Michelle Robinson, Magnus Percinthe as Marty Madison and Roberto Guzman Jr. as CC. White
Roberto A Guzman Jr. as CC White with Darilyn Melody Castillo as Michelle Morris.




From Far left:
Eric A Z Myles as Jimmy Thunder Early, Isis Kenney as Lorrell Robinson, Dion Millington as Effie White, Darilyn Melody (Castillo) as Michelle Morris, Roberto A Guzman Jr. as CC White, Natalia Peguero as Deena Jones and Oscar Aguirre as Curtis Taylor Jr.

Dion Millington as Effie White, Isis Kenney as Lorrell Robinson, Charlie- er Dennis Williams as Jimmy Thunder Early and Natalia Peguero as Deena Jones.

Oscar Aguirre as Curtis Taylor Jr., and Natalia Peguero as Deena Jones.

REVIEWS

Barbara and Scott Siegel of Theatermania wrote:

"You have to admire the chutzpah of a director attempting to put on a musical of the magnitude of Dreamgirls in a black box theater without all the razzmatazz of costuming, lights, and fancy stagecraft for which this musical is so well-known. However, Keith Lee Grant has managed to make something special happen with his scaled-down revival ofDreamgirls, now being presented by the Harlem Repertory Theatre at the 133rd Street Arts Center."

"Grant has made a lot of smart choices in the staging, giving the show pace and speed..."

"Peguero is the right combination of beautiful and innocent with a light, pleasing pop voice to play the role of Deena. "

"Isis Kenny very nearly steals the show as Lorrell, , the trio's third original member, and the way she plays her relationship with James Thunder Early (the promising Eric Myles at our performance) is funny and sassy. This young woman can sing with both bite and beauty."

"Best of all is Millington's performance as Effie -- especially her performances of her big ballads, "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" and "I Am Changing," both of which are electrifying."
"Dreamgirls is such a sturdy piece of musical theater ...  And with these three women on stage, it often soars."

Suzy Evans of Backstage wrote:
"The heart of Dreamgirls is Effie White, the opinionated, talented singer whose dreams are thwarted when her stubbornness gets the best of her and her friends respond to the siren call of fame. A Dreamgirlswithout the right Effie cannot succeed, and Harlem Repertory Theater has discovered a great Effie. Dion Millington delivers a beautifully raw and unaffected performance, rupturing every heart in the house with her piercing renditions of “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” and “I Am Changing.”

"Darilyn Castillo shines in ensemble roles and as the fourth Dream, Michelle Morris."

Anita Gates from the New York Times wrote:
"If you needed one illustration of the director Keith Lee Grant’s strong, confident staging, “Steppin’ to the Bad Side,” a number about payola, would do nicely"

"But even at their weakest moments they (the cast) are fully invested in their anger and confrontation, which is the show’s core." 
"Whether you love or hate “Dreamgirls,” the vintage Michael Bennett musical about the rise and death of a 1960s singing group that strongly resembles the Supremes, you cannot deny the power of its signature number. When Jennifer Holliday opened her mouth to sing “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” at the Imperial Theater in 1981, Frank Rich wrote in The New York Times, Broa
dway history was made. And Dion Millington’s performance as Effie at the Harlem Repertory Theater’s inviting chamber production of the show is a thrilling reminder of how and why.

This sparkly, constantly moving showbiz drama, set in theaters from Harlem to Las Vegas, may seem an unlikely candidate for an intimate setting like the black-boxy walk-up theater at the 133rd Street Arts Center. Yet, for the most part, the effort is a success, and the audience’s physical closeness (at times, cast members were practically singing into my ear) exposes an extra layer of emotion." 


Monday, August 20, 2012

The 5th Annual Simon Bolivar


Latino Alumni Group of the Alumni Association of CCNY 
Presents the 
5th Annual Simon Bolivar 
Career Achievement Award Dinner 

Thursday, September 20th, 2012 
6:30 PM 
Dinner and Program 
$45 PER PERSON 
The Faculty Dining Room, North Academic Center 
The City College of New York


Presentation of Simon Bolivar Career Achievement Awards to:
Laura V. Osorio ’76Arch 
And
Rafael J. Rivera-Viruet ’64B  

Along with Special Guest Speakers from the College and Alumni Association
All are welcomed


Laura V. Osorio ’76Arch

Laura graduated from the CCNY School of Architecture in
1976. Since then, she has worked for the New York City
Buildings Department for the last twenty years.  She joined
the agency at an executive level.  In the history of the
department she has been among the first woman as well as
the first Hispanic registered architect to hold such a high
level technical position.   Ms. Osorio has risen within the
ranks of the agency holding several important positions most
notably the head of the Manhattan Borough Office as
Borough Commissioner.  In that capacity she served as
steward of development in the city, where construction is
critical to the economic growth of the city.  As a leader of
that office she recognized the  need to further improve the
operations.  Her skill and knowledge serve as the backbone
of the agency and her work leads directly to the creation of
new homes, new offices and new jobs.

   
Rafael J. Rivera-Viruet ’64B 

Rafael was born in 1940 in the mountains of Utuado, Puerto Rico. At the age of nine he was put on a four engine plane and sent to New York. After graduating from CCNY/Baruch College with a BA in Business Admin. & Finance, Rivera-Viruet became the first Puerto Rican to be hired by the accounting firm Price Waterhouse & Co. In 1970, he moved to Josephson Int'l and was a key member of the executive team that negotiated the acquisition of Int'l Famous Artists (IFA) and later the merger with Creative Management Associates (CMA) which resulted in the emergence of one of the premiere talent agencies in the film and television industry, lnt'l Creative Management (ICM). Through Lehman College/CUNY he mentors young men and women who are looking to extend their knowledge on all aspects of production and business practices. Ralph Rivera, as he is known in the entertainment industry, is currently the VP of Finance and Administration at Dramatists Play Service, Inc., the leading publisher and
performance licensing organization in the American theatre and the President of Terramax Entertainment, LLC.





Sunday, July 1, 2012

Latino Beat - Newsletter PR trip recap


Summer edition (Article 2)

Rich Port Ahoy (Trip to Puerto Rico)


It's easy to fall in love with Puerto Rico; Old San Juan and its old European country look, with the cobblestone streets, colorful 3-4 story buildings tightly packed leaving narrow streets that were only meant for horse, carriage and mud splatter pedestrians. It is an enchanting sight as the sun goes down, the lamps that light the small town, light up and the chirp of the “Coqui” frogs begin to accompany the sounds of the nightlife. But in total, all the sights, all the food and all the people we met, made this trip unforgettable for those that came along. There was absolutely no better deal in town as the Latino Alumni Group subsidized many of the normal expenses of the trip while providing an exciting group experience that the Alumni Association sorely needed. 


Arriving on Tuesday seemed odd at first, as many groups start their trips on Sundays or Mondays. But the group already had some help breaking the ice thanks to the Salsa Lessons organized before the trip. But even after arriving, the group had another chance to introduce themselves in a group intro meeting, before settling into their rooms.



Each morning was meet with a complementary group breakfast where everyone had a chance to discuss their experience so far and plan their day. The group enjoyed a fabulous tour of the Bacardi factory followed by drinks and our first trip to Old San Juan to visit the famous forts, eat and shop.


For the rest of the trip, members were able to take personal day trips organized via LAG for $30-$50 cheaper than the cost found online or via the hotel. Add to that an on-premise Casino, many local eateries, the beach (someone never even made it as far as the beach), a second excursion to Old San Juan for even more shopping, the hotel extras like a salsa lesson and live band dancing that went on nightly for the second half of the trip, and you go ahead and try not to fall in love. 


















Saturday, June 30, 2012

Latino Beat - Newsletter: Article 1



Summer Edition (Article 1)

The Ride So Far...
Around this time last year, we started off with the plan to organize a trip to Puerto Rico. It was to be the crown jewel of all our events thus far and hopefully a foray into a new direction for the Latino Alumni Group. And with no major hiccup, less than one year later, we did just that. And it was a very good time.

However proud we feel that we actually pulled that trip off, it was a rough year for the Latino group. Due to the drop in activities, as we focused on the trip to Puerto Rico, we had lost some members who did not renew.

In the process of reformatting some of our events, we unfortunately had to decide to cancel some of our major events as well. Such as the 2011 Simon Bolivar award dinner, a dance competition and our theater outing.

However, we still had a number of accomplishments. Including the success of the trip to Puerto Rico, we were able to give out a scholarship which was presented at the annual Alumni Dinner, our annual Thanksgiving dinner and Holiday dinner had their biggest turn out of any prior year, and a complementary private salsa lessons. We received great feedback from the survey we sent out, giving us some great insight to the direction the membership would like to go. Not only that, but we were able to find our next Simon Bolivar winners through some of the bios we received.

This year, we aim to use all of these past achievement to launch a more aggressive outreach, not only to new and nonrenewal members, but to current Alumni Association Latinos that are not associated with or aware of LAG.

With the recent exposure from the trip to Puerto Rico, which was included in the 2012 Spring Fling, the survey, and even the recent award given to the current LAG President, a lot of new attention has shifted on to the Latino Alumni Group. Our hope is that with the attention and the new focus in getting more of the active alumni to join our group, we could recognize even more of their work in future newsletters and award ceremonies.
 
LAG is gearing up to have its best year ever, already ahead of the curve with the planning of many of this year’s events, including this year’s Simon Bolivar on September 20th, and our next group outings/social media discussion panel, which we hope to have added in the 2013 Spring Fling. We will have a bigger team to work with this coming year, with bigger plans, which we hope will not only increase our numbers, but encourage new Latino leaders to take the group to even higher levels in the near future.



Pereta Rodriguez, Treasurer, and Pedro Cruz go for a ride in Puerto Rico. 
Little did Pereta know that the driver would be jumping off and passing the 
steering to her. “It was a blast. There is a first time for anything at any age.”

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Latino Alumni Group 2011-2012 Year-End Report


Latino Alumni Group 2011-2012 Year-End Report

     This past year we started off with the plan to organize a trip to Puerto Rico. It was to be the crown jewel of all our events thus far and hopefully a foray into a new direction for the Latino Alumni Group. And with no major hiccup, less than one year later, we did just that. And all those that joined us, had a fabulous time.

     However proud I feel that we actually pulled that trip off, it was rough year for the Latino group. Due to the drop in activities, we had lost some members who did not renew. Due to numerous short comings that I take full blame for, we had to cancel last year’s Simon Bolivar award dinner, a dance competition and in order to ensure there was money in our budget in case of an emergency, we did not have a theater outing.

     However we did have a few very bright spots. Including the success of actually pulling off an event like the trip to Puerto Rico, we had other accomplishments which included giving out a scholarship which was presented at the annual Alumni Dinner, a larger group of undergrads for our annual Thanksgiving dinner and Holiday dinner and a successful survey which gave us some great insight to the direction the membership would like to go.

     This year, we aim to use all of past achievement to launch a more aggressive outreach, but not only to new and nonrenewal members, but to current alumni association Latinos, some of which wrote on the survey (which went out to non-LAG members) that they were not aware a Latino group even existed. The trip to Puerto Rico which was included in the 2012 Spring Fling, I am sure, was a first for many Latinos. And my hope is that by getting more of the active alumni to join our group, we could recognize even more of their work in future newsletters and award ceremonies.

     Our next newsletter is fast coming to print as well as more regarding our trip to Puerto Rico. With the knowledge we have now from the survey and the extra exposure, I believe we will have a much better time in 2012-2013. We already have our award winners for this year’s Simon Bolivar on September 20th, and have our next group outing, which we hope to have added in the 2013 Spring Fling committee, ready to go. We will have a bigger team to work with this coming year, with bigger plans which we hope will not only increase our numbers, but encourage new Latino leaders to take the group to even higher levels in the near future.

     Seguimos pa’ Lante.

2011-2012 activities
October 2011 – Survey email with Newsletter
November 2011– Thanksgiving with the Tau Epsilon Phi Fraternity undergrad chapter and alumni
December 2011– Holiday party with the Tau Epsilon Phi Fraternity undergrad chapter and alumni
March and April 2012– Salsa Lessons with Jocelyn Mendez
May 2012– Trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico with included excursions/events

Cancelled events:
July - Dance Competition
Sept - Simon Bolivar